Event Calendar

January 2019

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required
RAD Self-Defense Classes

RAD Self-Defense Classes

This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics, concepts, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course open to folks who self-identify as trans or cis women, and/or as nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Available to all faculty, staff and students. Email RAD@Amherst.edu

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Ease into the new year and returning from the holidays by enjoying a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hour will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, January 8.

Amherst College Job Fair

The Office of Human Resources is excited to host a Job Fair featuring full and part-time positions. There will be representatives from the Office of Human Resources and Dining Services. Explore job openings in Dining Services, IT, Student Affairs, Facilities, and other areas. Please share this event with friends and family who may be interested in joining our Amherst College community. (Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 2–5 p.m. at the Alumni House)

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Thu, Jan 10, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Persuasive Public Speaking

3:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room

The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Through learning and practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech, this 90-minute workshop will prepare you to master the art and craft of persuasion. Open to all interested students. TRUTH contestants are encouraged to attend!

Students Only

Fri, Jan 11, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Mon, Jan 14, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Tue, Jan 15, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

New Employee Reception

The Human Resources Activities Committee (HRAC) cordially invites all staff and faculty members to our New Employee Reception. Please join us for refreshments and to meet and visit with staff and faculty members who have recently joined our Amherst College community.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with questions: 413-542-2372 or hr@amherst.edu.

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Persuasive Public Speaking

Convince me!
The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Through learning and practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech, this 90-minute workshop will prepare you to master the art and craft of persuasion. This event is open to all interested students and TRUTH contestants are encouraged to attend.

Students Only

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required
Students visiting the studio of artist William Villalongo

"Collecting 101": Public Vote!

You’re invited to cast your vote for which work of art the Mead Art Museum should acquire. Listen to presentations from students enrolled in the Interterm class “Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead” and choose your favorite. The Mead will purchase whichever artwork wins the popular vote. Please join us!

This program is made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Acquisition Fund and the Center for Community Engagement.  

Tomorrow - Sun, Jan 20, 2019

Next Gen Leadership Institute

Next Gen Leadership Institute

Coordinated by the Loeb Center & Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership, the Next Gen Leadership Institute is an interterm program designed for first-generation and/or low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives. We hope to create an affirming space where students can acquire and integrate transferable skills that prepare them for their future and create a culture of peer support and knowledge-sharing.

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

MLK Symposium Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shakti Butler

Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services, will be speaking on "Irresistible Justice" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Dr. Butler is the founder and president of World Trust Educational Services. She has produced four documentaries which have become the core of the World Trust's teachings. Dr. Butler's "work incorporates whole-body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue."

This is the first visit Dr. Butler will make to Amherst College. The second will include a showing of "Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging" along with workshops for faculty, staff and students. The event is free and open to the public.

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

A map of Europe, with approximate regions superimposed representing the locations of different ancestries

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Registration Required

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!

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

A map of Europe, with approximate regions superimposed representing the locations of different ancestries

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Registration Required

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Ease into the new year and return from the holidays by enjoying a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Amherst x The Great Midwest Trivia Contest

Tony Bradburn believes that if you were to be on skiis, one lap around this lake would be a SERIOUS work out. Nearby this lake is a historical building within which resides a 10 foot sculpture of a historical Illinoisan politician. In the room with the single twin bed, there is a heart-shaped box on top of a dresser. What is in the box?

Over 50 years ago, Lawrence University’s radio station WLFM-AM started the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, a 50-hour research-based trivia event. If you enjoy answering complicated questions (like the one above) or completing action challenges such as “creating and performing the best love song in under 10 minutes,” sign up to express your interest in participating in the Great Midwest Trivia Contest! Participants compete in teams that will likely be defined by class year. Student Activities and Science Center Programs is teaming up to present this weekend-long event complete with food and fun for participants of the contest. The contest begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019, and ends on Sunday, January 27, at midnight. (This is the weekend right before second-semester classes begin on January 28.) Contest headquarters will be held in the Living Room of the Science Center.

Fill out this form to keep up -to-date with information regarding this contest: https://goo.gl/forms/MGYKbWqpgKXfZjwH2

For more information on the format and history of the contest: https://blogs.lawrence.edu/trivia/about

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

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. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Wed, Jan 30, 2019

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!

Ongoing Events

Winter Break Programs Graphic

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Viewing

It may be winter break, but we’re still here! Join us tonight to ring in the new year with desserts, bubbly beverages, and a viewing of the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. Happy New Year!

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Center for International Student Engagement. Contact studentactivities@amherst.edu for more information.