Event Calendar

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Queer and Asian Luncheon

Join us for a discussion on queer Asian identity facilitated by Alex Kim from the Counseling Center! Possible topics of discussion include queer Asian representation on campus, cultural/familial pressures and navigating an often white-centered queerness. All students are welcome to attend, but our discussion will center students who identify as queer and Asian. Lunch from Lili's and boba will be provided.

Cartoons and Fondue

Unwind at the WGC with some chocolate fondue and an afternoon watching and debriefing gender expression in cartoons like Powerpuff Girls, Kim Possible, Avatar, Steven Universe and Teen Titans. Come by for your favorite snacks and throwback shows!

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) representatives Jovanna Mason and Robert Rogers about opportunities at their organization. J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons and building evaluation capacity. J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education and economic mobility.

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"More Than a Word" Film Screening

More Than a Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term "R*dskins." Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

The film screening will take place in the Lipton Lecture Hall (E110) located in the new Science Center, followed by a reception in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library 210).

About the Filmmakers:
John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colo., and South Dakota. He graduated with his B.A. from South Dakota State and M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota. His research focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation and mascots. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota.

Kenn Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colo., and currently lives in Kansas City, Mo. He received his B.A. in graphic design and New Media from Full Sail University in 2013. He is a multifaceted artist, writer, videographer and musician and often combines those abilities on his projects.

Filmmaker John Little will be in attendance at the event.

Crafternoons in the WGC: Affirmation Jars

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for the next installation of Crafternoons. This week we will be making affirmation jars. We hope to see you there!

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German Film Series: "Aimée & Jaguar"

There will be two screenings of Aimée & Jaguar, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Based on a true story, this historical drama, set in wartime Berlin, centers on the unlikely romance that develops when Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), the dutiful wife of a Nazi soldier, meets free-spirited Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who happens to be Jewish. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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!

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2018-19 Annual Vogel Lecture: "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here? Lessons from Latin America"

The Annual Vogel Lecture on Latin American Politics and Economics will discuss "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here?: Lessons from Latin America." Panelist Raúl Madrid of The University of Texas at Austin is the co-editor of the edited volume When Democracy Trumps Populism: Lessons from Europe and Latin America. Panelist Fran Hagopian of Harvard University is an expert on Brazil and democracy in Latin America. Panelist Bob Kaufman of Rutgers University is a prominent scholar on the political economy of Latin America. Moderator Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College. His new book Fixing Democracy was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. His article "On Abortion Rights in Argentina" was published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, 2018, and his article "On the Return of Populism in Colombia and Mexico" was published in The New York Times on June 25, 2018.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College, through the generosity of the Robert C. Vogel ’60 Fund. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Works in Progress Series: Amanda Henrichs Presents "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems"

Join us for the first English department Works in Progress series event of the semester, with Professor Amanda Henrichs, the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Her talk is titled "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems."

The Works in Progress Series provides an opportunity for English department faculty to share their current research projects with students. All are welcome to attend. Food from Black Sheep will be served! This event is brought to you by the English Department Student Steering Committee.

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.

RJA presents Soiree for Safe Passage at the Powerhouse on November 29th from 7pm to 9pm

Soiree for Safe Passage

The Amherst College Reproductive Justice Alliance is hosting an Art Gala Fundraiser to raise money for Safe Passage, a Northampton based non-profit dedicated to creating a world free of domestic violence. This semi-formal event is emceed by members of Gads and will include a catered dinner and performances by students, as well as an art auction. There is a suggested donation of $10-20 for each guest, though any amount will be greatly appreciated. Cash or Venmo donations (@amherstrja) are accepted.

Contact amherstrja@gmail.com if you would like to perform, donate art or have any questions!

Trade Informatics Info Session

Attend this information session to learn more about Trade Informatics, its culture, and what a “day in the life” looks like in its full-time and internship analyst roles. Trade Informatics is a financial services technology firm located in New York City. The firm serves institutional clients via a vertically-integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics.

Recruiters are now seeking applicants for quantitative analyst full-time and summer internship roles. These entry-level roles provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in a software development environment and acquire analytical and consulting skills useful across many professions. To succeed at the firm, candidates must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding and data-driven environment.

Trade Informatics’ team members analyze the trading work flows of major financial institutions and create customized trading strategies using a variety of performance measurement tools. Analysts contribute to the development of proprietary products and should demonstrate the ability to understand and employ technical concepts. This position will offer significant individual responsibility and the opportunity to materially affect the direction of the firm.

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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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Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book; a children’s book; three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me; and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

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!

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"The Changing Landscape of News + Media"

Each year Amherst LEADS incorporates a community event into our curriculum around a timely theme or issue. This year we chose the intersections of changing media, news, communication and information.

This year's event will feature a panel conversation exploring how the ways we receive and interact with news and information have changed and will continue to change. The panelists include legendary Boston Globe sportswriter and frequent contributor to ESPN Bob Ryan, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times journalist Kate Zernike, Associate Professor of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University Jacob Groshek and Senior Politics Reporter at VOX Media and past contributor to MTV News Jane Coaston.