Event Calendar

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thu, Oct 5, 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.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Information Session

Join Franklin Eneh, a representative from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) Admissions Team, to learn more about the programs and admission process over lunch in the Loeb Center. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

The HNC opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind graduate center for international studies in China. An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. International students take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty with courses primarily in English. HNC students can choose from a range of courses in six concentrations, and may pursue one of three graduate study options.

This year marks the HNC’s 30th year providing bilingual education and training graduates who contribute to Sino-global relations across a variety of fields. Learn more about the HNC 30th Anniversary Celebration and the HNC’s impact over three decades of US-China relations.

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.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

Screenshot from "Vitus" of a boy and a woman sitting across a table from one another

German Film Series: "Vitus"

There will be two screenings of Vitus, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The movie is a charming Swiss comedy about a child prodigy, piano wunderkind Vitus, and his gnarly grandfather (played by Bruno Ganz), who team up with a bag of tricks to protect the boy from his over-ambitious parents. This 2006 film will be shown in German with English subtitles and run about two hours. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Closeup of Craig Steven Wilder in front of a building and trees, wearing a jacket, shirt and tie

Hugh Hawkins Lecture 2017: "The Approaching Past: Legacies of Slavery and Conquest on Campus"

The Department of History is delighted to welcome Craig Steven Wilder to campus to deliver the 15th annual Hugh Hawkins lecture. Dr. Wilder, the Barton L. Weller Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be speaking on contemporary efforts of colleges and universities to confront historical relationships to slavery and colonialism. His most recent book is the award-winning Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. He is also the author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City. His talk will examine how we arrived at this moment and how to address the challenges that remain.

The annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture honors Hugh D. Hawkins, who was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after 43 years of teaching at Amherst. He was a distinguished scholar of American higher education, of the American South and of cultural and intellectual history. In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year Introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum, and he helped build both the history and American studies departments.

Yvonne Rainer, Trio A with flags (1970)

What Does Now Need? A Conversation About Making and Studying Art in Times of Ecological and Political Upheaval

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CHI Lounge, 2nd Floor, Frost Library

How are artists responding to the current social, ecological and political moment? How can artists and art act as agents of change, and what is the responsibility of artists as imaginative citizens? What skills and dispositions can art help cultivate? What is the relationships between art making and activism? This event will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss our thoughts, questions and understandings of the arts during times of change and crisis. This event is facilitated by Kathy Couch of theater and dance and Sara Smith of the library.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Merrill Science Center, Merrill Library Room 300B

The Political Science department, in conjunction with the library and Writing Center, will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5-7 p.m. The topic will be "Joining the Scholarly Conversation: Developing search strategies for library databases."

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

UP Education Network Information Session

UP Education Network operates six tuition-free public schools in Boston, Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. All UP Academies share the same mission: To ensure that all UP scholars receive the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Join representatives at this information session to learn more about opportunities with the UP Education Network.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Introduction to Scrivener

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI classroom)

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates writing in small pieces, rearranging blocks of text and integrating the research and writing processes. This workshop will introduce the software’s features that can help you write more often, revise and reorganize more easily and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. This event is recommended especially for thesis writers, but is open to all students, staff and faculty. Those with no experience with Scrivener are welcome, while those familiar with it are also encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion.

This event will be taught by Jessica Kem, associate director of the Writing Center.

Note: Scrivener is available on a select number of public computers in Frost Library (in Barker Room and A Level). For personal computers, the software may be purchased for about $45. If you would like to participate using a personal laptop, please download the free trial of Scrivener prior to the workshop.

Advance registration is required for this event.

Students Only

Falafel and Schnitzel in the Sukkah

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 194 Amity Street

Join the Amherst College Jewish community for a falafel and schnitzel dinner in the Chabad Nation sukkah, at 194 Amity Street. Feel free to come for a few minutes or stay as long as you want!

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd flr)

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring Cathy Jensen-Hole Quartet

Join us on Thursday Nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.

October 5 features vocalist Cathy Jensen Hole and her quartet. This evening will also feature a jam session featuring pianist Eugene Uman and is open to anyone interested in joining the performance.

We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst, and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

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.