Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tue, Mar 27, 2018

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.

Jen Bervin, "Silk Poems" or Singing the Rug

Jen Bervin, "Silk Poems" - a presentation by the artist on her long-form poem presented both as a book and as an implantable biosensor made from liquefied silk,

office hours

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.

 Martha Rosler, (American, 1943—). Giacometti(from House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home), c. 1967-72. Photomontage, 18 x 17 ½ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Writing Home with the Common

All are invited to the Mead for a free writing session led by the staff of The Common. Join us to be inspired by HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland and think critically about the house as both a physical space and an idea. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome!

Picture of poets Kavi and Vision.  One is leaning on the other with arms on shoulders.  Both are smiling.

Mending Masculinities Writing Workshop with Kavi and Vision

This workshop centers on unpacking perceived gender norms and stipulations, the manifestation of toxic masculinity and how we collectively function under gender binaries in a cisgender heteronormative patriarchy. Utilizing prompts, poems and activities based around vulnerability, participants will share their thoughts and create their own poems.

Kavindu “Kavi” Ade is a writer, activist and arts educator. Their work grapples with the reality of being a Black-Trans-Queer body set at the threshold of violence. Using art as resistance they create transformative dialogue.

Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio is a poet, activist and youth poetry educator. Vision’s work focuses on racial identity, identity politics, healing and dismantling toxic masculinity. Vision has authored three collections of poetry: “Surviving Saturn’s Return,” “Heal On Purpose” & “About Her.” Copies of Vision's books of poetry will be given to a few lucky attendees.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, The MRC and The QRC

Spring Faculty Book Party

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodical Reading Room, 1st fl

Join us in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. as we celebrate the publication of recent books written by College faculty. Pooja Rangan, assistant professor of English and film and media studies, will discuss Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary. Justin Kimball, professor of art, will discuss Elegy. Chris Grobe, assistant professor of English, will discuss The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV. The authors will each give a presentation about their work, including comments on their research and writing process.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin "Punished with Pregnancy"

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97, a medical anthropologist and obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University and graduate of Amherst College with degrees in anthropology and chemistry, will be speaking in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather. In "Punished with Pregnancy: Denying Incarcerated Women an Abortion," she will consider the fact that, the majority of the over 210,000 women in prisons and jails in the U.S. are of childbearing age, and some are pregnant at the time of their incarceration. While incarcerated women clearly retain their legal right to abortion, lawsuits reveal that institutional policies often deny these women abortion access. Moreover, Dr. Sufrin will explore how such abortion denials exemplify the punitive reproductive logic of mass incarceration and its racialized historical antecedents.

"The Ultimate Deal or the End of the Line?: The Trump Administration and the Middle East Peace Process" - Daniel C. Kurtzer

"The Ultimate Deal or the End of the Line?: The Trump Administration and the Middle East Peace Process" - Daniel Kurtzer

A year after Donald Trump boasted that he could achieve the "ultimate deal" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process is in shambles. Following Trump's announcement on Jerusalem and the decision to cut assistance to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Palestinians now reject a leading U.S. role in the search for peace. Is this the end of the road, or can the parties - and Trump - find an exit ramp from this crisis?

Daniel Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He was also a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011(2013), and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He served as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and previously served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.

Ambassador Kurtzer received a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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.

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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Nir Arielli: Associate Professor of International History, University of Leeds

"From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers” - Talk by Nir Arielli

Nir Arielli will discuss his most recent book, From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers.

Foreigners who fight in the civil war in Syria are often perceived either as a threat to global security or as a quaint object of curiosity. Arielli argues that, to improve our understanding of this contemporary phenomenon, we should place it within a deep historical context. By examining previous instances of conflicts that saw the participation for foreign war volunteers such as those of the Italian Risorgimento, the Spanish Civil War, the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, a number of common characteristics can be identified. First, despite vast differences in historical circumstances and ideologies, foreign volunteers share a basic search for purpose, a belief that their engagement in a conflict abroad may provide or reinforce their sense of meaning. Secondly, Arielli proposes four categories which help to understand the different ways foreign volunteers position themselves in relation to their governments at home. Finally, Arielli argues that while there were cases of foreign volunteers who made a significant military contribution to the forces they joined, many others suffered from a number of problems which hindered their effectiveness on the battlefield: difficulties in adapting in terms of military culture and language, disillusionment and so on. The most consistent contribution that foreign volunteers make is in the realm of propaganda and morale, which subsequently contributes toward their long-term symbolic legacy.

Nir Arielli is associate professor of international history at the University of Leeds. His most recent book, From Byron to bin Laden: A History of Foreign War Volunteers, was published by Harvard University Press in early 2018. Arielli is also author of Fascist Italy and the Middle East (2010), editor of the memoir Between Tel Aviv and Moscow: A Life of Dissent and Exile in Mandate Palestine and the Soviet Union (2015) and co-editor of Transnational Soldiers: Foreign Military Enlistment in the Modern Era (2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

this is a picture of the two poets Kavi and Vision.  They are laughing.

Mending Masculinities Performance

Through performance poetry they cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity, the performance of gender and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world. With poems focusing on gender, sexuality, race, violence, sexual assault, homophobia/transphobia and more, their art aims to task men and masculine of center folks of all journeys to unpack, heal and create a path to whole masculinities.

Since 2011, Vision and Kavi have co-coached the Philly Youth Poetry Slam Team, which as claimed the title of Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Champion twice, in 2011 and 2015. They have worked separately as Poetry Slam Coaches at Temple University, Bryn Mawr College & Swarthmore College. Their mentees make up some of the most sought after young teachers and performers in the country. Collectively, the duo has toured over 80 colleges and universities performing poetry and teaching workshops on varying identities, community and artistic expression. Both utilize art in pursuit of social, economic, racial and gender justice.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, The MRC and the QRC.

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.

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.