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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wed, Oct 25, 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.

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!

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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Moodle Lunch for Faculty: Using Online Communications to Support the In-Class Experience

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

Faculty and instructional staff are invited to come learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to support their teaching. Boris Wolfson of the Russian Department and Jun Hee Cho of History will share their Moodle tips and strategies, with a focus on the use of discussion forums to support and enhance the in-class experience.

We’ll also have time for general Moodle-related discussion, tip sharing, and Q & A.

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"How I Found My Voice": A Talk by Boniface Mwangi

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College welcomes Boniface Mwangi to discuss "How I Found My Voice."

Boniface Mwangi will speak about his experiences as a photojournalist during the Kenyan 2007 election, his activism work since and his decision to run for Member of Parliament in the most recent 2017 Kenyan election. In 2007, Mr. Mwangi gave voice and image to heartbreak of a nation with his photography.

Boniface Mwangi is one of the most vocal and courageous Kenyans of our generation. He came to the world’s attention for his vivid documentation of the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya. Subsequently he stood up alone in a packed stadium and heckled the then-president, seeking justice. He was arrested and beaten. Since then he has spearheaded campaigns that speak to equality, corruption and the end of tribalism in Kenya. A decade later, he and other like-minded Kenyans founded a vibrant youthful party, the Ukweli Party, or truth party. Through a groundbreaking crowd-sourcing campaign, they took part in the just concluded 2017 general election symbolizing transformative leadership in a country. Although at one point he stood alone, today his movement has gained traction with many – inspired by his vision and consistency – adding their voices to champion for a better Kenya.

Boniface Mwangi is an award-winning Kenyan photojournalist and human rights activist. His work has appeared in leading publications in the world — including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Boston Globe.

He studied human rights and documentary photography at New York University. He has twice won the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award and is the youngest Prince Claus Laureate. New African Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2014, and he is also a senior TED Fellow. Time magazine recognized him as a Next Generation Leader in 2015.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund, dean of the faculty and political science department of Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.

David Cox: "Tangents to Four Unit Spheres"

Abstract: How many lines can be tangent to four spheres of radius one sitting in three-dimensional space? I will use this question to introduce enumerative algebraic geometry. The lecture will include an introduction to projective space, Bézout's Theorem, and mirror symmetry from mathematical physics. Parts of the lecture will use some ideas from multivariable calculus.

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Presentation by Latvian Russophone Poet Semyon Khanin

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

"Khanin brilliantly creates an impression of the fragility of ties between letters as well as people.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Semyon Khanin will read from his poetry and speak about his conceptual art projects. Khanin, who visits us from Riga, Latvia, is a Russian poet with three books of poetry to his name, a translator of Latvian poetry into Russian, and the editor of numerous poetry collections of Russian and Latvian poets. He compiled the anthology Latvian/Russian Poetry: Poems in Russian Written by Latvian Poets (2011), the first of its kind. Khanin's books have been translated into Latvian, Czech, Ukrainian, Serbian and Italian. He is one of the key members of the multimedia poetry project Orbita, a creative group of poets and artists whose works aim at creating a dialogue between various cultures and genres (which include literature, music, video and photography, among others). His poems in English translation appeared in the anthology Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015).

This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. The Center is located on the second floor of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus. Please contact Catherine Ciepiela for more information (

Internship Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

The resume and cover letter workshop schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in Paino

Workshop with Planned Parenthood and Keefe Health Center

Join the WGC, Planned Parenthood and Keefe Health Center for an overview of the services available to Amherst College students. Learn more about emergency contraception, STI testing, PReP, Abortion-related care and pregnancy testing. Insomnia cookies will be served!

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!


QTPOC Affinity Group, Wednesdays 6:30PM QRC

Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This closed QTPOC Affinity seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.

Every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the QRC

QTPOC Affinity Dinner

Join us this Wednesday for our Spooky October QTPOC dinner! Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This closed QTPOC Affinity seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.

Food will be served, brought to you by Oriental Flavors
This is a closed space for those who identify as QTPOC.

Association for Women in Science Internships Mixer

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway A Event Space

Curious about summer research and internship opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Don't know where to start? Come join us for our 2nd annual Internships Mixer. You'll be able to network with the Executive Board of the Association for Women in Science, as well as juniors and seniors majoring in STEM. Get a head start on your applications and stay informed on the processes. There will be pizza, wings and dessert!

Introduction to the Careers In Business & Finance Program

What is the Careers In Business and Finance Program?

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if it’s something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business.

The information session led by Program Director Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers In Business and Finance Program. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting or general business.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers In Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:

• Wednesday, October 25, 8 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall
• Friday, November 3, noon – Loeb Center Events Room
• Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. – Fayerweather 113
• Monday, November 13, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room

Ongoing Events

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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!

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Open Access Week events at the Amherst College Library

Open Access Week (October 23 - 27) is an international initiative on the part of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for, and increase awareness of Open Access— the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole, and serves to help counter growing inequality in access to scholarly materials across institutions and nations.

This year, the eighth year for Open Access Week, will feature two events at the Amherst College Library:

— Monday, October 23, 4-5 p.m., Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2d Floor, Frost Library: The Library will be a viewing site for participating in a webinar on Open Access Monograph Publishing, sponsored by Lever Press. Representatives of a number of scholarly publishers moving into, or fully committing to open access publishing models will speak about trends they see shaping the future of scholarly publishing and its advance toward sustainability. Participants include Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press (and director of UC’s Luminos open access imprint); Lara Manville, director of the University of Ottawa Press; Charles Watkinson, speaking for both Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched; and Wendy Pratt Lougee, speaking on the AAU / ARL / AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative. Participants at the viewing site will be able to pose questions to the moderator.

— Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.: Nick Lindsay, director of Open Access and director of Journals Publishing, MIT Press, will speak in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Wednesday Salon Series on “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Discourse.” Nick is the first appointee to this position in the MIT Press, one of the nation’s premier scholarly publishers. He’ll speak on MIT Press’s increasing investment in open access models for journal and monograph publishing, and look toward how scholarly communication will evolve in the coming years. A wine and cheese reception will follow.