Event Calendar

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

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!

Dartmouth College's Tuck Business Bridge Program Info Table

The Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College gives liberal arts students the business knowledge, skills and experience necessary to leverage their education in the business workplace and beyond. In a collaborative and supportive learning environment, the program provides students with:
- Business Analytics Foundation: Rigorous, practical foundation in business analytics, taught by Tuck’s top faculty.
– Experiential, Project Based Learning: Experiential learning based on a group project, which culminates in a professional presentation before a business audience.
– Individual Career Coaching: Personalized coaching and career development, including access to the Tuck Bridge Alumni network, over 4000 strong since 1997.

Stop by this information table to speak with Tuck Business Bridge representative Paul Doscher and learn more about this graduate program and its admissions processes.

LinkedIn Panel

Come join the WGC for a conversation around LinkedIn tips and tricks! Incoming Business Leadership Program Associate and LinkedIn Campus [IN]bassador Kyndall Ashe ’18 as well as other upperclass students will be facilitating a dialogue on LinkedIn. Food will be provided. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

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"Inside the French Boudoir: Architecture and Desire in the 18th Century" -- Lecture by Pierre Saint-Amand

4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Please join us for the inaugural biennial lecture in a series in honor of Professor Jay Caplan, who taught for 30 years in the Department of French at Amherst College. We have invited Pierre Saint-Amand, the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University, to give a lecture on the topic of "Inside the French Boudoir: Architecture and Desire in the 18th Century." The lecture will be given in English.

Pierre Saint-Amand has research interests in the literature of the 18th century, the philosophy of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and literary criticism and theory. Among his celebrated works are a book dedicated to the philosophical and scientific writings of Denis Diderot and a book on the political writings of the philosophers. His latest book is a study dedicated to the Enlightenment's resistance to the ideology of work at the dawn of capitalism.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of French and the Turgeon Fund. The lecture series was made possible by the generous donations of French department alumni, offered in honor of Jay Caplan. For further information about this event, please contact the French department.

"Stereotype Threat: How Can We Reduce the Threat in the Air?"

Alegra Eroy-Reveles will discuss stereotype threat, "the concrete real-time threat of being judged and treated poorly in settings where a negative stereotype about one's group applies" (Steele et al, 2002). Everyone is vulnerable to stereotype threat, in one context or another. However, in academic settings, women and minorities often underperform due to their vulnerability to stereotype threat, originating from negative stereotypes that exist about these groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This occurs because of the concern that they are being judged by a negative stereotype about their group, and/or that they might confirm it.

This talk will discuss the current state of knowledge about stereotype threat and strategies to reduce it. It will also include information about activities taking place in science and math classrooms at San Francisco State University to reduce stereotype threat at the student, instructor and institutional level.

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"Did the 1960s Really Give Us Trump? How Vietnam, Civil Rights and Feminism Shaped American Politics Today" -- Leonard Steinhorn

Even though almost half a century has passed since the 1960s, it's a decade that continues to reverberate in our society, politics, culture and institutions to this very day. In many ways, America today is a product of the '60s. From civil rights to feminism to gay liberation to the environmental movement to the silent majority to a nation divided over Vietnam, what started back then has shaped and influenced our country ever since. To many, the presidency of Barack Obama symbolized the liberation movements of the '60s. But it's also important to ask how the '60s produced the presidency of Donald Trump. To understand America today, we must understand the lessons from the 1960s.

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of public communication and an affiliate professor of history at American University. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s and recent American history. He is author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, and co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. He has published in books, journals, The Washington Post, Salon, The New York Times, Politico, The Hill, International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post and History News Network, among other outlets, and he is the founding editor of PunditWire, where political speechwriters comment on the news.

"Giving Voice: How Outsiders Can Learn from the Stories of Indigenous Communities"

In this talk, Dr. Mark Ritchie, the founder and executive director of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute, will share one of these stories about weaving, and how important it is to give agency to marginalized communities through the power of storytelling and listening. Dr. Ritchie's film project Voices from the Village, which documents local wisdom through the stories of farmers, villagers and elders in Thailand, will be screened.

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"Creating Space for Justice" -- Talk by Michele Moody-Adams

Michele M. Moody-Adams of Columbia University will present the second lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." The title of her talk is "Creating Space for Justice," and will take place on Thursday, March 29 (rescheduled from March 22 due to snow) at 5 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. The event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

"The Trump Administration & Environmental Policy... How Bad Is It?"

Dr. Jessica Hejny, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, will give a talk on "The Trump Administration & Environmental Policy... How Bad is it?" on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall.

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.

Korean Language Table

The Korean language table will meet on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

STIs: Debunking Myths and Destigmatizing Conversations

Join the Queer Resource Center, Health Center and the Student Health Educators for conversation on sexually transmitted infection prevention. We will discuss various resources available on campus and how to access them.

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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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Sophomore Myers Briggs Personality Assessment

You may know the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) from your psychology class or the knock-off quiz you took online. But did you know the real deal can help you explore which career paths are a good fit for you? Your sophomore year is the perfect time to reflect on how your personality can provide direction in your search for meaningful work.

Combine this workshop with the Sophomore Strengths workshop on March 22, and you’ll be much more likely to choose your next career steps based on what’s a good fit, rather than just whatever opportunities come your way.

Space is limited; R.S.V.P. required through Quest, under Events/Workshops. Deadline to register isTuesday, March 27. Once you register, you'll receive an email with instructions for taking the online assessment prior to the workshop.

Registration Required

Learn to Write for Television: William Rabkin of LIU's TV Writers Studio MFA Program

Professor William Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers StudioSM, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a thirty-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych and Diagnosis Murder.

Professor Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer, and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.

The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.

Attend this presentation to learn more about Professor Rabkin's career path and the LIU TV Writers Studio MFA program!

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"The Blizzard"

Honors thesis in playwriting by Yetunde Ojetade '18. Directed by Wesley Guimaraes '19, set design by Amir Hall '17 and Hyourin Martina-Hood '19, costume design by Noah Tager '18 and lighting design by Irish Amundson '19.

Every student looks forward to Thanksgiving Break. During this time of the fall, people are either hunkering down or preparing to leave. However, something insidious lurks just around the corner this particular November. How will these modern prima donnas deal with their fears in a world that has conditioned them to always be OK? With a snowstorm approaching, and a worse threat closing in, The Blizzard follows five friends as they attempt to memorialize themselves in the face of their impending doom.

Tickets are free and open to the Amherst and Five College community. Reservations are recommended; please call (413) 542-2277.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

This is a 9-week program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. This workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for careers in business and finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunities and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in an organized career fair-type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs.
sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers 3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research and Investor Services) 4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting Functions at an Investment Bank 5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management 6. Overview of Hedge Funds 7. Introduction to Private Equity 8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management 9. Review of the industry and best next steps

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m.
beginning February 8, 2018 (excluding March 15). The final workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 11, instead of that Thursday. Space is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please email Stephanie Hockman by February 2, 2018. Your email should include a statement on why you want to attend this workshop series. Confirmation of acceptance to the workshop series will be provided by February 5, 2018.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

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Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Secondary Messengers

The third and final performance of our three-part presentation, this March 29 performance features the Secondary Messengers (including biology professor Dominic Poccia). Student jazz combos Mustang Madness and Camaro Crew will join in the evening's music presentation. This is always a free concert with great energy in this small and intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.

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.

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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!