Event Calendar

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Feedback Table

Stop by and take a 1-minute survey to give the Loeb Center your feedback on the Amherst Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring program. If you've never done Pathways, we want to hear from you too! We'd like to know why you haven't participated. All feedback is welcome and critical to making this a program worth your while.

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!

Clark University Graduate Programs Info Table

Founded in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the country, Clark University boasts a long tradition of innovative ideas and unconventional thinking. By coming to Clark, graduate students follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and creative thinkers of the past 125 years.

Clark has played a prominent role in the development of several academic disciplines, including psychology, geography and interdisciplinary studies. It was a Clark physics professor, Albert Michelson, who was the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences, and a Clark biology professor, Gregory Pincus, whose research led to the development of the birth control pill.

Highly specialized programs focused on Holocaust and genocide studies, geographic information systems and other nonstandard areas reflect Clark's pioneering academic culture. Clark was among the first universities to fully integrate master's-level management studies with in-depth programs on community development, international development and sustainability.

Stop by this information table to meet with graduate admissions counselor Hunter Loring and learn more about Clark University's graduate programs and admissions processes.


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.

Exhibition Opening: "Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union showcases works produced by the leading members of the Soviet nonconformist art movement, who rejected the state-prescribed style of Socialist Realism and created their art with no regard for restrictions on subject matter or style. Emerging around 1956 and lasting through the late 1980s, nonconformist art encompassed a broad range of artists, united in their search for alternative means of artistic self-expression. Please learn more at http://tinyurl.com/y8fogumk.

S'mores Party

All first generation college student/graduate and/or low-income community members are welcome to attend our s'mores party. Come connect with other students, staff and faculty while enjoying a s’more by the fire-pit! No R.S.V.P. required.

Questions? Contact Tenzin, tkunor@amherst.edu, or Casey Jo, cdufresne@amherst.edu. For accessibility accommodations, email cdsl@amherst.edu or call (413)-542-5763.

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

Trans Empowerment Week: Transgender Day Of Remembrance Ceremony & Dinner

A closed space for trans and nonbinary people, as well as for anyone who experiences gender in a complex, nonconforming, or fluid way and those who love us. We will be remembering and celebrating the lives of those we lost in a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse, followed by a community dinner which will be cooked and enjoyed in Newport Basement. If you would like to come to dinner, please email wgc@amherst.edu.

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil

A closed space for trans and nonbinary people, as well as for anyone who experiences gender in a complex, nonconforming, or fluid way and those who love us. We will be remembering and celebrating the lives of those we lost in a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse, followed by a community dinner which will be cooked and enjoyed in Newport Basement. If you would like to come to dinner, please email wgc@amherst.edu.

Audible Information Session

Audible, an Amazon company, is a highly profitable media company in hyper-growth. Its staff is a collection of artists and technologists with a love of literature, performance and the spoken word. Audible is the leading provider of audiobooks worldwide with a huge catalog of exclusive content and first-class listening experiences on Kindle, Android and iOS devices.

Audible's paid technology internship program is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors, and pairs participants with a mentor for 10-12 weeks. Interns are embedded with a team and participate in the full life cycle of software development. In addition to creating awesome software projects, interns attend lunch-and-learns, team volunteer activities, social networking events, and housing accommodations. Currently, Audible is looking for developers excited to work and learn about global-scale services, front-end systems, native mobile (iOS and Android), machine learning, data visualization, etc. Opportunities are available in Cambridge, Mass. (Kendall Square); Newark, New Jersey (near New York City); and Seattle, Washington.

Attend this information session to learn more about Audible, its internship program, and its internship and full-time application processes.

Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation led by Dr. Rabbi Laibl Wolf

Mindfulness and Jewish Meditation, How to Lead A Stress-Free and Meaningful Life: An Evening with Dr. Rabbi Laibl Wolf

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf will lead a session on "Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation, How to Lead a Stress-Free and Meaningful Life." This will focus on neutralizing anxiousness and worry, living consciously in the now and transforming the way we think and feel.

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf of Australia has been a worldwide teacher of spirituality for almost two generations. He draws upon contemporary positive psychology side by side with ancient spiritual wisdoms to create a unique synthesis of past and present, reshaping people’s lives and values.

Having trained in law and psychology, he is an unusual blend of Hassidic Rabbi, therapist and teacher, who has shared at the Fortune 500 Convention, the International Psychological Conference, the Gawler international Wellness convention as well as various spiritual and even Buddhist ashrams. He has been described as ‘a Jewish synthesis of Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Steven Covey.’

Photo of Sebastian Junger while embedded with an infantry unit in Afghanistan

"Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," with Sebastian Junger

What can indigenous cultures teach us about PTSD?

Who would you give your last scrap of food to?

What do human beings need to be content?

These are just a few of the diverse questions that Sebastian Junger will tackle in his talk, titled "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," also the title of his most recent book. The book takes readers on an investigation of the experiences of veterans and proposes that a major cause of pain is not being at war, but coming home. We all have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding-- "tribes." In Tribe, Junger demonstrates how this tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society. Furthermore, he examines PTSD as a side effect of soldiers leaving the close bonds they’ve formed in their military platoons and returning to a disconnected modern society, and argues that regaining a sense of closeness may be the key to our psychological survival.

Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is also the acclaimed director of the documentaries Restrepo and Korengal. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.

Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary Restrepo, co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Restrepo documents the war in Afghanistan by reporting from soldiers’ perspectives. Its massive success inspired Junger to produce Korengal, which highlights the psychological effects soldiers must overcome during deployment and the emotions they are afflicted with when returning home.

In spring 2017, National Geographic aired Junger’s latest documentary feature, titled Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. Culled from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage, the film explores some of the horrific conditions that refugees commonly flee from, and shows their humanity and courage in the face of physical threats as well as a largely hostile political environment. Junger captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage and sociopolitical consequences while painting an alarming picture of the West’s role in the creation of ISIS.


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!


University of Göttingen Information Session: Study Abroad In Germany

Participate in an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College study abroad program at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Two teaching assistants from Göttingen as well as former exchange students will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. We will also show a short movie about the town and university and explain how the program works. Refreshments will be served. Please invite others who you think may be interested in this program. We look forward to seeing you!