Event Calendar

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

SPAN205-01 Owning the Bilingual Self

Heritage speakers of Spanish learn different registers of the Spanish language in their homes and communities from an early age. In this course, students will use this knowledge as a springboard to expand their use and command of Spanish with increasing confidence and in a variety of social and cultural contexts. We will study cultural texts—from the most informal to the most formal, from Hispanic communities both here in the U.S. and in the Spanish-speaking world, in Spanish and Spanglish,—and will discuss students’ own experiences growing up as heritage learners of Spanish. Conducted in Spanish and Spanglish.
Tuesdays andThursdays, 1-2:20 p.m.
Professor Jeannette Sánchez-Naranjo
E-mail jsnaranjo@amherst.edu

AWIS Breakfast Series

Do you like building great relationships with your professors? Do you like food?? If you answered yes to either of these, you’re in luck. AWIS Breakfast Series is back! Come meet faculty members from various STEM departments and have great conversations over a delicious breakfast catered by Black Sheep.
Nov. 13: Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Studies
Nov. 14: Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Psychology

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.


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

“Art as Territory: The Story of Maya Weavers Advocating for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala”

Angelina Aspuac will give a talk titled “Art as Territory: The Story of Maya Weavers Advocating for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala.” This talk, sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont Funds, is free and open to the public.

CHI Salon: Joseph O'Neill Reading and Book Talk

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Ploughshares at Emerson College called Good Trouble, Joseph O’Neill’s new book of short stories, “[f]unny and fierce ... [a]n essential book, full of unexpected bursts of meaning and beauty.” O’Neill also wrote the novels The Breezes, This Is the Life, The Dog and Netherland, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He has also written a family history, Blood-Dark Track. He lives in New York City and teaches at Bard College.
Childcare and refreshments will be provided at the reading.

Nonbinary Affinity Space

Join the WGC and QRC for an affinity space dedicated to empowering and uplifting nonbinary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender creative students, faculty and staff. This is a space that centers around people who identify within these groups or who are exploring their identities. The location alternates between the WGC and the QRC!

Talk and Tacos with Kris Mereigh: Success Is Greater Than Your Achievements

The pressure to achieve is immense! Speaker Kris Mereigh provides insight into how to combat the success paradigm with tools you already possess—authenticity, empathy and vulnerability—to access the life you truly want! Tacos from Chipotle. Sponsored by the Wellness Team.

Inside Admissions: Perspectives from the Yale School of Medicine

The Yale system of medical education remains unique among medical schools for a number of reasons. In this information session, Amherst alum Dr. Michael J. Sernyak Jr. ’83, who is a professor of psychiatry at Yale, as well as deputy chair for Clinical Affairs and Program Development within its Department of Psychiatry, will discuss how key features of Yale’s medical education plays a role in the educational mission and how they translate to the admissions process at the Yale School of Medicine. The session will also allow time for questions and answers.

TEDx Amherst College

Amherst College plays host to TEDx on the theme “changing worlds.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe and provides the opportunity to be a part of the narrative. Our lineup includes two Amherst College students and two Amherst College professors.

Tickets Required
Registration Required

Graphically Yours: Express your Sexuality with Cubes, Cannoli, and Conversation!

Engage in a positive discourse surrounding sex and sexuality through a gallery walk and graph-making activity! Partnering with the Graphic Sex Project, the Student Health Educators present over 100 graphs mapping out various sexual experiences and desires. Feel free to take some cannoli, walk through the gallery of graphs, and even make your own graph if you choose! Drop-in any time from 7-9 pm November 13 at the Powerhouse.

Sounds of Stonewall Logo, featuring graphics of facade of Stonewall Inn and Marsha Johnson

"Sounds of Stonewall"

All are invited to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a live performance by the Amherst College Choral Society. Join us for an evening of musical selections inspired by tunes that played on the jukebox at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and to hear pieces by contemporary LGBT composers, with special guests Mari Esabel Valverde and Grey Grant, featuring the world premiere of "Drones for the In-Between Time."

This program is presented in collaboration with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Amherst College Choral Society and Amherst College’s Stonewall Committee. The Stonewall Committee is a college-wide committee composed of staff, faculty and students whose aim is to bring conversations recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and its legacies. The Stonewall Committee values and aims to center Queer & Trans Person of Color histories and labor; global histories of LGBTQA+/Queer activism and pride; and marginalized identities within the LGBTQA+/Queer community.

This event is free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

Ongoing Events

Operation Fill-A-Cruiser ACPD

Operation Fill-A-Cruiser to Benefit AC’s Counseling Center

Now through November 22, help ACPD support the Counseling Center’s efforts to help those in need. Please donate new, unused, self-care products such as lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, tampons, panty liners, soap, body wash, laundry detergent or chapstick. Travel size is also accepted.
Locations to donate: ACPD, dispatch; New Science Center, 1st floor near water feature; Keefe Campus Center, manager’s office and Valentine Dining Hall, basement, reception desk.