Event Calendar

November 2017

Wed, Nov 1, 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.

Amherst College Employee Council

Employee Council Coffee Hour

The Employee Council has extended the November Coffee Hours at Frost Cafe and the Power House.
Have any questions about the survey? Want to take the survey? Please stop by for a free cup of coffee and muffin. Paper surveys will be available.
Make your voice heard! Participate in the staff survey and help us earn a paid day off!

Wednesday, November 1
9-10:30 a.m. at the Powerhouse
Thursday, November 2
2-3:30 p.m. at Frost Cafe

Tuesday, November 7
11-12:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse
Wednesday, November 8
9-10:30 a.m. at Frost Cafe
Thursday, November 9
3-4:30 p.m. at Frost Cafe

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!

Colorful painting of farmland, two buildings, water and sky

Inside the American Art Collection with Curator Vanja Malloy

Join us for a lunchtime gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy. Dr. Malloy will share her insights on the Mead's renowned collection of American art.

This event is free and open to all!

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!

Air Force Detachment Information Table

The Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a college program designed to train and commission officers into the United States Air Force. AFROTC is like a campus club, academic, and a leadership training course rolled into one. Participants do not have to be undergraduate freshmen to join Air Force ROTC, as there are many programs for upperclassmen through graduate students.

Air Force ROTC is divided into two main groups of students called cadets. In participants' first two years of ROTC, they will be a member of the GMC (General Military Course). Unless on scholarship, there is absolutely no commitment to remain in ROTC or join the Air Force while you are in the GMC. To learn more about the program, stop by this info table to meet with Harrison Smith, deputy recruiting officer Air Force ROTC Detachment 370, based within UMass's Aerospace Studies Department.

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:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

Glitter and Gold Party: WGC Grand Opening

Celebrate the grand opening of the Women's and Gender Center. Wear something sparkly and join us for a celebration of our community and our new space. Sparkly drinks and light appetizers will be served. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

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Remembering Richard Wilbur

Please join us for a special salon celebrating the life and poetry of Richard Wilbur. Poems, songs, images, memories and conversation. Reception to follow. Childcare available.

All Amherst College students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Department of English.

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

QTPOC GROUP

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

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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

Apogee Adventures Information Session

Founded in 2001, Apogee Adventures offers a variety of enriching summer experiences across the world for students ages 11-18. Trips center around outdoor-oriented hiking, biking, community service, foreign language, writing, photography and culinary endeavors, with supplemental activities including sea-kayaking, surfing, rock-climbing and whitewater rafting. Apogee runs programs varying in length from 1-6 weeks on the West Coast, in New England, Central America, Puerto Rico and Europe. Their goal is to have students (and leaders) complete their trips with increased confidence, character and community-mindedness. Join Apogee representative Jack Messerly at this information session to learn more about the organization and its opportunities.

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Overcoming Resistance to Writing, a workshop for First Year Students

Are you avoiding your writing? Feeling stuck in the middle of a draft? Almost done with the paper but can't figure out that conclusion? Join us at the First Year Write-in for a workshop that will help you gain insight into your writing process and learn strategies to get out of such writing binds. Taught by Neelofer Qadir, writing associate.

After the workshop, stick around for the First Year Write-In to put some of your new strategies to good use.

Students Only

Thu, Nov 2, 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!

Lunch in Honor of the People of Puerto Rico

Dining Services invites you to taste a sample of traditional Puerto Rican dishes as part of their lunch menu at Valentine Hall on Thursday, November 2. In Valentine Hall, you will also find information about an upcoming Puerto Rico relief event happening on Thursday, November 16. Stop by for wonderful food and to learn about how you can support the victims of Hurricane Maria on the Island and families relocating to Western Massachusetts.

WGC Talk Back: Trans Identity and Recent Events

The WGC Talk-Backs are dialogue-based programs that support critical community conversations. These conversations are based on trending topics to meet the needs of the WGC community. Join us for a discussion on transgender job discrimination, transgender military service, and the value of trans lives in our current society. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

Pumpkins displayed with decorating supplies including paint, glitter, brushes, googly eyes, pom poms, tissue paper, sequins, feathers, and ribbon

Pumpkin Decorating

Halloween may be over, but you can still decorate a pumpkin!

De-stress with paint, glitter and googly eyes! Pumpkins will be displayed through Family Weekend.

Light snacks will be available.

Students Only
The poster above is dark red, with gold borders and gold and black lettering. There are four silhouette icons featuring various heads and their hair. The text says: The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities, and Black Students Union present Babyface's Barbershop. Don't have time to see a barber before Family Weekend festivities? Come through for a free haircut! Tips would would be appreciated. November 2nd, 12-3pm, 4-7pm. Food will be served from 3-4 pm. Keefe Atrium. Contact Babyface Card (rc

Babyface's Barbershop

Don't have time to see a barber before Family Weekend festivities? Come through for a free haircut! Hosted by the one and only Babyface Card!

Tips are appreciated!

Food will be served from 3-4 p.m.!

This event is presented by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities and Black Students Union.

Contact Babyface Card (rcard@amherst.edu) for more info and accessibility/accomodations.

Students Only

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.

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"The Pythia's Oracles and the Nymph's Dice: Types of Divination at Delphi"

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

Presented by Lisa Maurizio, Bates College

This talk explores literary, visual and archaeological evidence to distinguish the divinatory ritual of the Pythia, Apollo's priestess at Delphi, from divinatory activities in the cave of the Corycian nymphs near Apollo's temple. A brief demonstration of how ancient divinatory dice worked—with opportunities to use them—will follow the talk.

Sponsored by the George Lurcy Trust, the Eastman Fund, and the Classics Department at Amherst College

Pritzker (University of Chicago) School of Medicine Admissions Information Session

At the University of Chicago, in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery, the Pritzker School of Medicine is dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.

The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of few medical schools to be located physically on its University campus, offering both intellectual and social advantages to students who spend their medical school years within a vibrant, multidisciplinary intellectual community. All divisions of the University and its professional schools are located within steps of the hospital, as are the extensive biological and physical sciences research laboratories, thus providing a rich array of opportunities for medical students.

Join Emily Sharp-Kellar, senior associate director of admissions, to learn more about Pritzker's program and its admissions process.

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

Janaya Khan: The Transformational Power of Activism

Janaya Khan is a black, queer, gender non-conforming activist, Afrofuturist, social justice educator and boxer based in Toronto, Canada. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, they are committed to Black liberation, transformative justice, and indigenous sovereignty. They will be speaking on the transformational power of activism, and how to be a student activist in the current political climate.

Teach For America Participant Panel

During the two years that participants teach with Teach For America (TFA), they are called corps members. Join past Teach For America participants, including Amherst alumni and TFA representative Abigail Schnibbe, to hear more about their experiences as TFA corps members at this panel event.

Teach For America leaders work to ensure all kids receive a fair and just education. Corps members have the opportunity to partner with students and families in one of 53 regions across the nation where school leaders rely on TFA teachers to fill open roles. Participants will be challenged to think creatively and lead boldly, while creating opportunity for students.

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

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!

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“How Not to Think About Race, Culture and Class”: A Talk by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and has written about a range of topics. He explored questions of African and African-American identity in In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, examined the cultural dimensions of global citizenship in Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers and investigated the social and individual importance of identity in The Ethics of Identity. Appiah's discussion of “How Not To Think About Race, Culture and Class” will be followed by a Q&A.

Appiah was born in London, where his Ghanaian father was a law student, but moved as an infant to Kumasi, Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, a lawyer and politician, was also, at various times, a member of parliament, an ambassador and a president of the Ghana Bar Association. His English mother, the novelist and children’s writer Peggy Appiah, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. Appiah completed his bachelor of arts and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy at Cambridge University and has taught philosophy in Ghana, France, Britain and the United States. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama for seeking eternal truths in the contemporary world. His latest book, from Harvard University Press, is As If: Idealizations and Ideals.

The talk is free and open to the public. Appiah's books will be available for sale at the event.

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.

Fri, Nov 3, 2017

Family Weekend 2017

We welcome all parents and families to attend Family Weekend and experience the Amherst campus at the height of the academic term. From lectures and open houses to student performances and athletic events, the College is bursting with activity at this time of year. Visit the Family Weekend website (below) for a full schedule of events and additional information.

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!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

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

Caution: thesis writing in progress

Thesis Table at Val

Friday Thesis Table at Val is a new weekly event for thesis writers to discuss various facets of the thesis experience. Your hosts will provide discussion prompts, and all thesis writers are welcome to join—to listen, to ask questions, to share advice, to commiserate. Upstairs in Val, every Friday starting October 27, 12-1 p.m. Look for the reserved table!

Sponsored by the Writing Center and the Library.

Students Only

Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Info Table

Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is the first charter school in Baltimore to serve exclusively boys with a continuous academic program from grades 4 through 8. Baltimore Collegiate is inspired, developed and organized by the Board of Trustees of The Five Smooth Stones Foundation, Inc., a non-profit educational institution committed to transforming a generation of boys and young men in Baltimore City with world class educational opportunities.

BCSB is currently seeking driven, courageous, confident college seniors or recent college graduates to perform one extraordinary year of service learning as a Collegiate Teaching Fellow. Fellows must be committed to modeling their Five Smooth Stones core virtues: courage, compassion, integrity, wisdom and resilience. Stop by this info table to learn more about the school's programming and its teaching fellowship opportunity.

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Training: Basics & Mandatory Reporting for Faculty & Staff

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the Amherst College community. Laurie will provide a foundation for understanding Title IX and how it relates to sexual misconduct on campus, explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you.

Women of Amherst College Reception: Celebrating the Moms, Aunts, Sisters, and Friends

Join the Women’s and Gender Center for a celebration of the women in your life. Bring the care-takers that have contributed to your education and personal growth. We will celebrate all care-takers who identify as women, including transgender and cisgender women, and people who identify as women in addition to another identity. We will also celebrate the history of women at the College by sharing notable firsts. For those whose care-takers are not present, you can express your love and gratitude by creating a postcard or letter that the WGC will send on your behalf. Desserts and coffee will be served. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and our queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

Family Weekend: Amherst Women in Law Panel

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join a panel of alumnae for a discussion about their careers paths and experiences in different areas of the legal field. Featuring Elizabeth Grayer ’86, Marni Lerner ’88, Shruti Raju ’01, and Sandra Staub '85. Stay after to meet the panelists and enjoy some refreshments. All are welcome.

Shruti Raju ’01 is an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department's Legal Counsel Division, which advises the Mayor, City agencies, and other elected officials on issues concerning virtually every area of municipal law. In this role, she provides legal advice to shape and implement policy initiatives, drafts State and local legislation proposed by the Mayor and City agencies, and collaborates in the drafting of administrative rules. Before joining the Law Department, Shruti practiced in the general litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She is a graduate of Amherst (BA 2001), the University of Chicago (MA 2003), and NYU Law (JD 2008).

Marni Lerner ’88 is head of the Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Practice at Simpson Thacher in New York City. A 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, she has extensive experience representing a mix of private equity and corporate clients, including family and founder-owned companies, in mergers and acquisitions, public and private divestitures, strategic investments and securities law matters.

Elizabeth Grayer '86 is a former President of Legal Momentum, the nation's oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing women's economic and personal security. Prior to joining Legal Momentum in February 2011, Elizabeth was a Partner in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She also serves on the Boards of the Office of the Appellate Defender, the New Jewish Home, ReadAhead and the Aloha Foundation. Elizabeth is a 1989 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Sandra Staub ‘85 is a senior attorney at the Center for Public Representation (CPR), where she continues her professional dedication to public interest law. Before joining CPR, she was the legal director of the ACLU-CT. During her time at CPR and ACLU-CT, Sandy has advocated for clients’ rights in a number of arenas, including racial profiling, school to prison pipeline, Title IX protections, and ADA protections for people with mental health disabilities. Previously, Sandy was a partner in private practice at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP and at Allison, Angier and Bartmon, LLP; she also served as the first Chief of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Greenfield Community College, Amherst College and Yale Law School.

Lectures by Presidential Teaching Professors Geoffrey Sanborn and Jyl Gentzler: "The Mind in Motion" and "Why Philosophy?"

Please join us for public lectures delivered in celebration of the newly established Henry S. Poler 1959 and R. John Cooper 1964 Presidential Teaching Professorships.

Henry S. Poler 1959 Presidential Teaching Professor of English Geoffrey D. Sanborn's lecture, "The Mind in Motion,” will focus on his passion for and approach to teaching. In her lecture, "Why Philosophy?," R. John Cooper 1964 Presidential Teaching Professor of Philosophy Jyl Gentzler will take as her point of departure Socrates’ famous statement that “an unexamined life is not worth living" and discuss why philosophy is crucial to lives worth living.

We hope you will attend this lively and engaging event, moderated by Dean of the Faculty Catherine A. Epstein.

Family Weekend Economics Talk

4:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

"Cognitive and Behavioral Revolution in Strategic Management" presented by Anoop R. Menon '07, assistant professor of management at the Wharton School. There has been an explosion of academic research incorporating behavioral biases and cognitive factors into the study of strategic decision making. In his talk, Professor Menon will introduce some of the broad themes that have emerged from this growing literature. He will also discuss some of his own interdisciplinary research in this literature which combines insights from strategic management, machine learning, psychology, and neuroscience to explore the role of emotions in strategic decision making. Open to all. Reception to follow in Converse Lobby.

ASA Viewing Party: Fresh Off the Boat

Amherst's Asian Students Association is hosting its first ASA Viewing Party on Friday, November 3rd from 5-6:30 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center. We will be watching an episode of Fresh off the Boat and having a short discussion after. Food will be provided.
This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Several members of the ASO strings section playing their instruments on the Buckley stage

Family Weekend: Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents Works by John Williams

Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents its third concert in its yearlong survey of American music with a tribute to that cinematic giant, composer John Williams.  

Nominated for 50 Academy Awards (winner of five), and renowned for his close collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, Williams has penned and conducted-- in the studio and as former music director of the Boston Pops --perhaps the most masterful film scores of all time. The ASO will present music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Schindler's List, Star Wars and others.

Full details of the orchestra's season can be found at http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required
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International Movie Nights: My Neighbor Totoro

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm Greenway A , Event Space

Join the Office of Residential Life and the Center for International Student Engagement in our first night of our biweekly International Movie Nights series this Friday November 3 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. In this series, we will be showing movies from different countries in celebration of our Amherst global community and appreciation of various art forms. We have " My Neighbor Totoro" lined up as our first movie in Greenway A event space. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Sat, Nov 4, 2017

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Choral Society Brunch and Concert: Family Weekend

The Amherst College Choral Society invites you to a free 11 a.m. brunch in Arms followed by the noon performance.

The Amherst College Choral Society, Mallorie Chernin, director, reprises it's Homecoming concert in its annual Family Weekend concert at noon on Saturday, November 4, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music–Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché, and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. E-mail Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or by calling 413 542 2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

The Art of Being a Woman: Self-Image Workshop

Join the Her Campus Amherst team and the Amherst Community on Saturday, November 4, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in an engaging workshop focused on the art of being a woman and the relevance of self-image. Everyone is invited, so don't hesitate to drag along a friend or three! Snacks and freebies will be provided as well! Sponsored by Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Contact sjones19@amherst.edu for more info!

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ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Family Weekend Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building, featuring Darryl Harper, clarinet. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be collected for the Amherst Survival Center.

Photograph of Lindsey Jordan

WAMH Presents: Snail Mail

Snail Mail, the project of singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan, is one of the premier up-and-coming indie acts around and blowing up fast. Jordan has earned Pitchfork's praise in a full-length write up as "The Wisest Teenage Indie Rocker We Know," a glowing debut EP review, and "Best New Track," The New York Times lauded her as one of "the bands that prove women are making the best rock music today," and she performed for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series - and all while still enrolled in high school.

Come see Snail Mail and local favorite Spacekase Saturday night in the Marsh House Ballroom at Amherst College! Free for all five-college students and the general public!

Brought to you by WAMH 89.3 FM Amherst College Radio. Co-sponsered by Marsh House and Amherst Student Life.

Listen to "Habit" here: http://bit.ly/2h1UpZM

Pitchfork feature: http://bit.ly/2wSYrwu
New York Times feature: http://nyti.ms/2x2NLeX
Album review: http://bit.ly/2gSZ2YZ
Tiny Desk Concert: http://bit.ly/2gLZTXK

Sun, Nov 5, 2017

Arts Expeditions Poster

Art Expeditions: A Morning of Music, Dance and Art Related Workshops

The Arts at Amherst Advocates present Art Expeditions: A Morning of Music, Dance and Art related workshops. Join us this Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for a cross campus arts expedition. There will be six student run workshops in belly dancing, drumming, embroidery, drawing, map making, and dance improvisation. Each workshop is 30 minutes long so you can try more than one!

The belly dancing and dance improvisation workshops will be held in Webster Studio 2 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30a.m.

The drumming workshop will be held in Johnson Chapel at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The embroidery workshop will be held in James Common Room at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The drawing and map making workshops will be held in Fayerweather Drawing Studio, Room 101, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service

1:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

The fall semester's second installment of the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series is a service in the African-American church tradition. The preacher will be The Rev. Timothy Jones '04, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. Resurrect, the Amherst College Gospel Choir, will provide the music. A traditional soul food dinner will follow. All are welcome!

Identify It Day 2017

Do you have a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves-- or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers and insects --to the museum. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Beneski’s greater collections. Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display. Items identified in previous years have included a dinosaur footprint, the hip of a very large pig, an amazing man-made slag crystal and an ancient arrowhead from the Connecticut River Valley.

Peter Crowley, geology professor, notes: "The history of the Earth is long and interesting, so there is a good story behind everything that you find. If you tell us the story about how and where you found it, we can complete the story and tell you what it is and how it formed. It is fun and exciting, because you never know what people are going to bring in."

Our location:
Beneski Museum of Natural History
11 Barrett Hill Drive
Amherst, MA 01002

Mon, Nov 6, 2017

EuroScholars Tabling in Keefe

EuroScholars is a semester-long research abroad program that gives highly motivated students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects (conducted in English) at seven prestigious universities in Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Research projects are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Care and Education. EuroScholars is a great opportunity to gain hands-on research experience that can serve as a building block for your thesis, enhance your graduate school applications and even lead to becoming a published researcher.

A representative from EuroScholars will be on hand to discuss the program at a table in the Keefe Campus Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

LinkedIn Week Table

Come by the LinkedIn table in Keefe on Monday to learn about the week's schedule of events and get your headshot taken! Learn about all that Amherst’s “LinkedIn Week” has to offer, and improve your chances of being a competitive candidate in the internship/job hunt. There will be LinkedIn swag, music and smiles!

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

EuroScholars Info Session in FAYE 113

The EuroScholars program is a semester-long research abroad program that gives highly motivated students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects (conducted in English) at seven prestigious universities in Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Research projects are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Care and Education.

EuroScholars is a great opportunity to gain hands-on research experience that can serve as a building block for your thesis, enhance your graduate school applications, and even lead to becoming a published researcher.

A representative from EuroScholars will be on hand to discuss the program during an Info session in FAYE 113 at 4:30pm.

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"How Do Indigenous Peoples Value Nature?: Experiences from Water Defenders Resisting Mining Projects in Ecuador"

Speaker:
Carlos Perez Guartambel

Ecuarunnari-Caoi
Interpreting by Antonia Carcelen-Estrada

During this event Yaku Perez Guartamble asks the question: Is gold more valuable than water? Ecuador’s paramos are fragile ecosystems rich in water. Yet these waters often run above mineral reserves rich in gold. The state pursues mineral extraction in the name of development. Indigenous peoples, in turn, claim rights to self-determination to protect their waters from extraction industries. This happened in Kimsacocha, where Ecuador’s government granted concessions to Canadian mining companies without consulting the local population. After many protests and failed attempts at having their voices heard, local communities took the matter of consultation into their own hands. On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, the peasant and indigenous communities of Victoria del Portete and Tarqui organized a prior consultation on their own terms. The “community consultation” involved over 1,500 families voting on mining industries in water sources and counted with the presence of national and international observers. Over 90 percent of votes rejected the development of mega-mining in that ecosystem, but the government does not recognize a consultation organized by non-state actors. The water defender and Kañari lawyer Yaku P. Guartambel, now president of the Confederation of Kichwa Peoples in Ecuador (Ecuarunari), tells the story.

As an Indigenous leader, lawyer and scholar, Yaku Perez Guartambel will contribute insights onto sustainable worldviews to face today’s climate crisis. Through his experiences and analysis, he explains the value of indigenous resistance through the notion of rights of nature, first established by the 2008 Constitution of Ecuador and now common across the world. Indigenous approaches to nature are vital in the era of climate change; their claims to self-determination are a valuable tool to promote world peace.

Yaku Perez Guartambel is the director of the Andean Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations, an umbrella organization that articulates indigenous movements in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. He is also president of Ecuarunari, the Confederation of Kichwa Peoples in Ecuador, the country’s largest and oldest Indigenous organization. Perez is a lawyer and has taught at Universidad de Cuenca and Universidad Salesiana. He is the author of six books on issues including parliamentary law, water rights and indigenous justice, and of various articles. His activism focuses on the defense of nature and water, and in the process he has become a major voice opposing governmental policies (he has been repeatedly criminalized by Correa’s government).

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, Lamont Fund and Department of Political Science at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.

ASA Cooking Night

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Greenway, C/D Kitchen

Amherst's Asian Students Association is hosting a Cooking Night on Monday, November 6 from 5–7 p.m. in Greenway C/D Kitchen. We will have a ramen bar as well as catered food. Our intention with this event is to bring Asian students, faculty, staff and allies together to create a stronger Asian community on campus. For more info, email siyu20@amherst.edu.

USUHS Medical School Information Session

The Uniformed Services University’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine is "America’s Medical School" and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. Dr. Patrick O'Malley will be on campus to talk to about the medical school, the Health Professions Scholarship Program, and military medicine in general. All are welcome!

Low-Down on Going Down

Come listen to a student panel share their tricks and tips for "going down." They will discuss practicing safer and consensual sex in a body-positive, queer-positive way, and will provide safer sex resources.

Refreshments and ice cream will be served!

Traveling Postcards

Join us in community to create cards that will travel to another campus to give messages of hope and healing to survivors. Amherst will receive cards from another campus to be shared here. No artistic experience needed. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

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North Indian Classical Music Concert

Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert at Amherst College. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents.

The Artists:

Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for nearly 50 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Unlike many Indian classical musicians who have become well-known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga music. Goswami is a disciple of the late Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with Dr. Balchandra Patekar. Goswami has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A-level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). He was a fellow at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music in 2014, researching Christian ragas.

Tablaist Ramu Pandit is a longtime professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk and popular music. A lifelong disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio, and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S.D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Banaras, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but that now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.

Sponsored by Smith College’s South Asia Concentration, Religion Department, Music Department, Lecture Committee, Ada Howe Kent Fund, and EKTA; Mount Holyoke College’s Department of Asian Studies; Amherst College’s Religion Department; University of Massachusetts Asian Arts & Culture Program; Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program; and the Five College Lecture Fund

Business Graduate Program Info Panel (Brandeis, MIT, Boston University, UMass Isenberg, Suffolk)

Considering pursuing a graduate degree in business? Join admissions representatives from the following schools to learn more about each of their programs and application processes: Brandeis International Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston University's Questrom School of Business, UMass's Isenberg School of Management, and Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School.

Tue, Nov 7, 2017

Summer Experience Symposium: Day 1

9:30 am - 6:00 pm Multiple Locations (See description for details)

Thinking of a summer internship? Curious about summer research? The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development and career exploration. Join us at this multi-day symposium to learn how other Amherst students spent their past summer and how you can plan for this summer!

For more information, you can find the Summer Experience Symposium on the Whova app, or on the webpage below.

*We will raffle off one mammoth stuffed animal per event to session attendees.

Happening today:

Session 1: Coffee & Conversation
9:30–10:30 a.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Facts & Snacks: Open Hour with the Study Abroad Office
11 a.m.–12 p.m. in Room 102, Keefe Campus Center

Session 2: Lunch and Learn
12–1 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Facts & Snacks: Open Hour with the Center for International Student Engagement
1:30–2:30 p.m. in Room 103, Keefe Campus Center

Facts & Snacks: Open Hour at the Center for Community Engagement
4–5 p.m. in Room 102, Keefe Campus Center

Session 3: Bubble Break
5–6 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Antioch University New England - Science Teacher Certification Information Table

Antioch University New England's Science Teacher Certification concentration is the only science teacher certification graduate program in the country that is housed in an environmental studies department. Because participants are earning an MS in Environmental Studies along with science teaching certification, graduates can pursue both formal and non-formal education careers. This coursework for this program can be completed in five semesters. Full-time student teaching can take place almost anywhere in the country during the final semester.

For years, 100% of AUNE’s Science Teacher Certification graduates seeking teaching roles have been hired as science teachers, often within 30 days before or after graduation. There is a critical shortage of middle level and high school science teachers in most states, and a demand for new science teachers is projected into the foreseeable future.

Stop by to meet with outreach coordinator Kristine Burke to learn more about the graduate program and its admissions processes.

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!

Before They Were Ecologically Noble Savages

Before They Were Ecologically Noble Savages: Global Representations of Amazonian Peoples and Nature in the 1970's

The Political Science Department of Amherst College presents: "Before They Were Ecologically Noble Savages:
Global Representations of Amazonian Peoples and Nature in the 1970's"

This event is free and open to the public.

Speaker: Sarah Sarzynski, assistant professor of history at Claremont McKenna College

Sarah Sarzynski’s talk will focus on global representations of indigenous peoples, the environment and sexuality, and how they relate to popular culture theory.

How does the world imagine Amazonia? Sarzynski shows what Amazonian discourses were circulating immediately before the global environmental movement recognized “tropical deforestation” and the burning of the Amazon as a global emergency, and creates environmental-indian alliances. Her analysis focuses on visual representations of peoples in the region to understand broader politics of the Cold War in the region. This talk on global representations of indigenous peoples, the environment and sexuality and relates to popular culture theory. This presentation is based on a peer-reviewed article on representations of the Amazon in popular culture in the 1970’s.

This event is being sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.
The event is free and open to the public

For more information contact Manuela Picq at mpicq@amherst.edu

Facts & Snacks with Casey Jo Dufresne

Are you an international student? Are you thinking about a summer experience? Join us on November 7 at the Center for International Student Engagement (Keefe Campus Center 103) from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to learn how you can plan for this summer and apply for summer experience funding! Light refreshments will be provided.

We will raffle off one mammoth per event to session attendees

If you have questions please email: ciseprograms@amherst.edu

Students Only

Office Hours with Paul Doscher, Business Development Manager for Dartmouth's Tuck Business Bridge Program

Paul Doscher, business development manager for Dartmouth College's Tuck Business Bridge Program, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in the program (particularly those who cannot attend Tuck's scheduled information session that evening).

The 3-week accelerated Business Bridge program gives liberal arts students the business knowledge, skills and experience necessary to leverage their education in the business workplace and beyond. Find out more at http://bridge.tuck.dartmouth.edu.

Sign up now through Quest to reserve your 20-minute, 1-on-1 appointment. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the program's offerings, benefits, and compressed timeline, as well as get advice on how to prepare a successful admissions application. Appointments are open to seniors, juniors and sophomores.

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

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“From Bad Hombres to Bilingual Education: A Raciolinguistic Approach to the Learning of Latinidad” - Jonathan Rosa (Education Studies)

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

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes the second speaker of our interdisciplinary series:
Jonathan Rosa. Dr. Rosa is an assistant professor of education and anthropology at Stanford University. His research focuses on the interplay between youth socialization, raciolinguistic formations and structural inequality in urban educational contexts. He is the author of the forthcoming Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race: Inequality and Ingenuity in the Learning of Latinidad (Oxford University Press).

This presentation analyzes constructions of U.S. Latinx identities from a raciolinguistic perspective, which theorizes historical and contemporary co-naturalizations of language and race. Rather than taking for granted existing categories for parsing and classifying race and language, a raciolinguistic perspective seeks to understand how and why these categories have been co-naturalized, and to imagine their denaturalization as part of a broader structural project of contesting racial capitalism and settler colonialism. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in predominantly Latinx schools and communities, I examine borders delimiting Latinx and American identities on the one hand, and co-naturalizations of language and race on the other. These foci reflect an investment in developing a careful theorization of various forms of racial and linguistic hierarchies, as well as a commitment to the imagination and creation of more just societies.  

This event is sponsored by The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Amherst College Careers in Education Professions, the Samuel B. Cummings Lectureship Fund, and the Amherst College Departments of American Studies, Anthropology/Sociology, Black Studies, Economics, English, History, Mathematics/Statistics and Spanish.

Principal Research Scientist Herman Marshal, MIT Kavli Institute: "The Future of X-Ray Polarimetry in Astronomy"

I will present several projects to measure the X-ray polarizations of astronomical sources over the next 5-10 years. Previous observations were obtained in the 1970s for bright Galactic sources such as X-ray binaries and the Crab Nebula using a Bragg reflection from graphite crystals, limiting the measurements to 2.6 and 5.2 keV. Recently, a few detections have been reported using Compton scattering at hard X-rays. A newly approved NASA mission is the Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer (IXPE). It would operate in the 2-8 keV range and is expected to launch in late 2020. It has an imaging capability, with a resolution of about a half arc-minute, and should detect X-ray polarizations as low as 1-5 percent for a dozen or more active galaxies, supernova remnants, neutron stars and X-ray binaries during a mission lifetime of a few years. I will describe the instrument and a few of the science goals. I will also describe a design for a sounding rocket-based polarimeter to work in the 0.2-0.6 keV band. The method uses gratings developed at MIT and multilayer coated mirrors. Potential targets include active galaxies, isolated neutron stars, and nearby black hole binaries in outburst. The configuration is extensible to orbital use, possibly to be combined with other instruments to provide a bandpass from 0.2 to 50 keV.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@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

Dartmouth College's Tuck Business Bridge Program Information Session

The Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College gives liberal arts students the business knowledge, skills and experience necessary to leverage their education in the business workplace and beyond. In a collaborative and supportive learning environment, the program provides students with:
-- Business Analytics Foundation: Rigorous, practical foundation in business analytics, taught by Tuck’s top faculty.
-- Experiential, Project Based Learning: Experiential learning based on a group project, which culminates in a professional presentation before a business audience.
-- Individual Career Coaching: Personalized coaching and career development, including access to the Tuck Bridge Alumni network, over 4000 strong since 1997.

Join Tuck Business Bridge representative Paul Doscher in this information session to learn more about this graduate program and its admissions processes.

If you are unable to make this session, Doscher will also be holding 1-on-1 office hours with interested students from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Loeb Center. Space is limited and open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores; RSVP for a specific 20-minute appointment through Quest.

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“Unconventional Revision of Narratives: The Emergence of the ‘Arab Jew’ in Contemporary Arabic Literature” - Najat Abdulhaq

6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Historian and political scientist Najat Abdulhaq is an expert on the economic history of Egyptian Jews. Her talk will present and analyze the emergence of the "Arab Jew"—that is, Jew of Arab cultural identity—in contemporary Arabic literature.

This event is sponsored by the Corliss Lamont and George Lurcy Lecture Funds, the Department of History and Hillel.

It is free and open to all!

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Info Session

Join representatives from the Broad Institute, including alum Annie Apffel '16, to learn more about available opportunities such as research associates, associate computational biologists and software engineers.

The Broad Institute, a non-profit, independent research institute, is empowering a revolution in biomedicine to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease. The institute is an “experiment” in a new, collaborative way of doing science — a mission-driven community that brings together researchers in medicine, biology, chemistry, computation, engineering and mathematics from across MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, along with collaborators around the world.
Regardless of focus area, individuals work as a part of a dynamic team, pose challenging questions, analyze results from their own experiments and others, and present research findings.

LinkedIn Week: "Rock Your Profile" Workshop

Learn how to “Rock Your Profile” with LinkedIn Campus [IN]bassador, Kyndall Ashe ’18!

Your LinkedIn profile represents your professional brand. In this training session and workshop, you will learn how to network, best express your achievements, and be found by recruiters from any industry. Kyndall is an incoming Business Leadership Program global sales associate at LinkedIn, and will be speaking about how to optimize your use of the LinkedIn profile platform.

Bring your laptop if you want to get real-time assistance with your profile!

Drunktown's Finest Film Screening

Join us for a screening of the film Drunktown’s Finest and a director’s talk with trans Navajo filmmaker Sydney Freeland. The screening is on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. The director’s talk is on Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m. Both events will be at Keefe Campus Center Theatre.

Brought to you by the Queer Resource Center, the Women’s & Gender Center, the Indigenous & Native Citizens Association, the Association of Amherst Students, and the Office of Student Activities.

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!

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Retro Lenin Poster from the Russian Revolution; Communist Flag

Russian Revolution Centennial

Want to see what the Russian Revolution looked like? Join us Tuesday, November 7 at 9.30 p.m. to commemorate and reenact one of the most consequential events of the past century. We will gather outside Frost library and proceed to storm the building.

Exactly one hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution changed the world in ways with which we are still trying to grapple today.

Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a political event in support of Communism, or to show the Revolution in a positive light; rather, the purpose of this event is to educate the community about the historical events of 1917.

Wed, Nov 8, 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.

Summer Experience Symposium: Day 2

9:30 am - 5:00 pm Multiple Locations (See description for details)

Thinking of a summer internship? Curious about summer research? The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development and career exploration. Join us at this multi-day symposium to learn how other Amherst students spent their past summer and how you can plan for this summer!

For more information, you can find the Summer Experience Symposium on the Whova app, or on the webpage below.

*We will raffle off one mammoth stuffed animal per event to session attendees.

Happening today:

Session 4: Coffee & Conversation
9:30 a.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Info Session: Amherst Select Internship Program
12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Loeb Center Events Room, College Hall

Facts & Snacks: Open Hour with the Loeb Center
4–5 p.m. in the Loeb Center Events Room, College Hall

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!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

First-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Light refreshments will be provided.

*As part of the Summer Experience Symposium week, we will raffle off one mammoth to session attendees

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!

U.S. Attorney's Office Internship Information Session

The United States Attorneys’ Office in Springfield is staffed by 8 assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) who investigate and prosecute federal crimes in western Massachusetts. One AUSA also represents the federal government in civil cases.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts represents the entire state and its 6.8 million residents. Of the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the United States and its territories, the District of Massachusetts is one of the busiest, prosecuting a broad range of cases including national security, white collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, narcotics, money laundering, organized crime, gang violence and civil rights violations. In addition, the office’s Civil Division tackles complex cases ranging from large affirmative health care fraud to bankruptcy.

Student interns assist the AUSAs with a variety of important tasks, including research and preparation of legal documents in both civil and criminal cases. The interns also have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of the federal criminal justice process.

Attend this information session to learn more about the office's summer internship program, which is open to college seniors, juniors and sophomores.

Introduction to the Careers In Education Professions Program

Come learn about the Amherst Careers In Education Professions program! Our program takes a multidisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of education, focusing on the history of education, teaching, school reform, education policy, and the sciences of human learning and development. We support and motivate a growing corps of prospective teachers and welcome those who wish to re-imagine education and its contribution to a democratic society.

Light refreshments will be provided.

*As part of the Summer Experience Symposium week, we will raffle off one mammoth to session attendees

Crafternoons: Shrinky Dinks!

Come join us in the WGC for Crafternoons. One Wednesday each month will be dedicated to an afternoon of feminist crafting headed by Ashley Maitland, assistant director of residential life.

November 8: Shrinky Dinks!

Ashley started working at Amherst College in August 2016. Before coming to Amherst College, she received her Masters of Education in Student Affairs with a certificate in Social Justice Education from Iowa State University. Before graduate school, she attended college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Ashley is passionate about and finds joy in feminism, social justice, crafts, dogs and yummy food! Ashley believes that new generations of young folks continue to make the world a better and more equitable place! For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

The Earth Institute (Columbia University) Information Session

Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability. The people who make up the Earth Institute are earth scientists, economists, business and policy experts, specialists in public health and law, researchers, teachers and students. The institute comprises more than two dozen research centers and several hundred people who collaborate across many disciplines and schools at the university.

In this information session, Program Manager Avantika Goswami will talk about the various environment/sustainability Masters programs offered, as well as their application processes. This event is presented by Amherst College's Environmental Studies department in partnership with the Loeb Center.

The Earth Institute (Columbia University) Information Session

6:00 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall, Room 107

Please join The Earth Institute at an information session to learn about the professionally-oriented master’s programs in environmental science and policy, sustainability management and sustainability science at Columbia University. The session will cover admissions, fellowships and careers after graduation.

QTPOC GROUP

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

Facebook Tech Talk

In this Tech Talk, engineers from Facebook will present a coding and interview prep workshop for those looking to pursue opportunities within the tech industry.

Facebook offers a number of exciting opportunities for university grads and interns who want to help its mission to bring the world closer together. The company's open culture, world-class mentors and opportunities for real impact are just a few reasons why its intern program was ranked #1 on Glassdoor two years in a row. In this session, presenters will provide details particularly about Summer 2018 internship opportunities across engineering, tech/design, and business areas.

This event is hosted in partnership with Amherst College's Computer Science Club.

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Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in Conversation

As a part of Trans Empowerment Month, join us in welcoming Zackary Drucker, American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and television producer, along with Los Angeles-based gallery director Tarrah von Lintel.

Careers In Government and Nonprofit Mixer

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other Amherst students interested in careers in the government and nonprofit sectors! Meet, talk and share experiences with like-minded students over refreshments. Whether your interest is just starting to grow, or you already have a few internships under your belt — everyone is welcome!

Light refreshments will be provided.

*As part of the Summer Experience Symposium week, we will raffle off one mammoth to session attendees

"Sizing Up Climate Change: Energy, Policy and Politics"

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Dan Utech, President Obama's senior adviser on climate change policy, will discuss current policy, future possibilities, the Paris Climate Accord and more. This is an Amherst Political Union (APU) event.

Talk by Binalakshmi Nepram: "Has the Multi-Billion-Dollar Arms Trade Put Us All on the Firing Line?"

7:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl)

"Has The Multi-Billion Dollar Arms Trade Put Us All on the Firing Line?: Women for Disarmament, Peace, Security and Nonviolence"

Talk by Binalakshmi Nepram, writer-activist and founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace

Binalakshmi Nepram, born in the state of Manipur in northeast India, is a poet, author and civil rights leader who has spearheaded women's activism around peace, security and disarmament. She is the author of five books, most recently Where are our Women in Decision Making?. In 2004, she co-founded India's first civil society disarmament organization. Three years later, she launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. She has received numerous awards for her work. You can follow her work on Twitter @BinaNepram.

Sponsored by the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World

LinkedIn Week: Professional Headshots and LinkedIn Profile Reception

We all know how important first impressions can be on the job hunt! Join us in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) to have your professional headshot taken and an opportunity to ask questions to incoming LinkedIn associate Kyndall Ashe ’18 and Loeb Center staff in an informal setting. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make your LinkedIn profile shine from all angles for potential employers in a low-stakes environment, as well as hear about the resources the Loeb Center has to offer during your job search. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

*As part of the Summer Experiences Symposium week, a mammoth will be raffled off to attendees.

Thu, Nov 9, 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.

Summer Experience Symposium: Day 3

9:30 am - 5:30 pm Multiple Locations (See description for details)

Thinking of a summer internship? Curious about summer research? The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development and career exploration. Join us at this multi-day symposium to learn how other Amherst students spent their past summer and how you can plan for this summer!

For more information, you can find the Summer Experience Symposium on the Whova app, or on the webpage below.

*We will raffle off one mammoth stuffed animal per event to session attendees.

Happening today:

Session 5: Coffee & Conversation
9:30–10:30 a.m. in the McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center

Session 6: Lunch and Learn
1:30–2:30 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center

Session 7: Bubble Break
3–4 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center

Session 8: Popcorn Pop-Up
4:30–5:30 p.m. in Room 102, Keefe Campus Center

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!

Zackary Drucker, Relationship, #12.

Artist Lunch with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the QRC

All students are invited to informal lunch and conversation with Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in the Queer Resource Center.

Amherst International Alumni and Student Online Networking

Don't miss out on this chance to chat with international Amherst alumni from around the world! Share your experiences, exchange career tips, and build your professional network — all online, from any device.

This event will connect current international students with alumni who studied as international students at Amherst.

Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in from your room, Frost library, or anywhere else on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you’ll participate in 1-on-1 chats with alumni. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing you to quickly meet new people, exchange contact information, and walk away with several new connections you didn't have before. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at your history, review your notes, gather contact information and follow up.

Register online: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/amherst/e/GrBqQ

Tech questions? Contact Carly Nartowicz at cnartowicz@amherst.edu in Alumni & Parent Programs.
Networking tips? Come to the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning’s drop-in hours.

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.

Sophomore Strengths

What are your greatest strengths? This is a very common interview question. But it’s also an important question to ask yourself as you consider your career options. People who know their strengths and have the opportunity to use them at work are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and thrice as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

Join other sophomores to discover your top five strengths through the StrengthsQuest online assessment and follow-up workshop. You’ll learn more about yourself and what you have to offer that’s unique. There’s a 1/250,000 chance that another person has your same top five strengths!

Space is limited and open only to sophomores; RSVP required through Quest (under the Workshops tab). The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 8. Once you register, you'll receive an email with instructions for taking the online assessment prior to the workshop.

LinkedIn Week: Get Noticed – Publishing on LinkedIn

Ever had a story to tell about your academic or professional journey? Join LinkedIn Campus [IN]bassador, Kyndall Ashe ’18, to learn about the power of publishing on LinkedIn’s publishing platform. Whether in short or long-form posts, publishing on LinkedIn can help you grow your ideas, gain followers, and ultimately stand out to recruiters and potential employers. In this session, we will learn how to use the platform, and even practice writing some of our own posts!

Image from "Im Juli" of a woman and a man in a vehicle

German Film Series: "Im Juli"

There will be two screenings of Im Juli, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Moritz Bleibtreu (Run, Lola, Run) plays an uptight schoolteacher from Hamburg who embarks on an adventurous journey to follow the love of his life, a young Turkish woman, to Istanbul, in this romantic comedy-drama full of surprising twists. Adult situations occur. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Please note, we made a change in the film for this week. We'll show Im Juli. Contact Megan Howes for more information.

Getting a Jump on Law School

Do you think law school might be in your future? Join prelaw advisor Kali Odell to find answers to your pressing questions and learn more about the law school process. Major topics covered include: how to prepare during your time at Amherst, how to decide if and when law school is right for you, taking the LSAT and an overview of the application process.

Closeup of Ryan Vigil leaning over a piano and sheet music, with a pair of eyeglasses in his hand

Ryan Vigil: A Recital of New Music for Solo Piano

Composer and pianist Ryan Vigil presents a selection of original compositions for solo piano tracing a path from the distantly evocative to the highly abstract. The program opens with an early work written in memorian Toru Takemitsu, includes several shorter items, and culminates with a performance of a 25-minute untitled work from 2014.

In two events over two days, Ryan Vigil (composer, pianist, musicologist and visiting lecturer in the Amherst College Music Department) presents an emphatic defense of musical abstraction. First, in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) Salon-- on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Frost Library --he argues for the inherent power and poignancy of an unexpectedly rare musical aesthetic. The following day, Vigil gives listeners an opportunity to explore the new listening paradigm outlined in his talk, presenting a solo piano recital of original compositions.

Active as a composer, conductor, pianist, musicologist and teacher, Ryan Vigil has been a visible presence in new music communities throughout the northeastern United States for well over a decade. Ryan has been credited with creating a “sound world all his own,” one which invites listeners to engage with the music as pure, abstract sound. Noted for its sensitivity to color and a relaxed, open approach to form, his music has acquired a faithful following among classically trained performers, progressive improvisers and lay audiences all over the country. His music, ranging from solo compositions to orchestral works, has been performed on four continents.

Ryan’s music has recently been heard at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Longy School of Music’s Pickman Concert Hall, and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center. Concerts devoted exclusively to Ryan’s work have been presented on numerous campuses across the country, including the University of Hartford, the University of New Hampshire, Tufts University, Yale University, Colby College and Connecticut College. Performances of Ryan’s music have been given at numerous museums and galleries, including MassMoCA, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Colby Museum of Art, and the Zeitgeist Gallery. Finally, Ryan’s music has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival, Music05 (Cincinnati), June in Buffalo, New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance, the Rivers Music School’s Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, and the Cazenovia Festival of New Music and Art.

Ryan’s work as a scholar centers on American experimental music, with a special emphasis on the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. His work has been published in Perspectives of New Music and American Music. Teaching remains a major priority for Ryan. After a two-year engagement as the faculty fellow in music at Colby College, and a year lecturing at Connecticut College, Ryan is currently a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches courses in ear training, theory, composition and music history. This semester he is a visiting lecturer in the music department at Amherst College, where he is teaching composition and advising senior composition theses.

Decolonize Your Thirst

Are they cute or have you been programmed to think they are cute? Is there a line between socialization and sexual and romantic attractions? How can we interrogate our sexual and romantic attraction if our desire is rooted in normative beauty standards, rigid gender norms and white supremacy? Join the Women’s and Gender Center and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect on Thursday, November 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. as we explore ways that we can decolonize our thirst through self-reflection and radical self-love. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

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 Careers In 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, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall
• Friday, Nov. 3 at noon – Loeb Center Events Room
• Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. – Fayerweather 113
• Monday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room

Light refreshments will be provided.

*As part of the Summer Experience Symposium week, we will raffle off one mammoth to session attendees

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

Event poster featuring a silhouette of a man looking out over a cityscape with skyscrapers

"Complicit" Film Screening and Q&A with Director Heather White

Come attend this film screening, followed by Q&A session with director Heather White.

The Department of Political Science, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations and Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College present Complicit, a film by Heather White and Lynn Zhang.

This event is free and open to the public.

Heather White is an international expert on global corporate social responsibility (CSR), having provided social risk advisory and in-factory trainings for stakeholders since 2000.
 Her research reports and recommendations on ethical sourcing standards have been recognized by United Nations agencies, EU parliament and several government ministries of labor and finance. Heather is an award-winning social entrepreneur and researcher with 20 years experience as an advocate for increased corporate social responsibility, focusing on supply chain and human rights issues. A research fellow at the Edmond Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, she is the Founder of Verité, a nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation and many others. Heather holds degrees from Harvard and MIT.

Complicit is a documentary film about electronics factories in China and the health hazards endured by factory workers. Shot below the radar, Complicit follows the journey of Chinese factory migrant-worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labor law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. But the struggle to defend millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill due to working conditions necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest brands, including Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately, neither powerful businesses nor the government are willing to have such scandals exposed.

For more information, contact Kerry Ratigan at kratigan@amherst.edu

"Paleoecology and Taphonomy of the Ediacara Biota": Talk by Lidya Tarhan '08

7:00 pm Beneski Museum of Natural History, Paino Lecture Hall, Room 107

The geology department welcomes Lidya Tarhan '08 for a research talk on "Paleoecology and Taphonomy of the Ediacara Biota." Tarhan is a National Science Foundation earth sciences postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University.

Peer Gynt trolls: colorful, cartoonish figures with the heads of a pig, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump and others

"Peer Gynt"

The Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play by the renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz and written by Eliraz, Joshua Wren '14 and the company.

This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer on his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, camaraderie and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Tickets are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277.

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!

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.

Concert poster of Vagabon with special guests Bella and Carinae

Vagabon Concert

WAMH and Student Activities present: Vagabon, with special guests Bella and Carinae!

Join us for a night of music at the Powerhouse on November 9.
Doors open at 8 p.m., Show begins at 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to all .

Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Office Hours with Alice Lynch, Director of Lesley University’s Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP)

Alice Lynch, director of Berwick Academy/Lesley University's collaborative Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP), will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the graduate teaching program.

Berwick's TAP is designed for highly motivated, intellectually curious adults who want to participate in a comprehensive and enriching teacher residency program. The TAP offers a purposeful blend of hands-on teaching experiences and graduate courses, resulting in a Masters of Education degree in fourteen months. Each teaching apprentice in this field-based program works full-time under the guidance of experienced Berwick Academy faculty mentors for an entire academic year while taking Lesley University courses.

Sign up in Quest for a 20-minute appointment. This is an opportunity to have a 1-on-1 conversation with the TAP program director, during which you can ask questions about how the program works and gain advice on how to submit a strong admissions application package.

The TAP is also holding an information session for interested students at 12:30 p.m. in the Loeb Center. Lunch will be provided for participants.

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!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Colorful event poster showing a man holding a can of gold spray paint in his paint-covered hand

Documentary Film Screening: "Mele Murals"

Come to a screening of the documentary Mele Murals with director Tadashi Nakamura on Friday, Nov. 10, in Keefe Theater Room 008.

Mele Murals is a documentary of the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians.

Caution: thesis writing in progress

Thesis Table at Val

Friday Thesis Table at Val is a new weekly event for thesis writers to discuss various facets of the thesis experience. Your hosts will provide discussion prompts, and all thesis writers are welcome to join—to listen, to ask questions, to share advice, to commiserate. Upstairs in Val, every Friday starting October 27, 12-1 p.m. Look for the reserved table!

Sponsored by the Writing Center and the Library.

Students Only

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Session

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. The 145 affiliated professors in J-PAL's network are based at 49 top universities around the world, and there are more than 300 dedicated research, policy, education and training staff across research centers at academic institutions in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and South and Southeast Asia.

J-PAL North America has a full-time staff of more than 30 researchers, policy experts and administrative professionals, and works across a range of sectors including health care, housing, criminal justice, education and labor markets. J-PAL is currently recruiting for both international and domestic positions. This information session is an opportunity for interested students to find out more about J-PAL and its hiring opportunities.

How the Humanities Prepare You for Careers in Business

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Join us for an alumni panel (and free lunch) to hear from four Amherst alumni who have parlayed humanities majors — from English to Black Studies to Religion — into executive jobs spanning business and brand development, marketing and product management in various sectors. Bring your questions about finding jobs, using the alumni network, and how to talk about your humanities major during the job search process!

Featured alumni:
Adam Alfandary ‘10 – Uber
Matt Collins ‘94 – Simulmedia, Inc.
Kathleen Evans ‘07 – Conductor, Inc.
Ania Wieckowski ‘03 – Harvard Business Review Press

Jennifer Lawless: “Why Women Don’t Run for Office and What Happens When They Do”

Claims of bias against female candidates abound in American politics. From superficial media coverage to gender stereotypes held by voters, the conventional wisdom is that women routinely encounter a formidable series of obstacles that complicate their path to elective office. Jennifer Lawless presents original research to refute this prevailing view and argues that the declining novelty of women in politics, coupled with the polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties, has left little space for the sex of a candidate to influence modern campaigns. When they run for office, male and female candidates not only perform equally well on Election Day-- they also face a very similar electoral landscape. The main reason women remain under-represented is that they’re less likely to emerge as candidates in the first place. Lawless will discuss the factors that contribute to this gender gap in political ambition and recommend strategies for closing it.

*Lawless' research is on women candidates running for Congress in general elections in 2010 and 2014. The women candidates in these years were all cisgender.

For more information about this event, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

life stories

Life Stories with Grace Karanja '18

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster empathy and community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and learning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. This event is sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

#StopItNow Event

What can we do to create a community where unwanted touching is challenged and prevented? How can we make parties and events safe for all of our students? Join us on Friday from 12-2 p.m. at the Keefe fire pit to learn some new skills or brush up on some old ones, learn about resources in our community, help us brainstorm solutions to make parties fun and safe for everyone and enter to win some cool prizes. Sexual Respect Education, Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, Student Health Educators, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Office of Title IX and ACPD will have resources and information for Amherst students.

Berwick Academy/Lesley University Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP) Info Session

Berwick Academy and Lesley University’s Collaborative Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP) offers a purposeful blend of hands-on teaching experiences and graduate courses, resulting in a Masters of Education degree in fourteen months. Each teaching apprentice in this field-based program works full-time under the guidance of experienced Berwick Academy faculty mentors for an entire academic year while taking Lesley University courses. Our apprentices develop the knowledge and skills essential for successful teaching while earning legitimate work experience at one of New England’s finest independent schools.

Berwick's TAP is designed for highly motivated, intellectually curious adults who want to participate in a comprehensive and enriching teacher residency program. Join Alice Lynch, TAP director, to learn more about the program and its application processes.

Lunch will be provided for participants!

Lynch will also be holding private office hours from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Loeb Center for students to have 1-on-1 conversations, during which you can ask questions about how the program works and gain advice on how to submit a strong admissions application package. RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited.

Summer Experience Symposium: Day 4

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Multiple Locations (See description for details)

Thinking of a summer internship? Curious about summer research? The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development and career exploration. Join us at this multi-day symposium to learn how other Amherst students spent their past summer and how you can plan for this summer!

For more information, you can find the Summer Experience Symposium on the Whova app, or on the webpage below.

*We will raffle off one mammoth stuffed animal per event to session attendees.

Happening today:

Facts & Snacks: Open Hour with the Office for Campus Diversity & Student Leadership
1:30–2:30 p.m. in Room 204, Keefe Campus Center

Session 9: Popcorn Pop-Up
3–4 p.m. in Room 102, Keefe Campus Center

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and our queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

"In Defense of Voting Rights": Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America

On Friday, Nov. 10, in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at the Frost Library, the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will reconvene to discuss the topic of “In Defense of Voting Rights.” Guest speakers will be Catherine E. Lhamon '93, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Justin Levitt, professor at Loyola Law School and former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America and the Sperling Fund.

Trans Empowerment Week: Craftivist

Join the Queer Resource Center and the Women's and Gender Center (WGC) for a Trans Empowerment Week Craftivist project. We will be celebrating the powerful and beautiful legacies of trans women of color by making posters in the WGC. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

Amherst College Mathematics and Statistics Connecticut Valley Colloquium

Rachel Ward, University of Texas at Austin
Mathematics for k-means clustering and beyond

Abstract: Under the hood of any modern algorithm for "big data" analysis is a step where the data is clustered into a smaller number of groups. The most widely-used clustering objective is the k-means algorithm, which aims to partition a set of n points into k clusters in such a way that each observation belongs to the cluster with the nearest mean, and such that the sum of squared distances from each point to its nearest mean is minimal. In general, this is a hard optimization problem, requiring an exhaustive search over all possible partitions of the data into k clusters in order to find the optimal clustering. At the same time, fast heuristic algorithms are often applied in many data processing applications, despite having few guarantees on the clusters they produce. In this talk, we will introduce new algorithms and techniques for solving the k-means optimization problem, based on semidefinite relaxation, and present geometric conditions on a set of data such that the algorithm is guaranteed to find the optimal k-means clustering for the data. The new algorithm has surprising connections to matrix factorization and manifold learning, and we conclude by discussing several open problems.

The talk will be followed by a dinner at 30 Boltwood Restaurant. Reservations are required and cost $20 per person. Email awtorrey@amherst.edu for a reservation.

LinkedIn Week: [In]Day Volleyball Tournament

At LinkedIn, “[In]Days” are all about embracing the LinkedIn culture by focusing on a LinkedIn value one day per month and participating in events that reflect the day’s theme. This [In]Day’s theme will be “Play,” and thus will be in the form of a LinkedIn-themed volleyball tournament! Teams will receive team names inspired by some of the LinkedIn values (e.g. Transformation, Integrity, Results, Excellence and more), and will compete in a friendly competition to win some LinkedIn swag!

Teams may have at most 6 players, and all levels of experience are welcome. RSVP’s encouraged (but not mandatory) via email at kashe18@amherst.edu.

Come ready to act like an owner and collaborate with your team to get those positive results!

Peer Gynt trolls: colorful, cartoonish figures with the heads of a pig, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump and others

"Peer Gynt"

The Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play by the renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz and written by Eliraz, Joshua Wren '14 and the company.

This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer on his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, camaraderie and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Tickets are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277.

"The Urgency of Teacher Racial/Ethnic Diversity in an Increasingly Diverse Society" - Presented by Travis Bristol '03

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

At the very moment policy makers call for increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of the teaching force, teachers of color continue to leave the profession at higher rates than their white colleagues. This talk will highlight research that points to the "added value" for students of color when taught by a teacher of color. Additionally, this talk will provide guidance for researchers, policy makers and practitioners looking to recruit, support and retain teachers of color.

Amherst College alumnus Travis J. Bristol '03, a former high school English teacher and World Bank consultant, is an assistant professor in English education at Boston University School of Education with an affiliation in educational leadership and policy studies.

Closeup of Angela Hewitt, smiling

M@A Chamber Series: Angela Hewitt, Piano: "Bach Odyssey"

Program:
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita in A major, BWV 832
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her renditions of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

“It was a positive sensation. The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. It would have been more accurate to say I was floating just below the ceiling.”
The Sunday Times

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to concert begin. Free Amherst Student rush tickets are available on the night of the performance.

Ticket website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Amherst Student Rush tickets on the night of the performance: Free

Tickets Required

Marsh Coffee Haus IV: Where u at, family?

The Marsh house of arts presents the fourth edition of Coffee Haus. Come by to support student arts in the form of music, song, poetry, dance, improv, literature and many many others.

Performers wanted! Email marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to sign up for a 5-minute slot and present your art (in whichever form it comes). Come and share your talent!

Free and open to the public.

Sat, Nov 11, 2017

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Women of Color Forum

9:30 am - 2:15 pm Greenway A Event Space

An annual event organized by students and staff, the Women of Color Forum brings a select group of Amherst alumnae and current students together to explore topics that affirm and examine the lives, work and experiences of women of color in the world. This year’s program will focus on what it means to be/identify as a woman of color and how we build a coalition as a collective group. A keynote with speaker Veronica Jordan ’85 P’20 and small group discussions between alumnae and students will be featured.

Visit https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/connect/networks/women-of-color-forum for more information and to RSVP.

The Women of Color Forum is brought to you by the office of Student Affairs, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Women's and Gender Center, and the office of Alumni and Parent Programs.

Questions about the Women of Color Forum? Contact Alumni and Parent Programs at alumni@amherst.edu or 413-542-2313.

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M@A Masterclass: Angela Hewitt, piano

M@A Masterclass: Angela Hewitt, piano. FREE and open to the public. Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. No reservations required.

Yuji Sato, student of Gilles Vonsattel: J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor from Book 1 of The Well-Tempered Clavier

Audrey Cheng, student of Gilles Vonsattel: Claude Debussy, Reflets dans l’eau

Amber Liu, student of Chonghyo Shin: Haydn Sonata in E flat Major Hob XVI:52 No. 62, movement 1

Fancy book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Peer Gynt trolls: colorful, cartoonish figures with the heads of a pig, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump and others

"Peer Gynt"

The Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play by the renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz and written by Eliraz, Joshua Wren '14 and the company.

This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer on his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, camaraderie and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Tickets are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277.

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CAB Fall Formal: A Night at the Museum

Campus Activities Board is back with our annual Fall Formal! This year's theme is "A Night at the Museum" and is being held in the Beneski Museum on November 11 from 9-11 p.m. We'll have music from the Buckley Boys, our very own student string quartet, and champagne and cider for 21+.

Students Only

Sun, Nov 12, 2017

A fall morning at Book and Plow; the sun rising over a field.

Book and Plow Farm Glean and Clean

Hello Folks! The weather is certainly colder, but the farm is still cooking. Well, Valentine Chefs are cooking, but we're still growing a lot of food. If you want to come hang out, spend time outdoors with friends (maybe make new friends) and learn about Book and Plow, join us!

On Sunday, November 12, we will meet at 10 a.m. at our greenhouse on Tuttle Hill for a Glean and Clean, where we harvest food to donate and beautify the farm. We will finish up around noon. Wear warm layers! Thanks!

Email bookandplowfarm@gmail.com with any questions.

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!

Phuong-Nghi Pham '18 standing outdoors, near grass, a paved path and blue water

Performance Thesis: Phuong-Nghi Pham '18, Piano

The Amherst College Department of Music presents an honors thesis in piano performance, Kaleidoscope, by Phuong-Nghi Pham '18. The recital takes place on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Each piece of music is its own universe, with distinctive patterns, quirks, colors and vocabulary. In putting together a recital program, the performer does a strange thing: she plucks out a handful of these universes, juxtaposes them in an arguable order, and brings them into collective perception at a specific time and place. Because the act of listening to music or playing music is so bound to the present unfolding of sound, is a recital more of a journey, where moments linger and coalesce into something bigger than themselves, or is it a series of snapshots capturing current action and feelings? Although the performer inhabits these eclectic universes, the audience, in traveling along, also gets to interact with the kaleidoscope that is this particular landscape of sound. In this recital, Phuong-Nghi hopes to explore these moments of play and the playful dynamics that define a live performance.

Serving as the dramatic and emotional anchors at the beginning and the end are the two biggest works in the program: one of Schubert’s final piano sonatas and Chopin’s final ballade. The rainbow offering in the middle highlights the unexpected resonances among the five composers who hail from different countries and span four centuries of music.

Program:

Schubert - Sonata D.959 in A Major
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Scarlatti - Sonata K.1
Ligeti - Etude No.5 "Arc-en-ciel"
Langa - Refraction
Albéniz - Evocación from Iberia
Debussy - Etude No.12 "pour les accords"
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Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F minor

The recital will last for 90 minutes (including intermission), followed by a reception.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Feedback Table

Stop by and take a 1-minute survey to give the Loeb Center your feedback on the Amherst Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring program. If you've never done Pathways, we want to hear from you too! We'd like to know why you haven't participated. All feedback is welcome and critical to making this a program worth your while.

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

Introduction to the Careers In Business and 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

Event poster featuring a photo by Kalab Begna '19 of a lush jungle of trees

Third Annual International Photo Contest Reception

Come to the reception that kicks off the international education week! We will showcase the top five photographs in each category and you will get to vote, both at the reception and the entire week as well. Come join us from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Frost Library Reading Room. There will be snacks.

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"What Is a Constitutional Crisis (and Are We in One)?"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College presents: "What Is a Constitutional Crisis (and Are We in One)?"

This event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Vladeck '01 will give a talk about how the first 10 months of the Trump presidency have not only raised a litany of novel and important legal and constitutional questions about presidential power, presidential privileges and immunities, the separation of powers, and individual rights, but have also rekindled a deeper inquiry into the difference between political and legal crises. Are current events just another byproduct of the contemporary age of American politics, or is there something qualitatively different about the issues we’re debating today-- and the role that the various institutions of American government have been and are playing in shaping and settling those debates? When does a system like ours reach a point of “constitutional crisis” that might justify resorting to extreme measures-- and are we there now?

Steve Vladeck ’01 (@steve_vladeck) is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck is a prolific, widely cited and award-winning scholar, is CNN’s Supreme Court analyst, and is co-author of the leading law school casebooks in national security law and counterterrorism law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog and co-host of the popular National Security Law Podcast. A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked after law school for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College summa cum laude with highest distinction in history and mathematics, and wrote his senior thesis on “Leipzig's Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present.”

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.

Trans Empowerment Week: Trans and Nonbinary Panel

Join the Queer Resource Center and the Women's and Gender Center for a panel on trans, nonbinary and other gender nonconforming identities. We will explore what it means to hold these identities, how to navigate campus and the greater world and the ways gender identities intersect with other identities and aspects of life. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Liberty in North Korea: Documentary Screening

Join Liberty in North Korea on November 13, 2017 at Stirn Auditorium at 7 p.m. for our screening of "Danny from North Korea" - a short documentary covering Danny's life starting from the challenges he faced in North Korea to his bold escape to China and resettlement in the U.S. Movie snacks will be provided!

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Poetry Reading: Vievee Francis

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

As Sebastian Matthews writes, “The poems in Vievee Francis’ Forest Primeval are fearless, full-throated, whip-smart and can come at you from just about any angle.” Francis is the author of two other books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly and Horse in the Dark, which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, textbooks and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College. The event will be followed by refreshments.

French Film Screening: "Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre" (2002)

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

This fantasy/adventure film, directed by Alain Chabat, is one of the most successful French movies of the last 20 years. Astérix and Obélix, two famous Gaul comic book characters, are brought to life in this film by Gérard Depardieu and Christian Clavier. The plot of the film centers around a bet that Cleopatra has made with Julius Caesar. In order to win the bet and defend the greatness of her people, the queen of Egypt asks her architect to build a gigantic palace for Julius Caesar and take no longer than 3 months to do so. The poor man has no choice but to count on the magic and especially the powers of three Gaul friends: Astérix, Obélix and Panoramix. But things are not so easy. Jealousy, schemes, manipulations and even the army come into play and become major obstacles to the fulfillment of this important, seemingly impossible project.

This film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Feedback Table

Stop by and take a 1-minute survey to give the Loeb Center your feedback on the Amherst Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring program. If you've never done Pathways, we want to hear from you too! We'd like to know why you haven't participated. All feedback is welcome and critical to making this a program worth your while.

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!

Clark University Graduate Programs Info Table

Founded in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the country, Clark University boasts a long tradition of innovative ideas and unconventional thinking. By coming to Clark, graduate students follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and creative thinkers of the past 125 years.

Clark has played a prominent role in the development of several academic disciplines, including psychology, geography and interdisciplinary studies. It was a Clark physics professor, Albert Michelson, who was the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences, and a Clark biology professor, Gregory Pincus, whose research led to the development of the birth control pill.

Highly specialized programs focused on Holocaust and genocide studies, geographic information systems and other nonstandard areas reflect Clark's pioneering academic culture. Clark was among the first universities to fully integrate master's-level management studies with in-depth programs on community development, international development and sustainability.

Stop by this information table to meet with graduate admissions counselor Hunter Loring and learn more about Clark University's graduate programs and admissions processes.

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

Exhibition Opening: "Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union showcases works produced by the leading members of the Soviet nonconformist art movement, who rejected the state-prescribed style of Socialist Realism and created their art with no regard for restrictions on subject matter or style. Emerging around 1956 and lasting through the late 1980s, nonconformist art encompassed a broad range of artists, united in their search for alternative means of artistic self-expression. Please learn more at http://tinyurl.com/y8fogumk.

S'mores Party

All first generation college student/graduate and/or low-income community members are welcome to attend our s'mores party. Come connect with other students, staff and faculty while enjoying a s’more by the fire-pit! No R.S.V.P. required.

Questions? Contact Tenzin, tkunor@amherst.edu, or Casey Jo, cdufresne@amherst.edu. For accessibility accommodations, email cdsl@amherst.edu or call (413)-542-5763.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

Trans Empowerment Week: Transgender Day Of Remembrance Ceremony & Dinner

A closed space for trans and nonbinary people, as well as for anyone who experiences gender in a complex, nonconforming, or fluid way and those who love us. We will be remembering and celebrating the lives of those we lost in a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse, followed by a community dinner which will be cooked and enjoyed in Newport Basement. If you would like to come to dinner, please email wgc@amherst.edu.

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

A closed space for trans and nonbinary people, as well as for anyone who experiences gender in a complex, nonconforming, or fluid way and those who love us. We will be remembering and celebrating the lives of those we lost in a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse, followed by a community dinner which will be cooked and enjoyed in Newport Basement. If you would like to come to dinner, please email wgc@amherst.edu.

Audible Information Session

Audible, an Amazon company, is a highly profitable media company in hyper-growth. Its staff is a collection of artists and technologists with a love of literature, performance and the spoken word. Audible is the leading provider of audiobooks worldwide with a huge catalog of exclusive content and first-class listening experiences on Kindle, Android and iOS devices.

Audible's paid technology internship program is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors, and pairs participants with a mentor for 10-12 weeks. Interns are embedded with a team and participate in the full life cycle of software development. In addition to creating awesome software projects, interns attend lunch-and-learns, team volunteer activities, social networking events, and housing accommodations. Currently, Audible is looking for developers excited to work and learn about global-scale services, front-end systems, native mobile (iOS and Android), machine learning, data visualization, etc. Opportunities are available in Cambridge, Mass. (Kendall Square); Newark, New Jersey (near New York City); and Seattle, Washington.

Attend this information session to learn more about Audible, its internship program, and its internship and full-time application processes.

Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation led by Dr. Rabbi Laibl Wolf

Mindfulness and Jewish Meditation, How to Lead A Stress-Free and Meaningful Life: An Evening with Dr. Rabbi Laibl Wolf

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf will lead a session on "Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation, How to Lead a Stress-Free and Meaningful Life." This will focus on neutralizing anxiousness and worry, living consciously in the now and transforming the way we think and feel.

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf of Australia has been a worldwide teacher of spirituality for almost two generations. He draws upon contemporary positive psychology side by side with ancient spiritual wisdoms to create a unique synthesis of past and present, reshaping people’s lives and values.

Having trained in law and psychology, he is an unusual blend of Hassidic Rabbi, therapist and teacher, who has shared at the Fortune 500 Convention, the International Psychological Conference, the Gawler international Wellness convention as well as various spiritual and even Buddhist ashrams. He has been described as ‘a Jewish synthesis of Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Steven Covey.’

Photo of Sebastian Junger while embedded with an infantry unit in Afghanistan

"Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," with Sebastian Junger

What can indigenous cultures teach us about PTSD?

Who would you give your last scrap of food to?

What do human beings need to be content?

These are just a few of the diverse questions that Sebastian Junger will tackle in his talk, titled "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," also the title of his most recent book. The book takes readers on an investigation of the experiences of veterans and proposes that a major cause of pain is not being at war, but coming home. We all have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding-- "tribes." In Tribe, Junger demonstrates how this tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society. Furthermore, he examines PTSD as a side effect of soldiers leaving the close bonds they’ve formed in their military platoons and returning to a disconnected modern society, and argues that regaining a sense of closeness may be the key to our psychological survival.

Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is also the acclaimed director of the documentaries Restrepo and Korengal. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.

Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary Restrepo, co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Restrepo documents the war in Afghanistan by reporting from soldiers’ perspectives. Its massive success inspired Junger to produce Korengal, which highlights the psychological effects soldiers must overcome during deployment and the emotions they are afflicted with when returning home.

In spring 2017, National Geographic aired Junger’s latest documentary feature, titled Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. Culled from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage, the film explores some of the horrific conditions that refugees commonly flee from, and shows their humanity and courage in the face of physical threats as well as a largely hostile political environment. Junger captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage and sociopolitical consequences while painting an alarming picture of the West’s role in the creation of ISIS.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Goettingen

University of Göttingen Information Session: Study Abroad In Germany

Participate in an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College study abroad program at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Two teaching assistants from Göttingen as well as former exchange students will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. We will also show a short movie about the town and university and explain how the program works. Refreshments will be served. Please invite others who you think may be interested in this program. We look forward to seeing you!

Wed, Nov 15, 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!

Food for Thought: Grace Chung Becker P'19

Join Grace Chung Becker P’19 for lunch and a conversation about her career in public service. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, R.S.V.P. in Quest.

Grace Chung Becker served in the all three branches of the federal government for fifteen years before continuing her public service in the non-profit arena. In 2007, Ms. Becker led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She was the recipient of the “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal” for her performance in the U.S. Army’s Inspector General’s review of allegations that American soldiers killed hundreds of South Korean civilians during the Korean War. Earlier in her career, she clerked for Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, as Criminal Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission and as an associate at the law firm of Williams and Connolly.

Ms. Becker obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Hamilton in France Info Session in McCaffrey

Considering studying in Paris? Come meet with Professor Martine Guyot-Bender, Hamilton in France resident director for next year! Hamilton in France offers students a an exclusive French environment to strengthen your proficiency while enjoying all Paris has to offer. There are program-sponsored courses and the opportunity to enroll in Parisian universities, including Sciences Po!

Professor Martine Guyot-Bender will be visiting Amherst on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. for an information session - get your lunch from Grab n' Go and join us in McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center.

If you can't make the 1 p.m. meeting, Prof. Martine Guyot-Bender will take short appointments starting at 4 p.m. with interested students. Email jbehrens@amherst.edu to make an appointment. More information about the program is available online at https://www.hamilton.edu/france.

David Choffnes '02, ReCon: "Identifying and Controlling Privacy Leaks from Mobile Devices"

David Choffnes '02 is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. His research is primarily in the areas of distributed systems and networking, focusing on mobile systems, privacy and security. He earned a B.A. in physics and French from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from Northwestern and completed a postdoc at the University of Washington prior to joining Northeastern. He is a co-author of three textbooks, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, Google, the Data Transparency Lab, Comcast, M-Lab and a Computing Innovations Fellowship.

To see Harvest, a short documentary film using ReCon, visit this link: https://vimeo.com/189449163

Abstract:
Mobile systems have become increasingly popular thanks in part to their rich sensors and ubiquitous Internet access; however, recent studies demonstrate that software running on these systems extensively tracks and leaks users' personally identifiable information (PII). I argue that these privacy leaks persist in large part because mobile users have little visibility into PII leaked through the network traffic generated by their devices, and have poor control over how, when and where that traffic is sent and handled by third parties.

In this talk, I describe ReCon, a cross-platform system that reveals PII leaks and gives users control over them without requiring any special privileges or custom OSes. Specifically, our key observation is that PII leaks must occur over the network, so we implement our system in the network using a software middlebox. We then use a machine-learning approach to to efficiently and accurately detect users' PII without knowing a priori the content that is PII. Further, we develop techniques to block, obfuscate or ignore the PII leak, by displaying leaks via a visualization tool and letting the user decide how the system should act on transmitted PII. I discuss the design and implementation of the system and evaluate its methodology with measurements from controlled experiments and flows from a user study with more than 300 volunteer participants worldwide.

Last, I present results from our experience with the system, including how we found (and helped fix) plaintext password exposure vulnerabilities, passwords being sent to unauthorized third parties, surprising levels of user tracking, and unexpected differences between information gathering across platforms for the same online service. Through responsible disclosure and public outreach, we are trying to help users by exposing today's privacy problems and giving them tools to protect their personal information going forward.

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"Commemorative Strategies and Museum Practices in Contemporary Russia": Talk by Ekaterina Boltunova

4:30 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Through an analysis of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, a memorial complex opened in Yekaterinburg in 2015, Ekaterina Boltunova will discuss the formation of collective memory in relation to Boris Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Federation, and its roots in commemorative strategies that emerged in Imperial Russia and persisted through the Soviet period.

Ekaterina Boltunova is associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and director of the graduate program Cultural and Intellectual History: Between East and West. Professor Boltunova was a 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University; a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2009); and a participant in multiple international research projects. Her research interests include cultural and political history of the Russian empire and the USSR, topography and semiotics of power, imperial discourse of war, historical memory, and Soviet and post-Soviet reception of the imperial space. She is the author of "Peter the Great’s Guard as a Military Corporation" (Moscow, 2011, in Russian); "Reception of Imperial and Tsarist Spheres of Authority in Russia, 1990s-2010s" (Ab Imperio 2 (2016): 261-309); “Russian Officer Corps and Military Efficiency: 1800-1914” (Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 16, no. 2 (2015): 413-422); “Imperial Throne Halls and Discourse of Power in the Topography of Early Modern Russia (late 17th – 18th centuries)”; "In the Emperor's House: Palaces from Augustus to the Age of Absolutism" (Berlin : De Gruyter, 2015: 341-352), and many other works.

Pumpkin Bi

Join the Queer Resource Center and the Women's and Gender Center for Pumpkin Bi, a social event for students who identify as bisexual, pansexual and/or fluid. This is a closed space for people who identify within these groups or who are exploring their identities. Pumpkin pie, cider and other fall treats will be provided as we discuss community aspirations for future programming around these identities. For more information, please contact wgc@amherst.edu or qrc@amherst.edu

Students Only

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!

A chipotle burrito, with chips and salsa.

Belonging & Burrito Bowls

First-year experience invites you to Belonging & Burrito Bowls! Help us foster a greater sense of belonging for first-years at Amherst by sharing your opinion on the strengths and challenges of the Amherst community and social life. The discussion will be followed by an optional video project, in which you can share a sentence or two that may benefit future first-year students. Food from Chipotle will be provided! This event is worth 20 points.

QTPOC GROUP

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

Film & Education Policy Discussion with Grace Chung Becker P’19

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join Grace Chung Becker P’19 for a screening and discussion of the NOVA documentary School of the Future, which explores the role of scientific research and technology in pedagogy and the classroom.

Grace Chung Becker served in the all three branches of the federal government for 15 years before continuing her public service in the nonprofit arena. In 2007, Ms. Becker led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for her performance in the U.S. Army’s Inspector General’s review of allegations that American soldiers killed hundreds of South Korean civilians during the Korean War. Earlier in her career, she clerked for Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, as Criminal Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as an assistant general counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission and as an associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly.

Ms. Becker obtained a bachelor of science degree in economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance and a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Thu, Nov 16, 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.

Puerto Rico Relief Effort

As you are aware, Puerto Rico suffered great devastation due to the impact of Hurricane María on September 20, 2017. The Alianza Boricua de Amherst College, a group of College faculty, staff and students of Puerto Rican descent or with ties in the Island, invite you to be part of the recovery efforts by participating in the Puerto Rico Relief Effort, a campus event to be held on Thursday, November 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Valentine Quad. We’ll have Puerto Rican music, traditional finger food and a talk provided by American Studies Visiting Professor Ray Suárez: “Puerto Rico, the U.S. and a Complicated, Accidental Relationship”.

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!

Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Feedback Table

Stop by and take a 1-minute survey to give the Loeb Center your feedback on the Amherst Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring program. If you've never done Pathways, we want to hear from you too! We'd like to know why you haven't participated. All feedback is welcome and critical to making this a program worth your while.

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.

Image of a mask with long hair and two pieces of glassware on top of poster with Russian text

Russian Film Screening: "Mister Designer" (Господин Оформитель)

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

A famous artist strives to find the secret of eternal life through the beautiful mannequins he creates in this stylized homage to Russian modernism’s fascination with decadence. "Mister Designer" is directed by Oleg Teptsov and completed in 1987.

This movie is 103 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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

Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series: "After Trump"

The "Trump: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor and host of NEPR's In Contrast Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

For the final conversation, join Ilan and his guest, William Kristol, as they discuss "After Trump."

William Kristol is founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard, and he appears frequently on all the leading political commentary shows. Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Before that, Mr. Kristol served in senior positions in the Reagan and Bush administrations and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

This event is free and open to the public.
It is presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970.

Series Information

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

First Republic Bank Information Session

Founded in 1985, First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a solid commitment to responsiveness and action. Services are offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Portland, Palm Beach, Boston, Greenwich and New York City.

First Republic's highly-motivated team ensures the bank keeps delivering what clients expect. If you want to work hard, feel a great sense of achievement, and be rewarded for what you do, then First Republic could be the place for you. First Republic is always looking for talented people for positions in banking and finance, technology and information security, and operations and strategy. Find out more about opportunities and application processes in this information session.

Home is Where the Art is: Tips for Making the Most of Museums While Studying Abroad

We have the perfect study break for you!

Do you want to revisit your study away semester or year? Do you remember being in awe at the art and architecture you saw in everyday life? Join us at the Mead for a walk down memory lane. Mead educators will be teaching us how to understand art and architecture that we see every day and you'll have an opportunity to share your reflections from your time away.

Students who will be going abroad in the spring are also invited and will learn how to spot the masterpieces they studied in class and how to find museums and cultural institutions in their host city and country. You'll have a chance to not only view unique Mead pieces, but also share your experiences and tips for finding art abroad.

Refreshments will be served. Kindly R.S.V.P. online. We look forward to seeing you!

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!

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.

Fri, Nov 17, 2017

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!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and our queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

Marsh House Music: Boycott, Cordelia's Dad and Monument Thief

On Friday, Nov. 17, join Boycott, Cordelia's Dad and Monument Thief at Marsh Arts House for an eclectic evening of music as Cordelia's Dad celebrates 30 years since its debut concert in the same venue. The concert begins at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public.

Did you say eclectic? Why, yes.

Boycott: Lady brass band bringing '90s pop jams, NOLA funk and everything in between.

Cordelia's Dad: The only band to have performed with both Nirvana and Doc Watson.

Monument Thief: A two-piece Rhode Island-based rock group.

Globe and reel

International Movie Nights: Taare Zameen Par

Kick off your November break with the Office of Residential Life and the Center for International Student Engagement for our second Movie Night this on November 17 from 9:30-11:30 p.m in the Charles Pratt common room. For the second installation in the program, we will be watching "Taare Zameen Par" from India. The goal of this series of events is to show movies from different countries in celebration of our Amherst global community and appreciation of various art forms. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Sat, Nov 18, 2017

The logo for NPR quiz show Says You!

Taping of NPR Quiz Show "Says You!"

NPR quiz program Says You!, a modern parlor game “of words and whimsy, bluff and bluster" heard locally on NEPR Radio (88.5 FM) from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays, will record two shows on campus. Two Amherst College faculty members will play the game with the full regular cast in front of a live audience.

For those unfamiliar with the show: Take one word, add two teams, create three definitions and throw in an enthusiastic crowd. The two teams vie each week to stump each other with their knowledge and some wild definitions. Tickets are required and can be reserved through the link below.

Tickets Required

Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

Today - Wed, Nov 22, 2017

QTPOC GROUP

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

Tomorrow - Thu, Nov 23, 2017

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.

Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Fancy book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

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!

"Statistical Methods for Improving HIV Treatment Monitoring in Kenya" - Statistics and Data Science Colloquia Featuring Joe Hogan of Brown University

Joe Hogan of Brown University will discuss "Statistical Methods for Improving HIV Treatment Monitoring in Kenya."

In places like the US and western Europe, individuals with HIV who are taking antiretroviral therapy are monitored regularly. This typically involves taking measurements of CD4 cell counts (a measure of immune system function) and HIV viral load (a measure of viral burden) every three to six months.

In low- and middle-income countries, however, this level of monitoring is not typically possible because of limitations in funding, technology and infrastructure. One approach that enables more frequent monitoring is the use of pooling for viral load testing. Individual blood samples are pooled, and a viral load assay is applied to the pooled sample. If viral load exceeds a certain threshold, some or all of the individual samples are tested separately.

We show how statistical methods are used to develop algorithms that lead to the fewest possible tests, thereby saving assays and enabling more testing. Our approach makes use of ideas from machine learning and decision theory.

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
Debbie Wen ’19 and Faith Wen ’19 pose for the I Belong campaign

“I Belong” Reception & Dialogue

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

Join us for a reception and hors d'oeuvres from 4 to 5 p.m., and for the “I Belong” Dialogue from 5 to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

The background of the poster includes photos of various Amherst students. Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on November 27th from 4 to 6pm in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for the third #AmherstIBelong campaign and dialogue.

I Belong Dialogue

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

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as we host our third #AmherstIBelong campaign with a reception at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in Frost Library! Stop by for art, community, refreshments and to participate in the third belonging dialogue.

Grad School Info Session - Joe Hogan of Brown University

Joe Hogan is the Chair of Biostatistics at Brown University. As part of my collaborations in HIV, I serve as co-director of the Biostatistics Program for AMPATH, an international consortium of universities in the U.S., Canada and Kenya focused on treatment and prevention of HIV in Kenya, as co-director of the Biostatistics Core for the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research and as PI for the Biostatistics Core for the Brown Alcohol Research Center for HIV. My basic and collaborative research is funded by the NIH and USAID.

I teach both introductory and advanced courses in biostatistics, and supervise 1-2 Ph.D. students at any given time. Between 2003 and 2012 I directed the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

In addition to teaching and research, a significant recent focus involves biostatistics research capacity building at Moi University in Kenya.

Fall 2019 Medical School Applicants' Meeting

All current students applying to veterinary, medical and dental school through the Health Professions Committee for fall 2019 matriculation are required to attend this informational meeting to learn about application requirements and guidelines.

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

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!

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

"From Managing the Cloud to the Cloud Managing You" - Computer Science Talk by Timothy Zhu of Penn State University

Timothy Zhu of Penn State University will discuss "From Managing the Cloud to the Cloud Managing You."

Abstract: Cloud providers invest billions of dollars each year in building cloud infrastructures. How then should we effectively manage all these resources to optimize cost, performance, reliability, etc? What can the user do to manage the cloud? What can the provider do to manage your application? In this talk, we’ll explore various research problems in cloud computing resource management and new research opportunities at PennState in my research group for those considering grad school. I’ll also discuss my grad school experiences and provide advice on applying to grad school.

Bio: Timothy Zhu is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering at PennState. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where his research was in the broad area of resource management in clouds. He will continue this work at PennState by building a research group focused on this area. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Timothy worked on graphics device driver development at NVIDIA, a visual computing technology company. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship and a EuroSys best student paper award for TetriSched.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

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!

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

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!

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 GROUP

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

Blair Academy Information Session

Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic coeducational boarding school where students in grades 9-12 pursue a superior college preparatory education empowered by strong faculty-student relationships and a vibrant community life.

Blair teachers are experts in their subject areas and they know its students exceptionally well. The full faculty meets four times a year to discuss each student’s progress; faculty members are active in every aspect of student life; and each student is guided by both an assigned academic monitor and an advisor of his or her own choosing. In every classroom, as teachers challenge students with new ideas and skills, they ensure that students learn how to learn, preparing them to confidently and creatively address the demands of college and our ever-changing global society.

Attend this session to learn about Blair Academy's programs and teaching opportunities, as well as more about what life is like for staff at a boarding school, from Gwyneth Connell '00, Blair Academy's dean of teaching and learning.

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

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

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!

Careers In Health Professions: John Dorsey, Project Horseshoe Farm

Join us for a Careers In Health Professions lunch with Dr. John Dorsey, Executive Director of Project Horseshoe Farm. Project Horseshoe Farm has a three-part mission of service, community and leadership development. Horseshoe farm runs a variety of programs, including an enhanced independent living housing program for women 50 years old and older diagnosed with a mental disorder, daytime adult programs and outreach activities for elderly and mentally disabled members of the local community and tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs to more than 60 local children each week. Horseshoe Farm offers a one year “Horseshoe Farm Fellowship” program as a gap year opportunity that aims to help prepare students for discerning and effective community based service leadership in the rapidly evolving healthcare and education systems they will likely face. Lunch will be served at this event but space is limited; R.S.V.P. in Quest.

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.

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

Home is Where the Art Is

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Mead Art Museum, Study Room and Gallery

Join the Mead Art Museum educators to learn how to view art in a new way - from prints to paintings to pieces of sculpture! Gain visual acuity and learn how to look at art and architecture in a new place with new eyes. This event is for students who have been abroad or are considering it. Tips on how to find cultural activities and museums while traveling will be shared. Refreshments will be served!

Students Only

Psychology Majors, Thinking About What You'll Do This Summer?

Come to the psychology department's student panel on summer experiences in psychology, hosted by the psychology student-faculty committee. We will hear from current students about their past summer experiences, how they found them, how they applied and how it went. Refreshments will be served.

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

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!

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.

3rd Annual Amherst Intramurals Spelling Bee

Show off your spelling skills at the 3rd annual Amherst Intramurals Spelling Bee! Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Join us on November 30 in the Friedmann Room at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided!

Email ehorwitz17@amherst.edu to sign up.

Students Only

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!