All are invited to meet the Mead’s new head of education, Emily Potter-Ndiaye, and participate in a hands-on gallery workshop at the Mead. Potter-Ndiaye’s education philosophy is two-directional and participatory—come ready to share your thoughts and learn about art in a fun and exciting way. No experience in the arts necessary, but curiosity is a must!
This event is free and open to all.
Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.
A monthly meet and greet with out LGBTQ+ staff or faculty from Amherst College. Join us and our first guest of the school year, Luly Torres, Nighttime Student Activities Coordinator, for a casual lunch and conversation. Lunch (and tea!) will be served!
Join Active Minds on the Valentine Quad for the planting of 1,100 flags. These flags represent the number of college students who commit suicide each year. Write a message on a flag and plant it in the ground in honor of these individuals and suicide prevention awareness.
We're back! Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the first dialogue in a 7-week series. This event is open to all students and lunch provided. What does wealth look like among people of color beyond sports, sitcoms and celebrities? How do we challenge dominant conversations that suggest race and class are mutually exclusive while acknowledging class privilege among people of color? Inspired by the summer blockbuster film, “Crazy Rich Asians” our first dialogue will focus on common misconceptions about upper/middle class people of color and the ways they show up in our everyday lives.
Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting, low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.
Drummer and percussionist Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective in New York, the New England Conservatory in Boston and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He currently plays at Earthdance for Contact Improvisation Jams, and he also plays with many movement/dance formats.
Bob is co-author of two important percussion books, Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset with Frank Malabe and Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Music). He holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Lesley University, where he taught a course in the Expressive Therapies program titled “Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming.” He also recently co-taught a course entitled "Arts Entrepreneurship" via Bachelor Degree Independent Concentration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bob currently teaches percussion and drumming to music students in the Five College Consortium, as well as privately. Bob also has a particular interest in depth psychology (Jungian studies) and contemplative practices (meditation, tai chi/qi gong) and how they apply to the arts and improvisation.
Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff, visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!
This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Rhythm" hosted by Bob Weiner.
Camille A. Brown is a dancer and choreographer for our times. Her commitment to "reclaiming the cultural narrative of African American identity" is a kind of connective tissue running through all of her artistic endeavors—from her early work as a performer with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, to her acclaimed dance-making with her company Camille A. Brown & Dancers, her viral TED-Ed video on the history of African-American social dance, her choreography for the recent Broadway revival of "Once on This Island" and her choreography for the NBC production of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." In each instance, Ms. Brown's "bold work taps into both ancestral stories and contemporary culture to capture a range of deeply personal experiences."
Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from Camille A. Brown in a conversation moderated by Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance at Hampshire College. The two will discuss Ms. Brown's intersecting career pathways through concert dance, choreography for theater and in commercial contexts and her community engagement initiatives as social justice interventions.
Presented by Five College Dance, with support from generous co-sponsors Five Colleges Inc., Hampshire College Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the School of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies, the Office of Multicultural Education and Inclusion, and the Ethics and the Common Good Project, and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.
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!
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).
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.