Event Calendar

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Installation photo of Rotherwas Project 5: Christopher Myers, The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Quilts of many different fabrics and colors depicts scenes of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and adorn the wood-paneled rooms of the Rotherwas Room.

Grab and Don’t Go with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Meet Myers for lunch in the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center. Learn more about his artistic practice, his work in publishing, how his work centers historically marginalized perspectives in art and literature, and how he collaborates with artists and craftspeople across cultures and around the world.

Film scene of a woman and man standing outdoors in a grassy field, dressed in 18th-century European clothing, looking at each other

German Film Series: “Young Goethe in Love”

Fictional romantic biopic starring Alexander Fehling as the young Goethe struggling as an aspiring poet. When working as an assistant at a law court, he falls hopelessly in love with a young woman who is already engaged, triggering events that provided the inspiration of Goethe’s first international success, the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774).

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

Rhonda Cobham-Sander sitting at desk with open book

Reflections on Teaching with Rhonda Cobham-Sander

4:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, will reflect with us about her teaching now and how her teaching has evolved throughout her career at Amherst College.

RSVP through the Center for Teaching and Learning website.

Law’s Infamy: Ashker v. Brown and the Failures of Solitary Confinement Reform

Keramet Reiter, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, will present a paper entitled “Law’s Infamy: Ashker v. Brown and the Failures of Solitary Confinement Reform.” This is the fifth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Keramet Reiter studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.

"The Court System of Japan"

"After giving an overview of the Japanese court system, I would like to talk about the mediation system, which has been evaluated as characteristic in the Japanese court system. Of course, there is a mediation system in the United States, but mediation in Japan is performed in a court building and involves nonlegal professionals as mediators, which is completely different from mediation in the United States. I would like to think about how disputes are resolved in Japanese court through this characteristic system and what kind of image the Japanese have of the court."

—Yukihiro Okada, Professor of Law at Doshisha University

Presented by the Doshisha University and Amherst College Faculty Exchange Program

Please note that this lecture will be in Japanese.

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Math Colloquium: Amanda Folsom, “Symmetry, Almost”

Some definitions of the word symmetry include “correct or pleasing proportion of the parts of a thing,” “balanced proportions” and “the property of remaining invariant under certain changes, as of orientation in space.” One might think of snowflakes, butterflies and our own faces as naturally symmetric objects—or at least close to it. Mathematically, one can also conjure up many symmetric objects: even and odd functions, fractals, certain matrices and modular forms, a type of symmetric complex function. All of these things exhibit a kind of beauty in their symmetries, so would they lose some of their innate beauty if their symmetries were altered? Alternatively, could some measure of beauty be gained with slight symmetric imperfections? We will explore these questions, guided by the topic of modular forms and their variants. What can be gained by perturbing modular symmetries in particular? We will discuss this theme from past to present: the origins of these questions have their roots in the first half of the 20th century, dating back to Ramanujan and Gauss, while some fascinating and surprising answers come from just the last 15 years.

Headhot of Christopher Myers

"The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language": Artist Talk with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Join us for an artist talk with Christopher Myers to learn more about his artistic practice and the thinking behind this year’s Rotherwas Project.

This program is supported by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and is free and open to all.

Film & Media Studies Open House

Are you interested in exploring film and media but don’t know where to begin? Our Film & Media Studies open house is just the place! We have an array of opportunities for students here at Amherst College, so cozy up in the McCaffrey Room lounge and join us for pizza and cookies to learn more! All students and majors are welcome.

Financial Aid and Taxes Q&A

Tax Filing and Financial Aid Re-Application Party

It's the time we've all been waiting for! That's right, it's tax and financial aid re-application season. If you didn't know, everyone on financial aid has to re-apply every year and everyone who receives financial aid for housing and food has to file taxes. Don't fret, Amherst QuestBridge Low Income Community will help you as well as answer all your burning questions about financial aid and taxes. You've got to do it anyway, why not do it around friends and snacks??

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.

Cover of Sarah Knott's book "Mother Is a Verb," with an illustration of a woman with her body underwater and her face and hand sticking out above the surface

"Feminist Theory? Queer Studies? Memoir? How to Write the History of Pregnancy and Birth in Changing Times"

Sarah Knott is a writer, feminist and professor of history. She is the author, most recently, of Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History, which The New York Times described as “a joy to read.” She is currently an associate professor of history at Indiana University and a research fellow of the Kinsey Institute.

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Lamont Lecture Fund, and the Eastman Lecture Fund

Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

French House Open House

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come explore French House. This is an opportunity to meet with current French House residents and the French Language Assistants to ask any questions that you might have. Learn about what it's like to live in French House, and to be part of this community. Refreshments will be served!

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

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