Event Calendar

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Interior view of Johnson Chapel

All-Staff Meeting

President Martin and the Employee Council invite Amherst College staff to the fall All-Staff Meeting on Thursday, September 20, from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. President Martin looks forward to welcoming new staff, providing updates on the progress we have made on priorities, and discussing plans for the year ahead.

Cornell in Rome - Information Session

Join us to learn about Cornell in Rome from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and again from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Since 1987, Cornell in Rome has offered a transformative experience for talented undergraduate artists, architecture students and urbanists. A world-class and specialized program, Cornell in Rome is focused on instruction in the disciplines of architecture design, history and theory; visual arts; art history; urban studies and Italian language, history and culture.

With a maximum enrollment of 60 students each semester and faculty who remain consistent for the duration of their stay, students benefit from an intimate environment and the opportunity to build interdisciplinary and lasting relationships with the faculty and each other.

Fun fact: Cornell in Rome's facilities and classrooms are located in the 17th century villa Palazzo Santacroce. The Santacroce family are famous for lending their name to the original Italian word for tobacco: "erba santacroce."

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Gallery Talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition.

Free and open to all!

Education and Social Justice: A Discussion with Urban Teachers, Teach For America, Match Education, City Year, Uncommon Schools, and Boston Teacher Residency

Join representatives from the following organizations for an informal discussion on educational equity and social justice while learning about opportunities at each of them: Urban Teachers, Teach For America, Match Education, City Year, Uncommon Schools, and Boston Teacher Residency.

Codejam Kickstart Session, Presented by Google

Google Code Jam (https://code.google.com/codejam/) calls on programmers to put their skills to the test as they work their way through multiple rounds of algorithmic puzzles. And with Kickstart, practice makes perfect as users work to hone their coding skills.

Join Amherst alums and current Google staffers Deborah Bakshiyev '16 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 for this hands-on workshop, wherein participants will solve fun, challenging problems, test and grow their coding abilities and technical skills, and win awesome Google swag!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

LJST Lecture Series presents "Post-Truth as a Precursor to Authoritarianism"

Lee McIntyre will present a paper entitled “Post-Truth as a Precursor to Authoritarianism.” This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Lee McIntyre is a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a lecturer in ethics at Harvard Extension School. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, McIntyre is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior and Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age. His latest book Post-Truth explores the problem of “fake news” and “alternative facts” as they relate to the defense of truth.

To receive a copy of the paper which will explore the conceptual and historical roots of how the recent attack on truth in the United States may be exploited for political purposes, and how those of us who are concerned about the values of liberalism can learn to fight back, please email Megan Estes, the Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST) Department Coordinator.

Still image from "Loveless" film of a child standing against a wall

Russian Film Screening: LOVELESS • НЕЛЮБОВЬ

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

LOVELESS • НЕЛЮБОВЬ, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, is from 2017. Runtime: 127 min.

An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce must team up when their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights.

This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Amherst Poetry Festival

Amherst Poetry Festival

The Amherst Poetry Festival returns for a sixth year, celebrating the literary legacy and contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Anchored by the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, the 2018 festival features Ocean Vuong, the Astro Poets, Shayla Lawson, a screening of the new feature film Wild Nights with Emily, the No-No project, the art exhibition, reading Dickinson's poem "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" and much more!

A poetry master class with Amherst College writer-in-residence Shayla Lawson and Astro poet Dorothea Lasky is free to all on Saturday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council and Amherst Business Improvement District, this year's festival partners include Mass Poetry, the Jones Library, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hope & Feathers Framing and Printing, Attack Bear Press, Union St. Records and other local businesses and organizations.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

Diversity @ Bain: Pizza Dinner & Discussion

Join alumni representatives from Bain & Company, shortly before their case interview workshop later in the evening, for pizza and discussion regarding Bain's diversity and inclusion initiatives. Diversity is key to Bain & Company's mission of building extraordinary teams that deliver unparalleled results for the firm and its clients. They've found that the best solution to a complex problem often comes from a different perspective or a fresh point of view. For that reason, Bain strives to recruit people with exceptional talent and ability—and to celebrate their differences, develop and train them and then give them the opportunity to be the best they can be. Attend this informal dinner event to learn more!

Google Presents: Tech Industry Resume and Interview Workshop

Planning to apply for internships or full-time jobs within the tech industry? Worried that your resume will get lost a sea of applicants, or that you aren’t savvy enough to navigate a technical interview? Curious about what tech recruiters look and listen for at each step in the hiring process?

Whether you are a budding programmer or simply curious about how to get noticed for technical and non-technical roles in this industry, this workshop will provide a helpful guide. Amherst alums and current Google staff members Deborah Bakshiyev '16 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will provide an insider’s look at resumes that get you noticed and interview approaches that help you land the gig.

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Saskia Sassen - "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with sociologist and professor Saskia Sassen.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over 20 languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctorates honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands and being made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series href="https://www.amherst.edu/mm/564883">here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

QTPOC Dinner

Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This group seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities and to engage in meaningful discussion. Food from Panda East will be served.

Thesis Ninjas Workshop 1: Mapping Out Your Research

You’ve decided to write an honors thesis, and now you find yourself staring down more substantial research than you’ve ever attempted before. Where do you even begin? This workshop will help you begin to flesh out your research questions and map them to relevant research resources. It will also introduce you to research processes, tools and library privileges for thesis writers. This workshop is taught by Blake Doherty, the research, instruction, and outreach librarian. Kindly R.S.V.P. below.

Want to become a thesis ninja? Attend all the Thursday night thesis workshops: September 20, September 27 and October 4 at 7 p.m. in Frost Library, room 211. This event is sponsored by the Library and the Writing Center.

For more information, please see our Facebook Event.

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Bain & Company Case Interview Workshop

For more than 40 years, Bain has been passionate about achieving better results for its clients—results that go beyond financial and are uniquely tailored, pragmatic, holistic and enduring. The firm advises global leaders on their most critical issues and opportunities: strategy, marketing, organization, operations, information technology, digital transformation and strategy, advanced analytics, transformations, sustainability, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, across all industries and geographies.

Are you considering a career in consulting? Are you preparing to apply and interview for internship or post-graduation positions in this field? In this workshop, representatives from Bain & Company – including Amherst alumni – will walk students through the typical Case Interview process and provide helpful advice for how to approach this format successfully.

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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.

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La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room on first floor

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the Hispanic culture? Please join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies!
La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first floor common room of Newport House. The primary purpose of this event is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. La Tertulia is a great opportunity to speak Spanish in a relaxed setting and to meet students of all levels, Spanish House residents, Spanish language assistants, faculty, staff and community members. La Tertulia is free and open to anyone who wants to speak Spanish and have fun!
We hope to see you there!

French Film Screening: "Intouchables"

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

This 2011 dramatic comedy, directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, is one of the greatest successes of the French film industry, and is based on a true story:
"When Driss, an ex-con from the projects, is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe, his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women and paragliding over the Alps is just the beginning, as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down. As this unlikely duo overcome diversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other." Film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served!

Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Welcome Hour

Come to the intro meeting the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) at Amherst College to learn about the events that we organize throughout the semester and how to get involved. There will be donuts from Glazed!

AWIS Welcome Coffee Hour

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is holding our welcome coffee hour! This is a great chance to learn more about AWIS and our goals on campus, as well as to meet members of our organization. AWIS members will discuss upcoming events this semester, and we will have an informal panel of students representing various STEM disciplines share their experiences. Donuts from Glazed will also be provided. Feel free to come as long as you're able, we'd love to see you there! Note that this event is open to all regardless of gender.

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"Wild Nights with Emily" Film Screening in Emily Dickinson's Garden

Fresh from its SXSW premiere, the Amherst Poetry Festival is pleased to present the dramatic comedy Wild Nights With Emily about the life of Emily Dickinson. IndieWire called Molly Shannon's portrayal of Dickinson "brilliant," saying the film "could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet." Bring your picnic blankets, camp chairs and snacks for this lawn screening that runs 84 minutes. Join Jane Wald, executive director of the Dickinson Museum, in a Q&A after with filmmaker Madeleine Olnek, at this exciting outdoor screening on the lawn at Dickinson’s home!

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Careers In Technology — Landing a Software Engineering Gig, Part 2

Interested in a software engineering internship or job? Start here, and start now! The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is hosting a four-part workshop that will get you up to speed on how recruiting in tech works, how to strategize a successful job search and how to master the technical interview. The workshops will help students maximize the early fall internship and job recruiting timeline in tech, and also provide invaluable information and preparation for earlier stage computer science majors and prospective majors.

Google is presenting a resume and interview workshop from 7–8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, and the Loeb Center will host a resume write-in next door immediately afterwards for those who want to dive right in, apply what they learned, and update their resumes right away. Staff from the Loeb Center will be on hand to assist and provide feedback. Bring your laptop, and we'll bring Insomnia cookies!

This event is part 2 of a four-part series. Part 1 provides an overview of the recruiting process and critical action steps for those seeking to apply for software engineering jobs during the fall 2018 recruiting cycle, and part 3 and part 4 will tackle technical interviews.

Presented by Harith Khawaja ’19, program development intern for Careers In Technology, Loeb Center and summer 2018 intern at Lyft, along with Emily Griffen, director of the Loeb Center and advisor for Careers In Science & Technology.

Ongoing Events

Mammoths in Library Space

Mammoths in (Library) Space Orientation Tour

Never been in a 6 floor library before? Looking to learn more about our library's resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk. Complete the tour and win a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize!

Dave Gloman painting

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 10–Oct. 12

until Oct 12 Fayerweather Hall, 105: Eli Marsh Gallery

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the 19th-century philosophical movement that embraced idealism, communal living and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.