Event Calendar

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

AWIS Intro Breakfast Meet-up

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is hosting an intro breakfast meet-up catered by Lone Wolf. This informal breakfast is a great opportunity for first-years and other students taking introductory courses to converse with and get to know their professors! Feel free to drop by when you can, if you can.
This event is targeted towards first years, sophomores, and students in introductory science courses.

Students Only
Photo has the pathway to Chapin Chapel in the center.  Chapin  is visible in the distance.  Chapin is an old brick building with a white steeple.  Either side of the pathway is lined with T-shirts of different sizes and colors.  BE Strong is written in chalk on the path.

The Clothesline Project Display

On October 18 (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and October 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be displaying the Five College Clothesline Project on the Valentine Quad. (Content Warning: Sexual Violence).

The Five College Clothesline Project is an opportunity to break the silence about sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experiences. The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The goals of the project are:

· To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
· To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
· To break the silence and unite people in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual and psychological abuse.

The Five College Project has over 800 shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors. We embrace the clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process.

We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult, if you want to avoid the Clothesline Project display we encourage people to use the Route 9 entrance of Valentine. We will also hang shirts so only the blank side is facing the entrance to Morrow Residence Hall and the Morrow path will remain clear.

Please stop by and greet the Peer Advocates tables in front of Val. The self-care table will have self care tips and giveaways. We will also have a table with lots of information on how you can start thinking and doing things to change the culture and to create a safer more respectful community. Add to our wall by sharing the one thing you will do to help us change the culture to end sexual violence.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Info Table

Thinking about a career in journalism? Meet Gina Boubion-Ryan from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. The Journalism School at Columbia offers several master's degree programs to train aspiring journalists to succeed in today's rapidly changing media landscape. Find out about Columbia's longstanding Master of Science program, plus the latest addition to the curriculum, a three-semester M.S. degree concentrating in data journalism program for students with liberal arts backgrounds and an aptitude and interest in finding and analyzing data to tell important stories. Gina will also share insights into the current journalism job market, and give you advice on how to break into journalism and apply for summer '19 internships and jobs.

National Day on Writing

Visit the Writing Center table outside Valentine Dining Hall during the National Day on Writing. The theme for this year's National Day on Writing is "Writing = Hope x Change". We will have mini-writing prompts that invite you to reflect on what writing means for you, and on how the power of the written word can bring about change.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Shivangi Ladha, Self Portrait, 2017. Screenprint with masking tape. Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Studetn Acquisition Fund, 2018.04

"Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages" Gallery Talk with Mila Hruba

This exhibition presents works from a variety of time periods and media to examine the ways in which women have been depicted around the globe. Join us for a gallery talk with European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba to learn how these portrayals of women can pigeonhole their subjects into gendered roles, and in other cases challenge social constructs. This event is free and open to all!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Food for Thought: Publishing Internship Lunch

Learn more about publishing internships straight from fellow students, including current and former interns from The Common, Restless Books and Copper Canyon Press. Ask questions about application materials, work experiences, and networking. Lunch from the Black Sheep is included. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot through Handshake as soon as possible!

#AmherstChatback: Madness and Mental Health

Who has a right to be mad in the United States? How does this impact conversations on mental health while doing social justice work? Join us on Friday where we will unpack misconceptions about madness and mental health. This event is open to all students, and food will be served. #AmherstChatback is a 7-week dialogue series where we will explore, unpack and unlearn, common misconceptions about dominant beliefs and how they “show-up” in our everyday lives.

Lorna Simpson, C-ration, 1991.

Black Women in Museums

Come to the Mead to discuss how black women are represented in museums. We will be looking at works of art on view that address race, gender and sexuality. This program will take an intersectional approach, while centering the experiences and voices of black women. Facilitated by DeLyna Hadgu '21 and Team Mead with support from Amherst College Black Student Union. All Five College students are welcome to attend.

Students Only

Electronics Project Showcase and Robot Demonstration

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Science Center, Living Room (first floor entrance)

Teams of students from the Physics 112 Electronics class will dazzle you with their electronics projects! LEDs that "dance" to music, an alarm that triggers if you have a high heart rate, LEDs that help you get dressed in the morning, a personal air conditioner and much more. Special guest appearance by Eugene, the soccer-playing robot, and the Robot Design Challenge team (robot demos at 2:45 and 3:15).

"Hatred in Democracy" Symposium

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

On Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at the Frost Library, Amherst College, the Practicing Democracy Symposium will convene to discuss the topic of “Hatred in Democracy.” Guest speakers will be Joseph Levin, co-founder and previously the legal director, president, CEO and general counsel at the Southern Poverty Law Center; Nadia Aziz, policy counsel of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Manar Waheed, legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on Practicing Democracy and the Sperling Fund.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks and great conversation!

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Dance Master Class with Marion Spencer

Marion Spencer is a New York- based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Gibney's WORK UP 4.0, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Domestic Performance Agency. Since moving to New York, Marion has collaborated and performed with Athena Kokoronis, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Carte Blanche Performance, Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Vanessa Justice, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making, she also teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School.

Part of the Theater and Dance Department's Fall Guest Artist Series. Open to Amherst and Five College students.

Event banner showing a quote from Joseph Stiglitz '64: "Society can't function without shared prosperity."

Joseph Stiglitz '64: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

4:30 pm Science Center, E110 Lecture Hall

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Laureate in Economics and Amherst College alumnus Joseph Stiglitz '64.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (U.S. president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, several of them best-sellers. His most recent titles are Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy and The Great Divide.

Free and open to the public
"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

The Second Annual Festival of American Poetry at Amherst College

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The festival is organized by Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions and is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English. No admission is charged for the readings. Poets who will read from their works Friday evening include Monica de la Torre, Brian Henry, Sawako Nakayasu, Uche Nduka and Eleni Sikelianos. The readers are among this country’s established poets working in avant-garde writing and innovative traditions.

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Dance Showcase: "Wolf" by Marion Spencer

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

WOLF is a dance and sound performance that explores beautiful magic and tragically real happenings in our world today. Digging into storms, happiness, the memory of trauma, whiteness, cleaning and transformations, this solo explores falling under spells, the wild beauty of nature as well as its undeniable uncontrollable impending loss, red wine, red blood, the new moon, and how we manage to get out from under it all. Nayyirah Waheed's collection salt; Sara Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness; Maggie Nelson's Bluets; and essays from The Racial Imaginary, edited by Claudia Rankine, all serve as research informing this project. WOLF prioritizes process, multimedia, world-conjuring, and the color red as it exists in our world and within the human body.

Marion Spencer is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Gibney (Work Up 4.0), Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, the Dance Now Festival and the Domestic Performance Agency. Her practice embraces pushing artistic, sociopolitical, personal and imaginative boundaries, while also siphoning nuanced human emotion. She currently dances for Kendra Portier and Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, and is collaborating with dance artist Simon Thomas-Train. Since moving to New York City, she has had the pleasure of working with Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shandoah Goldman, Vanessa Justice, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Michiyaya, Hollis Bartlett, Megan Bascom and The Space We Make, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to making and performing, Marion teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School. Visit www.marion-spencer.com.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall Guest Artist Series. It is free and open to the Five College Community.

Portrait of Stephanie Houtzeel

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23-August 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around the world. Her most recent appearances as Octavian were opposite Anja Harteros in Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille under Philippe Jordan, and at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach. Named one of the best up-and-coming singers by Opernwelt magazine for the role of der Komponist, which she has sung under Sir Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst in Vienna, under Fabio Luisi in Zürich, and most recently under Marek Janowski in Tokyo.

“The figurative rose of the night went to Houtzeel .... She was completely convincing in the part, carrying off the wooing of two other women in concert dress without the slightest vestige of awkwardness and more than holding her own with Fleming with her easy-sounding vocal warmth.” –Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Tales and Memories:
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) – “Canción al arbol del olvido,” Op. 3
Charles Ives (1874–1954) – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) – “Rheinlegendchen”
Gustav Mahler – “Ablösung im Sommer”
Carlos López Buchardo (1881–1948) – “Prendiditos de la mano”
Gustav Mahler – “Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht”
Charles Ives – “Like a Sick Eagle”
Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000) – “Pampamapa (Aire de huella)”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”
- Intermission -
Sights, Sounds, Smells:
Charles Ives – “Down East”
Charles Ives – “Ann Street”
Charles Ives – “The Housatonic at Stockbridge”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft”
Carlos Guastavino – “Encantamiento”
Charles Ives – “The Indians”
Charles Ives – “Tom Sails Away”
Gustav Mahler – “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen” Alberto Ginastera – “Triste,” Op. 10, No. 2
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) – “Los pájaros perdidos”

This concert is followed by a master class, 10-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, which is free and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

Orra Hitchcock illustration of mount Sugar Loaf beside painting by Dave Gloman of the same scene

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).