Event Calendar

January 2018

Tue, Jan 2, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

Wed, Jan 3, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

Thu, Jan 4, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

Fri, Jan 5, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

snow shovelers: There are many ways to spend interterm...maybe it's time to find out what's going on in the writing center.

Interterm Creative Writing Residency

Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We will convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for two and a half hours of writing (eight sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals and discuss challenges. Then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until quarter to noon, when we’ll meet to discuss progress and our writing experiences. Many participants then go to lunch at Val together. Participants are welcome to work on either new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer up to four, one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency. This event is led by writing associates Roy Andrews '80 and Emily Merriman.

Week 1: Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. until noon at Frost Library Café.
Week 2: Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until noon at Frost Library Café.
Final Community Reading: Friday January 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Alumni House.

Students Only
shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Thesis Writers' Retreat, Week 1

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m., and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at noon. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Participants must agree to:
* Attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
* Commit to attend all or most days in the session
* Observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
* Set and assess daily goals in a writer's log

Students may register for one or two weeks:
Week 1: Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday January 16 to Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Because space is limited, students will be accepted into the retreat in the following order: 1) Amherst College students writing a senior thesis, 2) Amherst College students with other long-term, academic writing projects and then 3) Five College students writing a thesis or similar long-term academic writing project.

Students Only
shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Personalizing the Process (Introductory Workshop for Individualized Writing Instruction)

Part of developing as a writer is paying close attention to how you move through the process of writing. In this program, we will focus on process both in group and one-to-one settings. In the introductory workshop we, as a group of students and writing associates, will investigate the writing process to (a) establish a common vocabulary and (b) serve as a jumping-off point to explore your own process. You then will partner with a writing associate to discuss, in 4-6 one-to-one sessions, how and what you write (please bring a few recent papers), identifying strengths, opportunities for development and ideas and methods to help you strengthen your papers and enhance the overall experience of writing.

Students Only
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Tue, Jan 9, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services, aanderson@amherst.edu, x2255

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Building a Multilingual Children's Book Collection

What are the greatest children’s books around the world? What are the classics, the favorites, the best contemporary books? In this course, you will work collaboratively with librarians and other college staff to develop a new special collection of children’s books in multiple languages other than English. The new collection will be accessible both at the Frost Library and at a nearby Amherst elementary school. Students will develop their skills in a wide variety of areas: working with others to produce a complex, tangible outcome, local community engagement, global community outreach, translation, using multiple languages, assessing and writing about children’s literature and various skills related to librarianship, which may include collection development, special collections and cataloging. We will meet four times, in the Frost Library and at the Fort River School library. The early sessions will involve direct instruction and the latter ones will be spent working on group projects. Students may need to spend several additional hours during interterm working on the project. Students who wish to may continue to be involved in the project during the spring semester, as the books are physically collected and catalogued.

Schedule:
Tuesday, January 9 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 11 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 18 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Facilitators:
Lani Blechman, Librarian at Fort River School
Emily Merriman, Writing Associate and Advisor for Multilingual Students
Este Pope, Head of Digital Programs

Students Only
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Jump Start Your Science Thesis

Offered in two repeating sessions: choose to attend either January 9 or January 16.

During this meal-time workshop, enjoy some pizza while engaging in a series of interactive activities designed to acquaint you with the end-game of your science thesis, creating the written report of your work. Participants will learn: how to identify and use a good model thesis, how to pace the writing, suggestions for working through common pitfalls and ways you can use resources like the Writing Center and Zotero to support your work. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explain your study to peers outside your lab and practice getting that explanation into a sound-bite, a useful step in defining the scope of your project. At the end of two hours, we hope you will have a clearer vision of the final form of your thesis and the stepping stones ahead of you.

This program is designed for senior honors students in the sciences who would like support making the transition from research to writing. Participants do NOT need to have completed their research.

Prospective honors students seeking more information about the process of writing an honors thesis in the sciences are welcome to participate in limited numbers with the consent of the workshop leaders. If you are not a senior, please email arose@amherst.edu to discuss participating.

Students Only

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Amherst Intramurals Table Tennis Field Trip

Field Trip! Amherst Intramurals is sponsoring an Interterm excursion to Zing Table Tennis in Easthampton on January 10. Registration is limited to 32 students, and you can sign up using the link below. Meet outside Alumni Gym at 6 p.m. for transport to the facility.

Contact Emily Horwitz with questions.

Students Only

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Amherst College Job Fair

The Office of Human Resources is hosting a job fair on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Alumni House (inclement weather date, Tuesday, January 16, 2018). Please share this event with friends and family who may be interested in joining our Amherst College community. All are welcome to come and explore our current job openings! Please contact the Office of Human Resources with questions.

Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Speed Reading: Get 15 Days a Year of Your Life Back

Learn two simple but critical techniques to double your reading speed while maintaining comprehension. The average college student spends approximately 17 hours a week reading, 476 hours an academic year. By cutting your reading time in half, you could save 15 days a year! Email Peter McLean peter.p.mclean@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Next Gen Leadership Institute 2018

This leadership institute coordinated by CDSL and the Loeb Center is a five-day intensive program designed for first-generation and low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives.
There will be engaging workshops centered around first-gen and low-income identities, navigating classism, demystifying the arts, wealth and financial literacy education with BlackFem, Inc, but also lots of fun community building time over tasty meals and fun activities.

Apply now! The registration deadline is Friday, December 8 and space is limited.

Students Only

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

snow shoveling: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to see what's going on at the Writing Center!

Thesis Writers' Retreat, Week 2

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m., and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at noon. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Participants must agree to:
* Attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
* Commit to attend all or most days in the session
* Observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
* Set and assess daily goals in a writer's log

Students may register for one or two weeks:
Week 1: Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday January 16 to Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Because space is limited, students will be accepted into the retreat in the following order: 1) Amherst College students writing a senior thesis, 2) Amherst College students with other long-term, academic writing projects and then 3) Five College students writing a thesis or similar long-term academic writing project.

Students Only

"Helping to Prepare Women and People of Color for a Career in the Sciences" Interterm Statistics and Data Science Workshop with Patricia Ordóñez

"Helping to Prepare Women and People of Color for a Career in the Sciences" is an interterm statistics and data science workshop with Patricia Ordóñez of the computer science department at University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras.

Topics will include identifying your mentoring needs and finding mentors, building your identity as a scientist/researcher, finding internships and fellowships, selecting the right graduate school program, graduate school admissions and funding, different career paths for data scientists, work life balance and dealing with roadblocks including racism and gender bias.

Please sign up in advance by emailing nhorton@amherst.edu

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Jump Start Your Science Thesis

Offered in two repeating sessions: choose to attend either January 9 or January 16.

During this meal-time workshop, enjoy some pizza while engaging in a series of interactive activities designed to acquaint you with the end-game of your science thesis, creating the written report of your work. Participants will learn: how to identify and use a good model thesis, how to pace the writing, suggestions for working through common pitfalls and ways you can use resources like the Writing Center and Zotero to support your work. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explain your study to peers outside your lab and practice getting that explanation into a sound-bite, a useful step in defining the scope of your project. At the end of two hours, we hope you will have a clearer vision of the final form of your thesis and the stepping stones ahead of you.

This program is designed for senior honors students in the sciences who would like support making the transition from research to writing. Participants do NOT need to have completed their research.

Prospective honors students seeking more information about the process of writing an honors thesis in the sciences are welcome to participate in limited numbers with the consent of the workshop leaders. If you are not a senior, please email arose@amherst.edu to discuss participating.

Students Only

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

Students Only
shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Communicating with Confidence

This four-day intensive speaking course helps students focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech.

The course will meet four consecutive afternoons, Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Students Only

"Spurring Innovation and Diversity in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Data Science Through Hackathons in Puerto Rico": Talk by Patricia Ordóñez

Patricia Ordóñez of the computer science department at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras will discuss how hackathons can impact data science in Puerto Rico.

Abstract: The University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras (UPRRP) is a top biomedical research institution and one of the top producers of Hispanic Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States, yet it lags behind in computational science. While UPRRP has an undergraduate computer science department, students who wish to do computational science must do graduate studies in applied mathematics and take undergraduate programming courses or learn to code on their own. Yet, due to the increase in data generation in the natural sciences, there is a demand for scientists who are capable of formulating hypotheses in the sciences and then applying statistical data analysis to extremely large data sets (often referred to as Big Data). Faculty and students must learn how to manipulate and extract data from databases, as well as apply statistics and infer knowledge from the results. They also need to work and communicate with people from different disciplines to accomplish this task, because of the complexity of the tasks. Increasing Diversity in Interdisciplinary Big Data to Knowledge (IDI-BD2K) is a program that takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing an undergraduate data science program at UPRRP through the informal teaching of faculty and students.

The talk will focus on the use of innovative hackathons combined with faculty development through the IDI-BD2K to create community and develop biomedical data science on the island.

Wed, Jan 17, 2018

The Writers' Retreat

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 1:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff writers to join us for a two-day retreat during Interterm, an opportunity to work productively in a supportive environment. The retreat will be held Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Each day will include small-group discussions of writing goals, three hours of uninterrupted writing time and a catered lunch with a writing-related discussion. If you have any questions or comments about the retreat, please contact Jessica Kem at jkem@amherst.edu or x2964.

Participants may register to attend one or both writing sessions and/or one or both lunch discussions.

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

Students Only
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Baseball Baseball Winter Skills Clinic

For the 28th consecutive winter, our coaching staff and players will be conducting an instructional camp for two different age groups. The purpose of the instructional camp is to teach individual players baseball skills and techniques. This is a player participation camp—there are no lectures. We are looking for players who are sincerely interested in working to improve their individual baseball skills.

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The Writers' Retreat

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 1:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff writers to join us for a two-day retreat during Interterm, an opportunity to work productively in a supportive environment. The retreat will be held Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Each day will include small-group discussions of writing goals, three hours of uninterrupted writing time and a catered lunch with a writing-related discussion. If you have any questions or comments about the retreat, please contact Jessica Kem at jkem@amherst.edu or x2964.

Participants may register to attend one or both writing sessions and/or one or both lunch discussions.

Mindfulness Meditation for Focus, Stress-Reduction & Well-Being

According to a report from Brown University, "several studies with college students suggest that the practice of mindfulness leads to decreases in stress and anxiety, improvements in concentration and attention and increases in self-awareness and overall emotional well-being."

In this experiential, one-day Interterm program for students, we will explore the practice of mindfulness meditation and discuss options for utilizing these practices to support health and well-being throughout the school year, especially in the face of the stresses and challenges faced by college students.

This program is suitable for those with no meditation experience and for those who have meditated before and want to deepen their practice. Some gentle yoga and movement practices will also be included, so please dress in comfortable clothing that will allow for movement and stretching.

This program will draw from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and will be led by Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., who has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years. Adi is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has taught this course extensively at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School in Worcester and at Valley Mindfulness in Northampton.

Students Only

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

Students Only

Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

Students Only

Creative Writing Public Reading

Participants of the Interterm creative writing residency will share portions of what they worked on over the last two weeks. Everyone is welcome. Come and bring a friend. Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

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Women's Ice Hockey Amherst Women's Ice Hockey - Pink in the Rink!

Come to our game against conference opponent Colby College and help the women's hockey team raise funds for the Cancer Connection of Northampton. Admission is FREE! There will be great raffle prizes, games, baked goods and more. The Cancer Connection provides services and resources to community members affected by cancer. Please help us make a difference in the lives of our community members. Puck drops at 3 p.m.

Tomorrow - Mon, Jan 22, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy Majors

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy majors beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge/116 Merrill. This will be an informational meeting for all juniors where we will discuss how to go about applying to graduate school and options and procedures for honors thesis projects. Pizza will be served.

Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Amherst Debate Society Interest Meeting

Come check out Amherst Debate Society and get information about our plans for second semester. We're looking for new members and would love for people to join! There will be wings and other food!

Students Only

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

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"Amherst Leads: Healthcare Policy, Careers and Science" - Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual Fink Bioscience Symposium enables students who aspire to careers in healthcare policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. This year's symposium will feature topics including healthcare policy and careers, and the science behind them. Recent Amherst College alumni Niyi Odewade '17 and Emily Jackson '13 are scheduled to speak, among others. The Keynote address will be given by esteemed molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, Gary Ruvkun. Ruvkun is the recipient of the Lasker Award and Gruber Prize.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/553184

The Fink Bioscience Symposium is sponsored and directed by the members of the Amherst College Class of 1962 and is managed by the office of Conferences and Special Events.

Tickets Required

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Image Reads: The Beloved Community an Interfaith Service Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel with Reverend Tim Jones '04

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Beloved Community Interfaith Service

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beginning with an interfaith service led by the Rev. Timothy Jones '04 on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel.

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required
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M@A Chamber Series: Juilliard Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 ("Rider")
Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

"The Juilliard’s bracing, rhythmically adept performance evoked a mechanism of interlocking parts, meticulously built to create a single, strong gesture." --The Boston Globe

Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Please use the online service at no extra charge, where you will be able to see which seats are available for you. Tickets will be at the evening box office for you after you purchase:

https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available when the box office opens an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Image Reads: The Beloved Community Symposium, Saturday January 27th 2018 at 12:00PM in Johnson Chapel with Sonia Sanchez

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Symposium: "Beloved Community"

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the second annual Legacy Symposium, on Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon in Johnson Chapel, featuring keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez, who will be speaking on this year's theme of "Beloved Community."

Immediately following the keynote address, there will be a reception in the Keefe Campus Center atrium.

This event is free and open to the public. For accessibility/accommodations, contact MRC@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Sun, Jan 28, 2018

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TIPS Training

Sign-ups are now open for the first TIPS training of the semester! All students who wish to serve alcohol at Commencement Celebrations or during Reunion are required to pass an Amherst College on-premise TIPS Training. Online certifications cannot be accepted. Registration is required; request a space in the class using the link below.

What is TIPS Training? TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.

Students Only Tickets Required
Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

"The Dialectic of Enlightenment" - Steven E. Aschheim

"The Dialectic of Enlightenment" Talk by Steven E. Aschheim

Intellectual and cultural historian Steven E. Aschheim (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) will present a lecture on "The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited." In his lecture, Aschheim will critically interrogate Adorno and Horkheimer's 1944 much admired "Dialectic of Enlightenment", addressing its contextual and ideological origins, its philosophical biases and theoretical assumptions and the nature of its emphases and omissions as the work sought to grasp the barbarism of the time. He will also highlight a rather overlooked publication detail which ideally should have given the authors pause to somewhat revise their provocative views and positions, but in practice did not.

Aschheim is the author of Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 (1982), The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany 1890-1990 (1993), Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations With National Socialism and Other Crises (1996), In Times of Crisis: Essays on European Culture, Germans and Jews (2000), Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (2001), Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (2007) and At the Edges of Liberalism: Junctions of European, German and Jewish History (2012).

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Academic Programs Abroad Paris Information Table

Spend a semester in the breathtaking city of Paris, France! Stop by the Academic Programs Abroad (APA) table to learn more about how your time in France can give you a leg up in your studies and career. APA gives you the flexibility to build your own schedule and take courses in any subject, in French, that are of interest to you from the University of Paris system, APA's in-house electives or replace a course with an independent study or research. Benefit from weekly one-on-one customized language support and ongoing academic support.

Complete your immersive time in the French capital with an array of cultural activities including day trips, weekend excursions, weekly performances and events and more! Become a part of the APA community, where you will always have a home in Paris.

Students Only

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!