Event Calendar

Monday, March 19, 2018

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!

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
Colorful image of Potiphar and his wife in which she is grabbing on to his cape

"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.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

Students Only

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!