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Archived announcements for November, 2005

The Student Health Educators are Recruiting! Apply by Oct. 31
Want to learn more about health issues on campus and share the information with your peers? The Student Health Educators get paid to facilitate workshops, create poster campaigns, perform skits at orientation and run educational events throughout the year. We cover many topics, including men's and women's sexual health, nutrition, mental health, and drug and alcohol issues. Applications (available in the mailroom and health services) are due by Monday, Oct. 31. E-mail questions to
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Design a Website - Dreamweaver Training Oct. 31
Don't be content with your Livejournal and text only plan! Come to our Dreamweaver training to see how easy it is to create your own Website. Monday, Oct. 31, 7:30-9 p.m. in Webster 102. Sponsored by the Software Consultants.
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Applications to French and Spanish House Due Nov. 1
In anticipation of spring semester openings, the French and Spanish departments announce that applications to the French and Spanish House (Newport) are now being accepted. The individual theme house Websites have been updated, and these Websites are now accessible from the Residential Life Website: (click on Theme Houses). All information regarding theme houses, including the applications and deadline for application, can be found on this Website. If you have questions, please contact Emily Cachiguango at ext. 2161 or via email at

Off-Campus Housing Applications Due Nov. 1
Applications are now being accepted for students interested in living off- campus for spring 2006. Students approved during this application process will be granted off-campus status only for the spring 2006 semester. Please keep in mind there are limited off-campus spaces available. Students should pick up an application in the Residential Life Office, 106 Converse Hall. Application deadline is November 1.

PS 56: Regulating Citizenship-- Required Pre-Registration Procedures
Permission for enrollment in PS56: Regulating Citizenship will be granted based upon a questionnaire and interview. For students interested in registering, information about the course and its special requirements related to its location inside a prison are now available on the course Blackboard Website at (follow the “Course Websites Spring 0506” link). The questionnaire can be downloaded from the site or obtained directly from Professor Bumiller at
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Am I Making a Difference?’s not that simple.
Am I Making a Difference?’s not that simple. Join us for this workshop on community work, activism and social change. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Think about the big picture, inspire yourself and others, reflect on your own experience, and learn new skills. Fudgy oatmeal bars and lemonade will be served! This is the second workshop of the Exploring Social Change Series sponsored by the Community Outreach Program. Call 545- 5140 for more information.
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Alternative Break Trip Planning 101; Session Nov. 1
Alternative Break Trip Planning to plan a successful program. Learn how to implement 8 key components of a quality program. Meet other student interested in planning and participating in alternative breaks. Tuesday, Nov.1 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Fudgy Oatmeal Bars & Lemonade served! Call 545-5140 for more information.
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Amherst College to Host Novelist Stephanie Grant at Amherst Books Nov. 2
Novelist Stephanie Grant will discuss her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Amherst Books (8 Main St., Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, this event is free and open to the public.
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New Yorker Writer Mark Danner To Speak at Amherst College Nov. 2
Mark Danner, an acclaimed commentator on politics and foreign policy, will speak on “Power, the Press and the Iraq War: Torture and Human Rights after Abu Ghraib” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Funded through the President’s Office of Amherst College, Five Colleges Inc., The Department of Legal Studies at UMass, the International Relations Program of Mount Holyoke and Hampshire College’s PAWSS, Danner’s lecture is free and open to the public.
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Harvard's Robert Kegan To Speak on Human Development Nov. 3
Harvard developmental psychologist Robert Kegan will speak on the theme of his recent book "In Over Our Heads?: The Hidden Curriculum of Adult Life." His public lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Stirn Auditorium. Robert Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He also serves as the co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group, a Gates Foundation- funded program to enhance leadership capacities for district-wide improvement in America's public schools. He is the educational chair of Harvard's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Sponsored by the Mayo-Smith-Read Trans- Disciplinary Fund.

Physics Seminar Nov. 3
On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 (tea in Merrill 204 at 4:15 p.m.), Prof. Rob Schoelkopf, Yale University, will lead a seminar. Title to be announced.
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Niko Kolodny To Speak on “Why Be Rational?” at Amherst College Nov. 3
Niko Kolodny, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, will lecture on the question “Why Be Rational?” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, Kolodny’s talk is free and open to the public.
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Nov. 3 -- Free Calvin Johnson Concert!
This Thursday, Nov. 3, Calvin Johnson and Tender Forever will play a free show at Amherst College. The event begins at 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Friedmann Room (formerly the Front Room), which is located on the second floor of the Keefe Campus Center. Sponsored by WAMH 89.3FM Amherst College Radio.
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Nov. 3 -- From Angels to Neurons. Art and the New Science of Dreaming
J. Allan Hobson, M.D., Harvard Medical School, will give a lecture titled "From Angels to Neurons. Art and the New Science of Dreaming", on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. A reception will follow. Hobson received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he is currently professor of psychiatry; he also is director of the laboratory of neurophysiology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Sponsored by the Asian Languages and Civilizations Dept., the Neuroscience Program, The Samuel Cummings '26 Lecture Fund, The Eastman Fund and the Tagliabue Fund.

Nov. 3 -- Peace Corps & Beyond: Working in Int'l Development & Domestic NGOs
The Career Center invites you to the first of our Family Weekend Career Conversations. On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115), Anne Baker '82, vice president of the National Peace Corps Association, will be speak on "Peace Corps and Beyond: Working in International Development and Domestic NGOs." Baker will discuss how her Amherst experience led her to work in industry, the Peace Corps, teaching and a small non-profit in Washington, DC. Bring your questions!

Nov. 4 -- Five College Art Sale to Benefit Katrina Relief
Art donations (any medium, any theme) are currently being accepted for the Five College Art Sale, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 4. All proceeds will go to benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. We will accept donations up until the day of the event. If you are interested in donating and/or volunteering to help, please contact or Event location TBA.

Nov. 4 Friday Series Career Conversations: Careers in Journalism Nov. 4th at 2:00
Join us in the Career Center for this panel on careers in journalism. The panel will include Amherst parent Judy Havemann of the Washington Post and Amherst trustee Jonathan Landman'74 of The New York Times. Friday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

Friday Series Career Conversations: Inside State Government Nov. 4 at 12:30
Join us in the Career Center for this alumni presentation on careers in state government. The presenter will be Eric Kriss '74, from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance at the Massachusetts State House. Friday, Nov. 4, at 12:30 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

Women's Health Psychology Study
Sign up on the Merrill Psychology Study Board to participate in a study on women's health-related attitudes and behaviors. Participants must be female. Compensation: $8 or Psych 11 credit. Sign up in Merrill or by e-mailing, or come during any of the listed times. Study on-going, but participate ASAP.

Amherst College Choral Society Family Weekend Concert
The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Family Weekend concert on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Music will be performed by the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and Rachel Dunham ’05, assistant conductor, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Andrea Kahn ’08 and Jay Buchman ’07. The program will include music by Zoltán Kodály, Morten Lauridsen, Antonio Lotti, Stephen Hatfield and others. The program will end with traditional college songs. Tickets are $6 for general admission; $3 for senior citizens, children under 12 and Amherst College students). Tickets may be reserved by calling 542-2484 or e-mailing
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Economics Family Weekend Speaker
Eric Budish '00 will be speaking on "Simple Auction Theory and the Complicated Real World: Observations on eBay, Google, and M&A" on Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room. A reception will follow. After Amherst, Budish worked at Goldman Sachs. In 2002 he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and studied for two years at Oxford University. He is the co-author(with Lisa Takeyama) of a paper titled "Buy Prices in Online Auctions: Irrationality on the Internet," published in Economics Letters. He is currently in the Business Economics Ph.D. program at Harvard Business School. Budish's visit is sponsored by the Economics Department and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.

Family Weekend Cancer Benefit Gala Nov. 5
There will be a dessert mixer for parents, students, faculty and the administration of Amherst College at Alumni House on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8:30 p.m., with music provided by Amherst's own Blue Nomad's. There is a suggested donation of $7 per person, but all proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be information available about cancer risks and prevention, and representatives from the American Cancer Society will be present to answer any questions. Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs, the Office of the President, the Social Council and Health Education. See you there!

Colloquium Honoring Antonio Benitez Rojo Nov. 5
A Colloquium in Honor of Antonio Benítez Rojo at UMass and Amherst College Saturday, Nov. 5. A dialogue on Caribbean studies in our time, and homage to Antonio Benítez Rojo, a provocative explorer of "Caribbeanness" and one of the region's most memorable literary creators; a distinguished teacher; and a long-term member of the Five College area community. Among several distinguished participating writers, critics and scholars are Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst College), Arcadio Díaz Quiñones (Princeton University), George Lamming (Brown University), James Maraniss (Amherst College), Yolanda Martínez San Miguel (University of Pennsylvania), Julio Ortega (Brown University), Doris Sommer (Harvard University), Silvio Torres Saillant (Syracuse University), Alan West Durán (Northeastern University) and Esther Whitfield (Brown University). Free and open to the public.
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Symphony Orchestra Family Weekend World Premiere
The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra presents the world premiere of Richard Beaudoin's "Three Dreams" in tribute to retiring music professor Lewis Spratlan at its Family Weekend concert, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Also on the program: the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with guest soloist Henry Wong Doe (Audience Favorite Prize Winner at the Rubinstein and Busoni international piano competitions), and the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony. Mark Lane Swanson, director, and Rob Lane '05, assistant director, will conduct. Advance ticket reservations are recommended, and may be made at Tickets are free to Amherst College students and employees and cost $5 for all others.
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New Orleans Organist Lucius Weathersby to Perform at Amherst College Nov. 6
Organist Lucius Weathersby, assistant professor of music and African world studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, will give a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The program will include pieces by African and African-American composers, as well as pieces by Eric Sawyer and Richard Beaudoin, faculty members in the Amherst College Department of Music. Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Music, this event is free and open to the public.
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Ipod Raffle at Football Game Saturday
Win an ipod and save a school! A new iPod Nano will be raffled off during halftime of the Family Weekend football game. Stop by our table during the game to purchase tickets at $3 each or 4 for $10. Help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds will go toward rebuilding D'Iberville Middle School in Gulfport, Miss.
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Isabella Rossellini to Speak Saturday, Nov. 5
The Mead Art Museum and the Amherst College Department of Music are presenting the film Napoleon (2002), directed by Yves Simoneau and starring Isabella Rossellini as Josephine, in three parts, at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, in the William Green Teaching Gallery, Mead Art Museum. A conversation with Isabella Rossellini will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Stirn Auditorium. Free and open to the public, Napoleon is one of the related programs organized in conjunction with “The Empress Josephine: Art and Royal Identity,” an international loan show focusing on Napoleon’s consort, “the incomparable Josephine,” at the Mead through Sunday, Dec. 18.
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ACH Bubble Tea Night Nov. 5! Come Discover this Unique Beverage!
Members of the Asian Culture House will be serving boba tea at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 5, in the second floor common room of Moore. Said to have originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, boba is derived from the starch of the cassava root, and is formed into balls that resemble pearls. When cooked, the boba becomes a sweet chewy ball with a gummy bear-like texture about 1/4 of an inch in diameter. Boba can be added to any drink: milk tea, smoothies, juice and coffee. We will be serving a variety of flavored teas and beverages at this event. Come discover this unique beverage! All are welcome, including parents.

Nov. 7 -- Corliss Lamont Lecture for a Peaceful World
Tony Judt, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies, Modern Europe and Professor of History at NYU, will give a talk titled "Too Much Memory? WWII and the Holocaust in Europe Today" on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. Sponsored by The Corliss Lamont Fund, the President's Office and The Political Science Department.

Julia Mandle to Discuss Performing the City
Julia Mandle, founder and director of a Brooklyn-based visual performance company, will speak and lead a discussion on how performance art can lead us toward understanding cities, and our relationship to the environment, built and otherwise. Her talk will take place Monday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Audiotirum (Fayerweather 115). In an illustrated presentation, she will discuss her company's intellectual and performative philosophy, and explain some of her creations, including the well-known KALCH, which drew a street-side audience of 5,000 when it was performed in Lower Manhattan. Her visit is part of the President's Initiative on the Urban Imagination, and is integral to our continuing effort to bring an urban-studies concentration to the curriculum.
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Coping With an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Friends, Roommates & Family Members
Are you worried about a friend's or roommate's eating? The Counseling Center and Health Education are sponsoring a workshop for friends, roommates and family members of people with eating disorders. Come and discuss ways to help yourself and someone else cope with an eating disorder. This workshop will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bruss Room, first floor of Johnson Chapel. Refreshments will be served.
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Layout a Poster: Learn InDesign!
Have you ever wanted to create a poster or sign but simply didn't know where to begin? Are you a member of a club that desperately needs help with creating advertisements? Come to our InDesign training young padawan, and master the force of poster design! Sponsored by the Software Consultants on Monday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Webster 102.
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Biology Lecture Nov. 7
Maryellen Ruvolo, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, will present "Using the chimpanzee genome to detect human adaptations" on Monday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4; light refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in McGuire Life Sciences Building 428.

Come Out and Play Panel Nov. 8
Come join Pride Alliance in celebrating Coming Out Week! LGBTQIA athletes will talk about their experiences on and off the playing field. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117.
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Sudan Divestment Project: Informational Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Fayerweather 115. Want to join our organization? Curious about what we have achieved? Questions? Comments? Tonight is the night. We hope to see you there. ---Mike, Rishi, Amos, Spencer, Zac
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Intro to Excel Class Nov. 8
For everyone who struggles with Excel in their science or econ courses, or for those who simply want to learn more about the program, the Software Consultants have the answer for you! Come to our Introduction to Excel class and consider yourself learned! Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30-9 p.m., Webster 102. Sponsored by the Software Consultants.
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Nov. 8 -- Health, Happiness, and Chinese Young Adults' Decisions about Study Abroad
As part of the lecture series "Old Students with New and Nifty Ideas," the Department of Anthropology-Sociology announces a lecture by Dr. Vanessa Fong of Harvard University. In "Health, Happiness, and Chinese Young Adults' Decisions about Study Abroad," Dr. Fong examines the dilemmas of transnational Chinese youth who believed that study abroad would increase their own and their families' chances at happiness by allowing them to join the global elite. But the opportunities opened up by study abroad came at a high price, and the kind of full First World middle- class citizenship that could improve their health and happiness proved elusive. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Converse 209. All welcome. Reception to follow.

Thinking About Teaching? Landmark School Reps on Campus Today.
The Landmark School, a high school for students with language-based learning disabilities, is looking for new teachers with energy and enthusiasm. Rebecca Louick '04 and Rachel Sauer (MHC '05) will be on campus today (Tuesday, Nov. 8) to answer questions and provide information about their experiences as new teachers. Drop by the Career Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more. No need to bring anything -- just drop by!

Alpha Delta Phi and David P. Patchel Memorial Awards
The Alpha Delta Phi Fund Committee is pleased to announce that grants have been made to the following students: Mia Anderson, Gordon Arlen, Janicelynn Asamoto, Rebecca Blum, Christine Clemente, Jessica Chung, Robert Cooke, Ron Espiritu, Alexandra Hadley, Timothy Hahn, Allyson Heady, Gregory Hedin, Tiffani Hooper, Miwa Ikemiya, Michael Kohl, Hanna Lee, Adam Lefkowitz, Daniel Marks, Trip McCrary, Martina Meijer, Zeina Nasr, Scott Niichel, Tamina Park, Kristen Nicole Reid, Benjamin Rogers, Katharine Roin, Emilie Selden, James Seltzer, Ian Shin, Emily Silberstein, Sara Spink, Daniel Tsang and David Wolff. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics, and other comparable independent projects.
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Exhibit of Drawings of Architect Maurice Childs ’54 at Amherst College
The Amherst College Library Archives and Special Collections will present an exhibit of the artwork of Maurice Childs, a 1954 graduate of Amherst and a leading architect and preservationist, until Dec. 31, in the Archives and Special Collections at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, the exhibit is made possible by the Archives and Special Collections.
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Cell Phone/PDA Survey--November 9
The first step toward improving cellular reception on campus will begin with a brief, cell phone/PDA survey that will be e-mailed to all members of the Amherst College community on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Full participation is essential if the college is to make informed decisions and target investment in ways that are both efficient and effective. If you have questions, please contact Steve Judycki at ext.5823 or

Nov. 9 --The Perspective of a Religious Minority: Growing Up Muslim in Israel
Amherst Hillel is thrilled to announce that Salma Abdallah will speak in Converse Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, about her experiences as an Arab Muslim in the Jewish state. Abdallah regularly speaks on her experiences growing up as a religious minority in Israel. Her talk focuses on the presence of religious diversity, pluralism and tolerance. Refreshments will be served after the event, which will include a Q-and-A session. This event has been made possible by the Student Initiatives Committee of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Encouragement Grants.

Planning the Pre-Med Path - Wed., Nov. 9
Come learn about the steps and procedures that will prepare you for medical school. Bring your questions for Dean Bassett, too! Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

gridMathematica: Mathematica Users Group -- Nov. 9
The next Mathematica Users Group meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Seeley Mudd 014. We will discuss gridMathematica and the Parallel Computing Toolkit, which allow users to easily distribute Mathematica computations to a number of CPUs, locally or across a network. These computations can be independent or access shared variables. There will be demonstrations and an opportunity to try it out as well. There may also be time to discuss other Mathematica questions that people have. Both new and experienced users are encouraged to attend, whether faculty, staff or students.

German Film Series: Rosenstraße
On Thursday, Nov. 10, the film "Rosenstraße" (directed by Margarethe von Trotta, 2003, 135 mins.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The film is a powerful docudrama commemorating a little-known act of civil courage during the Third Reich: in 1943, hundreds of non-Jewish German women organized a protest against the deportation of their Jewish husbands outside the main detention center in Berlin’s Rosenstraße. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
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Physics Seminar Nov. 10
On Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 (tea in Merrill 204 at 4:15 p.m.), Dr. Arielle Phillips (Amherst College/UMass Amherst) will lead a seminar. Title to be announced.
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Writer Sarah Schulman to Lecture and Read at Amherst College Nov. 10
Playwright and novelist Sarah Schulman will speak on “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Following her talk, she will also give a fiction reading at 7 p.m. in Studio 3 of Webster Hall. Sponsored by the Amherst College Writing Center, these events are free and open to the public.
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Fine Arts Open Studio Nov. 10
Please join faculty and students in the studio classes for a Fine Arts Open Studio Celebration Thursday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall, first floor. Participating studios include: Drawing - Room 101, Painting - Room 201, Printmaking - Room 205, Photography - Room 017, Sculpture - Room 001. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to see works in progress in the studio courses currently being taught. Any student - not just majors! - interested in classes for the coming semester or beyond is cordially invited to stop by, so please bring friends! Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.
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Come Out And Play Panel Thursday, Nov. 10
Pride Alliance presents "Come Out And Play" - a panel with LGBTQI athletes sharing their experiences on and off the field. Originally scheduled for Tuesday but moved. Now scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Fayerweather 117. Part of Coming Out Week.
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Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium Thursday, Nov. 10
Professor Valerio De Angelis of Xavier University will give a Mathematics talk on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Seeley Mudd 207 at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served in Seeley Mudd 208 prior to the talk.

ISA Arts Night Thursday, Nov. 10
The International Students Association at Amherst College presents the Arts Night, an hour-long show celebrating culture from all over the world. Join us for a fabulous evening of dances, songs, skits, musical performances, poetry readings and martial arts demonstrations! Thursday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center (Friedmann Room).

Fine Arts Open Studio Nov. 10
The Department of Fine Arts will sponsor an open studio on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall. We hope students will take this opportunity to see works in-progress in the studio courses currently being taught. Any student -- not just majors! -- interested in classes for the coming semester or beyond is cordially invited to stop by, so please bring friends! Refreshments will be served.
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Pedagogy Lunch Nov. 11: Rich and Poor at Amherst
The Project on Teaching and Learning invites faculty members to a conversation on how social class affects learning at Amherst. How well does our advising system serve students without the guidance (or interference) of college-educated parents? What are the challenges in finding the confidence and savvy to seek academic and financial support? How does the need to earn money limit opportunities for extracurricular and summer activities? Do economic factors limit the ability of some students to participate fully in the life of the college? To provide perspective beyond the classroom, we’ll be joined by representatives of the Counseling Center, Admissions and Financial Aid, and the Office of the Dean of Students. A buffet lunch will be provided. The lunch will be held in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

Coming Out Week Film Screening Nov. 11
Join Pride Alliance in celebrating Coming Out Week! A hilarious film about the miseducation of a lesbian cheerleader whose parents force her into therapy to cure her sexuality. Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115.
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The Jupiter Quartet To Present Music at Amherst Nov. 11
In the third installment of the 2005-06 Music at Amherst Series, the Jupiter Quartet will perform a program of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Dutilleux at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
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Careers in Psychology and Psychology in Careers - Friday Series Nov. 11
Join us for this Friday Series alumni panel on Friday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. We'll have alumni from the fields of business, education and clinical psychology discussing the differing aspects of psychology involved in their various careers. Refreshments will be served.

The Rev. Bridgette D. Young to Speak at Bi-Semester Worship Service Nov. 13
The Rev. Bridgette D. Young will speak at the second Bi-Semester Worship Service of the semester at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Chapin Chapel at Amherst College. A full reception will follow the service. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Life and the Bi-Semester Worship Committee, this event is free and open to the public.
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Important Information About Policies at Williams' Weston Field
All those who plan to attend Saturday's football game at Williams should be aware of new policies at Williams' Weston Field.
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Sign Up for Free Ride to Williams Game
Sign up this week in Room 107 of the Keefe Campus Center to reserve a seat on one of two buses headed to Williams this Saturday. The bus will be leaving Converse at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. First come, first serve. GO JEFFS!!!

"How I Learned to Drive" Will Be Performed Nov. 10-12
"How I Learned To Drive," by Paula Vogel, directed by Peter Lobdell, will be performed at 8 p.m. November 10-12 in Holden Theater at Amherst College. Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play traces the delicate territory of sexual abuse, family dysfunction and individual responsibility with moving sensitivity and unexpected humor. "How I learned to Drive" is a senior project for Olivia D'Ambrosio '06, and she will play Li’l Bit. Local professional actor Court Dorsey will play Peck. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office, 413/542-2277.

Max Page Will Speak on Nov. 14 About Ground Zero and New York
Max Page, professor of architecture and history at UMass, will speak on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 4. His topic will be Ground Zero and its relationship to the image of New York. Page's most recent book, "The City's End," to be published by Yale, examines fantasies of New York City's destruction. He has published extensively on historic preservation and the popular history of American architecture. An excellent lecturer, Page will speak to the political, economic, cultural and historical issues surrounding the memorialization of urban disasters. His visit is part of the President's Initiative on the Urban Imagination, an effort to establish an urban component to the college's curriculum.

Biology Lecture on Nov. 14
Robert Machold, research associate and post doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gordon Fishell, Dept. of Developmental Genetics, New York University School of Medicine, will present "Genetic Fate Mapping of the Embryonic Mouse Brain: From Transcription Factors to Neural Circuits" on Monday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

NYU Medical School Admissions Workshop Nov.14
Please join representatives from NYU Medical School as they present a workshop on Medical School Admissions. Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Porter Lounge, third floor Converse. Refreshments will be served.

Writer Richard Todd To Read at Amherst College Nov. 14
Richard Todd will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center and the Scott Turow Fund, this reading and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.
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A performance by Sinasi Dikmen “Wahrlich ich sage euch – Verily I say unto you”
The German Department will host a performance by celebrated satirist Sinasi Dikmen on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 at 4 p.m. in Porter House. Sinasi Dikmen arrived in Germany from Turkey in 1972, and his solo performances skewer the zeitgeist prophets and lampoon Germany as an early paradise of domestic perfection, fitness studios and tanning parlors. He is by turns passionate, incredulous and overwhelmed by conflicting messages resulting from varying faiths and ethnic traditions. Sinasi Dikmen easily switches from the preacher pose to rap dancing and finally unites all of Abraham’s discordant children with his chorus: “Allah, Allah, Hallelujah – Jahwe loves you, wunderbar.” Presented in German, free of charge, reception to follow.
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Deans Beans Coffee Tasting Nov. 15
Come and try some different coffees from Deans Beans Fair Trade Coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Valentine hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Steps to Study Abroad for Sophomores Tuesday, Nov. 15
This will be the last session of Steps to Study Abroad this semester, so if you are a sophomore and haven't been to one, this is your chance! Your deadlines come in the spring, so if you are considering going abroad, you need to know what is on the horizon. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Pre-Registration for Spring 2006 Begins Thursday, Nov. 10
Between Thursday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 16, all students who plan to enroll in the 2006 spring semester will be expected to pre-register. The Registrar's Office will have all packets of information in student post boxes on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Committee on Educational Policy has asked that students and faculty be made aware of the following statement: We encourage students and faculty to avoid the crush of the last days of pre-registration week. We ask faculty to post a sign-up sheet, listing times they are available to meet with advisees. We encourage students to think about their next semester schedule as soon as possible so that they can meet with their advisors before the final day. -- Committee on Educational Policy, May 5, 1982

Croxton Lecture Nov. 30
Colin (Joan)Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, will give a talk on "Legal Terror" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Dayan is an expert on Caribbean literature and the literature of slavery, and author of many works. Her most recent book, "Punishments Cruel and Unusual," is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2004-05 year for the study of slavery, incarceration and the law of persons. Sponsored by the President's Office .

Employee Conflict of Interest Policy
At its May 2005 meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted a conflict of interest policy and disclosure statement. While all employees must maintain the standards described by the policy, completion of the disclosure statement is required only by trustees, officers and certain other employees of the college. Those employees required to complete the disclosure statement are determined by their specific job responsibilities and will be notified annually through campus mail. Please review the policy that is located on the Human Resources Employment Policies Webpage and contact Stephen Nigro in the Comptroller's Office by e-mail or phone if you have any questions.
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Psych Study on Friendship --Earn $5
Participate in a quick and easy study on friendship. All you need is 25 minutes and a friend. Sign up in Merrill outside the Psych Department Office. Participants must be female, but they can bring either a male or female friend.

Women's Health Psychology Study
Sign up on the Merrill Psychology Study Board to participate in a study on women's health-related attitudes and behaviors. Participants must be female. Compensation: $8 or Psych 11 credit. Sign up in Merrill or by e-mailing, or come during any of the listed times, Monday or Tuesday. Study on-going, but participate ASAP.

Nov 16 -- Classics, Michael Putnam, Brown University
On Wednesday, Nov, 16, at 4:30 p.m., in the Babbott Room of the Octagon, the Classics Department presents a talk by Michael Putnam of Brown University. The event is funded by the Eastman Fund. Putnam's primary interest is in Latin literature, with a specialty in the poetry of Republican and Augustan Rome. His books include "The Poetry of the Aeneid," "Virgil's Pastoral Art," "Virgil's Poem of the Earth" and "Horace's Carmen Saeculare." Among his awards are the Rome Prize and the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit. A member of the Institute for Advanced Study, he is also a member of the Comparative Literature faculty and of the Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. The lecture will be of interest to classicists, historians and literary critics. A reception follows.
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Nov. 16 Film Screening: Wal-Mart-- The High Cost of Low Price
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115, come see the newest documentary by Robert Greenwald, the producer and director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism." This new movie is about American families and American ideals, a movie about one corporation crushing the American dream for millions of ordinary people. Wal-Mart is systematically destroying the fabric of our nation, pretending to be the great American workplace while at the same time showing thinly veiled contempt for working families, small business owners and the very people it employs. Sponsored by the Amherst College Wal- Mart Awareness Project. Food from Black Sheep will be served!
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Outreach Council Meeting Nov. 16
Outreach Council Meeting…working to create a culture of engagement at Amherst College! Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lewis-Sebring, Valentine Hall. Agenda items include: how to get funding for your program or event, an update from the International Students Association and The Art of Living Club on how they spent their Outreach Council Funds, spring community involvement marathon/days of service, update on Hurricane Katrina events and fundraisers, update on the Shoes that Fit program, update on new initiatives and upcoming builds for Habitat for Humanity, the upcoming Hurricane Katrina relief trips, Toys for Tots Program, the new Songs for Soldiers Program initiative, Food Bank Farm, and Masspirg.
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Dean Onawumi Jean Moss Receives Storytelling Award
Onawumi Jean Moss, associate dean of students at Amherst College, has received the Zora Neale Hurston Award for Storytelling, the highest award given by the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS). This award is given in acknowledgement of a body of work that preserves the tenets of African and African American storytelling through performance, publications, recordings and service to national and regional storytelling organizations. Previous recipients have included the legendary theatrical couple of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and Oscar Brown Jr., jazz singer and storyteller.
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Physics Seminar Nov. 17
On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 (tea in Merrill 204 at 4:15), Prof. Chad Orzel (Union College) will lead a seminar titled "Counting Atoms for Astrophysics: Atom Traps, Neutrino Detectors, and Radioactive Background Measurements."
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Sculptor Douglas Culhane Will Lecture Nov. 17
The Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall will host an exhibition by sculptor Douglas Culhane From Oct. 31 to Nov. 19. There will be a lecture Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception will follow at the gallery. Gallery hours: M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: 413/542- 2365.
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NOTE (Amherst College Student Technology Group) Meeting
NOTE, the Amherst College student technology group, will be meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 002. NOTE runs planWorld, the New Athenian, Scrutiny, and the Roomdraw Website. But, more importantly, we support each other in taking on fun technology projects. Have an idea for a cool program or Website that ought to be written? Great, tell NOTE about it and get advice, help with code, server space and all that jazz (money, even). Want to build robots to be butlers in the dorms? Go for it! If you've ever been interested in technology, ever wanted to talk to NOTE people in person to complain or suggest things, or are a member of NOTE, you should come. We'll try to get some pizza or something.
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Diwali Celebration Nov. 17
AIKYA presents DIWALI, the Festival of Lights! Want to eat tons of delicious Indian food, enjoy amazing dance and musical performances, and help out a great cause? Come help us celebrate Diwali in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to NACO, the Nation AIDS Control Organization of India. Just some quick facts: *Globally India is second only to South Africa in terms of the overall number of people living with the disease. *A 2002 report by the CIA's National Intelligence Council predicted 20 million to 25 million AIDS cases in India by 2010, more than any other country in the world. Suggested donation of $4.
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Dorothy Huff Oberhaus To Speak on Emily Dickinson’s Fascicles at Amherst
Dorothy Huff Oberhaus of Mercy College will lecture on “Emily Dickinson’s Fascicles: The Fox & The Hound” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library. Co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, the talk will investigate Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, which are at the heart of the poet’s work and at the center of Dickinson studies.
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Join discussion to help us improve the intranet
Please log into the Campus Forums to join a discussion about improvements to the intranet. IT and the Office of Public Affairs are planning to add some features to the intranet this summer, and would like to get your feedback as well as any ideas you might have.
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Watch Video of Nelson Mandela’s Address to Amherst College
See video of the May 12 event in New York City, and read the full text of Nelson Mandela's speech.
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Daniel Altschuler '04 Receives Rhodes Scholarship
Daniel Altschuler '04 has received a Rhodes Scholarship. A resident of New York City, Altschuler is one of just 32 students nationally to receive the prestigious award.
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Professor of History Emeritus Fredric Cheyette is Mellon Emeritus Fellow
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded an emeritus fellowship to Fredric Cheyette, a professor emeritus of history at Amherst College. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Emeritus Fellowships provide research support for outstanding retired scholars in the humanities and social sciences who are continuing their scholarly pursuits. Cheyette will use his award to continue on his research into the changes in Europe’s rural environment from antiquity through the 16th century. Cheyette also will travel in Europe, visiting archeological sites and archives.
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Keefe Health Center's Hours During Thanksgiving Week
The Keefe Health Center will be open on Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. The Health Center will be closed for the remainder of the week. Amherst College students remaining in the local area and have a medical emergency should contact the Campus Police at 413-542-2111. Students in need of urgent care should contact the University Health Services (UHS) at 413-577-5000. The Urgent Care Clinic at the UHS will be closed between midnight and 8 a.m. starting on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and continuing until Sunday, Nov. 27. During the closed hours a telephone nurse will be available at 413-577-5000, and a physician can be contacted if needed.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Make Grant to Amherst College
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded $200,000 for the construction of the new earth sciences and museum of natural history building at Amherst College.
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In Memoriam: Louis J. Kushi
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half staff in memory of Louis J. Kushi, who died Wednesday, Nov. 16, at The Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland. He was 86 years old. Mr. Kushi was a member of the Physical Plant staff from 1951 until his retirement in 1984. He worked as a janitor in Pratt dormitory, Alumni Gym, Barrett and Williston Halls. In 1976, Mr. Kushi became a patrolman with Campus Police; he held that post until his retirement eight years later. Mr. Kushi leaves five sons, John Reed of California, Frank Reed of Colorado, James Reed of Florida, Karle Kushi of Turners Falls, and Kenneth Kushi of Sunderland; three daughters, Shirley Lebaron of Lynn, Claire Yezierski of North Hadley, and Sally Aldrich of Amherst; a sister, Katherine Ciak of Georgia; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. His wife, Geraldine (Webb) Reed, died earlier. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Joslyn Diabetes Clinic or the Sunderland Veterans Memorial Park. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland. Wrisley Funeral Home on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield is in charge of arrangements.

The Kresge Foundation Awards Science Grant to Amherst College
The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich. has awarded Amherst College a Science Initiative Challenge Grant of $500,000, part of a program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools and research institutions.
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Nov. 28 -- Open Meeting for Students on College Priorities: What Should Amherst Be in 5 or 10 Years?
Monday, Nov. 28, 7:30-9 p.m.; Cole Assembly Room. All students are invited to a conversation with President Marx and the long-range planning committee (Committee on Academic Priorities) about how the College should direct its energy and resources in the next years. This Committee consists of faculty, administrators, staff, and students (Mike Simmons ‘06E and Jake Thomas ‘07). Among the items we will discuss are Mission: How do we balance specialized learning with local and global citizenship? Admissions: Should we increase access for low-income students? Curriculum: What areas need to grow? Are the First-Year Seminars working? Is there enough support for writing and quantitative skills? Please come and add your voice to these important deliberations, which will have a long-term impact on the College and future generations of students.
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Apply for Folger Fellowships -- Deadline Nov. 28
Seniors and juniors majoring in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply for an all-expenses-paid, two-week fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The Folger Fellowship begins Jan. 2, 2006, and includes travel costs to and from Washington, housing, all meals and photocopying. This program is open only to Amherst College students. If interested, please speak with the faculty member who might best help you formulate a project that would be aided by your residence at the Folger. Compose an application (no more than two pages), and submit it by noon Monday, Nov. 28, to Folger Fellowships Committee, c/o David Wills, AC #2252, or to the Religion Department office, Chapin Hall. The faculty member you talk with should also send a brief letter to the committee by the same date. The committee will review the applications and interview those whose projects appear promising.

Biology Lecture Nov. 28
Charles B. Fenster '79, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at the University of Maryland will present "The role of pollinator mediated selection on floral traits in the diversification of Silene (Caryophyllaceae)" on Monday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4 lecture hall; reception at 3:15 p.m. in LSB 429.

Emily Dickinson Museum Awarded Prestigious IMLS Grant
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Emily Dickinson Museum a grant of $105,703 to extend its interpretive plans for the Dickinson Homestead, The Evergreens and their shared landscape.
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Emily Dickinson Museum Names Cullen Murphy and Betsy McInnis to Board of Governors
Cullen Murphy and Betsy McInnis have been elected to the board of governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum, it was announced today by Polly Longsworth, the museum’s chair.
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Green Is Good --Sign Up for the Million Monitor Drive
Physical Plant, with the support of Information Technology and MassPIRG, is sponsoring Amherst's participation in the EPA’s Million Monitor Drive. This challenge to colleges, universities, businesses, and governments across the country encourages voluntary energy conservation by setting computers to automatically go into a “sleep mode” after a period of inactivity. Over a year, one sleeping PC can save the energy equivalent of a barrel of oil or 600 pounds of coal. Our goal is to get as many faculty, staff and students as possible to pledge to put their computers to “sleep.” If we reach our goal of 2,000 computers, Physical Plant will use the energy cost savings to purchase enough electricity derived from green and renewable sources (wind and solar) to power all the computers on campus for a full year. As of last Friday, 730 Amherst students, or 66% of the goal, had pledged, and 478 faculty and staff, or 53% of the goal, had pledged. To reach our 75% participation goal, we need 900 faculty and staff and 1,100 students to pledge. This would mean a $30,000 energy savings for the campus, and is equivalent to taking 40 cars off the road or planting 70 acres of trees. If you have already pledged, thank you! If you haven’t yet, please do so at the URL below.
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Nov. 29 -- Law and the Stranger
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought has invited Professor Rogers Smith, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, to give a talk at Amherst College on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. His talk is titled "The Stranger in Ourselves: The Rights of Suspect Citizens in the Age of Terrorism." Copies of Professor Smith’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 542-2380 or This event is part of a series of seminars on Law and the Stranger which is being sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund. All members of the Five College Community are invited to attend.

International Summer Opportunities Workshop Nov. 29
Please join us in the Career Center on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. for a workshop on International Summer Opportunities. You will explore internships, volunteering and more! Refreshments will be served.

L'Aventure theatrale de L'Atelier, The French Theater Workshop: D'Amherst College
Florent Masse, a former French teaching assistant and two-time Levy- Despas Fellow at Amherst College, will lecture on the French Theater Program he directs at Princeton University. L'Atelier, the French Theater Workshop, offers students an original combination of dramatic and linguistic training. This program was initially created by Florent Masse on the Amherst College campus in the fall of 1999. Masse, a teacher in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University, will recollect his experience at Amherst College, and will present the evolution of the program at Princeton University. This event, sponsored by the Department of French, will take place in the French House (Newport) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The lecture will be in French. Refreshments will be served.

Learning in a Time of War -- Nov. 29
The Five College Libraries invite all to attend.
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Göttingen University Study Abroad Applications Due Nov. 29
Applications to participate in the Göttingen Exchange Program for the academic year 2006-07 are available in the German Department Office, Barrett 1, and are due by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29. More information is available on the German Department Website, or by calling x2312.
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Speakers Needed for Interterm Event: A Bigger Spanish Table
Bolivian college students are coming to Amherst in January! On Tuesday, Jan. 24, there will be a panel discussion between Amherst and Bolivian students, with a dinner to follow. We are looking for two panelists who could make a 10-minute presenation about student life in America in Spanish. This is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish, to meet and talk to students from Bolivia and to have fun before the semester starts! Please contact Kana ( if you are interested in being a panelist or have any questions.

Physics -- Senior Honors Talks Nov. 29
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. in Merrill 220. Tea/Munchies at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204. Seniors Jessie Erwin, Sarang Gopalakrishnan, and David Schaich will speak.
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