Event Calendar

Wednesday, February 14, 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.

Event poster featuring photos of Petina Gappah, covers of her books and a large crowd of people

"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!