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Archived announcements for October, 2008

Top Washington Post Editor at Amherst to Discuss the Presidential Race Oct. 1
Philip Bennett, managing editor of The Washington Post, will discuss "The Presidential Race: What's the Story?" as well as his paper's coverage of the 2008 campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. Sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund at Amherst, Bennett's talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/65304

MFS Investments Info Session Oct. 1
Seniors considering careers in finance are invited to attend this information session with representatives from MFS Investments. Join them to learn about the firm and find out what opportunities they offer on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Copeland Fellow Presentation Oct. 2
Maple Razsa, Copeland Fellow, will give an informal presentation entitled "Direct Confrontation with the State: A Love Story." It will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Mullins Room of Lewis-Sebring Commons. Faculty, staff and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

Physics Seminar Oct. 2
On Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4:45 in Merrill Lecture Room 3, Professor Albion Lawrence of Brandeis University will give a talk. Tea/cookies will be served before the talk at 4:15 in Merrill Room 204.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2008-2009

Macquarie Holdings Info Session Oct. 2
Seniors interested in finance careers are invited to attend this information session with representatives from Macquarie Holdings on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. Join the reps to find out about the firm and the opportunities they have to offer. Macquarie will be interviewing on campus later in the month.

AAS Absentee Ballot/Voter Registration Oct. 1 and 2
The Association of Amherst Students is sponsoring a non-partisan "get-out-and-vote" drive later this week to make sure that Amherst students are both registered to vote and have their absentee ballots before Election Day. The drive will be taking place in the dorms on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and 2, from 8 to 10 p.m. Volunteers are wanted and should contact Chris Tullis at ctullis09@amherst.edu to help with the event. There will be a planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9:30 p.m. in the basement of Morrow. The commitment is only two hours, and the rewards are great.

Cinemarsh: Four Short Films by Jiri Barta Oct. 2
This week we're screening four short films by Czech director and animator Jiri Barta: "Riddles for a Candy," "The Design," "The Vanished World of Gloves" and "Club of the Laid-Off." Barta is well-known in the Czech Republic for his use of animation to criticize changes occurring in Czech society before and after the overthrow of the Communist government in 1989. The selection provides a compelling glimpse into the work of a European animator working out of the end of the Soviet era. The screening will be held Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.
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AAS Student Senate Elections Oct. 2
The Association of Amherst Students is holding elections for Senate seats in the Classes of 2009 (2 seats), 2011 (1 seat) and 2012 (8 seats) on Thursday, Oct. 2 (all day, 24 hours). For a look at who the candidates are, pick up a copy of this week's "The Student" newspaper for candidate statements. To vote, go to the Student Government Web site, click on the "Voting" tab, and follow the link specific to your class. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the AAS Elections Committee at elections@amherst.edu. Good luck to all the candidates!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/voting

A Master of Russian Animation to Screen and Discuss His Films Oct. 2
One of Russia's greatest living filmmakers, Andrei Khrzhanovsky, will screen his animated shorts and discuss his work on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Khrzhanovsky has been recognized internationally for revolutionizing Russian animation, beginning in the 1960s, with his allusive, visually provocative and ideologically heterodox experiments in constructing a new metaphor-rich cinematic language informed by the work of Alexander Pushkin and A.A. Milne, Alfred Schnittke and Joseph Brodsky. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation of some of Khrzhanovsky's short masterpieces. This event is sponsored by the Russian Department, the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the English Department.

James Holston to Speak Oct. 2
James Holston will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Paino Room of Earth Sciences on Thursday, Oct. 2, on the topic of "Insurgent Citizenship in Brazil." Holston is an award winning professor at UC Berkeley whose primary interest is in political anthropology, though he draws on several fields of inquiry, including law, architecture and planning. His current research examines modern citizenship in two contexts of change and uncertainty: the emergence of new democracies and the transformations of contemporary cities. He studies relations of cities, citizenship and democracy primarily in Brazil and the United States. This lecture will be given in English and is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Spanish Department at Amherst College.

Tokyo String Quartet to Open 2008-09 Music at Amherst Series Oct. 3
The Music at Amherst Series will open its 2008-09 season with the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst. Their performance will include Haydn's lively and emotive Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1; Ravel's exotic and sensual Quartet in F Major; and Beethoven's Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5, which encompasses both the profound and the lighthearted.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/65412

Mead Art Museum Public Conversation with Henry Hacker Oct. 3
On Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m., Mead Art Museum presents a public conversation with Henry Hacker, New York-based art collector and lecturer on the psychology of collecting at the New School for Social Research. Hacker's collection of posters and other materials related to British railroads will form the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art. Organized in conjunction with the museum docents' yearlong investigation into the theories and practices of art collecting, this event is open to all.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Teaching & Advising Lunch Topic: Multiple Diversity in the Classroom Oct. 3
Recognizing and promoting multiple diversities within the classroom will be the topic of the next Faculty Teaching and Advising Lunch in Lewis- Sebring Dining Commons on Oct. 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served. Questions about these lunches and suggestions for topics we might address in the future should be sent to Amrita Basu at abasu@amherst.edu.

Mock Interviews in the Career Center Sept. 26 - Oct. 3
Students who will be interviewing for jobs and internships this year are encouraged to sign up for a mock interview in the Career Center. The Career Center deans act as the employers and videotape the interviews. They will then go over the videotape with you and give you tips and pointers on presenting yourself more effectively. Please sign up for a time-slot in Experience, and if you would like to take your video home with you, please bring a VHS cassette tape. While you may request a mock interview at other times during the semester, these specific sessions are the only ones that will be video-taped.

Open House at the Writing Center Oct. 3
Please join us for light refreshments to meet and welcome our new staff and to learn more about the many services that we offer the entire Amherst College community. The open house will take place on Friday, Oct. 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Writing Center (101 Charles Pratt Hall).

Habitat for Humanity's 24 @ 18 Oct. 3-4; Sign Up Now!
Habitat for Humanity's 24-hour build will take place at 18 Stanley St. from 9 a.m. Oct. 3 to 9 a.m. Oct. 4. Teams of eight to 12 students will work on the build site in three-hour shifts around the clock. Transportation to the site is provided. Sign up individually or in a group! The sign-up sheet is located in the CCE.

Habitat's Hike for Humanity! Oct. 5
Join us for Habitat's annual hike-a-thon! It's a great opportunity to meet Habitat members from the Pioneer Valley area and learn about ongoing Habitat projects-- all while enjoying the last few weeks of fall! The hike will take place this Sunday, Oct. 5, from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Skinner State Park in South Hadley. Transportation is provided. To sign up, e-mail habitat@amherst.edu. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle and entry into raffles.

Columbia University Law School Info Session Oct. 6
Seniors interested in applying to law school are invited to attend this information session with an admissions representative from Columbia on Monday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Gender & Politics: An In-Depth Discussion About the Current State of Affairs Oct. 6
Martha Umphrey, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, will moderate this discussion on the role gender is currently playing in the presidential election. This is a nonpartisan event - we will look at problematic and positive actions of both Democrats and Republicans - and people of all genders and political affiliations are encouraged to attend. We will examine the way female (and male) candidates have been presented to the populace: via visual and verbal media, in their political parties' statements and even by the candidates themselves. The discussion will take place on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117 and is sponsored by the Amherst Feminist Alliance. Food and drinks will be provided!

Monsters, Messiahs or Something Else? Mixed-Race Characters in Science Fiction Movies Oct. 6
Many science fiction movies tell stories about mixed-race characters, but what are they really saying? Eric Hamako, a fifth-year doctoral student in the Social Justice Education Program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be giving a lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, in Paino Lecture Hall of the Earth Sciences Building on popular representation of multiracial identities in science fiction films and what multiraciality means for race-relations in the United States. The lecture is open to all. This event is sponsored by the AAS and organized by the ASA.

Men's Project Introductory Meeting Oct. 6
Do you feel frustrated when people expect you to be "manly?" Do you want to confront a culture that accepts violence against women? What does it mean to you to be a (good) man? Join us at the Men's Project's first meeting of the semester. Relax, hear about the group and discuss how you want to help make a difference. Antonio's pizza will be provided! The meeting will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. in Chapin Lounge and is sponsored by the AAS.

Tuesdays at the Terrace: Resumes & Cover Letters Oct. 7
Students thinking about creating a resume and learning how to write a good cover letter are invited to this Tuesdays at the Terrace lunch event on Oct. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. Grab your lunch in Val and bring it downstairs to Terrace Room A for information, tips and advice.

Study at the University of Edinburgh Info Session Oct. 7
Students considering either studying abroad or graduate study in the United Kingdom are invited to attend this information session with a faculty representative from the University of Edinburgh. He will discuss the graduate programs there, as well as the study abroad experience, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Campus Center 201.

Just for Seniors Oct. 7
Seniors who weren't able to attend the Career Center's Senior Startup Orientation earlier in the fall are invited to attend this session on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center. Join us to find out about our resources, timelines for different fields, advising sessions and more. Get all the information you need to get started on your job search!

Filmmaker and Artist Doug Goodwin to Screen Lossless Film Series Oct. 7
A collaborative project by filmmakers Rebecca Baron and Doug Goodwin, the "Lossless" series looks at the dematerialization of experimental and classical Hollywood film into bits, exposing the residual effects of the process that makes file sharing possible. Goodwin will screen and discuss the films in this series on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7.30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Department of English. For additional information, contact Dale Hudson at dhudson@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/dhudson/resources/specialevents/lossless

Faultlines Jazz Festival Presents Marty Ehrlich and Jason Robinson Oct. 7
The yearlong Amherst music festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a free concert featuring woodwind multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and saxophonist Jason Robinson at 8:30 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum. The pair will be performing together for the first time.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/66538

Mead Art Museum Quarterly Discussion Session Oct. 7
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m., Mead Art Museum presents a Museum Forum: All are welcome to attend the first of the Mead's quarterly discussion sessions, in which museum staff share information about forthcoming exhibitions and recent acquisitions and faculty, students and community members share information about their potentially museum-related projects and research interests. Forum meetings are intended to provide a regular opportunity for information sharing in order to maximize opportunities for meaningful collaborations across campus and across the region.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Obama: Covering Up His Opposition to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act Oct. 7
Amherst Professor Hadley Arkes, one of the architects of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, will speak about Obama's record of opposition to protecting babies who survive abortions and his recent attempts to cover this up. The talk will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. In 1999, a gruesome discovery was made: an Illinois hospital was leaving babies who survived abortions to die in a soiled utility room. The Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act was introduced in 2001 to provide legal protection to all born babies, wanted or not, including the right to medical care. Then-State Sen. Obama was the sole senator to speak against the act in 2001 and 2002. This talk is sponsored by AC Republicans.
For more information: www.bornalivetruth.com/

Amherst to Celebrate Donation of Jerry Cohen '63 Papers with Events Oct. 6 and 7
On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7, Amherst will celebrate the donation of the papers of labor lawyer and social activist Jerry Cohen '63 with a series of events on campus. Sponsored by the Amherst College Library; the Constitution Day Fund; the Spanish Department; La Casa, La Causa and Chicana/o Caucus groups; and the Center for Community Engagement, the events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/69968

MASSPIRG Global Warming Solutions Act Victory Party Oct. 7
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center, join MASSPIRG for a celebration of green efforts in the Five College area and the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act in Massachusetts. The Act requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. Speakers at the event will include State Sen. Stan Rosenberg, Amherst's Director of Facilities Jim Brassord and Dano Weisbord, director of environmental sustainability at Smith College.

Innovative Projects Fund
The fund, available through the Center for Community Engagement, provides financial and programmatic support to Amherst College students or student groups engaged in innovative community work. The Innovative Projects Fund is meant to support quality programming aimed at strengthening the culture of community engagement at Amherst College and to provide student groups and individual students with funding to encourage innovative community engagement programming that addresses identified community needs. For more information, visit the CCE Web page or stop in our office at any time.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/ipfund

Off-Campus Applications for Spring 2009 Due Nov. 1
Students who are planning to live off-campus during the spring semester must apply for off-campus housing no later than Nov. 1. Applications can be picked up in the Residential Life Office, Converse 105, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications can also be downloaded at I:ResidentialLifeOff CampusOff-campusApplication.doc. Students who are currently living off-campus do not need to re-apply for the spring semester.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/65132#offcampus

Don't Vote?
David Sanger '92, a leading special effects wizard in Hollywood, has applied his considerable talents to the cause of getting out the vote. He helped produced a video, just posted on YouTube, in which stars such as Leonardo DeCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Halle Berry and Sarah Silverman urge viewers to vote. (Really, they do. You just have to watch the whole video).
For more information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDRVKDcXQo

Student Ushers Needed for Oct. 17
The Office of Public Affairs/Events is seeking students to serve as ushers for the Science and Ethics Colloquium on Oct. 17. Hours will vary, and the pay is $9 an hour. If you are interested in this position, please stop by the Events Office in Converse 202 or contact Pat Allen at 413/542-8094 or intercolloq@amherst.edu as soon as possible.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/colloquium_series/08-09/october08

Amherst College Colloquium Series: Bioethics and Animal Research Oct. 17; Register Now!
When is it right, and when is it wrong, for humans to use and study animals for our own benefit? Should we strive to "perfect" people through genetic engineering? Explore the future of bioethics in the opening event of the 2008-09 Amherst College Colloquium Series, starting Friday, Oct. 17. Read more about the free colloquium and register at the link below.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/colloquium_series/08-09/october08

Political Science Department Hosts New Online Forum on Election
There may be just one month left in the neck-and-neck race to the White House, but there is plenty left to say about the candidates, their campaigns and their policies. Join the Political Science Department's new online Presidential Election Forum to speak your mind, discuss the presidential and vice-presidential debates and get involved in a campus-wide dialogue about the election. Speak up before Nov. 4 passes you by! All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate. (Navigate to https://forums.amherst.edu and click on "Presidential Election Forum.")
For more information: https://forums.amherst.edu/viewforum.php?f=11&sid=fbb406c18a2b4237ebd4a771331e2c15

RECYCLING = PIZZA?
Join us for Amherst College's Residence Hall Recycling Challenge. From Oct. 6 until Thanksgiving Break, the Amherst College Recycling Program is sponsoring the Residence Hall Recycling Challenge. All you and your fellow residents need to do is keep recycling as much material as possible. When Facilities staff picks up recycling, they will monitor how much stuff is picked up. At the end of the contest, the residence halls that recycled the most total paper and bottles and cans per capita win a party, sponsored by the Facilities Department. Turn your old cans into FREE FOOD. Recycle!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling/recycling_challenge

Greek Clinic Every Monday
Professor Becky Sinos will offer a Greek Clinic for students of Greek in all levels. Please feel free to come to Chapin 204 at 6 p.m. with your questions.

Political Science Professor Tom Dumm Publishes Inquiry Into Loneliness
Thomas Dumm, professor of political science, has just published Loneliness as a Way of Life ($24, Harvard University Press, 2008), an inquiry into what he calls "modern loneliness," "loneliness that has permeated the modern world." Philosopher and political scientist William E. Connolly said, "This is a book about coming to believe in this world, a world in which loneliness is inevitable and connections are still possible."
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/70779

Submit Your Academic Work to Thoughts of Amherst; Deadline Oct. 17
Thoughts of Amherst publishes academic work done by Amherst students. Submit your papers, creative writing, lab reports, computer programs, visual arts, recordings of performances, or anything else done for some kind of academic credit at Amherst. E-mail your submissions to thoughts@amherst.edu by Friday, Oct. 17.

Author William Jay Smith to Read His Work at Amherst College Oct. 8
Author William Jay Smith will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09?page=0%2C1

Math Talk by Bill Martin Oct. 8
Bill Martin of WPI will give a talk titled "The Math Behind the Compact Disc." Some things to consider: "How do we know which parts of mathematics are going to be useful?" "How is it that a CD can reproduce perfect sound even after it is scratched?" "How much linear algebra does my DVD player really know?" "What do polynomials and vector spaces have to do with digital audio?" "When is it useful to assume that 1+1=0?" This talk will touch on mathematical concepts like metric spaces, finite fields, probability and linear algebra. You are encouraged to bring your (least) favorite CD to destroy. (The speaker has already cracked all of his Backstreet Boys CDs.) The talk is at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, with refreshments beforehand in 208 at 3:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/news

Physics Seminar Oct. 9
On Thursday, Oct. 9 at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 3, Dr. Russell Anderson of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, will give a talk. Tea/cookies will be served before the talk at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill Room 204.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2008-2009

Study in Glasgow, Scotland Info Session Oct. 9
Students interested in studying abroad or graduate study at the University of Glasgow are invited to attend this information session. Study abroad and postgrad opportunities in Scotland will be the topic on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Career Center.

Observe Yom Kippur with Hillel Oct. 8 and 9
All are welcome to observe Yom Kippur services with Amherst College Hillel. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, there will be a pre-fast meal at 4:45 p.m. in the Cadigan Center for Religious Life, followed by Kol Nidre services at 6 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. On Thursday, Oct. 9, morning services will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Chapin Chapel and go until approximately 1:30 p.m. Afternoon services are from 5 to 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel and will be immediately followed by a break-fast meal in Cadigan. Contact hillel@amherst.edu with any questions.

Steps to Study Abroad Oct. 9
Sophomores considering studying abroad in the junior year are encouraged to attend a Steps to Study Abroad meeting. The next one will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. Join Dean Behrens and get all the information you need!

Chinese Characters are Not Hard to Learn Oct. 9
On Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, there will be a talk by Jiang Feng, famous in China for his translations of the poems of Emily Dickinson and winner of the so-far-only prize for life achievement in literary translation, the State Council specific stipend for distinguished contribution to social sciences, as well as a National Reward for academic research. This talk is open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Tagliabue Lecture Fund.

Emma Garcia to Discuss Chick Lit Oct. 9
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Colby College professor Emma R. Garcia will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather. Garcia's lecture, titled "Cross Over Success Stories: Mainstream Representations of Latina Identity in Chick-Lit Bestsellers," will discuss issues of Latina gender and identity in popular "chick-lit." Her talk is sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, English, Spanish and Women's and Gender Studies. This lecture will be given in English and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/newsevents

Google Info Session Oct. 9
All seniors are invited to attend this info session with representatives from Google on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 8 to 9 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206. Find out about the great opportunities with the company. Google consistently ranks as the country's best company to work for, and you don't have to be a techie to join them. Google is looking for computer science majors for its elite Associate Product Manager Rotational Program. Google's Start Program is looking for all majors to be associates in their online sales and operations, People Operations and legal departments; analysts in their finance, compensation and people operations analytics teams; and associate managers, who join a two-year rotational program in marketing, communications, development and operations.
For more information: time-blog.com/work_in_progress/2008/01/fortune_says_i_should_work_at.html

Amherst's Honored Son: Niijima Jo at Amherst College Oct. 10
On Friday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, there will be a talk by Daria D'Arienzo, originally given at Doshisha University in 2006 as part of their 130th anniversary celebration. It received an award and was published in Japanese translation in "Neesima Studies." Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870, was the first Japanese person to graduate from a Western institution of higher education. He dedicated his life to education, and in 1875 he founded Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. For more than 100 years, Amherst and Doshisha have had a close relationship.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/asian/events

"Building a National Consensus to Improve U.S.-Muslim Relations" Oct. 23
Rob Fersh, Executive Director of Search for Common Ground-USA and Co-Director of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, will talk about a consensus building process among national leaders to develop a remarkable and recently released report on how to make the U.S. safer and to improve U.S.-Muslim relations. His talk will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Sponsored by Amherst College Multifaith Council, AAS, Office of the President, Schwemm Fund, Office of Religious Life and the Multicultural Resource Center. For more information, see www.usmuslimengagement.org.

Culture Shock? Sign Up for a Mentor by Oct. 14
The Multicultural Resource Center provides mentors for any first-year students who would like someone to talk to as they adjust to Amherst College. We can match you with mentors who share an interest or identity that is important to you. To find out more and to fill out an application, visit our Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/mentors

In Memoriam: Jordan Moore-Fields '11
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Jordan Moore-Fields '11. A statement from President Marx can be found at the link below.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/73379

Yale Law School Information Session Oct. 15
Students interested in applying to Yale Law School are encouraged to attend this information session with an admissions representative from Yale. Learn about the admissions process and criteria at Yale, and get your questions answered, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center.

Faultlines to Feature Lecture and Concert by Koto Player Miya Masaoka Oct. 15
The yearlong music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with a concert and lecture by critically acclaimed New York-based composer and koto performer Miya Masaoka. Masaoka'slecture, titled "Laser Strings, Insects and Bodies," will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Arms Music Center, while the concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The latter will include improvisations and compositions for solo koto, as well as Masaoka's signature laser/electro-acoustic processing of the instrument. Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/68759

Multicultural Resource Center Collecting Suggestions for Monthly Dialogues
Have an idea for a dialogue event about a diversity issue important to the Amherst College community and the community at large? Do you think there is an issue the college should be discussing? Is there a topic you would like to talk about? The MRC can arrange facilitated discussions on a monthly basis, meeting once a week with any faculty, staff, students and other community members interested in attending. We can also organize one-time discussions. Suggestions can be submitted anytime; however, our initial deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 15.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2008 Annual Meeting
The new Amherst College group Students for Justice in Palestine will be attending the MESA 2008 Annual Meeting. The Meeting is a four-day series of presentations on topics related to the Middle East. For more information about Students for Justice in Palestine, or to sign up to attend the MESA Annual Meeting, please contact Rachel Meketon at rmeketon09@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.mesa.arizona.edu/annual/current.htm

Chemistry Professors Helen Leung and Mark Marshall Awarded NSF Grant
Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall, professors of chemistry, have been awarded a three-year, $377,936 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will support continued spectroscopic studies of gas- phase van der Waals complexes formed in a pulsed jet.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/73140

Lectionary Lunches Every Friday
Join us at 1 p.m. every Friday on the Mezzanine in Val for a discussion of the coming Sunday's scripture readings. No preparation needed.

Need Funding for a Cultural Program?
The Multicultural Resource Center provides funding for any program that promotes intercultural understanding, cultivates cultural awareness or encourages avenues for cross-cultural dialogue and interaction. Find out more and fill out an application for funding on our Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/funding

Frost, Jones Libraries Marking Noah Webster's Birthday with Exhibits, Reception Oct. 16
The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Frost Library and the Jones Library in the town of Amherst are together celebrating the life and accomplishments of Noah Webster, one of the founders of the college and a 10-year resident of the area, with exhibits on display through January and a birthday reception at Frost's Archives and Special Collections Department on Thursday, Oct. 16. The exhibits--which commemorate the 250th anniversary of Webster's birth on Oct. 16, 1758--represent the first time the Frost and Jones libraries have collaborated on a project. Both the exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/66382

Graduate Training in Psychology: Two Info Sessions Oct. 2 and 16
The Psychology Department will host two information sessions for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. The first discussion will be led by Matthew Schulkind and Piercarlo Valdesolo. It will focus on general issues, including deciding where to apply, preparing an application, what to expect from life as a graduate student and career options after graduation. This session will take place on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in Merrill 315. In the second session, Richard Halgin (a clinical psychologist) and Andrea Coleman (a social worker) will discuss the different educational and career opportunities available in their fields. This discussion will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 315.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/psychology/announcements/gradschoolinfo

Biographer to Discuss Connections Between Dickinson and Hawthorne Oct. 16
Award-winning biographer Brenda Wineapple will explore the connections between poet Emily Dickinson and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in a talk titled "He Lived the Life of Ambush: Hawthorne, Dickinson and Beyond" at the Amherst Woman's Club on Triangle Street in Amherst, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The gathering, which is part of the Emily Dickinson Museum's Replenishing the Shelves Lecture Series, will also feature a book-signing and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/73016

Community Engagement Leaders Hiring; Info Session Oct. 16
Do you want to be more actively involved in serving the Amherst Community? Are you interested in becoming a Community Engagement Leader and working with other students to strengthen the culture of community engagement on campus? Come to the CEL Info Session on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the CCE to learn more about the current openings. We are looking to hire an On-Campus Liason, an Athletics Liason, and a Girls, Inc. Partnership Coordinator. Please contact CCE@amherst.edu for more information.

German Film Series Oct. 16
Film showing on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium: Winnetou, Part II (Harald Reinl, 1964; 94 minutes; German-style Western). Apache chief Winnetou and his friend Old Shatterhand fight an evil oil baron who seeks to incite war between Whites and Native Americans. The Film Series is sponsored by the Department of German. It is free and all are welcome!

Environmental Sensualities Brain Jam on Environment & Media with FLEFF Co-Directors Oct. 16
"Environmental Sensualities: Exploring the Nexus of the Social, the Political, the Aesthetic, the Technological, the Economic, the Physical and the Natural" is a brain jam with media screenings and usercentric discussion. Co-directors of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) Thomas Shevory and Patricia Zimmermann will provoke us to consider interconnections between sustainability, new media, immigration, public health, intellectual property, labor, war, software, remix culture, economics, disease, women's rights, indigenous media, smart games, environmental justice, locative media and human rights. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Contact Dale Hudson for more information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/dhudson/resources/specialevents/envirsensu

100 Projects for Peace $10,000 Grants for Summer 2009 - Info Session Oct. 16
Interested in making the world a more peaceful place? The "100 Projects for Peace" program, an initiative of the Davis UWC Foundation, offers funding for undergraduates to create and implement their own grassroots projects for building peace in the 21st-century world. Amherst is among a selected group of U.S. colleges and universities invited to nominate one or two student project proposals for funding of $10,000 each for the summer of 2009. Applications include a two-page project description, a one-page budget, a resume and a personal statement, due Jan. 9, 2009. An information session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather. The on-campus contact is Dean Tuleja (fetuleja@amherst.edu)

Cinemarsh: Rashomon Oct. 16
At this edition of Cinemarsh, we'll be screening Akira Kurosawa's famous "Rashomon," the story of a violent crime as told from the viewpoints of four different characters. This film not only acquainted the world with Kurosawa's work but also has come to be regarded as a masterpiece and has influenced numerous Western films. Watch it on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.
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Student Workers Needed for Amherst-Williams Football Game Nov. 8
The Sports Information Office is looking to hire students to work for the Amherst-Williams football game on Nov. 8. Duties will include running cables, using parabolic microphones, etc. Work hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the pay rate is $8.50 an hour. If interested, please contact Alex Kantor, Director of Sports Information, at akantor@amherst.edu.

Experts to Explore “The Ethical Use of Biotechnology” Oct. 17
Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, will open the 2008-09 Amherst College Colloquium Series (ACCS) with a lecture titled "The Ethical Use of Biotechnology: Debating the Science of Perfecting Humans" on Friday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. The talk, which will take place in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall, is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/72896

Jordan Moore-Fields '11 Gathering of Remembrance Sunday, Oct. 19
The Amherst community is invited to gather in remembrance of Jordan Moore-Fields '11 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. A formal memorial service will be scheduled for later in the semester.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam

Mead Art Museum Gallery Talk with Kim Conaty Oct. 19
On Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m., Mead Art Museum presents a gallery talk: Museum of Modern Art-based scholar Kim Conaty will discuss the Mead's special exhibition ALARM de ALARM (PROPAGANDA IN ALASKA): New and Recent Works by Jonathan Meese from the Collection of Adam Lindemann '83 and Amalia Dayan.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/exhibitions/current

2nd Annual Global Rights of Women (GROW) Fall Ball and Masquerade Oct. 17
GROW's Second Annual Fall Ball is on Oct. 17 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the ballroom of Morris Pratt. The theme will be "Un Ballo in Maschera," so come dressed to impress and pick up your complimentary mask at the door. Suggested donation is $10. Proceeds will go toward purchasing water pumps for villages in underdeveloped regions of the world. Hors d'oeuvres from Atkins Farms will be provided.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/grow/growevents

Lecture on Contemporary Artist Jonathan Meese Opens Mead Exhibition Oct. 19
Mead Art Museum will sponsor a lecture titled "Ahoi de Angst: Meese, Myth and Culture" by contemporary art scholar Kim Conaty on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Conaty will survey the work of contemporary German artist Jonathan Meese since his emergence on the international art scene in 1998, with a focus on works in the Mead installation titled "ALARM de ALARM (PROPAGANDA IN ALASKA): New and Recent Works by Jonathan Meese from the Collection of Adam Lindemann '83 and Amalia Dayan," as well as the artist's anticipated Dec. 4 performance at Amherst, "DRIVE ME HOMEESE BABYBABY, TO ERZLAND (ACHTUNG)," Meese's first at an American college. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/71712

Camp Out to Speak Out Oct. 17-18
Join MassPIRG and Homeless Connect for a night of fun and much learning. We will be sleeping outdoors in tents to raise awareness about hunger and poverty in the Pioneer Valley. The event begins on Friday, Oct. 17, with a barbecue at 6 p.m. on the side lawn of Keefe Campus Center. It will continue for the next 15 hours, during which games, entertainment and (an abundance of) food will be provided. Come; get involved. Bring a friend; pitch a tent (provided!). We suggest a donation of $3. Cans and/or clothing donations are much appreciated. All proceeds will go to the Amherst Survival Center. Mark your calendars!

U.S. State Department Info Session Oct. 17
Students interested in jobs or internships with the U.S. State Department are invited to attend an information session with a representative from the DoS. Join her to hear about opportunities, application processes, timelines and more. The application deadline is fast approaching. The info session will be Friday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in Porter Lounge, in the middle of the 3rd floor of Converse

Enjoy Free Pizza and Song at the Glee Club's Autumn Leaves Oct. 17
Everyone is invited to the Glee Club's Autumn Leaves performance at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, on Merrill Beach. The performance is free, and Antonio's pizza and hot cocoa will be served.
For more information: www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=43382487248&ref=nf

Making a Difference While Making a Living in Nonprofit Social Auditing Oct. 17
Students interested in careers in the nonprofit world are invited to "Making a Difference While Making a Living in Nonprofit Social Auditing, Training, Consulting & Research," with speaker Dan Viederman, executive director of Verite. This event will take place in the Career Center on Friday, Oct. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Educate! Date Auction Oct. 17
On Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in Valentine, come bid on 20 Amherst hotties at this year's Date Auction! All proceeds will benefit Educate!, an organization that aims to educate and empower Africa's future leaders.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org

George W. Hart of Stony Brook University Oct. 20
George W. Hart's talk is titled "From Hyperbolic Tessellations to Rapid Prototyping Sculpture." Rapid Prototyping technology allows the computer-controlled creation of physical 3-D objects. A range of examples will be on hand for the audience to see and touch, including mathematical models, mechanical puzzles and geometric sculpture. Hart will present a novel algorithm for creating 3-D struts from embedded graphs, which was applied for the creation of sculptures based on uniform hyperbolic tessellations. For more information, see www.georgehart.com/rp/rp.html. The talk will be on Monday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, with refreshments beforehand at 3:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/news

Law as Punishment/Law as Regulation Lecture Series Oct. 20
On Monday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House, the LJST Lecture Series, Law as Punishment/Law as Regulation, will present a lecture by Professor Corey Brettschneider of Brown University. The lecture is titled "Rights Within the Social Contract: Rousseau on Punishment." Brettschneider is a professor of political science and public policy and author of Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government (Princeton University Press, 2007). This event is co-sponsored by The Houston Forum.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

Readings and Reminiscences: A Celebration of David Foster Wallace '85 Oct. 20
On Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College welcomes the public to a celebration of the life and writing of David Foster Wallace '85. Participants will include David's classmates, teachers, students and colleagues. A reception will follow, and all are welcome. The event will be recorded, and audio will be posted here following the celebration.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam

Summer Language Study in China Panel Discussion Oct. 20
Students interested in summer language study in China are invited to attend this panel discussion. Several students who have studied in China will be on hand to talk about their experiences, and Professor Weijia Li, who is familiar with many of the programs, will be in attendance as well. Join us on Monday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

The Human Container: Herder and the Modern Idea of Race Oct. 21
Professor Theodore M. Vial, Jr. of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver will speak about Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803), German philosopher, critic and clergyman. Vial teaches modern western religious thought, including theology and Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment theories of religions. Sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Amherst College Religion Dept., this event is free and open to the public on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in Chapin 101.

Harvard Law School Info Session Oct. 21
Students considering law school are invited to attend this information session with an admissions representative from Harvard. Find out about Harvard Law's programs and the application and admissions processes on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Career Center.

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Info Session Oct. 21
Students considering a career in veterinary medicine are encouraged to attend this information session with a representative from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Come learn about their programs and their admissions requirements and processes on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Bonnie B. Emory Fund Recipients
The Department of Anthropology-Sociology is pleased to announce that Daniel Edelman '09 and Rebecca Oyen '09 are this year's recipients of awards from the Bonnie B. Emory Fund, which supports the research of senior honors students engaged in exploring the causes and consequences of sociocultural inequities, preferably in the United States. Daniel's thesis concerns gentrification in Washington Heights, a largely Dominican neighborhood in New York, to probe the social implications of gentrification for ethnic enclaves and the working class. Rebecca's thesis concerns the use of weight loss surgery both for health intervention and as a method for transforming an obese body into one that is "socially" acceptable.

Feast to Fight Domestic Violence Oct. 21
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center, Amherst Taking Action Against Domestic Abuse will be hosting "Feast to Fight Domestic Violence." This fundraiser will benefit Safe Passage, a domestic violence shelter in Northampton. For a suggested donation of $5, you will be able to feast on food from Panda East, Fresh Side, Antonio's, Bruno's, Panera and The Hangar. We will also be displaying the Silent Witness Project, life-sized silhouettes with testimonies of domestic abuse. We hope to see you there!

CANCELED: Will Gay Marriage Strengthen Marriage? Oct. 22
Please note: the following event has been canceled. David Blankenhorn, author of "The Future of Marriage," will speak about gay marriage on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. Mr. Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to contributing intellectually to the renewal of marriage and family life and the sources of competence, character, and citizenship in the United States. In 1994, Blankenhorn helped to found the National Fatherhood Initiative, serving as that organization's founding chairman. Mr. Blankenhorn is also the author of two books: Fatherless America (1995) and The Future of Marriage (2007). This talk is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

Author Steven Haven to Read His Work Oct. 22
Author Steven Haven will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/71117

Russian-English Poetry Reading Oct. 22
Russian poet Alexandra Petrova will read from her poetry on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (on the second floor of Webster Hall). Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1964, Petrova left Russia for Israel in the early 1990s and since 1998 has lived in Rome. Her books of poetry in Russian include Broken Line (1994), Residence Permit (2000) and Only the Trees (2007); she also wrote the philosophical operetta Dolly's Shepherds (2004). She has been translated into Italian, Hebrew, Serbian and Portuguese. Petrova will read in Russian, and translations will be supplied by Stephanie Sandler of Harvard University. The reading will be followed by a reception. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Russian Department and the Center for Russian Culture.

Law School Admissions Panel: Notre Dame, UC Hastings and Fordham Oct. 22
Students considering applying to law school are invited to attend this admissions panel with representatives from the University of Notre Dame; the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; and Fordham University. Join them to hear about their programs and their admissions processes on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center.

The Visual Culture Lecture Series presents a talk by Christopher Pinney Oct. 22
On Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather, a new Five College Lecture Series presents a lecture on New Directions in Visual Culture by Professor Christopher Pinney: "Lessons from Hell: Punishment and Governmentality in Indian Visual Culture." This talk is free and open to the public.

Physics Seminar Oct. 23
On Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 3, Professor Howard Berg of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University will give a talk. Tea/cookies will be served before the talk at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2008-2009

Search for Common Ground-USA Head to Discuss U.S.-Muslim Relations Oct. 23
Rob Fersh, executive director of Search for Common Ground (SFCG)-USA and co-director of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, will deliver a lecture titled "Building a National Consensus to Improve U.S.-Muslim Relations" at Cole Assembly Room at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Fersh's talk, which will focus on a recent report released by SFCG on how to make the country safer and improve U.S.-Muslim relations, is sponsored by the college's Multifaith Council, Amherst Association of Students, Office of the President, Schwemm Fund, Office of Religious Life and the Multicultural Resource Center. It is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/73020

Why Study Abroad? For First-Generation College Students and Students of Color Oct. 23
Why should you consider spending a semester or year studying abroad? Because it will not only enhance your Amherst academic career but also make you a stronger candidate for future employers. Come learn from Jenise Holloway, Diversity Coordinator with the Institute for the International Education of Students, and from members of the Amherst community how the international experience could be right for you on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

MassMutual Financial Group Info Session Oct. 23
Representatives from MassMutual will be on campus holding an information session for their Legal Analyst position on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Career Center. Legal Analysts at MassMutual work closely with the General Counsel, attorneys and other Legal Analysts and professionals within the Law Division. This information session is targeted toward seniors with concentrations in math, the sciences, statistics, economics, business, accounting and finance. Refreshments will be served.

Geology Lectures Oct. 20 and 23
The Geology Department will host two invited lectures. Professor Mark Handy '80 of the Freie University in Berlin will speak on Monday, Oct. 20, on "Tectonics of the Alps: Current Insights and Future Challenges." Dr. Kirk Johnson '82, Chief Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 23, on "Crocodiles in Greenland and Hippos in London: A Fossil-Fueled Tour of Past and Future Climates." Both talks will take place at 8 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall (Room 107) of the Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building.

Tartuffe: New Translation by Connie Congdon Oct. 23-25
"Tartuffe," directed by Michael Birtwistle, will be performed Oct. 23-25 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. Connie Congdon's new translation of Moliere's classic skewers hypocrisy in its many forms, bringing to the stage a rousing collection of comic types as well as one of dramatic literature's vilest but most memorable con-men. Tickets are free; reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Career Center Open House for Family Weekend Oct. 24
Parents and families are invited to the Career Center on Friday, Oct. 24, for an Open House, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a presentation with an overview of services at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The Career Center is located on the first floor of College Hall.

Local Business & Farmers' Fair Oct. 24
Come join Dining Services for the local business and farmers' fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Weiller Wing of Valentine Dining Hall.

Mead Art Museum Extended Hours for Family Weekend Oct. 25
Mead Art Museum will be open late for Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 25. Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Mead Art Museum Docent Tours Oct. 25
On Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., students from the museum's volunteer docent group will discuss highlights of the museum's collections, showcasing celebrated artworks and their own research. Thirty-minute tours begin at noon, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Slide Lecture by Elizabeth Barker, Director and Chief Curator of Mead Art Museum Oct. 25
On Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall, there will be a slide lecture titled "From the English Landscape Garden to the American Frontier: The Transatlantic Taste for Romantic Hermits." Elizabeth E. Barker, director and chief curator of Mead Art Museum, will reconsider a masterpiece of Amherst's American art collection-- Thomas Cole's Daniel Boone at His Cabin at Great Osage Lake (ca. 1826) --in relation to the surprising late-18th-Century British fad for hermits: as human garden "accessories," masquerade costumes, literary themes and painters' subjects.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Choral Society to Present Family Weekend Concert Oct. 26
The Choral Society will present its annual Family Weekend Concert on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. Music will be performed by the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Todd Fruth '08, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Benjamin Vincent '09. The program will feature a wide range of music, including works by Palastrina, Tallis, Whitacre, Walter, Guastavino and many more. The program will also include traditional college songs. Tickets are available for $8 for general admission, $4 for children and senior citizens and no charge to Amherst students. Reservations can be made by e-mailing Mallorie Chernin.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/71182

Families of First-Generation College Students and Students of Color - Study Abroad Oct. 25
This Family Weekend event invites parents/families of first-generation college students and students of color to come learn about study abroad and hear why these student populations should be encouraged to study internationally. Dean Janna Behrens, Director of International Study and Work, will be on hand to discuss the many benefits of the student experience abroad on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in the Career Center. The Career Center is located on the first floor of College Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Economics Family Weekend Speaker Oct. 24
On Friday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Professor Edmund S. Phelps, Jr. '55 will be giving a talk entitled "The Good Life Depends on an Economy of Dynamism -- and Dynamism on Good Attitudes as Much as Good Institutions." Phelps is McVickar Professor in Political Economy at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate in Economics (2006). A reception will follow the talk in Converse Lobby. The talk is presented by the Economics Department.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra to Hold Annual Family Weekend Concert Oct. 24
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Family Weekend concert on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The orchestra will be conducted by Mark Lane Swanson, music director, and Daniel Curtis '08. The program will present Romeo & Juliet in Music, featuring Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture"; Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story"; Gounod's "Je veux vivre," from the opera Romeo et Juliette, featuring Julia Fox '07, soprano; Delius's "Walk to the Paradise Garden (from a Village Romeo and Juliet)"; and brief excerpts from the ballet Romeo & Juliet by Prokofiev.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/74135

Jazz Ensemble Concert to Feature Guest Soloist L. Franklin Newton Oct. 25
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bruce Diehl, will hold its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The evening's concert will highlight fresh takes on the classics and some new tunes-all guaranteed to liven up the evening for students, families and community members alike. Guest saxophone soloist L. Franklin Newton will return to the Buckley stage to play with the student ensemble.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/74228

Sing to Save Oct. 24
On Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center, help support the fight against breast cancer while enjoying the music of Route 9 and the Blue Sox. We suggest a donation of $5. This event is sponsored by AAS, Keefe Campus Center and Alumni & Parent Programs.

Amazing Whirling Dervishes Oct. 27
The Amazing Whirling Dervishes, a troupe of 16 Mevlevi musicians and whirling dervishes from Turkey, will perform at Buckley Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. The group will perform the internationally recognized, centuries-old, sacred whirling ceremony (known as Sema) and a dramatic reading-with musical accompaniment-of the poetry of Jalaladdun Rumi, Islam's great 13th-century mystical poet. The free event is being sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and Amherst's Department of Religion.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/69538

Opportunities with the Federal Government Info Session Oct. 27
Students interested in working with the federal government are invited to attend this information session with Kimberly Ainsworth, executive director of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board. Ainsworth will discuss jobs and internships in a variety of areas within the federal government on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Exploration Summer Programs Info Session Oct. 27
Exploration Summer Programs provide a unique summer experience for K-12 students, with a focus on education and life-learning. They are looking for instructors, staff, Program Directors and others. To find out more, please come to this information session on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Former President of Ecuador to Discuss Latin American Issues Oct. 28
Jamil Mahuad, President of Ecuador from 1998 to 2000, will deliver a talk titled "Future Directions for Latin America" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4:15 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Office of the President, the talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/73477

Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit Oct. 27-Nov. 21; Lecture Oct. 28
The Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, hosts the exhibition "Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit" from Oct. 27 to Nov. 21. Curator Rickie Solinger writes: "Each work of art in the exhibition has, at its visible core, a tool that was important for women's domestic labor in the past. The old tool becomes the fulcrum for a contemporary work of art." Debra Priestly, one of the artists represented in this traveling exhibit, will give a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception follows at the gallery. Gallery hours: M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; S-S 1 p.m.-5 p.m. All events free and open to the public. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Mead Art Museum.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/eli_marsh/distaff

Jazz@Schwemm's Series Every Tuesday, Beginning Oct. 28
The line-up for the annual Jazz@Schwemm's performance series has been posted. Performances given by students and local professionals will fall on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. at the Schwemm's Backroom. Each performance is free and open to the public. Schwemm's Backroom is located in the Keefe Campus Center on the Amherst College Campus. The performers slated for each week include: Oct. 28-Eclectic Jazz Quartet and Student Combo The Reservoir Cats Nov. 4- Daniel McGeeney '08 Group and Student Combo Black Coffee Nov 11-Jason Robinson Trio and Student Combo AC Nov. 18-Ann Maggs with Freddie Bryant '87, Andy Jaffe and Marty Jaffe All performances are free of charge. Drop in and support live music.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

Tuesdays at the Terrace: Internationalizing Your Resume Oct. 28
Students who have studied, worked or interned abroad are invited to attend this session, which will show you how those experiences can be translated to the resume. Dean Janna Behrens will be presenting. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m, grab your lunch in Val and head downstairs to Terrace Room A.

University of Chicago Law School Info Session Oct. 28
Students planning on applying to law school are invited to this information session on the programs at the University of Chicago Law School. The presenter will be Sarah Arimoto-Mercer, director of financial aid, and she will be discussing the program at Chicago, as well as the matter of financing law school in general, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Creating Your Own Interterm Internship Info Session Oct. 28
Students hoping to get an internship over Interterm should attend this information session with Internship Coordinator Debra Krumholz. It can be hard to find an existing opportunity for the short three weeks of January break, so she will be offering ideas on how you can create an experience for yourself on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Campus Center.

Attention, Students: Directories Are Here!
The 2008-09 Amherst College Telephone Directories have been published. You may pick one up at the Campus Post Office Parcel Window, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Please present your I.D. to the person distributing the directory. Directories will be available in the Post Office until Nov. 10. After this date, you may pick one up in the Office of Public Affairs, 306 Converse Hall, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

African Film Series 2008
You might not find African film playing in local multiplexes or even in local art houses, but it is dynamic and diverse! It's not just Sembène, Mambéty and the bling of Nollywood. It's much more! Come see and hear why. The African Film Series 2008 brings together nine films from the 15th New York African Film Festival for two weeks of screenings at Amherst College and across the Five Colleges. This year's series will challenge assumptions on world history and the future by showing us ways that Africa has always been global. For days, times and locations, visit the Web page below. For additional information, contact Dale Hudson.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

Ilán Stavans and Institute of Training and Development Receive $600K Grant
Ilán Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor, has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. State Department in support of an arts exchange program he will be directing for the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst. The program seeks to bring together emerging Latin American and U.S. indigenous and Afro-Latino professional artists to address common issues facing them and to express their reactions to these issues through visual artistic media.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/75691

Javier Corrales Advises Congress on Venezuela Policy
It is critical that the United States develop a counter-strategy to the "social power" diplomacy deployed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his government, but a hard-line response-- such as military or economic aggression --is most certainly not the answer to Chavez's rhetoric, Amherst's Javier Corrales, professor of political science, told a House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee recently. In his testimony before the group this summer, Corrales shared this view and some other thoughts on the Latin American nation's domestic politics and foreign policy.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/75675

Educate! Assassins Game Starts Nov. 3; Sign Up This Week
Watch your back... your assassin could be right behind you. The hunt begins Monday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. Sign up to play this week (Oct. 27 - 31) in Valentine (at dinner on Monday; at lunch Tuesday through Friday) or via campus mail (put $5, your name, your e- mail and "Assassins" in box #1223 by THIS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT). The cost is $5 per player. Prizes: $50 for last player standing; $25 for most "kills"; $25 for most creative "kill." All proceeds benefit Educate!, an organization that aims to educate and empower Africa's future leaders.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org

Spring 2009 Registration for Political Science 56-- Apply by Nov. 3
Students interested in enrolling for PS56 (which is taught inside the Hampshire House of Corrections) should submit an application. Interviewing for positions in the course will begin on Nov. 3. More information about the course and the application can be found at the link below (it is listed as a Spring 2009 course on the Political Science Department Web site). Interested students may also read about the course in the Summer 2008 Amherst Magazine article "Two and a Half Hours" at https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/magazine /issues/2008_summer/prison. For further questions, please contact Professor Kristin Bumiller at kbumiller@amherst.edu
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/courses/0809S/POSC/POSC-56-0809S

Sign Up Now for the Semiannual Faculty/Staff Bus Trip to NYC Dec. 6
It's that time of year again! On Saturday, Dec. 6, our bus will be headed down to the city for the day. You can go down to shop, sight-see, take in a museum or a show, visit friends or whatever activities you choose. You are on your own for the day. The cost for the bus is $42 per person. We leave from Converse at 7 a.m., arriving in New York City around 10:15 a.m. We depart the city at 6:45 p.m. To sign up, please e-mail crsharick@amherst.edu.

Mead Art Museum's Fall Into Art Oct. 29
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. p.m., Mead Art Museum presents FALL INTO ART. The museum's biannual celebration, featuring new exhibitions and performances by student groups, is organized and hosted by the Mead Art Museum Docents.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Al Gore and Pizza Oct. 29
Come eat pizza and watch Al Gore give a live web cast addressing students on the climate crisis on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. This event is sponsored by the Green Amherst Project and the Five College Sustainability Alliance.

Carney Sandoe Teacher Placement Info Session Oct. 28; Interviews Oct. 29
Students interested in teaching are invited to this information session. Carney Sandoe recruits and places teachers and administrators in private, charter and like-minded independent schools across the United States and overseas. Thousands of positions are available in all primary and secondary subject areas each year. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Career Center. Carney Sandoe will be interviewing on campus on Oct. 29. Sign up in Experience.

Five College Graduate & Professional School Fair Oct. 29
If you're thinking of going to graduate school now, next year or even two years from now, you should plan to attend the UMass Five College Graduate School Fair, on Oct. 29. Take this opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from more than 125 graduate, medical, dental, law, social work, theology, international relations, education and library science programs and a range of other post-baccalaureate options from across the United States and abroad. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UMass Student Union Ballroom. It's best to get there before 2 p.m. For a list of registered graduate programs, see the link below.
For more information: umass.erecruiting.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=3267

Philosopher to Discuss Responsible Beliefs and Desires at Amherst Oct. 30
Michael Smith, professor of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver a talk titled "Beyond Belief and Desire, or: How to Be Orthonomous" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Pruyne Lecture Hall. Organized by the Department of Philosophy and supported by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, the talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/73143

Faultlines Workshop by Flutist Nicole Mitchell and Guitarist Jeff Parker Oct. 30
The yearlong music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century will continue on Thursday, Oct. 30, with a performance workshop led by flutist Nicole Mitchell and guitarist Jeff Parker, from 2 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 7 of the Arms Music Center on campus. Mitchell and Parker will use their workshop to encourage musicians and others interested in learning about their musical methodology to think in new ways about improvisation and creativity in music. Free of charge and open to the public, the workshop will be followed by an evening performance in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center's Solos and Duos Concert Series at 8 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/74092

Londa Schiebinger to Deliver Amherst College's Hugh Hawkins Lecture Oct. 30
Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University and the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, will deliver the annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled "Exotic Abortifacients: Gender Politics of Plants in the 18th-Century Atlantic World," on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Amherst's Converse Hall. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Dean of the Faculty, the lecture is free and open to the public. Schiebinger's talk is part of a larger project on colonial science in the Atlantic World, especially in the slave societies of the Caribbean.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/10/node/74231

Scramble for Africa: Darfur Intervention and the USA Oct. 30
Steven Fake and Kevin Funk are social justice activists and co-authors of the new book Scramble for Africa: Darfur-Intervention and the USA. At Amherst, they will present the major findings of their book: a critique of "humanitarian intervention" in Darfur as well as a study of the complex relationship between the U.S. government and Khartoum. This event is free and open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon.

Steps to Study Abroad Oct. 30
Students interested in studying abroad are invited to this session of Steps to Study Abroad, with Dean Janna Behrens, Director of International Study and Work, on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center. This program will be repeated.

Study Abroad with Hamilton College in France Info Session Oct. 30
Any students interested in studying abroad in France are encouraged to attend this information session with a representative from Hamilton on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrett Library.

Religion & Politics Panel Discussion Oct. 30
"Religion and Politics: Not Your Typical, Polite Dinner Conversation" will be held on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Where does faith fit in our national discourse? Come join us as we examine the role of faith in American politics. The discussion will be broad and will take place just five days before the Presidential Election. The panel will be moderated by Ben Lieber, dean of students, and will include several Religious Advisors. There will be significant time for questions and discussion. This event is sponsored by the Multifaith Council, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Religious Life.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/religiouslife

Cinemarsh: A Selection of Shorts from DVD Magazine Wholphin Oct. 30
This week's Cinemarsh will screen six short films from McSweeney's DVD Magazine "Wholphin." Four of the films are contemporary, including an animated filmstrip of a Grimm's fairy tale ("Death of a Hen"), the story of a woman whose abnormal physiology becomes a spectacle ("The Big Empty"), the story of an office worker's mental breakdown ("The Delicious") and a sketch of a man taking a survey ("Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?"). We will also show two older films, one a civil safety documentary from the Cold War ("House in the Middle") and the other an animation of an Iranian epic ("Malek Khorshid"). Join us on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.

Dr. Erich Jarvis, Neurobiology of Vocal Communication Oct. 30
On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill 4, Dr. Erich Jarvis of the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University will speak on "Motor-Driven Gene Cascades for a Learned Behavior with Parallels to Human Speech." Jarvis' laboratory studies the neurobiology of vocal communication, using bird song as a model. The research focuses on the molecular pathways involved in the perception and production of learned vocalizations. The overall goal of the research is to advance our knowledge of the neural mechanisms for vocal learning as well as basic mechanisms of brain function. Refreshments will be served before the talk, at 4:15 p.m.

Teaching with Technology: Telling Tales & Solving Mysteries with Maps Oct. 30
A deadly epidemic strikes Victorian London … An invasive aquatic pest wreaks havoc across the eastern United States … The cultural and economic roots of a presidential election … The Age of Discovery and the first voyage around the world … The common theme is geography, and maps are the tools that help us understand these and many other issues. We can illustrate these stories and analyze their substance with several engaging approaches. The newest tools of the trade include ArcGIS and Google Earth. This Teaching with Technology presentation is sponsored by Academic Technology Services. Faculty lunch will be provided. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Mullins Room of Lewis-Sebring Commons.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/teaching_research/news

Health Insurance Discussions Oct. 21 and 30
How are Amherst College rates for health insurance employees determined? What options are available to help manage some of the future rate increases? Employees interested in learning more about these issues are invited to attend one of the meetings in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., or Thursday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Marketing, International Business, Technology Alum Matt Collins '94 Oct. 30 & 31
Seniors interested in business, marketing, technology and working internationally are invited to attend sessions with Matt Collins '94, director of e-content strategy at Nokia. On Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., Matt will hold an info session on Nokia in general and its potential for future hiring in technology, marketing and sales. He will sign people up for preliminary non-job- specific interviews for Friday morning. On Friday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m., Matt will hold a Friday Series session titled "Landing Your First Marketing Position." Matt will talk about careers in marketing and international careers and, based on his own multifaceted career, address issues of career choice. All of this will take place in the Career Center.

 
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