Event Calendar

May 2019

Wed, May 1, 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.

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!

Celebrate our super student staff!

RCT Student Staff Celebration!

The Resource Center Team invites you to celebrate our super student staff! May 1, from noon-3 p.m. at the Keefe Fire Pit.
Join us for lunch and a popsicle stand.

For accessibility/accommodations, email RCT@amherest.edu or call 413-542-5975

BIG Initiative: Meet and help us evaluate implementation partners - Collaborative Solutions

Amherst faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a presentation by possible implementation partner Collaborative Solutions. ERP Vendors (such as Workday) do not manage all aspects of a college’s ERP transition and instead work with third-party companies who facilitate the work of the transition with technical, hands-on support as we create our new business processes and systems. We are meeting and evaluating three possible implementation partners, who will be a visible presence on campus during the entire ERP transition. We hope you will attend the presentations to learn more and share your feedback.

Event poster with a color photo of Schneider's students posing onstage with their instruments, and black-and-white photos of two composers

MUSIC 310: Professor Schneider's Class Performance

Students of Professor David Schneider perform works by Ravel, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Schoenfeld. Performers include Andrea Boskovic, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse, Devin Epstein, Seoyeon Kim, Diane Lee, Marie Leou, Lucas Newman-Johnson, David Shin, Shannon Wei and Hikari Joshida.

Are you traveling this summer with college funding?

Are you going abroad this summer with funds from Amherst College for research, an internship, a job or to attend a special program? Students who are attending any trip that is funded or arranged by Amherst must attend this pre-departure meeting to learn about the emergency medical assistance benefit available to you, as well as other essential pre-trip information.

Students Only
Four books lay open on top of each other with blue, red, green and yellow hard covers.

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!

Thu, May 2, 2019

What is American Studies?

What is American Studies?

Come learn about the department from current majors, as they present "Research in Progress" as part of a student symposium for the course "AMST 468: Research Methods in American Culture“

Refreshments will be served

Students Only

BIG Initiative: Meet and help us evaluate implementation partners - Sierra-Ceda

Amherst faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a presentation by possible implementation partner Sierra-Cedar. ERP Vendors (such as Workday) do not manage all aspects of a college’s ERP transition and instead work with third-party companies who facilitate the work of the transition with technical, hands-on support as we create our new business processes and systems. We are meeting and evaluating three possible implementation partners, who will be a visible presence on campus during the entire ERP transition. We hope you will attend the presentations to learn more and share your feedback.

Huxley/Evie office hours

Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

Summer Experience Funding Program Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend an in-person workshop should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

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!

A music disc with the words "fashion" and "dance" are shown under the title, "International Extravaganza." On the left of the disc are the location and times, "Powerhouse" and "May 2, 6-7:30PM."

International Extravaganza

The Global Education Office (GEO), partnering with the Center for International Students (CISE), is organizing an international festival celebrating the cultural diversity at Amherst on Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse. This festival will include food from around the globe, as well as students sharing dances from their cultures and a fashion show inviting students to showcase their cultural dress.
This event is open to everyone!

Students Only

Amherst International Festival

The Global Education Office (GEO), partnering with the Center for International Students (CISE) is organizing an international festival celebrating the cultural diversity at Amherst on Friday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. This festival will include food from across the globe, as well as students sharing dances from their cultures and a fashion show inviting students to showcase their cultural dress.

Reading: English Department Creative Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The 2019 English department creative thesis writers will read short excerpts from their projects. Treats and refreshments from Black Sheep will be served. All are welcome to attend and celebrate their work!

Let us know if you're coming on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110933209092130/

Fri, May 3, 2019

Arabic Language Table First-Year Fridays

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

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.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Eisenstein's History of Art: An International Symposium at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

EISENSTEIN'S HISTORY OF ART: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College, May 3-5 2019
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Friday, May 3
1:00 Symposium Welcome
Amelie Hastie, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Amherst College
1:15-3:15 Panel I
CHAIR: Shahruz Ghaemi '19
Michael Kunichika, “Eisenstein in the Valley of Man: Prehistory and
Disfiguration"
Joan Neuberger, “‘Only Art’: Michelangelo, Picasso, and Other
Failures”
Aleksandra Jach, “Eisenstein as Method"
3:30-5:30 Roundtable: “Curating Eisenstein”
CHAIR: Galina Mardilovich, Curator of Russian and European Art, Mead Art
Museum
Ada Ackerman, Aleksandra Jach, Pierluca Nardoni, Marie Rebecchi, Elena Vogman
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Saturday, May 4
10:00-12:00 Panel II
CHAIR: Maya Mizrahi '21
Yuri Tsivian, “Eisenstein's Visual Rhetoric on Paper and on Film”
Karla Oeler, “Eisenstein and Hogarth”
Pierluca Nardoni, “Struggling over Abstraction: Eisenstein and Malevich”
12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Panel III
CHAIR: Alice Jackson '21
Daria Khitrova, “Eisenstein and Dance”
Evgenii Bershtein, “‘Degenerates in Power’: Contexts for ‘Ivan the
Terrible’”
Ada Ackerman, “Eisenstein, Rodin, and Sculpture”
3:10-3:30 Screening of “Actors of Profane History” (dir. Elena Vogman,
Clemens von Wedemeyer, 2017)
3:30-5:30 Panel IV
CHAIR: David Finn (Hampshire College, '20)
Elena Vogman, “Actors of Profane History: Reading Eisenstein with
Warburg”
Marie Rebecchi, “Eisenstein, Bataille, Painlevé. From Gnosticism to
Animism”
Devin Fore, “Eisenstein and Eidetics”
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Sunday, May 5
10:00-12:00 Participants Roundtable
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All events held at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (202 Webster Hall).
The symposium is supported by the ACRC and the Amherst College Film and Media
Studies Program.

Psychology Department Thesis Poster Presentation

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Science Center, Living room and patio

On Friday, May 3 the Psychology Department will have an end-of-year celebration in two parts. First, from 2:30-3:30 senior thesis students will be presenting posters of their work in the Science Center living room. Come out to talk with them about their thesis and the thesis writing process! Then, from 3:30-4:30 we will have a reception with food and drink on the Science Center patio (just outside of the living room). Join us in celebration of the end of the semester.

Headshot of Pia Sorensen smiling

"Food Fermentations: A Curiosity-Driven Teaching Approach for Integrated Chemistry and Biology Education"

Chemistry Seminar with Dr. Pia Sorensen, Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fermented foods are ubiquitous, delicous and rooted in diverse cultures and history. Moreover, the making and enjoyment of them is deeply rooted in science, ranging from microbiology and chemistry, to biochemistry, flavor physiology, and sensory science.

This talk explores how food fermentations can be an engaging teaching tool for an integrated approach to these diverse scientific fields.

The discussion is based on the design and implementation of a course at Harvard University. The course focuses on the production, properties and characterization of the small molecules involved in food fermentations, as well as the microbial community dynamics these molecules drive. It follows an interactive, curiosity-driven format where students experience the scientific process in a creative way by designing and implementing their own research project. By making what inspires them, and eating what they make, students have an individualized experience with the process of scientific innovation.

Sat, May 4, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Abstract painting

N+1 Community Day: May the Fourth Be With You

All are invited to the Mead for an afternoon of art and experimentation. We’ll explore questions about the universe as we delve into Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, the Mead’s exhibition about the connection between art and science. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Sun, May 5, 2019

Five dancers posing in the windows of a studio

Intersections Dance Company Showcase

Come to our very first outdoor showcase in the Greenway Courtyard! Expect to see some amazing dancing in a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz and contemporary. Refreshments will be served.

Mon, May 6, 2019

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

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

Gaming Colleague Resource Group

Gaming Colleague Resource Group Meeting
Monday's at noon in the new science center, room E208.
Pizza from Antonio's is on the CRG.

RSVP to Tamara, tlewis@amherst.edu so we can be sure to have enough pizza.
We look forward to seeing everyone!

Summer Experience Funding Program Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend an in-person workshop should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Tue, May 7, 2019

An award recipient and two others stand in front of an Amherst media backdrop

Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons

This annual awards ceremony for undergraduates of Amherst College recognizes the outstanding work of first-years, sophomores and juniors throughout the year. Prizes are awarded in 15 areas of study, as well as for notable scholarship and citizenship. The majority of awards are named in honor of notable alumni and faculty, whose enduring legacies still shape the College today.

President Biddy Martin and Dean Catherine Epstein will host this celebration. All are welcome, and regalia is not required. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m., with a president's reception immediately following the event.

This event is free and open to the public.

Lotus flower

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.

Wed, May 8, 2019

Walk for Mental Health

The Walk for Mental Health is being held on the first year quad, by Memorial Hill, on May 8 at 11 a.m., followed by CareFest from 12-3. The Walk is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to show support to community members who struggle with mental illness, and to raise funds to promote greater mental health and wellbeing on campus. The President’s Office will generously contribute $20 per participant in the Walk.

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!

Fri, May 10, 2019

Virtual Reality Beach

Chill Zone: A Body-Mind Spa

Join us in the Chill Zone! Check out this body-mind spa to help you ground and relax on the way toward finals. Featuring virtual reality landscape immersions, chair massage, mindful coloring, make your own silly putty and food. Sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life, First Year Experience and the Wellness Team.

Professor Lawrence Douglas

Celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Lawrence Douglas

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (A011)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall in the Science Center, named for John E. Kirkpatrick '51 and Phyllis D. Kirkpatrick. Following brief remarks in honor of the Kirkpatricks, Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Last Holocaust Trial: The Wages of History and Memory."

What role should the testimony of survivors play in trials involving crimes of mass atrocity? And what happens when there are no survivors left to testify? Professor Douglas's lecture will address these questions as they arose in the case of John (Ivan) Demjanjuk, the last high-profile trial to deal with the crimes of the Holocaust.

Reception with food and drink outside the lecture hall to follow!

Poster for DIY Self Care Night

AC After Dark: DIY Self Care Night

Take a break from studying to create self care packages for finals! We will have a variety of snacks, wellness items and activities like mug painting to participate in. Bubble tea and tea rolls will also be provided!

Students Only

Sat, May 11, 2019

Math & Stats End-of-Semester Party Invitation: Saturday, May 11th from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Alumni House.

Math & Stats: End of Semester Party

The Math & Stats faculty and staff cordially invite all spring Math & Stats students to attend our end of semester party. There will be a tower of pizzas. There will be wings. There will be desserts. And there will be good company and much celebration. We hope to see you there!

Mon, May 13, 2019

Gaming Colleague Resource Group

Gaming Colleague Resource Group Meeting
Monday's at noon in the new science center, room E208.
Pizza from Antonio's is on the CRG.

RSVP to Tamara, tlewis@amherst.edu so we can be sure to have enough pizza.
We look forward to seeing everyone!

Fri, May 17, 2019

Photo of several participants in a discussion group, smiling as they look down at papers on a table

Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry each month. Past topics have included "Tropic Hints," "Emily Dickinson’s Planet," "The Color White" and "Emily Dickinson’s Varmints."

The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the library and do not need to stop at the museum. While no R.S.V.P. is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a sweet snack are provided. The fee for Museum Friends is $12/session and the general fee is $15/session.

May’s Poetry Discussion Group will be facilitated by Polina Barkskova.

Sat, May 18, 2019

Emily Dickinson Homestead

Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Join us on May 18 for the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk! This event honors the anniversary of the poet’s death with readings of her poetry at historic sites around Amherst. This spring, the walk will explore the poet’s many local sources of inspiration, including the arts, nature, her personal relationships and her cherished books. To pay homage to Dickinson’s role in inspiring a new generation of writers, we will also read contemporary poems that have been influenced by her life and work.

The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. on the Homestead lawn and proceeds on foot through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life and concluding at the poet’s grave in West Cemetery. At the cemetery, participants are invited to read a favorite Dickinson poem or original work in memory of the poet. Please arrive promptly at 10:15 a.m. to be assigned a poem to read. Latecomers are welcome to join the tour at any stop!

Wheelchair-accessible parking is available at the Homestead, and all other vehicles are asked to park on the street or to use town parking, a short walk from the museum. For more information about accessibility on the walk, call (413) 542-2034. The Poetry Walk takes place rain or shine.

Sun, May 19, 2019

Alfred Venne, the planetarium director, speaks in Bassett Planetarium, a place that has helped generations of students and faculty to better understand their place in the universe.

"Decoding the Universe" with Fred Venne

All are invited to track the movement of celestial bodies at Amherst College's Bassett Planetarium.* This program is inspired by the Mead Art Museum's exhibition Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein and offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Beneski Museum of Natural History. This program is limited to the first 60 guests.

*This is not an accessible building. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thu, May 23, 2019

Employee Council May Coffee Hours

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!

Sat, May 25, 2019

Portrait of Asha Shipman

Baccalaureate 2019

Please join us for the interfaith Baccalaureate service, held Saturday, May 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. Readings and music will be provided by graduating students as well as Religious & Spiritual Life staff. The Baccalaureate address, “Shaping Your Soul Network,” will be delivered by Dr. Asha Shipman. Shipman earned a B.A. in biology at Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in ecology from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology also from UConn. She is an experienced educator, having taught for almost 20 years at the high school, college and university levels. Shipman joined the Yale University Chaplain’s Office in 2013 in a part-time position, and in 2016 she became the second (and only female) Hindu chaplain with a full-time university appointment in the U.S. Shipman has created papers, blogs and podcasts on the spiritual support offered to Hindu students at U.S. colleges and universities and is actively forming a Hindu Chaplains Association. She is a contributor to the first book on Hindu chaplaincy in the United States, coming out this fall, entitled Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care.

Baccalaureate is sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life. For further information, contact Harrison Blum at (413) 542-8149 or hblum@amherst.edu. All are welcome.

Amherst College Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Amherst College Choral Society, under the direction of Arianne Abela, presents its Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing works by Monteverdi, Lassus, Heath, Abela and Parker in preparation for their tour to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The combined choirs also join in singing traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Ellen Mutter (emutter17@amherst.edu), by visiting the Alumni House during Commencement weekend, or in the Buckley Recital Hall lobby starting at 8:15 p.m. the evening of the concert.

Thu, May 30, 2019

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Jump-Start Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff to join us at a writing retreat designed to help you launch your summer projects. The day will include opportunities for writing, reading, project planning and reflection. Refreshments are included, including a light breakfast and full lunch.

Schedule:
8:45 a.m. - Doors open, pastry and coffee available
9 a.m. - Welcome, short goal-setting activity, distribution of writers' logs
9:15 a.m. - Writing time
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - Facilitated planning session to map out a summer writing/research agenda

This retreat is part of a series of programs to support your summer writing, including a regular write-on-site, writing accountability groups and individual writing/writing pedagogy consultations.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"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.

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays.
Special Hours for Commencement Weekend: Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25 an 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

$0.25 Mug Discount at Frost Cafe and Science Center Cafe

Celebrate Earth Week! Bring your own mug/travel mug to Frost Cafe or the Science Center Cafe and receive $0.25 off any drink all week long!