Event Calendar

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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.

Photo of the outside of Valentine Dining Hall

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.