Event Calendar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wed, Oct 4, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring Careers in Health Professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program." Session options are:
Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m.

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

U.S. Marines Information Table

Join representatives from the U.S. Marines to learn more about opportunities.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Thomas W. Laqueur

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Please join us for Thomas Laqueur’s lecture "The Work Of The Dead," which explains why the living need the dead and therefore care for their bodies.

Thomas Laqueur, Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at Berkeley, specializes in the cultural history of the body, and in the history of humanitarianism and of popular religion and literacy. His books include Work of the Dead, Solitary Sex, Making Sex and Religion and Respectability. He is also currently writing a short history of humanitarianism as well as a book about dogs in Western art. He writes for the London Review of Books and was a founding editor of the journal Representations. He received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, which he used to commission and write a libretto for an opera based on José Saramago’s novel Death with Interruptions as well as to support projects on human rights, religion and science studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He comes to Amherst as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program.

This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. This event is sponsored by Amherst College’s Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Departments of History, Religion and Art & the History of Art.

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"Heads Up:" A Panel Discussion on Concussion Research

Join industry experts for a presentation and panel discussion on best practices for returning to academics and activities after concussion, and the role of a campus community in helping students make a healthy return. Panelists William Meehan III, M.D., Grant Iverson, M.D., and Rebekah Mannix, M.D., will also present on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and engage in an open forum of audience questions. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Please send questions in advance to Maria Rello at mnrello@amherst.edu.

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"The Return of the Living Dead: World War I in Film": Talk by Philipp Stiasny

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Wars do not end when the fighting stops. Berlin-based film historian Dr. Philipp Stiasny, editor of the journal Filmblatt and author of the award-winning book Das Kino und der Krieg: Deutschland 1914-1929 (“Cinema and War: Germany 1924-1929”), will examine how the wounds and memories of the “Great War” continued to fester not primarily in the form of combat movies but as a subtext in melodramas, thrillers and vampire films of the 1920s and 1930s.

The presentation at this CHI Salon is co-sponsored by the Department of German, the Eastman Fund, the Lamont Fund, the European Studies Program and the Film and Media Studies Program. Join us for wine, tapas and conversation. Childcare will be provided.

"Can Friendship Triangles Control the Spread of Epidemics and Opinions?": Talk by Nishant Malik, Dartmouth College

Nishant Malik of Dartmouth College will discuss "Can Friendship Triangles Control the Spread of Epidemics and Opinions?"

Usage of concepts from social network analysis has become very prevalent in mathematical modeling of social and biological contagion dynamics. A distinctive structural characteristic of social networks is the existence of triangles of connected nodes at a higher frequency than expected at random. Transitivity is the numerical measure of this characteristic.

Whereas the influence of transitivity on a variety of contagion dynamics has been previously explored, existing models of co-evolving network systems typically use rewiring rules that randomize away this important property, raising questions about their applicability. In contrast, Malik will introduce new modified models for the susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) epidemics and opinion formation on co-evolving networks, incorporating innovative rewiring rules which reinforce transitivity, hence providing a unique opportunity to study various effects of transitivity on the dynamics of co-evolving network systems. Using numerical simulations, Malik will identify and examine an extensive set of dynamical features in the new models. Furthermore, Malik will present a derivation of approximate master equations (AME) for the SIS model and show that for some parameter settings, the AME accurately traces the temporal evolution of the system. These methods and results may be useful not only in studying co-evolving network systems but also in developing ideas for controlling dynamics on networks. 

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with David Spound

In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to mindfulness-based practices that can help us develop greater ease and resiliency in the face of significant challenges and difficulties that, as human beings, we all face at one time or another in our lives.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) practices bring us more closely in touch with the capacity we all have to treat ourselves and each other with greater kindness, wisdom and understanding.

Open to faculty, staff and students (no meditation experience required)

Led by David Spound from Valley Mindfulness, M.Ed & certified teacher of MSC and MBSR

Amherst Select Internship Program Orientation Session

Come to this orientation for the Amherst Select Internship Program - internships offered by alumni, parents
and friends of the college specifically for Amherst students. You'll learn about the program, the types of
internships offered and what the requirements are for participation. Get a head start on your summer
internship search and attend!

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

Students Only

"Picturing Social Justice: Bridging Images and Collective Action" - Talk by Rhea Boyd

In partnership with the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program and the Women's & Gender Center, the Loeb Center Health Professions program is excited to welcome the phenomenal Dr. Rhea Boyd for an evening talk on the effects of contemporary politics on health. Boyd is a pediatrician by training working in the Bay Area, but she is also very passionate about the intersections of health, identity, policy and social justice. She has previously given a talk at Amherst on how toxic stress in children (particularly children of color, low income children, first generation children, etc.) manifests pathologically, but also how these conditions are systematically reinforced by biased structures. This event is funded by the Eastman Fund and the Lurcy Fund. Food will be provided and we hope to see you there!

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.