Event Calendar

October 2019

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Gopal Narayanan, UMass: “The Event Horizon Telescope: The Story Behind the First Image of a Super-Massive Black Hole”

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) array composed of radio telescopes operating around the world and operating at short millimeter wavelengths. This globe-spanning telescope can resolve the event horizons of the nearest super-massive black holes. At millimeter wavelengths, the photons that originate from deep within the gravitational well of the black hole can travel unimpeded and be detectable by the EHT.

In April 2017, the EHT performed observations of two super-massive black holes, SgrA* and M87*, using eight telescopes around the world. And on April 10, 2019, 100 years after Sir Arthur Eddington famously provided observational proof of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the EHT collaboration presented the first images of the shadow and event horizon of the super-massive black hole in M87.

In this talk, I will recount the story of this remarkable scientific advance, the novel instrumentation that enables EHT science, and the role that UMass and the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) played in this effort. I will also chart out the next steps for this project.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are being recruited to primarily support Consulting at this time):
-- Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty, and other consumer products categories.
-- Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are primarily being recruited to support consulting at this time):
-- Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty, and other consumer products categories.
-- Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Overall, the Seurat Group is a young firm with a driven, yet informal, collaborative culture. The firm strives to provide hands-on training, room for career development, and opportunities to learn by working closely with senior members of the organization. The managing partners all come from strong CPG backgrounds and have 20+ combined years in the consulting arena working with large CPG firms such as General Mills, Kraft, Clorox, etc. Overall, Seurat recruiters look for team members who embody the firm's core values: drive for results, a can-do attitude, collaboration, and entrepreneurial passion.

Attend this information to learn more!

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Oct 2, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

Dartmouth's Tuck Business Bridge Information Table

Tuck Business Bridge, held at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, is a total immersion business program designed to prepare top liberal arts and STEM undergrads for challenging careers.

With a comprehensive business core curriculum, taught by the Tuck School of Business's top-ranked MBA faculty, a capstone team project, and one-on-one guidance from the Tuck's Career Development Office, the Tuck Business Bridge Program® can give participants the skills confidence needed to get a job and succeed -- all in just a few weeks this summer.

Stop by this information table to learn more about the program and its application process!

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American University of Cairo Info Table

Come find out what a semester or year abroad in Egypt can offer you.
Whether you've always dreamed of visiting the Pyramids, want to excel in Arabic, be in the center of Middle East politics, or gain global experiences to help you in your future careers, The American University in Cairo (AUC) could be the place for you! All classes at AUC are taught in English (except for Arabic courses), so no language prerequisites needed. AUC is a traditional, liberal arts institution so there are also opportunities for students interested in environmental studies, economics, biology, film and media, and many other fields.
Fun fact: Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, completed in 2650 BCE, is the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. And if you visit, you can go inside of it!

Students Only
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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Info Table

Come meet with Loeb Center staff to learn more about the new Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program and how you can join.

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!

National Coffee with a Cop Day

National Coffee with a Cop Day

Join your Amherst College Police Department for National Coffee with a Cop Day! The coffee is free and the conversation is informal.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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CHI Salon: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Reading

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven, which Jenny Boully called “an amazingly beautiful changeling of a book,” and which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She also wrote the forthcoming family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals, and has been translated into Burmese and Lithuanian. She is the new visiting writer at Amherst College.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

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"Buddhist Rebels Against Extinction"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Karin Meyers, visiting assistant professor at Smith College, will examine how and why Western Buddhists are participating in Extinction Rebellion—a global movement against the social, economic and political structures causing the rapid deterioration of our climate and ecosystems. The talk will discuss current Buddhist responses to the climate emergency in the context of the 20th-century movement of "socially engaged Buddhism" initiated by Asian Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh. This event is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Religious and Spiritual Life.

How to Write Personal Statements for Law School App, presented by University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and University of Texas

How to Write Personal Statements for Law School Application, presented by University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and University of Texas

Attend this combined information session to hear from admissions representatives at University of Chicago Law School, University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, about their respective programs and admissions process applications. Together, they’ll also shed light on how to write personal statements for law school applications, so that attendees might get a better sense of how to put their best foot forward in this process.

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, its faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859, and is now housed in the Cook Quadrangle on the University of Michigan’s central Ann Arbor campus. Unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. The School has a sizable and diverse faculty, with many preeminent in their fields. The careers of alumni also speak eloquently to the strength of the School; its graduates are leaders serving with distinction in the public, private, and academic sectors in this nation and beyond.

Texas Law is one of the most selective premier and public law schools in the country – each year receiving over 5,000 applications from around the globe to enroll an incoming class of around 300 students. Its three-year Juris Doctor program is intense and transformative. Students gain hands-on experience through advanced training in simulated settings via the advocacy and legal writing programs, and they step into the lawyer role as they work on real-world cases and projects through clinics, internships and pro bono work.

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

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.

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Arturo Escobar: Visions of Design from Anthropology

You are kindly invited to this talk by renowned Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar on ontological design. Escobar is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and ad hoc professor in the Ph.D. Program in Design and Creation at the Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.
He will be speaking on “Design as the Healing of the Web of Life: A Praxis for Regional Transitions in Colombia.”

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and praxis about life itself and the creation of worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines ongoing reorientations of design/ing as a relational praxis of ontological re-existence and repair, against the ravages of globalization, and describes the early stages of application of an “autonomous transition design” framework in the Cauca River Valley in Southwest Colombia.

Over the past 20 years, Escobar has closely worked with Afro-Colombian organizations resisting the devastation of their territories and lives by extractive operations. His best-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011), and his most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018).

His lecture is sponsored by The Lamont Fund, the Lurcy Fund, and the Amherst College Architectural Studies Program.

Cherry Blossoms German Film Series

German Film Series: "Kirschblüten – Hanami" ("Cherry Blossoms")

Touching tragicomic drama about marital love and dysfunctional families: Trudi always wanted to take her ailing husband on a spiritual pilgrimage to Japan’s Mount Fuji; when she dies unexpectedly, he decides against all odds to undertake the journey on his own. This film will be shown at both 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in German with English subtitles.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with President Biddy Martin

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation in Coolidge Cage on Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff.

The second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first Jewish justice since 1969, Justice Ginsburg is well known for her clear voice in support of the constitutional rights of all members of our society. Her early career as a pathbreaking lawyer in defense of fundamental rights, as well as her nearly forty years as an appellate judge and Supreme Court Justice, have been well-documented in many media, including opera, late-night television, and two feature-length films.

For ticket and additional information please visit the link below.

Tickets Required
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Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic and Gallery

Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus for our monthly open mic and pop-up contemporary art gallery! Poets, writers, performers and art appreciators of all kinds are welcome. Come early to hear music by the Jazz Mesmerizers at 5:30 p.m. and to view the art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist, Chrissy Howland. The open mic begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured reader, Cameron Awkward-Rich. Those who would like to share their work during the open mic should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. to sign up.

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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

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Students Only

Fri, Oct 4, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

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Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Professor Klára Móricz: "Crossing Impenetrable Borders: Leningrad’s Sonic Siege Diaries"

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

The music department is excited to kick off Research in Music, a new speaker series featuring talks by department faculty discussing their work.

In this first talk of the series, Professor Klára Móricz reconstructs the soundscape of besieged Leningrad during World War II, contrasting the actual and the imposed sound of the city and exploring how the constructed sound of Russia in war managed to cross seemingly impenetrable borders, whereas the actual sound of the siege remained hermetically sealed first in the besieged city and then in the survivors’ memory.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

7th Annual Wellness Fair

Drop by the Wellness Fair to participate in fun wellness activities, enjoy yummy snacks, and get to know Amherst’s mental health and wellness resources and student groups. Get a free chair massage, play with baby animals, pick up free giveaways and more! Sponsored by many campus partners and supported by the Community Mental Health Fund.

Latinx Reception

This event will provide Latinx students, staff and faculty with opportunities for networking, meeting new and old friends, and engaging in informal discussions over appetizers and great company. Latinx supporters are welcome to attend.

Open Farm Friday at Book & Plow

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Book & Plow Farm

Curious about Book & Plow? Join Book & Plow farmers for a farm tour (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.) followed by a group project (clipping garlic and farm tidy from 2:30 to 4 p.m.). We welcome students, staff, faculty and community members to come find out more about what we do on the farm.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Sat, Oct 5, 2019

"A Complex Simplicity”: A Symposium in Honor of Dale E. Peterson, Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian, Emeritus

Panel 1: 10 a.m.-Noon, Internationalism
Chair and respondent: Boris Wolfson (Amherst College)
Panelists:
Steven Lee ’01 (University of California, Berkeley), “Up from Bondage in East Asia: Soul as Comparative Frame”
Katerina Clark (Yale University), “Poetry and Internationalism: Claude McKay, Nazim Hikmet and Vladimir Mayakovsky”

Noon-1 p.m., Lunch

Panel 2: 1-3 p.m., Dostoevsky
Chair and respondent: Catherine Ciepiela ’83 (Amherst College)
Panelists:
Michael Kunichika (Amherst College), “Dostoevsky’s Aryanism: On Cultural Purity and Hybridity in Nineteenth Century Thought”
Eric Naiman ’79 (University of California, Berkeley), “Все это было почти уже грубо—Reading Crime and Punishment’s Epilogue Hard Against the Grain”

Panel 3: 3:15-5:15 p.m., Race, Russia, and America
Chair and respondent: Tom Roberts (Smith College)
Panelists:
Kate Baldwin ’88 (Tulane University), “From Bondage to Homage: Revisiting Dale Peterson’s Work on Black Maternity”
Nancy Ruttenburg (Stanford University), “Kirillov, Meet John Brown. John Brown, Kirillov.”

Sun, Oct 6, 2019

Gleaning Day at Book & Plow Farm

10:15 am - 12:00 pm Book & Plow Farm

Meet at the farm by 10:15 a.m. to join Amherst Women’s Lacrosse and Springfield Hunger Relief Organization Rachel’s Table for a gleaning day. We will be harvesting kale, collards and more for donation. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, and dress in layers. We welcome all students, staff, faculty and community members to join us. You do not have to stay for the whole time, but the event will be going until noon.

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Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

Since 1993, the series has offered Christian worship services rooted in the African-American tradition to the Amherst community. The Rev. Jean-Luc Charles ’94 will be the preacher, and the Amherst College Gospel Choir will be featured. A soul food reception in Pemberton Lounge will immediately follow. All are welcome!

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“Some Favored Nook”: A Song Cycle by Eric Nathan

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Amherst Woman's Club (35 Triangle Street)

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present Some Favored Nook, a song cycle by Eric Nathan inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Nathan’s original composition places Dickinson and Higginson’s writings at the center of the music, using these pivotal texts as a lens through which to view the social, political and cultural issues of this chapter in American history. Filled with themes of abolition, civil rights, women’s rights, the effects of war, love, and death, the song cycle will feature performances by soprano Tony Arnold, baritone William Sharp and pianist Molly Morkoski.

Please visit our website to learn more and to purchase tickets: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/some-favored-nook-a-song-cycle-by-e....

Tickets Required

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

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A Composition Masterclass with Eric Nathan

Hone your craft with celebrated composer Eric Nathan at this free masterclass. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in Amherst College’s Frost Library. No advance registration is required.

Nathan’s music has been called “as diverse as it is arresting,” with a “constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth” (San Francisco Chronicle), “thoughtful and inventive” (The New Yorker), and “clear, consistently logical no matter how surprising the direction, and emotionally expressive without being simplistic or sentimental” (New York Classical Review). Nathan is a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and has garnered acclaim internationally through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Jennifer Koh; at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials; and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Aldeburgh, Cabrillo, Yellow Barn and MATA festivals. Nathan currently serves as assistant professor of music in composition-theory at Brown University.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
2019 Fall BCBP Fall Thesis Talk

Biochemistry/Biophysics Fall Thesis Talks - Part 1 of 2

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for third-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 third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

WH Trading Information Session

WH Trading LLC is a proprietary derivatives trading firm that provides liquidity to futures and options markets, including interest rate, foreign exchange, agricultural commodity and energy products. Its proprietary software is built in-house for flexibility and speed, giving the firm an edge in an environment where microseconds often make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful trade.
As a proprietary trading firm, revenue comes from trading profits generated on physical open outcry exchange floors in Chicago and electronic markets globally. WH Trading does not serve customers and its risk capital is provided exclusively by the firm’s partners.
WH Trading believes in training its employees. Towards that end, several programs have been established—namely its 9-week summer internship program—to ensure that new hires and interns receive the support they need to acquire basic skills and succeed in the trading industry. The firm’s leaders also place a strong emphasis on work-life balance, encouraging staff to pursue both with enthusiasm.
Want to learn more about WH Trading’s company culture, cutting-edge technologies, and training programs for interns and new hires? Attend this information session to hear from company representatives, including alum Rob Homchick ’14, to hear more.

Study Abroad to Oxford or Cambridge

Study abroad to Oxford or Cambridge in the tutorial teaching style could be an excellent enhancement to your Amherst academic experience and is often compared to graduate study. Students take tutorials
with expert “tutors,” faculty and final year Ph.D. students, and strengthen their research, writing, and oral argument skills. In addition to this unique and challenging academic environment, students have the opportunity to live alongside local students and participate fully in college life. This session will teach you the ways you can apply for study to Oxford or Cambridge, e.g., direct enrollment, through a provider, and you will also learn what special arrangements we have, i.e., New College at Oxford. Students who have studied abroad will also be attending and share with you their perspective. Application deadlines to study at Oxford or Cambridge are earlier in the year than most study abroad programs and attending this
session will provide you with timelines, deadlines, and other important details.

Students Only

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

Portrait of Biddy Martin

All-Staff Meeting

Join President Martin and the Employee Council for an All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday, October 8, from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. President Martin looks forward to welcoming new staff and discussing plans for the year ahead.

Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Info Table

Come meet with Loeb Center staff to learn more about the new Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program and how you can join.

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Artist Talk with Yehimi Cambron

Artist Talk with Yehimi Cambron

The CDSL is hosting an artist talk with an undocumented artist/activist, Yehimi Cambron. Through both her art and storytelling she will invite students to critically and creatively think about art as a tool for activism, storytelling, and entrepreneurship. Her own personal life experiences inform much of her work and illuminate undocumented and immigrant narratives often missing from conversations at Amherst.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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Fellowships Chat with Ricky Altieri ’15

Join staff from the Office of Fellowships for a chat with Ricky Altieri ’15. Ricky is a former Watson Fellow, Schwarzman Scholar, and Knight-Hennessy finalist, and is currently studying for a J.D. at Yale Law School. He has lots to share about everything from applications to interviews to the actual fellowships experience. Register here: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships/events/fellowsh....

Registration Required

Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, Dartmouth: “Engineering the Dynamics of Electron and Nuclear Spins in Solids”

Quantum technologies could enable transformative advances in applications such as computing, cryptography and sensing, while furthering our understanding of chemistry and materials design. However, as we construct ever larger and more complex quantum devices, a key challenge is to control them in a way that preserves their fragile quantum nature.

In this talk, Chandrasekhar Ramanathan will describe ongoing efforts in our group to control the dynamics of both electron and nuclear spins in solids using magnetic resonance techniques. These electron and nuclear spin system are excellent platforms for the study of quantum dynamics, due to their long coherence and relaxation times. He will also discuss our efforts to hyperpolarize nuclear spins in semiconductors via dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) techniques, and discuss how the enhanced nuclear spin signal can be used to probe the local physics and chemistry.

Alumni-in-Residence

What Can You Do with a Philosophy Degree??

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

The Philosophy Department has joined forces with the Loeb Center to present an alumni panel highlighting the ways studying philosophy translates into various professional skills and career pathways, from law to marketing to journalism. Join us for a discussion with Richard Altieri ’15, law student at Yale University; Carlyn Robertson '14, product marketing manager at tech startup BookBub; and Lola Fadulu ’17, reporter for the New York Times. Bring your questions! Refreshments provided.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

Yom Kippur Pre Fast Meal

Yom Kippur Pre-Fast Meal and Kol Nidre Services

Join old and new friends from Amherst Hillel for a kosher, pre-fast meal in Lewis-Sebring followed by Kol Nidre Services in Chapin Chapel. Open to the entire campus community. Feel free to arrive late or leave early.

Yom Kippur Pre-Fast Meal

Yom Kippur Pre-Fast Meal and Kol Nidre Services

Join old and new friends from Amherst Hillel for a kosher, pre-fast meal followed by Kol Nidre Services in Chapin Chapel at 5:45 p.m. Open to the entire campus community. Feel free to arrive late or leave early.

Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

Yom Kippur morning services

Yom Kippur Morning Services

Join Amherst's Jewish community for campus-style Yom Kippur services led by Jewish Advisor Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer and Rabbi Tracy Nathan. Open to the entire campus community dressed as they are.
Feel free to arrive late or leave early.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

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!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
Yom Kippur Concluding Services

Yom Kippur Afternoon and Concluding Services

As the 25 hour fast day comes to a conclusion, read Jonah and experience the beautiful Neilah concluding service.
Join Amherst's Jewish community for campus-style Yom Kippur Afternoon and Neilah (concluding) services led by Jewish Advisor Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer and Rabbi Tracy Nathan. Open to the entire campus community dressed as they are. Feel free to arrive late or leave early.
Services conclude at 7:10 p.m. with the final blowing of the Shofar followed by a Break-Fast in Lewis-Sebring.

QTPOC Affinity Space and Dinner

The Amherst College Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Space centers students from Amherst College and within the Five Colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. Presented by the QRC and MRC.
Staff and faculty who identify with the QTPOC community are welcome to attend!
Dinner will be served on: 09/25*, 10/23*, 11/20* (in the QRC)
Just discussion will be hosted on: 10/09, 11/06, 12/04 (in the MRC)

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Reading and Open Mic: Ross Gay, featuring The Tenderness Project

“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us,” said Tracy K. Smith, describing Gay’s recent collection of essays, The Book of Delights. Gay is also the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Guggenheim Foundation and teaches at Indiana University. He is the co-founder of The Tenderness Project, an online archive of radical empathy.

Yom Kippur Break-Fast Meal

Yom Kippur Break-Fast

Everyone is invited to join us as we conclude our fast with a traditional Break-Fast meal (bagels, lox, and more). Please join us even if you are not at our Concluding Services.

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

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2019-2020 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: Mae Ngai, "'Mother of Exiles': Refugees in American History and Myth"

4:30 am Beneski Earth Sciences Building, 107 (Paino Lecture Hall)

Mae Ngai will deliver the 2019-2020 Hugh Hawkins Lecture, "'Mother of Exiles': Refugees in American History and Myth." Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history at Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning book Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.

Emma Lazarus called America the “mother of exiles” in her poem “The New Colossus,” which graces the Statue of Liberty. This lecture will examine the enduring idea of America as a land of hope and refuge for the persecuted and oppressed. It goes beyond the familiar narratives of the Puritan settlers and the Statue of Liberty to think about how the idea of asylum has historically justified and obscured nation-building and racial agendas. It will compare the politics surrounding Cold War refugees from Europe, Cuba and Asia, and consider the contemporary recasting of Central American asylum seekers as undocumented migrants.

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.

Students Only

Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Info Table

Come meet with Loeb Center staff to learn more about the new Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program and how you can join.

STEM faculty and the Resource Center Team present Pies with Profs. Stop by the Resource Centers to chat with STEM faculty over some pie. This is an opportunity to meet with faculty, connect and learn more about humanity in steam outside the classroom. October 10th 12-1 pm in the MRC. December 5th 12-1 pm in the QRC. For accessibility and/or accommodations, please email rct@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5114.

Pies with Profs

STEM faculty and the Resource Center Team present Pies with Profs! Stop by the Resource Centers to chat with STEM faculty over some pie. This is an opportunity to meet with faculty, connect and learn more about humanity in steam outside the classroom.
Our first Pies and Profs session is with the CDSL, CISE and MRC. For accessibility and/or accommodations, please email rct@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5114.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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Helene Keyssar Lecture: “Everything Is in Everything: Geography, Documentary and the Political Imagination” with Brett Story

Brett Story is a nonfiction filmmaker and geographer whose work focuses on capitalism, ideology and the production of space. She is the director of the recent feature documentaries The Hottest August (2019) and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016), and is the author of Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power Across Neoliberal America.

In this talk, Story will explore the relationship between research and creative practice, arguing for a nonfiction cinema that incites the radical imagination. With reference to select scenes from her own documentary films as well as other visual material, Story will discuss geography as a cinematic method, the dynamic between rigorous research and aesthetic form, and the political stakes of trusting one’s audience.

A reception will follow. Childcare will be available in Johnson Chapel.

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Russian Film Screening: "Operation 'Y' and Shurik’s Other Adventures" (Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика)

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

This hit Soviet comedy, now a cult classic, is an anthology of three comic episodes from the life of a college student with a talent for getting into all kinds of trouble.

The film was completed in 1965, directed by Leonid Gaidai, and its duration is 90 minutes.

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

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Fall Soirée

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Bailey Brown House

The Arts at Amherst Initiate invites you to attend our annual Fall Soirée. The Soirée gives faculty and staff members a chance to socialize over drinks and food at the Bailey Brown House. As part of the Soirée, Jenna Riegel (Theater and Dance) and Karen Koehler (Art and the History of Art) will give short presentations on their recent work. Please RSVP to arts@amherst.edu if you are interested in attending.

Registration Required
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Grounded LEAP Reunion - Quilting Bee

Were you a part of the Grounded LEAP trip? Join us for a Reunion/Quilting Bee to finish our Naturally Dyed Quilt! The actual quilting of a quilt is the most tedious part of the process. As many of you know, having good company (and some snacks) makes the task of harvesting, weeding, and also quilting go much faster.
There will be cheese, crackers, B&P veggies, and supplies to finish up our quilt. Stop by and reconnect with the folks you started the year off with.

Students Only

Internship Search Process 101

Participants will be introduced to the various experiences they can pursue over the summer and learn about the advantages and considerations for each option in order to make a smart, thoughtful decision about how to make the best use of their summer vacations. The workshop will focus on identifying internship resources and developing an internship search strategy.

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An Evening of Arabic Literature and Music

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are proud to present an evening of Arabic literature and music, part of the Second US IPAF book Tour!

The evening features Shahad Al Rawi, author of The Baghdad Clock, the novel shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2018, and Luke Leafgren, professor of Arabic at Harvard University and translator of the novel.

There will be live Arabic music by Layaali Arabic Music Trio, and Middle Eastern refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund.

Overland Summer Trip Leader Opportunities Info Session

Love the outdoors? Seeking an exciting summer opportunity? For more than 30 years, Overland (http://overlandsummers.com) has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service, and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in grades 4-12.

51 itineraries, 17 countries, 4 continents: that’s a lot of adventure. Far more than simply a summer experience, Overland aims to provide a life experience with value and resonance that extends beyond the boundaries of a single summer. Trip leaders seek to inspire each student group to see how beautiful, exciting, and full of promise the world is.

Overland aims to a build supportive and wholesome team of leaders. Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland’s leaders act as terrific role models for each group’s young student participants.

Join Overland representatives at this info session to learn more about 2020 opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

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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
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Jazz@Schwemms

CHI director and music department faculty member Darryl Harper considers this year’s themes of home, belonging and memory through a performance of musical works in tribute to former Amherst faculty members, Amherst alumni and others who have helped to shape the Amherst community through music. Included are works by Andy Jaffe, Horace Boyer, Freddie Bryant and Harper. Performers include Harper (clarinet), David Picchi (bass), Claire Arenius (drums) and Marianne Solivan (voice).

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Students Only

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

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Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
Chemistry Student Thesis Talks

Chemistry Seminar: Fall 2019 Student Thesis Presentations

Student Presenters: Ezra Alexander ’21, Kashmeera Baboolall ’21 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’21

Sat, Oct 12, 2019

Cozy Fall Crafts

Cozy Fall Crafts

Make fabric pumpkins and no-sew blankets with AC After Dark! Materials and snacks will be provided. Contact Elizabeth Hart with any questions.

Students Only

Sun, Oct 13, 2019

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Findings from the Archaeology Field School

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist. Join us for a presentation at the Emily Dickinson Museum by the faculty and students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Archaeological Field School as they share their findings from their work at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Students will highlight pivotal discoveries that shed new light on the archaeological underpinnings of the Dickinson home. Find out firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!
This program is free and open to the public, and is offered as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month.

Mon, Oct 14, 2019

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Celebrate Indigenous People's Day!

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day!

Join us as we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day! Indigenous People’s Day reimagines Columbus Day to recognize the oppression of Native people on this land, honor their position in American history and celebrate indigenous resistance. Stop by our table in Keefe Atrium to learn more about this day and help yourself to some cupcakes!

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!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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Study Abroad at Queen Mary University of London

Stop by the info table to talk with representative Rachel Davies to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary University of London.

Students Only
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"Sounding Tokyo: Japan in the Era of 'Tokyo March' and 'Tokyo Boogie-Woogie'"

In 1929, the Victor Talking Machine Co. of Japan released a record featuring “Tokyo March,” which ultimately became one of the very first “hit” songs produced by the Japanese pop music industry. Almost 20 years later, in 1947, Columbia Records Japan released “Tokyo Boogie-Woogie,” which is recalled to this day as a song that emblematized Japan’s transformation under the Allied Occupation. Between the release of these two songs, Japan, and the world, experienced two turbulent decades that witnessed the emergence of mass consumer societies as well as a World War. This talk highlights how paying attention to these songs and, more generally, the sounds that went into the ears of Tokyoites as they walked about their streets reveals both surprising and enduring dynamics within the politics of culture in modern Japan.

Presented by guest speaker Hiromu Nagahara, associate professor of history at MIT

Free and open to the public

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Stonewall at 50 Soiree: A Community Celebration with President Biddy Martin

Join President Biddy Martin and the Amherst College Stonewall Committee. All members of the Amherst College community are invited to come together at the President’s House to kick off a year of programming with the Amherst College Stonewall Committee. Celebrate with food, conversation and community at this inaugural event!
The Stonewall Committee (SWC) is a college-wide group of staff, faculty and students dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion (Stonewall). Stonewall is seen by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.
The SWC hosts and co-sponsors a range of events, conversations, and learning opportunities for the campus community to investigate and engage with the legacy of Stonewall in the United States and around the world.
The Stonewall at 50 Soiree is hosted by the Office of the President and the Stonewall Committee. Questions? Accessibility concerns? Contact us at qrc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5443.
RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at bit.ly/swcsoiree or by using the link below.

Registration Required

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

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.

Students Only

Northeastern University’s MSA/MBA Dual Degree Information Table

At Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Amherst graduates can earn a dual MS in Accounting and MBA, plus a three-month paid internship at a leading accounting firm, in just 15 months. The program begins in late May and ends in August of the following year.
Stop by this information session to speak with Julie Chasse, Director of Northeastern’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting and learn more about this dual degree program and its admissions process.

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Employee Council October Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

Alumni-in-Residence: “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Board Chairman,” with Lou Silverman ’81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for a Lunch and Learn event to discuss “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Chairman of the Board.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into a successful career by exploring various opportunities and finding a passion. His initial role as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and profitability.
Students interested in healthcare, business, innovation and entrepreneurship will want to come hear Silverman’s story of how he utilized what he learned at Amherst College to turn his passion into profitable businesses.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

International Relations Certificate Information Session

Have questions on the IR Certificate? Which classes count toward the IR Certificate? How to meet requirements abroad or on other campuses? Please join Professor Mattiacci for a Q&A session on the IR Certificate. Feel free to drop in if the meeting has already started.

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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German Film Series: "Der Himmel über Berlin" ("Wings of Desire")

This acclaimed, exhilarating film about Berlin before the fall of the Wall features the lonely angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) roaming the city streets to provide comfort to mortals in need. When he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is faced with a difficult decision: Give up love? Or lose his eternal wings forever? A magnificent film of sublime beauty and optimism.

This film will be shown at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. in German with English subtitles.

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"Optical Devices, Art and Visuality in China"

With Kristina Kleutghen, Washington University in St. Louis

When European optical devices were first introduced into early modern East Asia, these devices affected not only viewing experiences and ideas about vision, but also the production of art. In contrast to the well-established effects on Japanese art, the Chinese case has barely been explored, not the least reason being that the science of optics did not develop significantly there prior to the mid-19th century. Yet from the 17th century onward, Qing domestic production and use of optical devices resulted in significant relationships with art at the imperial, elite and popular levels. The devices and the viewing experiences that they mediated created varying levels of foreign intervention into Chinese art, vision and visuality. However, the consistent but diverse methods of Sinification of all these elements and the reliance on domestic products rather than imports offer new insights into how Qing art engaged the West without being limited either to the court or to the capital. Through an art-historical case study of several different optical devices and their related works of art that are all linked through one particular type of magnifying lens, this talk examines how the production and consumption of these new objects and images varied with place, format, audience and social status.

This talk is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

LJST Dept. Presents Prof. Robert Tsai, “Processes of Infamy”

Robert Tsai, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, will present a paper titled “Processes of Infamy.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Robert Tsai’s primary research interests include constitutional law, legal history, democratic theory, and criminal procedure. He pens essays on law, politics and culture for a broad audience, and his writings have been published by Politico, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Professor Tsai’s third book published by W.W. Norton in February 2019, Practical Equality: Forgiving Justice in a Divided Nation, explores why we have such a difficult time doing the work of equality and recommends pragmatic second-best solutions to break and ideological gridlock.
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will investigate the socio-legal dynamics by which losers to a legal contest seek to castigate and de-legitimate the outcome of a controversial matter, please email the LJST Department Assistant Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success,” with Lou Silverman '81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for his workshop on “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into leadership traits and an innovative mindset to achieve a successful career and life. Lou’s initial career as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and sustaining business an profitability.
Through this workshop, he’ll walk students through how to frame issues to gain clarity, find opportunities, and take risks to define YOUR success. Amherst taught Lou how to succeed and he is eager to meet with students and pass that knowledge forward.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

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14th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy: "Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom"

Daniel C. Dennett, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, will present the 14th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. The title of his lecture is “Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom.” A reception will follow. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dee Brace at (413) 542-5805 or send email to djbrace@amherst.edu.

Airbnb and the Global Economy

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall E110

Interested in startups with a purpose? Learn more about the evolution of Airbnb, one of the most groundbreaking startups in tech.
In this special presentation, Airbnb’s head of global policy and communications, Chris Lehane ’90, will talk about how the company uniquely leverages technology to democratize travel and generate economic and social benefits around the world.
Chris Lehane is the Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications for Airbnb. In this role, he leads Airbnb’s work with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Lehane provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for Common Sense Media, a children’s health media advocacy non-profit and AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning.
We hope you will attend this information session to learn more.

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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

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Students Only

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Paul Lieberman Group

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Lieberman continues the Jazz@Schwemm’s series as he leads a group to perform music influenced by Brazilian jazz. His prowess on the flute will be especially rewarding! Joining for the Student Combo portion of the event will be combos Ptolemy and Galilei.

Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free, and the coffee shop food offerings are tasty!

Today - Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship Info Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join us for an info session with Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore.
There will be Esselon Coffee and cider donuts.
Learn more about the new Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship which provides one Amherst College graduate* with nine months of professional development experience at two world-class institutions—the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Designed to support career exploration in the humanities, applicants can pursue hands-on work in curation and exhibit preparation, research and publication, collection development or conservation, marketing and communication, or education and public outreach initiatives.
The fellowship term runs from September 2020 through May 2021 and includes a $23,000 stipend, and optional health insurance; free housing in Washington, D.C., at Dumbarton Oaks for the term of the fellowship; and discounted access to arts and culture institutions across Washington, D.C.
To view full details visit: https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3160749/share_preview
or email Carla Costa at ccosta@amherst.edu.
*Only current Amherst College seniors or alumni graduating between December 2018 and May 2020 will be eligible to apply.

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Liz Agosto, Dean of Students

The Life Stories Lunch Series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

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

Join us for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group. This month’s facilitator is Bruce M. Penniman, and the topic is "Who’s Who in the Dickinson Lexicon?"

What do Queen Elizabeth, Captain Kidd, William Tell and Sappho have in common? Give up? They are all named in Emily Dickinson poems! We know that Dickinson populated her verse with flora and fauna, but what people did she choose to include—and why? In this session, we will look at the complete list of historical figures mentioned in Dickinson’s poetry (not including biblical or literary characters, family members and friends) and discuss several poems in which some of them serve as metaphors or analogies.

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
2019F BCBP Honors Talks

BCBP Fall Thesis Talks - Part 2 of 2

Collage of images from the film "Finding KUKAN"

"Finding KUKAN": Screening and Q&A

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

In the late 1930s, China is in dire straits. The country will collapse under Japan’s military juggernaut if it doesn’t get outside help. Chinese-American firebrand Li Ling-Ai jolts Americans into action with a new medium—16mm Kodachrome color film. She hires photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture a citizen’s perspective of the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital Chungking (now Chongqing). Their landmark film KUKAN screens for President Roosevelt at the White House, is called “awesome” by The New York Times and receives one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of KUKAN disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung goes on a seven-year quest to find the answers.

Filmmaker Robin Lung visits the Pioneer Valley for a screening of her award-winning film, Finding KUKAN, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Paino Lecture Hall

La Causa's Cooking Night Friday, October 18th at 5pm in Newport Basement

La Causa’s Cooking Night

Join La Causa as we close out LatinX Heritage Month with a night cooking, bonding and laughter! Students will cook and share dishes from their respective countries while listening to good music. We hope to see you there!
P.S. You do not have to cook to attend this event.

DIY Face Mask Night

DIY Face Mask Night

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Greenway C, Greenway C/D Bridge

Make your own natural spa-worthy face masks with Amherst Beauty & Cosmetics for bright, glowing skin! All the ingredients—honey, avocado, yogurt, etc.,—and container jars will be provided. There will also be Insomnia cookies!

Students Only
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M@A Chamber Series Presents Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire. He returns to Buckley to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department. He will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.

“There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Program:
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob XVI: 34
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
-Intermission-
Beethoven: 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Single ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Tomorrow - Sat, Oct 19, 2019

Paul Lewis, piano

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass with Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis works with Amherst student pianists. This event is free and open to the public.

Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire.

He returns to Buckley on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department.

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Puffers Pond in Amherst

Holy Stroll

1:00 pm Puffers Pond

Join us for a Holy Stroll, as we will take the basic elements of Christian worship out in the natural world. Walking along Puffers Pond, we will pause to pray, read and reflect on scripture. We will share in fellowship while we walk, and at the waters edge we will break bread together in the sacrament of Communion/Eucharist. We will leave campus by 1:15 p.m. and plan to return by 5 p.m. Please email RSL Protestant Advisor Rev. Anna Woofenden, awoofenden@amherst.edu, by Friday, October 18, to reserve a spot.

Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Fall Festival: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Caramel Apples

The annual Fall Festival is an Amherst College community event featuring fabulous fall foods and music.. Entertainment includes pumpkin carving, an inflatable 16-foot tandem slide and horse-drawn hayrides. Face-painting and a variety of games are available for all participants. Valentine Dining Services provides a Chowder House of steaming New Hampshire corn chowder and New England clam chowder together with lobster salad sliders; Val’s Smoke Haus features pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket sliders and hot chocolate with marshmallows. The Apple Barn features fresh-made apple cider doughnuts coated in cinnamon, and caramel and candied apples, hot mulled cider, apple crisp and apple pie; the Pumpkin Patch offers fried pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin cupcakes and whoopie pies. The s'mores corner is tucked in next to the ice cream truck and provides a warm alternative to the cold ice cream. Our vendors distribute fried dough, cider doughnuts, caramel corn and freshly squeezed citrus drinks. Maple Valley Farms brings their old-fashioned truck that lends an air of nostagia to the event. The Fall Festival is open to all Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their families.

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

ScribeAmerica: Part-Time and Full-Time Medical Scribe Opportunities Info Table

A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a physician’s job has focused solely on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) created an overload of documentation and clerical responsibilities that slows physicians down and pulls them away from actual patient care. To relieve the documentation overload, physicians across the country are turning to Medical Scribe services.
ScribeAmerica is currently seeking to hire Medical Scribes all over Massachusetts. Part-time opportunities are available year-round and full-time roles are available for those about to graduate (often a great fit for those taking a gap year before attending medical school).
Stop by this information table to speak with local hiring associate Yasmin Asante.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Teaching for Liberation and Justice in Times of Oppression with Ron Espiritu ’06

Ron Espiritu ’06 teaches Ethnic Studies to high school students in the Latinx immigrant community of Macarthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sharing his journey about developing a district wide culturally relevant, social justice, and anti-oppression curriculum for K-12 classrooms and all academic disciplines. Students interested in careers in teaching, education leadership and education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for third-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 third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only
Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: The Movement for Ethnic Studies in Los Angeles, California and Nationwide

Ron Espirit ’06 has taught Ethnic Studies to high school students for the past 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the director of the Ethnic Studies for All Program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academies where he is working with a team of teachers and administrators to infuse Ethnic Studies pedagogies from K-12th grades across academic disciplines in seven different schools. He continues to teach Ethnic Studies classes at Camino Nuevo Miramar High School in the Macarthur Park community of Downtown Los Angeles. Ron also works with the UCLA History and Geography project as the lead facilitator of the curriculum project for the KCET TV documentary series “Lost LA” which brings to light powerful stories from various historical archives in Los Angeles. Ron earned his B.A. in History and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano and Nuyorican Literature from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is a founding member of The People’s Education Movement, a grassroots community organization that mobilizes educators to fight for social justice in and out of the classroom. Espiritu is also a National Board Member for the Education for Liberation Network and is a participant in local and national campaigns that promote and expand Ethnic Studies approaches to teaching.

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine: Graduate & Medical Programs Info Session (BYO Lunch!)

Come and join Drs. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey and Avelino Amado for a discussion about Weill Cornell Medicine’s application process for both medical and graduate school. This “round-table” style presentation will focus on summer research opportunities, how to prepare for the next steps in your education and how to identify strong and effective mentorship along the way.
Dr. Wilson-Anstey is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life and the Director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students. She has been a part of the Weill Cornell community for over 40 years and serves on the medical school admissions board. Dr. Avelino Amado is the Diversity Program Manager for the graduate school and will be able to discuss the opportunities available to students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Together they will also touch on how Weill Cornell Medicine is working to increase diversity in medical and graduate education.
We hope you’ll attend to learn more. Please note that this session has been conveniently arranged within Keefe so attendees may bring their grab-and-go lunches to it!

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: IPV in LGBTQ+ Communities

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities

Join us for a lunchtime conversation centering intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ communities and learn about on-campus and local resources with Ollie Schwartz, Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non- Conforming Outreach Advocate at Safe Passage.
Lunch will be provided.
Presented by the Queer Resource Center, Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect, and Department of Health Education.

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Craftivism for Reproductive Justice

Join the Reproductive Justice Alliance and the Women’s and Gender Center for an afternoon of craftivism at the Mead. Artists from the Survivor Art Collective in Easthampton will participate in conversation over lunch and then lead art-making workshops in the galleries. Buttons, stickers, zines, and other works of art will be sold throughout the week in the Keefe Campus Center and in the WGC. All proceeds will benefit a
reproductive justice work in western Massachusetts.
Noon–1 pm | Light lunch and conversation
1–3 pm | Art-making workshops
Free and open to all!
Reproductive Justice Week is a program series led by the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center and Reproductive Justice Alliance, focused on reproductive justice, abortion access, contraception, and safe birth access, as well as empowering and supporting students. This program responds to numerous student requests for programs and support on this topic. Check the WGC’s website for the full schedule of events at www.amherst.edu/go/WGC.
For accessibility concerns, please contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Brian Daly, Vassar: “Picosecond Laser Ultrasonics: A Sound Way to Study Nanostructures”

Ultrafast lasers produce pulses of light at extremely regular intervals (about 13 nanoseconds apart) that are less than a picosecond in duration. These lasers allow us to study very fast phenomena in crystals and solid nanostructures. The work that my group at Vassar does involves using these lasers to generate and detect ultrasound that is roughly 1,000 times higher in frequency than traditional medical or industrial ultrasound. Since ultrasound can serve as a nondestructive probe of the size or mechanical properties of buried structures, this so called “picosecond ultrasound” should be a great way to study and image the nanoscale structures that form the backbone of all of our modern electronic devices. In this talk, Professor Daly will describe a number of investigations (some very applied, some very fundamental) that we have pursued over the past decade with this optical experiment.

Book cover for "Wings of Desire" by Christian Rogowski

"Wings of Desire" Book Talk with Christian Rogowski

Filmed in 1986/87 in still-divided Berlin, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire is both a utopian fairy tale and a fascinating time capsule of that late Cold War moment. Together with legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan (who had worked on Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête of 1946, among many other films) and Austrian author Peter Handke (with whom he had collaborated before), Wenders created a multilayered filmic poem of dazzling complexity: the skies over Berlin are populated with angels bearing witness to its inhabitants' everyday concerns. One falls in love with a beautiful young woman, a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, and decides to forfeit his immortality. Wenders’ groundbreaking film has been hailed as a paean to love and a rumination on the continued presence in Berlin of a troubled German history, as well as an homage to the life-affirming power of the cinematic imagination.

Christian Rogowski guides the reader through the film's many aspects, using archival research to bring out new insights into its making and meanings. Rogowski is the G. Armour Craig Professor in Language and Literature in the Department of German at Amherst College.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of German and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only
Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

Foundations of Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing applications to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to create resumes and cover letters that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities. *This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Intro to Careers in the Arts

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Are you a creative problem solver with a desire to document, shape and transform culture? Do you wonder if you can really “become” a filmmaker, painter, poet, or performer? From museums and archives, to film and television, to the behind-the-scenes business of artistic practices, careers in the arts are a great fit for those looking to design professional pathways that combine rigor, creativity and curiosity.
Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of potential career trajectories, industry timelines for internships and jobs and Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

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!

ACPD Open House

ACPD Open House

Come visit the Amherst College Police patrol room and check out the remodeled dispatch room.
You will be able to meet some of our furry friends too or bring yours for their own mug shot!
*Fall treats will be provided*

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

QTPOC Affinity Space and Dinner

The Amherst College Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Space centers students from Amherst College and within the Five Colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. Presented by the QRC and MRC.
Staff and faculty who identify with the QTPOC community are welcome to attend!
Dinner will be served on: 09/25*, 10/23*, 11/20* (in the QRC)
Just discussion will be hosted on: 10/09, 11/06, 12/04 (in the MRC)

Tufts University’s Gordon Institute: M.S. in Innovation & Management (MSIM) Info Session

The M.S. in Innovation & Management from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute is a full-time, accelerated program that will provide graduates with the product innovation, marketing, finance and leadership skills necessary to be a new leader in today’s technology-driven world.
Each semester, participants work on a fast-paced, immersive team venture called an Innovation Sprint, where they identify key problems, prototype solutions, and synthesize business and financial models that scale. With each of these three Innovation Sprints, participants go through the entire innovation cycle, from ideation to rapid prototyping.
Big team projects are also supported by small seminar-style courses that are interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to hear from Ethan Robles, Tufts Gordon Institute’s Assistant Director of Admissions.

Oracle NetSuite: Sales Positions Information Session

If you’re interested in exploring a career in sales, please join Amherst alum Keon Webbe ’04 for this information session.
Keon is a Business Development Manager at Oracle NetSuite and will be on campus to chat about sales in corporate America and their Business Development Representative (BDR) Program. His team focuses on hiring the next future rock stars—high energy, sharp, focused recent college grads who are excited about a career in sales.
Oracle NetSuite offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity and a well-defined career path. So if you’re curious and would like to lean more, be sure to attend.

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

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.

Students Only
Employee Council Coffee Hours

Employee Council October Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Introduction to the Loeb Center's Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Fiction Reading: Nicholas Mancusi '10

Nicholas Mancusi '10 is the author of the new novel A Philosophy of Ruin, which the New York Times Book Review called “riveting fun to read,” and which Alexander Chee called “An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch.”

Mancusi has written about books and culture for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Newsweek, NPR Books, American Arts Quarterly, BOMB magazine and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

The event will be followed by refreshments.

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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

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Session

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity.

J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. Attend this information session to learn more about the organization and how to apply for opportunities there.

Partners Group Information Session

Partners Group is a global private markets investment manager serving over 900 institutional investors. The firm has USD 91 billion in assets under management and more than 1,300 professionals across 20 offices worldwide.
Partners Group realizes potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, desirable real estate and essential infrastructure. The firm creates value in its investments through active and long-term responsible ownership.
Want to learn more about the Group’s company culture, open entry-level opportunities and how to successfully apply for them? Attend this information session to hear from representative and Amherst alum Andrew Sommer ’19!

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Joe Belmont Group

Guitarist Joe Belmont concludes the October run of the Jazz@Schwemm’s series. His trio will perform a variety of tunes in their hour set before giving way to student combos Kepler and Newton. Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free and the coffeeshop food offerings are tasty!

Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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Dance Masterclass with Annie Wang

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Guest artist Annie Wang joins the Theater and Dance Department to teach a Masterclass in Contemporary Dance Technique.
Annie Wang is a freelancer based in New York. She dances with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, and Parijat Desai; she has also worked with Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Daria Fain, and MADArt Productions. Her choreography has been presented at Five Myles, the Center for Performance Research, the 92Y, BKSD, WestFest Dance, Triskelion, BRIC, and the Chocolate Factory Theater. Annie has been artist-in-residence at BRIClab, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Marble House Project. She was awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council grant to develop her work, “Marigram”, which will be presented at the Exponential Festival in 2020.
All are welcome to attend!

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Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst College Choral Society directed by Dr. Arianne Abela presents their Homecoming concert. The concert features works by Daley, Viadana, Rogers; and more. The Choral Society is joined by composer and Amherst College alumnus, Jerry Noble '83 in the world-premiere of his composition, What's it gonna take? (Love). Admission is FREE and open to the public. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Friday, October 25, at 8 PM.

Sat, Oct 26, 2019

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Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!

Wild Nights

“Wild Nights with Emily” Screening and Q&A with Madeleine Olnek

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present a free screening of Wild Nights with Emily with director Madeleine Olnek. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Jane Wald, the Museum’s Executive Director. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the movie IndieWire called “hilarious” and “touching”!
Parking will be available by the tennis courts.
About the film: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,789 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.
About the filmmaker: Madeleine Olnek is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. Her third feature film, Wild Nights With Emily, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from NYSCA and Jerome Foundation funds. Her second feature, The Foxy Merkins, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest, Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. The film had its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. Her debut feature, Codependent Lesbian Sex Alien Seeks Same, premiered at Sundance 2011. Its screening included MoMa, The Viennale and the Festival do Rio. Nominated for a Gotham award, it had theatrical runs in LA and NYC. Her award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts, Countertransference (2009), and Hold Up (2006), were official selections of Sundance; Make Room For Phyllis (2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009, by LA’s Women In Film organization.

Halloween Bingo

Join AC After Dark in the Friedman Room on Saturday, Oct. 26! There will be plenty of snacks to eat and Halloween prizes to win!

Samirah Evans

Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble

Featured Vocalist Samirah Evans joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl in presenting music by Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Nancy Wilson. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.

FREE and open to the public. Collecting donations to the Amherst Survival Center.

Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Breakfast with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

This is an informal meeting with representatives of student organizations such as the Black Student Union, La Causa, the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, Peer Mentoring Pre-Health Program, Association of Women in Science, GlobeMed, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, Project Salud, and Kidney Disease and Screening Program (KDSAP). This will be an opportunity for a dialogue. The students will share some of the work they’re doing on campus, and Dr. Wyche-Etheridge will offer her perspective and support from the context of her career and how her own Amherst experience was formative for her in the path she has pursued.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for third-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 third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

Exploring Education Studies and Education Professions at Amherst College

Becoming a Teacher/Education Studies at Amherst College is an interactive one-hour information session intended for all Amherst College students who wish to learn more about the Loeb Center’s Careers in Education Professions Program and Fellowship, how Amherst partnered with Mount Holyoke College to support teacher licensure, as well as what education studies related coursework are available to students at Amherst College.

Point72 Information Session

Point72 is a global asset management firm led by Steven Cohen that uses discretionary long/short, macro and systematic strategies to invest in eight offices across the globe. Their recruiters look for people who want to build a career with the firm—people who want to innovate, experiment, and be the best at what they do—while adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Point72’s 1,150+ employees, including more than 500 investment professionals, live by the tenets set forth in the firm’s mission and values and seek to be the industry’s premier asset management firm through delivering superior risk-adjusted returns, adhering to the highest ethical standards and offering the greatest opportunities to the industry’s brightest talent.
If you have a passion for investing, are great at what you do, enjoy the challenge of learning every day, and seek a rewarding career path, you are invited to attend this information session to learn more.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: “OPP: Embracing Other People’s Perspectives of Health and Wellness,” with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge has brought to her medical, public health, and public service career a deep commitment to address social injustice and inequity as it relates to the health and healing of people and communities. She has faced systemic challenges to addressing inequity, and through her leadership, has had a significant impact on dealing directly with the root factors that contribute to health and illness. She will discuss issues such as implicit bias in health care, the impact of racism on health, and the vital importance of engaging with patients and communities in a respectful, humble, and empowering way.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers aims to produce highly effective educators who empower every child through learning. Participants become career educators committed to equity and inclusivity, ensuring every student receives a great education. The organization strongly believes that access to a quality education gives young people the tools to become forces of change in their communities.
Urban Teachers prepares new teachers to succeed through a rigorous clinical training model. The centerpiece of this four-year collaborative program is a 14-month residency that candidates experience in urban schools before becoming a lead teacher. It is augmented by graduate coursework leading to a master of science in education degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Education which is completed in two years and is clinically based, allowing teachers to practice their skills immediately in the classroom. The residency is followed by three years of coaching and mentoring that aids in the development of outstanding practice in the field.
When recent graduates join Urban Teachers, they start a journey to become one of the most expert and results-oriented teachers for high needs schools. Want to learn more? Stop by this information table to speak with Northeast Recruitment Specialist Torin Peterson.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: View from the Bottom of the Bus: If you haven't seen it yet, you will..., Lunch with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge’s career path is an inspiration for a number of reasons. Majoring in English and Spanish at Amherst, she can speak to the tremendous importance and value of Amherst courses that expand one’s horizons about the myriad ways that language, culture, literature, history, and other intellectual exploration contribute to the growth, sensitivity, compassion, and humanity that have been central to her career. She also exemplifies the power of resilience in pursuing one’s “calling” in life, that with perseverance and keeping the big picture in mind, it’s indeed possible to live out one’s passions and make a difference in the world. In addition, she will speak candidly about obstacles she has faced in her career and how she has dealt with them. She has lived out the importance of seeing life’s challenges like a bottle that is half-full rather than half-empty; in other words, the more that we can have a positive spirit and envision our lives and the people we serve in the context of strengths and opportunities rather than deficit, the more likely we are to have an impact for a more just society. Finally, her career path is a model for the fact that there are so many paths and roads that one can take to realize dreams and hopes.

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only

Myriam Sarachik, City College of New York: “SURPRISE: Just because you think you’re heading toward a quantum phase transition does not mean you will get there.”

Measurements of the Hall coefficient, resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetic response, and thermopower in two-dimensional strongly interacting electron systems have established that, contrary to expectations, a metal-insulator transition occurs at a critical electron density nc and a metallic phase exists in 2D. One intriguing mystery has been that, by contrast with the dramatic divergences that have been observed for all other physical properties, the magnetoresistance has exhibited smooth and uneventful behavior approaching and crossing nc. In this talk I will present new data and a different new analysis of the magnetoresistance of the strongly interacting 2D electron system in a silicon MOSFET for a broad range of electron densities. Our surprising results should trigger a re-examination of past work.

Jennifer Levi

Queer Rights and the Courts

All welcome for a discussion about “Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Transgender Status,” with Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders and Professor of Law at Western New England University and Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

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!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
Asian Student/Faculty/Staff Potluck - 10/30 from 5-7pm in Ford Hall Event Space

Asian Student/Faculty/Staff Potluck

Please join Amherst’s Asian Students Association (ASA) for dinner. This event is a pot-luck style dinner (so feel free to bring your favorite recipes!) and is a great opportunity to mingle with Amherst’s Asian community. ASA will also provide catered food. All are welcome!

D.E. Shaw Group Information Session

Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm, founded in 1988, with offices around the world. As one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers, the firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of its research and staff.

The firm’s ideal hires are intellectual but also humble, rigorous in their work but flexible in their approach, interesting, friendly, and most of all, curious about the world around us. With a culture that combines some of the best aspects of academia, finance and technology, D. E. Shaw prides itself on a work environment that promotes collaboration, integrity, and adherence to the highest possible ethical standards.

Teams work in close collaboration—not in competitive silos—to share trade ideas, manage risks, streamline processes, and explore new opportunities. The firm is committed to the well-being and happiness of its employees, recognizing that different people thrive in different types of environments: some are most productive working in t-shirts or listening to music, while others need time away from the office to recharge after a challenging project.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at D. E. Shaw group? Attend this information session to hear from current employees and recruiters about company culture, entry-level opportunities, and how to successfully apply for positions there.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

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.

Students Only

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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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
Medea

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film, and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.
Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.
Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Sophina Flores ’20 and sound design by Alistair Edwards ’22.
Tickets are free and open to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Ongoing Events

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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.