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Archived announcements for November, 2006

Educational Resources Group Info Session Oct. 31
The Educational Resources Group is a recruiting service working with 550 independent (private) schools. The schools are located east of the Rockies from Florida to Maine. ERG is paid by the schools to locate, interview and recommend candidates for specific teaching and administrative positions in these schools. There is no cost of any kind to candidates. The schools are of many varieties: boarding, day, co-ed, all girls, all boys, K-6, K-12, 9-12, non-secular, religious, formal and informal. The ERG information session will be held on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. You can apply for an interview via the Experience Website. The deadline is Oct. 28, and the interviews will be held Nov. 1.

ISA Arts Night Oct. 31
All are invited to the ISA Arts Night, held at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room. There will be performers from Vietnam, China and Kenya.

Musical Orientalism Nov. 16
On November 16 at 4 p.m. at the Russian Center, joins us for an afternoon of exquisite German art songs from Goethe's West-Oestlicher Divan. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Contemporary Brazil: Law, Politicsa and Resources Nov. 9
The Environmental Studies Program at Amherst College will sponsor a lecture and panel entitled "Contemporary Brazil: Law, Politics, and Resources" on November 9. The lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the panel at 7:30 p.m., both in Stirn Auditorium. The presenters are The Honorable Peter Messitte '63, a U.S. District Judge, District of Maryland (Southern Division) and Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil in 1966-68; I. Foster Brown '73, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and an adjunct research professor at the Federal Univiversity of Acre, Brazil; and Amy Rosenthal '02, who worked as an associate researcher at the Federal University of Acre.

Off-Campus Housing Applications for Spring 2007 Due Nov. 1
Students who are planning to live off- campus during the spring semester must apply for off-campus housing no later than November 1. Off-campus applications can be picked up in the Residential Life Office, Converse 105, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m, Mon-Fri. Students who are currently living off- campus do not need to re-apply for the spring semester.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife

The Graduate School Application and Essay Workshop Nov. 1
Join graduate school advising dean Carolyn Bassett for this workshop on applying to graduate school and writing an essay that will set you apart from the rest on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

Affirmative Action Debate Nov. 1
Amherst College Republicans and Amherst College Democrats will debate "Affirmative Action in College Admissions" on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Friedman Room. All parties and opinions are invited to listen and participate.

Physics Seminar Nov. 2
On Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Prof. Steve Lamoreaux of Yale University will present a physics seminar. Tea and snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: amherst.edu/~physics

Richard J. Golsan To Speak Nov. 2
Richard Golsan, French professor and chair of European and classical languages and cultures at Texas A&M University, will give a lecture titled "The Literary Vichy Syndrome: Repetitions, Provocations, Innovations" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Alumni House. Golsan is editor of the "South Central Review" and author of "René Girard and Myth: An Introduction" (Routledge, 1993, 2001), "Vichy’s Afterlife: History and Counterhistory in Postwar France" (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) and "French Writers and the Politics of Complicity: Crises of Democracy in the 1940s and 1990s" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). This lecture is funded by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Education Trust and is free and open to the public.

Economics Speaker Nov. 2
Benjamin Friedman, William Joseph Maier Pofessor of Economics at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled "Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Friedman's visit is sponsored by the Economics Department with support from Gayle and Stephen Smith P'09.

Celebrate the "Day of the Dead" Oct. 27 - Nov. 2
No, it isn't a Mexican twist on Hallowe'en! Learn all about the "Day of the Dead" celebration by checking out an actual "ofrenda" (offering) to the spirits in the atrium of the Keefe Campus Center between Oct. 27 and Nov 2. Stop by the Spanish Department (second floor of Barrett Hall) to see an "offering" for the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, constructed by Joanne Kedzierski’s intermediate Spanish classes. This event is supported by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Spanish.

Imagining Progressive Religion: American Liberal Theology, Act III Nov. 2
Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University, will speak on “Militaristic Illusions: What 'Unipolarism' Has Wrought” on Thursday, Nov. 2, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather Hall, at 4:30 p.m. An Episcopal priest, Dorrien, a national and international leader in his field, brings an extraordinary command of the history of modern theology and a broad knowledge of the major social ethical issues facing our world. He is the author of 12 books and approximately 150 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics and history. Dorrien has a long record of involvement in social justice, human rights, environmental and anti-war organizations. His recent book, Imperial Designs, grew out of his extensive lecturing against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Immigration Movies, Discussion and Dinner Nov. 2
Please join Professor Couvares and La Casa for a screening of two movies about the immigration experience in America. The first movie centers on the Italian American immigration experience in the early 20th century, and the second focuses on present day Cubans in the Bronx. Following the movies, there will be a dinner and discussion about the parallels between these two groups' experiences. This event will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater.

Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey Nov. 8
Sixty thousand years ago in Africa, a man was born with a unique genetic makeup that is now shared by every person living today. As our ancestors spread out across the globe, additional small variations in their DNA have let researchers trace their migration. Using cutting-edge genetics informed by archaeology, linguistics and climatology, Spencer Wells has documented this incredible journey in an award-winning book and a nationally broadcast video. He is an Explorer- in-Residence of the National Geographic Society and director of The Genographic Project. In this intriguing and accessible presentation, he will share his latest discoveries. This event is part of Five College GIS Day and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 1.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/ats/gisday/journeyofman.html

Writer Lorrie Moore To Read Nov. 3
Novelist and short story writer Lorrie Moore will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10moore.html

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School Info Session/Luncheon Nov. 3
Sophomore, junior and senior science students interested in biomedical research are invited to attend this info session and luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall. Representatives from the program will be speaking about their Ph.D. program in biomedical science as well as their funded summer research positions in Manhattan. RSVP required. Space is limited, so sign up soon in the Experience database. Please contact Dean Bassett at 413/542-2265 or csbassett@amherst.edu if you have questions.

La Casa Presents Latin Jazz Night Nov. 3
On Friday, Nov. 3, La Casa presents Latin Jazz Night, a concert featuring local latin jazz quartet Cidade. The event will last from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held in the La Casa common room, which is on the third floor of Moore Dormitory. Come dance and check out the music! Food and drink will be provided. This event is sponsored by La Casa and the Residential Life Office.

Cafe Litteraire Nov. 3
The French Culture House invites the Amherst community to the Cafe Litteraire. Held in Newport from 8 to 10 p.m. on November 3, it features French poetry, delicious food from Chez Albert and jazz by the Blue Nomads.

Educate! Date Auction Nov. 3
Come win a date! Bid for dates with Amherst students and support the Educate! program. Money is used to fund the schooling of refugees in Rwanda and Uganda. Come, enjoy, and be charmed; let the auction begin! The auction will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m. in the Valentine Annex.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org

DASAC Fall Show Nov. 4 and 5
Come out and support Amherst's only hip-hop dance company on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center Friedmann Room. Get your free ticket during lunch or dinner in Valentine.

Student Employment Office Hours
Looking for a job or some extra cash? The Student Employment Office, located in James 21 (in the basement), will be holding office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. We are also creating a temporary job list that notifies interested students of one-time on-campus positions. Email seo@amherst.edu with your name, year and phone number to be added to this list. Temporary positions will be filled on a first- come, first-serve basis. Employers are encouraged the notify the SEO of any job openings as they arise.

Biology Lecture Nov. 6
Fernando Camargo, Ph.D., and fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT will present "The developmental potential of hematopoietic stem cells" on Monday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

GROW Film Series: These Girls Are Missing Nov. 6
Global Rights of Women presents the second film of a three-week series. "These Girls Are Missing: The Gender Gap in Africa’s Schools" offers small sets of sharp glimpses into a few intimate relationships layered to mirror the complex reality. Through these vivid stories, the audience grows to understand the ways that deep cultural attitudes, as much or more than economics, undermine the future of Africa’s women. More provocative than prescriptive, this film aims to inspire reflection, argument and deeper understanding. The film will be shown Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117. Cookies and tea will be served. Sponsored by GROW and the AAS.

Amherst College Music Professor David Schneider is Author of New Book
David E. Schneider, an associate professor of music at Amherst College, is the author of Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition: Case Studies in the Intersection of Modernity and Nationality ($49.95, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2006), a book that dispels myths about the relationship between nationalism and modernism in early 20th-century music by re-examining the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s debt to Hungarian and Central European musical traditions.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10schneider.html

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: Nathan Austin, Bree Barton, Tenique Bernard, Christianna Bonin, Alexandra Boyle, Jordan Brower, William Chen, William Collis, Jeffrey Dalessandro, Brandi Flournoy, Suraj Gopal, Samuel Guzzardi, Katina Hubbard, Amos Irwin, Emma Jaster, M. Cyndy Jean, Emily Kennedy, Jeffrey Lawrence, Nan Li, Jake Maguire, Sawa Matsueda, James McNally, Lola Milholland, Gloria Monfrini, Madeline Ng, Adeline Oka, Bryn Pallesen, Francis Park, Ashley Payne, Alex Rodriguez, Max Rosen, Emily Rosenberg, Pat Savage, Caroline Shannon, Timothy Shapiro, Caitlin Shaw, Rachel Simon, Tachira Tavarez, Heather Teige, John Timothy, Melissa Ulloa, Amrita Vijayaraghavan, Mary Voter, Mia Yu and Emily Zandy. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics and other comparable independent projects. All seniors in the humanities and social sciences may apply, but first priority is reserved for English majors and others working in literary studies, creative writing, theater and dance or film. The David P. Patchel Memorial Fund is used to support senior projects having to do with the moving image specifically, whether essays, theses, or production projects. Another round of grants from the Alpha Delta Phi and the David P. Patchel Memorial Funds will be made at the start of the spring semester. For more information please visit our Website at amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/studentres earch.html

Influenza Vaccine for Amherst College Students
Flu vaccine is now available at the Keefe Health Center for all students who wish to receive the immunization. Students with a higher risk of contracting influenza (anyone working or volunteering in a health care facility, etc.) and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, other lung, heart or kidney conditions or immune system problems are especially encouraged to receive the vaccine. An appointment for vaccination may be scheduled by calling the Keefe Health Center at 413/542-2267. There is a $15 fee for the vaccine. As always, students are urged to reduce their risk of contracting the flu or spreading it to others by washing hands frequently with soap and warm water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Do not share items such as water bottles and drinking cups that can spread germs. Additional information about influenza and the vaccines to prevent it is available at www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Amherst College Professor Dominic Poccia Appointed to Two Editorial Positions
Dominic Poccia, the Rufus Tyler Lincoln Professor of Biology at Amherst College, will join the advisory board of Signal Transduction: Receptors Mediators and Genes, a journal established six years ago as the official journal of the Signal Transduction Society. He has also been appointed associate editor of The Biological Bulletin, which publishes experimental research on a full range of biological topics and organisms from the fields of neurobiology, behavior, physiology, ecology, evolution, development and reproduction, cell biology, biomechanics, symbiosis and systematics. In addition, Poccia continues to serve as an associate editor for Molecular Reproduction and Development and is the associate editor in charge of the reproductive biology section of the Journal of Experimental Zoology.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10poccia.html

Foundation for Sustainable Development Information Session Nov. 7
Come learn about international development internship opportunities with FSD on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Events Room at the Career Center. FSD supports the efforts of grassroots development organizations in Latin America, East Africa and Asia that are working to better the communities, environments and the economic opportunities around them. Through our programs, we aim to raise international awareness of the economic challenges in developing countries and support cross-cultural communities in finding more effective solutions to development issues. FSD helps you gain practical hands-on sustainable development experience by volunteering or interning with one of our partner organizations abroad.
For more information: www.fsdinternational.org

President Marx To Address Faculty and Staff at Open Meeting Nov. 8
Faculty and staff are invited to an open meeting sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Personnel Policies (ACPP). President Anthony Marx will present an update on the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) report and the Center for Community Engagement. The open meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to ask questions of President Marx and a number of administrative staff members. If you are unable to attend, please forward your questions to an ACPP member or to ACPP, Box 1921, or to acpp@amherst.edu before Thursday, Nov. 2. Questions may be submitted anonymously.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~acpp/

Computer Science Colloquium Nov. 8
Dr. Viggo Kann, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, will be speaking Wednesday, Nov. 8, on "Free construction of a free dictionary of synonyms using computer science." Refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208, and the talk is at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207.

GIS and the Exploration of French Society and Culture Nov. 8
Professor Joel Goldfield of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University will discuss his use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a pedagogical tool in a collaboration between the French section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Through class projects and assistantships, students collaborated across disciplines on research dealing with politics, geography, demography, economics, anthropology and media in French-speaking regions of the world. This event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Merrill 2 as part of Five College GIS Day.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/ats/gisday/frenchsociety.html

Five College GIS Day Poster Session Nov. 8
Come see a wide variety of posters demonstrating academic applications of geographic information systems. A short poster quiz will be offered to all visitors; those who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for several door prizes, including a GPS receiver. You are also invited to set up your own poster. It can be simply an interesting map you have created or a research poster with discussion, etc. This event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Merrill Science Center's lobby.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/ats/gisday/postersession.html

Teaching History with Geographic Information Systems Nov. 8
Prof. Robert M. Schwartz of the Department of History at Mount Holyoke College will discuss his intermediate and advanced courses on the environmental history of Europe, in which he introduces GIS to students with no previous background. In a six-week unit that investigates the impact of new technology on the human and physical environment, he guides students through a visual and statistical examination of railways, population change,and uneven geographic development in Britain and France during the long 19th century (1840-1914). This event is part of Five College GIS Day and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at noon in Valentine Hall's Mullins/Faerber Rooms.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/ats/gisday/teachinghistory.html

GIS and Demography: Methods, Analysis, Results Nov. 8
Dr. Ian Gregory, of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Lancaster University (UK), will give a seminar on demographic methods for experienced users of GIS. Demography is an important aspect of many areas of the social sciences and humanities. GIS (geographic enformation systems) provide a tool to integrate location with statistical data to extract significant observations about people's lives. He will give examples from his studies of changing demography through the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on infant mortality and changing geographical divides such as north-south and urban-rural. This event is part of Five College GIS Day, and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in Valentine Hall's Mullins/Faerber Rooms.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/ats/gisday/demography.html

Law and Economics Lecture Nov. 8
Steven Shavell, Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, will speak on "Optimal Legal Change" on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. Shavell has published four books and more than 100 articles, mainly in the application of economics to legal issues. He is co-director of the Program of Law and Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and co-editor of the American Law and Economics Review. His visit is sponsored by the Economics Department.

Study With the Skeletons!
The mezzanine of the Amherst College Museum of Natural History is open in the evening to students. Using a valid Amherst ID card, students can access the back door of the Earth Sciences and Natural History building and take the elevator to the second floor. The second floor only of the museum is open Sunday-Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. Take advantage of this quiet and comfortable place to study; it's the best interior view on campus! You bring the books; we provide the tables, chairs and fossils.

Seniors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
The following are members of the Class of 2007 who have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization: Jesse Theobald Carroll, William Chen, Emilie Mireille Friedlander, Katherine Cain Hudson, Meghan Lianne Kemp-Gee, Elizabeth Susannah Kuperberg, Jennifer Ann Roberge, Jacob Max Rosen, Patrick Evan Savage, Timothy Hisao Shapiro, Michael James Silverman, Laura Michelle Strickman and Heather Ruth Van Dusen.

New Online Diversity Newsletter Available
The college library is subscribing to a new online newsletter called Diversity Inc. which delivers an "e-mail digest of diversity news items culled from hundreds of sources and breaking news stories written by a diverse staff of journalists." If you wish to receive this free newsletter please go to www.DiversityInc.com/amherst where you can self-register with your Amherst College e-mail address.

Dr. Paula Rauch '77 To Speak On Helping Children Cope with Serious Illness in the Family Nov. 8
Dr. Paula Rauch, a trustee of the college and world-renowned child psychiatrist, will speak on "Life as a Child Psychiatrist: Helping Children Cope with Serious Illness in the Family" on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room. A reception will follow. Funding for this event has been provided by the President's Office.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~drewhealth

May the Forest Be with You: The Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica Nov. 8
Rachel Crandell, author of Hands of the Maya (Henry Holt & Company, 2002), and President of Monteverde Conservation League U.S., will present a lecture entitled, "May the Rainforest Be with You: The Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica" on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Earth Science. This lecture is sponsored by the Pick Readership and Environmental Studies.

Bank Street, Brown, Harvard, Smith & UMass Teacher Education Program Panel Nov. 8
Students interested in becoming licensed teachers should attend this panel discussion by some of the top teacher licensure grauate school programs. Representatives from the Bank Street School, Brown University, Harvard University, Smith College and UMass-Amherst will be here to discuss their programs and answer your questions on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center. Questions? Please contact Beverley Bell at bbell@mtholyoke.edu.

A Radical Moderate: Insightful, Refreshing Analysis of the Israeli-Arab Conflict Nov. 8
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Amherst Hillel is hosting Aryeh Green, a self- described "radical moderate" to discuss issues of human/civil rights, security and democracy in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Green, an American who moved to Israel in the 1980s, served as the top advisor to Russian- Israeli politician and author Natan Sharansky. The talk will be at 8 p.m. in Fayerwether 117.

Explorer Spencer Wells To Speak at Five College Geographic Information Systems Nov. 8
Spencer Wells, a population geneticist using science to tell the story of how humankind traveled from its origins in Africa to populate the planet, will speak on “The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Lecture Hall 1 of Merrill Science Center at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, the day-long Five College seminar on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching and scholarship will also explore the uses of GIS in history, demography and even French culture.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11wells.html

Performance Project Dec. 7-9
Performance Project will be performed December 7-9 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. The show is an evening of original choreography and performance works by students that develop and incorporate original choreography, text, music, sound and/or visual design. Tickets are free, but reservations recommended by calling the box office at 413/542-2277.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/

Physics Seminar Nov. 9
On Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Prof. Catherine Crouch of Swarthmore College will present a physics seminar. Tea and snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics

Working with Youth Workshop Nov. 9
Join us for these workshops on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center. Focusing on knowledge and skills related to effective work with youth in tutoring, mentoring and other in-school programs, this workshop will address issues such as: how to design lesson plans, what strategies are useful for difficult situations or topics, how to develop and maintain appropriate relationships, how to understand the role of a tutor or mentor, and what do you need to know about the community in which you are working with youth. This workshop will utilize a variety of creative and engaging pedagogies to provide a useful and fun learning experience for all students working with youth. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~outreach/calendar.html

“Contemporary Brazil: Law, Politics and Resources” Nov. 9
U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte ’63, Woods Hole Research Center scientist I. Foster Brown ’73 and educator Amy Rosenthal ’02 will present a lecture on “Contemporary Brazil: Law, Politics and Resources” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Stirn Auditorium and a panel discussion the same evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room at Amherst College. The second in a series of lectures titled “The Rain Forest Crunch,” sponsored by the environmental studies program and the Office of the President at Amherst College, the talk and panel are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10brazil.html

Pre-registration Begins Nov. 9
Between Thursday, Nov. 9, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, all students who plan to enroll in the 2007 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. 7. The Committee on Educational Policy has asked that both 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.

2006-07 Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art Nov. 9
Installation artist Do-Ho Suh will give the 2006-07 Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather Hall. Best known for his intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Suh's work draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. The Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund, established in 1999, provides support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. The goal of the Rapaport Lectureship is to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art among students and the community. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Sean Wilentz To Speak Nov. 9
Sean Wilentz, professor of History, Princeton University, author of "The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln" and winner of the Bancroft Prize, will give a lecture titled "Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy" on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115.

Amherst College Russian Professor Catherine Ciepiela To Read Nov. 9
Catherine Ciepiela, professor of Russian at Amherst College, will read from The Same Solitude, her new book that follows the epistolary romance between Russian poets Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, this event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10ciepiela.html

ISA Mixer with Professors Nov. 9
All are invited to the the ISA's mixer with professors on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Stop by for good food, good music and good conversation with great professors!

Kenyan Maasai Cultural Performance Nov. 9
On Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in an on-campus location to be announced, professional performers from Kenya will be coming to tell stories and teach about the Maasai culture. The performers' tour is organized by Cultural Survival, an indigenous rights organization founded by a former anthropology professor at Harvard University. There will be a question and answer session at the end and a short reception (with food and drinks) where the performers will sell traditional African goods. This event is sponsored by Educate! To find out the location of the event, please contact Sarah Tracy at stracy08@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.culturalsurvival.org/programs/africa.cfm

Teaching Lunch Nov. 10: How Does Amherst Education Work?
Faculty are invited to a lunch on Friday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms to discuss with a panel of graduates from the last 10 years how their college experience fitted together and how it is serving them now: How did academics and extracurriculars mesh (or not)? What matters now in careers and private life? How did college help them find direction (or delay the process)? How much did they use Amherst’s culture of student choice to address their weaknesses (or not)? Do our claims for liberal arts education hold up in the changing workplace? With no claims to science, we have invited a panel of courageous and articulate alums to describe the forest of which we are the trees. A buffet lunch will be served.

Career Conversations Panels: Human Resources; Arts/Media; Education; and Law Nov. 10
On Friday, Nov. 10, join alumni in the following Career Conversations discussion panels: Human Resources – Inside the Profession: 1 p.m. in Fayerweather 117; Arts & Media – Focus on Film, Radio and Magazine: 2 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115; Education – Careers Outside the Classroom: 3 p.m. in Fayerweather 117; and Law – Alumni Perspectives on Law as a Career: 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115. Refreshments will follow.

Career Conversations - Human Resources: Inside the Profession Nov. 10
On Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in Fayerweather 117, join alumni in the first of our Career Conversations discussion panels: Human Resources – Inside the Profession. Alumni panelists include Virginia Fischetti '87, senior consultant for Executive Compensation at Hewitt Associates and Annie Yearwood '04, recruiter for Goldman Sachs. The panel will be moderated by Ernie LeBlanc, benefits administrator at Amherst College. Refreshments will follow.

Careers Outside the Classroom Alumni Panel Nov. 10
Join us for the third of our Homecoming Career Conversations discussion panels on education, Careers Outside the Classroom, on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium, Fayerweather 115. Alumni panelists include Kenneth Danford '88, co-founder of Northstar Self-Directed Learning for Teens; Richard Devir '64, educational consultant with Teaching Matters; Courtney Knowlton '04, director of placement for CitySquash; and Todd Sutler '98, director of the After School Academy at the Boys Club of New York. The panel will be moderated by April Zenisky '97, project manager at the Center for Educational Assessment at UMass. Refreshments will be served.

HIV/AIDS Discussion Nov. 10
Come for cookies and stimulating conversation about one of the most pressing issues of our time. Dr. Pius Tih, a leading researcher and activist on HIV/AIDS in Africa, will talk on Thursday, Nov. 9. On Friday, Nov. 10, there will be a discussion with Tih and Amherst professors Adam Sitze and Sean Redding. Come with your questions, come with your answers or come if you just want to learn more. This event will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in Converse 209. Snacks will be provided. E-mail lshapiro08@amherst.edu or choward10@amherst.edu with questions.

Focus on Film, Radio and Magazine Alumni Panel Nov. 10
Join us for the second of our Homecoming Career Conversations discussion panels, Arts & Media: Focus on Film, Radio and Magazine, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115. Alumni Panelists include Alexander Bruskin '90, producer, Sprocket Films; Alissa Shipp '96, producer, This American Life; and Jane Sung '04, fashion assistant, Conde Nast's Cookie Magazine. Our moderator will be author and Amherst professor Judith Frank. Refreshments will be served.

Alumni Perspectives on Law as a Career Nov. 10
Join us for the our final Homecoming Career Conversations discussion panel, Alumni Perspectives on Law as a Career, in Pruyne Auditorium at 4 p.m. Alumni panelists include Amanda Moretti '84, attorney for the Legal Aid Society's Homeless Rights Project; Paul Smyth '90, assistant US attorney, US Attorney's Office; Stuart Warner '81, attorney for Yale-New England Medical Center; and panelist/moderator Helen Wan '95, attorney with Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz. Refreshments will be served.

Team America: World Police Film Screening Nov. 10
The Amherst College Republicans and Amherst College Democrats present "Team America: World Police" on Friday, November 10, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Theatre. Enjoy snacks and unadulterated cinematic chaos with both sides of the aisle.

Symphony Orchestra Homecoming Concert Nov. 10
The 80-strong Amherst College Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Homecoming concert Friday, Nov 10, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Mark Lane Swanson, music director, conducts. The program's centerpiece is the monumental, revolutionary Third Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven ("Eroica"), preceded by the Overture to the operetta "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss, Jr. and two arias from the operetta sung by Julia Fox '07, soprano. Tickets are available only at the door and cost $5; admission is free to Amherst College students.

CAO Concert Night Nov. 10
CAO is hosting a concert night on Friday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room. There will be musical performances and food from Panda East.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~cao/

Jazz ’Round Midnight at Amherst College Nov. 10
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will present “Jazz ’Round Midnight” at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. At Amherst, ’round midnight means that the free concert indeed begins at 11:30 p.m., and that the music will include the theme song by Thelonious Monk, as well as music of Woody Herman, Count Basie, Nancy Wilson and Les Hooper. Elegant refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11midnight.html

Proof by David Auburn To Be Performed Nov. 9-11
Proof, by David Auburn, directed by Manuame Mukasa, will be performed Nov. 9-11 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. Proof is Catherine Macdonald '07E and William Unsworth '07E’s senior project in acting. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama a young woman, who is the daughter of a celebrated but troubled mathematician, finds she must prove her own mental stability to those close to her as she struggles to face the challenges of her changing world. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling the box office at 413/542-2277
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/

Alumni Health Professions Panel Nov. 12
The Charles Drew Health Professions Society presents the Alumni Health Professions panel. Panelists will include recently-graduated alumni currently enrolled in medical, medical research, veterinary, nursing and other health professions graduate schools. Topics will include admissions tips and requirements, minority issues and the graduate school experience. A reception will follow. This event will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, at noon in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~drewhealth

Russian Ballet Symposium at Amherst Center for Russian Culture Nov. 10 and 11
The Amherst Center for Russian Culture will sponsor a symposium on “The Russian Ballet: Choreographers and Critics” on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Center for Russian Culture in Webster Hall at Amherst College. Lynn Garafola, a professor of dance at Barnard College, will speak about the 19th-century Russian dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa at 9 a.m. Stanley Rabinowitz, the Henry Steele Commager Professor and Professor of Russian at Amherst College, will speak on the ballet writings of Akim Volynsky at 10 a.m. Irina Klyagin, the archivist for the Harvard Theater Collection at the Harvard College Library, will conclude the morning presentation with a talk on dance historian Liubov Blok at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, at 2 p.m., Tim Scholl, an associate professor of Russian at Oberlin College, and Maria Ratanova, doctoral student at Harvard University, will consider aspects of George Balanchine’s choreography. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10russian%20symposium.html

Choral Society Homecoming Concert Nov. 11
The Choral Society Homecoming concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 11. Come hear the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, Glee Club and Madrigal Singers. Join us on stage for college songs! General admission is $6; student, senior citizen and children's admission is $3.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music/events

Asian Pacific American Alumni Reception Nov. 11
The Asian/Pacific/American Alumni Reception, hosted by ASA, VSA, CAO, SASA and LiNK, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. Come celebrate the approval of the APA Certificate, network with students and alumni and get an update on what APA student groups have been doing. Sushi from Arigato and other refreshments will be served.

Musical Orientalism Nov. 16
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall, for an afternoon of German art songs from Goethe's "West-Oestlicher Divan" with noted New England artists Peter Shea (tenor), Yvonne Fields (soprano) and Gregory Hayes '73 (piano).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Faces of the Homeless Panel Nov. 13
On Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room, members of the local homeless community will talk about their experiences with homelessness, current issues relating to poverty and what you can do to help. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by MassPIRG, the Campus Center and Arise for Social Justice.

Biology Lecture Nov. 13
Cynthia J. Gill, assistant professor of physiology, School of Natural Science, Hampshire College, will present "Neural organization under hormonal versus direct genetic cues" on Monday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

GROW Film Series: Trading Women Nov. 13
Global Rights of Women presents the last film of a three-week series. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, Trading Women investigates the trade in minority girls and women from the hill tribes of Burma, Laos and China into the Thai sex industry. The documentary follows the trade of women in all its complexity, entering the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex- workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. Trading Women demonstrates the relationship of the trade in drugs to the trade of women and explores the international community's response to the issue. Join us for this screening Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. Cookies and tea will be served. Sponsored by GROW and the AAS.

Memorial Service for Trinkett Clark Will Be Held Monday, Nov. 13
There will be a memorial service for Trinkett Clark in Johnson Chapel on Monday, November 13, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art located on the Hampshire College campus. Trinkett died peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 29th. She joined the Mead Art Museum staff as the curator of American art in August 2001. She leaves her husband, Nick, and daughter, Allegra.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/memoriam/clark.html

Health Professions Advising Q & A Nov. 13
If you are a student interested in the health professions, and you are wondering about which classes you should take, please stop by this session on Monday, Nov. 13, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Terrace Room A, Valentine Dining Hall. Health Professions Advising Dean Carolyn Bassett will be there to answer your questions.

Close Concerns Info Session Nov. 13
Students with an interest in health professions, writing or consulting are invited to attend this info session regarding jobs and internships at Close Concerns, a health care consultancy founded and directed by Kelly Close '90. Dan Belkin '06 is a representative for Close Concerns and will be in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, on Monday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss job and internship opportunities for both the winter and summer.

Pre-Registration for Political Science 56
Students will be selected for the class "Regulating Citizenship" on the basis of a questionnaire and interview. Students interested in registering need to submit a questionnaire ASAP (and before the end of pre-registration for spring classes on November 15). This questionnaire can be obtained from the Spring 2007 PS56 Blackboard course site (select "Browse course catalog" and then "Spring 2007").
For more information: https://blackboard.amherst.edu/webapps/login

Ukrainian Scholar Mariya Ustymenko Working at Amherst College on Fulbright Grant
Mariya Ustymenko, an assistant professor of English at the Institute of Philology, Department of English Language for Humanitarian Faculties at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv University in Kyiv, Ukraine is doing research on the topic of “American Women Poets and the Quest for Self-Identity” at Amherst College this academic year on a Fulbright Foreign Scholar.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11ustymanko.html

Amherst College Professor Scott Kaplan Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Scott F. Kaplan, an associate professor of computer science at Amherst College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to travel and conduct research on “Adding Experimentation and Analysis to Systems Courses: Memory Management Techniques for Reducing Process Switching Delays” at the Federico Santa Maria Technical University and Adolfo Ibanez University in Valparaiso, Chile from January through June.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11kaplan.html

The Black Athenian Needs You!
The Black Athenian, Amherst’s nascent online literary magazine promoting black culture, is now accepting submissions for the winter issue. Please send your poetry, essays, short fiction, letters, art, personal accounts about race relations at Amherst and anything else you can think of to tba@amherst.edu. Submissions for the winter issue will be accepted through the end of November. Your work can be published with or without your name attached.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~tba/

Author Katharine Weber to Read at Amherst Books on Nov. 14
Celebrated novelist Katharine Weber, a New York native and author of four critically acclaimed novels, will appear at Amherst Books (8 Main Street) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Weber will read from Triangle, her latest novel that explores the lingering questions surrounding the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The talk is sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11weber.html

Speechwriters LLC Free Concert Nov. 14
Speechwriters LLC are a Portland, Ore., based alternative rock band. Hits like Acetate, Beach Song and Annie Dan have earned them world-wide acclaim. Join them for a free concert on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center. This event is sponsored by Josh Stein with financial support from the AAS.
For more information: www.speechwritersllc.com

What Your Physician Should Know About Statistics (But Perhaps Doesn't) Nov. 15
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207, Nicholas Horton, professor of mathematics at Smith College, will speak on the implications of the increased sophistication of statistical methods for medical training and continuing education.

Lecture by Prof. Freddie Rokem - Performance and Philosophy: A Dialogue? Nov. 15
Freddie Rokem, professor of theatre studies at Tel Aviv University, will talk about Benjamin and Brecht and letters between philosophers and theater makers. Sponsored by the Departments of German and English, the European Studies Program and the Lurcy Fund, the lecture will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Steps to Study Abroad for Sophomores Nov. 15
Are you a sophomore? Are you interested in studying abroad? Come learn more about the steps to studying abroad, important deadlines, the process of applying and more on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center Events Room.

Physics Seminar Nov. 16
On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Prof. Barry Holstein of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will present a physics seminar. Tea and snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics

Become an Academic Peer Mentor; Apply by Nov. 16
This is a new and exciting paid opportunity for juniors to mentor first-year students. If you have learned how to be a successful student; can share your success strategies with a fellow student who needs your help; and are an experienced upperclassman who can communicate in an enthusiastic and friendly manner your experiences with first-year students, become a Peer Mentor! An application and program description can be found at http://www.amherst.edu/peermentors The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 16.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/peermentors

Greek Grammar Clinic Thursdays Beginning Nov. 16
Anyone who wishes to ask questions about a Greek text or review Greek grammar is welcome every Thursday in Chapin 210 from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Nov. 16.

Reception To Honor Former Muslim Advisor Shamshad Sheikh Nov. 17
A reception in honor of Shamshad Sheikh, the first Muslim advisor at Amherst College, will be held at the Cadigan Center for Religious Life on Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Shamshad transitioned to a new job as assistant chaplain at Yale University last August.

Eli Marsh Gallery Exhibition: Justin Kimball Oct. 30 - Nov. 18
"Where We Find Ourselves," an exhibition of photography by Visiting Assistant Professor Justin Kimball, will be held in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, Oct. 30 - Nov. 18. There will be a gallery talk Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception at the gallery. Gallery hours for this event are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Both the exhibition and the talk are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~finearts/JK-Eli.htm

Kent W. Faerber Elected to Lead Emily Dickinson Museum Board
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has announced that Kent W. Faerber, who has served on the museum’s board of governors since its founding in 2003, has been elected as its new chair. Faerber, the president of the Springfield, Mass.-based Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, takes over leadership of the museum’s board from Dickinson biographer Polly Longsworth, who has served as chair since the museum’s formation.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11DickinsonFaerber.html

The Awkward Tee Rides Again; Order by Nov. 29
It's that time of year again. If you missed it the first time, the Awkward Tee is back again. It's the same great price, $10, for the same great cause, American Cancer Society. Contact awkwardtee@gmail.com with your size, AC# and the number of shirts you want. Order by Nov. 29; this is the last printing of this design.

Keefe Health Center's Hours During Thanksgiving Week
The Keefe Health Center will be open on Monday, Nov. 20, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; it will be closed for the remainder of the week. Amherst College students remaining in the area who 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 the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. starting on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and continuing until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. During the closed hours a telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 and a physician can be contacted if needed.

Biology Lecture Nov. 27
Kirsten Hagstrom, assistant professor in the Program in Molecular Medicine at UMass Medical School, will present "Investigating condensins: proteins that build and segregate chromosomes during cell division" on Monday, Nov. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Folger Fellowships Available; Apply by Nov. 27
Seniors and juniors majoring in the humanities and social sciences are eligible for the Folger Fellowships. Two fellowships for two weeks in January at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., will be awarded. If interested, speak to a faculty member who can best help you formulate a project that would benefit from your residence at the Folger. Submit an application (two-page limit) by noon on Monday, Nov. 27, to: Folger Fellowships Committee, c/o Prof. Rebecca Sinos, AC# 2257. The faculty member you talk with should also send a brief supporting letter to the committee by the same date. The committee will review applications and interview students whose projects seem promising. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for late Nov. or early Dec.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/studentresearch.html

Computer Science Talk by Lyle McGeoch Nov. 29
Join us for a talk by Lyle McGeoch on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207, with refreshments in Seeley Mudd 208 at 3:30.

Dynamic Graph Algorithms Talk Nov. 29
Professor Lyle McGeoch will give a talk titled "Dynamic Graph Algorithms" on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207. Refreshements will precede the talk in Seeley Mudd 208.

Christmas Vespers Dec. 3
The annual Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is comprised of scriptural readings and musical performances. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Mallorie Chernin will direct the Amherst College Choral Society, assisted by Kate Vogele, MHC ’06. Jay Buchman ’06 and Elly Jessop ’08 will direct the Amherst College Madrigal Singers. Other musicians will include organist James Maes and trumpeters Douglas Purcell and David Reinhardt ’09. Members of the college community will read the lessons. The congregation will be asked to join in the singing of traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music

 
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