Event Calendar

Friday, November 3, 2017

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
Globe and reel

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.

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!