Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Mar 23, 2019

Birth Doula Workshop

This semester, a birth doula workshop will be happening on campus. The course will be four full days long on March 23 and 24, and April 6 and 7. This opportunity will be open to Amherst College community members, as well as people from the local community. The workshop will be hosted by Michelle L'Esperance, a trained doula.

Registration Required

5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference

The 5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference is designed to build community among students studying film and media on each of the five campuses, to give our most engaged students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and to allow them to share insights from their work with a wider audience. Participants will each give a 15-minute presentation as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes (the organizers will assemble these panels). Each panel will include time for questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, the Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program, the Smith College Film Studies Program and the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program.

12:30 p.m. Opening remarks from Jen Malkowski and Pooja Rangan, conference co-organizers.

12:45 - 2 p.m. Panel 1: Industry Influences
• Camille Faucheux, “Myth and Melodrama at the End of the World: Remediating Annihilation in Thor: Ragnarok and God of War”
• Makena Rasmussen, “The Next Top Model Global Empire”
• Ali Meneghetti, “Technology and Characterization in Animated Films”

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Panel 2: Identities in Stasis and in Flux
• Shan Jiang, “Transformations of Female Depictions in Chinese Animation”
• Julia Sagaser, “Listening Against Aural Taxidermy in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Reassemblage”
• Maeve McNamara, “‘You Can Tell Mom She Was Right’: Intergenerational Coming of Knowledge in Pariah”
• Dutch Clark, “Ripped and Gouged: Grotesque Transphobia, Victimhood and Ridicule in Ricky Gervais’ Humanity”

3:45 p.m. Break: Light refreshments including coffee and tea

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Media Analysis through Media
• Elliott Farquhar, “Be More: The Liminality of Genderqueer Identity in Contemporary Media” (Video Essay)
• Kameron Millner, “‘Tie Me Up for the Culture’: Violence against Women in Celebrated Spanish Cinema” (Video Essay)
• Haley Shaw, “Reversing the Dynamic of a Terms of Service Agreement via a Choose Your Own Adventure Game”

5:40 - 6:30 p.m. Panel 4: The Futures of Authorship
• Kat Quinn, “Feminine Performance, Masculine Spaces: Gendered Displacement in the Films of Maya Deren and Celia Rowlson-Hall”
• Tara Coughlin, “The Overall Deal: How Mr. Robot Reflects the Expanding Creative Role of the Showrunner”

6:30 p.m. Catered dinner for all panelists and faculty organizers

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"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

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Amherst College Jazz Ensemble McBride Concert

Concert by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, featuring the world premiere of "Mammoth Interruption," by NYC-based trombonist Sara Jacovino. Free and open to the public. Donations collected for the Amherst Survival Center.

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Bodies Week

Join the Student Health Educators for two weeks of events that focus on exploring your relationship with your body and celebrating what it does for you. See a full list of events on our Facebook!

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for second-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 second-year level is welcome to attend.

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.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!


Folger Fellows Presentations

Faculty and staff are invited to join us in the CHI Think Tank to learn about the fascinating research our talented Folger Undergraduate Fellows did at the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. last January! Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Stress! Plants Have It Too"

Susan Bush, Ph.D. and assistant professor in biology at Trinity College, will present "Stress! Plants Have It Too." This talk will assess aluminum tolerance in plants: learning how tomatoes tolerate stressful soil.

The Bush lab studies the way in which plants respond to environmental stresses. Stresses like drought, heat or toxic minerals like aluminum in the soil can make it difficult for a plant to grow, and-- unlike animals --a plant must survive and reproduce in the same location it was originally planted. Crop plants, like tomatoes, have been domesticated to carry genes that are important for farming and high yield, but the plants may not carry the gene variants that can help them survive under environmental stresses. Wild South American relatives of the tomato and colorful heirloom varieties of domesticated tomatoes harbor naturally occurring genetic diversity, which can make them more tolerant of stressful conditions.

In the Bush lab, we study the physiology, or the growth traits, of plants under normal conditions compared to their growth in the presence of the toxic element aluminum. We also examine how differences in plant physiology are underlain by genetic variation. Students can examine growth of tomato plants and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, the effect of stress hormones and the degree to which aluminum stress impacts different plants. We also study the genes involved in aluminum tolerance, using mutants and different species or varieties of tomato.

"Constructions of Europe/Europeans"

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

This panel discussion on "The Future of European Studies" will reflect on what it means to study Europe in the era of the refugee crisis, climate change and Brexit. Panelists include three top scholars: Holly Case of Brown University, Denise McCoskey of Miami University and Katharina Piechocki of Harvard University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Christopher van den Berg of Amherst College.

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"'Strange Radio' as Method" with Dr. Karen Werner

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Strange Radio explores the transmission of Holocaust postmemory in Vienna through a series of radio fragments made from field recordings, narration, archival material and divination. "Strange Radio as Method" proposes an approach to art and research based on autoethnography, radiophonics, and the politics of knowledge plus an aspiration to transform.

Karen Werner, Ph.D., is a radio artist and sociologist based in Western Massachusetts. Recently, she has been an artist-in-residence in Finland at the Saari Residence-Kone Foundation and in Vienna, Austria, at the MuseumsQuartier/Tonspur and studio das weisse haus. Werner is a 2017-2018 Fellow of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and received a Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation from 2014 to 2016 for artists with a Buddhist practice. In 2016, Werner’s radio documentary Laws of Lost and Found Objects won the Grand Prix Marulic. Her writings about radio, autoethnography and the performativity of language have been published in a range of academic journals. She teaches in the B.F.A. in Socially Engaged Art Program at Goddard College in Vermont.

All are welcomed. Reception to follow.

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Second of Two New Music March Mondays in Buckley

Brian Diehl, principal trombonist of the Hartford and Springfield Symphonies, joins pianist and Amherst College Professor of Music Eric Sawyer in a program introducing Sawyer’s new duo “Genial Giant” and featuring another duo commissioned for Diehl, “Devil’s Dermish,” by Lauren Bernofsky. Rounding out the program is music of Schumann and Piazzolla.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

We will gather in the Writing Center to write and share fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just show up. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews. All students are welcome.

Students Only
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Plants and Flowers for Healing

In this workshop you'll create a relaxing herbal tea blend and a calming lavender sachet while learning the properties and benefits of the herbs you're using. If you'd like to learn more about herbalism, plant medicine or would just enjoy a cup of tea, this workshop is for you.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

EY-Parthenon Information Table

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

The associate program at EY-Parthenon is highly sought after, as it is an incredible opportunity to fast-track a recent graduate’s career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face.

Stop by this information table to learn more!

EY-Parthenon Office Hours

Want to learn more about EY-Parthenon’s company culture and what it’s like to work there? Wondering if a career in consulting is right for you? Sign up for informational appointments with current EY-Parthenon associates, including Amherst alums, to discuss these and other topics!

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

The associate (full-time) and summer associate (internship) programs at EY-Parthenon are highly sought after, as these roles offer incredible opportunities to fast-track a recent graduate’s career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face. Associates work side by side with an incredible group of peers, highly achieved mentors and senior leaders to advise clients on concerns, opportunities and pathways to help them reach their full potential.

These small-group appointments are 20 minutes in length and open to current sophomores and juniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your resume through Handshake to sign up today!

"Engineering Applications of Light-Matter Interactions" Talk By Tina Shih

Tina Shih, of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will discuss "Engineering Applications of Light-Matter Interactions."

Abstract: The study of how light interacts with materials serves to uncover phenomena that has led to the development of the sensors and technologies we readily use today. This talk will walk through a few examples of light-matter interactions that have demonstrable applications, including ultrafast material switches, aerial 3D mapping and laser communication to the moon and beyond.

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“When shall we meet again?” Remembering a Trip to Japan in an Album

Naoko Adachi, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “When shall we meet again?” remembering a trip to Japan in an album.

In 1901, an American couple, Albert and Lillian Allen, traveled to Japan, and documented their trip in an album with photographs. Their album, held today at the Kislak Center for Rare Book and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, is a unique and interesting collection of photographs because it combines professionally produced photographs and Albert's own snapshots. The professional photographs are large-scale, hand-colored images of famous historical sites and the everyday lives of Japanese people. The smaller snapshots depict scenes from the couple's own trip, recording people and landscapes they encountered. In this presentation, Adachi explores how the album as a format changes the meanings of the photographs within, and how this album helped Albert's family remember their trip.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Ongoing Events

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Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view "Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte," on exhibit from March 4 - August 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library, 2nd Floor).

Professor Caroline Goutte is Chair of the Biology Department and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is Senior Resident Artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

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Against Doom - an exhibition by artist-in-residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.