Event Calendar

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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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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.")

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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).

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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.

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.

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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!