Event Calendar

March 2018

Thu, Mar 1, 2018

LitFest logo with yellow and white text on purple background that says "LitFest 2018 illuminating great writing and Amherst College's literary life"

LitFest 2018: Illuminating Great Writing and Amherst College's Literary Life

Now in its third year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and spoken-word performance.

This year’s festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen, and acclaimed Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, among others. All events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

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.

Todd Marcus: "On These Streets: Music and Community Activism"

A discussion with the artist on his new CD release On These Streets, inspired by his West Baltimore neighborhood and the civil unrest that happened there following the death of community member Freddie Gray

Free and open to the public

Amherst & You Welcome Reception

On Thursday, March 1, the Office of Human Resources is hosting our quarterly Amherst & You new employee welcome event. If you are not familiar with this program, it is a day-long orientation for regular and casual employees joining the Amherst College community. All new employees receive an invitation to participate in this event.

To expand on opportunities to meet staff and to enhance the sense of community on campus, we invite staff and faculty to join us from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House for an informal social hour to meet and welcome our new employees. Please join us to greet some of our new staff and to enjoy light refreshments.

Event poster featuring a sketch of a map of South Asia and female empowerment symbols

"South Asian Feminisms"

A panel discussion on what feminist thought and activism looks like in the South Asian context. Professors Pinky Hota (Smith College), Uzma Aslam Khan (Hampshire College) and Amrita Basu (Amherst College) will discuss important questions about who controls the freedom of movement of women, ethnic minorities and queer bodies.

Event poster featuring an illustration of a canal and amphitheater filled with water and boats

"A Voice from the Past: Extracting Resources and Fetching Water in the Roman World"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, with support from the Lamont Fund, presents
"A Voice From the Past: Extracting Resources and fetching Water in the Roman World."

Speaker:
Luca Grillo
Associate Professor of Classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Romans became rightly famous for their massive buildings and roads. The Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla (after which Penn Station in New York is modeled), more than 80,000 miles of paved roads and hundreds of bridges and aqueducts are well-known landmarks of Roman civilization and bear witness to their organization and resourcefulness. How did they extract the necessary resources? Did their interventions alter the landscape of towns and provinces? Who gained by these enterprises? Was there any opposition to such an interventionist approach?

This event is free and open to the public.

Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta seated and playing their respective instruments

Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta Live at the Mead!

Join us for a closer look at New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s. Yael Rice, exhibition curator and Amherst College assistant professor of the history of art and Asian languages and civilizations, will lead a gallery talk on this exhibition. Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta will join us for tabla and sitar performances following the talk.

This program is free and open to all!

"White Blindness" lecture

"White Blindness"

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Meena Krishnamurthy, University of Michigan, will present the first lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry & Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." Her talk is titled "White Blindness" and will take place on Thursday, March 1, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Amherst Arts Night Open Mic, Reading and One-Night Art Exhibition

In recognition of LitFest, the featured artists and writers at the Museum's March Amherst Arts Night Plus have all appeared in Circus, the Amherst College student-run literary magazine.

Arts Night runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with the contemporary pop-up art exhibition on display the entire evening. The Amherst College artists will be Sonaali Pandiri '18, Song Sangmin '19, Julia Shea '20 and Nisan Sele '21.

Open mic signups are from 5 to 6 p.m., with the open mic beginning at 6 p.m. This month, the featured readers will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include Amherst College students Noor Qasim '18, Jane Bragdon '20, Heather Brennan '20 and Aqiil Gopi '20.

In addition, UMass a cappella group S#arp Attitude will deliver a half-hour performance starting at 5:30 p.m.!

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.

"America in Trump's World: Geopolitics, Liberalism and Human Rights"

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Amherst Political Union presents Jon Fasman, chief Washington correspondent for The Economist. He will be discussing America's orientation in the world under President Trump. How has the Trump White House shaped American geopolitics and U.S. conceptions of liberalism? What do human rights mean to the United States on the world stage? Fasman has lived and reported from around the world in addition to publishing two best-selling novels, The Geographer's Library and The Unpossessed City.

Portrait of Carmen Maria Machado

A Conversation with National Book Award Finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal hosts a conversation with 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Min Jin Lee (Pachinko).

This event is part of the National Book Awards on Campus program, hosted in partnership with The Common and the National Book Foundation. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Event poster featuring illustrations of two human heads facing each other-- one with a brain in the skull and the other with gears

"Uncanny Valley"

8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Senior Honors Thesis in Directing by Denison Marsland-Rello '18

Written by Thomas Gibbons
Set Design by Sylvia Hickman '16, Costume Design by Joanna Booth '19, Lighting Design by Kathy Couch
Starring: Michaela Ednie '18 and Oumou Toure '18

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a non-biological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. Uncanny Valley explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Tickets are free and available to the Amherst community. 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 (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.

Portrait of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o sitting in front of bookshelves with his hands clasped

"This Time Tomorrow": Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

8:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Common

A staged reading of acclaimed Kenyan writer and activist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s play, performed by Five College students and directed by award-winning playwright Kim Euell from the Department of Theater at UMass

"Heirloom" by Barbie Diewald. Photo by Jim Coleman

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

8:00 pm Music and Dance Building, Hampshire College, Main Studio Theater

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Hampshire College Dance Program, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty across all five campuses, including works by Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, Barbie Diewald, visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, Dante Brown, visiting assistant professor at Amherst College and Marilyn Sylla, Five College Lecturer in Dance. The evening will also feature a duet by improvisation masters Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken, associate professors at Smith College, and a video installation from Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College. In the theater lobby, Mount Holyoke College Professor Jim Coleman’s dance photography will be on display.

$10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors
To reserve tickets, contact HampDanceReservations@gmail.com or 413-559-5889

Tickets Required

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

The Onus with special guest Todd Marcus at Amherst College

9:00 pm Marsh House, Marsh House 81

"The Onus" with Darryl Harper (clarinet/leader), Matthew Parrish (bass), and Harry "Butch" Reed (drums) and special guest Todd Marcus, will perform a concert as part of their residency at Amherst College. The ensemble has been together for over 20 years and has garnered best album of the year recognition for two releases. Their 2012 album, The Edenfred Files (Hipnotic), was featured on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. The band will be joined by award-winning bass clarinetist/composer Todd Marcus.

Part of the Embodied Knowledge Colloquium led by Harper and visual artist Sonya Clark.

Last year's poetry slam winners with host Daniel Gallant

Poetry Slam by Amherst Students

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, Daniel Gallant, a playwright and executive director of New York’s famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosts a poetry slam for Amherst College students.

All students are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for sign-up information.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Fri, Mar 2, 2018

Portrait of Parul Sehgal

"Tell Us What You Think: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing about Books," with Parul Sehgal and Christopher Benfey

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, professor and award-winning author Judith Frank hosts a conversation, “Tell Us What You Think: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing about Books,” with Parul Sehgal, New York Times book critic, and Christopher Benfey, author, journalist and professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light lunch served.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

How to Get a Job in Publishing

The world of publishing offers storytellers and literature lovers career paths that can meander from writing, to editing to photo journalism. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities, join us during LitFest for a behind-the-scenes look at how to get A job in publishing.

In this workshop, you’ll hear directly from three distinguished alumni about the paths they took that led them to becoming industry leaders at the New York Times, Oxford University Press and Random House.

Panelists:
Phoebe Yeh ’84, Vice President/Publisher for Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House
Niko Pfund ’87 P’19, President of Oxford University Press
Dan Saltzstein ’95, Assistant Editor at the New York Times (Travel Section)

Lunch will be provided! RSVP in QUEST and email careers@amherst.edu for accessibility information and accommodations, or to note dietary restrictions.

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Professor Franklin Odo, "Asian American Challenges: 1960 to Present"

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.

Ona

De-Stress with Dogs

Drop in to visit with our special canine guests, who are coming to campus for the sole purpose of brightening your day.

Five College German Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium

3:00 pm - 5:45 pm UMass Amherst, Integrative Learning Center N155

Two Amherst College students will speak; Patrick Williams will speak about "Expressionismus in Bergs Wozzek und Büchners Woyzeck" from 3-4 p.m., and Adele Loomis will speak about "Cattle and Power: Rinderpest in German South-West Africa as a Catalyst of Political, Economic and Cultural Change" from 4-5 p.m.
For a detailed schedule, please see attached image.

Professor Jonathan Ashby image

Chemistry Seminar - Professor Jonathan Ashby. Department of Chemistry, Mt. Holyoke College.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lecture Room 4

Professor Ashby will present a seminar titled: "Flow Field-Flow Fractionation-based Isolation of Nucleic Acid Complexes."

Portrait of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o sitting in front of bookshelves with his hands clasped

Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o: "The River Between African and European Languages"

Film screening and Q&A with Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o and director and documentary biographer David Ndirangu Wachanga

Portrait of Junot Díaz

An Evening with Junot Díaz

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz will give a reading followed by a conversation with Jennifer Acker '00, editor-in-chief of The Common literary magazine.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Event poster featuring illustrations of two human heads facing each other-- one with a brain in the skull and the other with gears

"Uncanny Valley"

8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Senior Honors Thesis in Directing by Denison Marsland-Rello '18

Written by Thomas Gibbons
Set Design by Sylvia Hickman '16, Costume Design by Joanna Booth '19, Lighting Design by Kathy Couch
Starring: Michaela Ednie '18 and Oumou Toure '18

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a non-biological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. Uncanny Valley explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Tickets are free and available to the Amherst community. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

"Heirloom" by Barbie Diewald. Photo by Jim Coleman

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

8:00 pm Music and Dance Building, Hampshire College, Main Studio Theater

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Hampshire College Dance Program, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty across all five campuses, including works by Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, Barbie Diewald, visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, Dante Brown, visiting assistant professor at Amherst College and Marilyn Sylla, Five College Lecturer in Dance. The evening will also feature a duet by improvisation masters Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken, associate professors at Smith College, and a video installation from Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College. In the theater lobby, Mount Holyoke College Professor Jim Coleman’s dance photography will be on display.

$10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors
To reserve tickets, contact HampDanceReservations@gmail.com or 413-559-5889

Tickets Required

French House Quartier Latin - "Quiz Night" Event

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come join the French Language Assistants and French House Residents for a special Quartier Latin, "Quiz Night" event. Participate in our super quiz about France to discover plenty of fun facts about this country. We will have snacks and refreshments, so don’t hesitate to come practice your French with us!

Sat, Mar 3, 2018

"Emily Dickinson and Her Amherst Literary Milieu: A Walking Tour"

Join us during LitFest on Saturday, March 3, as the Emily Dickinson Museum hosts "Emily Dickinson and Her Literary Milieu," a walking tour offered at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public, but participants must sign up at a prior LitFest event.

Registration Required
Portrait of Rafael Campo

Poets of Amherst: Readings by Rafael Campo ’87 and Tess Taylor ’99, and a tribute to Richard Wilbur ’42

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of LitFest 2018, Assistant Professor of English Amelia Worsley hosts a special event featuring readings by alumni poets Rafael Campo ’87 and Tess Taylor ’99, and a tribute to Richard Wilbur ’42.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light lunch served.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Portrait of Masha Gessen

Writing in America: Siblings Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen on their literary lives and work

As part of LitFest 2018, Cullen Murphy ’74, Vanity Fair editor-at-large and chair of the College's Board of Trustees, hosts a conversation with 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen and her brother, Keith Gessen, author and co-founder of n+1 literary magazine.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat. In the event that the venue is full, we will provide seating and a live video feed (for on-campus visitors only) in Stirn Auditorium.

Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Book by fire

Leisure Reading Afternoons: Historical in Graphic Novels

Join the offices of First Year Experience and Residential Life in our third installment of Leisure Reading this Saturday, March 3, from 2-4 p.m. in James Common Room. We will be featuring historical graphic novels and giving away three books, "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, "Maus" by Art Spiegelman, and "Last Day in Vietnam" by Will Eisner, 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 Whole Foods. Come with a book in any form, stay as long as you would like, and relax and meet your reading goals.

Ngugi wa Thiongo

Ngũgĩ@80: This Time Tomorrow, with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2018, acclaimed Kenyan author NgũgĩwaThiong’o will give a reading followed by a conversation with award-winning author and current Amherst College Visiting Writer Peter Kimani.

This event will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.

Event poster featuring illustrations of two human heads facing each other-- one with a brain in the skull and the other with gears

"Uncanny Valley"

8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Senior Honors Thesis in Directing by Denison Marsland-Rello '18

Written by Thomas Gibbons
Set Design by Sylvia Hickman '16, Costume Design by Joanna Booth '19, Lighting Design by Kathy Couch
Starring: Michaela Ednie '18 and Oumou Toure '18

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a non-biological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. Uncanny Valley explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Tickets are free and available to the Amherst community. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Leonard Bernstein Amherst Symphony Orchestra

Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society Collaboration

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra & Amherst College Choral Society join forces to celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic conductor, composer, educator, pianist and Massachusetts native son, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Perhaps more than any other 20th century American composer, Bernstein successfully fused classical, popular and jazz styles, and no work reflects this integration more than the masterful Symphonic Dances from the Broadway musical West Side Story. Mark Lane Swanson, Music Director, conducts.

Dr. Gregory Brown, accomplished composer/conductor and interim director of choral activities at Amherst, guest conducts the ASO and the Choral Society in Bernstein's 1965 Chichester Psalms. The well-known piece offers expressions of faith ranging from boisterous sacred dance to contemplative devotion, all contributing to an overall message of peace and brotherhood. The pairing of Chichester Psalms and West Side Story is a natural one, as some of the rejected material from West Side Story was repurposed and used in Chichester Psalms. The combined choirs of the Amherst College Choral Society will sing as one, massed choir along with countertenor soloist Wee Kiat Chia.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required
"Heirloom" by Barbie Diewald. Photo by Jim Coleman

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

8:00 pm Music and Dance Building, Hampshire College, Main Studio Theater

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Hampshire College Dance Program, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty across all five campuses, including works by Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, Barbie Diewald, visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, Dante Brown, visiting assistant professor at Amherst College and Marilyn Sylla, Five College Lecturer in Dance. The evening will also feature a duet by improvisation masters Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken, associate professors at Smith College, and a video installation from Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College. In the theater lobby, Mount Holyoke College Professor Jim Coleman’s dance photography will be on display.

$10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors
To reserve tickets, contact HampDanceReservations@gmail.com or 413-559-5889

Tickets Required
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WAMH Presents: Concert at Marsh

Are you interested in spending your Saturday in the company of cool people and great music? Is the Amherst Bubble making you restless? Fear not, comrades!

On Saturday, March 3, three exceptional acts will be taking the stage in Marsh for what promises to be a transformative experience. Come support local music, and find a new favorite band in the process. The festivities will begin at 8 p.m., so be sure to leave time in your schedule!

The bands performing will be:
Spacekase, from Amherst, MA (Lucid Dream Pop)
Strange Fuzz, from Brookline, MA (Indie Garage Punk)
Amateur Radio, from Northampton, MA (Mystery Noise)

Greg Brown, Visiting Lecturer in Music and Director of Choral Music Program Spring Semester

ASO and Choral Society Collaboration: Bernstein

In addition to performing selections from Bernstein's classic West Side Story, the ASO collaborates with the Amherst College Choral Society to perform Chichester Psalms.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Tickets Required

Sun, Mar 4, 2018

Cornell Brooks speaking in Johnson Chapel in 2017

Cornell Brooks - The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

A fourth-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Rev. Brooks is also a lawyer and civil rights activist who recently served as the 18th President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements in a joint appointment to the Boston University School of Theology and School of Law as well as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School. We are pleased to welcome him as the preacher for Sunday’s service. The Amherst College Gospel Choir, will provide the music. A traditional soul food dinner will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Paul Sorrentino at pvsorrentino@amherst.edu or (413) 542-8149.

Rags n Rugs Event Photo

Rags and Rugs - Creative Sustainability Event

Got some old T-shirts piling up and laying around? Be sustainable, get creative and meet amazing people by bringing your old t-shirts and learn how to make them into a rug!

What you need:
Old T- shirts

Optional:
Scissors
Fabric Glue or Glue Gun
A mug or bottle for beverages

Snacks provided, come through!

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Merrill Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 300A (Science Library)

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, Mar 5, 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.

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

Trans Inclusivity in the Workplace, Part 1

This new introductory level workshop will explore the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience. Participants will develop a stronger understanding of some of the factors at play in how gender and gender assumptions play out in our society, as well as a baseline understanding of some of the ways to begin creating inclusive spaces for trans and gender non-binary individuals. To learn more and register, follow this link: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources/currenttrainings/transin...

Registration Required
Judith Plaskow 2018 Lecture

"Bathroom Anxiety: Frankness, Disgust and the Dilemmas of Being Human" Talk by Judith Plaskow

The 2018 Annual Willis Wood Lecture will feature Judith Plaskow discussing "Bathroom Anxiety: Frankness, Disgust and the Dilemmas of Being Human."

As the flurry of 'bathroom bills' restricting access for transgender people in North Carolina and other states suggests, there is something about the topic of toilets that engenders intense anxiety, fascination and disgust. Attitudes towards toilets and elimination are connected to understandings of what it means to be human as well as the ways social hierarchies are constructed and justified. The lecture will look at the relationship between attitudes towards toilets, excretion and issues of access through the lens of Jewish sources.

Judith Plaskow wrote the very first book of Jewish feminist theology 27 years ago, the 1991 classic Standing at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. This landmark book critiqued the patriarchal foundations of Judaism and led to a watershed moment in Jewish thought, as feminist-minded scholars and practitioners alike sought to reshape the tradition in ways that supported women’s full participation in Jewish leadership and worship. She writes and speaks extensively on the subject of Jewish feminism and theology. She is the author/co-author of several other books on feminism and religion, including The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics (2005), Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality (1989) as well as the recent (2016) Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. She is co-founder of the Journal of Religious Studies in Religion and has formerly served as president of the American Academy of Religion.

Photo of composer Daron Hagen

"Orson Rehearsed: Politics and Pink Slips” - A lecture by composer Daron Hagen

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Award-winning composer Daron Hagen will discuss and demonstrate his opera-in-progress, Orson Rehearsed, and describe his process for bringing to life Orson Welles' work as a director, and his own political views and secular humanist mid-western roots.

Kamala Bhagat, left, with one of her hairstyles on artist Sonya Clark, right

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.

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!

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.

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.

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, 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!

Networking through the Pathways Alumni-Mentoring Program

Are you confused about networking? Do you feel like you don’t have a network to tap into? Quick Conversations through Pathways is the perfect place to start!

In this workshop you will learn:
– How to use Pathways to identify people who are doing work that interests you
– How to strategize effective networking conversations
– How to build your network by developing long term professional relationships

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP in Quest to attend.

Tue, Mar 6, 2018

Clarkson University Graduate Programs Info Table

Clarkson University offers a wide variety of masters and doctoral programs, as well as certificates and professional development opportunities for students. At Clarkson, graduate school is truly an investment in one's future earnings potential. On average, a Clarkson degree will increase an individual's earnings by 42%, and PayScale Inc. ranks Clarkson in the top 12 of Best Master’s Degree Granting Programs by salary potential.

All Clarkson students, regardless of program, full-time/part-time status and location (online, hybrid, onsite) are considered for merit-based scholarships upon application without any further action needed. Additionally, Clarkson's graduate programs are housed in several locations in New York State to encourage maximum flexibility for its students.

Stop by this info table in Keefe to chat with Brad LaMere, assistant director of graduate admissions, about Clarkson University's graduate programs and admissions processes.

Harvard Business School 2+2 MBA Program Info Table

Harvard Business School's 2+2 MBA Program is a deferred admission process for current students, either in college or full-time masters programs. It is comprised of at least two years of professional work experience followed by two years in the Harvard Business School MBA Program.

Upon graduation, admitted 2+2 students spend a minimum of two years (maximum of four years) working in a professional position in the public, private or nonprofit sector. Harvard Business School encourages students from STEM and humanities disciplines to apply, but the 2+2 program attracts accomplished students from all fields of study.

HBS is looking for innovative thinkers who have demonstrated leadership and analytical skills and want to develop their knowledge and passion to make a difference in the world. Stop by this information table to speak with Kyra Snook, Harvard Business School's manager of MBA Admissions, to learn more about the program's structure, benefits and application process.

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.

It's Not Too Late! Studying Abroad as a Senior

Are you interested in studying abroad as a senior, but are you unsure about what that means for satisfying graduation requirements, taking classes for your major, and applying for jobs? Please join Kirby Landon ‘18 on Tuesday, March 6 from 4-5 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room at Keefe Campus Center (across the hall from the Study Abroad office) for an information session about studying abroad as a senior through IFSA-Butler, a program provider with opportunities all over the world. Food will be provided. Hope to see you there!

FAMS Majors Meeting

Interested in majoring in Film & Media Studies at Amherst College? Already a major and need a refresher on the requirements? Come to our info session to learn more about the program and the FAMS experience! Free pizza and cookies!

Students Only

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.

Making Sense of #MeToo: Masha Gessen and Loretta Ross in conversation with SWAGS faculty

5:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall (room 107)

Masha Gessen is a staff writer at the New Yorker and currently John J. McCloy professor at Amherst College. She is the author of the National Book Award-winning "The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia," and several other books.

Loretta Ross, visiting associate professor in women’s studies at Hampshire College, is co-founder and former national coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. She has published several foundational books on reproductive justice.

SWAGS discussants include Manuela Picq, Khary Polk and Sahar Sadjadi. Facilitated by Amrita Basu.

Free and open to the public.

Organized by the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department. Co-sponsored by the Center for International Student Engagement, Department of Sexual Respect Education, Faculty Lecture Committee, Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, Queer Resource Center, and the Women’s and Gender Center.

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!

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*And what you want to do next summer.  And the one after that.  The CCE and Loeb Center need your help to support students in finding exciting summer experiences like internships, research gigs, and more.  What could make the process easier?  How do you hear about opportunities?  Drop by Frost Library on Tuesday night between 7-9 pm to share your thoughts.  Open to all!    INSOMNIA COOKIES!

We want to know what you did last summer!*

*And what you want to do next summer, and the one after that.
The CCE and Loeb Center need your help to support students in finding exciting summer experiences like internships, research gigs and more. What could make the process easier? How do you hear about opportunities? Drop by Frost Library on Tuesday night between 7-9 p.m. to share your thoughts. Open to all!

Insomnia Cookies will be provided.

Tatiana Potts, Folds.

Artist Workshop with Tatiana Potts

Join us for a book-making artist workshop with international contemporary artist Tatiana Potts. This event is organized by Team Mead and open to all Five College Students.

Students Only
Black-and-white closeup of Forrest Gander in front of a stone wall

Poetry Reading: Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander, whose “unflinchingly curious mind” The New York Times has praised, and whom The Washington Post called “restlessly experimental, precise and hallucinatory,” is a writer, translator and editor. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include two novels, numerous poetry collections, many collaborative works and an essay collection. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in California. The event will be followed by refreshments.

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, Mar 7, 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!

Tatiana Potts, Columns.

Artist Lunch with Tatiana Potts at CISE

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Center International Student Engagement

All students are invited to join international contemporary artist Tatiana Potts for lunch and informal conversation in the Center for International Student Engagement in Keefe Campus Center.

Students Only
Event poster featuring a photo of two dancers

African American Dance Symposium: Workshop: DASAC Step Dance

The African American Dance symposium presents: DASAC (Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College) Step Dance Workshop. DASAC is a student-organized dance group that choreographs and performs styles such as hip-hop, break, step and street jazz. The DASAC family is a talented group of dancers, from both Amherst College and the Five College community, who love performing student-choreographed routines. This is event is free and open to all Five College students, faculty, staff and the public.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Event poster featuring an image of university buildings and stacks of money

"Is Amherst Too Rich?"

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Join us for a panel discussion organized by the Amherst Friends of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors), on Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). The panelists are Biddy Martin, president, Amherst College; Kevin Weinman, chief financial officer, Amherst College; and Roger Kaufman, professor of economics, Smith College. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805. All lectures are free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible.

Internship Interviewing Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner.

Students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

Artwork depicting a staircase, doors, foliage and geometrical shapes

Artist Talk: "Constructing Worlds" with Tatiana Potts

Curious about how Tatiana Potts constructs worlds with printmaking? Join us to learn more about Potts' artistic practice and experiences. Reception to follow.

Free and open to all!

Artwork representing three arched doorways

Hall Walls: Opening Reception

Following Tatiana Potts’ artist talk, all are invited to join us at the Mead to celebrate the opening of our latest installation of Hall Walls. This year's Hall Walls commission was completed by Potts, with assistance from Five College students, who participated in the Mead's Interterm course.

This event is free and open to all.

TEDx Amherst College

TEDx Amherst College - To Belong

Registration Required
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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, Mar 8, 2018

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a day in which faculty, staff, alumni, and students join together in the Women’s and Gender Center to engage in a series of hour-long dialogues around what it means to hold an identity as a woman in an international context. Sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m. Each session is an hour long -- come and go as you like!

Facilitators include Political Science Professor Manuela Picq, JinJin Xu ‘17, a current Watson Fellow, Nayah Mullings ‘17, a current Smith College graduate student, An Hoang ‘18, an international artist, student staff members from the QRC and the MRC, and a student panel.

For more information and accommodations, contact wgc@amherst.edu

Amherst Exchange Programs - Brown Bag Q&A!

Study abroad with one of Amherst's exchange partners, with a vibrant campus life and courses taught by world renowned faculty members at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Consider studying abroad in this modern city-state.

Approximately 40% of the student body is international and Singapore is a great jumping off point to see other parts of Asia. Join us for an informal Q&A about all our exchange programs - stay for the whole session or for a few minutes to have your questions answered! Applications are online and are due on March 16, 2018. Questions? Email jbehrens@amherst.edu.

Fun Fact: Singapore is one of the world’s greenest cities!

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Closeup of Tung-Hui Hu

Keyssar Lecture: "Laugh Out Loud: Race and the Manufacture of Digital Emotions"

The Film and Media Studies Program at Amherst College presents the Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Tung-Hui Hu. Hu will present a talk entitled "Laugh Out Loud: Race and the Manufacture of Digital Emotions." Please join us March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library, second floor). The talk is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Hu explores how persons of color are asked to perform the role of being emotional online. Taking as a starting point artist Yoshua Okón’s installation Canned Laughter (2009), which depicts a fictitious factory in Juárez that cans every type of laughter for export, Hu suggests that a dystopian era when low-wage workers across the U.S.-Mexico border laugh, cry or otherwise emote for white audiences is not as far away as we might think.

Tung-Hui Hu writes on media art and the politics of digital culture. He is the author of A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press, 2015) and three collections of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Hu has received fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and the San Francisco Foundation, and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan.

(Note: This lecture was formerly titled "How to Comply with an Algorithm: Lethargy and the Affects of Big Data.")

Two women standing amid the ruins of a house, holding bags and a broom

German Film Series: "Grüße aus Fukushima" ("Greetings from Fukushima")

There will be two screenings of Grüße aus Fukushima, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Come view this award-winning poetic drama about the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Traveling to Fukushima, a troubled young German woman encounters a feisty elderly Japanese lady who, after years of living in a makeshift container city, is determined to rebuild her life at home, right in the contaminated evacuation zone. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Screenings are co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Boston. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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Russian Film Screening: "Chekhovian Motifs" (ЧЕХОВСКИЕ МОТИВЫ)

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

Join us for a screening of Chekhovian Motifs (ЧЕХОВСКИЕ МОТИВЫ). The film is from 2002 and directed by Kira Muratova. The runtime is 120 minutes. This film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

From a nightmarish family dinner to an absurd wedding of a provincial nobleman, this stylized comedy of manners, loosely based on two minor works by Anton Chekhov, explores the dark side of familial relationships.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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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

Abre Dance Workshop: HEELS Women's Empowerment

Come get inspired and empowered! In this workshop, we will explore the female and male sexuality via movement and dance. A short exercise/ice breaker will be first and a short choreography taught after, and so many more surprises! All ages, genders, ethnicities, spiritual affiliations, etc. are welcome. Bring a mug or water bottle and a pair of heels (there's a water fountain available).

Heels are encouraged, not required. Hope to see you there!

Contact sjones19@amherst.edu for more info.

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

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Jamie Sandel Valley Quintet

The spring semester performances affiliated with the 11th year of Jazz@Schwemm's begins on Thursday, March 8 featuring the Jamie Sandel '17 Valley Jazz Quintet, followed by student jazz combos Porsche Posse and Ferrari Folks. This is always a free concert and is a great chance to hear live jazz in a small yet intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 9, 2018

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.

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

Intended for anyone who will be serving on a staff search committee or participating in the hiring of staff in their department, this workshop will cover best practices for achieving a diverse candidate pool and an inclusive search process.

Registration Required

Hiring for Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

Registration Required
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African American Dance Symposium: Film Screening of "Dancing in the Light"

This one-hour historical performance program was filmed by American Dance Festival to preserve and celebrate the Black tradition in modern dance. It was originally presented by PBS's Dance in America on June 20, 2007.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance, The Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Community Engagement, and the African and Caribbean Students Union.

Sun, Mar 11, 2018

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Merrill Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 300A (Science Library)

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, Mar 12, 2018

Coffee Mug reading "caution: thesis writing in progress"

Thesis Write-On-Site

Do you sense your thesis deadlines fast approaching? Are you planning to write a lot over break? You're not alone!

Join the Writing Center's Thesis Write-On-Site during Spring Break. Find productivity and mutual support when you write in a space with other thesis writers; the Writing Center will provide light refreshments, healthy break suggestions, and on-the-spot writing consultations.

The Site will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday (March 12-15) in the Charles Pratt Common Room adjacent to the Writing Center. Participants may set their own schedule for their use of the space; for an extra layer of accountability, sign up with a friend to commit to a writing schedule together. RSVP if you plan to attend.

Students Only
Registration Required

Upcoming Workshop for Staff and Faculty: Trans Inclusivity in the Workplace, Part 2

Staff and faculty who have completed Part 1 or have a basic understanding of the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience are invited to participate in this follow-up workshop that will dive deeper into the concept of creating inclusive spaces, particularly here at Amherst College, for trans and non-binary individuals.

Registration Required

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.

Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Coffee Mug reading "caution: thesis writing in progress"

Thesis Write-On-Site

Do you sense your thesis deadlines fast approaching? Are you planning to write a lot over break? You're not alone!

Join the Writing Center's Thesis Write-On-Site during Spring Break. Find productivity and mutual support when you write in a space with other thesis writers; the Writing Center will provide light refreshments, healthy break suggestions, and on-the-spot writing consultations.

The Site will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday (March 12-15) in the Charles Pratt Common Room adjacent to the Writing Center. Participants may set their own schedule for their use of the space; for an extra layer of accountability, sign up with a friend to commit to a writing schedule together. RSVP if you plan to attend.

Students Only
Registration Required

Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Coffee Mug reading "caution: thesis writing in progress"

Thesis Write-On-Site

Do you sense your thesis deadlines fast approaching? Are you planning to write a lot over break? You're not alone!

Join the Writing Center's Thesis Write-On-Site during Spring Break. Find productivity and mutual support when you write in a space with other thesis writers; the Writing Center will provide light refreshments, healthy break suggestions, and on-the-spot writing consultations.

The Site will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday (March 12-15) in the Charles Pratt Common Room adjacent to the Writing Center. Participants may set their own schedule for their use of the space; for an extra layer of accountability, sign up with a friend to commit to a writing schedule together. RSVP if you plan to attend.

Students Only
Registration Required

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!

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!

Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Upcoming Workshop for Staff and Faculty: Identity & Inclusion, Part 2

Open to any staff or faculty member who has participated in Identity & Inclusion, Part 1, Part 2 will continue to explore power and privilege as they play out in our own experiences, this time through a lens of systemic marginalization. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how our own socialization contributes to dynamics of race, class, gender and other identities as we work towards interrupting such systems of oppression.

Registration Required
Coffee Mug reading "caution: thesis writing in progress"

Thesis Write-On-Site

Do you sense your thesis deadlines fast approaching? Are you planning to write a lot over break? You're not alone!

Join the Writing Center's Thesis Write-On-Site during Spring Break. Find productivity and mutual support when you write in a space with other thesis writers; the Writing Center will provide light refreshments, healthy break suggestions, and on-the-spot writing consultations.

The Site will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday (March 12-15) in the Charles Pratt Common Room adjacent to the Writing Center. Participants may set their own schedule for their use of the space; for an extra layer of accountability, sign up with a friend to commit to a writing schedule together. RSVP if you plan to attend.

Students Only
Registration Required

Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Active Minds at Amherst

This exhibition is a celebration of Amherst College students who have experienced or been significantly impacted by mental health challenges. By sharing the struggles, triumphs and stories of our students we hope to end the stigma, celebrate the strength of our diverse student body and change the way mental health is addressed, both at Amherst and outside of it. Come to learn about what you can do to help others. There will be food and refreshments.

Sat, Mar 17, 2018

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Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with Stephen Johnson '19. Stephen is an art history major, and his tour will focus on ideas of material and digital manipulation across the exhibitions on view. This tour is free and open to all!

Sun, Mar 18, 2018

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Merrill Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 300A (Science Library)

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, Mar 19, 2018

Fund for the Public Interest Information Table

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national, non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations. The Fund was established in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face one-on-one conversations, the organization gives thousands, sometimes millions, of people the opportunity for their voices’ to be heard through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings.

The Fund for the Public Interest works alongside groups such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America on a wide range of campaigns including reducing global warming pollution, and protecting public health by keeping antibiotics safe and effective.

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill field manager positions across the country this summer. Stop by this information table to learn more!

Careers In Health Professions Presents: Dean Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, Weill Cornell Medical College

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey, EdD, from Weill Cornell Medical College for a late morning information session. Dr. Wilson-Anstey is the assistant dean of diversity and student life, where she focuses on the recruitment and matriculation of underrepresented students in medicine. She is also the director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for premedical students, teaches an elective medical school course on diversity and inclusion in medicine, and serves as a member of the medical college's admissions committee, community service board and diversity council.

Dr. Wilson-Anstey will speak on the Travelers Summer Research program, answer questions about Weill Cornell Medical School, and offer general medical school admissions advice.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

No-Tech Introduction: Computational Image Processing for Humanists

Can you find a specific book in the Library of Congress based on the cover’s color? Is it possible to machine-classify a museum’s archive of uncatalogued portraits? Can you search the topics of 19th-century newspapers based on their digitized images, without text? Join Mellon Five College Postdoc in DH and Blended Learning Amanda Henrichs for a No-Tech Introduction to Computational Image Processing. This talk will demonstrate several popular image-processing tools and databases in order to get at their underlying logic. Topics will include kinds of research questions that can be asked and answered, some pitfalls to be avoided, and resources for further research and/or teaching. No tech, experience or RSVP required. Open to all. Lunch will be provided!

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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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"Rabbinic Forensics: Distinguishing Egg White from Semen in the Babylonian Talmud"

Please join us for a lecture with Judith Baskin, the Philip H. Knight Professor Emerita of Humanities at the
University of Oregon. Her lecture begins with a discussion of a brief passage within a passage in bGittin 57a that demonstrates how rabbinic knowledge of a forensic technique for distinguishing egg white from semen protected a woman from her husband’s fabricated accusation of adultery. Baskin will then discuss how this investigative procedure is cited in medieval and early modern Jewish exegeses of the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife (Gen 39), where the same forensic test is used to absolve a man who was falsely accused of rape by a woman. Interestingly, this scientific test is also cited in a medieval Muslim source. Additionally, the lecture looks at the values these narratives attach to female passivity and agency, and establishes how the anecdote about the husband who was found guilty of falsely accusing his wife in the Talmudic passage is also part of a late ancient polemic against Christianity.

This event is open to the public and generously sponsored by the Willis Wood Foundation and the Department of Religion.

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.

How to Prepare for Recruiting in Finance & Consulting

Are you interested in recruiting for an internship or full-time position in finance or consulting? If so, you must prepare NOW to have a successful recruiting season, which has already started for both finance and consulting. Please join Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, for either of two workshops offered to kick off the spring/summer/fall recruiting for finance and consulting. The workshops will discuss networking techniques, how to create your game plan and strategy for recruiting and how to write your resume/cover letter. You will walk away with valuable tools, a game plan and preparation materials. The workshop will be held twice: on March 19 and March 21. You only need to attend one workshop.

French Film Screening: "Divines" (2016)

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

This urban crime drama directed by Houda Benyamina tells the story of Dounia, a teenage girl living on the outskirts of Paris. She dreams of power and success. With the support of her best friend Maimouna, she starts working for Rebecca, a local drug dealer. After meeting Djigui, a dancer who catches her eye, her life is turned upside down. Between the sensuous dancer and the respected dealer, who will she choose? This energetic movie, portraying young women in French banlieues, won the Caméra d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Film will be screened in French with English subtitles. All are welcome! Snacks and refreshments will be served!

Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Help us improve the Frost Library website

Want to help make the Library website better? Have 5 minutes? Participate in an online usability test of the Library website, and enter to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards!

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Fund for the Public Interest Information Table

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national, non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations. The Fund was established in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face one-on-one conversations, the organization gives thousands, sometimes millions, of people the opportunity for their voices’ to be heard through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings.

The Fund for the Public Interest works alongside groups such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America on a wide range of campaigns including reducing global warming pollution, and protecting public health by keeping antibiotics safe and effective.

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill field manager positions across the country this summer. Stop by this information table to learn more!

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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Art and Ancestry Lunch with Radcliffe Bailey at the Multicultural Resource Center

All are invited to lunch and conversation about art and ancestry with contemporary artist Radcliffe Bailey in the Multicultural Resource Center.

Radcliffe Bailey is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. Bailey believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, a universal history.

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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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"Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, the Eastman and Lamont Funds, the Five College Faculty Seminar on Migration, and the UMass Legal Studies program, presents:

"Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America"

This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Paarlberg is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration, and an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University starting fall 2018. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a regular contributor to The Guardian. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University, and researches transnational elections and immigrant communities in the U.S. and Latin America. He is working on a book on diaspora politics in El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. As a journalist, he writes about labor, immigration, social science and classical music.

Paarlberg will give a talk titled "Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America." This talk will discuss political campaigns which are no longer limited by territorial boundaries. Candidates running for office in countries as varied as Guatemala, Turkey, Liberia and Taiwan regularly travel to other countries to campaign among diaspora communities in migrant-receiving countries such as the United States. While overseas voting rights have recently been adopted by most countries, transnational voting rates by migrants are low. Yet politicians seek the support of citizens residing abroad even when those citizens do not, or cannot, vote. This book project explores the impact that diaspora communities can have on elections in their countries of origin, and the campaign strategies political parties in Latin America adopt to gain the support of migrants in the U.S., based on data from party travel documents; surveys of migrants and home-country voters; and interviews with politicians, party officials and campaign strategists in Mexico, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Paarlberg develops a new theory as to why and how parties in migrant-sending countries seek to build and capitalize on transnational ties among diaspora communities for electoral advantage, determining that diaspora campaign strategy depends on the infrastructure that parties build overseas and the partisan skew of the diaspora community, largely formed in the period of migration. He also finds that politicians seek the support of migrants not primarily for their votes, but for the influence they believe migrants have over family members in their home countries, although his models based on polling data find this perception to be exaggerated.

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.

Brightly colored artwork showing the shape of a house with two black-and-white photographs of children inside

Artist Talk with Radcliffe Bailey

Radcliffe Bailey is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. Bailey believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, a universal history. All are invited to an artist talk with Radcliffe Bailey. The talk will take place in Stirn Auditorium, and is free and open to all.

Computer Science Study Abroad - Pizza Info Session with AIT Budapest

Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) Budapest rep Barbara Rotter from Hungary will be hosting an information session for students interested in learning about this unique program in the heart of Europe. AIT brings together globally-acclaimed scholars, designers and entrepreneurs to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes that emphasize interactivity and creativity. The program is providing a curriculum that integrates foundational courses in computer science, advanced applications, design and entrepreneurship as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s rich cultural heritage. AIT is small and friendly, with typical class sizes of 5-15 students. All classes are conducted in English at AIT's state-of-the-art campus on the lovely banks of the Danube River. Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and the region.

Fun fact: Hungarians broke the Guinness World Record for simultaneous kissing when more than 6,400 couples locked lips outside Budapest’s parliament building in 2007.

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Poster for The Feminist Quilting Project. Includes a border with quilt squares in all different colors. There is a pink and white chevron background with the WGC logo, the feminist symbol, and the event information that is included in the blurb.

The Feminist Quilting Project

Join the Women's and Gender Center to make a quilt in honor of over 40 years of co-education at Amherst College! We will be learning how to sew through creating this community quilt from squares made by Amherst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. No sewing experience necessary!

Contact: Jesse Beal at jbeal@amherst.edu

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"The Foundation of Constantinople: Four Problems and Three Answers"

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

John Matthews is the Five College Annual Lecturer in Late Antiquity for 2018. He is professor emeritus of classics and history at Yale University. He arrived at Yale in 1996 from the University of Oxford and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the London Society of Antiquaries. Professor Matthews’ research interests focus primarily on the social and cultural history of the later Roman period. His many published works include The Roman Empire of Ammianus (1989), Laying Down the Law; A Study of the Theodosian Code (2000); and, most recently, The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale University Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He is currently working on the early history of the city of Constantinople.

Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc.; the Amherst College Department of Religion; the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of History; the Mount Holyoke College Department of Religion; the Smith College Department of Classical Languages and Literature; and the Smith College Department of History

Fund for the Public Interest: Summer Opportunities Information Session

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill field manager positions across the country this summer. Attend this information session to learn more!

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national, non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations. The Fund was established in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face one-on-one conversations, the organization gives thousands, sometimes millions, of people the opportunity for their voices’ to be heard through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings.

The Fund for the Public Interest works alongside groups such as U.S. PIRG and Environment America on a wide range of campaigns including reducing global warming pollution, and protecting public health by keeping antibiotics safe and effective.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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"Puerto Rico and The United States: A Difficult Relationship"

Join the office of the dean of the faculty and the Multicultural Resource Center for a lecture by John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies, Rafael Suarez.

For accessibility/accommodations please contact mrc@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5372.

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; 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!

Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Information Session

Morgan Stanley is a worldwide leader in investment banking. The company is one of the top firms in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), underwriting of equity transactions, corporate debt issuance and high-yield debt financing.

With professionals in 30 countries, Morgan Stanley is consistently recognized for its performance in traditional and innovative financing techniques, helping clients around the world to make decisions about their business strategy and financial structure.

In this information session, Morgan Stanley representatives will provide an overview of undergraduate opportunities within investment banking, including summer internships, full-time positions and diversity programs.

Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series

This 4-week workshop series is open to first year students, sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about consulting. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand what consulting firms do, distinguish the various types of consulting that is done and explore the types of career opportunities available. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.

The 4-week course will include the following topics:
Week 1: Overview of Consulting will include defining consulting and its role in the economy, an overview of different types of consulting firms, entry-level roles and what a career looks like for a consultant.
Week 2: Overview of Management Consulting will discuss the types of problems consultants solve, go over a client example and discuss roles played in a management consulting firm.
Week 3: Overview of Economic Consulting will discuss the types of problems solved, types of clients, a sample client issue and roles played by people at the firm.
Week 4: Consulting and Recruiting will discuss the recruiting process for consulting, how to network and how best to prepare for the case interview. The workshop will also review techniques on how to get comfortable with mental math, how to be comfortable with ambiguity and introduce upcoming preparation workshops by the Loeb Center and outside vendors.

How do I register for the Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held Tuesdays from 8 - 9 p.m. from March 20 through April 10 in Paino Lecture Hall. Space is limited and advance sign up on Quest is required. If you are interested in learning more about consulting and willing to attend all 4 sessions, kindly R.S.V.P. on Quest and email Stephanie Hockman by March 9, 2018.

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, Mar 21, 2018

Eli Marsh Exhibition: Sonya Clark

Visiting artist in residence Sonya Clark will exhibit recent work in the gallery through Friday, April 13, and will host an opening lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

A reception will follow the event in the hall by the gallery.

The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Stop by Frost Café to meet Employee Council representatives, socialize with other staff, talk about issues that matter to you and learn about resources, benefits and opportunities for staff. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

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!

SNAP and HIP Phone Bank

The federal government is attempting to drastically cut funding for nutrition assistance programs for low-income families. Join the Food Justice League and call your representatives to voice your opinion. Phone scripts will be provided. Stop by anytime!

Talkback: Gun Violence and Masculinity

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for a discussion on the ways in which toxic masculinity contributes to a culture of gun violence in this country. We will discuss how women are disproportionately targeted in gun violence, particularly by their husbands and partners. We will explore how whiteness and toxic masculinity intersect in school shootings, domestic shootings and police violence. Bring your lunch and join the conversation.

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

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"Intimacy and Catastrophe: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade": A Talk by Alexis Peri (Boston University)

Alexis Peri is an assistant professor of history at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and she is a historian of modern Europe, focusing on the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. She is the author of several articles and the recent book The War Within: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade (Harvard University Press, 2017). Her current book project, under contract with Harvard University Press, is titled Dear Unknown Friend: Soviet and American Women Discover the Power of the Personal. It examines the early Cold War through thousands of letters exchanged between women of the U.S. and USSR in which they advocated for peace and women's rights in the face of McCarthyism and Stalinist repression.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Amherst College Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World

It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Porter House Concert

An Afternoon of Songs, Kosegarten Liederspiel (1815) by Franz Schubert.

The performers are Justina Golden (mezzo soprano), Monica Jakuc Leverett (piano), Peter W. Shea (tenor/baritone) and Junko Watanabe (soprano). Three Amherst College students, Ross Hirzel '20, Sophie Lichter '18 and Annika Lunstad '21, will perform as well, reading the first stanzas of each of the songs.

Schubert, an Austrian romantic composer, composed the songs to poems by Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten, a German poet.

All are invited. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

This event is sponsored by the Department of German, the German House, the Lamont Fund and the Eastman Fund.

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Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC) Step Dance Workshop

The African American Dance Symposium presents: Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC) Step Dance Workshop. DASAC is a student-organized dance group that choreographs and performs styles such as hip-hop, break, step and street jazz. The DASAC family is a talented group of dancers, from both Amherst College and the Five College community, who love performing student-choreographed routines.

This is event is free and open to all Five College students, faculty, staff and the public.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement and African and Caribbean Students Union.

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"Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents "Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala."

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers.

Speaker Angelina Aspuac is a Maya-Kaqchikel indigenous activist and lawyer committed to the defense of territory and self-determination. She is one of the founding leaders in the struggle for collective intellectual property rights in Guatemala, where Maya weavers are claiming authorship over the ancestral weaving of guipiles. Aspuac is a weaver and member of the National Movement of Women Weavers in Guatemala. She is the legal coordinator leading the advocacy strategy at AFEDES (Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez), representing Maya women in the highest courts of Guatemala. Prior to that, Aspuac was a consultant on indigenous peoples and related issues to the vice-president in 2007. She was the representative of Women Organizations at the Rural and Urban Development Council Systems from 2002 to 2006, and the general director at AFEDES from 2000 to 2006.

In this public lecture, Aspuac explains the political connotation of ancestral Maya textile art and tells the story of the Maya weavers who are challenging the state of Guatemala in the country's highest court.

Guatemala’s National Movement of Maya Weavers is pushing for the collective rights to intellectual property rights. They are pushing the state of Guatemala to safeguard their textile creations and the very fabric of Maya philosophy. In 2016, the women weavers filed a legal action before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of omitting rules that would protect Maya textile creations. Then they presented a new bill challenging the very concept of intellectual property rights. Aspuac, founder of the initiative, explains how textiles interact with broader patterns of Maya dispossession. According to Aspuac, “Textiles are part of our territories. To protect water and land is to protect our textile art ... they are our knowledge. Maya dispossession does not happen only through territory; it happens also through the dispossession of our ancestral knowledge."

Artwork depicting a large, complicated structure that appears to consist of multiple small houses connected to one another

Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David 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 Little, director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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"Climate Change and Needed Technical Solutions for a Sustainable Future": Lecture by Steven Chu

Join Dr. Steven Chu for a talk on the future of sustainability as he receives an honorary degree from Amherst College. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his research on atom trapping via laser cooling, and he served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013.

The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world, but the unintended consequence of these revolutions is that humans are changing the climate of Earth. Dr. Chu will briefly describe new data on climate change, before addressing how progress in carbon-free energy can provide a low-cost path to a more sustainable world. Research in energy storage and new approaches to electro-chemical production of chemical fuels will be described in the context of the remaining scientific and technology challenges that need to be overcome in the transition to clean energy solutions.

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He has published over 275 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology and batteries, and he holds 11 patents. Currently, he is developing new optical nanoparticle probes for applications in biology and biomedicine, and exploring new approaches to lithium ion batteries, PM2.5 air filtration and other applications of nanotechnology.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, serving from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a cabinet position and the longest-serving energy secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives, including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) and the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and President Obama personally tasked him with assisting BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prior to his cabinet post, Dr. Chu was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley. Previously he was the Theodore and Francis Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. At Stanford, he helped launch Bio-X, a multidisciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu has dozens of awards, including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He has 30 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology.

How to Prepare for Recruiting in Finance & Consulting

Are you interested in recruiting for an internship or full-time position in finance or consulting? If so, you must prepare NOW to have a successful recruiting season, which has already started for both finance and consulting. Please join Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, for either of two workshops offered to kick off the spring/summer/fall recruiting for finance and consulting. The workshops will discuss networking techniques, how to create your game plan and strategy for recruiting and how to write your resume/cover letter. You will walk away with valuable tools, a game plan and preparation materials. The workshop will be held twice: on March 19 and March 21. You only need to attend one workshop.

ASA Presents: Helen Zia at Amherst College

Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist, activist and scholar who has written about Asian American communities and their participation in social and political movements. As a second-generation Chinese American, Zia has been outspoken on social justice issues such as human rights, women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. Her activism in the landmark 1980s civil rights campaign against anti-Asian American violence is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin?. She was also profiled in Bill Moyers' PBS documentary Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. Zia also authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, which was a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Zia's talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.!

This event is sponsored by AAS, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership.

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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, Mar 22, 2018

Lula Part-Time Car Sharing Opportunities Information Table

Lula is a Boston-based startup, that many call the "Airbnb For College Students' Cars." Stop by this information table to speak with co-founder Matthew Vega-Sanz to learn more about their hourly part-time opportunities in this area.

Sophomore Strengths

What are your greatest strengths? This is a very common interview question, but it’s also an important question to ask yourself as you consider your career options. People who know their strengths and have the opportunity to use them at work are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and thrice as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

Join other sophomores to discover your top five strengths through the StrengthsQuest online assessment and follow-up workshop. You’ll learn more about yourself and what you have to offer that’s unique. There’s a 1/250,000 chance that another person has your same top 5 strengths!

Space is limited; RSVP required through Quest (under the Workshops tab). The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 21. Once you register, you'll receive an email with instructions for taking the online assessment prior to the workshop.

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German Film Series: "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe"

At 4 and 7:30 p.m., there will be two screenings of Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, an emotional drama telling the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance toward the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information. The film will be shown in conjunction with Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

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Russian Film Screening: "PITER FM" • ПИТЕР FM

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

Join us for a screening of Piter FM (ПИТЕР FM). The film is from 2006 and directed by Oksana Bychkova. The runtime is 84 minutes. This film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

Enjoy this popular romantic comedy about a radio DJ and a street-sweeper whose lives change forever as a result of their encounter on a St. Petersburg street.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Technologies of Responsibility--Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media

On Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College, Carrie Rentschler, associate professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and an associate of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, will present a paper titled “Technologies of Responsbility-Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Rentschler is the author of "Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S." (Duke UP, 2011), and co-editor of "Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place" (Berghahn Press, 2016). Her current research examines the history of the bystander as an agent of social change, feminist social media responses to sexual violence, campus activism against rape culture, and the role media infrastructures play in social movement activism.

To receive a copy of the paper which will examine the role digital bystander videos and their uploading onto video aggregation sites play in current conceptions of legal and moral responsibility for witnessing social violence, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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"Defending Water Protectors from the State of Guatemala"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Lecture Room 4

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents "Defending Water Protectors From the State of Guatemala." In this public lecture, lawyer and scholar Juan Castro will discuss the criminalization of Maya authorities defending lands and rivers in Guatemala, including women. In doing so, he analyzes the legal mechanisms by which the state of Guatemala has historically appropriated Maya territories for the profit of extractive industries. He complements this historical approach with insights into the politics of state repression against Indigenous resistance today, which has resulted in the state-orchestrated assassination of leaders like Berta Caceres. Castro argues that “our Maya identity is a political one, we defend our territories, we speak Indigenous languages and understand Maya cosmovision.” A Maya lawyer is a political identity, one that challenges conventional legalities and quietly redefines state authority. His presentation offers a de-colonial approach to litigation.

Juan Castro is an indigenous Maya lawyer and scholar in Guatemala. He is a dynamic lawyer working with the Association of Maya Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala and also teaches law at the Maya University of Guatemala. He has previously worked at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. He specializes in Indigenous collective rights and is considered by Maya Indigenous authorities as their representative in state courts. He is currently one of Guatemala’s most prominent lawyers and is working on 19 such cases, some very emblematic, like the defense of Maya authorities taken as political prisoners for contesting extractivism in their territories.

This talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers. It is free and open to the public.

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"Telling Tales: Image, Space and Narrative in India"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

"Telling Tales: Image, Space and Narrative in India" is a panel on the experiential aspects of Bengali painted scrolls and Hindu temple murals in southeastern India, featuring Pika Ghosh of Haverford College, Anna Lise Seastrand of the University of Minnesota and Yael Rice of Amherst College. Part of this event will take place in the Mead Art Museum exhibition New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s.

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"Creating Space for Justice"

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Michele M. Moody Adams, Columbia University, will present the second lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry & Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." The title of her talk is "Creating Space for Justice," and it will take place on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115.

This event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Beauty and Bodies: Gender Expression and Makeup Culture

How have makeup and makeup culture helped you construct your gender appearance and expression? Have social media blogs and make up artists narrowed or widened our conceptions of femininity, beauty and its relation to size?
Join us in the Women's and Gender Center as we discuss our favorite beauty bloggers and YouTube makeup experts and the ways that they redefine makeup culture to include more fat, non-binary, femme and women of color voices. While practicing with makeup, explore with us, the possibilities and complexities of gender expression, body physicality and makeup! Feel free to bring your own makeup to this event. There will also be a surprise giveaway!

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.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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Wellness/Health Equity and Accessibility Team Meeting

The WHEAT is a student-led organization committed to providing health and wellness resources for all, centering women, femmes, people of color, people of queer and trans identities, and people with disabilities. We are holding an open discussion on redefining fitness and wellness spaces on campus. If you would like to get involved with WHEAT or share your voice and experience, come to our discussion to learn more about our projects and communicate your ideas about how to make wellness and health more accessible to all! Food will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelley (kbaumann19@amherst.edu).

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"The Evolution of Voting Systems: How Ranked-Choice Voting Would Improve American Democracy"

Cambridge. San Francisco. Minneapolis. Portland. Santa Fe. What do these cities have in common? They are all using ranked-choice voting (RCV) for local elections. And Amherst and Hadley could be next, along with the Amherst College student government.

This simple enhancement to our current electoral system lets voters rank all candidates on the ballot, and if their top choice doesn't receive enough overall support, their vote transfers to their next choice. They can therefore express their true preferences and not worry about which candidates may have enough support to win. The result is a more vibrant and equitable democracy.

RCV has been in limited use in the United States for a century, in different forms that include “instant runoff voting” and “proportional representation.” But with increasing awareness of the flaws in our democratic systems and the availability of computer tabulation, it is seeing renewed interest across the country. And in June, Maine will become the first state to use ranked-choice voting for non-local elections.

In this panel presentation, the history, application and future use of RCV will be illustrated:

The keynote will be provided by Douglas J. Amy of Mount Holyoke College. He is professor emeritus of politics and a national expert on alternative voting systems and voting system reform. His books on the subject include Behind the Ballot Box: A Citizen's Guide to Voting Systems and Real Choices, New Voices: How Proportional Representation Elections Could Revitalize American Democracy.

In the Town of Amherst on March 27, citizens will vote on a charter revision that would replace its representative town meeting with a town council. The proposal would also lead to the adoption of RCV for local elections. Mandi Jo Hanneke is vice chair of the Charter Commission and a member of town meeting. She will describe how RCV will be implemented if the proposed charter is approved.

At Hadley's town meeting on May 3, citizens will likewise vote on a warrant article to adopt RCV for the election of its select board and other positions. Linda Castronovo is a retired teacher from Amherst Public Schools and Hadley resident who will explain the benefits of using RCV in town government.

In the spring of 2017, Amherst College engaged its students, staff, faculty and alumni in a mammoth decision: what should their new mascot be? Alejandro Nino Quintero '18 was a member of the Mascot Committee and will review their decision to use RCV to determine the final outcome.

Because of the success of the Amherst College mascot election, the Association of Amherst Students is proposing the use of RCV for the election of the members of the student government. Jénine Shepherd '20, chair of the Judiciary Council, and will discuss their considerations.

Many more opportunities to use RCV are on the horizon in Massachusetts, and they will be described by Howard Fain. He is one of the co-founders of FairVote and a member of the Executive Committee of Voter Choice Massachusetts, which are both nonpartisan organizations that are dedicated to educating the public about electoral reforms that increase the range of choice on the ballot and produce fairer outcomes.

This presentation is sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute, a student policy organization that engages new generations in unique, progressive activism that empowers young people as leaders and promotes their ideas for change, and by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

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; 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!

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.

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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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Jazz@Schwemm's Featuring the Music Levels Collective

The second of our three-part presentation, this March 22 performance features Pete Aleksi, Darby Wolf and Ted Sullivan, known together as the Music Levels Collective. Student jazz combos Corvette Convention and Bugatti Bunch will join in the evening's music presentation. This is always a free performance with great energy in this small and intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 23, 2018

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.

Women of Color Luncheon

We will be making empowerment vision boards! These boards will encapsulate where we are in life and what we celebrate currently, as well as elements of what we aspire to. Lunch will be served. This is a space that centers women of color.

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Pryde Lecture: Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97: "Pregnant Behind Bars: Challenges and Opportunities in Health Care and Social Justice"

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lecture Room 4

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97 will be visiting from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and a medical anthropologist.

Seminar Title: "Pregnant Behind Bars: Challenges and Opportunities in Health Care and Social Justice"

The Dr. Everett H. Pryde ‘39 Research Award was established in 1985 by Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde fund is used to bring to the College distinguished alumni who specialize in the field of chemistry, to present a lecture/seminar and to honor a senior who has been an outstanding research assistant in chemistry and who shows great promise for carrying out research in science or medicine.

Careers In Health Professions Presents: Dr. Joseph Kass '89, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Joseph Kass ‘89, MD, JD, FAAN is a neurologist and professor of neurology, psychiatry, and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he also serves as a dean. He is an Amherst alum with a rich career ranging from work in Alzheimer's Disease and predictors of cognitive decline and the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia, to medical student wellness, social determinants of health, and the interface of medical ethics and the law.

Please join Health Professions, the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program (KDSAP), and the Psychology Department on to hear about his extraordinary path and his advice to students interested in health, ethics, medicine, neurology and law. Refreshments will be provided.

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African American Dance Symposium: Film Screening of "Carmen and Geoffrey"

Originally released in 2005, this documentary tracks the lives and marriage of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder. Packed with archival material depicting the artists at work, including clips from the 1950s and 1960s, in addition to footage of their contemporary projects, the film stands as evidence that Carmen and Geoffrey's greatest accomplishment is their balance of passion—for their art and for each another.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance , Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

It is open to the Amherst and Five College community.

7th Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Arabic Night. This year's event will feature live Arabic music by the Zay-Tunes Ensemble, Tannoura and folk dance by Yasser Darwish, Debke dance led by Sharon Arslanian and Middle Eastern dinner and student performances.
This event is sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative and the Amherst Middle Eastern Student and Studies Association.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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The Mask You Live In

Film Screening: "The Mask You Live In"

Join the peer advocates for the first film in our film screening series this semester, "The Mask You Live In." Food and drink will be provided. Be sure to check out all of our programming surrounding masculinity this week!

About the film:

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Seventh Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Join us for Amherst College's Seventh Annual Arabic Night! The evening will feature delicious food, live music, performances and more! All are welcome.

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M@A Series: Damien Sneed, Piano

Please note:
This concert replaces the concert by Maarja Nuut, which was canceled by the artist. This replacement concert will honor all tickets for March 23 sold to date.

Damien Sneed offers a diverse solo piano program.

Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theater.

He has already been featured in The New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s hit award-winning gospel singing competition show.

Program:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Prelude no. 1 in C Major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Sonata in C minor (“Pathetique”), Opus 13, Adagio cantabile
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849): Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Allerseelen (1899)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Morgen (1899)
AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): Passacaglia (1922)
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912): Deep River (1905)
R. NATHANIEL DETT (1882-1943): Juba Dance from "In The Bottoms" Suite
JOHN WORK (1901-1967): At a Certain Church (1951)
MARGARET BONDS (1913-1972): Troubled Water (1967)
HALE SMITH (1925-2009): Evocation (1966)
THOMAS H. KERR JR. (1915-1988): Easter Monday Swagger (1970)
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) - Wade In The Water
RICHARD SMALLWOOD (b. 1948) Total Praise
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Good Shepherd Medley
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Call Him By His Name

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby 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 are available online at no added cost at https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Tickets Required

French House Quartier Latin - Music Quiz Event

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come to our super music quiz to discover plenty of French-speaking artists. We promise not to play (only) Edith Piaf. We will have snacks and refreshments, so don’t hesitate and come practice your French with us!

Oshi Live @ Amherst

WAMH Presents: Oshi

Oshi is a London based hip-hop and electronic music producer who rose to fame after being discovered online at 16 years old. He's known for his work on Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" as well as Kali Uchis’ "Ridin Round" and Justin Bieber's "All That Matters." His music ranges from mellow beats to up-tempo EDM music. Sung-Ooga+Atlas will be making their debut as the openers and will be creating chill, dreamy vibes.

Silly Putty, Stress Balls and Crazy Noodles!

Come out to the Friedmann Room to make silly putty, stress balls and eat lots of Crazy Noodles! Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. This event is sponsored by AC After Dark.

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Sat, Mar 24, 2018

M@A Artist Damien Sneed: Buckley Masterclass

Damien Sneed will work with the Amherst College Gospel Choir. This masterclass is free and open to the public.

Art Ecologies Pop Up Shop

Arts Ecologies Pop Up Shop

Join the Arts at Amherst Advocates for an afternoon of crafts and workshops!

Each activity will focus on upcycling, also known as creative reuse, which is the process of reusing discarded objects to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

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Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with DeLyna Hadgu '21. DeLyna is a prospective art history and anthropology major, and her tour will focus on interactive engagement with key works in the exhibition HOUSE. This tour is free and open to all!

Open Book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join us for our penultimate session of leisure reading this Saturday, March 24 in James Common Room from 2-4 p.m. As usual, members of the class of '21 can enter a draw to win wireless headphones and a kindle reader. There will be insomnia cookies, books to give away and a space to relax and read. Come enjoy and get your reading goals back on track!

Logros Latinx: Celebrating Latinx Success (Past, Present and Future)

Come join us in celebrating Latinx success in this all-day event! Beginning with senior thesis presentations, learn about the the research and study Amherst seniors are pursuing. Next, there will be a career panel followed by small group discussions meant to explore different career options available for Latinx students at Amherst and beyond. Afterward, there will be a Latinx and Latin American Studies (LLAS) Panel where both students and faculty will discuss the new LLAS major followed by an alumni-student reception. Following the reception will be dinner, catered by the Fernandez Family Restaurant located in Holyoke. Finally, the day will culminate with a keynote address by Burth Lopez '01, attorney with MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and a celebration featuring dancing and dance instruction with Daniel Trenner. Logros Latinx is brought to you by the students of La Causa, the Multicultural Resource Center, the office of Student Activities and the office of Alumni and Parent Programs. Questions? Contact alumni@amherst.edu.

Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Conquering the Finance Interview

Interviewing for finance positions is unlike other interviews. Attend this workshop led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, to gain an understanding of the finance interview process. The workshop will discuss techniques for handling video, phone and in-person interviews, how to craft answers to fit/behavior questions and well as how to start to prepare for technical finance interviews that will be discussed more in-depth in the workshop on April 2. Learn proven techniques on how to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “Why finance/investment banking/sales & trading” or “Why XYZ firm?” The key to any successful interview is preparation and practice, and this workshop outlines preparation techniques that you can use in every finance interview.

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Merrill Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 300A (Science Library)

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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Mon, Mar 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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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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"Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?"

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

David Karp of Skidmore College will visit Amherst to help our community learn about restorative justice. Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on the reparation of harm and reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, with healing and reintegration as central tenets. He will participate in the panel "Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?," which will explore restorative justice from a multidisciplinary perspective. We expect a lively discussion of this important and relevant topic, with time for questions from the audience. The panelists are:

David Karp, sociology, Skidmore College
Kristin Bumiller, political science, Amherst College
Leah Schmalzbauer, sociology and American studies, Amherst College
Martha Umphrey, law, jurisprudence and social thought, Amherst College

David Karp is a professor of sociology and the director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. His research focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. In 2010, Karp received the Donald D. Gehring Award for his work on restorative justice on college campuses. He has published numerous papers and written six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, published in 2013. Karp is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.

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"The War in the Ground": James Gillam

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

For 27 years, Dr. James Gillam was a professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he taught East Asian and Vietnam history. He holds a doctorate in Chinese history from Ohio State University and has served as the editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies. Dr. Gillam published Life and Death in the Central Highlands: An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 and has contributed to The History Channel’s documentary series Passages, offering commentary on both tunnel warfare during Vietnam and the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Most recently he contributed to and is featured in episodes 8 and 9 of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentary Vietnam.

While major battles fought on the ground and in the air during the Vietnam War, such as the Tet
Offensive and Operation Rolling Thunder, are well-known to the general public and their political and historical significance understood, less attention has been given to the war in the ground. This presentation will focus on the rarely acknowledged perspective of those "tunnel rats" who engaged in warfare underneath the jungles and plains of Vietnam. Dr. Gillam’s talk will provide not only a scholarly view, but also a personal one highlighting his experience as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam War and its importance.  

This event is sponsored by the Lucius Root Eastman Fund, the Corliss Lamont Fund and the Department of History.

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.

An Evening with Kat Blaque

Join the Women's and Gender Center for our Women’s History Month keynote, “An Evening With Kat Blaque.” Kat Blaque is a popular black trans Youtuber, illustrator, animator, writer and trans activist known for her “True Tea” videos and her commentary on race, gender, transphobia and other social justice issues. She has contributed to sites such as Everyday Feminism and Huffington Post, and co-created the short film on privilege titled “Sometimes You’re A Caterpillar.” Her keynote talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

To learn more about Kat, please visit her YouTube Channel: youtube.com/katblaque

This program is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Center, the Queer Resource Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Activities and the President’s Office. This event also is funded by the Johnson Lectureship Fund.

Food for Thought with Tim Visser '06, Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Join Tim Visser ’06 for dinner and a discussion about his career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, Tim prosecutes hate crimes, incidents of police misconduct and other cases involving the violent interference with individual’s civil rights.

Tim graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services office. After Harvard, Tim spent a year clerking on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Tim spent six months prosecuting domestic violence cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Between college and law school, Tim spent four years with Teach for America, first as a teacher in Miami and then as part of the national teams focused on recruitment, school leadership and teacher preparation.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot through Quest as soon as possible. Dinner from Fresh Side will be provided.

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.

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"Restorative Justice: A Movement Comes to College Campuses"

David Karp of Skidmore College will visit Amherst to help our community learn about restorative justice. Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on the reparation of harm and reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, with healing and reintegration as central tenets.

In his lecture, Professor Karp will give a broad overview of restorative justice and then explain how this approach is being used on college campuses in student conduct cases. Restorative justice provides a structured process where harmed parties can begin to heal, while parties who harmed can learn more deeply about the consequences of their actions and engage in meaningful restitution that is more educational and less punitive. There should be ample time for questions from the audience. Come hear about this important and timely topic!

David Karp is a professor of sociology and the director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. His research focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. In 2010, Karp received the Donald D. Gehring Award for his work on restorative justice on college campuses. He has published numerous papers and written six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, published in 2013. Karp is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

KeyBank Careers Information Table

As one of America’s most recognized banks, KeyBank's success is achieved through one greatest asset — its people. New employees have the opportunity to contribute on day one — and also get support every step of the way, from co-workers, peers, managers and leadership teams. KeyBank has opportunities for all majors in both its internship programs and development programs for undergraduate and MBA students. Recruiters are now looking for students committed to both academics and extracurricular involvement with a preferred GPA of 3.2 or higher. Stop by this information table to learn more.

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.

Jen Bervin, "Silk Poems" or Singing the Rug

Jen Bervin, "Silk Poems" - a presentation by the artist on her long-form poem presented both as a book and as an implantable biosensor made from liquefied silk,

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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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Writing Home with The Common

All are invited to the Mead for a free writing session led by the staff of The Common. Join us to be inspired by HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland and think critically about the house as both a physical space and an idea. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome!

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Mending Masculinities Writing Workshop with Kavi and Vision

This workshop centers on unpacking perceived gender norms and stipulations, the manifestation of toxic masculinity and how we collectively function under gender binaries in a cisgender heteronormative patriarchy. Utilizing prompts, poems and activities based around vulnerability, participants will share their thoughts and create their own poems.

Kavindu “Kavi” Ade is a writer, activist and arts educator. Their work grapples with the reality of being a Black-Trans-Queer body set at the threshold of violence. Using art as resistance they create transformative dialogue.

Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio is a poet, activist and youth poetry educator. Vision’s work focuses on racial identity, identity politics, healing and dismantling toxic masculinity. Vision has authored three collections of poetry: “Surviving Saturn’s Return,” “Heal On Purpose” & “About Her.” Copies of Vision's books of poetry will be given to a few lucky attendees.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, The MRC and The QRC

Spring Faculty Book Party

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodical Reading Room, 1st fl

Join us in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room on Tuesday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. as we celebrate the publication of recent books written by College faculty. Pooja Rangan, assistant professor of English and film and media studies, will discuss Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary. Justin Kimball, professor of art, will discuss Elegy. Chris Grobe, assistant professor of English, will discuss The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV. The authors will each give a presentation about their work, including comments on their research and writing process.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97: "Punished with Pregnancy"

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97, a medical anthropologist and obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University and graduate of Amherst College with degrees in anthropology and chemistry, will speak in Pruyne Lecture Hall. In "Punished with Pregnancy: Denying Incarcerated Women an Abortion," she will consider the fact that the majority of the over 210,000 women in prisons and jails in the U.S. are of childbearing age, and some are pregnant at the time of their incarceration. While incarcerated women clearly retain their legal right to abortion, lawsuits reveal that institutional policies often deny these women abortion access. Moreover, Dr. Sufrin will explore how such abortion denials exemplify the punitive reproductive logic of mass incarceration and its racialized historical antecedents.

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"The Ultimate Deal or the End of the Line?: The Trump Administration and the Middle East Peace Process" -- Daniel Kurtzer

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

A year after Donald Trump boasted that he could achieve the "ultimate deal" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process is in shambles. Following Trump's announcement on Jerusalem and the decision to cut assistance to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Palestinians now reject a leading U.S. role in the search for peace. Is this the end of the road, or can the parties-- and Trump --find an exit ramp from this crisis?

Daniel Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He was also a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011(2013), and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He served as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and previously served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.

Ambassador Kurtzer received a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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"From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers” -- Talk by Nir Arielli

Nir Arielli will discuss his most recent book, From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers.

Foreigners who fight in the civil war in Syria are often perceived either as a threat to global security or as a quaint object of curiosity. Arielli argues that, to improve our understanding of this contemporary phenomenon, we should place it within a deep historical context. By examining previous instances of conflicts that saw the participation for foreign war volunteers, such as those of the Italian Risorgimento, the Spanish Civil War, the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, a number of common characteristics can be identified. First, despite vast differences in historical circumstances and ideologies, foreign volunteers share a basic search for purpose, a belief that their engagement in a conflict abroad may provide or reinforce their sense of meaning. Secondly, Arielli proposes four categories which help to understand the different ways foreign volunteers position themselves in relation to their governments at home. Finally, Arielli argues that while there were cases of foreign volunteers who made a significant military contribution to the forces they joined, many others suffered from a number of problems which hindered their effectiveness on the battlefield: difficulties in adapting in terms of military culture and language, disillusionment and so on. The most consistent contribution that foreign volunteers make is in the realm of propaganda and morale, which subsequently contributes toward their long-term symbolic legacy.

Nir Arielli is associate professor of international history at the University of Leeds. His most recent book, From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers, was published by Harvard University Press in early 2018. Arielli is also author of Fascist Italy and the Middle East (2010), editor of the memoir Between Tel Aviv and Moscow: A Life of Dissent and Exile in Mandate Palestine and the Soviet Union (2015) and co-editor of Transnational Soldiers: Foreign Military Enlistment in the Modern Era (2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

KeyBank Full-Time & Internship Opportunities Information Session

KeyBank has opportunities for all majors in both its internship programs and development programs for undergraduate and MBA students. Recruiters are now looking for students committed to both academics and extracurricular involvement with a preferred GPA of 3.2 or higher.

As one of America’s most recognized banks, KeyBank's success is achieved through one greatest asset — its people. New employees have the opportunity to contribute on day one — and also get support every step of the way, from co-workers, peers, managers and leadership teams.

Attend this information session to learn more about KeyBanks internship and full-time opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

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Mending Masculinities Performance

Through performance poetry they cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity, the performance of gender and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world. With poems focusing on gender, sexuality, race, violence, sexual assault, homophobia/transphobia and more, their art aims to task men and masculine of center folks of all journeys to unpack, heal and create a path to whole masculinities.

Since 2011, Vision and Kavi have co-coached the Philly Youth Poetry Slam Team, which as claimed the title of Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Champion twice, in 2011 and 2015. They have worked separately as Poetry Slam Coaches at Temple University, Bryn Mawr College & Swarthmore College. Their mentees make up some of the most sought after young teachers and performers in the country. Collectively, the duo has toured over 80 colleges and universities performing poetry and teaching workshops on varying identities, community and artistic expression. Both utilize art in pursuit of social, economic, racial and gender justice.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, The MRC and the QRC.

Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series

This 4-week workshop series is open to first year students, sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about consulting. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand what consulting firms do, distinguish the various types of consulting that is done and explore the types of career opportunities available. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.

The 4-week course will include the following topics:
Week 1: Overview of Consulting will include defining consulting and its role in the economy, an overview of different types of consulting firms, entry-level roles and what a career looks like for a consultant.
Week 2: Overview of Management Consulting will discuss the types of problems consultants solve, go over a client example and discuss roles played in a management consulting firm.
Week 3: Overview of Economic Consulting will discuss the types of problems solved, types of clients, a sample client issue and roles played by people at the firm.
Week 4: Consulting and Recruiting will discuss the recruiting process for consulting, how to network and how best to prepare for the case interview. The workshop will also review techniques on how to get comfortable with mental math, how to be comfortable with ambiguity and introduce upcoming preparation workshops by the Loeb Center and outside vendors.

How do I register for the Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held Tuesdays from 8 - 9 p.m. from March 20 through April 10 in Paino Lecture Hall. Space is limited and advance sign up on Quest is required. If you are interested in learning more about consulting and willing to attend all 4 sessions, kindly R.S.V.P. on Quest and email Stephanie Hockman by March 9, 2018.

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, Mar 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!

Crafternoons: Weaving

Join us on the last Wednesday of each month for Crafternoons! Ashley Maitland, assistant director of residential life, will teach us how to do a variety of arts and crafts. March's craft is weaving! Ashley started working at Amherst College in August of 2016. Before coming to Amherst, she received her Masters of Education in student affairs with a certificate in social justice education from Iowa State University. Ashley is passionate about and finds joy in feminism, social justice, crafts, dogs and yummy food!

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"Mimesis and More: The Polychromy of Greek and Roman Marble Portraits" -- Talk by Mark Abbe

Mark Abbe of the University of Georgia will discuss "Mimesis and More: The Polychromy of Greek and Roman Marble Portraits."

Today the “realism” of the white marble portraits that survive from Greek and Roman antiquity is frequently associated with their highly detailed physiognomy and apparent specificity, which suggest a relationship to an individual subject. In antiquity, of course, the engaging and often arresting appearance of these sculpted images was defined in so small part by their nuanced lifelike painting and rich polychrome detailing. Although now most of the painting and other forms of polychromy that defined these images in antiquity is lost to us, detailed examination increasingly allows us to glimpse vestiges of ancient polychromy and thereby how the visual language of portraits was defined not by form alone, but in combination styles of coloration varying from lifelike naturalism to sumptuous radiance. This talk presents case studies of marble portraits-- royal, imperial and private --with extant polychromy that, upon close examination, elucidate the definition and meanings of their subjects in antiquity.

Active Minds at Amherst: An exhibition celebrating Amherst College students who have experienced or been significantly impacted by mental health challenges.

Active Minds at Amherst

Active Minds at Amherst is an exhibition celebrating students who have experienced mental health challenges or been advocates for mental health awareness. By sharing these stories we hope to draw attention to the prevalence of these challenges on campus and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. This event is an opportunity for the whole Amherst community to learn about students' experiences and find ways to better support each other.

Full narratives will be available on the Active Minds web page.

Horizons School of Technology Information Session

Horizons is a modern technology school, located in the heart of San Francisco, that helps students launch careers by providing a practical and industry-focused software engineering curriculum. Attend this information session to learn more about its two immersive programs from Horizons rep Sunny Shah.

Summer Immersive: This 12-week, fee-based program begins either at the end of May or mid-June. The first six weeks are spent learning through lectures, pair-programming and group projects (e.g. creating Facebook). The next two weeks are spent working on structured projects that participants take from start-to-finish. The final four weeks can be spent building out that idea, doing contract work for local startups or job prep.

Horizons One: This 2-year tuition-free apprenticeship is built for future software engineers. Students spend their first year in the classroom learning web and mobile app development as well as advanced topics such as frontend/backend performance, DevOps, distributed systems and even a second language. The second year is spent in industry working as a software engineer in a live production environment.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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JP Morgan Information Session & Networking

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world's most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. The company has consistently ranked as one of the top employers in its industry categories across key Employer Brand rankings.

With a legacy dating back to 1799, J.P. Morgan has a history of demonstrating leadership during times of both economic growth and financial instability. The firm has been helping clients to do first-class business for more than 200 years. Throughout that period, they've taken a long-term approach to client solutions — providing committed, innovative and consistent advice and execution to clients at all times.

From 7–8 p.m., alum Dan Pombo '92 and other representatives will provide an overview of undergraduate opportunities across J.P. Morgan's many divisions, including summer internships, full-time positions, and diversity programs. Then, from 8–9 p.m., the floor will open for Q&A and networking.

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Reading by Melih Levi '15 and Lindsay Stern '13

8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Recent Amherst graduates Melih Levi '15, a literary critic and translator of Turkish fiction, and Lindsay Stern '13, a fiction writer whose first novel Better Animals will be published next year, will read from and discuss their work. The event will be followed by refreshments.

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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, Mar 29, 2018

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Stop by Frost Café to meet Employee Council representatives, socialize with other staff, talk about issues that matter to you and learn about resources, benefits and opportunities for staff. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

Dartmouth College's Tuck Business Bridge Program Info Table

The Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College gives liberal arts students the business knowledge, skills and experience necessary to leverage their education in the business workplace and beyond. In a collaborative and supportive learning environment, the program provides students with:
- Business Analytics Foundation: Rigorous, practical foundation in business analytics, taught by Tuck’s top faculty.
– Experiential, Project Based Learning: Experiential learning based on a group project, which culminates in a professional presentation before a business audience.
– Individual Career Coaching: Personalized coaching and career development, including access to the Tuck Bridge Alumni network, over 4000 strong since 1997.

Stop by this information table to speak with Tuck Business Bridge representative Paul Doscher and learn more about this graduate program and its admissions processes.

LinkedIn Panel

Come join the WGC for a conversation around LinkedIn tips and tricks! Incoming Business Leadership Program Associate and LinkedIn Campus [IN]bassador Kyndall Ashe ’18 as well as other upperclass students will be facilitating a dialogue on LinkedIn. Food will be provided. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

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"Inside the French Boudoir: Architecture and Desire in the 18th Century" -- Lecture by Pierre Saint-Amand

4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Please join us for the inaugural biennial lecture in a series in honor of Professor Jay Caplan, who taught for 30 years in the Department of French at Amherst College. We have invited Pierre Saint-Amand, the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University, to give a lecture on the topic of "Inside the French Boudoir: Architecture and Desire in the 18th Century." The lecture will be given in English.

Pierre Saint-Amand has research interests in the literature of the 18th century, the philosophy of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and literary criticism and theory. Among his celebrated works are a book dedicated to the philosophical and scientific writings of Denis Diderot and a book on the political writings of the philosophers. His latest book is a study dedicated to the Enlightenment's resistance to the ideology of work at the dawn of capitalism.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of French and the Turgeon Fund. The lecture series was made possible by the generous donations of French department alumni, offered in honor of Jay Caplan. For further information about this event, please contact the French department.

"Stereotype Threat: How Can We Reduce the Threat in the Air?"

Alegra Eroy-Reveles will discuss stereotype threat, "the concrete real-time threat of being judged and treated poorly in settings where a negative stereotype about one's group applies" (Steele et al, 2002). Everyone is vulnerable to stereotype threat, in one context or another. However, in academic settings, women and minorities often underperform due to their vulnerability to stereotype threat, originating from negative stereotypes that exist about these groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This occurs because of the concern that they are being judged by a negative stereotype about their group, and/or that they might confirm it.

This talk will discuss the current state of knowledge about stereotype threat and strategies to reduce it. It will also include information about activities taking place in science and math classrooms at San Francisco State University to reduce stereotype threat at the student, instructor and institutional level.

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"Did the 1960s Really Give Us Trump? How Vietnam, Civil Rights and Feminism Shaped American Politics Today" -- Leonard Steinhorn

4:30 pm MERR 4

Even though almost half a century has passed since the 1960s, it's a decade that continues to reverberate in our society, politics, culture and institutions to this very day. In many ways, America today is a product of the '60s. From civil rights to feminism to gay liberation to the environmental movement to the silent majority to a nation divided over Vietnam, what started back then has shaped and influenced our country ever since. To many, the presidency of Barack Obama symbolized the liberation movements of the '60s. But it's also important to ask how the '60s produced the presidency of Donald Trump. To understand America today, we must understand the lessons from the 1960s.

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of public communication and an affiliate professor of history at American University. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s and recent American history. He is author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, and co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. He has published in books, journals, The Washington Post, Salon, The New York Times, Politico, The Hill, International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post and History News Network, among other outlets, and he is the founding editor of PunditWire, where political speechwriters comment on the news.

"Giving Voice: How Outsiders Can Learn from the Stories of Indigenous Communities"

In this talk, Dr. Mark Ritchie, the founder and executive director of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, will share one of these stories about weaving, and how important it is to give agency to marginalized communities through the power of storytelling and listening. Dr. Ritchie's film project Voices from the Village, which documents local wisdom through the stories of farmers, villagers and elders in Thailand, will be screened.

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"Creating Space for Justice" -- Talk by Michele Moody-Adams

Michele M. Moody-Adams of Columbia University will present the second lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." The title of her talk is "Creating Space for Justice," and will take place on Thursday, March 29 (rescheduled from March 22 due to snow) at 5 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. The event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

"The Trump Administration & Environmental Policy... How Bad Is It?"

Dr. Jessica Hejny, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, will give a talk on "The Trump Administration & Environmental Policy... How Bad is it?" on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall.

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.

Korean Language Table

The Korean language table will meet on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

STIs: Debunking Myths and Destigmatizing Conversations

Join the Queer Resource Center, Health Center and the Student Health Educators for conversation on sexually transmitted infection prevention. We will discuss various resources available on campus and how to access them.

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April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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Sophomore Myers Briggs Personality Assessment

You may know the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) from your psychology class or the knock-off quiz you took online. But did you know the real deal can help you explore which career paths are a good fit for you? Your sophomore year is the perfect time to reflect on how your personality can provide direction in your search for meaningful work.

Combine this workshop with the Sophomore Strengths workshop on March 22, and you’ll be much more likely to choose your next career steps based on what’s a good fit, rather than just whatever opportunities come your way.

Space is limited; R.S.V.P. required through Quest, under Events/Workshops. Deadline to register isTuesday, March 27. Once you register, you'll receive an email with instructions for taking the online assessment prior to the workshop.

Registration Required

Learn to Write for Television: William Rabkin of LIU's TV Writers Studio MFA Program

Professor William Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers StudioSM, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a thirty-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych and Diagnosis Murder.

Professor Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer, and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.

The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.

Attend this presentation to learn more about Professor Rabkin's career path and the LIU TV Writers Studio MFA program!

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"The Blizzard"

Honors thesis in playwriting by Yetunde Ojetade '18. Directed by Wesley Guimaraes '19, set design by Amir Hall '17 and Hyourin Martina-Hood '19, costume design by Noah Tager '18 and lighting design by Irish Amundson '19.

Every student looks forward to Thanksgiving Break. During this time of the fall, people are either hunkering down or preparing to leave. However, something insidious lurks just around the corner this particular November. How will these modern prima donnas deal with their fears in a world that has conditioned them to always be OK? With a snowstorm approaching, and a worse threat closing in, The Blizzard follows five friends as they attempt to memorialize themselves in the face of their impending doom.

Tickets are free and open to the Amherst and Five College community. Reservations are recommended; please call (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 (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).

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Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Secondary Messengers

The third and final performance of our three-part presentation, this March 29 performance features the Secondary Messengers (including biology professor Dominic Poccia). Student jazz combos Mustang Madness and Camaro Crew will join in the evening's music presentation. This is always a free concert with great energy in this small and intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 30, 2018

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Faculty Colloquium Series: "Using Networks in Data Analysis" presented by Amy Wagaman, March 30

On Friday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "Using Networks in Data Analysis" presented by Amy Wagaman, associate professor of statistics. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Denzel Wood '18, "Awkward Alaskan Alchemist of Amherst"

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. This event is 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.

LinkedIn Panel

Come join the WGC for a conversation around LinkedIn tips and tricks! Incoming Business Leadership Program Associate and LinkedIn Campus [IN]bassador, Kyndall Ashe ’18 as well as other upperclass students will be facilitating a dialogue on LinkedIn. Food will be provided. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

STEM Abroad Symposium featuring Amherst faculty and students

STEM Abroad Symposium

Join the office of global education for the STEM Abroad Symposium!

Health professions advisor Dean Aronson, statistics Professor Nick Horton and computer science Professor John Rager will be sharing their international experiences and its impact on their STEM careers.

Harith Khawaja '19, Lila Manstein '18, Bonnie Lin '19 and Melissa Martinez '18 will be sharing on their experiences in France, Scotland, Taiwan and Japan.

Refreshments will be served!

Professor Alegra Eroy-Reveles '01

"Classroom Writing Exercises to Promote Motivation and Persistence of STEM Students" - Seminar with Alegra Eroy-Reveles '01

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lecture Room 4

Professor Alegra Eroy-Reveles '01, of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at San Francisco State University, will present a chemistry seminar on "Classroom Writing Exercises to Promote Motivation and Persistence of STEM Students."

In an effort to increase the number of students graduating with a STEM degree, it is important to address student motivation in the STEM classroom. When a student is motivated, they persist in the STEM major. Motivation is malleable. It can be enhanced or diminished based on experiences in college. This workshop will discuss two projects aimed at engaging STEM students in writing activities to motivate them to persist in the STEM major.

In the utility value project, students wrote essays that connected course content to their lives and/or society. In the heart check project, students wrote weekly journal reflections that prompted them to think about their purpose, values and goals for studying science. These projects present two strategies that motivate students to persist in the STEM major while fostering an affirming learning environment.

Classroom Writing Exercises to Promote Motivation and Persistence of STEM Students

In an effort to increase the number of students graduating with a STEM degree, it is important to address student motivation in the STEM classroom. When a student is motivated, they persist in the STEM major. Motivation is malleable. It can be enhanced or diminished based on experiences in college. This workshop will discuss two projects aimed at engaging STEM students in writing activities to motivate them to persist in the STEM major.

In the utility value project, students wrote essays that connected course content to their lives and/or society. In the heart check project, students wrote weekly journal reflections that prompted them to think about their purpose, values and goals for studying science. These projects present two strategies that motivate students to persist in the STEM major while fostering an affirming learning environment.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

Students Only
Passover Seder dinner table

Amherst College First Seder

Join Amherst Hillel and Jewish Advisor Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer for Passover Seder. Learn about and relive the Exodus from Egypt as we tell the story of how each of us left Egyptian slavery.

This Kosher for Passover meal including braised beef brisket, roasted chicken, baked gefilte fish matzo ball soup, stuffed portabellas, potato kugel, roasted beets, salad and dessert.

This event is free to Amherst College students, faculty, staff and other Five College students. There is a $25 suggested donation for non-students to Amherst Hillel to cover food costs. For more information contact cadigan@amherst.edu.

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"The Blizzard"

Honors thesis in playwriting by Yetunde Ojetade '18. Directed by Wesley Guimaraes '19, set design by Amir Hall '17 and Hyourin Martina-Hood '19, costume design by Noah Tager '18 and lighting design by Irish Amundson '19.

Every student looks forward to Thanksgiving Break. During this time of the fall, people are either hunkering down or preparing to leave. However, something insidious lurks just around the corner this particular November. How will these modern prima donnas deal with their fears in a world that has conditioned them to always be OK? With a snowstorm approaching, and a worse threat closing in, The Blizzard follows five friends as they attempt to memorialize themselves in the face of their impending doom.

Tickets are free and open to the Amherst and Five College community. Reservations are recommended; please call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Mar 31, 2018

HOUSE exhibition installation image in Fairchild Gallery at Mead Art Museum

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with Sivian Yu '20. Sivian is a mathematics and Asian languages and civilizations major, and her tour will focus on ideas of historical memory in the exhibition HOUSE. This tour is free and open to all!

Book Hearts

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join us for an afternoon of leisure reading! Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress and gain all the benefits that come with reading.

Event poster featuring an illustration of a brick house and streetlamp in the snow

"The Blizzard"

Honors thesis in playwriting by Yetunde Ojetade '18. Directed by Wesley Guimaraes '19, set design by Amir Hall '17 and Hyourin Martina-Hood '19, costume design by Noah Tager '18 and lighting design by Irish Amundson '19.

Every student looks forward to Thanksgiving Break. During this time of the fall, people are either hunkering down or preparing to leave. However, something insidious lurks just around the corner this particular November. How will these modern prima donnas deal with their fears in a world that has conditioned them to always be OK? With a snowstorm approaching, and a worse threat closing in, The Blizzard follows five friends as they attempt to memorialize themselves in the face of their impending doom.

Tickets are free and open to the Amherst and Five College community. Reservations are recommended; please call (413) 542-2277.

FoodJustice

Food Justice, Consumption, Waste Workshop and Dialogue

Come learn about and how to get involved with and discuss food justice, consumption and waste groups over some yummy food. Bring your own mug/cup/bottle for beverages!

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.

Glow in the Dark Purim Party

They tried to kill us, we won, let's party!
Join your fellow students for a once-in-a-lifetime Purim experience. Hear the megillah, enjoy hamentaschen and mocktails, and dance the night away with DJ Bobby.
Come in costume and enter the best costume contest!

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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!