Event Calendar

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wed, Apr 3, 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!

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

Get Yourself Tested

Come by our tables and sign up to get yourself tested for STIs!

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!

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"Dimensionism" Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy

Learn more about Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy. Malloy’s groundbreaking research on the Dimensionist Manifesto is the backbone of this pioneering exhibition. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

Psychology Club

Join psychology club for an informal project meeting. All majors and class years welcome!

University of Massachusetts Medical School Information Session

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is the commonwealth’s first and only public academic health sciences center, home to three graduate schools. Its mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery with the school’s clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care.

UMMS graduates rank it in the top 1% for student satisfaction among all medical schools, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it as one of the leading medical schools in the nation. Attend this information session to learn more about the school, its programs and how to successfully navigate its admissions process.

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Film Screening of "Perpetual Journey"

Perpetual Journey is a documentary film by Douglas and Laurie Challenger about students and their teachers on the road to Santiago. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and trip leaders.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund.

Education Studies Initiative Presents Mari Castañeda and Joseph Krupczynski: “Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action”

Education Studies Initiative presents “Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action.”

Mari Castañeda, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joseph Krupczynski, Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Students, faculty and community partners alike will find "Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action" accessible not only because it includes an array of examples regarding Latinx civic engagement, but also because it demonstrates that personal experiences are powerful tools for the production of new knowledge. This talk, and the book on which it is based, reveals an epistemology of social justice that aims to investigate and develop a new Latinx community-university praxis for how to engage with diverse communities in the 21st century.

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"Memory and Peace Building: Women’s Resistance in Latin America"

This presentation explores the aesthetic and expressive practices that women's groups have appropriated to build peace toward reconciliation in Latin America. Dr. Sánchez-Blake explores women’s resistance and political organizations from Argentina (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo); Chile (Arpilleras); Central America (Las Dignas); and Chiapas, Mexico (FOMMA Theater troupe), along with an exploration aimed at better understanding of the role that women’s organizations have played in the recent Colombian peace process. She particularly discusses the role of Colombia’s Women’s Pacifist Route (Mujeres de la Ruta Pacífica) in raising awareness about women’s rights through art, testimonials, expressions and performances in order to transform victims of violence to agents of peace in their communities. She will conclude with cases of women's organizations having a key role in ending or stopping bloodshed on the battlefield. This presentation will address issues of historical memory, gender studies, artistic expressions and conflict resolution.

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"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

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"Innovation and Invention": A Conducting Recital by Ellen Mutter '18

Join us for an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements presented by Graduate Associate in Music Ellen Mutter '18. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. The recital features students and faculty from Amherst and Smith Colleges.

No tickets are necessary. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. This program is offered with support from the Amherst College Department of Music and Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

Writing with Sources

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

You may have been told that research-writing should be like “entering a scholarly conversation,” but how do you translate that metaphor into a writing process? This workshop will introduce strategies for synthesizing and building upon the ideas and information from outside sources in order to create a research-based essay that foregrounds your insights and voice. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

National Fellowships Information Session

Are you thinking about attending graduate school, conducting research, or traveling abroad after you graduate? Staff from the Office of Fellowships will provide an overview of all the fellowship opportunities our office administers including many you may have heard of – the Rhodes, the Fulbright, the Watson, the Luce – and many you haven’t. We will explain the process for applying and what you can do to become a competitive applicant in the future.

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

Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Space

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.

Screening of "Warrior Women"

Join the Women's and Gender Center, the Indigenous and Native Citizens Association, and the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department for a screening of the newly released documentary Warrior Women. From their website: "Warrior Women is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for indigenous rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s. The film unveils not only a female* perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness." Learn more at warriorwomenfilm.com.

(*while "female" is used in this description, we are excited to view a women's perspective of this history)

JM Holmes

Fiction Reading: JM Holmes '12

In JM Holmes’ debut collection, How Are You Going to Save Yourself, four friends, coming of age in postindustrial Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. Michael Schaub at NPR described the book as a “stunning accomplishment” and "a shockingly powerful debut collection from a writer whose talent seems almost limitless. [...] It's hard to overstate what an incredible writer Holmes is.” Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. His literary prizes include the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, the Henfield Prize for literature and a Pushcart Prize.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

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Extended Study Hours

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for our weekly study hours! Study in community with snacks and accountability partners to get your semester off to a great start!

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.

A Pressing Conference

Against Doom - an exhibition by artist-in-residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.

Birth Doula Workshop

This semester, a birth doula workshop will be happening on campus. The course will be four full days long on March 23 and 24, and April 6 and 7. This opportunity will be open to Amherst College community members, as well as people from the local community. The workshop will be hosted by Michelle L'Esperance, a trained doula.

Registration Required

Bodies Week

Join the Student Health Educators for two weeks of events that focus on exploring your relationship with your body and celebrating what it does for you. See a full list of events on our Facebook!