Event Calendar

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Pop-up Disability Resource Center

Come celebrate/recognize International Day of Disabled Persons with a pop-up disability resource center. Come eat snacks, chat, and listen to why social and cultural structural support for disabled people is essential on campus.

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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.

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.


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

Statistics Colloquium: "What's on your Plate?: Using Statistics to Understand Dietary Behavior in the U.S." - Briana Stephenson

It has been well documented that what we eat directly affects our health and risk of disease. Researchers have endeavored to understand how dietary habits and behaviors contribute to the risk or prevention of chronic diseases. The demographic diversity of the United States presents a uniquely complex task when attempting to understand consumption behaviors. What we eat may vary by where we reside, our ethnic or cultural background and our socioeconomic status. Time and again, research has focused on individual foods or nutrients to determine their association to population health outcomes, but this is not always realistic in practice because people do not consume individual foods or nutrients in isolation. The interrelationships between the different foods we consume are reflective of our lifestyles and specific to demographic customs. In population-based studies, diversity is often penalized or ignored for the sake of statistical power and interpretability. This limits the comprehension of dietary practices to the majority, overlooking key differences present in smaller, minority populations. In this talk, we will discuss statistical methods aimed to capture the dietary habits and behaviors in the United States. Using data obtained from large, multi-site studies on birth defects and migrant population health, we will demonstrate the application, impact and utility of these methods and discuss future directions to improve dietary pattern analysis in a continually diversifying population.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

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"Point/Counterpoint: Progressing Our Way to Mass Extinction?"

Each event in the Point/Counterpoint conversation series features an Amherst College professor and guests engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the growing ideological divide in our nation. Series information is available on the Amherst College website.

Join Professor Lawrence Douglas and environmentalist author Elizabeth Kolbert for a discussion on "Progressing Our Way to Mass Extinction?" Q&A will follow, and books will be available for purchase through Amherst Books.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the 2019 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. Her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, on mass extinctions past and present, began as an article for The New Yorker, was one of The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2014, and won the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction in 2015.

Lawrence Douglas is a professor in the Amherst College Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. He is the author of six books, including The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial and the upcoming Will He Go?, a discussion of the potential legal implications of a refusal by President Trump to acknowledge electoral defeat in 2020.

This series is based on a course of the same name. The course and associated event series received special funding through a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Ongoing Events

Poster for World AIDS Day Observance 2019

World AIDS Day Observance 2019

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Join the RCT, Health Education, the Mead Art Museum, Archives & Special Collections, and the Stonewall Committee in a number of events and installations marking and reflecting on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, its legacies and present-day realities.

Make sure to swing by the World AIDS Day Reception featuring Dr. Jallicia Jolly, Thursday 12/05 in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Join us in community as we acknowledge and name the continued impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Light refreshments will be served.

Please wear Red on Thursday in further build awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and all those who it touches. For more information about why and how red, and specifically the red ribbon, became associated with HIV/AIDS, visit www.worldaidsday.org/the-red-ribbon !

Healthy Relationships Week

Come learn why everyone deserves a healthy relationship with the Peer Advocates. Find us tabling in Val and Keefe this week.