Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tue, Mar 20, 2018

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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!

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.

Image of contemporary artist Radcliffe Bailey seated in front of art work.

Art and Ancestry Lunch with Radcliffe Bailey at the Multicultural Resource Center

All are invited to lunch and conversation about art and ancestry with contemporary artist Radcliffe Bailey in the Multicultural Resource Center.

Radcliffe Bailey is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. Bailey believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, a universal history.

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Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

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"Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding support from the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, the Eastman and Lamont Funds, the Five College Faculty Seminar on Migration, and the UMass Legal Studies program, presents:

"Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America"

This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Paarlberg is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration, and an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University starting fall 2018. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a regular contributor to The Guardian. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University, and researches transnational elections and immigrant communities in the U.S. and Latin America. He is working on a book on diaspora politics in El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. As a journalist, he writes about labor, immigration, social science and classical music.

Paarlberg will give a talk titled "Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America." This talk will discuss political campaigns which are no longer limited by territorial boundaries. Candidates running for office in countries as varied as Guatemala, Turkey, Liberia and Taiwan regularly travel to other countries to campaign among diaspora communities in migrant-receiving countries such as the United States. While overseas voting rights have recently been adopted by most countries, transnational voting rates by migrants are low. Yet politicians seek the support of citizens residing abroad even when those citizens do not, or cannot, vote. This book project explores the impact that diaspora communities can have on elections in their countries of origin, and the campaign strategies political parties in Latin America adopt to gain the support of migrants in the U.S., based on data from party travel documents; surveys of migrants and home-country voters; and interviews with politicians, party officials and campaign strategists in Mexico, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Paarlberg develops a new theory as to why and how parties in migrant-sending countries seek to build and capitalize on transnational ties among diaspora communities for electoral advantage, determining that diaspora campaign strategy depends on the infrastructure that parties build overseas and the partisan skew of the diaspora community, largely formed in the period of migration. He also finds that politicians seek the support of migrants not primarily for their votes, but for the influence they believe migrants have over family members in their home countries, although his models based on polling data find this perception to be exaggerated.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Brightly colored artwork showing the shape of a house with two black-and-white photographs of children inside

Artist Talk with Radcliffe Bailey

Radcliffe Bailey is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory. Bailey believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of, and a healing from, a universal history. All are invited to an artist talk with Radcliffe Bailey. The talk will take place in Stirn Auditorium, and is free and open to all.

Computer Science Study Abroad - Pizza Info Session with AIT Budapest

Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT) Budapest rep Barbara Rotter from Hungary will be hosting an information session for students interested in learning about this unique program in the heart of Europe. AIT brings together globally-acclaimed scholars, designers and entrepreneurs to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes that emphasize interactivity and creativity. The program is providing a curriculum that integrates foundational courses in computer science, advanced applications, design and entrepreneurship as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s rich cultural heritage. AIT is small and friendly, with typical class sizes of 5-15 students. All classes are conducted in English at AIT's state-of-the-art campus on the lovely banks of the Danube River. Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and the region.

Fun fact: Hungarians broke the Guinness World Record for simultaneous kissing when more than 6,400 couples locked lips outside Budapest’s parliament building in 2007.

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Poster for The Feminist Quilting Project. Includes a border with quilt squares in all different colors. There is a pink and white chevron background with the WGC logo, the feminist symbol, and the event information that is included in the blurb.

The Feminist Quilting Project

Join the Women's and Gender Center to make a quilt in honor of over 40 years of co-education at Amherst College! We will be learning how to sew through creating this community quilt from squares made by Amherst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. No sewing experience necessary!

Contact: Jesse Beal at jbeal@amherst.edu

John Matthews' book cover

"The Foundation of Constantinople: Four Problems and Three Answers"

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

John Matthews is the Five College Annual Lecturer in Late Antiquity for 2018. He is professor emeritus of classics and history at Yale University. He arrived at Yale in 1996 from the University of Oxford and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the London Society of Antiquaries. Professor Matthews’ research interests focus primarily on the social and cultural history of the later Roman period. His many published works include The Roman Empire of Ammianus (1989), Laying Down the Law; A Study of the Theodosian Code (2000); and, most recently, The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale University Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He is currently working on the early history of the city of Constantinople.

Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc.; the Amherst College Department of Religion; the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of History; the Mount Holyoke College Department of Religion; the Smith College Department of Classical Languages and Literature; and the Smith College Department of History

Fund for the Public Interest: Summer Opportunities Information Session

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. Attend this information session to learn more!

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.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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Image Description: picture of event flyer. At the center is an illustration of the ocean and beach with a row of colorful homes to the left, in the foreground is a brown hand holding the United States Flag and the Puerto Rican Flag blowing in the wind. illustration by Gel Jamlang

"Puerto Rico and The United States: A Difficult Relationship"

Join the office of the dean of the faculty and the Multicultural Resource Center for a lecture by John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies, Rafael Suarez.

For accessibility/accommodations please contact mrc@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5372.

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!

Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Information Session

Morgan Stanley is a worldwide leader in investment banking. The company is one of the top firms in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), underwriting of equity transactions, corporate debt issuance and high-yield debt financing.

With professionals in 30 countries, Morgan Stanley is consistently recognized for its performance in traditional and innovative financing techniques, helping clients around the world to make decisions about their business strategy and financial structure.

In this information session, Morgan Stanley representatives will provide an overview of undergraduate opportunities within investment banking, including summer internships, full-time positions and diversity programs.

Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series

This 4-week workshop series is open to first year students, sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about consulting. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand what consulting firms do, distinguish the various types of consulting that is done and explore the types of career opportunities available. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.

The 4-week course will include the following topics:
Week 1: Overview of Consulting will include defining consulting and its role in the economy, an overview of different types of consulting firms, entry-level roles and what a career looks like for a consultant.
Week 2: Overview of Management Consulting will discuss the types of problems consultants solve, go over a client example and discuss roles played in a management consulting firm.
Week 3: Overview of Economic Consulting will discuss the types of problems solved, types of clients, a sample client issue and roles played by people at the firm.
Week 4: Consulting and Recruiting will discuss the recruiting process for consulting, how to network and how best to prepare for the case interview. The workshop will also review techniques on how to get comfortable with mental math, how to be comfortable with ambiguity and introduce upcoming preparation workshops by the Loeb Center and outside vendors.

How do I register for the Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held Tuesdays from 8 - 9 p.m. from March 20 through April 10 in Paino Lecture Hall. Space is limited and advance sign up on Quest is required. If you are interested in learning more about consulting and willing to attend all 4 sessions, kindly R.S.V.P. on Quest and email Stephanie Hockman by March 9, 2018.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.