Event Calendar

Monday, November 6, 2017

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.

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!