Event Calendar

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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 .

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!