Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Oct 28, 2021

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Confidential, Drop-in Survivor Support Group

Health Education is sponsoring a weekly, confidential, drop-in Survivor Support Group starting Thursday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pemberton Lounge in Chapin Hall or via Zoom (Meeting ID 883 9150 8192 and Passcode: 437h6W) through Thursday, Nov. 18.

The group will be facilitated by Isabella Gitana of the Survivor Arts Collective. To be added to the private mailing list, fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/survivorgroup2021. Questions or accessibility concerns? Contact Lauren Kelly at lakelly@amherst.edu.

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QRC: Flags and Faces Bingo

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm QRC, Keefe 213

Join the Queer Resource Center for Flags and Faces Bingo! Play bingo with us and learn facts about different flags and trailblazers from the LGBTQIA+ community as we play. There will be boba, snacks and prizes available for all who attend! Please use the link below to sign up, as space is limited to 12 people.

Registration Required

French Film Screening: Halloween Edition

Join your French Language Assistants for a seriously scary horror movie to start off your Halloween adventures. Julia Ducournau's debut feature film is a cannibal coming-of-age story. *Warning: Please note that this film includes graphic scenes of violence and cannibalism.* Film will be screened in French with English subtitles. All are welcome!

Tomorrow - Fri, Oct 29, 2021

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Title IX Training Incorporating New Regulations

Please register to learn about Title IX at Amherst College: policies related to sexual misconduct and, for most staff and all faculty, your obligation to report information related to sexual misconduct. If you are a new employee, please be sure to attend a session within the first month of your start date. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Title IX and/or sexual misconduct, please contact Laurie at lfrankl@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

"The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers,” Presented by Joshua Hyman

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Held via Zoom

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2021-22 presents a lecture entitled "The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers,” presented by Joshua Hyman, assistant professor of economics, held via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 (amherst.edu/mm/597044).

Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research. Colleagues interested in joining this endeavor are welcome and should contact us by email: adsarat@amherst.edu. All members of the Amherst College community are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

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Info Session: Work at the U.S. Department of Labor

The Government & Nonprofits career advisory in the Loeb Center welcomes students and alumni to attend an exclusive virtual information session about working in the United States Department of Labor, whose mission is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. Attendees will also learn the best practices of applying for employment on USAjobs.gov, including formatting résumés and cover letters; compensation; internships and fellowships, etc.

Join Dolores Garcia from the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the U.S. Labor Department for this informative virtual event, which will explore internships and entry-level jobs on Friday, Oct. 29, at noon.

Chinese Table

Join us for Chinese conversation each Friday and Sunday from noon until 1 p.m.! Haoran Tong will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Chinese are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Japanese Table

Join us for Japanese conversation each Friday from 12:30 until 2 p.m.! Harufumi Nakazawa '24 will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Japanese are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Internship Application Clinic Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How does a compelling internship application come together? Learn how to put your best foot forward with your application materials by targeting your résumé, aligning your cover letter and résumé, and conducting adequate employer research to embed into your materials in this group advising and working session.

This drop-in clinic will be offered each Friday between Sept. 24 and Dec. 3 (with the exception of the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26), and is host by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program team.

Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Open Farm Friday

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Book & Plow Farm
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QRC: Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson for a weekly discussion on queer and trans topics! Come for great conversation and community. The in-person capacity is 12, so Zoom is preferred.

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/2XeOqIS

If you have accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5964.

Cheminar: Senior Thesis Talks (Week 4 of 4)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

This Cheminar is the fourth of four consecutive weeks of Senior Thesis Talks.

This week Mayesha Ahmed, Adjeoda Tekpor and Hyery Yoo will present their research to date. Please feel free to attend this Cheminar to learn about the research in the labs of Professors Durr and Olshansky.

That's the LGBTea!: A Queer Sex Workshop

Spooktacular Game Night!

We'll be having games with BIG prizes at the Powerhouse! Come for your chance to win AirPods, JBL headphones, or a flat screen TV. Show up in costume for your choice of another raffle ticket or an Amazon gift card. Chipotle food will be provided.

Students Only

Sat, Oct 30, 2021

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Presidential Scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah: "What Is Racism? One Story"

4:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

How do our identities shape what we value in ourselves and others? How does what we legislate and create reflect our ideals as a society? A renowned ethicist and professor of philosophy and law at NYU, Kwame Anthony Appiah is known for his innovative work in the field of cultural differences and political philosophy.

This is an in-person event open to the Amherst campus community; alumni and friends of the College can attend the event virtually by registering to watch the livestream. This event is part of Presidential Scholars series as well as the President’s Colloquium on Race and Racism.

Sun, Oct 31, 2021

Chinese Table

Join us for Chinese conversation each Friday and Sunday from noon until 1 p.m.! Haoran Tong '23 will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Chinese are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Mon, Nov 1, 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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Gaither Junior Fellows Program Information Session

Do you adore researching domestic politics, international affairs or economics? Do you dream of working at a think tank? Do you have skills in Russian, Japanese, Mandarin or Arabic? Or have you taken a lot of coursework in regions of the world where those languages are spoken, or in Africa? If so, there may be a spot at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank) for you! The Gaither Junior Fellows Program consists of a yearlong position assisting a senior researcher at the CEIP in Washington, D.C. Amherst may nominate up to three applicants for this fabulous fellowship-- perfect for anyone with some of the above skills and interests as well as a strong academic record. Amherst College Director of Fellowships Christine Overstreet will explain what the year entails and how to produce a competitive application.

You can apply as a senior, but all class years are welcome at the session (no citizenship requirements).

Learn more from the Gaither Overview: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/159212

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Biology Fall Honors Presentations Week 3

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

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"Making Mammoth Plans" Workshop Series, Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

You have big dreams. Tons of ideas. Lots of interests. Maybe some uncertainty. How and where do you start? The "Making Mammoth Plans" workshop series is here to help. Designed especially for first-year students, this three-session series will give you three different career exploration blueprints to test out throughout your Amherst experience.

Session 1: Understanding the career exploration process

Session 2: Naming what matters to you

Session 3: Mapping where you are hoping to go

Each workshop session builds on the prior, and will focus on collaboration and peer-to-peer learning. Therefore, we ask that by signing up you are committing to attending all three 1.5-hour sessions (Nov. 1, 8, 15). Advanced sign-up is required. Please note that the series is for first-year students only. RSVP through Handshake by Monday, Nov. 1 at noon. You will receive a confirmation email and instructions!

This workshop series is part of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Visit amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/houston-internship-program to learn more about the program or send an email to internships@amherst.edu.

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Loeb.NYC Entrepreneurial Internship Information Session

Michael Loeb ’77, P’21 (serial entrepreneur, founder of Loeb Enterprises/Loeb.nyc, and co-founder of Priceline), along with his business partner Rich Vogel, have collaborated to bring you the Loeb.NYC Summer Internship Program for the fifth year in a row.

Loeb.nyc represents a new approach to launching startups that pairs capital with the support of a "venture collective" shared services teams, made up of experts across a wide range of disciplines.

The internship provides an immersive experience for undergraduate students passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. The internship begins in early June at Michael Loeb's home in Southampton (if you’ve seen Billions on Showtime, it’s that Hamptons house), with a three-day social and dynamic onboarding program called “Internatopia."

The following Monday, interns kick off their 10-week internship with the Loeb.nyc portfolio company or shared services team that they were matched with during the interview process. While many of the internships are in New York City, there are also opportunities to work with portfolio companies in other cities (Nashville, Atlanta, San Diego, just to name a few). Alongside the hands-on experience interns gain from their day-to-day responsibilities, they are exposed to all facets of entrepreneurship through a speaker series, networking opportunities and various social events.

Interns join Loeb.nyc from a variety of backgrounds, and there is no one major or concentration that recruiters look for. Participants are growth-minded undergraduate students who have the drive, commitment and grit to innovate and iterate in the world of startups. If this is you, we hope you'll attend this information session to learn more!

NOTE: This internship offered through the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805.

Tue, Nov 2, 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!

Andrew Youdin '96, Arizona: "The Origin of Minor Planets and the Mysteries of Hot Jupiters"

The current era of astronomical observations, Solar System exploration and powerful supercomputers brings new insights to the physical origin of planetary systems. I will focus on two pressing issues, the first being the origin of minor planets, or planetesimals. These building blocks of larger planets were long thought to arise from the collisional coagulation of dust and ice grains. However, small grains are affected by (and affect) the hydrodynamic flow of gas in planet forming disks. I will show how the steaming instability can concentrate solids in a gas disk, triggering the gravitational collapse of roughly pebble-sized solids into planetesimals. This dynamical process tends to produce binary planetesimals, which I will show is supported by observations of distant Kuiper Belt objects.

Second, I will address the mystery of highly irradiated giant planets, i.e. hot Jupiters. Unlike stars, planets are not thought to have significant internal energy sources. Yet hot Jupiters have large radii which cannot be simply explained by their intense irradiation or tidal interactions with their host stars. I will describe recent progress-- using stellar evolution codes applied to giant planets --to constrain and understand this mysterious heating source.