Event Calendar

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

Employee Council: October Coffee Hours

Have a (free) coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hours will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 11.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.


Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor

Regional Economic Model, Inc. (REMI) Information Session

Regional Economic Model, Inc. (REMI) is inspired by a single goal: improving public policy. That’s why they’re dedicated to understanding how government actions and other changes affect the world around us. Their belief is that improved knowledge and information will lead to better decisions. Their work is to develop and support the use of economic models that inform government and corporate decisions.

They are the leading provider of economic forecasting and policy analysis models. REMI’s analysis has guided public policy decisions on healthcare policy, national security issues and state tax legislation. Clients include government agencies, consulting firms and academic institutions. Established in 1980, REMI is a small firm based in Amherst with extensive national and global networks.

Please join us for join us for conversation with the president of the company! Learn more about what REMI does, what job/internship opportunities they are looking to fill, and interesting projects that they’re currently working on, including analyzing policy changes by the Trump administration.

We encourage you to RSVP for this event.

Study Abroad at Oxford or Cambridge Info Session

Studying abroad at Oxford or Cambridge could be an excellent enhancement to your Amherst studies. This tutorial teaching style is often compared to a graduate school experience, in which expert faculty help students strengthen their research, writing and oral argument skills. In addition to this unique and challenging academic environment, students have the opportunity to live alongside matriculated students and participate fully in college life. This information session will teach you the many ways in which you can apply for study abroad at Oxford or Cambridge (e.g. direct enrollment, through a provider) and you will also learn what special arrangements we have, such as New College at Oxford. Students who have studied abroad will also be attending and share with you their perspective.

Application deadlines to study at Oxford or Cambridge are earlier in the year than most study abroad programs and attending this session will provide you with timelines, deadlines and other important details.

Bric-a-brac: A Collection of Film Objects

The Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program are very pleased to be hosting a program of films curated by Mariya Nikiforova this week: "Bric-a-brac: A collection of film objects." The program will screen on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center Theater (Room 008). The screening is free and open to the public.

Intended as an exhibition of technical curiosities rather than a "classic" cinematic experience, "Bric-a-brac" explores the centrality of practices of bricolage -- an amateurish tinkering with objects -- within the contemporary movement of independent, artisanal film labs, whose goal is to advance celluloid filmmaking despite the near-completion of the digital revolution. Curiously, many of the forty-something labs currently found in most parts of the globe engage in quite serious research and re-fabrication of disused film technology, such as development machines, optical and contact printers, and even cameras. The filmmakers featured in this program humbly re-imagine primordial mechanisms of celluloid cinema (persistence of vision, photochemistry, re-photography), knowingly or unknowingly they produce curious, imaginative, utopian fantasies of cinema technologies that never came to pass in the mainstream industry.

Lázsló Moholy-Nagy, Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau, 1930, 5'30, bw sil
Will Rifer, Persistance, 2012, 2', col sil
Chris Welsby, Colour Separation, 1974-1976, 2' 30, col sil
Esther Urlus, Rode Molen, 2013, 5', col snd
Alexandra Moralesová & Georgy Bagdasarov, Rhus Typhina, 2014, 3', bw snd
Christian Hossner, Nipkow TV, 1998, 7', col snd
Christian Lebrat, Autoportrait au Dispositif, 1981, 9', col sil
Christian Lebrat, Holon, 1982, 15', col sil
Joost Rekveld, IFS-Film, 1991-1994, 4', col sil
Peter Miller, Photuris, 2013-2014, 6', col sil
Joost Rekveld, VRFilm, 1994, 2', col sil

Mariya Nikiforova (b. 1986) is a Russian-American filmmaker and curator based in Paris. Her current practice and research revolve around independent photochemical film laboratories, audiovisual community archives, and experimental documentary film. Among many others, she has curated programs as part of Balagan (Boston), L'Etna (Paris), and Message to Man (St. Petersburg).

Presented in conjunction with the X (Unknown Quantity) film series. Supported by the Amherst College English Department and the Film and Media Studies Program.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Ongoing Events

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.