Event Calendar

June 2020

Thu, Jun 4, 2020

#Amherst Acts: Donate to NAACP LDF, UNCF, Send proof of donation, Amherst matches your donations ($250 max.)

#AmherstActs: Donation Match!

The President’s Office is partnering with the BSU to match donations made
to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the United Negro College Fund,
and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center up to $250/person. Please use the link
below to send screenshots of your donations so they can be tracked and
counted for the fundraiser. We will always demand justice for Black lives and
accountability for the violence wrought by systemic racism, and in support of
the BSU’s mission, #AmherstActs. Open to students, faculty, and staff! The
deadline is Wednesday, June 10, at 11:59 PM. Link here:
https://forms.gle/52BEFcGJrtAa1itq6

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Statement of Solidarity from the South Asian Students Association

The South Asian Community of Amherst stands in solidarity with the Black members of our community and beyond during these tumultuous times. We hope to show our support through this statement of solidarity. We encourage all members of our Amherst community to show support by using the resources shared in our statement. Despite the heartbreak and turmoil of the last number of days, we hope that this moment proves to be a moment of real change for our country. We thank you in advance for taking the time to read our statement of solidarity which can be found by clicking on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PTBI_ouPM7WBsKPiHDRq58NsaDJdMQfa/view?u...

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Summer Thesis Research Table

The Thesis Research Table is a weekly Zoom gathering for students beginning large, independent research projects (including but not limited to honors theses). The Table is a time to build a network of support from peers and instructional staff from the Writing Center and Library, to build skills useful for sustaining remote research projects, and to share strategies for balancing productivity and wellness in an uncertain time. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process, with topics announced through the Daily Mammoth. Drop in or attend regularly.

Hosted by Blake Doherty (Frost Library) and Jessica Kem (Writing Center)

Students Only

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Lunch Break with the Employee Council

In light of the recent civic unrest and unprecedented response by people, communities, and institutions, we at the Employee Council are eager to hear from our fellow staff. As with our regular coffee hours,
this will be a time for us to gather and to hear your ideas and concerns, with particular focus on needed changes or thoughts regarding racial equity and inclusion at the college. Since most of the current EC reps are white, we are particularly interested in hearing from staff of color so that we can more clearly bring forward your suggestions and concerns. Co-hosted by Doralinda Puente and Kathy Couch; with special guest Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership.
If you have ideas or concerns that you would like to submit confidentially, you can always write to the EC directly using this Contact Us form (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/445435). Also, if you want more direct support, check out the resources page of the EC website (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/626320) to find ways to contact Ombudsperson, Larry Hunt, or Director of Inclusive Leadership, Dina Levi.

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:
• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:
• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

ArcGIS can be (but does not need to be) installed on faculty, staff, and student Windows computers or on Macs running Windows under Parallels (note link to the Student Edition) or a similar virtual machine (16 GB of total RAM is highly recommended!). Download ArcGIS 10.7.1 from the Amherst Software Collection.

This course will take place online via Zoom.

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

"Protest to Power: Lessons From the Making of Newark's First Black Mayor, Ken Gibson"

In the streets of America, the rage is clear. How do we bottle all that energy before it goes away or gets ground into dust or slips from memory or becomes statistics on the laptops of newsrooms across the world or textbooks in schools? History, to become useful, must be used as lessons for today. In today’s space, fresh upon this latest wave of needless police violence, how do we convert the power and energy in the streets, to sustain power at all levels? Power in the streets, power in the suites.

Please join our discussion on June 16 at 7 p.m., when veterans of the civil rights and black power movements, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and representatives of the new movements for black lives, look at lessons learned from Newark, N.J., 50 years ago, when we converted the energy of the Newark rebellions and street organizing to change the power alignment in the city, forever!

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:
• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:
• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

ArcGIS can be (but does not need to be) installed on faculty, staff, and student Windows computers or on Macs running Windows under Parallels (note link to the Student Edition) or a similar virtual machine (16 GB of total RAM is highly recommended!). Download ArcGIS 10.7.1 from the Amherst Software Collection.

This course will take place online via Zoom.

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Summer Thesis Research Table

The Thesis Research Table is a weekly Zoom gathering for students beginning large, independent research projects (including but not limited to honors theses). The Table is a time to build a network of support from peers and instructional staff from the Writing Center and Library, to build skills useful for sustaining remote research projects, and to share strategies for balancing productivity and wellness in an uncertain time. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process, with topics announced through the Daily Mammoth. Drop in or attend regularly.

Hosted by Blake Doherty (Frost Library) and Jessica Kem (Writing Center)

Students Only

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:
• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:
• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

ArcGIS can be (but does not need to be) installed on faculty, staff, and student Windows computers or on Macs running Windows under Parallels (note link to the Student Edition) or a similar virtual machine (16 GB of total RAM is highly recommended!). Download ArcGIS 10.7.1 from the Amherst Software Collection.

This course will take place online via Zoom.

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Fulbright Webinar for Applicants--Sub-Saharan Africa

The Fulbright Program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching to college graduates in over 140 countries outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa--opportunities, available grants, how to apply, and more. To register: https://bit.ly/2N5uwHV

Alumni Requests for Faculty Speakers

Given that travel is limited and that events will be virtual into the fall, Advancement would be grateful if you would share whether alumni have been in touch with you directly about speaking at or moderating virtual events. There have been an increasing number of Zoom gatherings, and Advancement is here to help you manage requests (and your response to such requests) and offer support, technical and otherwise. Sharing your involvement with Advancement will also help in our planning. Thank you!

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Fulbright Applicant Webinar for South and Central Asia (U.S. Citizens)

The Fulbright student program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching for college graduates in over 140 countries outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in the South and Central Asia -- opportunities in specific countries, what to expect, how to apply, and more. Register: https://bit.ly/3fRG2D3

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Scientific Programming with Python

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online with Zoom

Python is a freely distributable, high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing scientific problems, and solve them using the College computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Tuesday – Thursday, June 23 – 25, 1 PM – 5 PM

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Fulbright Webinar for Applicants - Middle East and Northern Africa

The Fulbright program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching for college graduates in over 140 countries outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa -- opportunities in specific countries, what to expect, how to apply, and more. Register: https://bit.ly/2Y7oVH8

Two stylized pythons wrapped around each other.

Scientific Programming with Python

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online with Zoom

Python is a freely distributable, high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing scientific problems, and solve them using the College computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Tuesday – Thursday, June 23 – 25, 1 PM – 5 PM

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Summer Thesis Research Table

The Thesis Research Table is a weekly Zoom gathering for students beginning large, independent research projects (including but not limited to honors theses). The Table is a time to build a network of support from peers and instructional staff from the Writing Center and Library, to build skills useful for sustaining remote research projects, and to share strategies for balancing productivity and wellness in an uncertain time. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process, with topics announced through the Daily Mammoth. Drop in or attend regularly.

Hosted by Blake Doherty (Frost Library) and Jessica Kem (Writing Center)

Students Only

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Overhead view of four colorful mugs of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

Amherst College staff are invited to an Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour. Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff.

Hosted by EC representatives Andrea Sulavik and Chris Moulton with special guest Ombudsperson Larry Hunt.

Two stylized pythons wrapped around each other.

Scientific Programming with Python

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online with Zoom

Python is a freely distributable, high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing scientific problems, and solve them using the College computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Tuesday – Thursday, June 23 – 25, 1 PM – 5 PM

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Fulbright Applicant Webinar for East Asia and the Pacific (U.S. Citizens)

The Fulbright student program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching for college graduates in over 140 countries outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in East Asia and the Pacific-- opportunities in specific countries, what to expect, how to apply, and more. Register: https://bit.ly/3ekjGcV

Internships and Fellowships with the U.S. Department of State: Planning Ahead and Getting Ahead

The U.S. Department of State represents U.S. interests around the world. The Department’s employees, with their skills, character, and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. To introduce students to the world of U.S. diplomacy, the Department offers numerous student internships and fellowship programs. Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, along with Diplomat in Residence for New England Phil Beekman and Diplomat in Residence for the North Central Lou Fintor, will talk with students at the 39 schools within the Liberal Arts Career Network about the internship and fellowship programs, with an eye toward preparing students for the applications, which are due in September. Pre-register at http://tinyurl.com/y93t3sg8 and the Zoom meeting information will be emailed to you.

Students Only
Registration Required

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Fulbright Applicant Webinar for Europe and Eurasia (U.S. Citizens)

The Fulbright student program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching for college graduates in over 140 countries outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in Europe and Eurasia-- opportunities in specific countries, what to expect, how to apply, and more. Register: https://bit.ly/319QRft

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Graduate Study in the UK Webinar - University of Warwick

Want to do graduate study in the UK? Join this webinar on the University of Warwick, Monday, June 29. Fellowships like the Marshall and Fulbright programs support study at numerous UK universities. This webinar is part of a series to be held throughout June and July on many of them. Get the inside scoop on their academic programs and what it’s like to be there as a grad student. Brief tour, short lecture, alumni panel, and Q&A at the end. Register: https://bit.ly/37ReACn

RELEASE Returns!

We're Back! The MRC and Amherst College Counseling center presents: RELEASE, an open forum for conversations that center the experiences and voices of students of color. Mondays at 3pm via Zoom.

Students Only

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

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Debugging and Version Control for Programming

Want your computer code to be perfect? Start by realizing that you will make mistakes when writing it! In this class you’ll learn how to discover and fix your errors. We will cover basic principles of debugging applicable to any programming language, though examples will use the Python language and its standard debugger pdb. Sometimes you’ll also want to try out new ideas without ruining the code that’s already working. We will therefore learn the basics of using the Git version control system, which makes it easy to fall back to an earlier version of your code if necessary. Git is also an important tool for collaborating with others, so that you can safely experiment with fixing errors in their code and taking it in new directions.

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

Fulbright Applicant Webinar for the Western Hemisphere (U.S. Citizens)

The Fulbright student program offers grants for research, study or assistant teaching for college graduates outside the U.S. This webinar focuses on the countries in Central and South America and Canada-- opportunities in specific countries, what to expect, how to apply, and more. Register: https://bit.ly/37WXV0c

Ongoing Events

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Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."