Event Calendar

January 2020

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

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.

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

Participate in a Research Study on Vision

Have some free time to help contribute to science? Participate in a 10-minute research study on vision for $5! We will be running participants all day on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please select a time using this Excel spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xTr-UUrP_n53YnPzYV2gY62HmmSntz_N... or by emailing costrand20@amherst.edu.
We are recruiting anyone who has not yet participated in a Cohen Lab study (vision-based computer experiment). Everyone else is welcome! Please bring contacts or glasses if you wear them.

Registration Required

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Climate Action & Sustainability CRG

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Valentine Dining Area (Front area, Commu

Join us for our inaugural meeting of the Climate Action and Sustainability CRG!
We hope to gather colleagues who are interested in climate action, sustainability and climate “hope.” Many of us are grappling with climate grief, what the future holds, and ways in which we can make meaningful changes. With the college’s 2030 neutrality plan in action, it would be useful to gather staff, faculty and students to discuss options to offset their carbon footprint.
All are welcome!

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

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.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The Career Pitch: Authentically Telling Your Story

Build confidence in describing your goals, interests and experiences to potential employers, funding agencies and grad school committees! In this hands-on workshop presented by the Loeb Center’s Charles Hamilton Houston Houston Program, you will learn how to authentically answer the prompt, ‘So tell me about yourself,’ identify themes and pivotal moments in your life to speak to and develop a suite of examples to pull from for interviews, cover letters and more. *Attendance at this event will count towards the fulfillment of the internship preparation workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Lecturing Using TED Principles

Ideas Worth Spreading: Using TED Principles to Design Engaging Lectures

This Interterm, Susan Daniels, Associate of Public Speaking, and Jyl Gentzler, Professor of Philosophy, will offer faculty an interactive workshop on dynamic lecturing. By learning the rationale behind five TED principles of public speaking, applying them, and receiving feedback from faculty colleagues, you will transform your lectures into engaging opportunities for student learning.
Space is limited to five participants.
Please register at https://tinyurl.com/s5736jz.

Registration Required
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.

Mead Director David E. Little in the study room looking at prints with students enrolled in Collecting 101.

Interterm Course: "Collecting 101: Presentations & Public Vote"

In 2008, the family of Trinkett Clark created the Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund to honor the Mead’s former curator of American art who passed away in 2006. For more than a decade, the Fund has made it possible for students to select new artworks for the Mead’s permanent collection. The process begins with “Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead,” an intensive one-week Interterm course, led by curators and educators at the Mead. Students learn about the Mead’s print collection, the process of making and evaluating works of art, and how museums grow collections and engage local communities and audiences. Collecting 101 students get a hands-on experience of what it’s like to be a museum professional. They visit galleries, artist studios, and museum exhibitions to inform their research on emerging artists whose work they believe should be in the Mead’s collection.
The course culminates with the students’ public presentation of their selected artworks. Listen to student presentations and vote for the artwork you want to see at the Mead. The Mead will purchase the artwork that wins the popular vote. Please join us!
This program is made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund. Admission is free and open to all!

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Welcome Amherst’s New MRC Director Eboni Rafus-Brenning!

We are thrilled to announce Eboni Rafus-Brenning (she/her) as the new Director of the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center! We are beyond excited to have her join the Amherst College family. Eboni started this past week and has jumped into the work of learning about our community and is looking forward to meeting and connecting with you all. To learn more about Eboni, please read her bio below.
We will be hosting a meet-n-greet with Eboni on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 12-2pm in the MRC. Please join us for an opportunity to meet and learn more about Eboni. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
Eboni Rafus-Brenning is excited to return to the valley after seven years in Los Angeles County, California. Eboni spent four and a half years working at Viewpoint School, a K-12 independent school in Calabasas, CA, as the Upper School Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion where she advised student clubs and organizations; produced assemblies, heritage month celebrations, and a day-long Diversity, Equity and Inclusion conference; and assisted students as part of the Student Support Team. Previously, Eboni worked in Residence Life at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and for the Department of Residence Education at UMass, Amherst. As the daughter of an Army veteran, Eboni moved around all her life, but considers Western Massachusetts home. She earned an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing while working for the Women of Color Leadership Network at the Center for Women and Community and as The Graduate Student Senate’s Graduate Women’s Network Coordinator. Eboni lives in Holyoke with her wife, Brandice, son, Rhys, and two rescue dogs, Stella and Jasmine. She loves reading, writing, horseback riding and watching way too much television.
We would like to thank the incredible search committee that made the MRC director search a success! We are incredibly grateful for their time, continued dedication, and commitment to the MRC and Amherst community. We could not have facilitated the search without you. Thank you!

Darien McFadden
Harrison Blum
Zoe Akoto ’21
Andrea Kim ’20
Chimaway Lopez ’20

Again, please join us in welcoming Eboni to Amherst!

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Exploring Mental Health as Men: How Have Men Been Culturally Conditioned to Think, Feel and Talk About Mental Health

In this highly interactive workshop, facilitated by Peter McLean, we will explore how our culture helps and hurts our abilities as men to access feelings, talk about emotions and seek resources to support ourselves in our journey of mental health. Participants will learn strategies to identify their feelings, explore where those feelings might be stemming from, and to identify positive pathways forward. This workshop is primarily for male identified students looking to learn how to support themselves and others in creating a healthier mental landscape on campus, in their families, and in their lives beyond Amherst College.
Sponsored by the Counseling Center.

Path to Research: Off-Campus STEM Summer Application Workshop

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, A011

The Science, Writing and Loeb Career Centers will present a three-hour workshop to help you move forward on Off-Campus STEM Summer Application.
Register via link by Monday, Jan. 13, to participate!
This workshop is open to all class years. Lunch will be provided.
Bring at least one summer opportunity and your CV/personal statement/app materials to this workshop to get your application prepared for submission.
If you need more information, email jemartin@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required
Employee Council Coffee Hours

Staff Survey Coffee Hour

Please join us for a special Coffee Hour on Thursday, January 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Frost Cafe which will focus on the upcoming Staff Survey. Come share your questions and concerns, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

self-love

How to Love Yourself Without Arrogance or Narcissism

How much easier is it for you to praise someone else than it is to recognize how you, yourself, have done well? Our ability to love and accept ourselves FULLY allows us to love and accept those around us even more. Would you ever say the things you say about yourself to someone else? To your roommate? To your professor? To your grandma? Loving ourselves authentically and appropriately charges our batteries, fills our hearts, and makes us more capable of being our true selves and for helping those around us feel welcomed into being their true selves. Facilitated by Peter McLea. Sponsored by the Counseling Center.

Campus Print & Mail Center Open House

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm College Hall, Print & Mail Center

Join us for food, giveaways and raffles at the Campus Print & Mail Center’s Open House!
If you’re not familiar with CPMC, this is the perfect opportunity to stop in to meet our team, see our capabilities and the impressive variety of printing, copying and finishing services available to the campus community.
RSVP by 1/21/20 at the link below.

Logo for 2020 Bioscience Symposium

2020 Fink Symposium: “Science and Medicine: From Amherst to the Laboratory, Medical School, and Beyond”

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual symposium is an opportunity for students who aim to work in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields.
The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. with introductory remarks by George Carmany ’62, who founded the gathering with Fink. Their Amherst classmate Marc Pohl ’62 , head of clinical hypertension and nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic, will be among the slate of speakers. For a complete schedule visit amherst.edu/go/bioscience
This year’s keynote presenter is Harvey Lodish, founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and Professor of Biology and of Biological Engineering, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will deliver his address at 8 p.m.
The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: amherst.edu/go/bioscience

Registration Required

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

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.

Public Reading flier with an illustration of a microphone and quotation marks

Interterm Creative Writing Residency: Public Reading

Come and hear the Interterm creative writers read their original works of many kinds! Dumplings and donuts will be served! Come early to hear some live jazz piano!

Public Reading and Lunch by Amherst Interterm Creative Writers Residency

This event will feature a light lunch (dumplings and donuts) and public reading by participants in the Amherst Interterm Creative Writers Residency. Everyone is welcome.

AMHERST X THE GREAT MIDWEST TRIVIA CONTEST, brain amidst question marks logo

Amherst x The Great Midwest Trivia Contest

This Chicago restaurant serves both Italian beef and shrimp egg foo young, and may also be mistaken for a file extraction software. The street on which it is located is the first name of a man whose last name is the first name of a different man who began his own DIY cake decorating business. The man who shares his name with this street has written a book which purports that those born between November 22 and December 21 are “fond of horses.” On page 21 of that book, there is a car. What does the car say?
Over 50 years ago, Lawrence University’s radio station WLFM-AM started the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, a 50-hour research-based trivia event. If you enjoy answering complicated questions (like the one above—last year’s final question) or completing action challenges such as “creating and performing the best love song in under 10 minutes,” sign up to express your interest in participating on the Great Midwest Trivia Contest team! Student Activities and Science Center Programs is teaming up to present this weekend-long event complete with food and fun for participants of the contest. For updates, sign up at
https://forms.gle/F9WSqmw91ktWihdv8.

Today - Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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!

CHI Salon: “Climate Stories Music”

How can music and storytelling play a role in responding to the climate crisis unfolding around us? Bassist, composer and educator Jason Davis presents Climate Stories Music, a presentation and performance of original music featuring the recorded voices of people from around the world sharing their climate stories—their personal observations of and responses to climate change in their home regions. Jason will discuss his work collecting and sharing climate stories via his initiative Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing personal stories about the changing climate. He will also perform two pieces for solo double bass featuring recorded climate stories. Come find out how sharing your climate story contributes to a powerful societal response to the climate crisis.
Wine and tapas reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.

Tomorrow - Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Cover of Anne Fausto-Sterling's book "Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World"

“Gender/Sex Identity is in the Body”—Lecture by Anne Fausto-Sterling

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall, E110

“The Feminist Thought Group of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry welcomes all to attend a public lecture by Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology & Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University & founder of the Science &
Technology Studies Program at Brown University. The author of three books and over 60 scholarly articles, she is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science."

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required
student with head on table next to thesis mug that reads "caution thesis writing in progress"

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

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

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.

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required
Three STAGE performers, each wearing a different large headdress

CAST and STAGE by a canary torsi

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present a special showing of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR by a canary torsi, a project invested in how meaning is created by audiences and performers in real time through the languages of theater: spectacle, casting, scores and scripts. At Amherst College at Kirby Theater, for the first time, CAST and STAGE are being presented as one evening with an intermission.

Amherst College is partnering with A.P.E. and The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought to bring AUTHOR to 33 Hawley as part of the Bodies in Motion Festival. The interactive installation runs until Jan. 31 at the Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

CAST is a performance by four of the performers that created the trilogy. At each performance, a new, computer-generated script is culled from transcripts of conversations on casting and representation. The performers receive their roles and the never-before-seen script in front of the audience and perform it for the first time in their presence.

STAGE is a visual and aural fantasia with live music. STAGE explores the role of theatrical devices in affecting what an audience sees and perceives.

AUTHOR is a participatory video installation that invites each visitor to interact with the performers through a text-based computer game. Forming a poetically mediated stream-of-conscious between visitors and the video recordings, visitors navigate their relationship to the performers’ language and images on the topics of performing, representation and casting. The algorithm of the game invites each visitor to discover their own voice inside the machine, to construct their own meaning in “conversation” with the personal material of the performers.

The presentation of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is generously supported by a New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Grant, and by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Groove Fund at Amherst College, in cooperation with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Admission for all events is free. To reserve tickets for CAST and STAGE, call (413) 542-2277. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For information on AUTHOR exhibit times, please visit the A.P.E. webpage: http://www.apearts.org/events--projects.html

Ongoing Events

Student-Written 10 Minute Play Festival

Interested in writing a 10-minute play? Interested in having your 10-minute play performed in an hour-long student-written play festival? Submit your 10-minute plays (approximately 10 pages) to acgreenroom@gmail.com by Saturday, Feb. 1, to be considered. Plays will be provided one set: a dining room table and chairs. Do with that what you will. Any questions, submissions or interest in design to be e-mailed to acgreenroom@gmail.com.

Students Only