Event Calendar

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

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!

Students Only

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.

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

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!

Knitting at Noon poster

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.

Discussion group

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!

Students Only

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.

Students Only
2019F BCBP Honors Talks

BCBP Fall Thesis Talks - Part 2 of 2

collage of images from the film Finding KUKAN

Finding KUKAN - Screening and Q&A

A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of "KUKAN", an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

In the late 1930s China is in dire straits. The country will collapse under Japan’s military juggernaut if it doesn’t get outside help. Chinese American firebrand Li Ling-Ai jolts Americans into action with a new medium — 16mm Kodachrome color film. She hires photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture a citizen’s perspective of the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital Chungking (now Chongqing). Their landmark film KUKAN screens for President Roosevelt at the White House, is called “awesome” by the New York Times, and receives one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of KUKAN disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung goes on a 7-year quest to find the answers.

Filmmaker Robin Lung visits the Pioneer Valley for a screening of her award-winning film, Finding KUKAN, followed by a question & answer session.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Paino Lecture Hall

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M@A Chamber Series Presents Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire. He returns to Buckley to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department. He will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.

“There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Program:
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob XVI: 34
Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
-Intermission-
Beethoven: 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Single ticket prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 19, 2019

Paul Lewis, piano

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass with Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis works with Amherst student pianists. This event is free and open to the public.

Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire.

He returns to Buckley on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department.

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!

Puffers Pond in Amherst

Holy Stroll

1:00 pm Puffers Pond

Join us for a Holy Stroll, as we will take the basic elements of Christian worship out in the natural world. Walking along Puffers Pond, we will pause to pray, read and reflect on scripture. We will share in fellowship while we walk, and at the waters edge we will break bread together in the sacrament of Communion/Eucharist. We will leave campus by 1:15 p.m. and plan to return by 5 p.m. Please email RSL Protestant Advisor Rev. Anna Woofenden, awoofenden@amherst.edu, by Friday, October 18, to reserve a spot.

Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Fall Festival: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Caramel Apples

The annual Fall Festival is an Amherst College community event featuring fabulous fall foods and music.. Entertainment includes pumpkin carving, an inflatable 16-foot tandem slide and horse-drawn hayrides. Face-painting and a variety of games are available for all participants. Valentine Dining Services provides a Chowder House of steaming New Hampshire corn chowder and New England clam chowder together with lobster salad sliders; Val’s Smoke Haus features pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket sliders and hot chocolate with marshmallows. The Apple Barn features fresh-made apple cider doughnuts coated in cinnamon, and caramel and candied apples, hot mulled cider, apple crisp and apple pie; the Pumpkin Patch offers fried pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin cupcakes and whoopie pies. The s'mores corner is tucked in next to the ice cream truck and provides a warm alternative to the cold ice cream. Our vendors distribute fried dough, cider doughnuts, caramel corn and freshly squeezed citrus drinks. Maple Valley Farms brings their old-fashioned truck that lends an air of nostagia to the event. The Fall Festival is open to all Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their families.

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

ScribeAmerica: Part-Time and Full-Time Medical Scribe Opportunities Info Table

A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a physician’s job has focused solely on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) created an overload of documentation and clerical responsibilities that slows physicians down and pulls them away from actual patient care. To relieve the documentation overload, physicians across the country are turning to Medical Scribe services.
ScribeAmerica is currently seeking to hire Medical Scribes all over Massachusetts. Part-time opportunities are available year-round and full-time roles are available for those about to graduate (often a great fit for those taking a gap year before attending medical school).
Stop by this information table to speak with local hiring associate Yasmin Asante.

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!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Teaching for Liberation and Justice in Times of Oppression with Ron Espiritu ’06

Ron Espiritu ’06 teaches Ethnic Studies to high school students in the Latinx immigrant community of Macarthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sharing his journey about developing a district wide culturally relevant, social justice, and anti-oppression curriculum for K-12 classrooms and all academic disciplines. Students interested in careers in teaching, education leadership and education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

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.

Students Only

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
Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: The Movement for Ethnic Studies in Los Angeles, California and Nationwide

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

Ron Espirit ’06 has taught Ethnic Studies to high school students for the past 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the director of the Ethnic Studies for All Program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academies where he is working with a team of teachers and administrators to infuse Ethnic Studies pedagogies from K-12th grades across academic disciplines in seven different schools. He continues to teach Ethnic Studies classes at Camino Nuevo Miramar High School in the Macarthur Park community of Downtown Los Angeles. Ron also works with the UCLA History and Geography project as the lead facilitator of the curriculum project for the KCET TV documentary series “Lost LA” which brings to light powerful stories from various historical archives in Los Angeles. Ron earned his B.A. in History and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano and Nuyorican Literature from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is a founding member of The People’s Education Movement, a grassroots community organization that mobilizes educators to fight for social justice in and out of the classroom. Espiritu is also a National Board Member for the Education for Liberation Network and is a participant in local and national campaigns that promote and expand Ethnic Studies approaches to teaching.