Event Calendar

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

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The Seventh Annual Amherst Poetry Festival

The Emily Dickinson Museum presents the seventh annual Amherst Poetry Festival from Sept. 19 to 22. Experience one-of-a-kind programs around downtown Amherst, including workshops, master classes, poetry discussions, and readings from headliners Adrian Matejka, Paige Lewis and Paisley Rekdal. And don’t miss the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems! Visit https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/apf/ for our full schedule of events.

Arabic Language Table for First-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Thursday 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. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

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Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Careers in Journalism and Media With Aleszu Bajak ’06

Interested in combining a passion for writing with the issues and ideas that shape our world? Curious to learn more about data and storytelling as tools for social justice? Looking to explore how your first/second/third language could help shape your pathway into journalism?
Join us for lunch and conversation with bilingual science journalist Aleszu Bajak. Since graduating from Amherst in 2006 with majors in Spanish and biology, Bajak has pursued a wide range of career experiences—from marine biology labs to launching and editing Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. He currently serves as graduate programs manager at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, where he teaches courses and runs research on digital journalism, data reporting and new media. Aleszu is the editor of Storybench.org and LatinAmericanScience.org. He was a founding senior writer at Undark, has also been a freelance reporter in Latin America, and a producer for the public radio show Science Friday. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Boston Globe magazine, MIT Technology Review, the Huffington Post, bioGraphic, Esquire, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Beeradvocate, and Guernica, among other outlets.

Free Bike Repairs and Tune-ups

Free bike repairs and tune-ups on Sept. 19 and 20. First come first serve!

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Opening Lecture and Reception with Odette England

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition Do Things to Images, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 16–Oct. 11.

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Russian Film Screening: "Spring on Zarechnaia Street" (Весна на Заречной улице)

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

Spring on Zarechnaia Street (Весна на Заречной улице), directed by Marlen Khutsiev, is about a down-to-earth factory worker who falls in love with a recent college graduate. She also happens to be his new teacher at the night school where he is trying to complete his secondary education. Is there a future for them?

The film was completed in 1956, and its duration is 96 minutes.

The film will be screened in Russian with English subtitles. There are two screenings: 4:30 and
7:30 p.m.

“Law, Infamy and the Time of Sovereignty”

Sherally Munshi, associate professor of law at Georgetown Law, will present a paper. This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Professor Munshi’s areas of scholarly interests include property law, immigration law, and critical legal theory. Her writings have been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and Harper’s. Forthcoming works by Munshi include: Immigration and the Imperial, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LAW AND THE HUMANITIES (Simon Stern, Bernadette Meyler & Maksymilian Del Mar eds., Oxford University Press) and Before the Muslim Ban, in DEEPENING DIVIDES: HOW BORDERS AND SOCIAL BOUNDARIES DELINEATE OUR WORLD (Didier Fassin ed.,).
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will explore the ambivalent status of the 1823 property law case, Johnson v. M’Intosh, please email the LJST department assistant coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Fresh Salsa and New Friends

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Book and Plow Farm Greenhouse on Tuttle Hill

Harvest your own ingredients to prepare salsa with Book and Plow veggies and get to know other members of the Amherst College community. Leave from the Powerhouse at 5 p.m. to walk up to the Greenhouse on Tuttle Hill (or meet us there at 5:15). We'll talk, chop, snack and make a flower bouquet to take home.

Putnam Investments Info Session

Putnam has helped individuals and institutions pursue successful investment strategies for 80 years. Today, Putnam provides investment services across a range of equity, fixed income, absolute return, and alternative strategies. A global asset manager serving individuals, institutions, and retirement plan sponsors, Putnam distributes its services largely through intermediaries via offices and strategic alliances in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Putnam's Early Career Programs offer a wealth of opportunities for motivated, talented, and creative individuals with a passion to learn and succeed in the investment management industry. These programs offer fast-paced, hands-on job responsibilities, working directly with Putnam professionals; robust formal training programs to supplement on-the-job experience; and accelerated opportunities for those who demonstrate the aptitude and passion for success.

Attend this information session to learn more about Putnam’s culture, its early career opportunities, and how to successfully apply for internships and full-time positions in various divisions of the company.

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KDSAP Intro Meeting

Come join the Amherst College Chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)! We fight chronic kidney disease, host talks from doctors and community leaders, and serve the Amherst population through volunteer work. If you want to learn medical skills and do good, we are the club for you!

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Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Trade Informatics Full-Time Analyst & Internship Information Session

Trade Informatics is a team of data-driven trading experts helping clients retain more of their alpha. Via its vertically integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics, the firm provides buy-side institutional investors with the tools and insights necessary to succeed in the increasingly competitive investment world. Collectively, Trade Informatics’ client base accounts for over 20% of global equities trading.
In this information session, Trade Informatics representatives will share information on its open full-time analyst and internship positions, both of which are currently accepting applications via Handshake. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in trade strategy and analysis, action-oriented consulting and centralized workflow management.
Attend this session to learn more!

Students Only

First Russian Tea of the Year!

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the first Russian Tea of the year. All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. There will be donuts!

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Ongoing Events

Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour

Learning to navigate Frost Library can set you up to take on all your academic missions this year. Get on the right track: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost’s circulation desk. Complete the tour and get a gift card to Frost Café plus a chance to win our grand prize!

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“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.