Event Calendar

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Sonya Clark unraveling a Confederate flag with her hands

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.

planetary nebula

Cosmos and "Cosmos"

Interested in learning more about the Astronomy major? Come join us for an evening of Cosmos! The purpose of this informal get-together is to give students an opportunity to learn more about the major and to meet other majors/prospective majors. Desserts, coffee and virgin cosmopolitans will be served, and we will end the evening by screening a portion of the old (Carl Sagan) and new (Neil deGrasse Tyson) versions of the Cosmos television series for those who are interested. Please feel free to drop in for just the first portion of the event or to stay through the final "which is better?" vote!

Hosted by the Physics and Astronomy Department.

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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!

Ongoing Events

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.