Event Calendar

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Arabic Language Table for First-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Thursday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only


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
Colorful event poster with an illustration of human figures within a system of roots, overlaid on a world map

Arturo Escobar: Visions of Design from Anthropology

You are kindly invited to this talk by renowned Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar on ontological design. Escobar is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and ad hoc professor in the Ph.D. Program in Design and Creation at the Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.
He will be speaking on “Design as the Healing of the Web of Life: A Praxis for Regional Transitions in Colombia.”

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and praxis about life itself and the creation of worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines ongoing reorientations of design/ing as a relational praxis of ontological re-existence and repair, against the ravages of globalization, and describes the early stages of application of an “autonomous transition design” framework in the Cauca River Valley in Southwest Colombia.

Over the past 20 years, Escobar has closely worked with Afro-Colombian organizations resisting the devastation of their territories and lives by extractive operations. His best-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011), and his most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018).

His lecture is sponsored by The Lamont Fund, the Lurcy Fund, and the Amherst College Architectural Studies Program.

German Film Series: "Kirschblüten – Hanami" ("Cherry Blossoms")

Touching tragicomic drama about marital love and dysfunctional families: Trudi always wanted to take her ailing husband on a spiritual pilgrimage to Japan’s Mount Fuji; when she dies unexpectedly, he decides against all odds to undertake the journey on his own. This film will be shown at both 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in German with English subtitles.

Image of Justice Ginsburg sitting in a chair wearing a scarlet robe (court attire)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with President Biddy Martin

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation in Coolidge Cage on Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff.

The second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first Jewish justice since 1969, Justice Ginsburg is well known for her clear voice in support of the constitutional rights of all members of our society. Her early career as a pathbreaking lawyer in defense of fundamental rights, as well as her nearly forty years as an appellate judge and Supreme Court Justice, have been well-documented in many media, including opera, late-night television, and two feature-length films.

For ticket and additional information please visit the link below.

Tickets Required

Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic and Gallery

Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus for our monthly open mic and pop-up contemporary art gallery! Poets, writers, performers and art appreciators of all kinds are welcome. Come early to hear music by the Jazz Mesmerizers at 5:30 p.m. and to view the art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist, Chrissy Howland. The open mic begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured reader, Cameron Awkward-Rich. Those who would like to share their work during the open mic should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. to sign up.

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for the Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Students Only

Ongoing Events

“Do Things to Images”: An Exhibition by Odette England

Do Things to Images presents for the first time a selection of photographs from 2014 to 2019 by the artist Odette England. It includes images from her newest series Love Notes.

England’s parents’ former dairy farm, and the archive of snapshots her family made there, serve as raw material for England’s practice. Many of her photographs are unique pieces. By mixing preciousness with low-fi, unrepeatable processes, England highlights the infidelity of memory.

This exhibition includes prints from negatives that England buried and then dug up, and hand-torn paper prints. It features pages ripped from family photo albums, and vintage snapshots that have been hole-punched, among other works. Her need to cut, crop, sand, fold and otherwise manipulate photographs is in contrast to the French meaning of her name, Odette, “Lover of Home.”

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.