Event Calendar

Friday, March 2, 2018

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.

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.


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!

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.

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.

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.