Event Calendar

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Food for Thought: Addressing Difficult Conversations: Moving Beyond a “Bag of Tricks” to Build an Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom that Supports Students’ Intellectual Growth

Conversation during the dean’s retreat surfaced tensions around implementing strategies for building an inclusive classroom, supporting productive team or group work and addressing oppressive behaviors. With the goal of helping you to gain a better understanding how you might shape your own pedagogical approach to build an inclusive classroom that fosters student learning and growth, Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe of the Center for Teaching and Learning will draw on Amherst-specific examples and the literature about inclusive and culturally responsive teaching to facilitate a discussion of these tensions. We want to hear what has worked for you, what others might try and where you are wanting to grow and need more support and ideas.

Games at The Mead!

Join us at the Mead as students from visiting Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course Installation, Site, and The Embodied Spectator offer a series of interactive art installations inspired by the framework of “games.” All are welcome to play, participate, or simply observe. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sam Abrams: "Milton Friedman and the Evolution of School Choice"

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes Sam Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as the second speaker of our 2018–2019 interdisciplinary series.

In this lecture, Abrams will address the contemporary debate about vouchers, charter schools, tuition tax credits and how we got here. With particular attention to the case for vouchers made by Milton Friedman from 1955 to 2000, Abrams will trace the development of an idea, its modifications by Friedman's allies and opponents, and its impact in Chile and Sweden as well as the United States.

Outside of his directorship at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Dr. Abrams is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016). He was previously a high school teacher for 18 years. He grew up in nearby Holyoke, Mass., and earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia. In addition to privatization, his areas of interest include curriculum design and comparative education. For his advancement of the understanding of Finnish education in the United States, the Finnish government made Abrams a Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland, in 2014.

The Ins & Outs of Law School Experiential Learning, Presented by Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School is renowned for the intellectual rigor of its curriculum and the groundbreaking scholarship of its faculty. Drawing strength from the vast interdisciplinary resources of its distinguished research university — and the global stage of New York City — Columbia students complete their legal training ready to engage the world’s most challenging issues across borders, jurisdictions, subject matters, sectors and industries.

In addition to giving attendees a deeper glimpse at Columbia's own programs, presenters will provide a deeper understanding in this session of experiential learning in law school. From clinic to summer internship/associate positions to moot court and more — attendees will learn about what these outside-the-classroom offerings tend to involve and entail, no matter which law school you choose to apply to.

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Get Career Ready! Use Your Study Abroad Experience to Stand Out in the Applicant Pool

According to a study conducted by IES Abroad, “More than 75% of study abroad alumni say that their experience helped them develop communication skills, self-confidence, adaptability and cultural understanding. Furthermore, half of study abroad alumni say that studying abroad helped them to get their first job after college.” In this 2-part series, we’ll show you how to incorporate the skills you’ve learned abroad into your elevator pitch, resume, cover letters and interviews in order to stand out in an applicant pool. This event is ideal for students who have studied abroad, but open to prospective study abroad students, as well.

Part 1 on Monday, Oct. 1: Networking and Your Elevator Pitch – Led by Susan Daniels, Public Speaking Associate in the Writing Center

Part 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 3: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews – Led by Laura Litwiller, Associate Director for Career Advising in the Loeb Center

*Both sessions will take place in Barrett Hall, Room 105 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the first ten students to attend each workshop will receive a LimeRed gift card.

Students Only

French Film Screening: "Les Choristes" (2004)

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

"An inspirational story in the rich tradition of "Music of the Heart" and "Mr. Holland's Opus", "The Chorus"has moved critics everywhere to declare it one of the year's very best films! When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clément Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he's able to spark his students' interest in music and bring them a newfound joy! It also puts him at odds with the school's overbearing headmaster, however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils' lives!"

Film will be screened in French with English subtitles. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served!

Ongoing Events

Orra Hitchcock illustration of mount Sugar Loaf beside painting by Dave Gloman of the same scene

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 10–Oct. 12

until Oct 12 Fayerweather Hall, 105: Eli Marsh Gallery

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the 19th-century philosophical movement that embraced idealism, communal living and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.