Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Sep 19, 2019

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The Seventh Annual Amherst Poetry Festival

The Emily Dickinson Museum presents the seventh annual Amherst Poetry Festival from Sept. 19 to 22. Experience one-of-a-kind programs around downtown Amherst, including workshops, master classes, poetry discussions, and readings from headliners Adrian Matejka, Paige Lewis and Paisley Rekdal. And don’t miss the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems! Visit https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/apf/ for our full schedule of events.

Arabic Language Table for First-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Thursday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only
Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Careers in Journalism and Media With Aleszu Bajak ’06

Interested in combining a passion for writing with the issues and ideas that shape our world? Curious to learn more about data and storytelling as tools for social justice? Looking to explore how your first/second/third language could help shape your pathway into journalism?
Join us for lunch and conversation with bilingual science journalist Aleszu Bajak. Since graduating from Amherst in 2006 with majors in Spanish and biology, Bajak has pursued a wide range of career experiences—from marine biology labs to launching and editing Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. He currently serves as graduate programs manager at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, where he teaches courses and runs research on digital journalism, data reporting and new media. Aleszu is the editor of Storybench.org and LatinAmericanScience.org. He was a founding senior writer at Undark, has also been a freelance reporter in Latin America, and a producer for the public radio show Science Friday. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Boston Globe magazine, MIT Technology Review, the Huffington Post, bioGraphic, Esquire, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Beeradvocate, and Guernica, among other outlets.

Free Bike Repairs and Tune-ups

Free bike repairs and tune-ups on Sept. 19 and 20. First come first serve!

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Opening Lecture and Reception with Odette England

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition Do Things to Images, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 16–Oct. 11.

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Russian Film Screening: "Spring on Zarechnaia Street" (Весна на Заречной улице)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Spring on Zarechnaia Street (Весна на Заречной улице), directed by Marlen Khutsiev, is about a down-to-earth factory worker who falls in love with a recent college graduate. She also happens to be his new teacher at the night school where he is trying to complete his secondary education. Is there a future for them?

The film was completed in 1956, and its duration is 96 minutes.

The film will be screened in Russian with English subtitles. There are two screenings: 4:30 and
7:30 p.m.

“Law, Infamy and the Time of Sovereignty”

Sherally Munshi, associate professor of law at Georgetown Law, will present a paper. This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Professor Munshi’s areas of scholarly interests include property law, immigration law, and critical legal theory. Her writings have been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and Harper’s. Forthcoming works by Munshi include: Immigration and the Imperial, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LAW AND THE HUMANITIES (Simon Stern, Bernadette Meyler & Maksymilian Del Mar eds., Oxford University Press) and Before the Muslim Ban, in DEEPENING DIVIDES: HOW BORDERS AND SOCIAL BOUNDARIES DELINEATE OUR WORLD (Didier Fassin ed.,).
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will explore the ambivalent status of the 1823 property law case, Johnson v. M’Intosh, please email the LJST department assistant coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Putnam Investments Info Session

Putnam has helped individuals and institutions pursue successful investment strategies for 80 years. Today, Putnam provides investment services across a range of equity, fixed income, absolute return, and alternative strategies. A global asset manager serving individuals, institutions, and retirement plan sponsors, Putnam distributes its services largely through intermediaries via offices and strategic alliances in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Putnam's Early Career Programs offer a wealth of opportunities for motivated, talented, and creative individuals with a passion to learn and succeed in the investment management industry. These programs offer fast-paced, hands-on job responsibilities, working directly with Putnam professionals; robust formal training programs to supplement on-the-job experience; and accelerated opportunities for those who demonstrate the aptitude and passion for success.

Attend this information session to learn more about Putnam’s culture, its early career opportunities, and how to successfully apply for internships and full-time positions in various divisions of the company.

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KDSAP Intro Meeting

Come join the Amherst College Chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)! We fight chronic kidney disease, host talks from doctors and community leaders, and serve the Amherst population through volunteer work. If you want to learn medical skills and do good, we are the club for you!

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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

Trade Informatics Full-Time Analyst & Internship Information Session

Trade Informatics is a team of data-driven trading experts helping clients retain more of their alpha. Via its vertically integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics, the firm provides buy-side institutional investors with the tools and insights necessary to succeed in the increasingly competitive investment world. Collectively, Trade Informatics’ client base accounts for over 20% of global equities trading.
In this information session, Trade Informatics representatives will share information on its open full-time analyst and internship positions, both of which are currently accepting applications via Handshake. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in trade strategy and analysis, action-oriented consulting and centralized workflow management.
Attend this session to learn more!

Students Only

First Russian Tea of the Year!

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the first Russian Tea of the year. All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. There will be donuts!

Students Only

Tomorrow - Fri, Sep 20, 2019

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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.

Math & Stats: Welcome Tea Reception Invitation, Friday Sept. 20, 3 - 4:30 PM, Ford 107 Event Space

Math & Stats: Welcome Tea Reception

Please join the Math & Stats faculty for our annual fall Welcome Tea reception. Math & Stats majors, students and enthusiasts are welcome to attend. We will have tea-infused treats, hot & cold teas and games. Please come for as long or as short a time as you can. We look forward to hearing what you have been up to over the summer!

Publishing Masterclass with The Common and [PANK]

Hoping to get your creative writing published? Join editors from The Common and [PANK] for a masterclass on publishing. Learn how to find the right publications for your work and prepare a successful submission as part of the 2019 Amherst Poetry Festival. All are welcome!

Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Beauty Industry

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Guest speaker Sunjoo Lee will share her experience from working as a successful female entrepreneur in the Korean beauty industry for over 25 years. Once an Ewha University student who could barely speak English, she now leads Mediheal US, Korea’s #1 sheet mask brand.
Previously, she worked as the Senior Vice President of Kiehl’s and General Manager of Mass Market Division of L’Oreal Korea. Under her leadership, Kiehl’s catapulted from #43 all the way to top-3 in the competitive Korean cosmetics market.
Come to hear about her business success story and learn about the beauty industry!

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A Seat at the Table with Liz Agosto

Join the MRC for "A Seat at the Table," a series dedicated to the stories of Staff and Faculty of Color and how they achieved their metaphorical seat. This month, our speaker is Liz Agosto, Amherst College's new Dean of Students. Join us in the MRC for conversation and good food!

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M@A Parallels Series Presents Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing”

The M@A 2019-2020 Series begins with a Parallels Series concert, presenting Luciana Souza: “The Book of Longing,” featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colle. Tickets are required.

Luciana Souza is a Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer best known for thoughtful takes on her native Brazilian songs. In “The Book of Longing,” she explores saudade, or yearning, through poetry by Leonard Cohen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, and Souza in her own arrangements. She is joined by guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley.

“[Luciana Souza is] a New Yorker from Brazil whose singing bridges with breathtaking finesse the not-so- wide gap between Brazilian pop and American jazz. Souza’s voice is low, soft and as agile as an otter in water, and it is a sensual pleasure to hear her sing in Portuguese, that most liquid and supple of languages. How marvelous that a singer unknown to me a month ago should now be one of my favorites!” —The Washington Post

The box office for this performance opens on September 6, 2019. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. FREE Amherst College student rush tickets are available at the door beginning at 7 PM on the day of the show.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at:
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Holyoke Bound

What is Holyoke Bound? A day-long gathering for students, staff and faculty members from the Five College Consortium interested in working, interning, volunteering and collaborating with residents and community organizations in the city of Holyoke. Join us to learn about the rich cultural history of this city and its people. Event includes: transportation, continental breakfast, workshops and networking, and a traditional Puerto Rican lunch. Please remember to sign up by Friday, September 13.

Registration Required
Service and Reception for James Denton, Saturday, September 21, 12:30 p.m., Johnson Chapel

Service and Reception for Emeritus Professor James Denton

We cordially invite members of the campus community to attend two approaching events in honor of Emeritus Professor of Mathematics James Q. Denton. Dr. Denton passed away on July 14, 2019; he taught at Amherst in the Mathematics Department from 1964 to 2005.
Following the service there will be a reception in Seeley Mudd 206.

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!

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.