Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Oct 23, 2021

Center is a clenched fist in the Power Salute to the left of the words "Spirit of Mandela." "Spirit of" is written in plain black lettering, and "Mandela" is written in stylized orange cursive writing. Below this, the words "2021 International Tribunal Watch Party" are written in large black lettering. The background is white, with an black squiggle in the top left, a translucent light blue circle in the top right, and an orange circle overlapping it.

Spirit of Mandela 2021 International Tribunal Watch Party

The Spirit of Mandela International Tribunal will be charging the United States government, its states and specific agencies with human and civil rights violations against Black, Brown and Indigenous people in New York City from Oct. 22 to 25. Western Mass PSO is holding a watch party for Day 2 of the proceedings. Antonio's pizza will be served.

ASO on stage in Buckley, Mark Swanson gesturing to players, standing audience ovation. Everyone is masked.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Family Weekend Concert: "Across the Pond: Music of England"

To celebrate Parents Day at Amherst College, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the second concert of the 2021-2022 academic year on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

Across the Pond: Music of England opens with the romantic interlude "A Walk to the Paradise Garden" from the opera A Village Romeo & Juliet by Frederick Delius, and continues with the Andante cantabile from the Viola Concerto by York Bowen (Yosen Wang '22, soloist) and "Nimrod" from Sir Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations. It concludes with the rambunctious orchestral dance "Bamboula" by Black English composer Samuel-Coleridge Taylor. Mark Lane Swanson conducts.

The concert is FREE. Amherst College COVID protocols apply. Current AC ID is required for admission. This event will be live-streamed on the music department's events page at amherst.edu/go/musicstream.

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"Bad Jews" by Joshua Harmon

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Emma Ratshin '23E's senior honors project, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith and what you choose to believe, when you're chosen.

This event is only open to current community members of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. A valid college ID is required upon entry. Masks must be worn at all times while in the theater.

The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

Directed by Jude Sandy, with Assistant Director Sterling Kee '23. Set design by Se Hyon Oh, costumes by Lorelei Dietz '20, lighting by Kathy Couch and sound design by Alistair Edwards '23.

Featuring Miles Garcia '25, Eli Quastler '22E, Emma Ratshin '22E and Caroline Seitz '22.

Reservations required: https://bit.ly/3i746VX

Bad Jews is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. (concordtheatricals.com).

Tickets Required

Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Produced by the Green Room

One set, five characters: the perfect setup for a thriller that will rake in the cash. When aging playwright Sidney Bruhl (Matt Vitelli '24) gets a guaranteed money-maker in the mail from young upstart Clifford Anderson (Piper Mohring '25), can he resist the urge to off Anderson and steal the play?

Come see our own talented set of five actors (Matt, Piper, Rachel Zhu '24, Ella Rose '23 and Isabelle Anderson '25) perform Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin and directed by Caspian Rabaia '24.

Tomorrow - Sun, Oct 24, 2021

M@A Masterclass with the Catalyst String Quartet

The Catalyst works with Amherst student performers:

10 to 11 AM: Robert Schumann, Quintet, movement I
Eleanor Lee '25, piano
Hannah Kim '25, violin
Jason Kang '25, violin
Irene Lee '25, viola
Karen Lee '25, cello

11 AM to noon: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Clarinet Quintet in F# minor, movement IV
Majd Rouhana '22, clarinet (double duty that day)
Zhihan Xu '24, violin
Cassie Jin '24, violin
Yosen Wang '22, viola
Yeju Kang '24, cello

Open to members of the AC testing pool with current AC ID.

Chinese Table

Join us for Chinese conversation each Friday and Sunday from 11:30 until 12:30 p.m.! Haoran Tong will be there to lead discussions and assist. The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels of Chinese are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," Produced by the Green Room

One set, five characters: the perfect setup for a thriller that will rake in the cash. When aging playwright Sidney Bruhl (Matt Vitelli '24) gets a guaranteed money-maker in the mail from young upstart Clifford Anderson (Piper Mohring '25), can he resist the urge to off Anderson and steal the play?

Come see our own talented set of five actors (Matt, Piper, Rachel Zhu '24, Ella Rose '23 and Isabelle Anderson '25) perform Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin and directed by Caspian Rabaia '24.

Anthony McGill and the Catalyst String Quartet holding their instruments, standing in a gallery in front of a brightly colored painting

M@A Presents: Anthony McGill, Clarinet, with the Catalyst String Quartet

Hailed by The New York Times at its Carnegie Hall debut in 2020 as “invariably energetic and finely burnished ... playing with earthy vigor,” the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding by the Sphinx Competition. The ensemble believes in the unity that can be achieved through music, and imagines programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.

Star clarinetist Anthony McGill returns to the Buckley stage to team up with the Catalyst Quartet. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. In addition to his dynamic international solo and chamber music career, McGill is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic-- the first African American principal player in the organization's history. In 2020, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards given in recognition of soloists who represent the highest level of musical excellence.

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: String Quartet No. 1, "Calvary"
Florence B. Price: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in f# minor

The artists appear in Buckley Recital Hall in a FREE performance. General Seating. Due to COVID restrictions, audience must have a valid Amherst College ID to enter. Enjoy the interview with Mr. McGill and Prof. David Schneider through the link below.

M@A Masterclass with Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Clarinetist Anthony McGill works with Amherst student performers:

Hannah Goldberg '22
1. Three Pieces, II - Igor Stravinsky
2. Concerto A Major KV 622, Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Majd Rouhana '22
1. Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op. 73, Rondo Allegro - Carl Maria von Weber
2. Caprice No. 9, Allegro giusto - Ernesto Cavallini

Open to members of the AC testing pool with current AC ID

Mon, Oct 25, 2021

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German Table

Join us and enjoy informal conversations and laughs with students who have studied in Germany, students currently learning and improving their German, other native speakers and our wonderful German language assistants!

Math/Stat Table

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Science Center, Living Room (first-floor common area)

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. It is not restricted to those majoring in mathematics or statistics; all are welcome. Please join us any time between noon and 1:30 p.m. on Mondays.

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Biology Honors Presentations Week 2

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Biology honors students will present their research plans in the form of a short research presentations.

There will be three Monday seminar sessions from 4 to 5 p.m., with five or six presentations at each seminar.

The dates are as follows:
Monday, Oct. 18
Monday, Oct. 25
Monday, Nov. 1

Information Session for Prospective Math Majors

Thinking about majoring in mathematics? Come chat with the department's faculty and get your questions answered!

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Presented by AI in the Liberal Arts: "Adversarial Intelligence"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

What do taxation, cyber networks, software and humans have in common? They are all vulnerable to adversarial conflicts. Taxation faces noncompliance, networks face attacks, software faces malware, and humans-- among many vulnerabilities --fall victim to disinformation. In this talk, Dr. Una-May O'Reilly will describe work on Artificial Adversarial Intelligence (AAI), employing machine learning and evolutionary algorithms to support the discovery of new knowledge about these systems' adversarial nature.

Una-May O'Reilly is the leader of the Anyscale Learning For All (ALFA) Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. ALFA focuses on machine learning technology, evolutionary algorithms and data science for knowledge mining, prediction, analytics and optimization. ALFA also conducts research in cyber security and software analysis. Dr. O'Reilly is the author of over 150 academic papers and has served as vice chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation (ACM-SIGEVO) and chair of the largest international Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). She serves as a senior editor for several major journals and as an advisor to national laboratories and startups. Her Ph.D. at Carleton University was one of the world’s first on the AI topic of genetic programming.

Registration Required
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Exploring Policing and Community Safety at Amherst College: Restorative Circle

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Amherst College's 19-Point Anti-Racism Plan includes an invitation for us to "reimagine policing” on campus. With that opportunity in mind, the Center for Restorative Practices (CRP) is hosting a semester-long series of Restorative Circles. The CRP seeks to bridge contemporary divides by creating a space for us to sit with one another, probe polarizing positions, ask hard questions and listen to personal stories in order to seek innovative answers brought about through active listening in community. The voices, ideas and suggested action steps are recorded and brought to the campus safety advisory committee who are tasked to gather information in a variety of ways and offer what they find to the college president and trustees.

Please come. Your place is being held in the circle.

Registration Required

Information Session for Prospective Statistics Majors

Thinking about majoring in statistics? Come chat with the department's faculty, and get your questions answered!

Students Only

Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table on Tuesdays between noon and 2 p.m. in Tent 5 at Valentine Quad for Russian conversation and conviviality! We hope to see you there!

Professor Vesna Mitrovic, Brown University: "Probing Emergent Quantum Orders"

Study of the combined effects of strong electronic correlations with spin-orbit entanglement represents a central issue in quantum materials research. Predicting emergent properties represents a huge theoretical problem, since the presence of spin-orbit coupling implies that the spin is not a good quantum number. Existing theories propose the emergence of a multitude of exotic quantum phases, distinguishable by either local point symmetry breaking or local spin expectation values, even in materials with simple cubic crystal structure. Experimental tests of these theories by local probes are highly sought for.

In the talk, I will present our work on harnessing local measurements designed to concurrently probe spin and orbital/lattice degrees of freedom that provide such tests [1]. Our results, to be presented, establish that multipolar spin interactions [2] are an essential ingredient of quantum theories of magnetism in materials with both strong correlations and spin-orbit entanglement, in general. I will briefly discuss other techniques that we are designing to probe emergent tensor orders.

Arabic Table - Tuesdays

Join us for Arabic conversation each Tuesday from 5 until 6 p.m.! Zaynab Abu Bakr will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Arabic are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Résumé Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your résumé reviewed. Whether it’s your first time writing a résumé, completing your membership requirements for the Houston Program or a seasoned résumé writer developing descriptions for your most recent experiences, we’re here to help!

*Please come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs AND a printed copy of your résumé that you can share with a PCA.* Email internships@amherst.edu with questions.

Our weekly drop-in clinics run from Sept. 21 to Dec. 7. Note that PCAs also offer weekly appointment slots on Handshake. We also offer support for internship applications on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. throughout the semester.

French Table

Come join your French Language Assistants for casual conversation in French. Open to students, faculty and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend-- we look forward to meeting you!

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Fordham Law Info Session and Q&A

Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than a century. While the legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of a Fordham Law education has not. The institution values academic excellence, the pursuit of justice and the ethical practice of the lawyer’s craft-- seeking to impart the warmth of community within the School and wherever Fordham Law alumni are found around the globe. Fordham lawyers are dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and using the law “in the service of others.”

Join Assistant Director of Admissions Eric Glover for a virtual information session about Fordham Law, followed by open Q&A! All interested class years and majors are welcome; advance registration required.

Students Only
Registration Required
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Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan: Poet Activists in Conversation

7:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank

Please join us for a reading and conversation with the co-authors of the collaborative feminist YA novel Watch Us Rise, which Kirkus called, “A manifesto for budding feminists ... An inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world.”

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her books include Blooming Fiascoes, Hemisphere, Crowned and Reckless, Glorious, Girl. She has had poems and essays published in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry Northwest and in the anthologies She Walks in Beauty, Southern Sin and Women of Resistance. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry in 2020 and has received grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Ellen is the director of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University. Raised in Kentucky, she splits her time between Kentucky and New York City with her family. She can be found online at EllenHagan.com.

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017), received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her poetry and fiction often center on the experiences of Black girls and women and explore themes of home, identity and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renée served as founder and executive director of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts, from 2016 to 2019. Renée grew up in Portland, Ore., and splits her time between Portland and New York City. She can be found online at ReneeWatson.net.

Registration Required
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Göttingen Abend ~ Information Session: Study Abroad In Germany!

Participate in an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College Study Abroad Program at the University of Göttingen. You will hear about the experiences of Amherst students who have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past. We will have videos about the town and university, handouts with information and teaching assistants and faculty there to explain how the program works and to answer any questions you may have. Please invite others who you think may be interested in this program. We look forward to seeing you!

Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Flu Clinic for Staff and Faculty

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for all staff and faculty who are in compliance with COVID-19 testing. Due to the pandemic, we strongly recommend that everyone on campus receive the flu shot this year. Registration is required.

Registration Required