Event Calendar

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thu, Oct 26, 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.

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Office Hours with Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Sita Sonty ’00, director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in international affairs and foreign policy.

Ms. Sonty has worked in many capacities as a foreign service officer for the Department of State both in Washington, DC and abroad in Croatia, Libya, Iraq, and Egypt. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013. She graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. At Amherst, she majored in Political Science and Economics.

This is an opportunity to ask Ms. Sonty one-on-one questions about her career trajectory, international affairs graduate programs, career paths in the Department of State, private sector foreign affairs work, etc. RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited. Open initially only to juniors and seniors.

Ms. Sonty will also be sharing about her career trajectory at the Loeb Center Food for Thought lunch, at noon. RSVP required through Quest; open to all class years.

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!

Visit from Duke Medical School's Dean of Admissions

The Loeb Center and Health Professions Office are pleased to welcome Dr. Brenda Armstrong, the senior associate dean of admissions at Duke University School of Medicine, for a lunchtime meeting to discuss medical school, the admissions program and Duke. Pizza will be served. Space is limited; RSVP in Quest.

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Food for Thought Lunch - Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Join Sita Sonty '00 for lunch and a conversation about her career in foreign service. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Sonty was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State with 15 years of service. At the State Department, Sonty served as the executive secretary of the International Security Advisory Board, senior political desk officer for Indian affairs, attache for cultural and educational affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, attache for cultural and educational affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, desk officer for Syria at the State Department in Washington, desk officer for Iraq, political action officer at the Coalition Provisional Authority (and, subsequently, the U.S. Embassy) in Baghdad, and as a vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Sonty’s native tongue is Telugu; she also speaks Hindi, French, Arabic, Croatian and Urdu. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013.

Sonty graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. She majored in Political Science and Economics at Amherst and earned the Densmore Berry Collins Award for Best Political Science Thesis on the topic of Suicide Law in the U.S.

Colorful abstract painting by Michael Mazur '57

Gallery Talk with Betsey Garand: Perspectives on Michael Mazur

Join us for a conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand, senior resident artist at Amherst College. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Perspectives on Michael Mazur.

Free and open to all!

LiveRamp Resume Review Workshop

Join representatives from LiveRamp, including Amherst alum Jeanne Lee '16, for a primer on its hiring processes and an interactive resume review workshop. LiveRamp offers brands and the companies they work with identity resolution that is integrated throughout the digital ecosystem, providing the foundation for true omnichannel marketing. Its services transform the technology platforms used by clients into people-based marketing channels that improve the relevancy of marketing and ultimately allow consumers to better connect with the brands and products they love.

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.

Film poster featuring an image of Rasputin's severed head on a red pillow

Russian Film Screening: "Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin" (Агония)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

The demonic figure of Grigory Rasputin, the nomadic Siberian monk whose charismatic hold over the Russian imperial family at the turn of the 20th century became the stuff of legend, looms large over this controversial account of the Romanovs’ decline and fall. Directed by Elem Klimov, the film was completed in 1974.

This movie is 143 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

"Visualizing the Surveillance Archive: Critical Art and the Dangers of Transparency"

On Thursday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College, Torin Monahan, professor of communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present a paper titled “Visualizing the Surveillance Archive: Critical Art and the Dangers of Transparency.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Monahan’s research focuses on institutional transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on surveillance and security programs. His many publications include the book Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity.

To receive a copy of the paper, which will investigate a number of critical art projects that construct counter-archives of visual material as a response to institutional surveillance programs, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Internship Interviewing Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

The internship interview workshop schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne

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Berislav Marušić to present "How Can Beliefs Wrong?: A Strawsonian Epistemology"

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Berislav Marušić (Brandeis University) will give a talk on Thursday, Oct. 26. The talk is titled "How Can Beliefs Wrong?: A Strawsonian Epistemology" and will be presented in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 5 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College at 413-542-5805 or djbrace@amherst.edu.

Jonathan Jackson, "Evan, Make-Up Contact Sheet," 2015.

Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson

"Tell It Like It Is – or Could Be" presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson ’19.
Jackson received the Wise Award for Studio Art, presented annually for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The Mead Art Museum acquired one of Jackson’s photographs in 2017. Come early to sign up for a portrait session with Jonathan—space is limited.
We will have various articles of clothing and accessories on site for you to explore with modes of self-representation, selfie-stations, snacks, music and more!
All are welcome: first come, first served.

LiveRamp Information Session

LiveRamp offers brands and the companies they work with identity resolution that is integrated throughout the digital ecosystem, providing the foundation for true omnichannel marketing. Its services transform the technology platforms used by clients into people-based marketing channels that improve the relevancy of marketing and ultimately allow consumers to better connect with the brands and products they love. Join representatives to learn more about LiveRamp and its entry-level opportunities.

Psychology Panel on Careers in Clinical Psychology

The Psychology Department has invited four clinicians from the community to answer all your career questions. We’ll hear from two clinicians in private practice, one with a masters in social work and another with a doctorate of psychology. We’ll also hear from two professors with doctorates of philosophy, one in clinical psychology and one in school psychology, who balance their time between patient treatment (in schools or private practice), clinical research and training of other clinicians. These professionals will speak about the path they took to get their degree, their training experiences and what they do on a day to day basis. There will be plenty of time for questions and snacks will be provided.

CISE Late Night Study Hours

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is holding late night study hours each Thursday, from 7-10 p.m. Join us for snacks, camaraderie, and a collective attempt to chip away at all of the work we have to do! For more information, contact internationalstudents@amherst.edu

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Poetry Reading: Mary Jo Salter

Reviewing Mary Jo Salter’s A Phone Call to the Future: New & Selected Poems for The New York Times Book Review, James Longenbach wrote, “Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art—and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once.” Salter’s most recent collection, The Surveyors (2017), is her eighth. She is also the author of a children's book, The Moon Comes Home; a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry; and a lyricist whose song cycle Rooms of Light premiered at Lincoln Center in 2007. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

This event will be followed by refreshments.

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!

Film Screening: Obvious Child

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for a screening of Obvious Child. This award-winning romantic comedy follows the journey of a stand-up comic through her abortion after breaking up with her partner. There will be snacks and a discussion after! Contact wgc@amherst.edu for additional information.

Wellness Hour

Come hang with the Wellness Team on Thursday's from 8-9 p.m. in Frost Cafe to play with silly putty, journal, read a children's book or color. Wellness Hour is an easy and fun way to de-stress in a casual setting.

Film Screening: Obvious Child

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for a screening of Obvious Child. This award-winning romantic comedy follows the journey of a stand-up comic through her abortion after breaking up with her partner. There will be snacks and a discussion after!

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Bob Ferrier/Stephen Page Duo

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

Oct. 26 features guitarist Bob Ferrier and pianist Stephen Page. This evening will also feature student jazz combos Porsche Posse and Camaro Crew.

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

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

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!

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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.