Event Calendar

Friday, November 8, 2019

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Alumni-in-Residence: Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work, with Jay Gilliam ’04

Jay Gilliam ’04, Director of the Global Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), leads this program, which works alongside advocates, organizations and movements around the world, to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people everywhere.
He majored in political science during his time at Amherst and then went on to gain his master’s in peace studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
Prior to joining HRC, Gilliam served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for nearly five years, working in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and in the Office of the Senior LGBTI Coordinator. In these roles, he shared how the Agency does more effective work and maximizes its impact in the development space; led USAID communications and public engagement efforts on LGBTI inclusive development work; and developed stories about the hard work done around the world to end extreme poverty.
Gilliam will speak candidly with students about his journey in both government and non-profit work and in mission-driven organizations focusing on how he faced bringing his authentic self to the workplace, as well as the challenges he faced as he moved through his career. He will discuss the intersection of his own identities and discuss strategies for students to bring their own authentic selves as they begin their career journeys.
Please be sure to register via Handshake.

Registration Required
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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.

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Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!


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

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

First Gen / Low-Income Community S'mores Party

Calling all first-generation college students, faculty, and staff! Please join us in ~toasting~ National First-Gen College Celebration Day on Friday, November 8, 2019. Come enjoy a treat or get cozy by the heat!

Cheminar: “Utilization of Redox-Active Ligands in the F-Block: From Lanthanides to Uranium and Beyond”

Professor Suzanne Bart of Purdue University's Department of Chemistry will give a seminar titled “Utilization of Redox-Active Ligands in the F-Block: From Lanthanides to Uranium and Beyond.”

SASA + MENAA Cooking Night

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway D, Greenway C/D Kitchen
Students Only

Alumni-in-Residence: The Global LGBTQ+ Movements: A Conversation with Professor Javier Corrales and Jay Gilliam ’04

4:45 pm - 6:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join Amherst alum and LGBTQ advocate Jay Gilliam ’04 (Human Rights Campaign) in a conversation with Professor Javier Corrales (Chair of the Political Science Department, Latinx & Latin American Studies) as they discuss global LGBTQ movement work...the progress made and challenges still ahead for LGBTQ equality in many places around the world. Come learn about recent successes like decriminalization efforts in India and Botswana and same-sex marriage in Taiwan and Bulgaria as well as persistent problems facing LGBTQ communities in places like Chechnya, Tanzania and Central America, as well as Professor Corrales’ work developing the “LGBT Rights in the Americas Timeline,” a digital humanities and history project that will be based at Amherst.

Make Your Own Salve

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm O'Connor Commons

Make your own salve with student farmers and herbs from Book and Plow Farm.
At O'Connor Commons. Snacks, and herbal tea will be provided.

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Trip to Bounce Trampoline Sports

6:45 pm - 10:15 pm Bounce Trampoline Sports in Springfield, MA

Join AC After Dark at Bounce Trampoline Sports in Springfield, MA. The van will depart Converse Hall at 6:45 p.m. and return to campus at 10:15 p.m. Jump time for 1.5 hours from 7:30-9 p.m., with free pizza to follow.
Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdROGaNl1Ikj5WSiTIVTrmKpDCFY4Zq...

Students Only
Registration Required
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Senior Thesis Performance: Faith Wen ’20, Piano

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Sola, an honors thesis in piano performance by Faith Wen ’20. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Sola is a contemplation on solitude—on the comfort, assurance, satisfaction, hope, joy, even triumph that solitude can hold when we find meaning in something beyond ourselves. Drawing on her faith, Wen hopes to use the voices of Ravel, Liszt and Beethoven to express that impossible truth: that in solitude can be found an other; that the invisible is more real than the visible.

Ravel – Sonatine
Liszt – Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude
Beethoven – Sonata No. 31, Op. 110 in A-flat Major

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

Soirée Activités Artistiques!

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come join French House for Craft Night. Bring your creativity and let's make art! Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!


WAMH 89.3 FM Presents! Kemba and Dezmond Dane

Fresh off performances at Rolling Loud NYC and the Roxy in L.A., Bronx-born rapper Kemba comes to Amherst College for a show in the Powerhouse! Dezmond Dane will open the night at 9:30, followed by Kemba at 10:30. Free and open to all Five College students!