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Community Outreach e-Newsletter Available
Attention all students, faculty and staff: you are invited to subscribe to the free Community Outreach e-Newsletter, a resource for students, faculty and staff interested in civic engagement. Learn about available community service opportunities, jobs, internships and fellowships. Stay informed about campus and area events. View the latest issue at www.amherst.edu/~outreach; to sign up, e-mail outreach@amherst.edu with “subscribe” in the subject line.

Amherst College Spanish Professor Ilan Stavans Receives National Jewish Book Award
Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, recently received the National Jewish Book award for The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature, which he edited in 2005.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02stavans.html

Amherst College is a “Local Hero” With Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
Amherst College has joined the “Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown”™ program of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), a South Deerfield-based non-profit organization of farmers, consumers and professionals working together to sustain agriculture and preserve the unique rural character of communities in western Massachusetts through the purchase of local farm products. Amherst is the second college to join the campaign.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02cisa.html

Finding an Internship Workshop Feb. 28
Join Internships Coordinator Debra Krumholz to find out how to find an internship for the summer on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Career Center.

Tree Removal at the Former Pratt Museum
Regretfully, several trees around the former Pratt Museum will be removed during the coming weeks. This is being done in preparation for the upcoming renovation and conversion of Pratt into a residence hall for first-year students. After much design study, it was determined that in order to practically solve the programmatic challenges of the project on this restricted and complex site, several trees would need to be removed. Where feasible, we are going to great lengths and expense to save trees that are marginally impacted by the construction. Factors that contributed to the need for tree removal include excavation for a new four-story addition; replacement and rerouting of antiquated and inadequate underground utilities; re-grading of walks and drives to provide accessibility for the disabled and excavation/re-grading to provide an entrance for a new multi-purpose room on the east side of the building. Please note that at the conclusion of the project replacement specimen trees will be planted. For a map indicating which trees will be removed and which will be retained, click on the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/photos/trees.pdf

New Orleans Mardi Gras in Friedmann Room Feb. 28
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center, Amherst students and faculty who went to New Orleans during Interterm will talk about their brief experience as Hurricane Katrina relief workers. Information on future trips to New Orleans will also be provided, along with some music, colorful beads and king cakes.

Copeland Fellows Welcomed for the Spring 2006 Semester
Amherst College has welcomed five Copeland Fellows to campus for the spring semester. Each year Amherst provides scholars in the beginning stages of their careers with an opportunity to pursue their chosen field of study for a semester in residence as Copeland Fellows. Fellows are selected from any discipline, vocation or profession, to live and work with each other and with Amherst faculty and students.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02copeland.html

Room Draw Informational Meetings
Room Draw is the annual room selection process for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. SHAC members will be holding Room Draw informational meetings for students, transfers and upperclassmen. The schedule is as follows: FRESHMEN: James dorm -- Sunday 2/26, 8-9 p.m. (James lounge); North dorm -- Sunday, 2/26, 9-10 p.m. (North lounge); South dorm -- Sunday 2/26, 9-10 p.m. (South lounge); Plaza dorm -- Monday, 2/27, 8-9 p.m. (Plaza lounge); Stearns dorm -- Monday, 2/27, 9-10 p.m. (Stearns lounge); Waldorf dorm -- Monday, 2/27, 9-10 p.m. (Waldorf lounge); Appleton dorm -- Tuesday, 2/28, 9-10 p.m. (Appleton lounge); TRANSFERS/SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS: Moore dorm 2nd floor lounge, Tuesday, 2/28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/roomdraw

Classicist Yelena Baraz to Lecture on “Cicero’s Philosophical Politics” March 1
Yelena Baraz, assistant professor of classics at Trinity College, will deliver a lecture titled “From the Academy to the Forum: Cicero’s Philosophical Politics” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Her talk and the reception to follow are sponsored by the Classics Department at Amherst College, and are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02baraz.html

The Emily Dickinson Museum Reopens for the Season March 1
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens in Amherst, Mass., will open for its 2006 season on Wednesday, March 1. The Homestead, the birthplace and home of the poet for 40 years, and The Evergreens, home of Emily’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan, are open for guided tours from March through mid-December.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02edmopens.html

Fellowships for Action Q & A Session March 1
Join us for this follow-up Q&A session about the Tom Gerety Fellowships for Action program on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. For more in-depth discussions, you should attend the Feb. 24 event, "Ask what your country can do for you - answering JFK's call to service", with Hugh Price '63, and a panel of students who will discuss their FFA experiences. That event will be held at 3 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.

Jenkins 10-person Suite Applications Due March 1
Jenkins dormitory has three 10-person suites that go through a separate lottery from the campus-wide Room Draw. Students interested in living in one of these suites need to pick up a Jenkins application immediately in Converse 106. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1. The lottery will take place on March 7 with suite selections on March 8.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/roomdraw

Tenor Peter W. Shea To Offer A Musical Homage to Heinrich Heine March 1
The German House at Amherst College will present a recital by local tenor Peter W. Shea at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, March 1, in Porter House, next to the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst. Accompanied by pianists Gregory Hayes and Monika Jakuc, Shea will pay homage to the Romantic poet Heinrich Heine on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death. Sponsored by the Amherst College German Department and the Eastman Fund, the concert is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02sheapeter.html

Five College PoetryFest on March 1
The fourth annual Five College Student PoetryFest will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The fest was conceived and planned by a faculty committee in 2003 as a vehicle for celebrating the art of poetry by giving recognition to student poets. Each year, two students from each campus are chosen by a selection process determined by their own school. Their poems are then assembled as a collection and presented to them. The PoetryFest is supported by funding from Five Colleges and from the hosting institution, this year Mount Holyoke.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/news/news_poetryfest06.html

Twelve College Exchange Program Deadlines Approaching
Students interested in participating in the Twelve College Exchange Program for one or both semesters of the 2006-07 academic year are reminded that the application deadlines are approaching. The special exchange arrangements of the program provide an opportunity for Amherst students to pursue domestic residential study at one of the following participating institutions: Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton, Wesleyan, The Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies and the National Theater Institute. Additional restrictions may apply depending on availability of housing space at each school. Prior to submitting completed application materials, interested students must first discuss their plans with Associate Dean of Students Frances Tuleja not later than Friday, Feb. 17. Completed applications are due by Monday, Feb. 20. In addition to the Twelve College Exchange deadlines, Amherst students must comply with the college’s own internal notification deadlines: students who are thinking about being away for the full 2006-07 academic year or the fall 2006 semester only must complete an intent form at the Dean of Students Office by March 15; students who are thinking about being away for the spring 2007 semester only must do so by April 15. Students who fail to submit an intent form by the stipulated deadlines will not receive academic credit for any course work completed at another school.

Summer Opportunities on Capitol Hill March 2
Join us for this info session and panel of students who have held internships on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This event is co-sponsored by Rethink and will be held Thursday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Careers Teaching English as a Foreign Language Info Session March 2
Mr. 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 cover the basic requirements, how to find the position you want in the country you want, the long term professional benefits and will share some of his experiences in the profession. This event is Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. This is the first of the Life and Work in the Non-Profit World events.

ISA Student-Professor Mixer on March 2
The International Students' Association presents a student-professor mixer on Thursday, March 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall. Come talk with your favorite professors outside of class and enjoy good food and jazz music!

The Amherst Student Newspaper Recruitment Meeting March 2
We need writers, editors and photographers...and you need wings! Come to our recruitment meeting Thursday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in the Student office (above the mailroom in Keefe Campus Center) for more information about joining The Amherst Student staff. Everyone is welcome. Wings will be served!
For more information: halogen.note.amherst.edu/~astudent/

March 6 - 12 Calendar and News Printing Error
Due to a printing error, the "Calendar & News" covering events from Monday, March 6, to Sunday, March 12, does not include event locations. The C&N will be reprinted and delivered to campus mailboxes on Friday, March 3. In the meantime, please refer to the online calendar for complete event listings.

Life and Work in Public Service & Social Action Alumni Panel March 3
Join us in the Campus Center Theater at 2 p.m. following the NFP Career Fair for this alumni panel. Panelists include Brian Albert '88, chief operating officer, Campaign for America's Future; Samantha Ender '01, sponsored research administrator, Boston University School of Public Health; Joanne Harpel '85, director of survivor initiatives at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Ellen Peck '81, senior officer, director of development, Save the Children; Dacia Walker '00, administrative coordinator and staff mediator, Children's Services of Roxbury, Massachusetts Families for Kids. There will be a reception to follow in the McCaffrey Room. This is the final event of the Life and Work in the Non-Profit World series.

Chemist Jason M. Belitsky ’97 To Speak March 3
Jason M. Belitsky ’97, an assistant professor of chemistry at Oberlin College, will talk about “Molecular Recognition and Self-Assembly of Synthetic and Bio-Molecules in Water” at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in Merrill Lecture Room 4. Belitsky’s talk, the annual Everett H. Pryde Lecture, will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02belitsky.html

Amherst College Not-for-Profit and International Opportunities Fair March 3
Come to the Friedmann Room of the Campus Center on Friday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this job and internship fair. More than 30 organizations will be represented. This fair is part of the "Life and Work in the Non-Profit World" event sponsored by the Career Center.

Web of Science (and Social Sciences) Demo March 3
Please join the Library for a hands-on demonstration of Web of Science on Friday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. in Webster 102. Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database covering science and social science. It specializes in citation tracking, using cited references to track the evolution of a scholarly idea forward and backward in time. Some may be familiar with its print counterparts, Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index. The online version allows scholars to keep track of when published articles have been cited.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/news/newsletter/spring06.html#web

Nobel Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz To Speak March 2 on Hidden Costs of Iraq War
Joseph E. Stiglitz, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will lecture on “The Economic Costs of the Iraq War: An Appraisal Three Years After the Beginning of the Conflict” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) at Amherst College. The event is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02stiglitz.html

Hitchcock Fellowship Applications Due Friday, March 3
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a teaching/coaching endeavor at the collegiate level. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective physical education program and be an assistant coach in a least two of the college's intercollegiate athletic programs. Individuals interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than March 3 to: Suzanne Everden Co-Interim Athletic Director Athletic Department, Alumni Gymnasium Box 2230 sjeverden@amherst.edu

“Should We Believe in God?” Debate March 3
"Should We Believe in God?” is the provocative question that Peter van Inwagen, the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and Michael Tooley, professor of philosophy at University of Colorado, Boulder, will debate at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Religion at Amherst College, the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund in Philosophy, the debate and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02god.html

Casino To Be Held March 3
Casino will be held on Friday, March 3, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Valentine. There will be great music from The Blue Nomads and DJ Tal, free ice cream sundays, free champagne for first 150 people (21 and older) and lots of fun casino games. Professors will be dealing, serving champagne and ice cream. All procedes will go to Educate!, an organization that sponsors refugees and underprivileged nationals in Uganda and Rwanda to attend school.
For more information: www.EducateAfrica.org

Success is a State of Mind: Panel on Professionalism March 3
Making the transition from the Amherst classroom to a professional setting doesn't have to be stressful. Come hear our panel of recent alums share their own experiences about the work world. The workshop will be held on Friday, March 3, from 8 to 9 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Desserts will be provided. This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Residential Life and the Pre-Business Group.

Speed Dating in Keefe on March 4
A speed dating Five College event, organized by Amherst Hillel, will be held in the Friedmann and McCaffrey Rooms in Keefe Campus Center on Saturday, March 4, from 8 to 10 p.m. Students of all sexual orientations are welcome. With the sunny weather we've been having, love's got to be in the air!

Kimmie Weeks '05 To Speak at Youth Action International Info Session March 4
Kimmie Weeks '05, acclaimed child rights activist and founder of Youth Action International, returns to Amherst to speak on "Ending Global Poverty: A 21st Century Possiblity." The talk will be part of a Youth Action International information session held on Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (115 Fayerweather). Pizza will be served following Weeks' speech.
For more information: www.youthactioninternational.org

Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony March 5
The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society join forces in their annual collaboration to present, for the first time in the college’s history, the massive Second Symphony in C minor, the “Resurrection,” by Gustav Mahler, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02mahler.html

“Kinsmen of the Shelf” Reading Group Returns to Emily Dickinson Museum March 5
“Kinsmen of the Shelf,” the Emily Dickinson Museum’s reading group dedicated to the books, poems and essays that were read by Emily Dickinson and her family, will next meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the museum. The session, focusing on Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, will be led by Sarah Wilburn of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01kinsman.html

President Marx Comments on Recent Business Week Article
President Marx has commented on the recent "Business Week" article on the CAP Webpage.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~cap/business_week_response.html

Writer and Activist Todd Gitlin To Speak March 6
Todd Gitlin, a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and one of the nation’s leading thinkers about the media, will speak on “Whose Flag Is It? Liberal Patriotism in a Conservative Age” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Gitlin’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02gitlin.html

Ethics in College: A Teaching Lunch for Faculty with Rush Kidder '65, March 6
Faculty members are invited to a lunchtime conversation with Dr. Rush Kidder ’65, author of "Moral Courage" and president of the Institute for Global Ethics, in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of Lewis-Sebring on Monday, March 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The theme will be how colleges can or should inculcate ethical responsibility. Some possible questions: Should ethical reasoning be among the competencies that the curriculum aims to develop? How can colleges foster ethical behavior? What is the obligation of colleges to cross the line from talking ethics to doing ethics? The lunch is sponsored by the Schwemm Fund under the auspices of the Teaching and Learning Project. A buffet lunch will be served.

Rushworth M. Kidder ’65 To Speak on “Moral Courage” March 6
Rushworth M. Kidder ’65, founder and president of the Institute for Global Ethics, will deliver a lecture titled “Moral Courage: The Fortitude to Make Difficult Decisions and the Integrity to Carry Them Out” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Schwemm Fund, Kidder’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02kidder.html

Biology Department Lecture Canceled March 6
Please note that this event has been canceled.

Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences Available; Deadline March 6
Are you a first-year or sophomore student who would like to spend this summer on campus pursuing a collaborative research project in the sciences? Then an Amherst College Summer Research Fellowship may be just what the doctor ordered! A total of approximately 20 fellowships for students in the Classes of 2008 and 2009 will be awarded. The program will run for 10 weeks, either from Monday, June 5, through Friday, August 11, or from Monday, June 12, through Friday, August 18, depending on the summer schedule of the particular faculty advisor. For more information and complete application information, please click on the link below. Note that the application deadline is Monday, March 6!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~chemistry/hhmi/2006%20application%20info%20final.html

Testing and Standards in "No Child Left Behind" March 8
On Wednesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Alan Schoenfeld, Department of Education, Berkeley, will present "Testing and Standards in 'No Child Left Behind' - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

Educate! presents Dream Deferred on March 7
On Tuesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115, come watch "Dream Deferred," Eric Glustrom '07's 30-minute documentary on Educate! and its students. The documentary follows several Educate! students in Uganda. The screening will be followed by a short discussion on ways to help the third world and what it means to do so. Educate! is an Amherst College student-run non-profit that gives refugees in Uganda and Rwanda scholarships for education. To learn more, visit www.educateafrica.org.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org

Comedian Eliot Chang March 7
On Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, comedian Eliot Chang will perform. Chang electrifies the stage with confidence as he tackles real issues that other comics fear and slams stereotypes with no apologies. This show is for mature audiences only. Dessert will be served, and a special Q&A session will follow the show.
For more information: echang.com

Kennedy '06 Campaign Director Marty Walsh and Chair Matt Kennedy Will Speak Tonight
Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m., Stirn Auditorium. The Amherst College Democrats are hosting a discussion with Marty Walsh and Matt Kennedy, respectively the campaign director and campaign chair of Senator Ted Kennedy's 2006 re- election campaign. Topics will include Senator Kennedy and what he has been doing on Capitol Hill (of course), as well as the current political climate of Washington and what is at stake in this re-election cycle. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the fight for Democrats to take back Congress in 2006!

Special March 8 Kauffman Seminar Canceled
The Michael G Kauffman '85 MD seminar "Drug Discovery" on Wednesday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room has been postponed until the fall.

German Film Series Presents Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei on March 9
On Thursday, March 9, the film Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Edukators, directed by Hans Weingartner, 2004, 127 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 pm in Stirn Auditorium. Daniel Brühl (Goodbye Lenin) stars in this gripping, critically acclaimed thriller (also known as Your Days of Plenty are Numbered) about three young political activists who find that they got more than they bargained for when they kidnap a wealthy businessman. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Toward a (More) Complete Theory of Problem Solving" on March 9
On Thursday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m. in 206 Seeley Mudd, Alan Schoenfeld of the Department of Education, Berkeley, will speak on "Toward a (More) Complete Theory of problem solving." In his 1985 book "Mathematical Problem Solving," Schoenfeld proposed a framework for the analysis of mathematical behavior involving a combination of knowledge, heuristics, metacognition, and beliefs. What was lacking back then was a sense of mechanism - a description of how and why the problem solver makes the choices he or she makes, while engaged in problem solving. Twenty years later we have rigorous ways of thinking about such issues, & the core of a robust theory. These issues will be illustrated in the dynamic setting of a teacher engaging in the problem solving actions of trying to teach effectively.

NYU Philosopher J. David Velleman To Inaugurate Amherst Lecture in Philosophy March 9
J. David Velleman, professor of philosophy at New York University, will give the inaugural Amherst Lecture in Philosophy, titled “So It Goes,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy will invite a distinguished philosopher to Amherst College to give a public lecture. All lectures, along with supplemental materials, will be freely available through a fully archived, catalogued and searchable publication on the ALP Website (www.amherstlecture.org). The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy is supported from the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02alp.html

Chocolate for a Cause March 9
On Thursday, March 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Alumni House, join Chocolate for a Cause for gourmet desserts donated by local bakeries and restaurants, live jazz and a raffle. For just eight dollars, enjoy all you can eat treats. All proceeds will go to organizations fighting for women’s justice in Mexico and Guatemala.

International Women's Day Talk by Veronica Leyva March 9
Veronica Leyva, a grassroots organizer for women’s and workers’ rights in Juárez, and Daniel Pacheco of the Mexico Solidarity Network will speak about the campaign against femicides in Mexico on Thursday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Octagon.

Biology Graduate School Info Session March 9
Come chat with Professors Miller and Goutte about graduate school in biology. They will talk about different kinds of graduate programs, the application process and the curriculum of Biology Ph.D. programs. Sugar Jones cookies will be provided. This event is on Thursday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in McGuire Life Sciences Building room 428 and is brought to you by the Biology Department's 3+4 Committee.

Steps To Study Abroad Meeting March 8 and 9
Join Dr. Hoffa for this meeting about the steps to study abroad next year. The deadline (March 15) is approaching for those who intend to be abroad in the fall or for the entire year. To find out more, come to this meeting in the Career Center on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. or Thursday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Amherst Receives Grant from Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to Increase Access for Community College Students
Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges have joined with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and six other renowned colleges and universities to announce an investment of $27 million to markedly increase the opportunities for high-achieving, low-income community college students to earn bachelor’s degrees from selective four-year institutions. It is the largest shared investment to date by leading colleges and universities to overcome the lack of opportunities low-income students have at such schools.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03jackkentcookefoundation.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 seniors: Jian Ming Chris Chang, Christina Clemente, Bethany Croy, Andre Deckrow, Miku Dixit, Emily Scout Durwood, Richard Funkhouser, Andrea Gyorody '06, Tiffani Hooper, Miwa Ikemiya, Andrew Kelsey, Michael Kohl, David Korngold, Dorothy Lee, Hanna Lee, Daniel Marks, Dylan Schneider and Samuel Sturm. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund supports senior essay writing, special topics and other comparable independent projects.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/studentresearch.html

Travel Immunizations for Amherst College Students
Amherst College Students planning to travel abroad (other than in Canada or Europe) may update their immunizations before leaving. Since immunity after vaccination may take up to four weeks and because some immunizations are in a series of three, an appointment to discuss needs should be made at the Keefe Health Center by calling 413/542-2267 six to eight weeks in advance of the trip.

Beauty and Terror: Modern Music at Amherst College March 10
Pianist Marilyn Nonken and clarinetist Michael Norsworthy will present a concert of new music in at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program, titled “Beauty and Terror,” will include recent works by British, American and Australian composers. The concert and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02newmusic.html

Friday Series: Making a Difference in El Salvador, with Jim Newton '75 March 10
Join us to find out about this very exciting international development summer internship opportunity. Jim Newton '75 is in the second phase of an economic development project in a mountain town in El Salvador. Newton is looking for several Spanish-speaking interns for work related to advancing the local artisans. Internships include Web designer, economic surveyor and historian. Come to the info session and slide show to meet with Newton and find out more in the Career Center on Friday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m.

English Department Prizes Due April 10
Submissions for the English Department prizes to be awarded this spring will be accepted in the department office, Johnson Chapel 1, until April 10, 2006. For complete descriptions of the various prizes, please see the English Department’s Website.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~english/prizes/prizes.htm

March 9-11: Five College Dance Faculty Concert
The annual "Five College Dance Faculty Concert," hosted by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, will take place Thurday-Saturday, March 9-11, at 8 p.m., in Kirby Theater. The concert will feature an evening of diverse works choreographed by faculty from all five colleges, including Wendy Woodson (AC), Cathy Nicoli (HC), Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman (MHC), Matisse Madden (MHC), Mark Davis (SC), Robin Prichard (SC) and Sam Kenney (UMass). Of special interest on the program will be a performance of Trisha Brown’s "Set and Reset," performed by Five College Dance students; this renowned work will be set by Five College Dance alum and Trisha Brown Dance Company former member Abigail Yager. This piece also will also be performed in concerts at Hampshire College (Feb. 9-11) and Smith College (April 6-8). Tickets are $6 general admission; $3 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended; call the box office, 413/542-2277.

Gryphon Trio Presents Music at Amherst March 11
The Gryphon Trio will present the fifth concert in the 2005-06 Music at Amherst Series on Saturday, March 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. The program includes piano trios by Dvorak, Mozart and Beethoven.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03gryphon.html

Historian James T. Campbell To Discuss Uncovering a University’s Ties to Slavery March 12
James T. Campbell, associate professor of American civilization, Africana studies and history at Brown University, will deliver a lecture titled “Navigating the Past: Brown University, the Slave Trade, and the Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Black Studies and History, the Amherst College Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Eastman Fund, Campbell’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02campbell.html

Quantitative Fellow/Green Dean Position Available; Application Review Begins March 13
The Quantitative Center is seeking a graduating senior or recent graduate interested in a “green dean” position providing academic support for the introductory science or economics courses. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background and interests in chemistry, physics or economics. The Q Fellow should be self-directed, enthusiastic and enjoy working with people. This is a nine month position running from Sept. 1, 2006 through the end of May 2007. Please submit applications to Jennifer Innes, Quantitative Center, 202 Merrill Science. A review of applications will begin March 13.

Word! A Five College Student Festival of Staged Readings March 13
Word! A Five College Student Festival of Staged Readings will be presented in conjunction with A Tribute to August Wilson on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at Hampshire College.
For more information: calendar.fivecolleges.edu/FiveCol/calendrome.cgi?span=event&ID=273606&state_values=

Biology Department Lecture March 13
Nelson D. Young, Elms College, will present "Evolutionary Loss of Photosynthetic Ability in Parasitic Plants" on Monday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Thoughts of Amherst Deadline Extended to March 14
The deadline for professors to submit students' works for online publication in Thoughts of Amherst has been extended to Monday, March 14th. Please send works in any format (.doc, .jpeg, .mp3, .pdf, etc) as attachments to thoughts@amherst.edu. This address can also be used for any queries or comments about Thoughts of Amherst.

A Tribute to August Wilson March 14
On March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn at Hampshire College, A Tribute to August Wilson will be prsented in conjunction with Word! A Five College Student Festival of Staged Readings.
For more information: calendar.fivecolleges.edu/FiveCol/calendrome.cgi?span=event&ID=273607&state_values=

Reflecting on the Life of the Buddha on March 14
Dr. Peter Skilling, research fellow at the Lumbini International Research Institute, will speak on “Reflecting on the Life of the Buddha” on Tuesday, March 14, at 5 p.m. in Chapin 101. Since the ‘discovery’ of the Buddha by the west in the early modern period, the Buddha’s life has been studied from a variety of perspectives, generally within a framework of unquestioned historicism. Many questions are unresolved: for example, the date of the Buddha and the location of his home city, Kapilavastu. The talk reviews several of these issues and addresses the problem of the very notion of biography in relation to the Buddha. One of the most important textual traditions for the life of the Buddha is that of the North Indian Sarvastivadins, and the talk will examine the narrative strategies of the Sarvastivada and their conception of his life and career. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund, and open to the public.

Lenten Reconciliation Service March 14
On Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel, there will be reconciliation service. Those wishing to recieve reconciliation can do so before and immediately following mass.

Painter Thomas Nozkowski To Present Rapaport Lecture March 15
Painter Thomas Nozkowski will give the annual Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. This talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02nozkowski.html

Off-campus Housing Applications Due March 15
Students interested in living off- campus next year must submit an application by March 15. Applications can be picked up at the Residential Life Office (Converse 106). Off-campus housing is limited; students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/roomdraw

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings To Be Presented March 15
On Wednesday, March 15, at 9 p.m., Dylan Schneider '06 will present a performance of his short two-act opera "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings". The opera, based on a story By Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, is Dylan's senior thesis in composition. Julia Fox '07, Todd Fruth '08, Zeina Nasr '06, Chris Tullis '09, David Wolff '06 and Michael Kohl '06 will perform featured roles. The performance will take place in Buckley Recital Hall and admission is free.

Film in Africa/Africa in Film March 29 through April 2
The Five College African Studies Council and the Multicultural Film Festival will present “Film in Africa/Africa in Film,” a series of films from contemporary African filmmakers and discussions with the filmmakers and critics, from Wednesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 2, at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sponsored by the English Department at Amherst College, all films and talks are free and open to the public. Descriptions of the films and up-to-the-minute information about schedules are available at the festival Website at www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african/news/.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african/news/.

Dutch Masters of the 17th Century at Mead Art Museum; Lecture March 16
As part of the regional cultural event GoDutch! and to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century,” a selection of works on paper from the permanent collection, from Saturday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 20. Joel Upton, a professor of fine arts at Amherst, will speak about the 1667 painting “Interior of the New Church, Delft,” by Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet, in a lecture titled “Waiting’ with Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet (1611-1675): A Contemplative Encounter” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Green Teaching Gallery at the museum. Admission to the museum and all events is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01dutch.html

Margreta de Grazia To Speak on “Hamlet Without Hamlet” March 16
Shakespearean scholar Margreta de Grazia of the University of Pennsylvania will speak on “Hamlet Without Hamlet” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the English Department at Amherst College and the Eastman Fund, de Grazia’s talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_02degrazia.html

Computer Science Honors Students Talks March 16
On Thursday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207, Owen Hofmann '06 will present his honors work in a talk titled "Reference Trace Reduction Via Recency Distribution Sampling." Tom Jablin '06 will present his honors work in a talk titled "Interactions of Memory Allocators with Prefetching and Clustering." Refreshments will precede the talk in Seeley Mudd 208.

Discussion of Teaching Writing to First-Year Students March 16
The First-Year Seminar Committee invites FYS instructors, current and former, and other interested faculty to a discussion of new approaches to teaching writing to first-year students. We’ll hear brief presentations from Michele Barale (English 01), Jyl Gentzler (Philosophy 1) and Jeff Ferguson (Black Studies 11 and 12). Susan Snively will discuss how the Writing Center can support new pedagogies. The conversation will be held in Porter Lounge on Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Summer Internship Available in Office of Public Affairs -- Deadline March 17
First-year students, sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for a summer internship in the Office of Public Affairs. The summer intern will assist the staff with various publications, media relations, sports information and Web projects. Specific responsibilities include coordinating the production of the first- year “facebook” and Student Handbook. In addition, the intern will develop and write news releases, write articles for the college magazine and other publications, and assist with sports information, design and Web work. Previous experience in every area is not necessary, but excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as is a keen sense of intellectual curiosity. This is a paid position. To apply, submit a cover letter, a résumé and two writing samples to Stacey Schmeidel, Director of Public Affairs, AC #2202, no later than Fri., March 17.

Johnson Chapel Flag Lowered to Half-Staff in Memory of Lucius R. Weathersby
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of organist and composer Lucius R. Weathersby, a visiting artist at Amherst College and assistant professor of music and African world studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, who died suddenly on March 17. He was 38 years old.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/memoriam/weathersby.html

Dining Services Office Hours During Spring Recess (March 20-24)
The Dining Services Office is open during spring recess from Monday, March 20, to Friday, March 24, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The office will resume normal hours on Monday, March 27.

Health Care for Amherst College Students During Spring Recess (March 17-24)
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will close for spring recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27. Amherst College students remaining in the local area who have a medical emergency should contact the Campus Police at 413/542- 2111. Students who have urgent care needs should contact the University Health Services (UHS) at 413/577-5000. The Urgent Care Unit at the UHS will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight during the week of spring recess. They will be closed between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. starting Friday, March 17, at midnight, and continuing until Sunday, March 26, at 8 a.m. A telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 between midnight and 8 a.m. to contact a physician if needed. The UHS pharmacy will be open March 20 - 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Transportation to the UHS needs to be arranged with the Amherst College Campus Police 413/542-2291.

Five College Learning in Retirement: Dealing with Iran March 24
Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) announces “Dealing with Iran” on Friday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Union Station Restaurant, Northampton, for the first session in the five-part Great Decisions 2006 program. The speaker is Professor Sohail Hashmi of Mt. Holyoke College, author and editor of numerous publications on Islam and the Middle East, including his September, 2001, article “The Terrorists’ Zealotry is Political, Not Religious.” Tickets for all programs and luncheons can be reserved by calling Callie Kendall at 413/585-3756. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.00. The Union Station Restaurant is at 125a Pleasant Street, Northampton.
For more information: www.5clir.org

Law and the Stranger: Imagining Utopias on March 27
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Kenji Yoshino, deputy dean for intellectual life and professor of law, Yale Law School, to give a talk on Monday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. His talk is entitled "Imagining Utopias." Yoshino’s paper argues that, however denominated, acts of imagination are critical to the advancement of the law. Many scholars, who have written on the role of imagination in law, including himself, have focused too narrowly on how the legal imagination permits empathetic engagement with estranged individuals. More attention should be directed toward how the imagination can be productively deployed to create estrangement rather than to cure it. By allowing legal actors to become citizens of utopian worlds and strangers in their own, the legal imagination creates transitional spaces. These liminal spaces allow them to move out of ideologies that would otherwise seem to have no outside. Copies of Professor Yoshino’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 Law and the Stranger sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund.

Elections for 2006-07 AAS Executive Board and Class Senator Positions; Meeting March 27
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) would like to encourage all students to run for an executive board position for the 2006-07 Senate. Detailed information regarding the functioning of the AAS and the responsibilities of e-board members is available at www.amherst.edu/~aas. There is a mandatory meeting for all candidates interested in running for the e-board positions to review election rules on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. Candidate statements and petitions are due at this time. Elections will be held Tuesday, April 4.
For more information: ersilberstein@amherst.edu

Commencement/Reunion Student Workers Needed in Alumni Office, Physical Plant and Public Affairs; Deadline March 28
The Offices of Alumni and Parent Programs, Physical Plant and Public Affairs will be hiring for Commencement and Reunion, a two-week period between Sunday, May 21, and Sunday, June 4. Physical Plant jobs include custodial and grounds work. The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs and the Office of Public Affairs need ushers, class assistants, childcare assistants, drivers, storage workers and reception assistants. Applications are available in the Keefe Campus Center Post Office, Physical Plant, Public Affairs, Smith House and the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are also available online at http://www.amherst.edu/commencement/employment/. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 28.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement/employment/

Sign Up for Intramural Softball; Deadline March 28
Want to play co-ed softball (intermediate or advanced league)? E-mail your roster to kehonderd@amherst.edu. Roster size is unlimited, but players must be on the roster to participate, and a player can only be on one roster per sport (you cannot play on an intermediate and advanced team). Also, we must have the class year, AC box # and gender of each team member. Please select a team name, a team captain (include his/her e-mail address and phone number) and specify in which league your team will be participating. All members of the Amherst College community are welcome. The season will run from April 3 to May 12. Rosters are due by Tuesday, March 28. Questions? Contact Kathryn Honderd at kehonderd@amherst.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa Elects New Members
The following members of the junior class were recently elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa: Colin D. Godwin, Anoop R. Menon and John N. Radway.

Coming Clean--Soliciting Stories on Sexual Assault
In an effort to spark discussion and prevention efforts surrounding sexual assault on the Amherst campus, Amherst College Coming Clean will be creating a publication of anonymous submissions (poetry, narratives, artwork, etc.) that describe our experiences on campus. Please leave all identifying characteristics of the other persons in the story out; if we feel that there are any identifying characteristics left in the story, we will be forced to edit them out. If you have a story that you want to tell, please e-mail comingclean@amherst.edu or mail submissions to AC #2001. In order to protect your identity, feel free to send your submissions anonymously using our Website, http://www.amherst.edu/~comingclean/submit.html.

President of Hampshire College Ralph J. Hexter To Speak March 28
Ralph J. Hexter, the president of Hampshire College and professor of classics and comparative literature, will speak on “Stories of War and Return – Nostoi Project” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by The Nostoi Project at Hampshire College, Hexter’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03hexter.html

More Than One Struggle for Justice: Lessons From a Century of Northern Black Educational Activism on March 28
Jack Dougherty, associate professor and director of the Educational Studies Program at Trinity College, will present a lecture entitled "More Than One Struggle for Justice: Lessons from a Century of Northern Black Educational Activism" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in Pruyne Lecture Hall. Sponsored by the Education and Social Justice Presidential Initiative Fund, Dougherty's lecture is free and open to the public.

Love and Gender in the Age of Sufi on March 28
Shahzad Bashir, Department of Religious Studies, Carleton College, will present a paper on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Bashir will speak on "Love and Gender in the Age of Sufi Orders." Bashir, an alumnus of Amherst College, is an expert on Sufi thought and society in pre-modern Iran. He is currently writing a book on how the body is understood and depicted in Sufism. His lecture will focus on Sufi hagiographical narratives which place a tremendous emphasis on love between masters and disciples as the glue for their mutual relationships. Masters are presented as channels for divine love while disciples are exhorted to love their masters above all others. He will show that the master-disciple relationship is actually predicated on the simultaneous functioning of two different modes of love: filial and erotic. Both modes of love presume differentiation between male and female roles, but stories of interactions between the men and women who become masters and disciples in various configurations reflect on gender as an identity that is partly stable and partly in constant flux. This presentation is sponsored by the Hamilton Fund and the Religion Department at Amherst College and is free and open to the public.

Summer Study Abroad Info Session March 28
Join Dr. Bill Hoffa, study abroad advisor, as he discusses your options for summer study abroad. There is no credit from Amherst for summer study abroad, but there are lots of good programs! Join us on Tuesday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Peace Corps Info Session March 28
Interested in working iternationally to make the world a better place? Like helping people? Come to this info session with the Peace Corps on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Spanish Professor Ilan Stavans To Ask “Who Owns the English Language?” March 29
Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College, will deliver the inaugural 2006 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture, to celebrate 40 years of the Five College consortium, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. His talk, titled “Who Owns the English Language?” and sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03stavans.html

Emily Dickinson Museum to GoDutch! with Katharine Martinez Lecture March 29
Katharine Martinez of the Fine Arts Library of Harvard College Library will lecture on “The Art of Display: Collecting and Displaying Art in a 19th-Century Amherst Home” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the Amherst College Alumni House. The event is sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum. Focusing on the Dickinson family at The Evergreens, Martinez will discuss the ways in which the 19th-century American middle class collected and displayed art in their homes. The event, part of the Museums10-sponsored GoDutch! festival, is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03dickinsonmartinez.html

Lesley University Master's Program Info Session March 29
Come to this info session to find out how you can create your own master's degree program at Lesley University on Wednesday, March 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center Room 207.

Exploratory Jazz - Pete Robbins and Centric March 29
Join us to experience this group of musicians from New York City on Wednesday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Music Building. The design of their presentation will be to perform and then discuss with our Jazz History Class their performance practice, performance goals and the eventual outcome. A "Q&A" will be part of this experience, allowing the audience to seek further info from the performers themselves. Learn more about Pete Robbins and his group at http:// www.peterobbins.com. This event is sponsored by the Music Department, Black Studies and the Lecture Committee.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

Resume Workshop March 29
Join us in the Career Center at 8 p.m. on March 29 for this workshop on creating a resume that will set you apart from the crowd. Open to all class years.

Japanese Only: Arudou Debito and Human Rights in Japan on March 30
Despite effecting the UN Convention on Racial Discrimination in 1996, Japan still has no laws against racial discrimination. In an internationalizing Japan, the ramifications of this have become clearer in recent years. "JAPANESE ONLY" signs are appearing on places like shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, karaoke parlors and public bathhouses nationwide. Arudou will talk about his activities against this posted discrimination, including a successful lawsuit against an exclusionary onsen (hot springs) and the City of Otaru that went all the way to Japan's Supreme Court. Arudou will speak at 4:30 p.m. on March 30 in Fayerweather 113.

Poet Mark Rudman To Read March 30
The poet Mark Rudman will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03markrudman.html

Five-College Chemistry Lecture Series 75th Anniversary March 30
The Five College Chemistry Lecture Series' 75th Anniversary will be hosted by Amherst College on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. The guest will be Nobel Prize Winner Professor F. Sherwood Rowland of the University of California at Irvine. Rowland's talk is titled "Global Warming and the Antarctic Ozone Hole." There will also be an undergraduate presentation at Hampshire College on Wednesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in the West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall. The title is "The Air Around Us." The University of Massachusetts will host a graduate presentation on March 30 at 11:15 a.m. in LGRT 1634 titled "Pollution, Both Urban and Long-range."

How Much Difference Can I Make in a Week? Alternative Break Discussion March 30
If you have gone on an alternative break trip, come share your own thoughts and experiences. As we try to evaluate what it takes to be a true conscientious citizen, let's reflect on the positives and negatives of short-term service projects. We will meet Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Terrace Rooms of Valentine. Refreshments will be served. This is a workshop of the Exploring Social Change Series. Sponsored by the Community Outreach Program.

Physics Seminar March 30
On Thursday, March 30, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 (with tea at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204), Dr. Paul S. Bourgeois will give a talk on "OOPS! We Stretched the Proton! Virtual Compton Scattering and the Generalized Polarizabilities of the Proton."
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colloquia.html

Changing Image of Blacks in Comics March 30
The Black Student Union and the English Department invite one and all to a lecture and slide exhibit by William H. Foster, III, professor of English and communications at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Foster is a graduate of the Amherst A Better Chance Program and is a recognized expert on the portrayal of people of color in comic books. He is the author of a recent collection of essays, Looking For A Face Like Mine (Fine Tooth Press, 2005). The talk will take place in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, at 7:30 p.m. on March 30. This event is a celebration of the work performed by the Amherst College tutors to the ABC House and is co-sponsored by Drew House.

Become an Academic Peer Mentor -- Meeting March 30
This is a new and exciting paid opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to mentor incoming first-years. If you have learned how to be a successful student; can share your success strategies with a fellow student who needs your help; or are an experienced upperclassman that can communicate in an enthusiastic and friendly manner your experiences with first-years, become a Peer Mentor! Find out more at an information session on Thursday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in Converse 208. The application deadline is Thursday, April 6. The application requires two recommendations, so pick up your application soon!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/peermentors

Economics Talk March 31
Professor Charles T. Clotfelter of Duke University will give a talk entitled "The Racial/Ethnic Achievement Gap after Third Grade: Evidence from North Carolina" on March 31 at 4 p.m. in Webster 220. Currently on leave from Duke, Clotfelter is a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. At Duke, he is is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Law; he is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Clotfelter is the author of numerous books and articles on the economics of education, public finance and the nonprofit sector.

Philosopher Alan Soble To Talk About Sex March 31
Alan Soble, University Research Professor and professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, will give a talk titled “We All Know What Sex Is” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund, Soble’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03soble.html

Position of Coordinator for English 06 Available; Deadline March 31
Professors O’Connell and Cobham-Sander are looking for a student to fill the job of coordinator for English 06: Reading, Writing, and Teaching, beginning with the 2006-07 academic year. For a description of the position and the application procedure, please see the English Department Website.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~english/announcements.htm

Teaching Lunch on Advising March 31
Faculty are invited to a Teaching & Learning Project lunch on academic advising on Friday, March 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms. Allen Hart and Marian Matheson will report on students’ expectations and experiences of Orientation and regular advising, including having their FYS instructor as advisor. Questions to discuss may include: how we can formulate our expectations of advising in order to prepare both advisors and students better? What kind of training or on-line resources would be helpful to both? Given the large disparities of students’ needs and expectations, how can we get meaningful feedback about advising? Raquel Cardona will discuss a proposal for a pilot project for Academic Peer Mentoring.

Critic and Director Robert Brustein ’47 To Speak at Amherst College March 31
Drama critic, essayist and director Robert Brustein will speak on “Territorial Art: The Politics of Adaptation” at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in Holden Theater at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson 1882-1943 Lectureship Fund, Brustein’s talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03brustein.html

Five College Learning in Retirement : China and India March 31
Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) announces "China and India: Partners or Competition?" on Friday, March 31, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Union Station Restaurant, Northampton, for the second session in the five-part Great Decisions 2006 program. The speaker is Professor Pavel Machala, Political Science, Amherst College. Tickets for all programs and luncheons can be reserved by calling Callie Kendall at 413/585-3756. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.00. The Union Station Restaurant is at 125a Pleasant Street, Northampton.
For more information: www.5clir.org

 
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