Event Calendar

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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.


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.

Event flier featuring a photo of Jonathan Rosa

“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"

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

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

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.

Najat Abdulhaq flier, November 7, Pruyne Lecture Hall

“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!


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.