Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Come warm up and enjoy 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 the Science Center Cafe on Tuesday, March 5.

Harvard's HBS CORe Information Table

Harvard Business School's CORe (Credential of Readiness) program brings the dynamism of Harvard Business School’s classrooms to online learning. These virtual courses, developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leverage the case method learning model and are focused on active learning and real-world problem solving. Students log approximately 150 hours of learning time in either a 10-week or 17-week duration.

Stop by this information table to learn more!

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.

Anne Jaskot, UMass: "How to Reionize the Universe: Clues from the Green Pea Galaxies"

In the first billion years after the Big Bang, the universe's hydrogen gas became ionized, an event known as reionization. Reionization represents a fundamental transition in the universe's properties, and yet we know little about how it occurred. The most likely explanation is that ionizing, Lyman continuum (LyC) photons escaped into the intergalactic medium from early star-forming galaxies. However, most star-forming galaxies show no sign of LyC escape. If reionization was caused by galaxies, which galaxies were responsible? The recent discovery of escaping ionizing radiation from the unusual "Green Pea" galaxies has provided new clues to this puzzle. I will discuss what we are learning from the Green Peas about how ionizing radiation escapes galaxies and about the possible properties of the galaxies that reionized the universe.

Screening of "Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL"

Join us for a screening and conversation with Jason Corwin, director of Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL, in Keefe Theater on Tuesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. Corwin is the executive director of Seneca Media and Communications Center.

Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL is a gripping 90-minute documentary chronicling the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Seneca Territory working to oppose the Dakota Access and Northern Access Pipelines. This Indigenous-led movement brought together people from around the world in an unprecedented call for the recognition of Indigenous rights and an end to a destructive fossil fuel industry. Senecas went in large numbers to "stand with Standing Rock” against DAPL and came home to find another pipeline, NAPL, being planned just upstream from their territories.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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.

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"Getting Along with Geese and Horses: Val Vinokur Talks About Translating Isaac Babel and Vladimir Mayakovsky"

A seminar with Val Vinokur '94 of Eugene Lang College and The New School

In 2017, Val Vinokur published The Essential Fictions, his annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel. In his new book, Relative Genitive, Vinokur translates two of the great Russian poets of the early 20th century: the Acmeist neo-classicist Osip Mandelstam and the Futurist revolutionary Vladimir Mayakovsky––their work woven together by the thread of Vinokur’s own poems, echoing the sound and spirit of the poets he has translated, and collapsing the distance between high culture and low, beauty and wreckage, origin and destination. Val will focus his discussion on two texts that depict the fate of animals (and humans) in Revolution: Babel’s Red Cavalry story “My First Goose” and Mayakovsky’s poem “Getting Along with Horses.”

Val Vinokur (AC '94) was born in Moscow and immigrated to Miami Beach as a child. He is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College and The New School, where he also serves as chair of liberal arts in the B.A. Program for Adults and directs the minor in literary translation. He is the author of The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas; and his work as a co-translator with Rose Réjouis was recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. His annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions, was published in 2017. Vinokur is a senior editor at Public Seminar and is the founding editor of Poets & Traitors Press, which recently published his new book Relative Genitive: Poems with Translations from Osip Mandelstam and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

"Women in the Spanish-Speaking World"

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Dr. Bárbara Mujica (Georgetown University) and Dr. Rolón-Barada (independent scholar) will give a talk on women in the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Carmen Laforet (Spain), on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, with additional funding from the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Department of Spanish.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Splash! Teacher Info Sessions

This information session is for students teaching in the Splash program.

Students Only

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The 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!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops

Convince Me! Persuasive Public Speaking

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (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. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate for public speaking.

Students Only
Registration Required

Harvard Business School Information Session

For more than 100 years, Harvard Business School's graduates and faculty have shaped business around the world. In this information session, join Associate Director Valerie Krempus to learn more about Harvard’s post-graduate offerings – some of which are offered entirely online!

The modern HBS CORe (Credential of Readiness) program, for example, brings the dynamism of Harvard Business School’s classrooms to online learning. These virtual courses, developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leverage the case method learning model and are focused on active learning and real-world problem solving. Students log approximately 150 hours of learning time in either a 10-week or 17-week duration.

Attend this information session to learn more!

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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.

Ongoing Events

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"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.