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Duo from Siberia's Republic of Sakha to Perform Spiritual Folk Music Nov. 2
Siberian folk music performers German and Klavdia Khatylaev will perform on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The Khatylaevs are a husband and wife duet from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) whose technique and style combines innovation and tradition in their performance of spiritual folk music that reaches back into the annals of a nomadic and pagan history. The philosophy of the music is to use traditional techniques of the long-forgotten musical practices of Sakha. The music evokes nature through imitation of birdsongs and chirpings, horses' hooves on frozen land and more, all mimicking the overpowering sound of a natural world interwoven with the Sakha culture. The duo has been performing together since 1987.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/73764

Teaching & Learning Faculty Lunch Will Focus on Intellectual Curiosity Oct. 31
How do we seek to cultivate intellectual curiosity in our teaching, advising and participation in college life? Could we do more to spark and sustain students' intellectual imaginations and commitments? What are some approaches that have worked for us and for our colleagues at Amherst and elsewhere? These are some of the issues that will be covered in the next Teaching and Learning Lunch for faculty on Friday, Oct. 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. 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.

Friday Series: Landing Your First Marketing Job with Matt Collins '94 Oct. 31
Students interested in careers in marketing are invited to this event with presenter Matt Collins '94. Collins is currently the Director of e-Content Strategy for Nokia. He has also been the director of marketing at Atari and a brand manager for Hasbro. He will touch on topics such as getting a job in today's market, working for a global company, acing the interview, taking the spirit of Amherst with you and more on Friday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

Asian Culture House Scary Movie Night Oct. 31
This Friday night, the Asian Culture House will be hosting a scary movie screening for Halloween. Come eat free Chinese food (we'll have A LOT) and watch "The Host" with us! The party will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Stirn Auditorium. Dressing up is welcomed but definitely not required! Hope to see you there.

Chinese Banned Movies Series: To Live Nov. 1
The China Awareness Organization will be screening the BAFTA Award-winning film "Henzhou (To Live)" (1994) as a part of the Banned Movies Series. "To Live," by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, chronicles the ordeals and endurances of a young married couple during China's most tumultuous political upheavals from the 1940s to the '70s. The powerfully affecting film was banned in China for its satirical portrayal of the Communist government. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall.

Project Horseshoe Farm Health Care Fellowship Info Session Nov. 3
Are you looking for a one-year experience that will allow you to serve others, build your leadership and team skills and challenge you personally? Seeking an opportunity to strengthen your skills in health care or community-based programming? Consider the Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship. Project Horseshoe Farm is a nonprofit service, leadership development and educational initiative located in Greensboro (Hale County), Ala. This is a 13-month paid position. The director of the program will conduct an information session on Monday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 p.m. in the Career Center Events Room.
For more information: www.projecthsf.org/index.php

Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program Info Session Nov. 3
Sophomores are invited to join Dean Debra Krumholz for this information session on the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Progam. The program identifies second-year students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential and provides them with unique opportunities for leadership development and a unique international network through which they can share ideas, learn from established leaders, work collaboratively and address global challenges. The information session will be Monday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Career Center.
For more information: www.iie.org/Template.cfm?&Template=/programs/global_leaders/default.htm

New Spanish Writing Center
A new Spanish Writing Center will open Sunday, Nov. 9. Two fellows will be available Sunday through Wednesday, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall 102. Fellows will assist upper-division students enrolled in culture courses (Spanish 13 and on) with Spanish-language writing projects. Students not enrolled in Spanish are also welcome to benefit from the program, which is meant to complement Spanish tutors helping students in language courses with grammatical questions. Spanish Writing Center Fellows will concentrate exclusively on narrative structure and strategy. Individual sessions will last 30 minutes. Students must bring to every session a draft or prospectus in hard copy. To sign up for a session, please contact Bobbie Helinski at rshelinski@amherst.edu.

Spring 2009 Pre-Registration Begins Next Week
Spring 2009 Pre-Registration will run from Thursday, Nov. 13, through Wednesday, Nov. 19. All students who plan to enroll for the spring 2009 semester will be expected to pre-register. The Registrar's Office will send an e-mail on Thursday, Nov. 6, to the faculty and on Friday, Nov. 7, to the students, with instructions and links that, in previous years, were "snail-mailed." Pre-registration forms will be in student mailboxes on Friday. The online catalog and schedule of courses will be posted that day as well.

Help Your Class Win the Penny Wars! Sponsored by New Group, HOLA
Amherst's new group Homes and Opportunities in Latin America (HOLA) welcomes your loose change! In the spirit of graduating-class competition (odds vs. evens), we will be tabling this week in Keefe and Valentine to collect donations. The efforts will culminate at the Homecoming football game as alumni get in on the action. There are limited-edition T-shirts for the winning classes! The purpose of the event is to raise money to build emergency housing and implement social development programs in Central and South America.

Relay For Life Committee
Are you interested in helping to organize the Five College Relay for Life event? We are looking for people who are excited about getting involved to fight cancer. No experience is needed, and we welcome new faces. Please e-mail either hmerves10@amherst.edu or rnmduggan11@amherst.edu if you are interested!

President's Statement on Amherst and the Economy
President Marx's statement to the community on Amherst and the current economy is now available at the link below.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/statements/node/76218

Influenza Vaccine for Amherst College Students
Flu vaccine is now available at the Keefe Health Center for all students who wish to receive the immunization. Students with a higher risk of contracting influenza (anyone working or volunteering in a health care facility, etc.) and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes; asthma; other lung, heart or kidney conditions; or immune system problems are especially encouraged to receive the vaccine. An appointment for vaccination may be scheduled by calling the Keefe Health Center at 413-542- 2267. There is a $15 fee for the vaccine. As always, students are urged to reduce their risk of contracting the flu or of spreading it to others by washing hands frequently with soap and warm water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
For more information: www.cdc.gov/flu

Charles Drew House Accepting Applications Now!
Charles Drew Cultural Theme House is currently accepting applications for new residents. Brand new this year, Drew House is re-establishing itself on campus through exciting new programming centered around aspects of the Black Diaspora and is looking for new students to be a part of that. There are singles and two-room doubles available. We're celebrating a culture, not a color! All applicants are welcome. First-round applications due on Nov. 3. After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/drew/application

Tuesdays at the Terrace: Cover Letters & Resumes for International Careers Nov. 4
Students considering jobs or internships abroad are invited to attend this session with Dean Janna Behrens, Director of International Study and Work. She will provide tips and advice on preparing your materials for applying for positions overseas on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Terrace Room A. Grab your lunch in Val and head downstairs.

Presidential Election Study Break Nov. 4
Watch this historic election at the Multicultural Resource Center (located at the lower level of the Campus Center). Come for pizza, soda and 2008 election coverage from 7 to 9 p.m.

Georgetown University Law School Info Session/Video Conference Nov. 4
Students interested in law school are invited to attend this information session/two-way video conference with admissions representatives from the Dean of Admissions' Office at the Georgetown Law Center. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Barker Room on A level in Frost Library.

Folger (Washington, D.C.) Fellowships for January: Info Meeting Nov. 4
Two major fellowships - all expenses paid - are available to enable students to do research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., for two weeks in January 2009. All seniors and juniors majoring in the humanities and social sciences are eligible. Questions about the fellowships or work at the Folger or how to develop a successful application? Join us for an informal lunch and informational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, between 1 and 2 p.m., at 208 Seeley Mudd. Former Fellows and faculty who have worked at the Folger will be available to answer your questions and tell you more about what the Folger has to offer.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/about/support/friends/folger

U.S.-Iran Relations Lecture Nov. 4
Ambassador John Limbert, currently professor of international affairs at the U.S. Naval College, was an American hostage in Iran in 1979-80. He will be speaking on the Iranian Revolution in retrospect and prospects for U.S.- Iranian relations in the next administration on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Fayerweather Hall 117 from 2 to 3:20 p.m.

Peace Corps Info Session, Panel and Tabling Nov. 4 and 5
Students interested in working with the Peace Corps are invited to attend this panel/info session with Dean Janna Behrens, Director of International Experience and former Peace Corps member in Ghana (1995-1997), and Paul Frisoli, UMass Ph.D. candidate, Peace Corps Recruiter, and former Peace Corps member in Guinea (2002-2004). Join them to hear about their Peace Corps experiences and to find out how you can get involved. This information session takes place Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. There will also be a Peace Corps information table in the Campus Center atrium on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rafe Jones '98 of Holy Cross to Give Math Talk Nov. 5
Rafe Jones '98 will speak on "Prime Divisors of Linear Recurrences." A recurrence sequence is one in which each term depends on those preceding it. When this dependence is linear, the resulting sequences have attracted a lot of attention, with the most famous one being the Fibonacci numbers. Jones will discuss the density of prime divisors of several well-known linear recurrences, as well as examples of nonlinear recurrences that arise from dynamics, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, with refreshments beforehand in Seeley Mudd 208 at 3:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/news

Spirit Week 2008 Nov. 4-6
Spirit Week is a series of events leading up to Homecoming Weekend 2008. On Tuesday, there will be slam-dunk and free-throw contests 9 p.m. in the Alumni Gym. Wednesday: hot dog- and pie-eating contests at 6 p.m. on the Freshman Quad. Thursday: a dodgeball game at 9 p.m. in the Alumni Gym. These events are sponsored by the AAS, SoCo and the Fun Police.

Author Yvette Christianse to Read from her Work at Amherst Books Nov. 5
South African novelist, poet and scholar Yvette Christianse will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). 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/2008/11/node/73021

Holocaust Lecture Nov. 5
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Earth Science Building, the departments of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and History will sponsor a lecture by professor and historian Herbert Reginbogin from the European University of Lefke. The lecture is titled "Holocaust Restitution Era: A Measure of Justice or an Exercise in Lex Americana." Reginbogin is a professor of International Relations and author of several publications, including Hitler,der Westen und die Schweiz; Hitler, the Western Powers and Switzerland; and The Nuremberg Trial: International Criminal Law Since 1945.
For more information: https://amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

Dance on Camera Nov. 5
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather), come see "Dance on Camera": a program of new short works by cutting edge dance and video artists from around the world. The viewing will be followed by discussion with faculty members of the Five College Dance Department who teach film and video.

SeOUL Food Night Nov. 5
The place of race in the United States is one of the most complex and unavoidable discussions to be had. African-Americans and Korean-Americans have had a long and interesting relationship, often characterized by conflict. This event will reframe conflict through an understanding and analysis of the structural forces that shape race in the United States. The lecture/ discussion will be lead by Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Professor Sujani Reddy. Dinner will be served following the discussion. SeOUL Food Night will be on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students, the Black Students' Union and the Korean Students Association.

Copeland Fellow Presentation Nov. 6
Leo Zaibert, Copeland Fellow, will give an informal presentation entitled "On Uprootedness." It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. in the Mullins Room of the Lewis-Sebring Commons. Faculty, staff and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

German Film Series Nov. 6
Film showing on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at Stirn Auditorium: Rosenstrasse (Margarethe von Trotta, 2003; 135 minutes; historical drama based on a true incident). A young American woman investigates how, in 1943, a group of Gentile German women staged a protest in Berlin that prevented the deportation of their Jewish husbands. The Film Series is sponsored by the Department of German. It is free, and all are welcome!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

Physics Seminar Nov. 6
On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Professor Anne Gershenson of the Department of Chemistry at Brandeis University will give a physics seminar. 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

Whispering Coins: Echoes of Classical Greece Nov. 6
On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum, Peter van Alfen, Margaret Thompson Associate Curator of Greek Coins at the American Numismatic Society, and Luca Grillo, Assistant Professor of Classics at Amherst College, will lead this fascinating exploration of the Mead's Greek coins. Professor Grillo will provide a general overview of the collection and address the broad numismatic questions: How were these coins minted? What value did they have? What do their images and symbols mean? Dr. Van Alfen will discuss a selection of coins in detail, revealing their particular meanings and demonstrating how much such objects have to tell to those who listen to their whisper. This event is supported by the Peterson Fund and the Amherst Art Series Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/events

African Film Series: This is My Africa and Awaiting for Men Nov. 6
The African Film Series 2008 kicks off with two films that look at the African continent and the African diaspora, rural and urban Africans, in two films by young women filmmakers. Zina Saro-Wiwa's "This Is My Africa" (2008), the first production by the AfricaLab, features 19 London-based Africans and Africaphiles talking about different elements of African culture. Katy Léna N'diaye's "Awaiting for Men" (2007) that follows three women who unabashedly express themselves about the relationship between men and women in the haven of Oualata, a red city on the far edge of the Sahara desert. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch some of the most recent films to emerge from Africa. Join us on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

Multicultural Resource Center's Open Mic Nov. 6
Have you been working on a new poem, song or dance? Would you like to perform it? Join us at the Multicultural Resource Center's Open Mic. Come out and express yourself in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room, Nov. 6, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Black sheep coffee, Fresh Side food and pastries will be served.

Faculty Colloquium Series 2008-09: Jessica Reyes Nov. 7
On Friday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2008-09 is sponsoring "The Social Toxicity of Environmental Toxins" presented by Jessica Reyes, assistant professor of economics. This event will take place in the Faerber Room, Lewis-Sebring Commons.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events/faculty-colloquium

Mead Art Museum Extended Hours for Homecoming Weekend Nov. 7
On Friday, Nov. 7, Mead Art Museum will be open late for Homecoming Weekend. 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 Student Docent Tours Nov. 7
On Friday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m., students from the Mead Art Museum's volunteer docent group discuss highlights of the museum's collections, showcasing celebrated artworks and their own research.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Luminaries and Legacies: American Art in Amherst College's Mead Art Museum Nov. 7
On Friday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m., Curator of American Art Randall Griffey leads this highlights tour of major artists and works represented in Amherst College's distinguished collection. The tour also celebrates the Museum's history by focusing on key donors who helped create this artistic legacy for present and future generations.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Remembering Robert Fagles '55 Nov. 7
The Classics and English Departments will honor this distinguished alumnus with reminiscences from his years at Amherst and after, with readings from his translations of Greek and Latin literature and with comments by Paul Alpers, R. Ross Holloway, James Maraniss and David Ferry. Join us on Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). A reception will follow. For further information, contact Professor Rebecca Sinos <rhsinos@amherst.edu>.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/classics/classics_lectures

Theater and Dance Info Meeting Nov. 7
Wondering what is involved in being a Theater and Dance major at Amherst? Join us at an informal meeting on Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:15 p.m. in Canfield Lounge (inside Kirby Theater). Faculty, staff members and T&D alumni Kathy Couch and Jon Doyle will be available to answer your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Homecoming Alumni Career Panel: International Alumni Working in the United States Nov. 7
The Career Center and the international student advisor will present a panel of international alumni who are working in the United States. Panelists will discuss their experiences with the U.S. job search and the cross-cultural aspects of working in America. Panelists are Roshni Rathi '08, who works for ICF International, a global professional services firm in Fairfax, Va., and Kaku Armah '07, who is employed by Close Concerns, a consulting company in San Francisco, providing services related to diabetes. The panel starts at 1 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center.

Career Conversations with Alumni in International Public Service Nov. 7
The Career Center will present a panel of alumni working in the international public service arena. Panelists are: Phil Lilienthal '62, P'95, founder and CEO of Global Camps Africa (and former Peace Corps volunteer to Ethiopia), and Christopher Webster '75, director of the Office of Central American Affairs for the U.S. State Department. Meet them on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center.

Making a Difference While Making a Living Networking Reception Nov. 7
The Career Center invites students and alumni to attend the Making a Difference While Making a Living Networking Reception with Students and Alumni Engaged in Work for the Common Good, on Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. Alumni participants will include Rebecca Epstein '99, chief of staff at the Management Center in Washington, D.C.; Phil Lilienthal '62, partner at Larson, Lilienthal & Morris; Chris Webster '75, finance director with the U.S. State Department; and others. All are welcome to join us for refreshments and conversation.

Close Concerns Info Session and Interviews Nov. 7
Close Concerns, run by Kelly Close '90, is a health care consulting firm, focusing on one slice of the health care/medical technology market: metabolic diseases, primarily diabetes and obesity. Kaku Armah '07 and Brendan Milliner '08 will be on campus for an information session regarding jobs and internships (including January internships) with the firm. The information session is on Friday, Nov. 7, at noon in the Career Center. Close Concerns will be interviewing for various positions that afternoon. Apply through Experience.

Learn College Songs with the Amherst College Choral Society! Nov. 7
Come join members of the Amherst College Choral Society to learn some old favorites: "Lord Jeffrey Amherst," "Hand Me Down My Bonnet," "Paige's Horse," and more! Meet in the Campus Center Atrium at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. To hear these songs and more, visit the Web site below.
For more information: www.amherst57.org/members/lyrics.htm

Mead Art Museum Extended Hours for Homecoming Weekend Nov. 8
Mead Art Museum Extended will be open late for Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 8. 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 Tour: No Cause for Alarm Nov. 8
On Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., director and chief curator Elizabeth Barker leads this tour of the special exhibition Jonathan Meese, which considers the emerging German's artist's work in an international context, and explains its presence at Amherst this year.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/schedule

Choral Society Homecoming Weekend Concert Nov. 7
The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Homecoming Weekend Concert on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. 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, di Lasso, Hampton and many more. It will also include traditional college songs.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/73767

African Film Series: Come Back to Sudan and Heartlines Nov. 7
The African Film Series 2008 continues with two films that look at the African continent and the African diaspora and rural and urban Africans. Daniel Junge and Patti Bonnet's "Come Back to Sudan" (2007) follows the return, after 18 years, of child soldiers to their villages in war-torn Sudan with their adoptive Colorado mother. "Heartlines" (2006), directed by one of South Africa's premier documentary filmmakers, Angus Gibson, examines second chances, forgiveness and the power of unconditional love. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch some of the most recent films to emerge from Africa. Join us on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

African Film Series: Meteni: The Lost One and Shoot the Messenger Nov. 8
The African Film Series 2008 continues with Wondessen Deresse's "Meteni: The Lost One" (2002), which follows a young woman, Meteni, who lives in northeastern Ethiopia, the hottest region on earth, among the Afar nomads. After that, we will show Ngozi Onwurah's "Shoot the Messenger" (2006), which follows a young Londoner, Joe, as he turns against his own community before realizing he has a lot to learn about understanding a different way of seeing. This thought-provoking and unapologetic film breaks the mold by exposing the debates that are ongoing within the black community. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch some of the most recent films to emerge from Africa. Join us on Nov. 8 at 7:30 in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

Jazz Ensemble to Perform Homecoming Weekend Concert Nov. 8
The Amherst Jazz Ensemble will present its annual Homecoming Weekend Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The evening's concert will highlight fresh takes on the classics and some new tunes all guaranteed to liven the evening for students, families and community members alike. Tickets are available at $8 for the general public, at $4 for seniors and children under 13 and at no charge for current Amherst College students with ID. Seats may be reserved in advance by writing concerts@amherst.edu or calling 413/542-2195.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/76217

Symphony Orchestra to Present 90th Birthday Tribute to Leonard Bernstein Nov. 8
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra will present a 90th Birthday Tribute to Leonard Bernstein during its Homecoming Weekend Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The group will perform selections from Bernstein's great Broadway musicals, including On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and West Side Story. The vocal roles will be performed by current Amherst students, returning alumni and members of the Amherst College Choral Society (Mallorie Chernin, director). Mark Lane Swanson, music director, and Daniel Curtis '08 will conduct, and A. Scott Parry will direct the vocalists. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $4 for seniors and children under 13 and no charge for current Amherst College students with ID.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/76225

The Well-Coming THWAP: The Health & Wellness Amherst Party! Nov. 8
Join Health & Wellness House for our first THWAP! There'll be plenty of food, beverages (of the non-fermented sort), games and music. Plus, we'll have root beer on tap! The party's on from 9:30 to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Morrow Common Room.
For more information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=34506851445&ref=mf

How Close Are You to Winning Pizza?
The Residence Hall Recycling Challenge is at its halfway point. How close is your hall to winning?
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling/recycling_challenge

Chinese Banned Movie Series: Beijing Bicycle Nov. 8
Come and watch a beautiful and meaningful movie! CAO brings you the Silver Berlin Bear-winning movie "Beijing Bicycle." It depicts the modernization of China through the clash of two teenagers from completely different social backgrounds. Watch it Saturday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. in Fayerweather 117.

Steven Pinker to Speak on Language and Human Nature Nov. 10
Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will speak on "Language as a Window into Human Nature" on Nov.10 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Pinker's research and writings on the cognitive psychology of vision and language, along with his lectures and best-selling books on evolutionary genetic approaches to human behavioral development, have earned him five honorary doctorates, several teaching awards and prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the American Psychological Association. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/77111

Professor David Cox to Speak on Enumerative Algebraic Geometry Nov. 10
Professor of Mathematics David Cox will give a talk titled "Tangents to Four Unit Spheres: An Introduction to Enumerative Algebraic Geometry." Abstract: Given four spheres of radius one in three-dimensional space, how many lines can be simultaneously tangent to all four? The answer is easy to state, but understanding where it comes from requires some interesting mathematics, including Bezout's Theorem and the projective plane. This lecture will explain how these tools apply to the four sphere problem and put this problem into a larger context by introducing other counting problems that arise from algebraic equations (this is "enumerative algebraic geometry"). He will give numerous examples, including some that arise in string theory in mathematical physics. The talk will take place on Monday, Nov. 10, 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

Professor Michael Gorra '79 to Speak Nov. 10
Michael Gorra '79, Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English at Smith College, will give a talk entitled "The Houses of The Fiction: James' 'Portrait of a Lady'" on Monday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lect Hall (Fayerweather 115). Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English, the event is open to the public .

Biology Lecture Nov. 10
J. Dylan Clyne, Ph.D., from Yale University School of Medicine will present "Love at First Light: Sex-Specific Control and Tuning of the Courtship Song in Drosophila" on Monday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Awareness Week Presents: The Other America--Poverty and Homelessness Nov. 10
Come to Keefe between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 to learn more about poverty and homelessness and how you can get involved. Student groups will be tabling, videos will be shown, and you will have opportunities to donate canned food and money to charitable organizations. Then, join us from 8:45 to 10 p.m. for a candlelight vigil and refreshments on the Keefe patio as we watch an inspiring documentary on poverty and homelessness.

Oxford University Study Abroad Info Session Nov. 10
Students considering studying abroad at Oxford are invited to join Dr. Elizabeth Dutton from Worcester College at Oxford for this information session. Also on hand will be Carolyn Watson from the IFSA-Butler program. Join them on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.

Mead Art Museum Presents Slam Poet Jared Paul Nov. 19
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host a reading by slam poet Jared Paul in the museum's Small Fairchild Gallery. Organized by Maxwell Suechting and Michael Harrington, both Class of 2011, on behalf of Marsh House, the event has been made possible with generous support from the Amherst Arts Series, Center for Community Engagement and English Department. The poetry slam is free and open to the public. Paul will perform against the backdrop of 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/schedule

Ambassador Dennis Ross: Prospects for Peace Nov. 11
On Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Ambassador Dennis Ross will speak about prospects for peace in the Middle East in 2009 and beyond. Ross served in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations and as Special Envoy for the Middle East. For more than 12 years, he was America's point man for exploring all avenues and approaches to settling the Mideast conflict. A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle Eastern policy, Ross was a consultant to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is the first chairman of Jerusalem's Jewish People PolicyPlanning Institute.

Tuesdays at the Terrace: The Amherst Select Internship Program Nov. 11
First years, sophomores and juniors thinking about summer internships should attend an ASIP info session in the coming weeks. This one takes place in Terrace Room A downstairs in Val. It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. So grab your lunch and come on down!

Balancing Academics and Athletics Nov. 11
Balancing papers and exams with practices and games? Wondering how to deal when athletics interferes with class or an assignment? The Academic Peer Mentors are holding a panel on balancing academics and athletics on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. in the James Hall common room. Upperclassmen panelists from various teams and majors will answer your questions about the challenges of student-athlete life at Amherst. Snacks will be provided!

Are You Here Over Thanksgiving Break? Sign Up for Thanksgiving Festivities by Nov. 17
The Dean of Students Office is happy to offer social and meal events for students who will be on campus during Thanksgiving Break. These events are for a limited number of students. Registration is necessary; visit the link below to register for individual events. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/users/C/rcardona/Thanksgiving

2009-2010 Resident Counselor Positions Available; Apply by Dec. 1
Applications for the 2009-2010 Resident Counselor positions are now available in the Residential Life Office (Converse 105) for students who will be studying away from Amherst in Spring 2009. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 1, with interviews on Dec. 2 and 4.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/jobs

Faultlines to Host Talk on Jazz, Experimentalism and Improv Nov. 12
The yearlong Amherst College Music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 12, with a lecture by George E. Lewis titled "Mobilitas Animi: Towards New Ethnographies of Improvisation." Drawing upon Lewis's extensive experience as a trombonist, improviser and electronics musician, the talk will offer new ways of thinking about jazz, experimentalism and the emerging field of improvised music studies. The lecture, which will be free and open to the public, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Arms Music Center.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/76026

Hausmusik at Porter House Nov. 12
David Schneider (clarinet), Volcy Pelletier (cello) and Alissa Leiser (piano) will be performing Carl Maria von Weber, Grand Duo Concertante, Op. 48 for clarinet and piano and Johannes Brahms, Trio in A Minor, op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano at Porter House (next to the Lord Jeffrey Inn) on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the German Club and the Departments of Music and German.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/events

Applying to Law School Info Session Nov. 12
Juniors and seniors planning on applying to law school should attend one of these meetings. Join Dean Bekki Lee to get all the information you need to begin your application processes on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Awareness Week: Education Day Nov. 12
Wednesday, Nov. 12, will be Education Day, a part of Amherst College Awareness Week. Come play "Are You Smarter Than a 10th Grader?" in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see if you could ace the MCAS. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., come to the Friedmann Room to learn what groups on campus are doing about educational inequality locally and internationally and find out what you can do to help. We will have a raffle and refreshments from Antonio's, Fresh Side and Rao's. This event is sponsored by the Bonner Community Engagement Leaders.

Race & Class at Amherst College Discussion Nov. 12
As part of the Fireside Chat series by the Multicultural Resource Center, Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Aries will be presenting her findings on the challenges students face around issues of race and class at Amherst. The focus of the event will be a discussion of the current challenges students face. Come chat from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Snacks and copies of "Race and Class Matters at an Elite College" will be available for purchase.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural

Real Women Have Curves: Film and Discussion on Latina Sexuality Nov. 12
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room (the Red Room), La Casa, Amherst's Latino culture theme house, invites you to a screening of "Real Women Have Curves." The award-winning film is about a first-generation Latina (America Ferrera) whose exploration of her Mexican identity coincides with her budding sexuality. A discussion on sexuality and Latino culture led by Professor Carleen Basler will follow the movie. Delicious cider and doughnuts will be served. Hope to see you there!

Artist Hannah Collins Presents Films Nov. 12
Artist Hannah Collins will present her films on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. A British artist now living in Spain, Collins creates films, photographs and installations that confront the impact of global change on local communities. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious venues worldwide, and she was the recipient of the Tate Modern's Turner Prize in 1993. At Amherst, she will show Current History (2006), about a day in the life of a family in the Russian village of Beshentsevo. Based on a script written by the family, the film uses side-by-side framing to contrast rural realities and post-Soviet modernization. She also will show part of her latest film, Solitude and Company (2008), a 24-hour time-lapse film shot in the crumbling interior of a factory in northern France, with voice-overs by town residents as they relive their dreams of Algeria. The screening will be followed by a reception in Fayerweather. This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Mead Art Museum and the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.

Physics Seminar Nov. 13
On Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Dr. Alex Sushov of the Department of Physics at Yale University will give a physics seminar. 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

Education Graduate School Panel Nov. 13
Are you considering a career in education? Are you thinking about a graduate degree, or just weighing the options? Sarah Frenette, Five College Teacher Licensure Coordinator, invites you to this panel of graduate school representatives from Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Smith and UMass Amherst. Join them to learn about their programs in education, their time-lines, your different options and more on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Career Center. Refreshments will be served.

Biology / Neuroscience Lecture Nov. 13
Sarah Webster, Ph.D., of the Division of Neuroscience at Children's Hospital Boston will present "Modulating the modulator: Synaptotagmin IV is involved in neuropeptide secretion in Drosophila melanogaster" on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Poet Richard Kenney to Read His Work Nov. 13
Poet Richard Kenney will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/73722

Photographer Larry Sultan Nov. 13
Noted photographer Larry Sultan will give a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). A reception follows in the Main Hall. This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Office of the President through its funding of "Collaborative Art: Theory and Practice of Working with a Community" with Wendy Ewald, Artist in Residence.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/events/sultan

First Meeting for Vagina Monologues Nov. 13
Are you interested in performing an Amherst production based on the infamous Vagina Monologues? All interested female students, staff and faculty are invited to an introductory meeting this Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. For more information, contact Gretchen Krull at gakrull@amherst.edu.

Vagina Monologues First Info Meeting Nov. 13
Come to Chapin Lounge at 7:30 p.m. and learn why women all over the world find The Vagina Monologues such an intense and rewarding experience. This is just an informational meeting: no experience, auditions or even avid interest in women's rights issues necessary. Desserts will be served.

African Film Series: Le Clandestin and Kinshasa Palace Nov. 14
The African Film Series 2008 continues with two films by director José Laplaine. The short "Le Clandestin" (1997) and the feature "Kinshasa Palace" (2006) examine the displacements of refugees from Angola and the Congo. These films will challenge what you think of Africa and what you think of African film. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch some of the most recent films to emerge from Africa. Join us on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

German Violinist Christian Tetzlaff to Perform at Amherst Nov. 14
The Music at Amherst Series continues its 2008-2009 season with a performance by violinist Christian Tetzlaff on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists of his generation. His musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations have set the standard by which violin performances are measured. In honor of his artistic achievements, Musical America named him "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005. Tetzlaff's program at Amherst includes a selection of unaccompanied Bach sonatas and partitas.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/76228

Friday Series: Sustainable Urban Planning, with Candace Damon '81 Nov. 14
Candace Damon is Vice-Chairman of HR&A Advisors, Inc., a policy, financial and management consulting firm based in New York City and Los Angeles. In her 20 years at HR&A, Candace has directed a wide-ranging practice, currently focused on bolstering the sustainability of American communities. Specific areas of expertise include addressing the financial and operational challenges of making commercial and multifamily residential buildings energy-efficient, ensuring the long term viability of urban open space and strategizing the redevelopment of downtowns and waterfronts. She is Harvard Law '86 and Amherst College '81. Please join her for this Friday Series discussion about careers within her areas of expertise. Friday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Career Center.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl Nov. 13-15
"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl (recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship), is an enchanting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus, told from the heroine's perspective. After tragically dying on the day of her wedding, Eurydice is banished to the surreal depths of the Underworld, where she is reunited with her father. In the Underworld, where memories are forbidden and love no longer exists, a bond between father and daughter threatens to overpower the eerie chorus of Stones and their ruler, who have controlled the nightmarish landscape for an eternity. When Orpheus risks everything to pursue his true love beyond the boundaries of death and bring her home, Eurydice must choose between the love of her life and the newly discovered love of her father. Performances will take place Nov. 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. Tickets are free; reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Dickinson Museum to Host Talk on Photo Preservation at Alumni House Nov. 15
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Emily Dickinson Museum will present "First, Do No Harm: Saving Your Historic Family Photographs," an interactive program by archivist Daria D'Arienzo. Tickets for the program, which will begin at 2 p.m. at the Alumni House off Spring St., are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. D'Arienzo will discuss the issues surrounding saving family photographic treasures, from daguerreotypes to Polaroids, tin-types to albumen prints. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs about which they have preservation questions. Attendees will receive an informational packet with Web sites and reference materials for saving their photos. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/73022

African Film Series: Paris selon Moussa Nov. 15
The last screening of the African Film Series 2008 at Amherst College features "Paris selon Moussa," in which director Cheik Doukouré plays the character of Moussa, who leaves his village in Africa to purchase a new water pump in Paris. This humorous and moving film stirred controversy in France and received the Human Rights award from the United Nations in 2003. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch some of the most recent films to emerge from Africa. Join us on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/specialevents/afs2008

Marshall Nannes '09 to Perform Vocal Recital on Nov. 15
Marshall Nannes '09, baritone, will perform his senior honors thesis recital on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center. Nannes has performed extensively in musical theater and classical realms during his time at Amherst. A native of Bethesda, Md., he began his vocal study with Myra Tate and currently studies with William Hite, senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/76258

Service Nation's Campaign for a New America: Dinner with Alan Khazei Nov. 14
Join us on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the O'Connor Commons of Charles Pratt Dormitory for a Chinese food buffet and learn about ServiceNation, a national grassroots movement working to unleash the energy of citizens on our most pressing social challenges. Our honored guest speaker will be Alan Khazei, CEO and Founder of Be the Change, Inc. and Co-Founder and CEO of City Year, a youth service corps that helped to inspire the development of AmeriCorps.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce

Newman Club Invitation to Faculty Nov. 16
The Newman Club extends an invitation to Amherst College faculty to attend the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Chapin Chapel, as well as the dinner immediately following in Chapin Lounge. All are welcome.

Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture Nov. 14-15
On Friday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117, come to the Five College Potluck and enjoy a dinner of locally grown food and a discussion on sustainability with other Five College students. During lunch on Saturday, Nov. 15, there will be a local foods station in Valentine, with butternut bisque, carrot/parsnip vegetable mix, goat cheese quiche and local honey and maple syrup. After lunch, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Fayerweather 117, there will be a panel discussion with local farmers and members of CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture), moderated by Professor Jan Dizard, entitled "Local Foods as a Real Alternative: The Present and the Future." Local food will be served.

Harlem Renaissance Nov. 15
Harlem Renaissance is a tribute to the creativity, energy and pride of the 1920s, featuring student performances in spoken word and jazz selections. We seek to recognize some of the greatest icons of the Harlem Renaissance while simultaneously honoring the growth and future of Black art. This event is semiformal and includes a catered dinner. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 8 p.m. It will be held in Valentine Annex. The event is made possible through the support of the Black Student Union, Association of Amherst Students, Social Council and Campus Center.

Apartheid from South Africa to Israel-Palestine Nov. 15
This photography exhibition from the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights will be on display from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Atrium of the Keefe Campus Center on Saturday, Nov. 15. Dr. Nancy Murray, academic and activist, will speak at 8 p.m., also in the Atrium. Please join us to drink tea, eat baklava and learn more about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Jennifer Beineke to Speak on Riemann Zeta Function Nov. 17
On Monday, Nov. 17, Jennifer Beineke of Western New England College will give a talk titled "Great Moments of the Riemann Zeta Function." Movies have great moments and sports have great moments, but mathematics has the greatest moments of all. In this talk, we will explore moments of the Riemann zeta function (also known as mean values), and we will revisit the momentous discoveries of Hardy, Littlewood and Ingham in the 1920s. We will also discuss memorable moments that today's number theorists have encountered as they work on open problems related to the Riemann Hypothesis. The talk is 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 Nov. 17
On Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House at Amherst College, the LJST Lecture Series: Law as Punishment/Law as Regulation will present a lecture by Professor Markus D. Dubber of University at Buffalo Law School (The State University of New York). The lecture is titled "Regulatory and Legal Aspects of Penality." Dubber is a professor of law, teaching aspects of penal law, comparative law, legal theory and legal history. He has authored several books, including New York Penal Law and Related Provisions (Aspen Publishers 2008) and Police and the Liberal State (Stanford University Press 2008). This event is co-sponsored by The Houston Forum.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

Discussion on Poverty in Latin America Nov. 17
La Casa, Amherst's Latino Culture House, will host an informal discussion among students and professors about the social, economic and political issues surrounding poverty in Latin America. The conversation will be shaped primarily by the interests and experiences of those in attendance. Participating professors include Lopez (History), Castro Alves (History and Black Studies), Suarez (Spanish), Kingston (Economics) and Jimenez (Mount Holyoke Political Science). In addition, the discussion will attempt to address what students can do to fight poverty in Latin America. The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of Valentine (downstairs). Refreshments will be served.

Résumé Workshop Nov. 17
All students are invited to this workshop on creating a résumé that presents you in your best light. This is especially good for students planning on applying to the Amherst Select Internship Program. The workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Yale Divinity School Info Session Nov. 17
Students considering graduate study in religion are encouraged to attend this info session with a representative from the Yale Divinity School on Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center.

Queerly Engaged: Sexuality, Gender and Community Work Nov. 18
The Amherst College Center for Community Engagement and the Pride Alliance invite the entire Amherst College and Five College community to an open dinner discussion about personal experiences of gender and sexual orientation in community engagement work. We will discuss challenges and opportunities that one's multiple identities bring to community work, as well how cultural differences affect experiences. Share your experiences and personal strategies in Converse 209 at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Dinner will be provided; R.S.V.P to pridealliance@amherst.edu so that we know how much food to order.

Tuesdays at the Terrace: Interviewing Skills Nov. 18
All students who may have interviews coming up for jobs or internships are invited to this lunchtime info session with Dean Krumholz. Join her and learn how to put your best foot forward in an interview on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A.

Amherst Select Internship Program Info Session Nov. 18
First years, sophomores and juniors thinking about summer internships should attend an ASIP info session in the coming weeks. This one takes place in the Career Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. There will also be a session on Dec. 3. The application deadline is Dec. 5.

Five College GIS Day at Mount Holyoke Nov. 18
GIS Day is an international event sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science and other institutions. Geographic Information Systems technology is widely used in education and research, with applications in geology, biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, languages, history, political science, economics, et al. The Five College Consortium has celebrated GIS Day for a number of years, promoting collaboration and exchange of ideas among faculty and students in the Pioneer Valley. All events are free and open to all. Celebrate with us on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Holyoke College's Willits-Hallowell Conference Center.
For more information: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/geography/gisday/

Göttingen Abend and Kaffeeklatsch: Junior Year Abroad in Germany Nov. 18
This is an informational meeting for students interested in the Amherst College Junior Year Abroad Program at the Universität Göttingen. Find out more at Göttingen Abend and Kaffeeklatsch at Porter House on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/goettingen

Jazz at Schwemm's Nov. 18
Jazz at Schwemm's on Tuesday, Nov. 18, will feature Ann Maggs (vocalist) with Freddie Bryant '87 (guitar), Andy Jaffe (piano) and Marty Jaffe (bass) from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in The Backroom of Schwemm's in the Keefe Campus Center.

Cinemarsh: Viridiana Nov. 20
This screening will show "Viridiana," a film by the Spanish-born Mexican director Luis Bunuel. It is the tale of the downfall of a morally upright girl who is prevented from becoming a nun by the avaricious community around her. The film was controversial when it came out, having been labeled by the Vatican newspaper as "blasphemous"; Franco prevented the film's release in Spain for 16 years. Watch it on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Fayerweather 113 at 8 p.m.

Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West and the Woman Question in China Nov. 19
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Professor Joan Judge of York University will deliver a talk titled "The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China." Judge will speak at 4 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall in the Earth Science & Museum of Natural History Building. This talk is co-sponsored by the departments of Asian Languages and Civilizations, History and Women's and Gender Studies, with additional funding from the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund and the Tagliabue Lecture Fund. A short reception will follow with light refreshments.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/asian/events

Novelist Tayari Jones to Read from Her Work at Amherst Books Nov. 19
Novelist Tayari Jones will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). 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/2008/11/node/76259

100 Projects for Peace $10,000 Grants for Summer 2009 Info Session Nov. 19
Interested in making the world a more peaceful place? The 100 Projects for Peace program, an initiative of the Davis United World College 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 Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. The on- campus contact is Dean Tuleja (fetuleja@amherst.edu).

Slam Poet Jared Paul to Read at the Mead Art Museum Nov. 19
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host a reading by slam poet Jared Paul in the Small Fairchild Gallery. Organized by Maxwell Suechting '11 and Michael Harrington '11 on behalf of Marsh Arts House, the event will open with a performance by up-and-coming fellow slam poet Bernard Dolan. The gathering has been made possible with generous support from the Amherst Arts Series, the Center for Community Engagement and the English Department. It is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/11/node/78786

Gay Orgasm Workshop Nov. 19
The Pride Alliance and the Student Health Educators are sponsoring a Gay Orgasm Workshop on Nov. 19 in the Rainbow Room in the basement of Morrow dormitory at 9 p.m. The workshop will have information regarding sex, sexual health and sexual respect.

Wilderness First Responder Course Offered During Interterm
The Amherst College Outing Club is offering a Wilderness First Responder Course taught by SOLO, January 15-23. WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended backcountry trips or expeditions. WFR is an 80-hour course taught over 8 days. It is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies and survival skills, soft tissue injuries and medical emergencies, as well as CPR. Cost for the course is $450 for Five College students and $650 for everyone else. Please see the link for more information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/interterm/courses#Wilderness%20First

Tabor Academy Info Session Nov. 19
Students considering teaching or residence life work over the summer should attend this information session with a representative from Tabor Academy's Summer Program on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Career Center. The application deadline is Nov. 18 in Experience, and Tabor will be interviewing on campus on Nov. 20.

Being a Doctor and Being Pre-Med: Success and Happiness on the M.D. Path Nov. 19
Students on the pre-med track, or considering it, are invited to attend this presentation with Cristos Coutifaris '76, M.D., who is a professor of OB-GYN at the University of Pennsylvania and previously served on the Penn admissions committee. He will be followed by a panel of pre-med seniors. Join them on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Getting a Financial Internship Webinar Nov. 19
Juniors and sophomores interested in financial internships are invited to attend this Webinar presented by Toigo Talks and hosted by the Career Center on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m, in the Career Center. Internships Coordinator Debra Krumholz and Director Rosalind Hoffa will be on hand to answer your questions about the financial internship recruiting process at Amherst.

Copeland Fellow Presentation Nov. 20
Mark Doyle, Copeland Fellow, will give an informal presentation entitled "Making Enemies: the British State and Communal Violence in Ireland and India, 1850-1930." It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Mullins Room of the Lewis-Sabring Commons. Faculty, staff and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

German Film Series Nov. 20
Film showing on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium: Die Besteigung des Chimborazo (The Ascent of Mount Chimborazo, Rainer Simon, 1989; 110 minutes; Drama). The film follows explorer Alexander von Humboldt's famous journey through Latin America. As he attempts to scale Ecuador's highest peak, he comes to understand and respect the region's indigenous culture. Filmmaker Rainer Simon will be present in person at both screenings! The Film Series is sponsored by the Department of German. It is free, and all are welcome!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

Physics Seminar Nov. 20
On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Dr. Steve Maxwell '00 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will give a physics seminar. 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

Faultlines Performance Workshop by Trumpet, Tuba, Sax Trio Nov. 20
The yearlong Amherst College music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century will continue on Thursday, Nov. 20, with a performance workshop from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. in Room 7 of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College, led by trumpeter Dave Douglas, tuba player Marcus Rojas and saxophonist Donny McCaslin. The trio 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 event will be followed by an evening performance by Douglas and Rojas 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/2008/11/node/78818

Pride Week Nov. 17-20
Each day of our four-day Pride Week has a theme with related events. As always, all sexual orientations are welcome and we love it when y'all from the other schools come around. This year, some of the events include Queerly Engaged: Sexuality, Gender and Community Work; an event sponsored with the Center for Community Engagement; a Gay Orgasm Workshop; an event sponsored with the Student Health Educators; and many more! Stop by the information table in the Keefe Campus Center anytime, Nov. 17-20, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Biology Department / Neuroscience Program Lecture Nov. 20
Sarah J. Certel, Ph.D., of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School will present "Building a Circuit for Decision-Making: Aggression vs. Reproduction" on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Sexuality and Race Nov. 20
In Fayerweather 115 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, we will watch excerpts from the groundbreaking television series Noah's Arc and discuss the intersection of sexual and racial identities, drawing from personal experience of participants as well as academic queer theories. This event is co- sponsored by the Pride Alliance and the Multicultural Resource Center.

Argentine Tango Beginner Lesson Nov. 21
There will be a beginner tango lesson sponsored by the Amherst Argentine Tango Club right before Thanksgiving Break for any and all who are interested, whether beginner or advanced. The class is free and open to the entire college community. This will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in Studio 2 in Webster Hall. Please invite all your friends; it will be worth attending!

Student Workers Needed Nov. 21-22
Student workers are needed for women's hockey games this weekend, Nov. 21-22. Students must be available Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Contact roconnor09@amherst.edu if interested.

Peer Career Advisor Early Applications Due Nov. 21
Juniors going abroad in the spring have an opportunity to apply early for a Peer Career Advisor position for their senior year. This early application deadline is Nov. 21. The application is in Experience under "Career Center at Amherst College" (as the employer). Interviews will be held the week of Dec. 1. If you are currently studying abroad and will be away for the whole year, special arrangements can be made. Please contact dkrumholz@amherst.edu. This is a great position in a fun office. You will be one of the most knowledgeable, well-prepared seniors in terms of the job search. Apply today!

 
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