Event Calendar

February 2018

Thu, Feb 1, 2018

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Russian Film Screening: "The Ascent" (ВОСХОЖДЕНИЕ)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Join us for a film screening in Russian with English subtitles. "The Ascent" (ВОСХОЖДЕНИЕ) is from 1977 and directed by Larisa Shepitko. The runtime is 111 minutes.

Susan Sontag, "Dark Lady" of American intellectual life for over four decades, described this story of two Soviet guerrilla fighters captured during the Nazi occupation of Belarus as the most affecting film about the horror of war she knew.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

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!

United Talent Agency: Now Hiring Summer Entertainment Interns

United Talent Agency (UTA) is one of the entertainment industry's premier talent and literary agencies, representing many of the world's most widely-known figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment, including motion pictures, television, books, music, digital media and live entertainment.

Collectively, UTA agents represent a significant cross-section of today's most acclaimed artists and entertainers, including winners and nominees of Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards. The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of film finance, film packaging, corporate consulting, branding & licensing, endorsements and the representation of production talent. UTA also operates New York and Los Angeles-based United Entertainment Group, a joint venture firm focusing on branded entertainment for Fortune 500 companies.

Through February 15, UTA is accepting applications for its 8-week summer internship program. Summer interns are exposed to a wide variety of business practices in the field of entertainment and also receive formal instruction on the fundamentals of the talent agency business. In this information session, past program participant Oscar Liu '18 will speak about his experiences as a UTA intern, and UTA representatives will explain how to successfully apply for the position.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

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 or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

Students Only

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Lunch & Learn: Scott Rauch ’82, President & Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital

Scott L. Rauch ’82 is president and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital, Chair of Psychiatry and Mental Health for the Partners Health Care System and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Join us for a conversation about his career path over Antonio's pizza. Space is limited; kindly R.S.V.P. in Quest to attend.

Rauch's principal research interests relate to neuroimaging and the neurobiology of anxiety disorders. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in neuroscience from Amherst College in 1982 and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency training and a chief residency in psychiatry as well as a Radiology Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. Rauch served on the faculty at MGH for more than 15 years, during which he founded the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program and the Psychiatric Neuroscience Division. He was appointed to his current leadership roles at McLean and Partners in 2006.

Rauch has contributed more than 350 publications to scientific literature and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. For his contributions to psychiatric neuroscience, he has won numerous honors, including the Joel Elkes Award of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He also received the Barger Award for excellence in mentoring at Harvard Medical School.

Most recently, Rauch has served on a series of committees related to military health for the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine. He is also currently a member of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Workgroup and president-elect of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

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Wellness Challenge Kick-Off

The wellness challenge kick-off provides the opportunity for anyone who is thinking about participating, or has already signed up, to meet other participants, learn more about the challenge, pick up a button and enjoy some refreshments. This event is open to students, staff and faculty.

Spring Arts Party Auditions

AUDITIONS for The Spring Arts Party

Arts at Amherst is looking for students to perform their original works in our Spring Arts Party on February 9 at 7 p.m. We want dancers, playwrights, musicians, poets, spoken word artists and more to showcase a wide variety of artistic performance. All performers will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Limered gift card.

If you are interested, please email Lauren Horn at arts@amherst.edu or come to our Auditions on February 2 at 5 p.m. in Webster Studio 2. Each act should be under 5 minutes long.

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Music Department Presents Senior Thesis: Dan Langa ’18 Conducts His Score to “The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)” Live to Film

The Amherst College Department of Music presents The Passion of Joan Of Arc, a film score thesis composed and conducted by Dan Langa ’18, on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Written to accompany the 1927 masterpiece entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, this score is performed live to picture. The music, written for a 12-person ensemble of string quintet, piano, percussion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and horn, draws from the intense and raw emotion displayed in Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s unparalleled portrayal of Jeanne d’Arc. This story of faith, power and desire so famously portrayed by Dreyer is given a new, fresh, and unique soundtrack fusing influences of minimalism, French impressionism and the great film composers of the mid-20th century.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

French House Quartier Latin & Open House

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room (second floor)

Would you like to know what it's like to live à la française? Whether you are considering applying to live in the French House, or you just want to speak French, join the French House residents this Friday to chat and have a drink! Some rooms will be open for you to visit and residents will be available to answer your questions.

Marsh Coffee Haus: A New Beginning

The Marsh House of Arts will be hosting its open mic event, Marsh Coffee Haus for the first time this semester! Come by to enjoy and support student performances in the form of music, poetry, dance, improv and many others. Whether it's your first time as audience or performer or you're a frequent already, you and your friends are welcome here!

What: Marsh Coffe Haus Open Mic
When: Friday, February 2, 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Marsh House (81 Lessey Street)

Performers wanted! Email marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to sign up for a 5-minute slot and present your art (in whichever form it comes). Come and share your talent!
Free and open to the public.

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Basketball Amherst Intramurals 3v3 Jamboree

Come to the women's basketball game against Tufts at 7 p.m. in LeFrak, and stay for the 3v3 Jamboree! The event consists of a round robin of 3v3 basketball games, followed by a championship game. Participants can create a team beforehand, or form a team at the court when they arrive. All are welcome! Food and t-shirts will be provided. Contact Emily Horwitz (ehorwitz17@amherst.edu) with questions or to pre-register.

Sat, Feb 3, 2018

Abre Dance Company (Dance and Movement): Auditions

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater (Downstairs Keefe)

Come audition for Abre Dance Company! Whether you think you're good or not, join us to audition, watch or support those who audition and drink some hot chocolate (bring your own cup or mug).

We are not just looking for people with only amazing technique and beautiful lines or a certain style of moving, but we also want people with passion, with fire and with soul when they move. We want people who desire to express themselves however they feel via movement. Feel. Move. Express. Abre.

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Leisure Reading Afternoons: Black Women Writers

Join the offices of residential life and first year experience in an afternoon of fireside leisure reading. Relax while engaging your mind over some coffee, tea, cookies and cider donuts. For this session we shall be featuring black women writers and giving away 2 books, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward to the first two interested attendees. Additionally, attend 4 out of the 6 sessions this semester and enter a raffle to win either a Kindle Paper White reader or a pair of Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones. Make 2018 the year you meet your reading goals!

"Chinese Railway" Original Composition by Minato Sakamoto '18

Performance Theses: Gabriela Smith-Rosario '18 and Minato Sakamoto '18

AMHERST, Mass. – On Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 7 p.m., the Amherst College Department of Music presents “La Isla de Esperanza” (The Island of Hope), an original thesis on Puerto Rican music, written and conducted by Gabriela Smith-Rosario ’18 followed at 7:45 p.m. by a composition thesis entitled "Chinese Railway" presented by Minato Sakamoto '18 in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is by general admission. Although admission is free, Smith-Rosario respectfully requests that attendees make a donation to “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” (United for Puerto Rico), a nonprofit organization providing hurricane relief to the island that will be present during the concert in the lobby of Arms Music Center.

Smith-Rosario’s music thesis explores the historical intersectionality of the three primary cultures that comprise the Puerto Rican cultural identity - the island’s native Taínos, the invading Spaniards, and the West African slaves brought to the island by the Spanish. “La Isla de Esperanza” incorporates elements of traditional Spanish music, Taíno chants, West African drumming, and modern Puerto Rican music forms, including Danza, Bomba, Plena, Salsa and Latin Jazz. In addition to violin, cello, double bass, trumpet, flute, alto saxophone, piano, drums and guitar, “La Isla de Esperanza” also relies on various forms of traditional Taíno and African percussion, as well as a chorus. Professional Latin percussionist Rene Gonzalez and jazz alto saxophonist Linda Solval ’18 present solo performances. Smith-Rosario set texts by Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poets, including Francisco Arriví, Julia de Burgos and Miguel Piñero, as well as written texts for her pieces using the Taíno, Yorùbá, and Spanish languages, receiving guidance on Yorùbá translation and drumming traditions from Mount Holyoke College Professor Olabode Omojola and Katherine (Doyin) Ariyibi ’18.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

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Mega Mixer: Winter Olympics

The Office of Student Life presents the Mega Mixer: Winter Olympics edition, featuring DJ RM.
Come party at the Powerhouse on February 3 from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. There will be pizza and beer/wine for students who are of age.

Sun, Feb 4, 2018

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Super Bowl Party!

Come to the Powerhouse this for a fun Super Bowl viewing party! Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the game begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be lots of delicious food, including a nacho bar, chicken fingers (with sauces), pulled pork sliders, root beer (kegs), fresh fruit platters, seltzers and drinks!

Students Only
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Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Mon, Feb 5, 2018

Amherst Select Info Table

Thinking about summer internships? Stop by our info table to hear about the Amherst Select Internship program and how you can receive funding for summer experiences through the Loeb Center!

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only
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"How Fermi Became Fermi": Talk by David Schwartz

Enrico Fermi was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century physics, with major contributions across a wide range of sub-disciplines. He was also a central figure in the Manhattan Project, and led the team that created the first controlled, sustained nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago in December 1942.

How did Fermi become Fermi? Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his new biography of Fermi, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age, David Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist as well as the role of nature, nurture and historical circumstance in his career and the characteristics behind both his strengths and his weaknesses.

Are great physicists born, do they make themselves, or do others make them? How does the accident of one’s birth influence a career like Fermi’s? What was it that enabled Fermi to continue to contribute to the field well beyond the age when many great physicists are content to rest on their previous achievements?

This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Corliss Lamont Fund.

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"Blood in the Water: Diasporic Renditions of the Massacre River": Talk by Rebeca Hey-Colón

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Rebeca Hey-Colón titled "Blood in the Water: Diasporic Renditions of the Massacre River."

In this talk, Professor Hey-Colón discusses the cultural and literary history of the Massacre River, a body of water that serves as a border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Focusing on women's writing from Hispaniola's diaspora, Hey-Colón discusses how reading and writing the Massacre River transforms it into an alternative site of archival knowledge. As a result, its waters become a crucial site of symbolic and historical power for the island of Hispaniola.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine: Program and Admissions Info Session

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Valerie Parkas, the Associate Dean of Admissions for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to campus. Parkas will share information about FlexMed, Mount Sinai’s early acceptance program for sophomores, as well as the Mount Sinai Medical School as a whole.

FlexMed is the first program of its kind in the nation, offering college sophomores from any major early acceptance, with no MCAT requirement and a progressive approach to medical school preparation for half of each entering class. Learn about the application process for FlexMed, and ask questions about medical school admissions in general.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

Students Only

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.

Data Disaggregation Phone Bank

Join us to call Massachusetts congresspeople in support of Data Disaggregation for Asian American ethnic groups. There will be dumplings from Oriental Flavors and pakoras from Paradise of India! For more information, contact Jenna Peng. This event is a collaboration with the South Asian Students Association and the Asian Students Association.

Identities Unseen - Student Artist Talk

Join us in listening to a panel of student artists talk about the Identities Unseen exhibition in the Keefe Atrium! For more info, contact Jenna Peng '18. This event is co-sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Employee Council: February Coffee Hour

Have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, come talk to us about your ideas or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hour will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, February 6.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

Amherst College Statistics and Data Science Colloquia: "Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions: The SEARCH Trial and HIV Prevention in East Africa"

Laura Balzer of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present "Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions: The SEARCH Trial and HIV Prevention in East Africa."

Evaluation of cluster-based interventions presents significant methodological challenges. In this talk, we describe the design and analysis of the SEARCH trial, an ongoing community randomized trial to evaluate the impact of early HIV diagnosis and immediate treatment with streamlined care in rural Uganda and Kenya. We focus on three choices to optimize the design and analysis. These choices are compared theoretically and with finite sample simulations. We demonstrate how each choice improves efficiency relative to standard practice, while maintaining nominal confidence interval coverage. We conclude with practical implications and some ongoing challenges.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Elite Scholars of China: Info Session & On-Campus Interview Sign Ups

Elite Scholars of China (ESC) will conduct interviews here on campus on Wednesday, February 7! In advance of that, join recruiter Sarah Lau for this information session, in which she will explain ESC's mission and organizational structure and how recent graduates can contribute meaningfully to its cause through its educational consultant job opportunity. If you like what you hear, sign-ups will be available after the presentation for any remaining interview slots!

Elite Scholars of China is the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, which aims to help China’s brightest students apply to top U.S. colleges and universities. What sets ESC apart from other education consulting companies in China is that ESC believes in upholding ethical consulting practices, as well as in a holistic learning environment that ensures students can thrive academically and socially on an American college campus.

ESC founders Stacy Palestrant and Tomer Rothschild moved to Beijing in 2003. At the time, Stacy was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners, and Tomer was the China country manager of a U.S. company. During their first 7 years living in Beijing, Stacy and Tomer interviewed dozens of high school students on behalf of their respective college alma maters. During this time, they were struck by how much these students clearly lacked access to comprehensive, accurate and ethical college counseling. Stacy and Tomer were inspired to leave their corporate jobs to found ESC as a means to provide the high-caliber guidance and preparation students so desperately need during this critical time in their lives. Elite Scholars of China was born in 2010, and has since grown to a robust community of talented students working alongside dedicated counselors and support staff.

ESC's educational consultant position is ideal for a recent graduate who wants to develop professional skills with a fast-growing entrepreneurial company. Former ESC colleagues have continued on to pursue degrees at Yale Law School, Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Summer Study Abroad Info Session

Considering a summer abroad? Come to this info session to learn about your program options (which are many) and what funding opportunities exist. Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. However, students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g. Gilman, Boren) or apply for aid directly from the program. Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer!

Students Only

Internship Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Feb 7, 2018

GlobeMed Instead Of: Coffee and Donuts

Instead of falling asleep in Merrill, wake up with GlobeMed's Instead Of! Enjoy coffee and donuts courtesy of Dunkin Donuts. Suggested donation: $3. All proceeds go to Heart and Sole Africa, a non-profit that fights podoconiosis.

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!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language 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.

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

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!

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Gallery Talk by Alla Rosenfeld

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webster Hall, Russian Center Art Gallery

You’re invited to a gallery talk with Curator of Russian and European Art Alla Rosenfeld. This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Varieties of Nonconformism: Unofficial Art from the Soviet Union, which is on view at the Russian Center Art Gallery through Feb. 11. The talk will take place at the Russian Center Art Gallery on the second floor of Webster Hall at Amherst College.

This event is free and open to all!

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Performance by Sonya Clark '89, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes”

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm UMass Amherst, University Museum of Contemporary Art

Witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the exhibition Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson, re‐created by the hands of stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark ’89, Amherst College’s visiting artist-in-residence. Clark’s work often features hair and combs to speak meaningfully about cultural heritage, gender, beauty standards, race and identity.

The performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” celebrates artists across time — from the original hairdresser who created the style, to the sculptor who created the piece, to the contemporary hair stylist, to Clark herself. The performance addresses themes of artistic interpretation, anonymity and value, performative action and social practice. The piece embraces hairdressers as artists and collapses the cultural space between hair salon and art museum.

Throughout the event, Clark and Bhagat will be in dialogue with each other and with the audience. Come for five minutes, or stay for the full two hours to see the hairstyle come to life.
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Sonya Clark is the 2017-18 Distinguished Artist‐in‐Residence at Amherst College. She chaired the
Craft/Material Studies Department for 12 years at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 venues worldwide and is included in the permanent
collection of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where the performance Hairdressers
Are My Heroes made its debut.

Kamala Bhagat hails from an artistic family. Her mother makes African dolls, and her father teaches
chemistry through African drumming. As a natural hair stylist, Bhagat specializes in intricate braids.
She also designs clothing. Bhagat says that seeing her creations draping the heads and bodies of
models motivates her to new efforts in both pursuits. Her greatest enjoyment comes when clients let
her freestyle and bring forth whatever her imagination conjures.

Informational Thesis Writing Meeting for Political Science Junior Year Majors

Professor Thomas Dumm, Chair of the Political Science Department, will be holding an informational session for junior year majors in the department who may be interested in writing a thesis. The meeting will be Wednesday, February 7 from 6-7 p.m. in Clark House, room 100.

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"Lies the War State Tells Us" with Tommy Raskin

This Amherst Political Union event features Tommy Raskin, a writer based in the D.C. area, where he works on Middle East policy as a Young Fellow at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. A skeptic of empire, Mr. Raskin has written for both progressive and libertarian publications in hopes of promoting a diverse coalition for peace and against militarism.

Mr. Raskin's recent works have appeared at Antiwar.com and CounterPunch.org, where he has decried the U.S. government's occupation of Afghanistan and advocated a U.S.-Russia rapprochement. In a mixture of interviews, prose writings and poems, Mr. Raskin has also explored the harmful effects of U.S. military involvement in Yemen, Syria and East Timor.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

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German Film Series: "Hannah Arendt"

Join us for this fascinating biopic with acclaimed actress Barbara Sukowa in the title role, centering on the controversies that erupted in 1961 when the famous German-Jewish political philosopher reported on the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel.

There will be two screenings of Hannah Arendt in German with English subtitles: the first will be at at 4 p.m. in Fayerweather 113 and the second at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

Please contact Megan Howes for more information.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

Study abroad in Japan - Semester or Summer

Come learn from students who have studied abroad to Japan for the semester or summer about Japanese culture, language study, and all the ways to have an enriching experience in this fascinating country.
Amherst has a close relationship with Doshisha University and other institutions! Join us in Webster 101 at 4 p.m.

Fun fact: Doshisha University was founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima of the Class of 1870, the first Japanese student to graduate from a Western institution of higher learning.

Students Only
HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland

A Conversation with John Wieland '58

Join us for a conversation with John Wieland '58 and Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little. An opening reception for HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland will follow at the Mead Art Museum. This program is free and open to all.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

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Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception

You're invited to celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum! We are pleased to present HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland; Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages; and New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s. Join us for remarks from President Biddy Martin, exciting art, a live DJ, delicious refreshments and more!

This event is free and open to all.

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Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm

Leah Penniman from the Soul Fire Farm is a woman of color, educator, farmer, writer and food justice activist. She will speak about the intersection of Black Lives Matter and food justice, land and food as tools to end mass incarceration, and how gender influences this dynamic. This event will bring together a wide range of student groups on campus to address environmental and social justice issues.

German Film Series

German Film Series: "Hannah Arendt"

Join us for this fascinating biopic with acclaimed actress Barbara Sukowa in the title role, centering on the controversies that erupted in 1961 when the famous German-Jewish political philosopher reported on the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel.

There will be two screenings of "Hannah Arendt" in German with English subtitles: the first will be at at 4 p.m. in Fayerweather 113 and the second at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

Please contact Megan Howes for more information.

Colorful stylized image of a segmented human figure standing on a fragmented landscape in front of flames

"The Electric Dream"

The Electric Dream is a senior honors thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood ’18. Set, lighting and sound design are by Lauren Thompson ’19; costume design is by Amir Hall ’17.

A billionaire couple begin designing Cyberverse, a new digital world where people can upload or stream their minds. Before the project is complete, they are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Determined to find answers, Cyberverse employees Lynx and Nova enter the digital world to search for clues relating to the untimely deaths. All the while, Cyberverse is mysteriously collapsing due to an unknown force.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

This is a 9-week program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. This workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for careers in business and finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunities and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in an organized career fair-type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting Functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m. beginning February 8, 2018, through April 12, 2018 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please email Stephanie Hockman by February 2, 2018. Your email should include a statement on why you want to attend this workshop series. Confirmation of acceptance to the workshop series will be provided by February 5, 2018.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

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 or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

Students Only
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Writing your Thesis in 60 Days

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Produce your best work, even under the time constraints of your spring semester. This workshop will focus on creative strategies for time management, goal setting, accountability and making the best out of your writing habits.

Come for the workshop, stay for the Thesis Write-In! This program is taught by writing associate Lauren Silber. Please sign up in advance.

Students Only

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Josef Trapani Photo

Faculty Colloquium Series: “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, February 9

On Friday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, assistant professor of biology. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Mohamed Ramy '18, "Learning on the go and going with the flow"

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster empathy and community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and learning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team. More information available below.

WOC Luncheon

How to we celebrate each other? How do we collectively renew and rejuvenate ourselves? Come join us at the WGC to discuss ways in which you heal and meet other women of color on campus. Lunch will be served.

This is a closed space for self-identifying women of color.

For accessibility information and accommodations, contact wgc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5667

Why Mentors Matter: Stories from Faculty & Staff

What is a mentor? How can they help you? Where can you find them?

Mentors can be an influential part of your personal, professional and academic growth. Join us for Antonio's pizza and a panel discussion with three successful Amherst community members to hear their stories of how mentors have impacted their lives.

Featured panelists:
Angie Tissi, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Jeffers Engelhardt, Associate Professor of Music; Chair of Music
Justin Serpone, Men's Soccer Coach

You will also learn about the Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Program in order to start building your own support network through Amherst alumni.

Lunch will be provided and all class years are welcome!

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Patrick Williams '18 standing in front of snow-covered train tracks, holding his French horn

Performance Theses: "Coalescence" by Michael Dwyer '18 and "Keepsake: A Sentimental Recollection" with Patrick Williams '18, French Horn

The Amherst College Department of Music presents two senior theses: Coalescence, a five-song set of original music by Michael Dwyer ’18, and Keepsake: A Sentimental Recollection, an honors thesis in horn performance by Patrick Williams ’18. The joint recital lasts 100 minutes (including intermission). A reception will follow.

The recital takes place on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Coalescence was first imagined with the goal of defining a unique sonic space for itself, consisting of the composer’s favorite parts of a variety of musical idioms, from jazz and classical to rock and pop. The very construction of the 11-piece ensemble-- a mixture of horns, strings, and rock instruments --aims to challenge the conception of genres as distinct categories of sound and instruments as necessary harbingers of that sound.

Following in the stylistically blended tradition of artists such as Bloc Party and Streetlight Manifesto but with a uniquely broad set of influences, Coalescence seeks to establish itself not as its own genre but as the antithesis thereof-- proof of the oft-ignored common ground between popular music, art music and every stylistic tradition therein. The ensemble consists entirely of Amherst College students drawn from a variety of musical backgrounds, and the compositional process was advised by professors Eric Sawyer and Ryan Vigil.

In Keepsake, Patrick Williams explores expansive Romantic soundscapes alongside fresh contemporary literature. Bombast bookends the program, heralding in the grandeur of the Romantic era. Bravado is then juxtaposed with sweetness and solemnity as introspective melodies flow freely. These contrasting moods are then processed, their synthesis culminating in a confident and energetic ending.

Each composer featured in this program shares an intimate connection with the horn that allows them to delve into the past. In choosing his recital literature, Williams has sought out a sentimental selection of music, each piece a keepsake dear to his musical journey. In his studies, he developed an affinity for the lower register of the horn; the first half of his program highlights this timbre not often heard in solo performances. The second half of the recital revisits salient musical memories through a collection of works vital to his growth as a musician.

Program:
Neuling – Bagatelle for Low Horn and Piano
Yenque – Tanguito for Horn alone
Miller – Hunting Songs for Low Horn and Piano
Brooks – Rhapsody for Horn and Piano
F. Strauss – Nocturno for Horn and Piano
Brahms – Scherzo from Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano
R. Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1

Joining Patrick on his recital is collaborative pianist Grant Moss, college organist and senior lecturer at Smith College. Pianist Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 and violinist Elliot Kuan ’18 are also featured.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information, please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Theme House Mixer! Hosted By Asian Culture House and La Casa

Theme House Mixer

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Moore Dormitory, 2nd Floor Common Room

Come learn about the Asian Culture House and La Casa! Food will be provided!

Arts Party

Arts Party presented by Arts at Amherst

The Spring Arts Party presented by Arts at Amherst will truly be a night of revelry. If you’ve been looking to meet other students who care about art, make art or want to change the arts scene here on campus, then this is the place you need to be! The night’s festivities will begin with artists mixing and mingling over hors d'oeuvres and tea from LimeRed. Come meet other people who care about the arts scene at Amherst, chat about your latest art obsession, argue if Drake is really the number one "Sad Boi" (or even if hologram Tupac is more creepy than cool).

Then, at 8 p.m., there will be an hour of student performances; like Coffee Haus, but under the lights of the Powerhouse. Once the performances are over, we’ll shift into party mode and get down with DJ Salmon Shorts from 10 p.m.-1 a.m..

Colorful stylized image of a segmented human figure standing on a fragmented landscape in front of flames

"The Electric Dream"

The Electric Dream is a senior honors thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood ’18. Set, lighting and sound design are by Lauren Thompson ’19; costume design is by Amir Hall ’17.

A billionaire couple begin designing Cyberverse, a new digital world where people can upload or stream their minds. Before the project is complete, they are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Determined to find answers, Cyberverse employees Lynx and Nova enter the digital world to search for clues relating to the untimely deaths. All the while, Cyberverse is mysteriously collapsing due to an unknown force.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Feb 10, 2018

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Performance Theses: "A Sleep of Prisoners," a New Chamber Opera by Caleb Brooks '18, and Works by Jerry Navarro '18

The Amherst College Department of Music presents A Sleep of Prisoners, a new chamber opera by Caleb Brooks ’18 with a libretto adapted from a text by playwright Christopher Fry, an honors thesis performance in composition.

The performance, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College’s Arms Music Center, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by the performance of the composition honors thesis of Jerry Navarro ’18.

A Sleep of Prisoners is adapted from Christopher Fry’s 1951 play of the same title, in which the author attempts to reckon with the aftermath of the Second World War through the lens of his Quaker faith. Scored for four vocal soloists and a piano accompaniment, the music draws on influences from the 20th and 21st century dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Tom Cipullo and many others. The piece will be performed by Elizabeth Maxey, soprano; Carol Wrobleski, mezzo-soprano; Caleb Brooks ’18, baritone; Ramsey Kurdi, bass; and Benjamin Tibbetts, piano.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Colorful stylized image of a segmented human figure standing on a fragmented landscape in front of flames

"The Electric Dream"

The Electric Dream is a senior honors thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood ’18. Set, lighting and sound design are by Lauren Thompson ’19; costume design is by Amir Hall ’17.

A billionaire couple begin designing Cyberverse, a new digital world where people can upload or stream their minds. Before the project is complete, they are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Determined to find answers, Cyberverse employees Lynx and Nova enter the digital world to search for clues relating to the untimely deaths. All the while, Cyberverse is mysteriously collapsing due to an unknown force.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Late Night w/ Flight Presents: Mari!

Come down to the Powerhouse to kickstart your Saturday night with a music show featuring Mari! While Chicago-born rapper, singer and producer, Mari, is relatively new to the music scene, he is already known for his “lyrically rich raps, melodic choruses, and spacey, soulful instrumentals.” Mari is currently spending most of his time in the studio developing his sound and working alongside musicians in New York City, including his creative collective, 40 Makers. He has worked with Smino, The Internet, Drumma Boy and many other renowned artists and producers. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Asian Culture House Logo

Asian Culture House Open House

Are you interested in living in the Asian Culture House? Come to our open house and learn more about what its means to be a member of ACH! There will be boba and room showings. Come meet some of the current members to learn about their experiences.

 Campus-Wide Environmental Group Collaboration

Campus-Wide Environmental Group Collaboration

Amherst College is bursting with activism and ideas for progress surrounding environmental issues but all too often communication about environmental progress gets lost and with it the potential for collaboration. Join the Amherst Green Collaborative, a collection of green groups from around campus, to discuss ongoing environmental activism projects and ways you can get involved. The meeting will be Sunday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in the McCaffery room and food will be provided!

Students Only
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Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Poster of Middlebury Schools Abroad Information Table

Middlebury Schools Abroad Information Table

Interested in studying abroad during the summer or academic year? Come to the Keefe Campus Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on February 12 to meet with a representative of the Middlebury Schools Abroad! Middlebury offers authentic academic experiences all over the world, which are characterized by language immersion and/or integration with the host culture.

Students Only

IES Abroad Information Table

Can studying abroad jump-start your career? Our findings say yes!

By living and learning abroad, the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) helps students develop highly sought-after professional skills such as adaptability, communication, self-awareness and confidence, that not only make them more likely to be hired, but also launch their careers. Amherst College students can study in IES Abroad programs in Argentina, Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.

Students Only

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

Stack of books

Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

Political cartoon depicting Uncle Sam as a schoolteacher to children who represent various colonies and ethnic groups

"Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter"

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Jason Coráñez Bolton.

“Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter”

Bolton says of his lecture: "This talk will develop a postcolonial crip and queer analytic to understand histories of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines and the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands as flashpoints in global disability histories. I propose a framing of comparative racialization in transpacific American encounter to demonstrate how colonialism has historically relied on an enduring and insistent assumption in the cognitive inferiority of the colonized-- an assumption constructed through the perverse deviations of the 'native' from proper respectable civilization. Using multiethnic American and hemispheric fictions in literature and film, particularly Latinx and Filipinx cultural archives, I seek to crip genres of assimilation to show that disability is not epiphenomenal to the political violence of imperial statecraft but rather its principal engine."

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

Students Only

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.

French Film Screening: "Mommy" (2014)

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

"Mommy" is a Canadian drama and coming-of-age film, directed by Xavier Dolan, that tells the story of a recently widowed mom of an unpredictable and sometimes violent teenage son. She struggles to raise him alone after he has been expelled from the latest in a long line of institutions. A peculiar new neighbor across the street offers her help, and together they find a new sense of balance and hope.

The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Painting of a winged cherub leaning over the shoulder of a seated woman dressed in white

Galentine's Day Breakfast at the Mead

All self-identified women are invited to the Mead for a closer look at some of our favorite gals in the collection. Join us for waffles and informal conversation inspired by a new exhibition Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages and led by women who make up the Mead’s curatorial, education and programming departments.

This event is FREE and open to all.

Galentine's Day

“Galentine’s Day” is a holiday created by Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope. It occurs on February 13 every year. On the show, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of female friendships – “Ladies celebrating ladies.” In the WGC, we are celebrating sisterhood and platonic friendships among people of all genders. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for folks to stop by and make a card or love-note to friends, best friends, or BFFS! We’ll have supplies, cookies, and, most importantly, lots of waffles. It is meant to be fun day and an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how important friendship and love are outside of romantic relationships.

Explore Global Education with the Swedish Program

Explore the beautiful city of Stockholm with The Swedish Program. The Swedish Program offers liberal arts courses in English at the prestigious Stockholm School of Economics, in the heart of the city. Come by the info table to find out more!

Students Only

Amherst Select Info Table

Thinking about summer internships? Stop by our info table to hear about the Amherst Select Internship program and how you can receive funding for summer experiences through the Loeb Center!

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

office hours

Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

IFSA-Butler Study Abroad Information Table

Study abroad has been identified by the National Survey on Student Engagement as a high-impact educational practice with the potential to drive academic and personal success. More than just a travel opportunity, study abroad fosters skills such as critical thinking, intercultural agility and language acquisition.

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) emphasizes the long-term applicability of skills, knowledge and perspectives gained during study abroad and strives to make the experience as personal and self-designed as possible. Come learn about some of our unique offerings in Latin America, Oceania, Asia and the UK (including Oxford) and Ireland.

Students Only
“Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter”

Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter

The Amherst College Spanish Department is pleased to present a lecture by Jason Coráñez Bolton: “Cripping Assimilation Genres: Latinx and Filipinx Borderlands in Transpacific Encounter”

Bolton says of his lecture: "This talk will develop a postcolonial crip and queer analytic to understand histories of US imperialism in the Philippines and the US Mexican borderlands as flash-points in global disability histories. I propose a framing of comparative racialization in transpacific American encounter to demonstrate how colonialism has historically relied on an enduring and insistent assumption in the cognitive inferiority of the colonized – an assumption constructed through the perverse deviations of the “native” from proper respectable civilization. Using Multiethnic American and hemispheric fictions in literature and film, particularly Latinx and Filipinx cultural archives, I seek to crip genres of assimilation to show that disability is not epiphenomenal to the political violence of imperial statecraft but rather its principal engine."

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Nine students standing in a row inside a New York City art museum, with a 10th student kneeling in front of them

Collecting 101: Cast Your Vote!

Students from the Mead’s Interterm course "Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead" will present their top picks for a new work of art for the Mead’s collection. Join us to hear short talks on their favorite pieces and cast a vote for your favorite. The Mead will purchase whichever work of art wins the popular vote, with funds made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Join us for a riveting keynote by Amherst Alumnus, Junius Williams '65 as he discusses his latest book, "Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power." Reception and book signing following keynote.

Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power

Join us for a riveting keynote by Amherst Alumnus, Junius Williams '65 as he discusses his latest book, "Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power." Reception and book signing following keynote.

Renting in New York City: A Practical Guide

Moving to New York City after graduation? Considering doing so in the future, but feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big-city relocation?

In this workshop, Jeremy Cooper and Jordan Cooper, partners at Cooper & Cooper Real Estate in New York City, will demystify this process by:

– discussing the NYC rental market, including pricing & floorplan sizes
– highlighting the steps in the NYC rental process
– reviewing typical paperwork & landlord requirements
– answering attendees' questions in a dedicated Q&A

Cooper & Cooper is a premier residential real estate brokerage firm based in Manhattan, transacting apartment rentals and sales. As former investment bankers (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America) and college grads (Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia M.B.A.), their founders understand the needs of transitioning undergraduate and graduate students. With a firm grasp on the latest apartment availabilities city-wide, Cooper & Cooper aims to match clients' needs to the appropriate product in an efficient and thoughtful manner, as their mission is to make the entire experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Amherst Exchange Programs - Info Session

Amherst has several exchange programs with foreign universities where students can spend a semester or year. Come learn about programs in Germany, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore! Students who have participated in the exchange programs will share their experiences and a few photos. Applications for the fall 2018 semester will be available.

Fun fact: Amherst's oldest exchange partner is Doshisha University and newest is The American University of Beirut. Both institutions were founded by Amherst alumni! Doshisha was founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Class of 1870, and AUB was founded by Daniel Bliss, Class of 1852.

Students Only
Joseph Scapellato seated on the front steps of a house, wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans

Fiction Reading: Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato is the author of Big Lonesome, a story collection, and the forthcoming novel The Made-Up Man. Of the former, The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Vividly recasting many Western archetypes, Scapellato's inventive, hallucinatory prose dazzles.” His work has appeared in North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road and other publications and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial’s Forty Stories, Gigantic Books’ Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction and & NOW’s The Best Innovative Writing. Scapellato is an assistant professor of English at Bucknell University.

Refreshments will follow the reading.

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!

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Porter House

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2018-19. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served.
The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 15, 2018.

Wed, Feb 14, 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!

Overland Summers Information Table

In advance of their evening information session, stop by Overland Summers' campus center table to chat with representatives about their open trip leader opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

For over 30 years, Overland has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in the 4th-12th grades. Amherst students are highly encouraged to apply for these trip leader positions before the March 8 deadline.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language 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.

GlobeMed's Valentine Grams

GlobeMed will be selling Valentine Grams the week leading up to the holiday. Send your friends and significant others a personalized note and candy in their mailbox on Valentine's Day!

Restoring Dignity for Homeless Women. Period.

Female athletes at Amherst College have partnered with local non-profit, Amherst Community Connections (ACC), in their campaign “Restoring Dignity for Homeless Women. Period.” This campaign entails a fundraiser benefitting homeless women in our community - providing ACC the opportunity to secure feminine hygiene products, condoms, undergarments and housing funds which are otherwise difficult or impossible to acquire.
Come learn more about their campaign at their table in Keefe on Valentine's Day!

Take a moment to visit GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/ladymammothscampaign) to learn more and support us in their efforts. You can also donate via venmo @beselot - please write “Restoring Dignity” in the subject if you do!

Feel free to email jnagle18@amherst.edu with any questions!

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!

Ash Wednesday Observances

12:35 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

February 14 begins the season of Lent - a time to reflect on our lives and relationship with God and to make an effort to be attentive during this penitential season to how God is calling us to grow - to grow closer to God by growing in holiness and striving to be the best versions of ourselves. We will have two opportunities for an Ash Wednesday observance: Join us at 12:35 p.m. in Chapin Chapel for a brief Word and prayer service and the distribution of ashes. Or join with us at 5 p.m. for the celebration of Mass and distribution of ashes. Father Warren Savage will be the presiding celebrant. All are welcome.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

Share the Love: A Celebration for Staff

The Employee Council warmly welcomes you to “Share the Love,” a celebration for campus staff, this Wednesday, February 14, 2-4 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to take a break, write appreciation cards to your colleagues, and enjoy delicious sweet treats, beverages, raffle drawings and music!

Join us as we share our appreciation for each other and the work we do on campus!

"Commemorating the Day of Remembrance: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds"

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto '84 will explore the hardships and resilience of the Fukuhara family, featured in her book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds. In this single family lies the stories of U.S. Army interpreters, Japanese Imperial Army soldiers, the internment of U.S. citizens and civilian victims of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Charles Dorn: "For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America"

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes the third speaker of our interdisciplinary series: Charles Dorn, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of education at Bowdoin College.

Are colleges and universities in a period of unprecedented disruption? Is a bachelor's degree still worth the investment? Are the humanities coming to an end? What, exactly, is higher education good for? Charles Dorn uses two centuries of college and university history to challenge the rhetoric of what critics are currently calling the “crisis in American higher education.” From the community college to the elite research university—in states from Maine to California—Dorn engages a fundamental question confronted by higher education institutions ever since the nation’s founding: Do colleges and universities promote the common good? Tracking changes in American society over time, Dorn explores how shifts in the nation’s social ethos, from civic-mindedness, to practicality, to commercialism and finally affluence, refashioned higher education in the United States in essential and often vibrant ways.

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, Amherst College Careers in Education Professions, the Lucius Root Eastman Lectureship Fund and the Amherst College departments of American studies, anthropology/sociology, black studies, economics, English, history, mathematics/statistics and Spanish.

Ash Wednesday Observances

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

February 14 begins the season of Lent - a time to reflect on our lives and relationship with God and to make an effort to be attentive during this penitential season to how God is calling us to grow - to grow closer to God by growing in holiness and striving to be the best versions of ourselves. We will have two opportunities for an Ash Wednesday observance: Join us at 12:35 p.m. in Chapin Chapel for a brief Word and prayer service and the distribution of ashes. Or join with us at 5 p.m. for the celebration of Mass and distribution of ashes. Father Warren Savage will be the presiding celebrant. All are welcome.

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"Writing Africa Today: On the Intersection Between Truth, Justice and Reality in Contested Spaces"

6:20 pm - 7:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Petina Gappah will give a talk titled “ Writing Africa Today: On The Intersection Between Truth, Justice and Reality in Contested Spaces." Zimbabwean writer and international lawyer Petina Gappah is the author of the prize-winning short story collection An Elegy for Easterly (2009); the novel The Book of Memory (2015); and Rotten Row (2016), a collection of short stories on modern-day Zimbabwe. Her work was widely published with the recent fall of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding support from the Amherst College President's Office; the Dean of the Faculty's Office; the Department of English; Frost Library; the Lamont Fund; the Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies; and the Five College African Studies Council.

This event is free and open to the public.

Overland Summers Information Session

Love the outdoors? Seeking an exciting summer opportunity? For over 30 years, Overland has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in the 4th-12th grades. Amherst students are highly encouraged to apply for these trip leader positions.

51 itineraries, 17 countries, 4 continents: that’s a lot of adventure. But leading at Overland isn’t really about where you go, and in some important ways it’s not really about what you do. Instead, leading for Overland is about the people who surround you—the dynamic leaders you work with and the great kids you lead—and the many challenges, both big and small, that you tackle together.

Overland welcomes students and leaders from across the country and around the world, offering broad access to trips through its Open Arms financial aid program and valuing a range of life experiences and perspectives on its leadership staff. Overland aims to a build supportive and wholesome team of leaders, considers applications from all people and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, familial status, genetics, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. These values have been a part of Overland for over three decades, and they’re important qualities that the organization's hiring managers look for when choosing new leaders.

Join Overland representatives at this info session to learn more about this summer's trip leader opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

LitFest PreFest

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join The Common for a pre-LitFest study break – come to the CHI for games, snacks, literary trivia and free books! We'll be giving away books by Junot Díaz, Min Jin Lee and Carmen Machado, this year's LitFest headliners. Don't miss out! Insomnia cookies and party pizzas provided.

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.

Arcadia University Information Table

Arcadia University study abroad programs are developed with academic rigor and co-curricular opportunities to engage you in the culture and community in which you are studying. At Arcadia, we're not just about study abroad, we address global issues.

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Junior Loeb Center Seminar: Your Future 2019

As you approach senior year, you do not have to have your future figured out, but you do need to start thinking about how to get to where you want to be. Join us for dinner and let us show you the steps you should be taking now to be better prepared for your future after Amherst, starting with this summer.

You will walk away from this juniors-only workshop with the following:

· A new perspective on the experiences (internships, research, classes, student groups) you’ve had so far and more clarity around what kind of experience to seek this coming summer
· Concrete next steps for the career path(s) you’re on or ideas for how to overcome obstacles to changing your direction
· Tips for how to sharpen your message about who you are and what you want as a professional through your resumes, interviews, networking conversations and more
· Strategies for how to cultivate relationships relevant to your career interests

No previous experience with any of these topics is required! We’ll help you get where you need to be, no matter where you’re starting.

Space limited to 25 students. R.S.V.P. required through Quest (under events, then workshops).

Dinner will be provided.

Cultural Immersion in Asia Through Fellowships

Join the Fellowships Office as we host Arlie Slonim, outreach and selection officer for the Schwarzman Scholars Program, and discuss the Schwarzman Scholarship, Luce Scholarship and Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship. Light refreshments will be served.

Schwarzman Scholars pursue a one-year masters in public policy, economics and business or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The program is based upon the conviction that, whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Luce Scholars gain new perspectives and cultural insights through immersive living and working for a year in one of several countries in Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.

Amherst-Doshisha Fellows participate in the cultural life of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan while exploring a project of interest, representing Amherst College, traveling and serving as a resource to English language learners.

"Becoming Invisible: Law and the Importance of Anonymity"

On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House, Benjamin Goold, professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia will present a paper entitled “Becoming Invisible: Law and the Importance of Anonymity.” This is the third presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Goold’s research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by police and intelligence communities and the rhetoric and language of human rights. He is the author of many publications on privacy, surveillance and security, including the book Security and Human Rights (Hart Publishing).

To receive a copy of the paper, which will argue that the law has a vital role in ensuring that individuals are able to engage with the world without revealing aspects of themselves or the identity that society and the state has fixed them with, please email Megan Estes.

Splash! Teacher Training Sessions

Splash! is an all day learning event held at colleges across the nation where college students teach classes to local middle and high school students. Come learn about how you can teach a class about something you feel very passionately about!!

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"U.S. Climate Change Policy in a Time of Gridlock"

Despite the lack of a national climate change law in the United States, there has been a great deal of action on climate policy. In response to congressional gridlock on climate change, policy action has moved to the states, the courts, the executive branch, collaboration and appropriations politics. This talk gives an overview of this dynamic over the last decade.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

GlobeMed's Date Auction

Are you interested in showcasing your talents and adorable qualities? Want a date for Valentine's Day? Participate in GlobeMed's Annual Date Auction! In a supportive and welcoming environment, put on a quick performance and swipe right for love. Performers are not actually forced to go on a date with the winning bidder, and all proceeds go to Heart and Sole Africa, a non-profit in Rwanda fighting podoconiosis.

Contact jiwpark20@amherst.edu if you are interested.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

This is a 9-week program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. This workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for careers in business and finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunities and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in an organized career fair-type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting Functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m. beginning February 8, 2018, through April 12, 2018 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please email Stephanie Hockman by February 2, 2018. Your email should include a statement on why you want to attend this workshop series. Confirmation of acceptance to the workshop series will be provided by February 5, 2018.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

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 or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

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Writing Exhaustion (For Thesis Writers)

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

As you near the end of your thesis writing, you may find yourself experiencing writer's block or writing exhaustion. At this workshop we will talk about how these experiences can hinder us in order to re-connect with your thesis work. The workshop will include low-stakes writing (creative and otherwise) that engages our visual, tactile and auditory senses to get us back into producing prose.

This program is taught by writing associate Lauren Silber. Come for the workshop, stay for the Thesis Write-In in the CHI! Please reserve your seat below.

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Thomas Brennan in Conversation with Kevin Cullen

Join us for a conversation with Marine Corps veteran and investigative reporter Thomas Brennan and acclaimed Boston Globe reporter Kevin Cullen. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Amherst Books.

Thomas Brennan, recipient of the Purple Heart, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps until medically retired in 2012. He served in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah and was a squad leader in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines. Since 2012, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Times' At War blog. Brennan was the military affairs reporter at The Daily News from early 2013 through mid-2014. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, and is the founder of The War Horse, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to chronicling the effects of post-9/11 conflict. His book Shooting Ghosts, co-authored with combat photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, chronicles his friendship with O’Reilly, and both men’s mental and physical recovery from war.

Kevin Cullen is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. At the Globe, he served as a local, national and foreign correspondent before becoming a columnist. He initially worked as the newspaper's law enforcement correspondent, and won the Livingston Award for his 1987 portrait of an East Boston hoodlum. He spent several stints on the Spotlight Team, the Globe's investigative unit, and was part of the team that first exposed the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger as an FBI informant in 1988.

In 2001, after four years abroad, Cullen returned to Boston and joined the Globe's investigative team, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for exposing the coverup of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The team also won many other awards for those exposes, including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.

In 2014, Cullen won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Separately, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. The ASNE judges said: "Kevin Cullen's work demonstrates a deft writing touch, a ferocious spirit and a no-holds-barred clarity that is by turns bracing and brilliant. His well-reported columns surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing were particularly noteworthy for their humanity and the way they captured the defiant spirit of a city simultaneously reeling from a devastating attack."

In 2016, he was named best newspaper columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2017, he won the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism from the Shorenstein Center.

3D Printing Workshop

The Amherst Electronics Club is excited to present a four-part workshop series on 3D printing! This exciting technology enables the user to produce everything from prototypes and concept models to custom production-grade parts on a personal desktop. Come learn more about the art and science of 3D printing while gaining experience with the club's own printer. No experience necessary!
Feb. 15: 3D Printing 101
Feb. 22: So, What Do I Print?
March 1: Anatomy of a 3D Printer
March 8: Zen and the Art Of 3D Printer Maintenance

Fri, Feb 16, 2018

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Life Stories Lunch with Jesse Beal, Director of the Women's and Gender Center

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

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African American Dance Symposium Film Screening: "Free to Dance"

In three one-hour programs, Free To Dance chronicles the crucial role that African American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. "What Do You Dance?" begins the story of African American dance with African slaves on a Southern plantation. "Steps of the Gods" examines the emergence of dance pioneers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus in the 1930s and 1940s and their influence on later choreographers including Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Alvin Ailey. "Go for What You Know" traces the rise of African American dance from the 1960s through the late 20th century as dancers and choreographers explore new directions and old questions about the meaning of "Black dance."

Each episode runs approximately one hour; audience can enter on the hour to view individual episodes.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, which kicks off mid-February and culminates on April 13-14. It is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Amherst Arts, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, the symposium will offer an exciting array of activities from February to April, including a special evening performance on Friday, April 13.

Chinese Cultural Club Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway A Event Space

Come enjoy the Lunar New Year with catered Chinese food, hot pots and dumplings (and yes, there will be scallion pancakes)! Come alone or bring your friends! All cultural backgrounds are welcome. Food is universal.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Movie Screening

The Multicultural Resource Center and the Women's & Gender Center present The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a film that details the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells were taken and used for research without her consent and became immortalized, still used in research to this day. The film deals with the complicated history between the Black community and the medical field through the eyes of Lacks' adult daughter, played by Oprah Winfrey. Come join us to learn about this important topic and and figure in Black history!

Argentine Tango Club

Argentine Tango Club will be having its first meeting of the semester Friday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will be meeting in Webster Studio 2. Come enjoy two hours of dance coaching by Daniel Trenner, a dance teacher at Smith College. All levels are welcome!

French House Quartier Latin

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come and join us for Quartier Latin, an informal meeting in the French House. We will speak French and answer all of your questions about France and French Culture. So don't hesitate: drinks, snacks and a cool French playlist are waiting for you on the 2nd floor of King Hall, this Friday, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m.

German Carnival

Join us to celebrate German Carnival!

There will be food, drinks and music. Everyone is welcome!

Grab your friends, put on a costume and find out that Germans have humor, too!

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Smooky MarGielaa Concert

Smooky MarGielaa Concert
Featuring Gosha Guppy

Come find out why this 15 year old Bronx rapper is A$AP Rocky's new protege...
Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

#ElectHer: A Day-long Training for College Women on How to Run for Office

Join the WGC on Saturday, February 17 from 12 - 4 p.m. in the Alumni House for a training for college women on how to run for political office on campus and in your communities. In this training, we will develop public speaking skills, learn about campaign strategy and build relationships among women and with women in political leadership positions. This training centers cis and trans women, nonbinary folks and femmes. All students are welcome.

Please register before noon on Wednesday, February 14 through the form below. Faculty, staff and student leaders are encouraged to nominate a women to participate. If you have a student or peer who you feel would benefit from this training, you can nominate them here. Brunch will be provided. This program is cosponsored by Center for Community Engagement and Campus Diversity and Student Leadership.

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Leisure Reading Afternoons: Black Queer Writers

Join the offices of First Year Experience and Residential Life in our second installment of Leisure Reading this Saturday, February 17, from 2-4 p.m. in James Common Room. In celebration of Black History Month we will be featuring black queer writers and giving away three books, "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin, "In Another Place Not Here" by Dionne Brand, and "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" by Audre Lorde, on a first come basis.
Class of 2021, attend 4 of 6 sessions and enter a raffle to win Wireless Bluetooth Headphones and a Kindle Reader! We will have beverages and pastries from Atkins donuts. Come with a book in any form, stay as long as you would like, and relax and meet your reading goals.

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M@A Parallels Series: The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Music for Invisible Places (2017) by Woytek Blecharz; 38 minutes

Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears, a 20-minute pre-concert lobby performance with AC students. Be in the lobby by 7:45 p.m. ICE members will take questions directly after the performance from the Buckley stage.

The Music at Amherst Series continues with a performance of experimental and electronic music by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College, with a pre-show performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Earth Ears in the Arms lobby beginning at 7 :45 p.m.

The performance requires tickets and has general seating. Tickets may be reserved by visiting http://amherst.universitytickets.com or by calling 413/542-2195. This performance is included in the Music at Amherst subscriptions.

Music for Invisible Places, by Wojtek Blecharz, is a semi-staged and choreographed work scored for mixed chamber ensemble. A Polish-born composer, Blecharz was previously a resident of the United States—during which time he began collaborating with ICE musicians—before relocating to Germany in 2015.

Blecharz’s Music for Invisible Places makes reference to areas of our world where individuals must look within themselves—to “invisible” places—because they are forbidden to live their truest lives publicly. The work brings the voices of artists killed in Syria and Iraq to the stage via spoken word, folk instruments and ritualistic actions. The work was commissioned by ICE in 2016; over the 12 months since the project’s inception, there have been several composer-performer workshops, as well as two partial work-in-progress showings.

The box office for this performance opens on Feb. 3. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. For tickets and a complete listing of upcoming Music at Amherst events, please visit us on the web: http://amherst.universitytickets.com

Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students with valid ID: $10
Free Student Rush tickets available in Arms lobby the night of the performance beginning one 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

Sun, Feb 18, 2018

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Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

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Today - Mon, Feb 19, 2018

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Advanced Studies in England Information Table

Study abroad in the World Heritage City of Bath, England! Advanced Studies in England (ASE) is located in the heart of the beautiful, eighteenth-century city of Bath. All students are housed in attractive properties in historic areas of the city center, within walking distance of the Roman Baths, the Abbey, galleries, museums, and an array of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Bonus: Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801-1806, and the city features prominently in both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

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Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program Info Table

Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests—all while experiencing life in Manhattan, the island at the center of the world. BGIA students engage in the study and practice of international law, international relations theory, global public health, political economy, international reporting and other aspects of international affairs. BGIA has semester and summer programs.

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Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Jazz Composition: "Orchids" by Omar Thomas

Berklee College of Music Professor Omar Thomas will present his composition "Orchids" as part of the 2018 McBride '59 Jazz Commission Series. Professor Thomas will share his compositional process and engage in a Q&A with those present.

The piece is commissioned by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and will be premiered in concert on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.

“Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio”

“Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio”

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Esther Díaz Martín: “Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio.”

In this talk, Esther Díaz Martín uses a sound studies approach to discuss gender politics as heard through the sound and voice of contemporary Latina radio hosts and podcasters. As an extension of oral traditions, talk radio is deeply rooted in Latina culture, serving as a site for the sonic reimagination of women’s spaces of convivencia and the (re)construction of Latina feminist epistemologies. By listening closely to the sonic performance of femininity, it theorizes sound-based strategies that interrupt misogyny and male-dominance in popular sound culture. These include Alicia Alarcón’s regaño, Marlene Quinto’s desmadre, and brown girl hour as defined by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme of the podcast Locatora Radio. At a critical moment when women in mainstream media are amplifying feminist politics, Latina hosts counterpoint dominant narratives by self-defining feminism(s) through their specific intersectionalities and lived experiences.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

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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.

Food Justice League––Intro Meeting

Interested in doing work around food justice on campus and in the community? Want to know where your food in Val comes from? Wondering how to protect SNAP benefits from being cut? Come to the intro meeting for the Food Justice League to share some ideas and hear what fellow students have in mind for the semester.

Tomorrow - Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little

HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland features 58 artworks that present provocative interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials and imaginative manifestations. You’re invited to a gallery talk about this exhibition with David E. Little.

This event is free and open to all.

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Performance of "The Hair Bow Anthems" by Regina Carter

Regina Carter is a master jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow. She will perform "Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark. This performance will be followed by an artist talk with Regina Carter, Sonya Clark and Darryl Harper.

This program is a part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

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Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

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"The Search for Solitude": Bill Porter / Red Pine

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

The search for solitude has been at the core of Chinese civilization ever since it began 5,000 years ago. Spending time alone, usually in the mountains, has been an essential part of all three major spiritual traditions in China from their very beginning, and it continues to be so today. Bill Porter, a renowned scholar of Chinese poetry and Buddhist texts who writes under the pseudonym Red Pine, will give a slide presentation and talk about this tradition based on his book Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. His book has become a best-seller in China, where it has sold a quarter of a million copies in its Chinese translation 空谷幽蘭. He will also share poetry from his recent book, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past.

Books for purchase will be available immediately following the lecture, and Bill Porter will sign and greet guests at this time. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

At The Intersection: Gender & Religion

Join us for the second program in the "At the Intersections" series, featuring a panel discussion on how gender, religion, faith and spirituality intersect. We will be addressing the ways in which gender within a faith or spiritual tradition can be designated, as well as the ways those outside of the faith may interpret gender within it. How do faith and spirituality impact our relationship to gender, and how can gender be understood through faith and spirituality? There will be pizza!
For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

The Fresh Air Fund: Summer Job and Internship Opportunities

Each summer, the Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides thousands of New York City children with unforgettable summer experiences that unlock their limitless potential.

Perhaps you love working with children. Running across the ball field, washing off the glitter glue, or swimming in the lake; with your cabin group laughing around you you’ll be in your element. Or maybe you’re more organized than artsy; better at making plans than making s’mores. You can’t carry a tune, but your writing skills are top-notch.

Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has worked with more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. Each year, thousands of children experience outdoor summer adventures through visits with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada and at the Fund’s five overnight camps in Fishkill, NY. Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.

Whether you yearn to become a camp counselor, or look forward to working in our Manhattan offices, there is a position that’s right for you. Join representative Michelle Gottlieb for this information session to learn more about the organization's summer job and internship opportunities.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans

First years, let's think summer! Whether you have plans or not, we can help you make the most of your summer. It all starts with "Making Mammoth Plans," the Loeb Center's spring seminar for first year students.

What to look forward to in the seminar:

– Help determining what you want to do over the summer
– In-depth information about how to pursue internships, summer jobs, research, summer abroad, volunteering, and job shadowing
– Time to create a plan of action to accomplish your own unique summer goals

RSVP in QUEST as space is limited. RSVP by clicking on the left column “Info Sessions/ Workshops” and then “Workshops.” You can either use the keyword search or scroll down, and then select “First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans." Click “RSVP," and you are all set!

ChiralLogic: Healthcare Consulting Start-Up Opportunity with Josh Parks ’95

ChiralLogic LLC is a start-up, boutique healthcare pricing, market access and patient assistance programs consultancy serving growing companies. Josh Parks ’95, founder, has more than twenty years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industry and is seeking a senior or recent graduate to help build his company.

ChiralLogic offers comprehensive partnerships for developing early stage value and maximizing that value at launch. The job will utilize your analytical and communication skills to perform advance modeling and data presentation. Participants will address problems, find data to objectively address the issue, and then tell a story to others who may not fully understand the research that was completed. Together with Josh, participants will complete qualitative and quantitative research using techniques that are industry standard and company proprietary. They’ll also complete direct market research with the largest and most influential players in the country and speak directly to decision makers to enhance your analysis and story-telling.

Attend this information session to meet with Josh Parks ’95, learn more about ChiralLogic's start-up business structure, and find out how to successfully apply for his open opportunity.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Feb 21, 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!

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Table

In advance of her evening info session, Zenaida Peterson of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) will be tabling in Keefe Campus Center to share information about the program.

QVS is a national organization based in the Quaker faith tradition and modeled on other faith-based volunteer programs, such as Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Mission Year and Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The purpose of QVS is to provide opportunities for recent graduates to spend a year living in an intentional community with other young adults and to directly serve marginalized people through full-time volunteer positions with nonprofit agencies, actively seeking to transform unjust social structures. QVS currently has houses of service in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and will be opening its fifth house this fall in Minneapolis.

QVS makes for a great gap year opportunity, given that it's an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Participants work full-time in professional positions at community-based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and being mentored by local Quakers. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance, if needed) and a small stipend, while engaging in workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith and community building topics.

Stop by Zenaida's information table to learn more about the program's structure, what her own service year was like, and how interested students can apply to participate before QVS's upcoming March 15 deadline.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language 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.

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!

Food for Thought — Lessons from a CEO: How to Prepare for a Career in a Dynamic Global Economy

Frits Dirk van Paasschen '83, former CEO of Starwood Resorts and Coors Brewing Company, and Amazon best-selling author of The Disruptors' Feast, will be meeting with students over lunch to discuss his career journey after Amherst, and what he has learned about surviving in business during a time of tumultuous and accelerated change. If you are considering entering into the business world, pursuing a career impacted by a global economy, or wanting a better understanding of how to lead in a dynamic and disrupting the global economy, then join your classmates for this enlightening discussion with an alumnus who has achieved success through embracing the challenges that come with change.

RSVP, space is limited. Lunch from Fresh Side will be provided.

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A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of "Unraveling"

Join us for a conversation with renowned artists Sonya Clark '89 and Darryl Harper '90 for an evening that blurs the lines of protest and performance. Following the discussion, Clark will perform "Unraveling" at the Mead Art Museum. All are invited to participate in this performance by working side-by-side with the artist to unravel threads of the Confederate battle flag.

This event is part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

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"More than Cookies and Crayons: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle" - Crystal Sanders

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes the fourth speaker of our interdisciplinary series: Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. Even after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, black Mississippians remained disenfranchised and shut out of many public accommodations. To secure the citizenship rights that civil rights legislation alone could not provide, local people turned to an unlikely source: Project Head Start. Early childhood education in the Magnolia State was about much more than cookies and crayons. The Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM), a nonprofit entity that operated 84 Head Start centers in 24 counties in 1965, offered black children quality educational opportunities void of notions of black inferiority. The program also provided black adults with well-paying jobs outside of the local white power structure. This paper demonstrates that preschool education became controversial as Mississippi’s black working-class participants collaborated with the federal government and moved beyond teaching shapes and colors to challenge the state’s racially exploitative social practices, repressive political policies and white supremacist ideology.  

Professor Sanders is an historian of the modern United States with research interests in African American history, Southern history, and the history of Black education. Her scholarly work joins a growing body of literature that moves beyond “the two-dimensional story of oppression and submission” during the Jim Crow era of segregation and black disfranchisement to explore African Americans’ everyday acts of resistance and resiliency throughout the 20th century in efforts to secure the rights and privileges of American citizenship. The University of North Carolina Press published her first book, A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle, in 2016 as part of its John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture.  

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation; Amherst College Careers in Education Professions; the Lucius Root Eastman and Corliss Lamont Lectureship Funds; and the Amherst College Departments of American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Black Studies, Economics, English, History, Mathematics and Statistics, and Spanish.

Meaningful Gap Year Opportunities at Quaker Voluntary Service

Seeking a meaningful gap year opportunity? Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Participants work full-time in professional positions at community-based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and being mentored by local Quakers. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance, if needed) and a small stipend, while engaging in workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith and community building topics.

QVS is a national organization based in the Quaker faith tradition and modeled on other faith-based volunteer programs, such as Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Mission Year and Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The purpose of QVS is to provide opportunities for recent graduates to spend a year living in an intentional community with other young adults and to directly serve marginalized people through full-time volunteer positions with nonprofit agencies, actively seeking to transform unjust social structures. QVS currently has houses of service in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and will be opening its fifth house this fall in Minneapolis.

In advance of its upcoming March 15 application deadline, QVS recruiting coordinator Zenaida Peterson will be on campus to explain the program's structure, what her own service year was like and how interested students can apply to participate.

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Study Abroad in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

Don’t miss your chance to study abroad in St. Petersburg or Central Asia through Bard College. Bard’s partnership with Smolny College – Russia's first and most prestigious liberal arts institution – is an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in Russian language and culture.

Also, don’t pass up a unique opportunity to study the liberal arts, in English, at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We invite students to spend a semester or summer learning about a fascinating region at the crossroads of history, commerce and development. Numerous scholarships are available.

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Google Presents: Intro to Design Thinking for Women in STEM

In this workshop, which is open to all, but primarily targeted towards women interested in working in STEM fields, recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will present an introductory workshop on the design thinking process.

This is the first of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

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German Film Series: "Berlin Calling"

There will be two screenings of Berlin Calling, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Berlin Calling is a fast-paced film depicting Ickarus, a DJ/Producer, who is working on an album and touring techno clubs with his girlfriend. After consuming drugs, he goes into a drug-induced psychosis and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. A prize-winning tragic comedy in the Berlin of today, this film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Grow with Google: Alums Share Resources for Developing Software Technical Skills

In this "Grow with Google" workshop, which is open to all, but mainly targeted towards first years, sophomores, and, recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will share helpful resources for those working to develop software technical skills.

This is the second of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

Internship Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

This is a 9-week program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. This workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for careers in business and finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunities and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in an organized career fair-type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting Functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m. beginning February 8, 2018, through April 12, 2018 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please email Stephanie Hockman by February 2, 2018. Your email should include a statement on why you want to attend this workshop series. Confirmation of acceptance to the workshop series will be provided by February 5, 2018.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

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 or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

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3D Printing Workshop

The Amherst Electronics Club is excited to present a four-part workshop series on 3D printing! This exciting technology enables the user to produce everything from prototypes and concept models to custom production-grade parts on a personal desktop. Come learn more about the art and science of 3D printing while gaining experience with the club's own printer. No experience necessary!
Feb. 15: 3D Printing 101
Feb. 22: So, What Do I Print?
March 1: Anatomy of a 3D Printer
March 8: Zen and the Art Of 3D Printer Maintenance

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

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Overcoming Overthinking Workshop

This workshop will describe how overthinking undermines performance, depletes motivation and compromises wellness. It will also offer specific strategies to manage the habit. Facilitated by Rachel Simmons. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Google Cloud Info Session, Presented by Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16

In this Lunch & Learn information session — which is open to all, but mainly targeted towards sophomores, juniors, and seniors — recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will provide an rare and enlightening inside look at Google Cloud. Lunch will be served!

This is the last of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

Imagine a World

Listen to the voices of your community recite a poem made of thoughts and hopes about a world without sexual violence collected from your community. Come listen and contemplate what such a world would look like as you munch on refreshments from the Black Sheep (the best way to contemplate!). A small discussion will be held afterwards. We hope you will come out to listen, hope and imagine with us!

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band: McBride Commission Concert

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band present music of Thad Jones, Lennie Niehaus and Matt Harris and the world premiere of “Orchids,” by Omar Thomas, as part of the McBride ’59 Jazz Commission Series.

Buckley Recital Hall is in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public. We will be collecting donations for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Wall Street Prep Excel Crash Course

The Amherst College Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning will be hosting Wall Street Prep’s Excel Crash Course seminar. This seminar is designed for intermediate Excel users who would like to power-charge their productivity in Excel, by introducing lesser-known but highly-effective functionality. The class costs $99 per student, and includes the following:
• One day of live instruction
• Comprehensive step-by-step training materials
• Excel model templates
• Excel cheat sheet
• 12-month e-mail access to the support team, whom students can contact with any follow-up content-related questions
• Lifetime access to Crash Course in Excel online module

Please feel free to contact Matt Blair mblair@wallstreetprep.com with any questions or concerns.

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Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Boundaries Between Bodies Workshop

Boundaries Between Bodies brings artists Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling to facilitate workshops and present projects that are striving to begin a collective process of political struggle where inside and outside artists are working side by side for a transformation that addresses the legacies of racism, segregation, disenfranchisement and mass incarceration.

This workshop is designed for people who are curious about community-engaged performance practices and how those practices can address critical systemic issues facing our communities. For over a decade, facilitators Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling have collaborated on performance and film projects focusing on the eradication of mass incarceration.

The workshop will consider questions such as: What can artists offer to combat today’s climate of injustice? How does deficit thinking shape projects, and what can be done about it? How can performance projects build beneficial community relationships?

The workshop is free for Five College students. Wear clothing you can move in, bring a notebook and something to write with!

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Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

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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.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans

First years, let's think summer! Whether you have plans or not, we can help you make the most of your summer. It all starts with "Making Mammoth Plans," the Loeb Center's spring seminar for first year students.

What to look forward to in the seminar:

– Help determining what you want to do over the summer
– In-depth information about how to pursue internships, summer jobs, research, summer abroad, volunteering, and job shadowing
– Time to create a plan of action to accomplish your own unique summer goals

RSVP in QUEST as space is limited. RSVP by clicking on the left column “Info Sessions/ Workshops” and then “Workshops.” You can either use the keyword search or scroll down, and then select “First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans." Click “RSVP," and you are all set!

Hermione Hoby

Fiction Reading: Hermione Hoby

Ann Patchett calls Hermione Hoby “a writer of extreme intelligence, insight, style and beauty” and says, of her brand-new debut novel, Neon in Daylight, “Hermione Hoby paints a garish world that drew me in and held me spellbound. She is a marvel." Hoby writes about culture, especially books, film, music and gender, for numerous publications, for which she has interviewed such actors, writers and pop stars as Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep and Naomi Campbell. She also writes the Stranger of the Week column at The Awl. Hoby grew up in South London and currently lives in Brooklyn. The event will be followed by refreshments.

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Study Abroad with Spanish Studies

Spanish Studies Abroad has hosted programs in Seville (since 1969), Alicante and Barcelona, Spain, as well as Córdoba, Argentina, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Havana, Cuba. We offer both English and Spanish courses and semester, short term and summer term study abroad options in these locations. We strive to offer academic excellence while providing students with continued support throughout their journey abroad.

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SEA Semester Information Table

SEA Semester is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community. Ready to have an adventure with a purpose? Stop by our information table or email jeckstein@sea.edu for more information!

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Black Panther Discussion with the MRC

Join the MRC and Residential Life for lunch and a discussion of "Black Panther" at 11:30 in the Friedmann Room on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. For accessibility and accommodations, contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Black Panther Discussion with the MRC

Black Panther Discussion

Join the MRC and Residential Life for lunch and a discussion of "Black Panther."

Lunch at 11:30 - 1 in the Friedmann Room.
For accessibility/accommodations contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

Northeastern Graduate Admissions Information Table

Stop by the Keefe Campus Center atrium to meet with Elizabeth Bollino, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Northeastern University. At her information table, Amherst students can learn more about programs offered within Northeastern's Professional Advancement Network, ask questions about the school's graduate application process and get a better sense of which program fits their professional goals.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

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Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

Associate Professor Tanya Zelevinsky from Columbia University: "Ultracold molecules as quantum clocks"

Laser cooling is a tool that allows physicists to obtain samples of atoms, and even molecules, near the temperature of absolute zero, - colder than anything we observe in the universe. We describe the ideas behind laser cooling of atoms and using them as building blocks for diatomic molecules at ultracold temperatures. The atoms or molecules can be trapped and exquisitely probed with lasers, serving as extremely precise quantum oscillators, or “clocks”. These systems are useful for measurements in fundamental physics, as well as for studies of quantum optics and chemistry.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Washing Society

The Washing Society

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker will be present for a discussion following a screening of their new award-winning film "The Washing Society" (2018, 44 mins).

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. A collaboration between filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker, the film observes the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The Washing Society combines interviews and observational moments, re-enactment and choreography to produce a stark yet poetic vision of underpaid work, immigration and the sheer math of doing laundry. Inspired by To ‘Joy My Freedom author Tera Hunter’s depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, the filmmakers interweave dirt, skin, lint, stains, money and time into the fabric of their film to create a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

How to Get a Job in the Nonprofit Sector

Are you considering putting your Amherst education to good use, making a difference in the world through a job or internship in the nonprofit sector? Join Victoria Crispo, a manager at Idealist Careers, to learn more about this sector and how to strategically prepare for a job search within it.

For example, what are some of the key skills and characteristics that nonprofit hiring managers tend to seek? How can job applicants successfully illustrate that they possess these skills and traits when building a resume and submitting application materials? What questions should those without any past nonprofit experience be asking when looking to transition to the nonprofit sector?

No matter if you're a first year just beginning to explore internship options, or a senior actively seeking post-graduation positions, this presentation will endeavor to answer all your questions about how to properly prepare for a successful nonprofit sector job search.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Feb 28, 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!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language 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.

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!

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!

Leave No Trace: Outdoor Ethics & Opportunities with Massachusetts AmeriCorps' Student Conservation Association

Members of the Massachusetts AmeriCorps' Student Conservation Association program serve Massachusetts’s public lands from Martha’s Vineyard to the Berkshires each summer, and spend the winter providing environmental education to children at local schools in the western part of the state. The residential program, headquartered at Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest in Hawley, MA, began its 20th year of service in October 2016.

Each year, SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps members spend five months teaching approximately 800 environmental education lessons to over 1,000 students. Its members also complete approximately 60 Conservation Service projects each year. Projects include new trail construction, invasive plant management, Universal Access Trail construction, school nature trails, historic site reclamation, and more.

Members receive full room and board, health insurance, a weekly living stipend and an AmeriCorps education award.

In this workshop, current members Darren Lu and Jesse Newman will start by presenting a portion of their "Leave No Trace" outdoor ethics workshop, which aims to teach and inspire people to enjoy nature responsibly. Then, they will share information on Massachusetts AmeriCorps opportunities -- including what their service entails, how to figure out if AmeriCorps is right for you, and how to successfully apply before the organization's next March 1 deadline.

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!