Event Calendar

December 2018

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

La Causa's "Voices 2018: Land Is Life"

La Causa is bringing you the 21st year of Voices, New England's largest free spoken-word concert! This year, we are making a deliberate effort to connect Voices weekend to struggles happening on the ground and in our communities. As such, we’ve decided to give this year’s event a theme: "Land Is Life." Join us in decolonizing the arts at Amherst College and hearing from a wide range of artists flying in from across the country. Let them inspire you with their enthralling words and performance. Let us celebrate the beauty of spoken word and the power behind it. Invite your friends, family and everybody! Food will be provided by Fernandez Family Restaurant at 5:30 p.m., and performances begin at 6 p.m.

This year's marvelous lineup:
José Olivarez
Power Struggle
Terisa Siagatonu
Porsha Olayiwola
Paul Tran
Safia Elhillo

Soirée des crêpes

Come enjoy delicious homemade crêpes with your French language assistants and French house residents. French speakers of all levels are warmly welcome!

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

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"After Emily": A Reading and Book-Signing with Julie Dobrow

2:00 pm Amherst Woman's Club

When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside the circle of her family and friends. After her death, her sister Lavinia found the cache of nearly 1,800 poems and sought an editor who could decipher the confusing manuscripts and put them into publishable form. Though the poet never met Mabel Loomis Todd face-to-face, their correspondence afforded Todd the insight she would later need as she and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham shaped Dickinson's literary legacy.

For author Julie Dobrow, the story of Mabel's and Millicent’s lives and their integral role in editing and publicizing Emily Dickinson’s poems, and shaping the myth of the so-called Belle of Amherst, has been waiting in the archives. Now, in After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, the full story behind Mabel and Millicent’s work is finally revealed.

Join us for a reading and book-signing with Julie Dobrow. After the reading, stay for refreshments and have your book signed by the author! Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Vespers 2018

Choral Society Vespers: Johnson Chapel

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers is held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The festival of lessons and carols is free, and no tickets are required.

The Amherst College Choral Society and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life present the annual festival of lessons and carols, joined by members of the Amherst College community, the Amherst College Flute Choir, and guest musicians Brooks Holmes, Derek Schneider and Jim Maes. Music includes familiar carols and the world premiere of choral work by Paul Salerni ’73.

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

Student Clothing Drive

The Office of Residential Life is hosting a student clothing drive from Monday, December 3 to Sunday, December 9! Then, on Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room there will be a Final Push Celebration with free pizza and cookies! You can donate any clothes in good condition. Where can you donate? All week long you can drop your clothes off inside of a bin in the atrium of Keefe campus center! You may also donate your clothes at the Final Push Celebration. Where will the clothes be donated? All of the clothes will be given to the Amherst Survival Center, a local non-profit organization.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

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Biology Monday Seminar: “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants”

Erin Connolly, Ph.D., professor and department head of plant sciences at Penn State University, will discuss “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants.”

Current estimates indicate that ~3 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and plant foods serve as the principal source of iron for most people. In addition, ~30 percent of the world's soils are considered iron-limiting for plant growth. Improving iron uptake and partitioning in plants could therefore have dramatic effects on plant and human health. Research in the Connolly Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of micronutrient uptake and trafficking in plants. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms that underlie the delivery of iron to mitochondria and chloroplasts. In addition, we have a long-term goal of elucidating the mechanisms that function to maintain iron homeostasis in plants.

Fellowships Information Session

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.

For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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Stephen Finley: "Wheels, Wombs and Women: Louis Farrakhan, UFOs and the Religious Meaning of Black Women's Bodies in the Nation of Islam"

Join us for a public lecture by Stephen C. Finley, associate professor at Louisiana State University. Finley is a member of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Louisiana State and is the director of the African & African American Studies Program.

This presentation will argue that making theoretical sense of UFO (what the Nation of Islam calls the "Mother Wheel") discourses in the Nation of Islam and-- indeed --Louis Farrakhan's own UFO narrative are necessary to make sense of the ultimate significance of race, "gender" and sexuality in the religion. More specifically, the religious meaning of women's embodiment in the Nation of Islam is refracted though the meaning of Farrakhan's own body, which is not intelligible outside of his UFO narrative. In short, wheels, wombs and women are inextricably bound in the Nation of Islam.

This event is generously supported by the Amherst College Department of Religion and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Amherst Select Internship Program: Making Mammoth Plans

Internships? Off campus research? There are so many options out there for opportunities to pursue over the summer that will set you up for future professional success, but it is sometimes difficult to know which one to choose and how to secure it. If you’re a student ready to get started coming up with a plan to find the right summer experience for you, this is a must-attend workshop!

*This is a required workshop to join the Amherst Select Internship Program. Space is limited, so kindly R.S.V.P. as soon as possible through Handshake. You can email Marcela Murillo Robinson at mmrobinson@amherst.edu to be placed on a wait list if all spots are filled.

Registration Required

Film Screening & Discussion: 120 battements par minute (120 beats per minute)

The French Department & the Queer Resource Center present 120 battements par minute (120 beats per minute), shown in French with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided, and all are welcome!

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Arabic Language Table

The Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for Second-Year Arabic students. The Language Table meets every Tuesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

"Breakup of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Similarities, Dissimilarities or a Continuum of Imperial Transformations" - Talk by Alexander Semyonov

Alexander Semyonov will discuss "Breakup of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Similarities, Dissimilarities or a Continuum of Imperial Transformations."

This talk addresses the tectonic shift in thinking about empire and nation in contemporary historical writing and, in particular, the critique of the teleological assumption of ubiquitous transition from empire to nation-state as the vector of modern history. The talk summarizes the recent literature on the problem of diversity in the moment of breakup of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, advances diachronic comparison of two historical events, and suggests an alternative framework of imperial transformation that captures the horizons of expectations of political actors during the reform processes in the Russian empire and Soviet Union and the persistence of the problem of diversity in the post-imperial political arrangements.

Semyonov is a historian of modern Russian history, his research interests include political and intellectual history, history of empire and nationalism. He is also interested in the emerging field of global history and dialogue between new imperial history and global history. He has published on the intellectual and political history of Russian liberalism and liberal imperialism, the history of political reforms and revolutions, the first Russian parliament in the early twentieth century and the history of Russian social sciences and their global connections. Since 2000, he has been a co-founding member of the editorial board of Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space.

The talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst College and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund at Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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 because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

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.

LGBTQI+ Study Abroad Send-Off

The Global Education Office, partnering with the Queer Resource Center, invites you to the LGBTQI+ study abroad send off! This event is for students who identify as LGBTQI+ or who are allies to the community and have studied abroad or who plan to study abroad. We hope to connect students to talk about how LGBTQI+ identity is viewed and shifts abroad, and how to navigate being your authentic self in a foreign environment. We hope to see you there!

(Re)defining Queer and Trans Yoga Spaces

Join four local queer and trans yoga instructors, Jena Duncan, Sebastian Merrill, Tiffany Joseph and Elli Palmer, for an evening of beginner yoga and a discussion on creating space for marginalized gender and sexuality identities in yoga and fitness. We will also reflect on cultural appropriation within the western practice of yoga and discuss strategies to decolonize our practices. Yoga will be held in the Powerhouse, doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and yoga practice beginning promptly at 6 p.m. There will be yoga mats available for those who do not own their own mats. The panel discussion and dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. All are welcome to join for either or both components of the event.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

CDSL Game Night

Campus Diversity and Student Leadership Game Night

Join us in celebrating community with Campus Diversity and Student Leadership. There will be board games, Ginger Garden and wholesome fun!

Students Only
Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Arabic Language Table

The Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for Second-Year Arabic students. The Language Table meets every Tuesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

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!

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!

Fellowships and International Students

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Center for International Student Engagement

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study that are open to international students? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships open to international students and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.
For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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Meiklejohn Fellows Program: Making Mammoth Plans

For Meiklejohn Fellows, this workshop is a crucial first step to pursuing opportunities that are right for you, whether at Amherst or over the summer. You’ll learn about summer experiences such as internships, jobs, opportunities abroad, volunteering and job shadowing. In this workshop, you’ll identify your skills and explore how your values, cultural background and family influence your perspective on careers. Finally, you’ll create a plan of action designed to accomplish your own unique goals for the summer.

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

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!

Event information

History of Science, Technology and Medicine Lecture Series: Kate Brown on "Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future"

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall - Room A011)

Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was “the worst nuclear disaster in history,” a reassuringly small number of people died (44) and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, this talk uncovers a much more disturbing story—one in which radioactive isotopes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. Scores of Soviet scientists, bureaucrats and civilians documented stunning increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers and a multitude of prosaic diseases, which they linked to Chernobyl. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of massive radiation release from weapons testing during the Cold War, international scientists and diplomats tried to bury or discredit it. A haunting revelation of how political exigencies shape responses to disaster, Kate Brown's Manual for Survival makes clear the irreversible impact on every living thing not just from Chernobyl, but from eight decades of radiation from nuclear energy and weaponry.

Farm Fest meets First Year Seminar-B&P Report Out

Book and Plow Farm will have a season celebration and farm report out. Hear updates from the season, how to get involved with the farm committee, our plans for the core community garden and help us celebrate student farmers with snacks and good cheer.

Math Colloquium: "Symmetries, Groups & How They Interact"

Catherine Pfaff of Queen's University will deliver the final colloquium of the semester, titled "Symmetries, Groups & How They Interact."

Abstract: "The symmetries of a polygon form a group. This group acts on the polygon by rotating it and flipping it. This basic idea of studying a group as symmetries of an object extends far beyond polygons. Through a myriad of colorful pictures, I will introduce the notion of a group, some of my favorite examples and then examples of the interplay between these groups and various geometric objects. No advanced mathematical knowledge will be assumed, and of course we will also play with doughnuts!"

Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208.

Life after F-1: Work Visa Info Session with Dan Berger

Join the Center for International Student Engagement for an information session with immigration attorney Dan Berger about non-F-1 visas for current international students to consider after graduation, such as H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3 etc. Bring your questions!

Please email cise@amherst.edu with questions.

ACE/ARO Fondue + Cake

A safe space for five-college students who identify along either the asexual or aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Cheese fondue and cake will be served. The conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an ace/aro support group can look like!

Students Only

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.

QTPOC End of the Semester 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.
For accessibility information and needs, please contact qrc@amherst.edu or call 513-542-5964
Staff and faculty of color are welcomed and encouraged to attend!
El Comalito will be served.

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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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.

Students Only

Rajiv Satyal Live at Amherst!

Please join us for comedian Rajiv Satyal's performance on Dec. 6 in the Friedman Room!

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Paint and Sip Night!

Come to CAB’s “Paint and Sip Night”! There will be snacks and bubble tea served and beer/wine service for those who are 21+. First come, first serve!

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions? Then join us for our initial planning meeting. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please bring a brown-bag or grab-and-go lunch to sustain you.

Kindly R.S.V.P. so that the organizers can plan accordingly!

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Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: Northampton Community Arts Trust

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

The Arts Trust envisions a downtown Northampton with art at its center, including a diversity of spaces that can incorporate a range of artistic activities: a black box theater, exhibition galleries, music and dance performance areas, work space for artists, office space for arts administration and retail space for arts related businesses. The Arts Trust will acquire spaces, either through purchase or donation, and ensure that such spaces remain dedicated to creative work as well as affordable and accessible to the community into the future. Adapted from the model of land trusts, the facilities created on property acquired by the Trust will enter into long-term lease agreements with the organizations, artists and businesses that occupy and manage the property. Kathy and Stephen are Amherst alumni and long-time board members of the Arts Trust.

Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

Scrub Your Stress Away

Scrub Your Stress Away

Join us to make your own custom lip and body scrubs! Enjoy this de-stressing activity hosted by First-Year Experience.

Students Only

Volunteering Info Session w/ Rotaract Club of Amherst

Want to make a difference? Interested in meeting new people, volunteering, and forming lasting relationships with the Amherst community? Come join the info session with the new Rotaract Club of Amherst on Friday, December 7 from 4-5 p.m. in the O’Connor Commons (Pratt Basement) to learn about all the exciting volunteering opportunities available and our goals for the club!

Pizza will be served! Even if you're unable to stay the entire time, we'd still love for you to drop by and grab a slice!

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Beyond Barriers: Multilingualism at Amherst

Come and listen to a panel of staff, students and faculty discuss multilingualism (past, present and future) at Amherst. Join in the conversation. Learn about related upcoming courses and other opportunities related to multilingualism. This event is hosted by Confluences, Lost & Found in Translation, Amherst’s online multilingual magazine.

"Call Her Ganda" Documentary Screening

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)—galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

Join us for the screening of Call Her Ganda on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. There will be dinner and discussion to accompany the documentary screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and the Association of Amherst Students. Please direct questions to Kelley Baumann.

The Mural Project: Opening and Reception

The Mural Project is presented by the Center for International Student Engagement, Campus Diversity and Student Leadership, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Queer Resource and the Women's and Gender Center.

Join us for some yummy food and to admire the collaborative mural our community has been working on this semester, which will be hung up above the MRC/below the WGC!

This project began with the idea of using art to heal from sexual violence. From there, it evolved into a collaborative mural that centers the theme of healing from any kind of trauma or any type of injustice. This project was open to the Amherst College community, for anybody who needs to heal and wants to include art in their healing process.

For accessibility concerns, please contact wgc@amherst.edu

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AC After Dark Films Presents - Ocean's Eight!

7:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films presents - Ocean's Eight! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free. Snacks will be provided at this showing.

Other showings: Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 8 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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M@A Presents Sequentia: "Monks Singing Pagans"

When we think of medieval monks and their musical lives, the first thing to come to mind is Gregorian chant, the solemn ritual song that accompanied the monks' liturgical day, week, season and year. But a closer look at medieval monastic manuscripts from the ninth to 12th centuries shows that many monks were singing other songs as well, with texts that were sometimes anything but Christian.

The Sequentia trio, consisting of Benjamin Bagby (voice, harps), Norbert Rodenkirchen (flutes) and Hanna Marti (voice, harp), perform an evening of songs about Fortuna, Dido, Cleopatra, Hercules and the old gods, as they would have been enjoyed by monastic intellectuals around the turn of the first millennium. This performance features charms and incantations by unknown pagan authors, and the deeply moving poems from Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (early sixth century, set to music in the 11th century), in reconstructions by Bagby and Marti, made together with Sam Barrett.

Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. It is an international group of singers and instrumentalists-- united in Paris under the direction of Bagby, a legendary performer and teacher --dedicated to the performance and recording of Western European music from the period before 1300. The size and disposition of the ensemble is determined by the repertoire being performed, and ranges from an instrumental/vocal duo to a large vocal ensemble. Based on meticulous and original research, intensive rehearsal and long gestation, Sequentia’s virtuosic performances are compelling and surprising in their immediacy and strike the listener with a timeless emotional connection to our own past musical cultures.

"This Cologne-based medieval-music ensemble adapts its performing forces to the repertoire at hand, which it performs with both scholarly insight and dramatic verve.​" – The New York Times

Tickets are available in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the concert office at 413-542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th Birthday!

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th birthday at her home - the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 8, join us for a festive open house. Tour the Homestead and The Evergreens at your leisure for free; enjoy the Holiday decorations and traditional music; decorate an ornament with a special birthday message and hang it on the tree at The Evergreens or take it home; and of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe.

All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required. Full schedule online.

Poster showing Ocean's Eight movie poster promoting campus showing

AC After Dark Films Presents - Ocean's Eight!

7:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films presents - Ocean's Eight! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free.

Other showings: Saturday, December 8 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

ACJE Poster with art by William Mead

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Mary Lou Williams, Juno Son, Ellen Rowe, Maria Schneider, Leigh Pilzer, Melba Liston, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and Carl Clements. This concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Poster showing Ocean's Eight movie poster promoting campus showing

AC After Dark Films Presents - Ocean's Eight!

10:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films presents - Ocean's Eight! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free.

Other showing: Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Project ReCul Meeting

Are you interested in preserving regional culture? Project ReCul is a student-run group that aims to strengthen cultural diversity by providing a global platform that empowers youth to rediscover their regional cultures through languages and dialects and express their merits through the arts. We aim to afford youth a platform of expression in own their tongue. If you want to learn more about Project ReCul, please come to our table at Valentine Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Mezzanine Level.

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AC After Dark Films Presents - Ocean's Eight!

2:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films presents - Ocean's Eight! This is the final showing of the film this weekend, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Cuba y Brasil!

3:00 pm Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season of the music of Spain and Latin America with music from Cuba and Brazil on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center.

For more information, please call (413) 542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Program
Tania León: "Alegre" ("Cheerful") and "La indígena" ("Indigenous")
Heitor Villa-Lobos: "Bachianas Brasilieras #5"
Zequinha de Abre: "Tico Tico"
George Gershwin: "Cuban Overture"
Traditional Cuban folk song: "La Paloma"

Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (b. 1943). The orchestra performs León’s boisterous and jazzy "Alegre" ("Cheerful") as well as the chamber work "La Indígena" ("Indigenous"), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana.

Sandwiched between Cuban repertoires is the ravishing "Bachianas Brasilieras #5" (1942/1945) for solo soprano and eight cellos, from a suite of nine works by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), as well as the whirlwind showpiece "Tico Tico" by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935).
The concert closes with "Cuban Overture" (1932) by the American master George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba that draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, followed by the traditional Cuban folk song "La Paloma."

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, please see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Alvin Plantinga Dinner

Alvin Plantinga has spent a distinguished philosophical career exploring the intersection of faith and reason. Join the Amherst Christian Fellowship for an end-of-semester dinner and roundtable discussion of Plantinga's work on the Problem of Evil, examined through the lens of an award-winning essay by Caroline West (The Hopkins Dialectic). Come for interfaith discussion and delicious food from Oriental Flavor.

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Ma outdoors in a snowy mountain landscape, holding a frog

Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

Human Rights Day Dinner

Come celebrate World Human Rights Day with GlobeMed from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 10 in the Friedmann Room! Hear speakers, including Professors O'Connell and Gewertz, and Dean Aronson, share their interests and discuss what human rights mean in various contexts.

Food from Fresh Side and Panda East will be served!

Loeb.NYC Entrepreneurial Internship Information Session

Startup studio Loeb.NYC is continuing its commitment to entrepreneurial internships in NYC. Michael Loeb ’77, P’21 (serial entrepreneur, founder of Loeb Enterprises/Loeb.NYC and co-founder of Priceline), along with Nicole Williams (founder of portfolio company 'WORKS', 3-time bestselling author and regular talk show guest), have collaborated to bring you the Loeb.NYC Summer Internship Program for the third year in a row.

Loeb.NYC's 10-week, paid internship program provides training and first-hand NYC startup experience to approximately forty bright undergraduate students with an enthusiasm for business and innovation. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship and make a difference at a startup. Attend this information session to learn more about the internship program and how to successfully apply to be part of the Summer 2019 cohort!

The internship kicks off in early June, when interns join Michael and Nicole at Michael’s Southampton house (if you’ve seen Billions on Showtime, it’s that Hampton house), where they are immersed in a one-day training program. The next day, the CEOs of the startup companies selected for the summer program pitch their businesses and summer projects to the interns. After individual meetings between the startups and the students, each intern is matched with a company that closely fits their skills and interests. To ensure this program is a success for interns and companies, company CEOs create defined assignments with meaningful work and oversight.

The internship program is supportive and comprehensive. Each intern receives a subject matter introduction to business and entrepreneurship, obtains support throughout the 10 weeks and is provided with resources enabling them to succeed. Every week, interns visit the Loeb.NYC home office for our version of an evening 'Ted Talk' featuring world class entrepreneurs discussing, well, just about anything they want to. In addition, interns participate in a weekly roundtable where progress is reviewed and concerns are discussed.

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Cup of coffee with muffin

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the academic year and have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Come talk to us about issues that matter most to you; learn about resources, benefits and training; or just come socialize with us!

This event is primarily for Amherst College staff.

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Gallery Talk with David E. Little

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s The American Library Collection (Activists) presents the names of immigrants or the children of immigrants, side by side with names of those who have spoken against immigration, diversity and equality. All are invited to a gallery talk with the Mead's director and chief curator, David E. Little, to learn more about this powerful installation.

Free and open to all!

Serving Tea featuring Sydney Tate '18

A monthly meet and greet with our LGBTQ+ staff or faculty. This month's awesome guest is Sydney Tate '18, alum and current Book and Plow Farm fellow. Lunch will be served!

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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 because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

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.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Study at the Mead, students studying in galleries

Study at the Mead

Throughout reading period and finals week, the Mead will offer lots of activities to help you de-stress with art. Join us for bottomless coffee, massages and more! We also have comfortable chairs, plenty of outlets and great lighting to provide an inspirational place for you to study. The Mead is open until midnight on school nights (but closed on Mondays).

Arabic Language Table this Wednesday

The Arabic Language Table will meet in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to Second-Year Arabic students and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

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!

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!

Event poster featuring a cartoon of a man at an easel, painting "the cysteine chapel" (a church with molecular diagrams above it)

Capstone 2018: "Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level"

This event will showcase 20 student projects that elucidate the biochemical etiology of a variety of diseases, ranging from cholera to porphyria to cystic fibrosis to chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Book and Plow Winter Veggie Pickup

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Book and Plow Farm

If you want a share, stop by the greenhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. with $25 cash or check to get some veggies!

This week's share includes garlic, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, kabocha squash, butternut squash, popcorn, cabbage, fingerling potato, white potato, beets and purple top turnips. Fill your bag and take 2 extra squash, some rosemary and decorative gourds as well.

Voice Studio of Ann Maggs Concert

Enjoy the songs of the voice students of Ann Maggs in a concert of jazz, Broadway, classical and ethnopop music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Asian/American Story Slam

Amherst Asian Student Association, Mount Holyoke Asian American Students in Action and Smith Pan Asians in Action are collaborating to put together an Asian/American Story Slam event! The event will be held on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Powerhouse at Amherst College. Dinner from local restaurants will be provided!

A Story Slam is a live storytelling event where participants each have five minutes to share a story based on a chosen theme. Similar to an open mic, slammers are encouraged to tell stories they’re excited to share with an audience-- whether they be funny, surprising, confusing or heartwarming.

Our theme for this story slam is "Asian/American (Un)Belonging."

Event poster

Film Screening: "Fictional Narrative Video Production" Class

Please join the students of "Fictional Narrative Video Production" for a screening of original films. Refreshments will be provided.

Photograph of the milky way galaxy

Massages at the Mead

Celebrate the last day of classes by getting a massage at the Mead. This will kick off our study at the Mead series, in which we provide unlimited coffee, tea and cocoa all day and all night during finals period. We'll serve cookies and treats every evening to help fuel your work.

Massages are free and open to Amherst College students. Sign-up is required and will be first come first served on the evening of December 12.

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Travel Signatures and Donuts!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have donuts and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only
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Russian Film Screening: "Kiss Them All! 2" (ГОРЬКО! 2)

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

Kiss Them All! 2 • ГОРЬКО! 2
directed by Zhora Kryzhovnikov • 2014 • 96 minutes

A shady businessman fakes his own death to fix his financial problems while his stepdaughter is off on her honeymoon.

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

College-funded Winter Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you traveling with college funds this winter for senior thesis research, or for a special topics course? Any trip that is arranged or funded (in part or in full) by Amherst is a college-sponsored trip, and you receive a special insurance benefit, AIG Travel Guard, if your trip is over 100 miles from Amherst. Come to a pre-departure meeting specially-designed for interterm travel. Students traveling with college funds are required to attend.

Students Only
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

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.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Calvin and Hobbes discuss the inspiration found in last-minute panic

Amherst Write-In

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Science Center, d103 (Science Library Classroom)

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend this Friday of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment to make some progress on those final projects. The Writing Center will provide snacks, coffee and drop-in writing consultations.

Students Only

Women of Color Luncheon

Come join us in the WGC for conversations about womanhood and gender on campus and in higher education. This is a space for women of color that aims to build community solidarity and intersectional understandings of identity.

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions? Then join us for some low-key yarn work and conversation. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please bring a brown-bag or grab-and-go lunch to sustain you.

Travel Signatures and Hot Chocolate!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have hot chocolate and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only
Poster promoting a destress event called "Color & Chill"

Color & Chill

3:00 pm Ford Hall, Event Space

Come take a study break and destress! There will be pizza, cookies, ice cream, coloring books and you could even watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

"Hodie" Benefit for Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

This year’s choral concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and will feature singers from local choruses and the Five Colleges. There is no admission fee, and aside from printing and publicity expenses, all donations will benefit the Toy Fund.

Hodie, whose title means “this day” in Latin, was first produced by choral singer Brit Albritton in 2004, while Deanna Joseph, then an assistant director of choral activities at Smith College, served as the program’s artistic director.

Arianne Abela, director of the Amherst College choral program, said that the Hodie shows were essential in steering her toward a career in music.

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

Flyer shows image of wrapped present.

AC After Dark: DIY Self-Care Packages

Make a care package filled with snacks, handmade wellness products, DIY stress toys, slime, and more! This is the perfect gift for a friend or for yourself as we enter finals. The first 30 students will get FREE bubble tea from LimeRed. Tea rolls will be provided from Fresh Side. Join us for the last AC After Dark event of the semester!

Students Only

Tomorrow - Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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 because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management

The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources at Amherst College are proud to offer a complimentary event featuring guest speaker, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

"The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices" will be presented in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, located on the Amherst College campus. This is a complimentary event and a grab-n-go lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Registration Required

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

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!