Event Calendar

May 2018

Tue, May 1, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Year-end recital: Music 388 at 3 PM and Music 269 4:30 PM

Year-end recital: Professor Sawyer's Music 388 will start at 3:00 and Music 269 will start at 4:30.

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.

Student receiving award from President Martin in Cole Assembly Room

College Meeting

College Meeting is the annual awards ceremony for undergraduates of Amherst College and recognizes the outstanding work of first-years, sophomores and juniors throughout the year. Prizes are awarded in 14 areas of study, as well as for notable scholarship and citizenship. The majority of awards are named in honor of notable alumni and faculty, whose enduring legacies still shape the College today.

President Biddy Martin and Dean Catherine Epstein will host this celebration. All are welcome, and regalia is not required.

College Meeting begins at 5 p.m., with a president's reception immediately following the event in the foyer of Converse Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Wed, May 2, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

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!

Walk for Mental Health

Join the Amherst community for a walk to raise awareness for mental health concerns on campus. One in four adults live with a diagnosable mental health disorder. Come out to show your support and solidarity for those in our community who have been impacted by mental health challenges. By showing up you will help to fight mental health stigma. For every member of the community who walks, the College will raise funds for campus mental health resources and initiatives. We will also provide a space for students to voice their thoughts on how the college community can foster a better environment for mental health and wellness. Please bring your Amherst ID to sign-in for the walk.

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!

CareFest

Come enjoy food, music, games, activities and the great weather. Several groups will be tabling and offering wellness activities, and the Counseling Center will have a check-in area and space for support and informal conversation. The afternoon will entail:

12:00 p.m. – BBQ snacks & games
1:00 p.m. – Yoga with Eddy Augustin
2:00 p.m. – Popsicle Stand & Zumba with Lauren Gladu
3:00 p.m. – “Paws & Relax” (Dogs for cuddling and playing with!)

Data Science Presentations

Students in STAT231 (Data Science) have been undertaking practical analyses of large, complex, and messy data sets leveraging modern computing tools as a way of extracting meaning from data. On Tuesday, May 1 students from STAT231 will be presenting their group data science projects in Paino Hall (Beneski 107) from 2-5 p.m. Please come join us for some or all of the short talks and the following Q&A. For more information, contact Nicholas Horton (nhorton@amherst.edu).

Write Place, Write Time

Write Place, Write Time: Pop-up Writing Support in Frost Library

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Ground Floor (near entrance)

Are you looking for some structure and support for your writing? The Writing Center hosts a pop-up space where students can write in the company of others with staff support nearby. Join us at the tables near the entrance to Frost Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons throughout April to make progress on long projects, get started on shorter ones or seek on-the-spot support for your writing.

At Write Place Write Time, you can consult with a writing associate about clarifying a prompt or developing your thesis, for checking citation rules or asking a grammatical question ...or any other issues that come up as you are writing. Associates can also talk with you about ways to get started, generate ideas and write productively. To make an appointment for a longer consultation, visit our website.

Students Only

Summer 2018 Funded Experience Pre-departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session. During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity. Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend a workshop in person should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

ACPHC

ACPHC Soap Making and Study Break

Come and join ACPHC to make soaps and have a study break! There will be lots of tea rolls and Trader Joe's snacks including string cheese, mandarins, Dunkers, popcorn, and more. All soap made will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center or Amherst Community Connections.

Students Only

Thu, May 3, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Calvin & Hobbes comic: Calvin finds inspiration with last minute panic

Amherst Write-In

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 300A/B (Science Library Classrooms)

Come write! Make progress on your final projects in a supportive environment and find focus in the company of fellow writers. We’ll have coffee and good snacks to fuel your word count. Drop-in writing consultations with Writing Center staff will also be available to talk through an idea, ask a citation or stylistic question, or get feedback on short passages or essays.

Students Only

Film and Media Studies Graduation Party

Come celebrate our Film and Media Studies (FAMS) graduating seniors! We will be screening some films created by our talented senior film students, as well as socializing and hanging out! Lunch, refreshments and cake will be provided! All students, staff and faculty are welcome.

College-funded Summer Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you going abroad this summer with funds from Amherst College for research, an internship or job, or to attend a special program?
Students who are attending a college-sponsored program this summer - any trip that is funded or arranged by Amherst - must attend this pre-departure meeting to learn about the emergency medical assistance benefit available to you and other essential pre-trip information.

Students Only

"Reading Ramayana in Hindu India"

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Arshia Sattar has a Ph.D. in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, Tales from the Kathasaritsagara and The Ramayana of Valmiki, have been published by Penguin Books. She has also written four books for children, Kishkindha TailsPampa SutraAdventures with Hanuman and The Ramayana for Children.

Photo of a man standing, speaking and gesturing at a lectern in front of an audience

Arts Night Open Mic, Reading and Pop-Up Art Exhibition

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on the first Thursday of each month. Free and open to all!

5-8 p.m.: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from
5-6 p.m.: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind
6 p.m.: Open mic begins
Featured readers follow the open mic.

Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

May 3, 2018 Arts Night:
Featured Performance: At 6 p.m., steppers from Springfield High School of Science and Technology kick off the open mic with a performance!

Featured Artists: Jennifer Sinclair's visual art students from Springfield High School of Science and Technology present a display of poem books.

Featured Readers: Student writers from Springfield High School of Science and Technology's Freedom Writers Group and the ELL Academy's Bilingual Poetry Group

"You Can't Read this Book!": Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the opening of You Can’t Read this Book!, an exhibition curated by the members of the seminar “Books That Bind” (ARHA/FREN 473). The exhibition will feature selections by Amherst College students Alice Jackson ’21, Chelsea Pan ’18, Luz Lim ’20 and Tara Oluwafemi ’18 and UMass student Amanda Baldi. Come see books and related objects that have been hidden, banned, lost or never opened. You can’t read these books-- it’s time to find out why. Food and beverages will be provided!

Fri, May 4, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Mammoth Day

Take a break this Friday and grab some fun swag, ice cream from Flayvors and play some games!

Students Only

Transitional Justice Workshop

On May 4-5, 2018, Amherst College will host the third in a series of workshops on the subject of Transitional Justice. The first two workshops were held at the London School of Economics and at Rutgers University. Papers from the workshops will be collected in the Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. The workshop will take place in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor Frost Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Students interested in attending the workshop sessions should contact Professor Douglas at lrdouglas@amherst.edu

Sat, May 5, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Aesthetics of Information

Aesthetics of Information Conference

What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?

Session 1: "Affects of Assembly"
Francis Cody, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Kyle Parry, History of Art & Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz
Miyako Inoue, Anthropology, Stanford University
Commentator: Jennifer Pranolo

Session 2: "Labors of Style"
Alison Hearn, Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Viveca Greene, Communication and Media Studies, Hampshire College
Aileen Robinson, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Commentator: Amy Johnson

Session 3: "Channels of Attention"
Alaina Lemon, Anthropology, University of Michigan
Emily Lordi, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Emily West, Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Commentator: Colleen Daniher

HOUSE exhibition installation image in Fairchild Gallery at Mead Art Museum

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with Cosmo Brossy '19. Cosmo is an art history and studio art major. This tour is free and open to all!

Sun, May 6, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Image of Professor Jeffrey Ferguson teaching in the classroom

A Celebration of the Life of Jeffrey Ferguson

On Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m., the Amherst College community will gather with family and friends to celebrate the life of Jeffrey B. Ferguson, the Karen and Brian Conway '80, P'18 Presidential Teaching Professor of Black Studies. Among his many achievements, Jeff designed the curriculum in Black Studies that has benefited so many Amherst students. In a letter to the community, President Biddy Martin described Jeff as "a remarkable intellectual, an innovative teacher, and a wonderful human being". A link to President Martin's complete letter is included below.

Following the memorial, there will be a reception at the Lewis-Sebring Commons in Valentine Dining Hall.

Mon, May 7, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine terrace room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Student Health Educator Dinner

Join the Student Health Educators during dinner for an informal discussion on mental health, sexual health and campus resources. You can also submit a topic for discussion during dinner.

Students Only

Tue, May 8, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Want to learn more about the Employee Council? Have ideas about staff life on campus? Stop by our Coffee Hours to meet Employee Council reps and other staff from around campus. Talk about issues that matter to you, learn about resources, benefits, and opportunities on campus. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

Wed, May 9, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Thu, May 10, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Fri, May 11, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Sat, May 12, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Sun, May 13, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Mon, May 14, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Tue, May 15, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Wed, May 16, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Want to learn more about the Employee Council? Have ideas about staff life on campus? Stop by our Coffee Hours to meet Employee Council reps and other staff from around campus. Talk about issues that matter to you, learn about resources, benefits, and opportunities on campus. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

Thu, May 17, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

2018 Employee Benefits Fair

Stop by the 2018 Employee Benefits Fair for refreshments, raffles, giveaways and information! Come to meet and learn more from representatives of the College’s benefit plans. Our HR Benefits Team will be available to answer your questions and provide information about Open Enrollment.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield will be conducting Cholesterol Biometric Screenings in a private setting during the fair. Contact the Office of Human Resources (extension 2372) to make a reservation for a screening.

Fri, May 18, 2018

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Basics

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the Amherst College community. Laurie will provide a foundation for understanding Title IX and how it relates to sexual misconduct on campus, explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you.

Sat, May 19, 2018

Baccalaureate 2017

Baccalaureate 2018

Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith celebration that includes music, readings, and an address by Joshua Stanton ’08 titled “Hope in a Time of Polarization”. He is the Senior Rabbi at East End Temple in Manhattan and a sought after speaker. Josh has had articles and interviews featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, academic journals, publications, and blogs in ten languages. These include the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, The Permanent Observer Mission from the Holy See to the United Nations, public radio's Interfaith Voices, the BBC, Vox, the The Daily Beast, The Sydney Herald, JTA, and the blog of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

Women and the Dreamwork: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Kellie Elisabeth Jones ’81

"Women and the Dreamwork." Talk by art historian and curator Kellie Elisabeth Jones ’81, associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

Human Health in a Changing Global Environment: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Philip J. Landrigan

"Human Health in a Changing Global Environment." Talk by Philip J. Landrigan, professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics and dean for global health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning of Rebecca Segal ’18 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Commissioning speaker: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton.

Writing Fiction and Performing Citizenship: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Writing Fiction and Performing Citizenship." Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, acclaimed author and speaker on issues of race and gender, and leader of Nigeria’s Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

Environmental and Climate Security for the 21st Century: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Sherri Wasserman Goodman ’81

"Environmental and Climate Security for the 21st Century." Talk by environmental security advocate Sherri Wasserman Goodman ’81, senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Initiative and former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense.

Cuz: On Writing Memoir and Trying to Change the World: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Danielle S. Allen

"Cuz: On Writing Memoir and Trying to Change the World." Talk by classicist and political theorist Danielle S. Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Morris Dees

"One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All." Talk by civil rights activist Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 9:15 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. Tickets are required, and seating is by general admission.
 
The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to modern motets. The combined choirs will reprise a section of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with collaborative pianist Benjamin Tibbets.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, beginning at 8:15 p.m.; during Commencement registration in the Alumni House; or in advance, by contacting Greg Brown at gwbrown98@amherst.edu or 413/542-5990.

Tickets Required

Wed, May 30, 2018

Writers' Retreat (comic by Grant Snider)

Jump-Start Writing Retreat

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield

This one-day, off-campus retreat will offer faculty and staff the opportunity to dive into a new project or revive a dormant one. We’ll travel to idyllic Woolman Hill in nearby Deerfield for a break from distractions and a peaceful environment to think, plan, read, write and reflect. At 9 a.m., participants will gather together to set, share and discuss individual goals both for the day and for the summer. The remainder of the morning will be writing time. We’ll break for a catered lunch, then continue writing. At the end of the day, we’ll reflect on the day’s progress and the intentions for the summer.

Open to current faculty and staff of Amherst College. Space is limited, so kindly R.S.V.P. by May 24.

Registration Required
Employee Picnic, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 Employee Picnic & Recognition Award

All Amherst College staff and faculty members are invited to the 2018 Employee Picnic! We hope that you will join us for great food, music, prizes, recognition awards and lots of opportunities to have fun with colleagues.

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.