Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Holiday Craft Fair

Holiday Craft Fair

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Science Center, Living Space and Ground Floor

It's beginning to look a lot like a Holiday Craft Fair! Over twenty members of the Amherst College community will be showing their artisan crafts just in time for the gift giving season. Come warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and goodies while you browse one-of-a-kind art made by Amherst staff and associates. This event is hosted by the Employee Council.


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.

Students Only
Queer Talk Poster

Queer Talk

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

Photo of Professor Ephraim Woods

Cheminar with Professor Ephraim Woods, Colgate University: “The Initial Steps of Photosensitized SOA Formation”

Abstract: Secondary organic aerosol, or SOA, forms in the atmosphere through the oxidation of volatile biogenic compounds. The majority of the oxidation mechanisms involve small molecules, such as ozone, in the initial stages of the chemistry. Our group studies the formation of SOA through photochemical mechanisms, where electronically excited molecules play the role of the oxidizing agent. We use a laser-based, ambient pressure photoelectric charging method to monitor the decay of aerosol phase triplet photosensitizer molecules. The results bridge the gap between aerosol phase measurements, which are normally steady-state, and bulk-phase, transient absorption measurements. They also demonstrate how the morphology of particle phase systems can control the chemistry.

Photo of Jumatatu Poe dancing; he is bare-chested and wearing black shorts. A man wearing white shorts stands in the background.

J-Sette Performance Workshop with Jumatatu Poe

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Guest artist Jumatatu Poe joins the Department of Theater and Dance to present BIG BODY: Experimental J-Sette Performance Workshop.

J-Sette, also known as Bucking, is a performance style popular in the Southern United States, practiced widely among majorettes and drill teams at historically Black colleges and universities, and also among teams of primarily queer men who compete at gay clubs and pride festivals. The workshop focuses on bombastic performance energy, complex relationships to rhythm and music, movement precision, group dynamics, and discovering joy in flesh and community. Participants will explore how the performance of J-Sette creates expectations around attention and accountability to a community, and how it positions leadership.

Jumatatu Poe is a choreographer and performer based between Philadelphia and NYC. He produces dance and performance work with idiosynCrazy productions, a company he founded in 2008 and now co-directs with Shannon Murphy.

All bodies are encouraged to participate, regardless of previous training or ability.

Multilingual Words of Kindness

Come write small notes of encouragement in different languages to loved ones on/off campus! Learn & teach short phrases in languages such as Korean, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese and more! Presented by Confluences: Lost & Found in Translation, multilingual magazine and Random Acts of Kindness. Boba and snacks will be provided.

D.I.Y. Lip Balm Night on December 6th from 7 to 8PM on the bridge between Greenway C and D. Natural ingredients, Insomnia cookies, and fun!

Amherst Beauty and Cosmetics D.I.Y. Lip Balm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway C, Bridge between Greenway C and D

Come fight the cold by making some homemade lip balm using natural ingredients and friendship! Mostly natural ingredients honestly, but there will also be awesome people and Insomnia cookies so come on by and have some fun!

A row of ACJE musicians playing saxophones in front of microphones

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert

Music by Jeff Tyzik, Todd Marcus, Oliver Lake, Johnny Hodges, Antonio Carlos Jobim, David Springfield and others. Free admission. Collecting cash for Amherst Survival Center.

Soirée Jeux de Société

8:30 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come join French House residents and French Language Assistants, Réjane and Jiji, in the French House Common Room (second floor, King Hall) for a chill evening with snacks and board games. Come make new friends; all are welcome!

Tomorrow - Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Zumba Class

Come join us for the last two Zumba classes for this semester taught by fellow student Alondra Saucedo Espinno ’22! Zumba is a fun, dance-based workout where rhythms we will be using include cumbia, salsa, dembow, reggaetón and many more! All levels of fitness are welcome!

Abstract mixed media work of art, featuring purple, gold, orange, red and green

Saturday Close Looks

Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives!

Free and open to all!


La Causa is hosting its 22nd VOICES Spoken Word Event! VOICES is the largest free ALANA (African/Latino/Asian/Native American) spoken-word concert in the Northeast. The event is meant to expose the Amherst College campus and Five College area to the diversity, complexity and power of the national ALANA poetry scene and to combat the underrepresentation of literary examples in schools by promoting cultural literacy.

This year’s VOICES will bring together seven established poets on one stage, for an evening of poetic engagement that decolonizes the arts within the Five Colleges. This event has become a hallmark for students of color and a campus favorite, receiving 250+ guests each year. We hope that everyone will join us on Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse!

Closeup of Swanson conducting ASO musicians

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert, Russian Season III: Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Scheherazade"

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the third of its ongoing series of works by Russian classical composers with a concert of music by Khatchaturian, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert opens with the propulsive and percussive “Sabre Dance,” from Aram Khatchurian’s ballet Gayane, a wild “wedding dance” of Armenian folk melodies so popular that it topped U.S. jukebox charts in 1948. The performance continues with the Romantic violin concerto of Alexandr Glazunov, with soloist Maya Bulos '20, and closes with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s showpiece "Scheherazade." This iconic masterpiece depicts the heroic legend of a vizier’s daughter who outwits an embittered, murderous monarch. She thus saves her own life and those of countless other women by telling captivating tales over the course of 1,001 nights.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Sun, Dec 8, 2019

Amherst College Vespers poster featuring an image of a lit candle

Amherst College Vespers: A Festival of Christmas Readings and Carols

The Amherst College Choral Society and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life present Amherst College Vespers: A Festival of Christmas Readings and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Music includes familiar carols performed by the Choral Society and guest musicians. The readings will be provided by Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their children.

The event is free; no tickets are required. Monetary donations may be made to Not Bread Alone.

Mon, Dec 9, 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!


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.

Students Only

Foundations of Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing applications to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to create resumes and cover letters that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities.
*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

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.

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Chatime: (In)visibility & Asian American Studies Womxn Scholars

Join the Asian American Studies Working Group and Asian Students Association for the second-ever Chatime, an ongoing panel featuring Amherst's Asian American Studies scholars. This semester, we’re discussing gendered (in)visibility within the Asian American and Asian American Studies community. What does it mean to be an Asian American womxn and where are their stories? Featuring writers-in-residence Min Jin Lee and Thirii Myint, and CHI Fellow Lili Kim. Refreshments provided!
Presented by Amherst students enrolled in Asian American Feminisms with Professor Miliann Kang at UMass.

Ongoing Events

Poster for World AIDS Day Observance 2019

World AIDS Day Observance 2019

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Join the RCT, Health Education, the Mead Art Museum, Archives & Special Collections, and the Stonewall Committee in a number of events and installations marking and reflecting on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, its legacies and present-day realities.

Make sure to swing by the World AIDS Day Reception featuring Dr. Jallicia Jolly, Thursday 12/05 in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Join us in community as we acknowledge and name the continued impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Light refreshments will be served.

Please wear Red on Thursday in further build awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and all those who it touches. For more information about why and how red, and specifically the red ribbon, became associated with HIV/AIDS, visit www.worldaidsday.org/the-red-ribbon !