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Archived announcements for December, 2006

Political Science Lecture Nov. 30
Jonathan Laurence, professor of political science at Boston College, will give a lecture entitled "Integrating Islam: Lessons from France and Europe," on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Babbott Room. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Philosopher Peter Kivy To Speak on “First the Music, then the Words” Nov. 30
Peter Kivy, the Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, will give a talk on the topic “First the Music, then the Words: Philosophical Reflections of a ‘Philosophical’ Opera” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 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, Kivy’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11kivy.html

Careers Teaching English as a Foreign Language Nov. 30
Peter Vahle is a lifetime EFL teacher who teaches a training course for teachers of English as a foreign language in Barcelona, Spain. Vahle will be discussing the need for English teachers around the world, and how college students can live and support themselves while making an important contribution internationally. Vahle will also cover the basic requirements, the way to find the position you wish in the country you wish, the long term professional benefits and his experiences in the profession on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Willis D. Wood Distinguished Lecture Series in Islam Nov. 30
Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina of the religious studies department at the University of Virginia will speak on “Messianic Shiite Theology and Its Political Ramifications” on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. The lecture is the second in a series of three lectures on “The Ideals and Realities of Islamic Community.” All lectures are sponsored by the religion department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and are free and open to the public. There will be a reception in Converse Lobby following each talk.

Projects for Peace Funding Available; Info Session Nov. 30
Interested in making the world a more peaceful place? "100 Projects for Peace," sponsored by the Davis UWC Foundation, provides financial support to undergraduates interested in creating and implementing their own grassroots projects for building peace in the 21st century. Amherst College may nominate one or two undergraduate student project proposals. The Davis Foundation will then select 100 projects for funding of $10,000 each during the summer of 2007. An information session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center. Program information is available at www.kwd100projectsforpeace.org, but all questions should be directed to Dean Frances Tuleja in the Dean of Students Office at 542-2529 or fetuleja@amherst.edu

Physics Seminar Nov. 30
On Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Dr. David Divincenzo of IBM 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

Auditions for "The Silent Caller" Nov. 29 and 30
The Silent Caller, by Will Havemann ‘07 and directed by Michael Birtwistle, has open roles for four men and four women. Auditions will be November 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. in Webster Studio 3. Possible callbacks will be on December 1, and rehearsals begin January 15 (the cast will need to be available for rehearsals during the second and third weeks of Interterm.) For more information on the production, visit the Theater Website.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/

Auditions for Half-way Around the Circle Nov. 29 and 30
"Half-way Around the Circle" by Honora Talbott ‘07, directed by Peter Lobdell, chronicles the life of a woman with borderline personality disorder who cannot escape the cycle of going in and out of hospitals. Due to her dramatic mood swings and inability to cope with the pressures of the outside world, she infuses tumult into her interpersonal relationships and is unable to maintain a stable life. While her family, friends, and psychiatrists must choose whether or not they will stick by her, she grows fond of the safety of institutions and must struggle to decide whether the costs of healing are really worth it. Auditions will be held November 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. in Webster Studio 2. Two male actors are needed to play multiple roles. A sign-up sheet and perusal script are available outside of the Theater & Dance Office, Webster G27. The performance will be March 8-10 in Holden Theater.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/

Amherst College Professors Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain Edit New Book
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, and Nasser Hussain, assistant professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, are co-editors of Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency ($65 cloth, $24.95 paper, 256 pp., Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, 2007), a collection of essays that explore the arguments for restraint of punishment as presented in religion, fiction, philosophy and law, as well as in everyday conversations among parents and children, teachers and students and criminals and those who judge them.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11sarat.html

Faculty/Staff/Administration Bus Trip to NYC Saturday, Dec. 2
Hoping for a day in the city during the holiday season? Want to shop, catch a show or museum-hop? Or do you just love the hustle and bustle of New York in December? Sign up for the NYC day trip, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2. We depart from Converse at 7 a.m., arriving in the city around 10 a.m. You can get off the bus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Times Square. Spend the day doing whatever you want, and arrive back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by 6:45 p.m. to catch the bus home. The cost is $40 per person. If you'd like to sign up, please contact Carol Sharick at crsharick@amherst.edu. Space is limited, so don't delay!

A Night of Dance Dec. 1
All are invited to a night of salsa, merengue and tango on Friday, Dec. 1, in Seelye Ballroom. The dance begins at 9 p.m., but lessons will be offered beginning at 8 p.m. DJ SalsaBoy will provide the music, and refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Interdepartmental Fund, Social Council and the Swing and Ballroom Club.

Awkward Tee -- Deadline for Ordering Is Friday, Dec. 1
The last day to order and pay for the Awkward tee ($10, proceeds go to the American Cancer Society) is Friday, Dec. 1. Please e-mail awkwardtee@gmail.com with your size, AC mailbox number, and how many shirts you want. You'll get an autotreply telling you where to send the cash.

Chemistry Seminar Dec. 1
Sarah Cureton Chinn, Ph.D., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be the guest speaker for the Chemistry Department's Fall Seminar Series on Friday, Dec. 1. Chinn's presentation is entitled "Magnetic Resonance Investigations of Polymer Aging" and will be held in Merrill Science Building, Lecture Room 4, at 3:15 p.m.

RC Applications Available for Juniors Away During Spring Semester
Juniors who will be away for the spring semester may apply now to be a resident counselor for the 2007-08 academic year. Being an RC is a very rewarding, paid position on campus. RCs exist to support new students during their adjustment to college life and to assist all students as needed throughout their college careers. All interested juniors who will be away for the spring should pick up an application from Converse 105. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 1.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife

Spoken-Word Artist Bao Phi To Give Creative Writing Workshop Dec. 3
Bao Phi is a poet, spoken word artist, National Poetry Slam finalist and Def Poetry featured artist. Come see him perform at Voices for the Voiceless, then meet and learn from him in a Creative Writing Workshop Sugar Jones cookies will be served. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Friedman room, Keefe Campus Center, and is sponsored by VSA, the Asian Culture House, the Chicana/o Caucus, La Causa and the Department of Residential Life.
For more information: www.baophi.com/

Kwanzaa Celebration at Amherst College Dec. 3
Amherst College will present its annual Kwanzaa celebration at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Black Students Union at the college, the program and traditional feast are free and open to the public
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11kwanzaa.html

Christmas Vespers at Amherst College Dec. 3
The annual Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is sponsored by the Amherst College Christian Fellowship, the Newman Club and the Protestant and Roman Catholic Religious Advisors. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11vespers.html

“Gifts from the Ebb Tide and the World of Kitagawa Utamaro” at the Mead Sept. 14 - Dec. 10
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “Gifts from the Ebb Tide and the World of Kitagawa Utamaro” from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 10. Exhibition guest curator Samuel C. Morse, professor of fine arts and Asian languages and civilizations at Amherst College, will give a gallery talk titled “Gifts from the Ebb Tide: Utamaro and the Print Culture of Edo” at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the Fairchild Gallery. Exhibition guest curator Anne Nishimura Morse, curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will give a gallery talk titled “Gifts from the Ebb Tide and the World of Kitagawa Utamaro” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Fairchild Gallery. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08utamaro.html

Juniors - Apply by Dec. 4 to be a Peer Career Advisor if You Are Going Abroad
If you are interested in being a Peer Career Advisor during your senior year, and you are going abroad in the spring, the Career Center has a special application period for you. The application is in Experience under Career Center at Amherst College, and the deadline is Dec. 4. Interviews will be held the following week. This is a great position in a fun office. You cannot apply from abroad in the spring, so this is your chance. Apply now! Questions? Stop by the Career Center. There will be a separate application period in the spring for juniors who are on campus.

Ruth Behar, Anthropologist and MacArthur Genius Award Recipient to Speak Dec. 4
The Spanish Department has invited Ruth Behar, professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, to give a talk on Monday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House. Behar's talk is entitled "A Room Named Ruth on Bitterness Street and Other Tales of My Search for My Self and the Jews of Cuba." All members of the Five College community are invited. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Departments of Spanish, English and Women's and Gender Studies, and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.

The Secrets of Law Dec. 4
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Lindsay Farmer, professor of law at the University of Glasgow, UK, to give a talk on Monday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. Farmer’s talk is entitled “Secret Trials and Public Justice.” Copies of Farmer’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 542-2380 or klunderwood@amherst.edu. This event is part of a series of seminars on the secrets of law is being sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund. All members of the Five College community are invited to attend.

Biology Lecture Dec. 4
Rafael Fissore, associate professor of veterinary and animal sciences, UMass, will present "Mammalian fertilization: A tale of two molecules" on Monday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Lecture and Demonstration by Michael Schumacher Dec. 4
The extraordinary dancer and choreographer Michael Schumacher, master of improvisation and improv techniques, will offer a lecture and demonstration on improvisation techniques in movement Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Webster 2. Schumacher performed as one of the premier dancers for many years with William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet, as well as with Twyla Tharp and other companies.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp to Speak at Amherst College on Dec. 4
Wendy Kopp, founder and president of the national teacher corps Teach for America, will give a talk titled “One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way” in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. 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_11kopp.html

Bank of America Summer Internship Program for Juniors Info Session Dec. 4
Join representatives from Bank of America as they discuss their summer internship program for juniors. Monday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center.

Steps to Study Abroad for Sophomores - Dec. 4
If you are a sophomore and are considering going abroad during your junior year, you should attend this Steps to Study Abroad meeting to find out what you need to know. Deadlines are coming in the spring, and this is the last Steps meeting until February. Monday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Director Byron Hurt to Speak Dec. 4
On Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, director Byron Hurt will speak and show clips of his new film, "Beyond Beats and Rhymes." Hurt, film maker and co-founder of the United States Marine Corps gender violence program, wonders how representations of manhood, sexism and hyper-aggression in hip hop culture influence mainstream rappers and consumers alike. His latest film, “Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” featuring interviews with artists such as Mos Def, Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Busta Rhymes and Talib Kweli, as well as commentary by young women at Spelman College, has won a selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and will be shown on PBS in the upcoming year. This event is sponsored by the Men's Project.
For more information: www.wiretapmag.org/stories/21386

Choral Society News -- Make an Appointment for Auditions
Auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will take place by appointment for the spring semester. All students are invited to audition for one of three groups: the Concert Choir (men and women), the Women’s Chorus or the men’s Glee Club. To sign up for a time or for further information, please contact Mallorie Chernin at 413/542-2484 mchernin@amherst.edu. Choral Society Interterm rehearsals will be Thursday, Jan. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 28. Please check the Music Building bulletin board for specific times. All rehearsals will take place in the Music Building. The first regular rehearsals for Choral Society will start as follows: choir, Monday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Women’s Chorus, Monday, Jan. 29, from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m.; Glee Club, Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music

Abele Public Service Internship Program Info Session December 5
You’ve probably heard of our Fellowships for Action program for funding for public service/not-for- profit internships. Now there’s an even bigger fund to apply for. The Abele Public Service Internship Program is the largest single source for funding opportunities available under the Fellowships for Action umbrella. Seventy-five Abele internships will be available for the summer of 2007. Each fully funded summer experience includes a stipend of $3,250 and a $750 travel allowance. The application process will be separate from the regular Fellowships for Action application process. To find out more, come to the info session on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Stanley Cavell to Speak Dec. 5
Stanley Cavell, professor of philosophy, emeritus, Harvard University, will be answering questions on his book "Cities of Words" in Professor Dumm's PS 59 class (Politics of Moral Reasoning) on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Commemorate World AIDS Day - Screening of A Closer Walk Dec. 5
In honor of World AIDS Day, Face AIDS is screening the acclaimed documentary A Closer Walk on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater. Spanning vastly different walks of life and four continents, this acclaimed documentary details the devastating impacts of HIV/AIDS. It also presents what is being done to fight the spread of this disease, and what you can do. Narrated by Will Smith and Glenn Close, and with appearances by Kofi Annan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bono, Dr. Peter Piot and many other leading researchers and activists, the film will include a special taped introduction by Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health.
For more information: www.acloserwalk.org

Writer Janwillem van de Wetering To Speak at Amherst College Dec. 5
Mystery novelist and Zen enthusiast Janwillem van de Wetering will discuss his first book, The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Religion Department, the event is free and open to the public.
For more information: news_releases/2006_2007/2006_12vendewetering.html

Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans is Co-Editor of Lengua Fresca, New Anthology of Latino Literature
Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor at Amherst College, is the co-editor of Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge ($13, Mariner Books, New York, 2006), a new anthology of literature in literary styles both familiar and fresh. Stavans’s co-editor is Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11stavans.html

Campus-wide Online Access to the Chronicle of Higher Education
The Amherst College Library recently began a subscription to the online version of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The college community now has online access to the Chronicle beginning with issues published in 1995. You can access all of the Chronicle's Web pages without the requirement of a user name or password at chronicle.com. Anyone wanting to receive the daily chronicle headline service can go to chronicle.com/help/rss.htm to learn more about receiving these daily RSS feeds.

Discussion of “Should The New York Times be Prosecuted under the Espionage Statutes?" Dec. 6
Political essayist Gabriel Schoenfeld and George Freeman ’71, the assistant general counsel at The New York Times, will discuss “Should The New York Times Be Prosecuted under the Espionage Statutes?” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall in the Earth Sciences Building at Amherst College. One in a series of lectures sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding at Amherst, the talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11schoenfeld.html

Am I Making a Difference? Workshop Dec. 7
On Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Friedmann room, join us for this workshop on community work, activism and social change. Think about the big picture, inspire yourself and others, reflect on your own experience and learn new skills. This interactive Exploring Social Change Series workshop is sponsored by the Community Outreach Program and will be facilitated by student staff and Karen M. Lee, assistant director of community outreach. Contact kmlee@amherst.edu for more information. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~outreach/calendar.html

Abdulaziz Sachedina To Discuss the Origins of Shiism Dec. 7
Abdulaziz Sachedina, a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, has been giving a series of lectures at Amherst College this fall on “The Ideals and Realities of the Islamic Community.” Sachedina will present the final lecture, “Modern Theological-Juridical Shiite leadership” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the religion department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11sachedina.html

Stephen Nissenbaum To Speak on “Christmas With the Dickinsons” Dec. 7
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens will present a lecture by historian and author Stephen Nissenbaum on “Christmas with the Dickinsons: Bedpost Stockings and Laurel Wreaths” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Amherst College Alumni House on Spring Street. The talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11dickinson%20xmas.html

Poet Peter Covino ’85 to Read at Amherst College Dec. 7
Poet Peter Covino, a 1985 graduate of Amherst College and author of two collections of poems, will read at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) 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_11covino.html

Screening of French Film "The Last Mitterrand" Dec. 6
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, there will be a subtitled screening of the French film "The Last Mitterrand" ("Le promeneur du champ de Mars" (2004), Robert Guediguian, dir.) This is a commercial, award-winning film and dramatization of Francois Mitterrand's last few years, ill with cancer and struggling to finish his presidency, then a dying man for eight months after he left office. He recalls his political and personal life to a young journalist. The film stars Michel Bouquet in an award-winning performance.

Da Vinci Code in the Library Dec. 7
Come watch a free screening of "The Da Vinci Code," the movie adaptation of last year's bestseller (written by an Amherst graduate!). The movie will be shown Thursday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. in Barker Room (under the stairs, next to the Media Center). There will be free refreshments, and the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Student Activities Committee.

Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina To Discuss the Origins of Shiism Dec. 7
Abdulaziz Sachedina, a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, will give a series of three lectures at Amherst College this fall on “The Ideals and Realities of the Islamic Community.” He will discuss “Modern Theological-Juridical Shiite leadership” on Thursday, Dec. 7. The talks are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the religion department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_10sachedina.html

Friday, Dec. 8 Teaching Lunch: How do Coaches Teach?
Faculty are invited to a lunch on Friday, Dec. 8, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms to discuss with coaches what it takes to teach Amherst students on the playing fields and in the classroom. How do coaches manage to get students to discipline themselves, work together, play fair, and take risks? And how do coaches deal with disappointed hopes, disparate cultural assumptions, and the time pressures that hit students from all sides? How would professors describe our expectations and practices in dealing with these issues? Our students and alums regularly report that athletics and academics reinforce each other; we’d like to get more specific about how this happens.

Second Annual Campus Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 9
Looking for that unique holiday gift? Be sure to mark your calendars and come visit the Second Annual Campus Holiday Craft Fair being held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alumni House, Amherst College. Parking is available in the Alumni House Lot. We have 22 confirmed crafters with items such as jewelry, paintings, cards, gourmet food, holiday crafts and several more gift options. There will be a raffle with many wonderful items donated by our crafters. All proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit NELCWITT.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to Perform Dec. 8
On Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Building at Amherst College, kicking off a string of jazz concerts that will run throughout the month of December. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bruce Diehl, will liven up Buckley with musical selections by Count Basie, George Banson, Santiago Cerda, Thelonious Monk, Les Hooper and others. Several students, especially seniors, will perform as featured soloists. The concert, sponsored by the Amherst College Music Department, is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11xmasjazz.html

Annual Senior Concert Dec. 9
The Amherst College Orchestra spotlights two outstanding performers from the Class of 2007 in its annual concerto concert on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Sarah Cotter '07, the orchestra's president, will perform the virtuosic first concerto for horn and orchestra by Richard Strauss. Timothy Cheng '07 will also appear as soloist in the dramatic and moving Piano Concerto in A minor by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Mark Lane Swanson, music director, conducts. Admission to the concert is free.

Emily Dickinson Museum Celebrates the Poet's Birthday Dec. 9
The Emily Dickinson Museum will host its annual Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, to celebrate the anniversary of Emily Dickinson's birth (Dec. 10, 1830). Continuing a beloved tradition, the first 176 guests to the museum will receive a rose offered by an anonymous donor in honor of the poet. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information: news_releases/2006_2007/2006_12EDMbirthday.html

Performance Project Dec. 8 and 9
The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present Performance Project, an evening of original choreography and performance works created by Five College students as part of their work in Performance Studio, taught by Wendy Woodson. Performances are on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. in the Holden Theater. Tickets are free, but reservations recommended. Call the box office at 413/542-2277.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/

“George Bellows: A Ringside Seat” at Mead Art Museum and “George Bellows: A Family Festival” at AC Archives to Dec. 10
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “George Bellows: A Ringside Seat” from Sept. 5 through Dec. 10. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Archives and Special Collections at the Amherst College Library will host “George Bellows: A Family Festival.” These exhibitions are devoted to the early 20th-century American artist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925). His remarkable oeuvre offers a ringside seat into his life as it represents an intrinsic synthesis between the artist, his choice of subjects and his particular vehicles for expression.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08bellows.html

Russian Folk Songs in Memory of Yulya Zapolskaya Dec. 10
The Amherst Center for Russian Culture will present: “Yulya’s Song: The Love, Life and Art of a Russian-American Singer and Songwriter” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Center for Russian Culture in Webster Hall at Amherst College.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_11russianfolk.html

Chamberfest Dec. 10
On Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, join for the Music 9 students' much-anticipated end-of-semester chamber music performance, featuring Bach aria selections, Beethoven Quartet 18/4 (Mvmt I), Brahms Sonata #3 (Mvmt I) and Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor. Performers include Tim Cheng, Angela Choe, Daniel Curtis, Olivia Katrandjian, Julia Fox, Todd Fruth, David Grimes, Suzanne Hulick, Holly Myers, Paul Nielsen, Andrea Samuelson, Tim Shapiro, Andy Tew and David Wong. A reception will follow. We hope to see you there!

Monitors Needed for Self-Scheduled Exams
The Registrar's Office needs reliable students to serve as monitors for the self-scheduled examinations this semester from Monday, Dec. 18, to Friday, Dec. 22, for both morning and afternoon sessions. If you have ever taken a self-scheduled examination or monitored one before, you know that it is not a difficult or time-consuming task, since the monitor only distributes the exams at the beginning and collects them at the close of the exam. The monitor is not required to stay during the exam itself. You will receive a minimum of $8 for each exam monitored. If you would like to monitor, please stop by the Registrar's Office as soon as possible to sign up.

John Van Oudenaren To Speak Dec. 11
On Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, John Van Oudenaren, chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, will speak of "The Future of the European Union." The lecture is sponsored by the Political Science Department, European Studies and the Lamont Lecture Fund.

Global Sounds and Dance Dec. 11
The Department of Music and the Global Sound Project present student performances in global sounds and dance. This event will feature performances by Qingsi Zhu '08, Sara Barmettler '08, Gabi Barmettler '10, Surya Kundu '09, Jeamir Diaz '10, Colin Lindsay '07, Amrita Vijayaraghavan '07, Ryoko Shinohara '08 and the Sacred Harp Singers of Music 11. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, in Buckley Recital Hall.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music/Events.htm

Biology Lecture Dec. 11
David C. Lahti, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, will present "Evolution without a bad guy: What happens when you relax natural selection" on Monday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Women's Golf Team Selling Amherst iPod cases, Golf Bags and Golf Umbrellas
The women's golf team is currently selling Amherst iPod cases for $20, Amherst logo golf bags for $100 and Amherst golf umbrellas for $25. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact senior captain Sarah Harper '07 or Head Coach Michelle Morgan. The items make great holiday gifts and help support Amherst Athletics.

Green Power Up for Grabs - Million Monitor Drive Update
If student participation in the Million Monitor Drive is 75% as of Dec. 13, Amherst College will purchase enough green energy to power all of the student computers for another year. North, James and Stearns are out to a quick lead in Amherst's inter-dorm competition. The top three dorms, as determined by the participation ratio, will win pizza parties courtesy of Physical Plant and Amherst MassPIRG. Regardless of whether you pledged last year or already have your power management settings enabled, we ask that you affirm your commitment and pledge. To set your computer and take the pledge, see https://www.amherst.edu/it/millionmonito r06/ .Amherst College currently trails Smith in the three-school Million Monitor Drive competition.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/millionmonitor06/

Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Build Dec. 13
Habitat for Humanity will be holding its second annual gingerbread house build on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Valentine Dining Hall from 8 to 11 p.m. Take a study break and come to this event full of holiday spirit. We supply you with all the materials to create your very own edible and delicious gingerbread house. There will be music, candy and prizes for the best builders. The suggested donation is $5, and all proceeds go to support the Amherst College/Habitat for Humanity Partnership. For more information contact habitat@amherst.edu.

Margaret Adams Groesbeck Named Amherst College Library's new Head of Public Services
The Amherst College Library is pleased to announce that Margaret Adams Groesbeck has accepted a promotion to head of public services. Groesbeck is a demonstrated leader whose enthusiasm and experience will help invigorate our institutional commitment to our patrons. In this new role as head of public services, Groesbeck is committed to supporting goals and objectives that take a more active, focused and cohesive approach to how we serve patrons through reference, instruction, circulation, reserves and interlibrary loan. It is always a distinct pleasure to find, within our own ranks, a leader whose abilities so closely answer our institution’s priorities and future needs. Please join us in welcoming Groesbeck to this important new role.

Black Studies Brown Bag Lunch Dec. 14
The Black Studies Department announces the return of its “Brown Bag" lunch seminars. We will celebrate the end of the semester and the publication of Sean Redding's book “Sorcery and Sovereignty: Taxation, Power, and Rebellion in South Africa, 1880-1963" with a book signing on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. in Cooper House 101. Redding will be the faculty speaker at the first “Brown Bag” lunch seminar in the spring.

Attention Music Center Key Holders -- Return Key by Dec. 15 If You'll Be Away Next Semester
This is a reminder to those who plan to be away from Amherst during the spring 2007 semester that practice room keys and locker keys must be returned to the Music Office no later than Dec. 15. Please see Suzette Farnham during regular office hours.

All Are Invited to Habitat Wreath Hanging Sunday, Dec. 17
All members of the Amherst community are invited to hang a wreath and sing holiday carols at the first Amherst College-Habitat partnership home. Come to 24 Stanley St. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Share the holiday spirit!

Amherst Dance Fall Concert Dec. 16
The Amherst Dance Fall Concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

Gospel Choir Concert Dec. 15
All are invited to "Uplifted," the Amherst College Gospel Choir's fall concert, on Friday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

College Holiday Luncheon Dec. 22
The College Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 22, will begin for students and those who wish to eat early at 11:15 a.m. Faculty and staff may gather in Lewis-Sebring for a reception starting at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. Don't forget to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item or clean clothing.

Science Library Open 24 Hours During Reading Period and Exams
The Keefe Science Library is open 24 hours for reading period and finals. The library opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, and closes the following Friday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. Access codes are no longer necessary; students can use their RFID-enabled ID cards on our reader to get in between 1 and 9 a.m. In addition to great study spaces and library materials, we have computing facilities consisting of one printer, seven catalog computers and four U: drive computers (see http://www.amherst.edu/library/depts/systems/software.html).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/depts/science/index.html

Later Hours and More Computers Throughout Finals
The Seeley Mudd Computer Center will be open until at least 3 a.m. every day until the end of finals. If you'd like to keep the center open later, just talk to a staff member before 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Also, the computer classrooms in the basement of Seeley Mudd will be open from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night to accommodate overflow capacity. If you need computer help, remember you can call x7921 or come by the Computer Center until 3 a.m., or find your answer on the IT Website at www.amherst.edu/it. Get your work done in a studious, quiet environment with help only a few steps away!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/facilities/smudd/

Interterm Colloquia Registration Closes Dec. 22
Still don't know what you're doing for Interterm? Interested in issues of social and political importance? Register now for the new Interterm Colloquia. The Colloquia provide students with an opportunity to interact and engage with some of the brightest scholars and thinkers today. From Jan. 20 to 22, renowned historians Niall Ferguson of Harvard and Oxford and Ronald Steel (a Pulitzer Prize finalist) will engage participants in an exploration of the forces currently shaping American foreign policy and the responses it evokes both abroad and at home. Essayist Richard Rodriguez (Brown: The Last Discovery of America, 2002) and the Hoover Institute's Victor Hanson (Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, 2003) will speak to the vexed issue of illegal immigration in America today and possible ways forward from Jan. 21 to 23. Leading the discussion on public education from Jan. 24 to 27 will be William Howell and Wendy Puriefoy. Puriefoy, who is the president and founder of the Public Education Network, will debate a range of school choice and educational access issues with the University of Chicago's Howell, who recently published The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (2006). Space is still available, so register now! Registration will officially close Friday, Dec. 22, so don't miss out on your chance to sign up! For more information and to view the tentative schedules, visit http://www.amherst.edu/interterm/colloquia/.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~interterm/colloquia/

 
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