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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Where There Be Dragons - Study Abroad Info Table

Where There Be Dragons (Dragons) has been running cross-cultural education abroad programs since 1993. Dragons facilitates dynamic experiences around the world, including college study abroad programs in China India, Nepal and South America (Bolivia and Peru). Our approach to study abroad programming is to provide high-quality academic experiences in unconventional places. Come by our information table in the Keefe Campus Center on November 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to learn more about study abroad options with Dragons.

Fun fact: We go where other study abroad programs don’t. Whether trekking in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes or drinking chai along the ghats of Varanasi, we take students to places seldom visited by tourists.
We provide mentorship that support academic programming in places that are often challenging to navigate as an individual. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Our staff attend to program safety and quality, and are also invested in establishing strong mentor relationships with students. This mentorship supports students as they make meaning out of experiences abroad and has a powerful impact on academic and personal growth.

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Title IX Basics Training

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the college community. Laurie will explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you. Please sign up for this session on the Title IX webpage.

Registration Required

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Promoting Active Learning through Moodle: Examples from the Amherst Classroom

Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to promote active learning in the classroom. This lunch presentation is for faculty and instructional staff.

Professor Elizabeth Aries will share how she uses pre-class forums and quizzes in Moodle to enhance in-class discussions and gauge student understanding of key concepts. Professor Adi Gordon will share how he uses Moodle to provide transparency in course assignments and expectations, and engage students with media and Open Educational Resources.

Bring your own Moodle tips and questions as well! Kindly click below to learn more and to R.S.V.P.

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"Colombia: Peace Agreements and the Future of Democracy"

Mónica Pachón will discuss the complicated peace process currently going on in Colombia and how that will affect the future of democracy in the country. Pachón is the dean of political science and international relations at Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia.

Discussants will be Sebastián Bitar, the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor in political science at Amherst College, and Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College.

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Javier Corrales at

TV Writers Studio Info Session: Long Island University's MFA in Writing & Producing for Television

Join William Rabkin, assistant director of the MFA program in writing and producing for television at the TV Writer’s Studio, as he shares insights about the field.

Professor William Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a thirty-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych and Diagnosis Murder.

Professor Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.

The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.