Event Calendar

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation

"Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation" presented by Scott Alfeld
The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2019-20 presents a lecture titled "Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation" presented by Scott Alfeld, assistant professor of computer science.


Learn how to bypass a state-of-the-art security system with sugar cubes and a slingshot. New security vulnerabilities have arisen with the growing use of machine learning in decision-making systems. In this talk I discuss the field of Adversarial Learning — the study of using machine learning techniques when the input data may be corrupted by an attacker. I’ll cover various techniques hackers employ and defenses again them. We'll then get our hands dirty attacking a learner at training time and see what finesse is needed when manipulating even the simplest of learners.

Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research. Colleagues interested in joining this endeavor are welcome and should contact us by email: adsarat@amherst.edu . Faculty, staff, and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

Photo of the outside of Valentine Dining Hall

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.

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets once a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

2020 Summer Science and Math Path To Research Forum

1:45 pm - 4:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Attention First-Years and Sophomores:
Campus resources for summer science and math research opportunities are abundant at Amherst College! Join us for a dynamic forum on summer possibilities. Many positions are paid or provide living accommodations.
Sign up: https://forms.gle/3ZghhQtnjxirPhsy6
Sponsored by the Offices of Global Education, Community Engagement, Science Center, Loeb Center, and Writing Center.
If you have any questions contact sbuhl@amherst.edu (Sarah Mattison-Buhl).

Registration Required


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

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out counselors Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks!

"Tchaikovsky in Context": Pre-Concert Conversation

Join us throughout the 2019-20 season of AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “RUSSIAN MASTERS,” for pre-concert talks at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (ACRC), featuring performers as well as scholars of music and Russian cultural history.

Join the ASO’s Director of Instrumental Music and Senior Lecturer in Music Mark Lane Swanson and Associate Professor of Russian Boris Wolfson as they explore the cultural and musical contexts of Tchaikovsky’s life and art.

Stay for the ACRC Family Weekend reception at 4:30 p.m.

And then come to the ASO’s second concert in the series, featuring two works by Tchaikovsky—the First Piano Concerto and the Fifth Symphony—on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

More information about the concert: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events/node/750253

Professor Russell Williams ’72 of Wheaton College: “Economics of Race and Racism: Reflections on the History and Future of Economic Thought”

The Department of Economics welcomes Professor Russell Williams ’72 of Wheaton College to speak at our annual economics presentation for Family Weekend. He will speak on “Economics of Race and Racism: Reflections on the History and Future of Economic Thought.”

This event is open to everyone. A reception with light refreshments will follow in Converse lobby.

Russian Department Family Weekend Reception

The Amherst College Russian Department is delighted to welcome you and any family members you may have on campus visiting to our department’s Family Weekend Reception. PLEASE NOTE: The reception takes place after TCHAIKOVSKY IN CONTEXT, a pre-concert conversation, starting at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome!

MRC Presents: Family Weekend

Join us for a night of s’mores, chocolate fondue, cuddles, and a movie screening as we celebrate the MRC Family!

Students Only

Diwali 2019!

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Ford Hall, Ford Hall Event Space

The event you’ve all been waiting for, the South Asian Students Association’s biggest event of the year! Join us for a night of food and dancing in celebration of the Festival of Lights. Dress in your best and bring your friends and family (if they’re here for Family Weekend)! We’ll be catering dinner from Priya Indian Cuisine and there will also be a DJ and photographer! Can’t wait to see you all there!

AC Jazz Ensemble musicians playing onstage

Family Weekend: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble presents its Family Weekend Concert. The show is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the Amherst Survival Center will be collected.

Featured Vocalist Chris Humphrey joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl to present music by Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list.


The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.