Event Calendar

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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.

Students Only

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!!

Students Only

"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 (excluding March 15). The final workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 11, instead of that Thursday. 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.

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

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
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

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.

Students Only
Black-and-white photo of Thomas Brennan with his tattooed arms folded across his chest

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

Ongoing Events

WGC Logo

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!