Event Calendar

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

SEA Semester Tabling in Keefe

Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, we have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.

Come to Keefe from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn more!

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers. Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m.

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!

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome-you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only
Mochlos shore

"Mathematical Models for Minoan Civilization and Archaeology"

Archaeology is a subject that generates a great amount of numerical data, but in practice the research is usually qualitative in nature. The presence of large data sets promotes the possibility of a new line of inquiry perhaps called digital archaeology. In this talk, Professor Stanley Chang, of Wellesley College, will discuss the ongoing research taking place on Mochlos, an island settlement off the coast of Crete which experienced continuous occupation from 3000 to 1500 BCE. In particular, we will examine the ways in which mathematics and statistics might be useful to support or refute hypotheses about architecture, cultural practices and economy. Conversely, we will deliberate the limitations of mathematics in archaeological studies in such cases as network theory.

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!

French Film Screening: "La Grande Illusion"

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

This 1937 film, directed by Jean Renoir, takes place during WWI. The film follows two French soldiers who are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Here, Frenchmen from all walks of life band together to escape the camp. After several attempts the two soldiers are sent to an impenetrable mountain fortress, from which there is no escape. Through La Grande Illusion, often regarded as a masterpiece of French Cinema, Renoir questions human relationships and human nature. What separates humans? Social origins ? Languages? Nationalities? And what is the source of evil? This widely acclaimed film stands as a pacifist manifesto against antisemitism and war.
The film will be screened in French with English subtitles.
Refreshments will be served!

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.

Mammoth in library space

Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!