Event Calendar

Thursday, November 2, 2017

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.

Event flyer featuring a stone sculpture of two Ancient Greek girls

"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!

Appiah sitting at table with books

“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.