Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Sep 23, 2019

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.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

French Department Welcome/Welcome Back Pâtísseríes & Tea

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Barrett Hall, Barrett Hall Library (Barrett 202)

The French department invites you to its Welcome/Welcome Back Pâtísseríes and Tea. Join us in welcoming new and returning students, meet the members of our community and learn about the activities of the department and of the French House. All are welcome!

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Matthew Dane '93 and Gregory Hayes '73: "Reflections" - Viola d’Amore Recital

Violist Matthew Dane '93 and harpsichordist Gregory Hayes '73 present Reflections, a program showcasing the viola d'amore as an extraordinary instrument to express the diverse music of our time and world. The program includes music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Reena Esmail, and features a premiere by Amherst College's Professor Eric Sawyer. The concert is free and open to the public.

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“Territory as Home: Maya Resistance Against Extractivism in Guatemala”

Lawyer and scholar Juan Castro will discuss Maya concepts of home, including the deep and complex roots of Mayan conceptualization of place. He will show how this concept of home arises from the longstanding historical and literary traditions of Mayan people and informs ongoing resistance to colonization and extraction. This talk is a vital aspect of the courses that we are teaching, which embed interaction with Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers and activists. We are especially aware of the crucial relevance of this discussion in light of both global climate change and localized manifestations, including the burning of the forests in Brazil and the continuing dispossession of Mayan and other indigenous people.
Castro can speak directly to the criminalization of Maya authorities defending lands and rivers in Guatemala, including women. In doing so, he analyzes the legal mechanisms by which the state of Guatemala has historically appropriated Maya territories for the profit of extractive industries. He complements this historical approach with insights into the politics of state repression against Indigenous resistance today, which has resulted in the state-orchestrated assassination of leaders like Berta Caceres. Castro argues that “our Maya identity is a political one; we defend our territories, we speak Indigenous languages and understand Maya cosmovision.” A Maya lawyer is a political identity, one that challenges conventional legalities and quietly redefines state authority. His presentation offers a decolonial approach to litigation.
Juan Castro is an indigenous Maya lawyer and scholar in Guatemala. He is the founder and director of the Legal Center for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala. He is a dynamic member of the Association of Maya Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala and also teaches law at the Maya University of Guatemala. He has previously worked at the OHCHR in Guatemala. He specializes in Indigenous collective rights and is considered by Maya Indigenous authorities as their representative in state courts. He is currently one of Guatemala’s most prominent lawyers, working on 19 such cases, some very emblematic, like the defense of Maya authorities taken as political prisoners for contesting extractivism in their territories.

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for third-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 third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

Clarion Life Sciences Consulting Information Session

Clarion is a life sciences strategy and organizational consultancy that collaborates with its clients to envision, craft and enable growth through innovation and leadership.
Advisors at Clarion use their passion for life sciences to work closely with clients and build solutions to complicated challenges, which requires a commitment to collaboration and building shared ideas. The firm attracts the brightest and most forward-thinking minds in life sciences—seasoned professionals who obsess with the details of daunting challenges deep into the night; scientists and business brains working in symphony; gritty professionals who thrive on taking problems apart and putting them together again as elegant solutions.
Want to learn more about the company and its culture? Attend this information to hear from current advisors, including Amherst alum Shelton Cochran ’16, about what it’s like to work at Clarion and how to apply for the firm’s entry-level opportunities.

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"Combating Loneliness and Finding Belonging"

Loneliness is one of the biggest issues facing college students today. In this presentation, award-winning mental health speaker Kurt Morris shares his struggle with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, and how it led to severe loneliness in his life. Additionally, he explains why students have such difficulty finding belonging in college and methods they can use to empower themselves to combat loneliness.

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Employee Council September Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

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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.

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"Coffee Break" with Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence Representative, Prema Samuel will be here to discuss the following programs over coffee and cookies!

· Havana, Cuba: This program is the longest running program in Havana with specializations in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
This is an approved Amherst program.

·London, England: The London Theatre Program, run in partnership with BADA (British American Drama Academy), offers conservatory acting training.
Students can petition this program.

Come learn about these exciting study abroad opportunities!

Students Only
Frost Cafe

Meet, Greet & Treat

Stop by to chat with counselors from the Counseling Center and students from Active Minds, SHEs, PAs and the Wellness Team and get to know a little more about who we are and what we do. We'll treat you to a free coffee, tea or cookie from Frost Café.

Thomas Langin, Yale: “Ultracold Molecules: A New Tool for Studying Strongly Interacting Quantum Systems”

Thomas Langin from Yale University will be speaking on Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs).

BECs, in which the material is cold and dense enough that the wavefunctions of the particles overlap (e.g., when the DeBroglie wavelength (λ∝1/√T) equals the interparticle spacing (a∝n^(- 1/3))), are typically created by cooling N≥1000 atoms to T≤100 nK. These systems have many interesting properties, such as superfluidity, easily tunable interactions and phase coherence. However, in most atoms, interactions are limited to short-range van der Waals interactions.

At Yale, we are attempting to create BECs of SrF, a polar molecule which has strong, tunable, long-range dipole-dipole interactions. Molecules also have many easily accessible long-lived rotational states, which make them attractive for quantum information studies. In this talk, I will discuss the techniques we have implemented thus far to cool thousands of SrF molecules to T∼10μK. I will conclude by discussing our progress toward reaching lower temperatures and achieving a BEC of SrF.

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!

Biophysical Society AC Student Chapter

Biophysical Society Student Chapter - Welcome Introduction

The first welcome meeting of the new Biophysical Society - Amherst College Student Chapter. Come enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream and hear about the upcoming Molecular Biophysics Northeast Conference at Northeastern University, Boston.

Questions? Contact bpsamherstcollege@gmail.com
or message us at https://www.facebook.com/amherstcollegebps

Intro to Careers in Communication

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Are you an interdisciplinary or creative thinker, skilled in research, writing, and synthesizing complex information? From publishing and writing, to marketing and advertising, to media and journalism—communications industries are a great fit for lovers of storytelling and those hoping to bring creativity to business practices.
Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of potential career trajectories, industry timelines for internships and jobs, and Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

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RBG: Movie Night Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Snacks will be provided at this indoor documentary showing, held in anticipation of Justice Ginsburg's visit to campus on October 3.

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.

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday at 9:00 to 12:00 at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wed. mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Ongoing Events

Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour

Learning to navigate Frost Library can set you up to take on all your academic missions this year. Get on the right track: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost’s circulation desk. Complete the tour and get a gift card to Frost Café plus a chance to win our grand prize!

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“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.