Event Calendar

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Dismas House Fellowship & Internship Opportunities Info Table

Since 1988, Dismas House has been welcoming former prisoners back to greater Worcester. Within the Dismas House, the Dismas Family Farm, and the Father John Brooks House, former prisoners are engaged in the hard work of rebuilding lives, and rekindling hope for themselves and their families. Families, volunteer Board members, live-in fellows and international students, and church volunteers help create the family atmosphere by breaking bread with residents and spending time with them.
In October 2009, with the support of foundation partners, including the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, Inc., the Stoddard Charitable Trust, the Highland Street Foundation, Charlesbank Homes, Hoche-Scofield Foundation, First Congregational Church of Auburn, Fletcher Foundation, and MassHousing CCRI, Dismas House opened the Dismas Family Farm, a holistic, rehabilitative and vocational reentry model, on a working farm in Oakham, which will serve former prisoners and their families.
The Dismas Family Farm complements the other Dismas programs. Designed to be self-supporting, this working farm produces crops, animals, and finished wood products, as well as candles and popcorn produced for winter revenues. Residents maintain the farmhouse in Dismas tradition, and are additionally trained in crop production, animal husbandry, barn management, woodshop skills, production of finished farm goods, and marketing strategies and approaches. Additionally, residents are expected to either work for the farm or to be employed full-time.
Post-graduation fellowship and summer internship opportunities are available to Amherst students interested in nonprofit/social work and fulfilling gap year opportunities. Stop by this information table to speak with Co-Executive Director Dave McMahon and learn more.

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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

Michael Lubell, City College of New York: "Navigating the Maze: How Science and Technology Policy Shape America and the World"

Science and the technologies it has spawned have been the principal drivers of the American economy since the end of World War II. Today, economists estimate that a whopping 85 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth traces its origin to science and technology. The size of the impact should not be a surprise, considering the ubiquity of modern technologies.

Innovation has brought us the consumer products we take for granted: smartphones and tablets, CD and DVD players, cars that are loaded with electronics and GPS navigating tools and that rarely break down, search engines like Google and Yahoo, the Internet and the Web, money-saving LED lights, microwave ovens and much more. Technology has also made our military stronger and kept our nation safer. It has made food more affordable and plentiful. It has provided medical diagnostic tools, such as MRIs, CT scanners and genomic tests; treatments for disease and illness, such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation; minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, coronary stent insertion and video-assisted thoracoscopy; and artificial joint and heart valve replacements.

None of those technological developments were birthed miraculously. They owe a significant part of their realization to public and private strategies and public and private investments. Collectively the strategies and investments form the kernel of science and technology policy. "Navigating the Maze" is a narrative covering more than 230 years of American science and technology history. It contains stories with many unexpected twists and turns, illustrating how we got to where we are today and how we can shape the world of tomorrow.

Edward L. Greenstein: "Translating 'Job' to Make a Difference"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The Book of Job, regarded by some as the greatest poem ever written, has been misunderstood in many details and in some of its major themes and thrusts. E.L. Greenstein’s new translation of Job draws on decades of painstaking work on the language, argument and poetics of the book. In this lecture, Greenstein will explain how he has sought to change our understanding of Job on both the micro and the macro levels. Edward L. Greenstein is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a prolific, world-renowned scholar in many areas of biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies.

This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Smith College Department of Religion, Amherst College Department of Religion and Willis Wood Fund for sponsoring this event.

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: "Is Progress in Our Genes?" with Stephen Carter and Nicholas Christakis

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 of Philosophy Nishi Shah for a discussion on "Is Progress in Our Genes?" A Q&A will follow, with books available for purchase through Amherst Books.

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. Among his recent courses are "Contracts," "Evidence," "Law and Religion," "The Ethics of War," "Slavery and the Law" and "Libertarian Legal Theory." He is the author of 15 books, including, among others, The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama (2010); God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics (2000); Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (1998); The Dissent of the Governed: A Meditation on Law, Religion, and Loyalty (1998); The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning up the Federal Appointments Process (1994); and The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion (1993). His most recent volume, published in 2018, is Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer who Took Down America’s Biggest Mobster. He recently delivered the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard, which he is writing up for publication.

Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is a sociologist and physician who conducts research in the areas of social networks and biosocial science. He directs the Human Nature Lab. His current research is mainly focused on two topics: (1) the social, mathematical and biological rules governing how social networks form (“connection”), and (2) the social and biological implications of how they operate to influence thoughts, feelings and behaviors (“contagion”). His lab uses both observational and experimental methods to study these phenomena, exploiting techniques from sociology, computer science, biosocial science, demography, statistics, behavior genetics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology and other fields.

The Point/Counterpoint 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.

Summer Internship Mixer

It’s never to early to begin thinking about your internship search. Are you unsure about how to start? How about you talk to someone who’s been in your shoes not too long ago—your fellow peers!
Come to the Summer Internship Mixer to learn from upperclassmen about where they’ve interned in the past and how they were able to search and secure their internships in a fun, low-key environment. Free, tasty food and drinks will be provided. Attendees will have the chance to enter into a raffle for prizes.

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!

CSA x ASA x La Causa x KSA x SASA x MENAA Collaboration Discussion on Cultural Loss

Come join CSA, ASA, La Causa, KSA, MENAA and SASA for an interactive six way affinity group collaboration discussion about cultural loss, assimilation and belonging. Rediscover your culture through catering from Oriental Flavor, Veracruzana and Paradise of India.

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

Test the Library Website: Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Want to help make the Library website better? Participate in an online study (10-15 minutes) and enter to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards! The study link is here: https://ows.io/cm/263k8802

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