Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Photo of the wood paneled Rotherwas Room, depicts Chris Myers' boat and quilted depictions of The Tempest.

Art and Reading with Christopher Myers

Enjoy a children’s storybook reading and signing with author and artist Christopher Myers. Books will be available for purchase. After story time, stay for free activities inspired by Myers’s latest exhibition, Rotherwas Project 5: The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Choose from sonnet writing, quilting, mapping and more!

Refreshments will be served.

Activities are designed for children ages 6–11, but all are welcome to attend. This program is presented in partnership with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Common and the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at (413) 542-5651.

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Mondays and Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets twice 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!

Outside of Valentine Dining Hall

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.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Sheila Jaswal, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 7 and February 21. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 14 and March 13. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

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Queer Talk

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, 213 Keefe Campus Center (QRC)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.
Presented by the QRC in collaboration with the Counseling Center.

Students Only
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"Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument": A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas)

The music department presents a special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies Sherrie Tucker. All are invited.

Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. 

In this lecture/demonstration, jazz studies scholar Sherrie Tucker shares what she has learned as a member of the ongoing collaborative AUMI Research Project, including how it challenged her exclusive relationship with jazz as an object of study, and pivoted her jazz studies questions and methods toward explorations of inclusive mixed-ability listening, sounding and sociality. Participants are invited to bring laptops, iPads or iPhones (sorry, Android users), if they wish. Those who want to try the AUMI in advance may download it free of charge at http://aumiapp.com/download.php.

Sherrie Tucker (professor, American studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014) and Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is a member of the AUMI Editorial Collective, whose collaborative volume, Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) is currently under review at University of Michigan Press. She is a member of two major collaborative research initiatives: the International Institute of Critical Improvisation Studies and Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (for which she served as facilitator for the Improvisation, Gender and the Body research area), both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective, a member of the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Project and founding member of AUMI-KU InterArts, one of six member institutions of the AUMI Research Consortium. She was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2004-2005, where she was a member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group. With Randal M. Jelks, she co-edits the journal American Studies. She serves with Deborah Wong and Jeremy Wallach as series editors for the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press. She is the proud holder of a Deep Listening® Ear-tificate.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

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"Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today" - A Talk by Denise Murrell

4:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Denise Murrell is the curator behind the highly praised exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today that opened last year at the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. Murrell’s new analyses and rigorous research into social and art histories resulted in the writing of significant biographies for previously unknown Black models and muses, and the suggestion of new titles for paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso and others where those depicted had previously been reduced to words like “negro” or “mulatto.” Beyond the focus on 19th- and 20th-century art, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue have created entirely new paradigms for research and teaching, and have transformed perspectives in the history of art.

Murrell was recently appointed to the post of associate curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a newly created position that will involve her working closely with both the museum’s modern and contemporary department and its European painting department. The first new appointment by the Met director Max Hollein signals that new perspectives are being pursued at the museum, moving beyond the Western lens. “Max and his team want to proactively move toward a more inclusive presentation of art history across all periods,” Murrell told The New York Times (November 20, 2019).

Murrell’s lecture is sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College. Following her Friday lecture, Murrell will be leading a faculty seminar and a workshop with students at the Smith College Museum of Art. Murrell’s visit is being organized by Karen Koehler, visiting faculty in art and the history of art at Amherst and professor in architectural and art history at Hampshire College, and Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of history and affiliate in the study of women and gender at Smith College.

Image: Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Eileen Travell

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 Friday in Frost Library's Collaboration Lab, 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
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2020 Five College Film & Video Festival

Join us to watch 26 short films from Five College students. Celebrate diverse works of animation, documentaries, experimentals and narratives. A small award ceremony will be held at the end, with a special audience award.

Free snack is included!

Founded in 1994, the Five College Student Film & Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. The festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community.
Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a student director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival, and awards are given.

Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Film Showing: "Queen & Slim"

There will be a discussion following Friday’s showing.

There will be food!

Synopsis: A young couple’s first date hits a snag when they inadvertently kill a police officer who pulled them over for a traffic infraction. However, as the truth of their story comes out, the country finds itself divided on the matter of the couple’s fate.

Tomorrow - Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Amherst Dance Auditions

Are you interested in being a part of Amherst Dance this semester? An all-inclusive, low pressure, and low time commitment dance group on campus, we are looking for people who want to be a part of our spring show in early May. All levels of experience (beginner to advanced) and all styles of dance are welcome. In the past we’ve had larger beginner pieces—tap, flamenco, contemporary, vogue, hip hop—really anything goes! If you are interested in choreographing please contact either mcooper22@amherst.edu or nkiley21@amherst.edu. See you there!

Students Only
Event poster featuring an illustration of people onstage, dancing within different-colored concentric circles

"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

Film Showing: Queen & Slim

There will be a discussion following Friday’s showing.
There will be food!
Synopsis:
A young couple’s first date hits a snag when they inadvertently kill a police officer who pulled them over for a traffic infraction. However, as the truth of their story comes out, the country finds itself divided on the matter of the couple’s fate.

Sun, Feb 23, 2020

An array of coffee mugs filled with coffee, tea, and lattes.

Senior Gift Committee Welcome Brunch

Are you an Amherst senior? Want to develop campaign and fundraising skills, volunteer on behalf of Amherst, learn about alumni opportunities after graduation and have access to special events and perks? Join the Class of 2020 Senior Gift Committee for brunch! Bring your appetite and a friend, and come get the tea (or coffee) on our programming and volunteer opportunities this semester.

Students Only

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Mondays and Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets twice 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!

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.

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Biology Monday Seminar: “Carbohydrates at the Host–Microbe Interface”

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Laura L. Kiessling, Ph.D., the Novartis Professor of Chemistry in Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk titled “Carbohydrates at the Host–Microbe Interface.”

Our health depends on maintaining a functional microbiome and avoiding the propagation of pathogenic microbes. Our group seeks to understand the mechanisms of microbial control by focusing on a prominent feature of the cell’s exterior—the carbohydrate coat. From humans to fungi to bacteria, all cells on Earth possess a carbohydrate coat. A critical role of this coat is to serve as an identification card. Our group has been examining the role of carbohydrate-binding proteins, called lectins, in influencing our microbiota and in immune defense. This seminar will focus on understanding the basis of carbohydrate-protein interactions and how they are used to control microbes. We envision that our findings can lead to alternative means to combat pathogens, methods for rapid approaches to ID microbiota, and the development of new strategies to regulate microbiome composition to promote human health.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Strategic Networking - Powerful Tactics to Gain the Most from Connections

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall E110

One of the most valuable skills you can have is being able to network strategically and effectively. Kim Karetsky ’99 will be at Amherst College as part of the Loeb Center’s Alumni in Residence Program. As an expert in leadership and learning, she will be hosting an interactive workshop on strategic networking and providing tactics and tips on how YOU can gain the most from your connections with alumni and others. Kim is the founder and CEO of KHK Leadership and Learning, a consulting business which designs and implements customized professional development and leadership services to organizations and individuals. After spending 15 years at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in leadership and professional development roles, Kim created KHK and is dedicated to helping her clients build skills in leadership. She is also dedicated to helping Amherst College students become the leaders of tomorrow. Through this workshop, she will help YOU develop skills and tactics on how to effectively connect with alumni and others and how to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with others that can impact your professional (and personal) lives.