Event Calendar

Monday, March 26, 2018

Mon, Mar 26, 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.

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
Headshot of David Karp, professor of Sociology

"Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?"

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

David Karp of Skidmore College will visit Amherst to help our community learn about restorative justice. Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on the reparation of harm and reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, with healing and reintegration as central tenets. He will participate in the panel "Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?," which will explore restorative justice from a multidisciplinary perspective. We expect a lively discussion of this important and relevant topic, with time for questions from the audience. The panelists are:

David Karp, sociology, Skidmore College
Kristin Bumiller, political science, Amherst College
Leah Schmalzbauer, sociology and American studies, Amherst College
Martha Umphrey, law, jurisprudence and social thought, Amherst College

David Karp is a professor of sociology and the director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. His research focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. In 2010, Karp received the Donald D. Gehring Award for his work on restorative justice on college campuses. He has published numerous papers and written six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, published in 2013. Karp is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.

Event poster featuring Gillam's wartime photos and book cover

"The War in the Ground": James Gillam

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

For 27 years, Dr. James Gillam was a professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he taught East Asian and Vietnam history. He holds a doctorate in Chinese history from Ohio State University and has served as the editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies. Dr. Gillam published Life and Death in the Central Highlands: An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 and has contributed to The History Channel’s documentary series Passages, offering commentary on both tunnel warfare during Vietnam and the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Most recently he contributed to and is featured in episodes 8 and 9 of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentary Vietnam.

While major battles fought on the ground and in the air during the Vietnam War, such as the Tet
Offensive and Operation Rolling Thunder, are well-known to the general public and their political and historical significance understood, less attention has been given to the war in the ground. This presentation will focus on the rarely acknowledged perspective of those "tunnel rats" who engaged in warfare underneath the jungles and plains of Vietnam. Dr. Gillam’s talk will provide not only a scholarly view, but also a personal one highlighting his experience as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam War and its importance.  

This event is sponsored by the Lucius Root Eastman Fund, the Corliss Lamont Fund and the Department of History.

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.

An Evening with Kat Blaque

Join the Women's and Gender Center for our Women’s History Month keynote, “An Evening With Kat Blaque.” Kat Blaque is a popular black trans Youtuber, illustrator, animator, writer and trans activist known for her “True Tea” videos and her commentary on race, gender, transphobia and other social justice issues. She has contributed to sites such as Everyday Feminism and Huffington Post, and co-created the short film on privilege titled “Sometimes You’re A Caterpillar.” Her keynote talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

To learn more about Kat, please visit her YouTube Channel: youtube.com/katblaque

This program is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Center, the Queer Resource Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Activities and the President’s Office. This event also is funded by the Johnson Lectureship Fund.

Food for Thought with Tim Visser '06, Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Join Tim Visser ’06 for dinner and a discussion about his career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, Tim prosecutes hate crimes, incidents of police misconduct and other cases involving the violent interference with individual’s civil rights.

Tim graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services office. After Harvard, Tim spent a year clerking on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Tim spent six months prosecuting domestic violence cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Between college and law school, Tim spent four years with Teach for America, first as a teacher in Miami and then as part of the national teams focused on recruitment, school leadership and teacher preparation.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot through Quest as soon as possible. Dinner from Fresh Side will be provided.

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.

Headshot of David Karp, professor of Sociology

"Restorative Justice: A Movement Comes to College Campuses"

David Karp of Skidmore College will visit Amherst to help our community learn about restorative justice. Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on the reparation of harm and reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, with healing and reintegration as central tenets.

In his lecture, Professor Karp will give a broad overview of restorative justice and then explain how this approach is being used on college campuses in student conduct cases. Restorative justice provides a structured process where harmed parties can begin to heal, while parties who harmed can learn more deeply about the consequences of their actions and engage in meaningful restitution that is more educational and less punitive. There should be ample time for questions from the audience. Come hear about this important and timely topic!

David Karp is a professor of sociology and the director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. His research focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. In 2010, Karp received the Donald D. Gehring Award for his work on restorative justice on college campuses. He has published numerous papers and written six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, published in 2013. Karp is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.

Ongoing Events

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.