Event Calendar

Thursday, March 1, 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.

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"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."

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.

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!