Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Queen Mary London Poster

Study Abroad at Queen Mary University of London

Stop by the info table to talk with representative Rachel Davies to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary University of London.

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Text reads: Stonewall at 50 Soiree: A Community Celebration with President Biddy Martin, Wednesday 5-7pm, October 16, the President's House. The logo of the stonewall committee (stylized text reading "Stonewall at 50) is below the title text.

Stonewall at 50 Soiree: A Community Celebration with President Biddy Martin

Join President Biddy Martin and the Amherst College Stonewall Committee. All members of the Amherst College community are invited to come together at the President’s House to kick off a year of programming with the Amherst College Stonewall Committee. Celebrate with food, conversation and community at this inaugural event!
The Stonewall Committee (SWC) is a college-wide group of staff, faculty and students dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion (Stonewall). Stonewall is seen by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.
The SWC hosts and co-sponsors a range of events, conversations, and learning opportunities for the campus community to investigate and engage with the legacy of Stonewall in the United States and around the world.
The Stonewall at 50 Soiree is hosted by the Office of the President and the Stonewall Committee. Questions? Accessibility concerns? Contact us at qrc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5443.
RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at bit.ly/swcsoiree or by using the link below.

Registration Required

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 17, 2019

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.

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Northeastern University’s MSA/MBA Dual Degree Information Table

At Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Amherst graduates can earn a dual MS in Accounting and MBA, plus a three-month paid internship at a leading accounting firm, in just 15 months. The program begins in late May and ends in August of the following year.
Stop by this information session to speak with Julie Chasse, Director of Northeastern’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting and learn more about this dual degree program and its admissions process.

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Employee Council October 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!

Alumni-in-Residence: “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Board Chairman,” with Lou Silverman ’81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for a Lunch and Learn event to discuss “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Chairman of the Board.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into a successful career by exploring various opportunities and finding a passion. His initial role as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and profitability.
Students interested in healthcare, business, innovation and entrepreneurship will want to come hear Silverman’s story of how he utilized what he learned at Amherst College to turn his passion into profitable businesses.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

International Relations Certificate Information Session

Have questions on the IR Certificate? Which classes count toward the IR Certificate? How to meet requirements abroad or on other campuses? Please join Professor Mattiacci for a Q&A session on the IR Certificate. Feel free to drop in if the meeting has already started.

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Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

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German Film Series: "Der Himmel über Berlin" ("Wings of Desire")

This acclaimed, exhilarating film about Berlin before the fall of the Wall features the lonely angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) roaming the city streets to provide comfort to mortals in need. When he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is faced with a difficult decision: Give up love? Or lose his eternal wings forever? A magnificent film of sublime beauty and optimism.

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

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"Optical Devices, Art and Visuality in China"

With Kristina Kleutghen, Washington University in St. Louis

When European optical devices were first introduced into early modern East Asia, these devices affected not only viewing experiences and ideas about vision, but also the production of art. In contrast to the well-established effects on Japanese art, the Chinese case has barely been explored, not the least reason being that the science of optics did not develop significantly there prior to the mid-19th century. Yet from the 17th century onward, Qing domestic production and use of optical devices resulted in significant relationships with art at the imperial, elite and popular levels. The devices and the viewing experiences that they mediated created varying levels of foreign intervention into Chinese art, vision and visuality. However, the consistent but diverse methods of Sinification of all these elements and the reliance on domestic products rather than imports offer new insights into how Qing art engaged the West without being limited either to the court or to the capital. Through an art-historical case study of several different optical devices and their related works of art that are all linked through one particular type of magnifying lens, this talk examines how the production and consumption of these new objects and images varied with place, format, audience and social status.

This talk is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

LJST Dept. Presents Prof. Robert Tsai, “Processes of Infamy”

Robert Tsai, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, will present a paper titled “Processes of Infamy.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Robert Tsai’s primary research interests include constitutional law, legal history, democratic theory, and criminal procedure. He pens essays on law, politics and culture for a broad audience, and his writings have been published by Politico, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Professor Tsai’s third book published by W.W. Norton in February 2019, Practical Equality: Forgiving Justice in a Divided Nation, explores why we have such a difficult time doing the work of equality and recommends pragmatic second-best solutions to break and ideological gridlock.
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will investigate the socio-legal dynamics by which losers to a legal contest seek to castigate and de-legitimate the outcome of a controversial matter, please email the LJST Department Assistant Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success,” with Lou Silverman '81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for his workshop on “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into leadership traits and an innovative mindset to achieve a successful career and life. Lou’s initial career as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and sustaining business an profitability.
Through this workshop, he’ll walk students through how to frame issues to gain clarity, find opportunities, and take risks to define YOUR success. Amherst taught Lou how to succeed and he is eager to meet with students and pass that knowledge forward.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

14th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy by Daniel C. Dennett

14th Annual ALP Lecture on Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom

Daniel C. Dennett (Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University) will present the 14th Annual Amherst Lecture (ALP) in Philosophy. The title of his lecture is “Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom.” A reception will follow. All lectures are free and open to the public.
For further information, please contact Dee Brace at (413) 542-5805 or send e-mail to djbrace@amherst.edu.

Airbnb and the Global Economy

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall E110

Interested in startups with a purpose? Learn more about the evolution of Airbnb, one of the most groundbreaking startups in tech.
In this special presentation, Airbnb’s head of global policy and communications, Chris Lehane ’90, will talk about how the company uniquely leverages technology to democratize travel and generate economic and social benefits around the world.
Chris Lehane is the Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications for Airbnb. In this role, he leads Airbnb’s work with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Lehane provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for Common Sense Media, a children’s health media advocacy non-profit and AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning.
We hope you will attend this information session to learn more.

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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.

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Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

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

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Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Paul Lieberman Group

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Lieberman continues the Jazz@Schwemm’s series as he leads a group to perform music influenced by Brazilian jazz. His prowess on the flute will be especially rewarding! Joining for the Student Combo portion of the event will be combos Ptolemy and Galilei.

Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free, and the coffee shop food offerings are tasty!

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship Info Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join us for an info session with Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore.
There will be Esselon Coffee and cider donuts.
Learn more about the new Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship which provides one Amherst College graduate* with nine months of professional development experience at two world-class institutions—the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Designed to support career exploration in the humanities, applicants can pursue hands-on work in curation and exhibit preparation, research and publication, collection development or conservation, marketing and communication, or education and public outreach initiatives.
The fellowship term runs from September 2020 through May 2021 and includes a $23,000 stipend, and optional health insurance; free housing in Washington, D.C., at Dumbarton Oaks for the term of the fellowship; and discounted access to arts and culture institutions across Washington, D.C.
To view full details visit: https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3160749/share_preview
or email Carla Costa at ccosta@amherst.edu.
*Only current Amherst College seniors or alumni graduating between December 2018 and May 2020 will be eligible to apply.

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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.

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Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Liz Agosto, Dean of Students

The Life Stories Lunch Series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join us for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group. This month’s facilitator is Bruce M. Penniman, and the topic is "Who’s Who in the Dickinson Lexicon?"

What do Queen Elizabeth, Captain Kidd, William Tell and Sappho have in common? Give up? They are all named in Emily Dickinson poems! We know that Dickinson populated her verse with flora and fauna, but what people did she choose to include—and why? In this session, we will look at the complete list of historical figures mentioned in Dickinson’s poetry (not including biblical or literary characters, family members and friends) and discuss several poems in which some of them serve as metaphors or analogies.

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

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Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

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