Event Calendar

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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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Image of Black Panther with text "Black Panther Discussion with the MRC." Lunch at 11:30 in the Friedmann Room. Tuesday, February 27, 2018. For accessibility/accommodations contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

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.

"Daily Life on Athenian Vases": John Oakley, College of William and Mary

John Oakley is the Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden Jr. Professor of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary. A classical archaeologist with a specialty in iconography, in particular the iconography of Greek vase paintings, he is the recipient of numerous academic and teaching awards and the author or editor of more than a dozen books. He has been honored by professorships around the world, including a term as the Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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.

Embodying Resistance Poster

Body Talk: Embodying Resistance Workshop

This highly interactive, participant-centered workshop, provides the space for folks to center fatness and how it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, class and disability. We'll explore desire, visibility and care through an intersectional frame. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of structures of oppression on our bodies, in and outside of the movement. Participants will leave the workshop with strategies for resistance and resilience, and having built a community of care.

A woman standing in front of dryers full of laundry with her eyes closed and arms crossed

"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 dreamlike yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

Portrait of Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel: "Building a Diverse Democracy: Interfaith Engagement in Times of Crisis"

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Join us for a presentation by Eboo Patel, explaining why diversity and pluralism are more important now than ever before.

Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a highly religiously diverse social landscape. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Eboo Patel lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz, and two sons. When he’s not teaching his kids about interfaith cooperation, you’ll find him feeding his coffee addiction and rooting for Notre Dame.

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.

Beyond El Campo Summer Internship Information Session

Looking for an amazing summer internship opportunity? Learn more about the opportunity to work in Santa Cruz de Leon Cortes in Costa Rica as an intern for Beyond el Campo - a program run through Reader to Reader - and have your questions and concerns addressed by two seniors who have completed this internship. This 6-8 week internship is the perfect opportunity to travel and enhance your Spanish, all while implementing programs and projects designed to empower students and people in Santa Cruz in their pursuit of quality education. We will help anyone interested navigate application logistics; funding is available! We hope to see you there!

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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.

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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.