Event Calendar

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Eli Marsh Exhibition: Sonya Clark

Visiting artist in residence Sonya Clark will exhibit recent work in the gallery through Friday, April 13, and will host an opening lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

A reception will follow the event in the hall by the gallery.

The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Stop by Frost Café to meet Employee Council representatives, socialize with other staff, talk about issues that matter to you and learn about resources, benefits and opportunities for staff. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

SNAP and HIP Phone Bank

The federal government is attempting to drastically cut funding for nutrition assistance programs for low-income families. Join the Food Justice League and call your representatives to voice your opinion. Phone scripts will be provided. Stop by anytime!

Talkback: Gun Violence and Masculinity

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for a discussion on the ways in which toxic masculinity contributes to a culture of gun violence in this country. We will discuss how women are disproportionately targeted in gun violence, particularly by their husbands and partners. We will explore how whiteness and toxic masculinity intersect in school shootings, domestic shootings and police violence. Bring your lunch and join the conversation.

For accessibility information and accommodations, contact wgc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5667

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"Intimacy and Catastrophe: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade": A Talk by Alexis Peri (Boston University)

Alexis Peri is an assistant professor of history at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and she is a historian of modern Europe, focusing on the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. She is the author of several articles and the recent book The War Within: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade (Harvard University Press, 2017). Her current book project, under contract with Harvard University Press, is titled Dear Unknown Friend: Soviet and American Women Discover the Power of the Personal. It examines the early Cold War through thousands of letters exchanged between women of the U.S. and USSR in which they advocated for peace and women's rights in the face of McCarthyism and Stalinist repression.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Amherst College Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World

It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Porter House Concert

An Afternoon of Songs, Kosegarten Liederspiel (1815) by Franz Schubert.

The performers are Justina Golden (mezzo soprano), Monica Jakuc Leverett (piano), Peter W. Shea (tenor/baritone) and Junko Watanabe (soprano). Three Amherst College students, Ross Hirzel '20, Sophie Lichter '18 and Annika Lunstad '21, will perform as well, reading the first stanzas of each of the songs.

Schubert, an Austrian romantic composer, composed the songs to poems by Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten, a German poet.

All are invited. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

This event is sponsored by the Department of German, the German House, the Lamont Fund and the Eastman Fund.

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Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC) Step Dance Workshop

The African American Dance Symposium presents: Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC) Step Dance Workshop. DASAC is a student-organized dance group that choreographs and performs styles such as hip-hop, break, step and street jazz. The DASAC family is a talented group of dancers, from both Amherst College and the Five College community, who love performing student-choreographed routines.

This is event is free and open to all Five College students, faculty, staff and the public.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement and African and Caribbean Students Union.

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"Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents "Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala."

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers.

Speaker Angelina Aspuac is a Maya-Kaqchikel indigenous activist and lawyer committed to the defense of territory and self-determination. She is one of the founding leaders in the struggle for collective intellectual property rights in Guatemala, where Maya weavers are claiming authorship over the ancestral weaving of guipiles. Aspuac is a weaver and member of the National Movement of Women Weavers in Guatemala. She is the legal coordinator leading the advocacy strategy at AFEDES (Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez), representing Maya women in the highest courts of Guatemala. Prior to that, Aspuac was a consultant on indigenous peoples and related issues to the vice-president in 2007. She was the representative of Women Organizations at the Rural and Urban Development Council Systems from 2002 to 2006, and the general director at AFEDES from 2000 to 2006.

In this public lecture, Aspuac explains the political connotation of ancestral Maya textile art and tells the story of the Maya weavers who are challenging the state of Guatemala in the country's highest court.

Guatemala’s National Movement of Maya Weavers is pushing for the collective rights to intellectual property rights. They are pushing the state of Guatemala to safeguard their textile creations and the very fabric of Maya philosophy. In 2016, the women weavers filed a legal action before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of omitting rules that would protect Maya textile creations. Then they presented a new bill challenging the very concept of intellectual property rights. Aspuac, founder of the initiative, explains how textiles interact with broader patterns of Maya dispossession. According to Aspuac, “Textiles are part of our territories. To protect water and land is to protect our textile art ... they are our knowledge. Maya dispossession does not happen only through territory; it happens also through the dispossession of our ancestral knowledge."

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Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David Little

HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland features 58 artworks that present provocative interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials and imaginative manifestations. You’re invited to a gallery talk about this exhibition with David Little, director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum.

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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"Climate Change and Needed Technical Solutions for a Sustainable Future": Lecture by Steven Chu

Join Dr. Steven Chu for a talk on the future of sustainability as he receives an honorary degree from Amherst College. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his research on atom trapping via laser cooling, and he served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013.

The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world, but the unintended consequence of these revolutions is that humans are changing the climate of Earth. Dr. Chu will briefly describe new data on climate change, before addressing how progress in carbon-free energy can provide a low-cost path to a more sustainable world. Research in energy storage and new approaches to electro-chemical production of chemical fuels will be described in the context of the remaining scientific and technology challenges that need to be overcome in the transition to clean energy solutions.

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He has published over 275 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology and batteries, and he holds 11 patents. Currently, he is developing new optical nanoparticle probes for applications in biology and biomedicine, and exploring new approaches to lithium ion batteries, PM2.5 air filtration and other applications of nanotechnology.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, serving from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a cabinet position and the longest-serving energy secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives, including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) and the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and President Obama personally tasked him with assisting BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prior to his cabinet post, Dr. Chu was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley. Previously he was the Theodore and Francis Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. At Stanford, he helped launch Bio-X, a multidisciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu has dozens of awards, including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He has 30 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology.

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.

ASA Presents: Helen Zia at Amherst College

Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist, activist and scholar who has written about Asian American communities and their participation in social and political movements. As a second-generation Chinese American, Zia has been outspoken on social justice issues such as human rights, women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. Her activism in the landmark 1980s civil rights campaign against anti-Asian American violence is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin?. She was also profiled in Bill Moyers' PBS documentary Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. Zia also authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, which was a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Zia's talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.!

This event is sponsored by AAS, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership.

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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!