Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Wed, Aug 17, 2022

Cross-Cultural Communication and Conflict Part 2

The cultures we have been socialized into not only play important roles in establishing our identities, but also impact how we convey information, interpret messages in our interactions, and shape our approaches to dealing with conflict. Unpacking our cultures and their impacts, as well as those of others, can help us better understand instances of miscommunication and conflict, and establish practices that help us become better communicators across cultures.
By participating in this two-part workshop co-facilitated with the Center for Restorative Practices and WEIL, staff and faculty will better understand connections between culture, communication styles, and conflict styles, and learn some approaches to enhance communication in their personal and professional lives.

In part one (July 27th), participants focused on better understanding their cultures and how they impact their communication and conflict styles. In part two (August 17), participants will apply their knowledge of culture, communication, and conflict to analyze case studies of miscommunication and conflict in workplaces, before finally generating some strategies to help in their personal and professional interactions.

In part one and two of the workshop, participants will:

- Learn theories related to how culture shapes how we approach communication and conflict;
- Reflect on their culture and cultural practices and how those influence their communication and conflict styles;
- Analyze examples of miscommunication and conflict in our personal and professional interactions;
- Brainstorm strategies for navigating miscommunication and conflict at Amherst.

Registration Required

Thu, Aug 18, 2022

Working With Change Series, Part 1: Making Change Stick

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop supervisory skills with Fredricka Joyner.

This is part 1 of a 3-part series designed to support participants in planning and implementing a real-life change. The sessions build on each other and it is expected that participants will attend all three of the sessions in the series.

Registration Required

Tue, Aug 23, 2022

Engaging the Whole Room: Building Facilitation Skills, Part 1

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Whether in a meeting, workshop, program, or something else altogether, an effective facilitator helps a group accomplish a goal, maintains engagement, and ensures equitable participation. This two-part workshop will present the core elements of facilitation, discuss how to engage with an audience and provide opportunities to practice key facilitation skills. Attendance at both sessions is required.

Registration Required

What Makes a Winning Watson

Seniors, if you’ve started or are thinking about applying for the Watson Fellowship, join Christine and Eric from the Office of Fellowships for a conversation about what makes a winning Watson. We'll focus on Watson's selection criteria: Person, Project, and Fit. There'll be time for Q & A, so come curious! (Watson is for any AC senior who wants to explore the world for a year after graduation.)

No need to RSVP, just use the Zoom link on the 23rd.

Mon, Aug 29, 2022

Photo of Sanderson next to image of the cover of her book "The Positive Shift"

DeMott Lecture by Catherine A. Sanderson

The annual DeMott Lecture, a welcome address for incoming students, will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. This year’s DeMott Lecturer will be Catherine Sanderson, the Poler Family Professor of Psychology and Chair of Psychology. The DeMott reading will be her recent book The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity.

The DeMott Lecture is open to first-year students but available by livestream to the campus and alumni community. The DeMott Lecture was established in 2005 by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 in honor of Benjamin DeMott, a legendary and much-loved member of the Amherst English faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. The DeMott Lecture seeks to expose incoming students to an engagement with the world marked by originality of thought coupled with direct social action, and to inspire intellectual participation in issues of social and economic inequality, racial and gender bias and political activism.

Additional information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott Lectures, including last year’s talk by Shayla Lawson, is available via the link below.

Students Only

Tue, Aug 30, 2022

Engaging the Whole Room: Building Facilitation Skills, Part 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Whether in a meeting, workshop, program, or something else altogether, an effective facilitator helps a group accomplish a goal, maintains engagement, and ensures equitable participation. This two-part workshop will present the core elements of facilitation, discuss how to engage with an audience and provide opportunities to practice key facilitation skills. Attendance at both sessions is required.

Registration Required

Wed, Aug 31, 2022

Overhead view of students and faculty in Johnson Chapel for a previous year's Convocation

Opening Convocation

Convocation is the academic year's first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which President Elliott and the faculty, all dressed in academic regalia, welcome the students to Amherst College. It is also a time for recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The ceremony includes a formal procession, remarks by President Elliott and performances by the Amherst College Choral Society.

This event is intended for faculty and first-year students. Students, alumni and community members are invited to watch via livestream. A video recording and a transcript of Opening Convocation will be available after the event.

Fri, Sep 2, 2022

Invitation to First-Year Students Interested in Psychology

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Science Center, Psychology Wing, 2nd floor lobby

The Psychology Department would like to warmly welcome you to campus! We will be holding an informal welcome reception for first-year students. If you would like to know more about the major, this is a great opportunity to swing by to meet the Psychology faculty and other first-year students interested in Psychology. There will be yummy treats too! All are invited to attend.

2019 Summer Research Poster Session with posters and people in the Science Center Living Room

Summer Research Poster Presentation

The large Summer Research Poster Session returns to the Science Center. From first-experience STEM researchers to off-campus research projects, more than 80 posters will be on display. Student researchers will enjoy talking to you about their summer research projects-- the experiments, the questions, the findings and the next steps. Please join this festive event!

Sat, Sep 3, 2022

Ann Maggs singing into a microphone, while Joe Belmont plays guitar, Dave Picchi plays upright bass and Dave Sporny plays trombone in Buckley Recital Hall in 2019

Jazz Faculty Concert

Come find out more about the music department's instructors and faculty! The Amherst College jazz faculty perform a free concert. For audience COVID concert protocols, please see the link below.

Performers:
Darryl Harper, Clarinet
Carl Clements, Saxophones/Flutes
Geoff Cunningham, Trumpet
David Sporny, Trombone
Jason Robinson, Saxophones/Flute
Bruce Diehl, Saxophone
Ann Maggs, Voice
Stephen Page, Piano
David Picchi, Bass
Claire Arenius, Drums

Wed, Sep 14, 2022

Building Self Compassion at Work

9:00 am - 10:00 am Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, Frost 211

The L&D Team invites you to develop your self-awareness with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

When self compassion is developed, so is resiliency, motivation, and ultimately happiness. Yet, extending compassion to others is often easier than extending it to oneself. We will explore Dr. Krista Neff’s three tenets of self compassion and how they apply to a work environment. Attendees will leave with an increased sense of understanding of self compassion, as well as strategies for practicing it at work.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 15, 2022

Russian Film Screening: Arrythmia • Аритми́я

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

The Amherst College Department of Russian presents

Fall 2022 Film Series
Thursdays at 4:30 and 8 p.m.
Keefe Campus Center Theater (Room 008)

All films have English subtitles!

SEPTEMBER 15

Arrythmia • Аритми́я
directed by Boris Khlebnikov • 2017 • 116 minutes

A dedicated paramedic struggles to make time for his wife, who is fed up with him caring more about his patients than about her.

Thu, Sep 22, 2022

Working with Change Series, Part 2: Planning and Implementing Change

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop supervisory skills with Fredricka Joyner.

This is part 2 of a 3-part series designed to support participants in planning and implementing a real-life change. The sessions build on each other and it is expected that participants will attend all three of the sessions in the series.

Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Jason Moran and band onstage in front of an image of James Reese Europe

M@A Presents: Presidential Scholar Jason Moran

Composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran reflects on the legacy of a hero of Black music in a multidisciplinary program entitled James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin.

An iconic figure in the evolution of African American music, ragtime pioneer and World War I hero, James Reese Europe led a crack military ensemble called the Harlem Hellfighters. In addition to their achievements in combat, Europe and his Hellfighters popularized the new spirit of jazz in a war-torn French nation fascinated with Black culture. And that’s only the beginning of their story-- their legacy has had an extraordinary impact on African American music over the past century of cultural and political change.

This concert is made possible by the Amherst College Department of Music, the Music at Amherst Series and the Presidential Scholars program.

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning Sept. 9. Seating is by general admission.

FREE tickets are available to members of the Amherst College community. Please check back here for the link to the registration form.

Tickets Required

Fri, Sep 30, 2022

Red standing 4 women instrumentalists: cello. violin, violin and viola

M@A Presents: Aizuri Quartet

The Aizuri Quartet has established a unique position within today’s musical landscape, infusing all of their music-making with infectious energy, joy and warmth; cultivating curiosity in listeners; and inviting audiences into the concert experience through their innovative programming and the depth and fire of their performances.

Emma Frucht and Miho Saegusa, Violins
Ayane Kozasa, Viola
Karen Ouzounian, Cello

Program
Clara Schumann: Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91
Tanya Tagaq: Sivunittinni (2015)
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 in B-flat major, Sunrise

Winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award in 2022, the Aizuri Quartet took home the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, featuring new works written for them by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records to critical acclaim (“In a word, stunning”—I Care If You Listen), nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award and named one of NPR Music’s Best Classical Albums of 2018.

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning September 16, 2022. Assigned seating.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 1, 2022

ASo conductor Mark Swanson turns out to audience  coat flying- young 22 seniors Marie Leou and Yosen Wang

ASO Concert: Welcome, Class of 2026!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents "Welcome Class of 2026!" in Buckley Recital Hall.

Thu, Oct 6, 2022

Lydia Silver sings with Jazz@Friedmann

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The first in a series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series

Thu, Oct 13, 2022

Piano, flute, drums in an Amherst sweatshirt, e-guitar and sax Combo in room 7

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series continues. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series.

Fri, Oct 14, 2022

Blue Heron singers, white men and women in formal dress, under an outdoor arbor

M@A Presents: Blue Heron

Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialities in 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early-16th-century English sacred music, and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices.

Scott Metcalfe is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading specialists in music from the 15th through 17th centuries and beyond. He has been musical and artistic director of Blue Heron since its founding in 1999.

Program
Requiem by Johannes Ockeghem and music by his contemporaries and successors

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning September 30, 2022. General seating.

Tickets Required

Thu, Oct 20, 2022

Working with Change, Part 3: Managing Personal Transitions

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop supervisory skills with Fredricka Joyner.

This is part 3 of a 3-part series designed to support participants in planning and implementing a real-life change. The sessions build on each other and it is expected that participants will attend all three of the sessions in the series.

Registration Required
View from the audience, blue lights, tables in front of a small stage

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series continues. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series.

Sat, Oct 22, 2022

5 Imani Windplayers with their instruments: Brandon Patrick George, Flute Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe Mark Dover, Clarinet Kevin Newton, French Horn Monica Ellis, Bassoon

M@A Presents: Imani Winds with Cory Smythe, Piano

Celebrating over two decades of music-making, the twice-GRAMMYnominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and an evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st-century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.

Imani Winds:
Brandon Patrick George, Flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe
Mark Dover, Clarinet
Kevin Newton, French Horn
Monica Ellis, Bassoon

Program with Cory Smythe, piano
Revolutionary aka The Civil Rights Project
Reflecting the struggles we face, the times we live in and the hope we must have.
Works by Sam Cooke, Frederic Rzewski, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Valerie Coleman

Tickets are available as part of the M@A 2022-23 subscription packages, via the ticketing website listed below from August 1- September 1. Single tickets are also available at amherst.universitytickets.com beginning October 8, 2022. Assigned seating.

Tickets Required

Thu, Oct 27, 2022

Jazz Combo closeup with sax, trumpet and drums- piano off to the left, only hands visible

Jazz@Friedmann Room Keefe Campus Center

The series of four free Thursday evening performances in the popular Jazz@Friedmann series concludes for the Fall semester. The featured group is TBD. Public access pending the most current College COVID protocols. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz @ Amherst for their continued support of the series

Ongoing Events

A silhouette figurine in a dress is set on a red background. It casts a shadow, and its arms are bent upward at the elbow.

Liliana Porter: Two Realities

This exhibition foregrounds Argentinian-born, U.S.-based artist Liliana Porter’s decades-long consideration of “two realities”— “virtual reality” (a depiction of a thing) and the “real thing.” According to Porter, these dual realities are fluid and relational ideas, ones which open broader questions of how we see, communicate, and form meaning. Two Realities links to Professor Niko Vicario’s spring 2022 course “Curating between the Virtual and the Physical: Liliana Porter”, in which students will work with the Mead’s curatorial team to create a connected online exhibition. Together the exhibitions will offer opportunities to reconsider the relationship of online and physical space, content, and experience through Porter’s work, and to reexamine Porter’s art with attention to technological change and the contemporary context.

Management Consulted - Summer 2022 Online Consulting case preparation resources

Management Consulted - Online Case Interview Preparation courses
Summer 2022

What is Management Consulted?
The Loeb Center is excited to announce the continuation of an exciting partnership with Management Consulted (MC)! Management Consulted is the world’s leading resource for consulting and case interview preparation. Through this subscription, you’ll have access to MC’s full library of resources online.

What resources are included?
We have provided you with access to MC’s entire library of digital resources that include:
* 500+ practice cases with solutions
* 8 online video courses (90+ hours of video content)
* 10,000 case drills (e.g. case structure, math, and brainstorming drills)
* Content covers consulting case and fit interviews, mental math, PowerPoint, Excel, networking, resumes, cover letters, and more. It’s an A-to-Z coverage of everything you need to know to prepare and Ace your upcoming interviews.

Do I need do use all the resources offered by Management Consulted?
No! Use the resources that will be most helpful to you. We recommend dedicating most of your preparation time to the resources on case interviews and fit interviews. The practice cases are particularly valuable.
Below are some options for how you could focus your preparation over the summer. Everyone is different, so we recommend focusing on areas that need the most improvement.
• If you did attend the Level 1 workshop on May 1, 2022: Practice 1-2 cases each week out loud, preferably with a partner. Focus on areas of improvement that you identified during the Level 1 workshop. And don’t forget to attend the Level 2 workshop on July 17th!
• If you did not attend the Level 1 workshop in May (or want more preparation): Complete the “Case Interview Bootcamp” online resources over the summer, preferably spread out over multiple months. Once you’ve finished watching the MC videos, practice casing out loud with a partner 1-2 times a week. Then, attend the Level 2 workshop on July 17th.

How do I access the resources?
As of June 1st, you can register HERE. You will have access immediately to all resources once you register.
Once you log in, click on “My Account” in the top left corner of the website. From there, you will be able to see all the resources you have access to.

How long do I have access to the resources?
June 1st – September 30th

How can I find people to practice casing with?
There are students who are eager to practice. We have established a list of those student in the Summer Case Consulting Practice Cohort. If you are not already part of the cohort, you can email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) and she will add you to the list. You will coordinate among yourselves for dates/times to get together. The KEY to success is PRACTICE.