Event Calendar

Monday, March 5, 2018

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.

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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.

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.

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"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.
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.

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.