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Archived announcements for February, 2008

Auditions for Digital Disassociations by Elena Jessop '08 Jan. 30-31
"Digital Disassociations" is a set of three performance pieces that combine movement, text and electronically-enhanced costumes to portray a world (perhaps our world) that has been forever changed by technological innovation. Through language and structures taken from the realm of computer science, this work will explore the ways that electronic methods of communication have drawn us together while simultaneously pulling us into isolation. In a beautiful, yet dangerous, digital world, people reinvent their identities, form fleeting associations and grapple with the necessity and difficulty of making actual human connections. Group auditions will be held on Jan. 30 and 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Studio 2, Webster Hall.

Fidelity Summer Internship Info Session Jan. 31
Juniors interested in a summer internship with Fidelity are invited to this information session on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly (the Red Room) in Converse. Join representatives from Fidelity to find out about the various internship opportunities they offer. Application deadlines will be the following day.

Community Engagement Fair Jan. 31
So you're done with first semester...what did you do with your time? Don't let your second semester slip away; come learn about opportunities for involvement at the Community Engagement Fair on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the O'connor Commons (Charles Pratt Basement).

Physics Seminar Jan. 31
On Thursday, Jan. 31, Dr. Laura Cadonati of the University of Massachusetts will speak at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3. Tea and cookies will be served beforehand at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jrfriedman/colloquium%20schedule.htm

Cabaret to Open Jan. 31
The Amherst College Department of Music presents the musical theater classic Cabaret for its fifth annual interterm production. The show opens on Thursday, Jan. 31 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 2 with performances at 8 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 2. All performances will be held in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/33089

Applying to Medical School - A Preview Workshop for Juniors and Seniors Jan. 31
Juniors and seniors planning to apply to medical school this cycle should attend this workshop with Health Professions Advising Dean Carolyn Bassett. Here you will find out what the process will look like in the next few months and what kinds of things you should be doing and thinking about now to prepare. The workshop will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Audition for Lucille Jun's Senior Project Feb. 1
Lucille Jun '08's senior project (title TBA) thematically revolves around the negotiation of relationships-- when we desire to be anonymous and when we desire to be seen, for instance. It will involve highly physical movement and may include a site-specific component. Auditions will be held on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in Studio 1 of Webster. Contemporary dance and improvisation experience is preferred. The sign-up sheet will be available outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Performances will be April 3-5, 2008, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater.

Grant Support for Senior Projects Available; Apply by Feb. 1
The application deadline for Alpha Delta Phi and David P. Patchel Memorial Fund grants for senior projects is Feb. 1. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics and other comparable independent projects. All seniors in the humanities and social sciences may apply, but first priority is reserved for English majors and others working in literary studies, creative writing, theater and dance or film. Monies from the David P. Patchel Memorial Fund can be used for senior projects having to do with the moving image specifically, whether essays, theses or production projects. For more information visit the "Funding" section of the Dean of the Faculty Web site.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/funding/studentfunding

Room Reservation Office Closed Jan. 28 - Feb. 4
The Room Reservation Office will be closed from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4. If you need to reserve a room for any of these dates only, contact the Public Affairs Office at 413/542-2321. Otherwise, for any requests for space after Feb. 4, please leave a message at 413/542-8269 or e-mail pamieczkowski@amherst.edu. All requests will be answered in the order in which they were received when the office reopens.

Russian Table Begins Feb. 1
The Russian Table (Valentine Terrace, Room B) begins Friday, Feb. 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the semester.

E. Patrick Johnson to Discuss the History of Gay Black Men of the South Feb. 2
E. Patrick Johnson, professor, chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Performance Studies and professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University, will deliver a lecture titled "Pouring Tea: Gay Black Men of the South Tell Their Tales," based on excerpts from his forthcoming book, "Sweet Tea: An Oral History of Gay Black Men of the South," at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The gathering, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/35319

Public Affairs Office Seeks Writer/Editor Green Dean
Graduating seniors and recent graduates are invited to apply for a writer/editor “Green Dean” job in the Office of Public Affairs. This is a paid position with salary and full benefits supported by the Ives Washburn Fellowship. The job begins July 1, 2008. Primary duties of the job vary according to the skills and interests of the Green Dean, but will include proofreading various publications, writing articles for Amherst magazine, developing and maintaining Web pages and assisting with Commencement and other College events. The ideal applicant will be an outstanding writer with sharp editing skills and a commitment to accuracy and detail. There are opportunities to explore other areas, including (but not necessarily limited to) graphic design, Web applications and multimedia support. To apply, submit a cover letter, résumé and two or three writing samples to Assistant Director Samuel Masinter '04, Office of Public Affairs, AC #2202. Review of applications will begin shortly and continue until the position is filled. Questions? E-mail samasinter@amherst.edu or current Ives Washburn Fellow Katherine Duke '05 at kdduke@amherst.edu.

Lamont Lecture - Law without Nations Series Feb. 4
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Richard Shweder, the William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago, to give a talk at Amherst on Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. His talk is entitled "Rethinking the Ottoman Empire on a Global Scale: An Anthropological Perspective" and will examine various competing visions of or models for a new world order with special attention to the organization of normative diversity and the maintenance of peace between relatively distinct and autonomous groups during the heyday of the Ottoman Empire. Copies of Professor Shweder's paper will be available prior to the lecture via klunderwood@amherst.edu.

Celebrate Black History Month at the Amherst College Library Feb. 4
Please join us in celebrating Black History Month at the Amherst College Library. Come and be a part of the Nineteenth National African American Read-In on Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Archives and Special Collections. Come read or come listen. A reception will follow.
For more information: www.ncte.org/prog/readin/107901.htm

Tony Lake, Sr. Advisor to Barack Obama, to Speak Feb. 4
Tony Lake, senior advisor to Senator Barack Obama and former national security advisor for President Bill Clinton, will speak on Senator Obama and the 2008 presidential election Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Johnson Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/35936

Amherst Student Tribute to Jenny Kim '08
The Amherst Student is still accepting submissions from students, faculty, staff and any others who knew Jenny Kim to give people a chance to share with others their memories, feelings and thoughts about Jenny. The tribute that was slated to run in last Wednesday's issue will instead be printed in this week's issue in honor of Jenny's memorial that is scheduled for the coming weekend. Submissions are not limited to writing but may include photos, art, etc.
For more information: amherststudent.amherst.edu/current/contact/

Looking for Spanish-English Translators: Publishing Opportunity
Professor Corrales is looking for students fluent in both Spanish and English or with translation experience to help translate 10- to 12-page articles from Spanish to English for an academic reader to be published later this year. All translators will be recognized in the book, and this is a great opportunity to build valuable experience on your resumes. Please contact rclark08@amherst.edu for more information.

Archives and Special Collections Announces New Hours
The Amherst College Archives and Special Collections are pleased to announce that beginning Monday, Feb. 11, we will be extending our hours through lunchtime. Our new hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Study Gallery Welcomes You in Museum of Natural History
The study gallery on the second floor of the Museum of Natural History is open to students from Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a great place for quiet study or relaxation and to contemplate the intersection of science, history and architecture. Guaranteed to make you at least 12% smarter than the Edaphosaurus, but not as pretty.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/museumofnaturalhistory

Museum of Natural History Recognized With Two Design Awards
Amherst College's Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History building has been recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its exceptional design. The building's architectural firm, Payette, earned a BSA Honor Award and an AIA/New England Honor Award in the Education Category for the innovative facility.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/36159

Clinton and Obama Campaign Representatives On Campus Today
On Monday, Feb. 4, representatives from the campaigns of both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama will speak at Amherst College. At 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115), Catherine Brown, Domestic Policy Director for the Clinton campaign, and Dan Utech '88, energy and environment legislative assistant to Clinton, will speak on the senator's campaign. At 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, Tony Lake, senior advisor to Obama and former national security advisor for President Bill Clinton, will speak on Obama and the 2008 presidential election. While invitations have been extended to representatives from all four leading candidates, these are the only events that have been scheduled. Any updates will be posted on the Intranet.

Spanish Table to Meet Fridays
Spanish Table will meet on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Please gather for lunch and Spanish conversation with faculty, teaching assistants and friends. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome.

Math Table to Meet Wednesdays
Math Table will meet Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m., in Valentine Terrace Room B, beginning Wed, Jan 30. Join faculty and students for informal lunch and conversation.

Weimar Germany Symposium Postponed
Please note that the Weimar Germany symposium has been postponed until the week of February 25. Further information will be given soon regarding specific times and locations. Thank you!

French Table to Meet Thursdays
The French Table will meet on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. All Francophones and students of French are welcome to participate regardless of the level of their French.

German Kaffeeklatsch Every Tuesday
Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment. First Kaffeeklatsch is on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/kaffeeklatsch

Amherst College Earns High Marks on Sustainability Report Card
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has ranked Amherst College in the top one-third among its peer institutions for the school's campus and endowment sustainability activities, awarding the school an overall grade of B, up from last year's grade of B-. The SEI's list, titled "College Sustainability Report Card," is the only independent sustainability evaluation of campus operations and endowment investments. It assesses initiatives in eight categories, including administration, green building and transportation.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/35604

New Curriculum in Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is updating its curriculum in computer science by adding new courses and revising the requirements for the computer science major. The new courses will be offered beginning in fall 2008. The new requirements will apply to the class of 2011, and modified requirements will affect the classes of 2009 and 2010.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/computer_science/curriculum

Professor of Russian Catherine Ciepiela Honored for Writing and Editing
Amherst College Professor of Russian Catherine Ciepiela has received three prestigious recognitions for her writing and editing. Her book The Same Solitude (Cornell, 2006) won awards from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) and the American Library Association's Choice magazine, while an anthology she co-edited, The Stray Dog Cabaret (NYRB Classics, 2006), was named a finalist for a 2007 PEN Award for poetry in translation.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/35731

Playwright-in-Residence Constance S. Congdon Awarded Grant for New Play
Constance S. Congdon, Amherst College's Playwright-in-Residence, has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for the commissioning and research for an as-yet-untitled play about water in the Western United States.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/35732

Study Abroad in Spain with Hamilton College; Meeting Feb. 5
If you would like to study abroad in Spain for a year, semester or summer and academic quality and cultural immersion are paramount, come to our general information meeting and learn about the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain and the Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies. The presentation will be given by Professor Jeremy T. Medina of Hamilton College, a former director of the program. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.
For more information: www.hamilton.edu/academics/hcays/

Internships 101 Feb. 5
Come to this interactive workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 5th from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, and you will learn how to conduct a successful internship search; learn how to contact an organization; find out what services, programs, options and funding are available to Amherst students; and have all your questions answered by professional staff from the Career Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

Dessert Reception in Valentine Feb. 5
Dining Services is holding a dessert reception for students on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Terrace of Valentine.

Info Session: Study in South Africa with International Human Rights Exchange Feb. 6
Students interested in studying abroad in South Africa should come to this information session with a representative from International Human Rights Exchange on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Ash Wednesday Service Feb. 6
Ash Wednesday Mass and the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes will be held in Chapin Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. with Fr. Richard Gross, S.J., celebrant. The Amherst Community is invited to attend.

2007-08 Faculty Colloquium Series: Lucia M. Suarez Feb. 8
On Friday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1 p.m., Associate Professor of Spanish Lucia M. Suarez will speak on "Pockets of Hope: Citizenship and Dance in Bahia, Brazil." This 2007-08 Faculty Colloquium Series sponsored event will be held in the Faerber Room, Lewis- Sebring Commons.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events/faculty-colloquium

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 8; Register Now!
Register for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, sponsored by the Amherst College Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Sports Her Way, to be held on Feb. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Girls in grades K-6 are invited for a night of fun activities that recognize women in athletics. Amherst athletes and coaches will host clinics in sports such as volleyball, squash, lacrosse, field hockey and more. Pizza and refreshments will be served, and the event will be followed by the Amherst women's basketball game vs. Connecticut College at 7 p.m. For registration and further information, please contact Sarah Harper at 413/542-2218 or sbharper@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~xcountry/SAAC/SAAC.html

Rev. William H. Gray III To Speak Feb. 8
Rev. William H. Gray III, former president and CEO of The College Fund/United Negro College Fund (UNCF), will deliver an address during Amherst College's celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Feb. 8. The service—which is free and open to the public—will begin at 7 p.m. in Johnson Chapel.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/33096

Hitchcock Fellowship Available; Apply by Feb. 8
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2008-09 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a teaching/coaching endeavor at the collegiate level. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in at least two of the intercollegiate athletic programs. Individuals interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than Feb. 8, 2008 to: E.J. Mills, ejmills@amherst.edu

Conference on Childhood and Youth Feb. 9
Amherst College will host a conference titled "Generation: A Conference to Celebrate the Launch of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth" on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni House. The gathering-which will feature discussions of children in wartime, religion and adolescence and the history of children with disabilities, among other issues-will mark the inaugural issue of the new publication Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (JHCY). The event is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/33738

Memorial Service for Jenny Kim '08 Feb. 9
A memorial service has been planned for Jenny Kim '08 on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. A reception will follow in Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons.

Steps to Study Abroad Feb. 11
Students interested in studying abroad are invited to attend this informational session. Learn about application processes, deadlines and more. Join Director of International Experience Dean Janna Behrens on Monday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center. This program will be repeated throughout the semester.

Study at School of Oriental & African Studies Info Session Feb. 11
Students interested in international graduate study or undergraduate study abroad are invited to this information session with representatives from the School for Oriental & African Studies, Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Biology Department Lecture Feb. 11
Nicholas Darnton, visiting assistant professor, Physics Department, will present "Biophysics with Motile Bacteria: How E. Coli Swim and Some Ideas About Why" on Monday, Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Funding for Public Service Internships Info Session Feb. 12
Students interested in applying for funding for internships in the not-for-profit/public service sectors are encouraged to attend this information session on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Career Center. There have been changes made to the Fellowships for Action and Abele Public Service Fellowship programs and you can get all the information you need at this info session. Join us to find out about deadlines, processes, the different parts of the program and more!

Raising Our Voices: Community Discussion on Intolerance & Inclusion Feb. 12
There have been several recent acts of intolerance within Amherst and the greater Five College community. Incidents of homophobia, racial slurs and the use of symbols of hate—swastikas and nooses—have occurred and, at times, gone unchallenged. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, faculty, staff, students and administrators are invited to "Raising Our Voices: Community Discussion on Tolerance & Inclusion." Write a question, concern or response on the orange cards around campus or at the event. To submit a question, concern or response using an online form, for more information or to see submitted questions, visit the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Web site: http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/mlk.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/mlk

Catering Department Now Hiring for Spring Semester
The Catering Department is hiring for the spring semester. Positions are now available for wait staff, experienced bartenders who have TIPS certification, dishwashers and catering storage assistants. Apply to mlestes@amherst.edu or come down to the office located in the basement of Valentine Hall. The pay rate is $8.35 per hour. Those interested in applying are encouraged to stay and work for Commencement/Reunion from May 18 to June 1. Applications for that are currently available online at https://cms.amherst.edu/news/specialeven ts/commencement/studentjobs.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/specialeven

Two Fellowships in France Available for 2008-09
The first fellowship, without stipend, offers an affiliation with the most prestigious of French graduate schools, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and includes a free room, ENS library privileges and a card of admission to any university course in Paris, including those at the ENS. The second fellowship is a teaching assistantship in English language and American civilization at the Université de Dijon. The Dijon assistantship pays a monthly stipend of approximately 1,150 euros after taxes, for 12 months (October through September) for nine months of teaching (mid-September through mid-June), and assures free admission to courses at the university. Fluency in French and a formal written statement in French are prerequisites to candidacy for either fellowship. For the ENS Fellowship, applicants should prepare a two-page proposal in which they describe their study plans for their stay in France. Applicants for the Dijon Fellowship should submit a two-page statement describing the methods and materials they would use to teach a course on American culture and civilization. All seniors are invited to apply for either or both positions, but we ask applicants to express a clear preference for one of the two. Statements of study plans written in French must be left in the department office (Barrett 201) by Wednesday, March 5.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/awards

Applications to French and Spanish House Now Accepted for 2008-09; Deadline Feb. 21
The French and Spanish Departments are accepting applications to the French and Spanish House (Newport)for 2008-09. The application deadline is Feb. 21. Individual theme house Web sites have been updated, and are accessible from the Residential Life Web site at www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife (click on "Theme Houses"). All information regarding theme houses, including applications and deadlines, can be found on this Web site.

Apply Now to Become a College Prep Mentor
Are you interested in working alongside Five College students on a meaningful project and in developing leadership skills? Apply to become a College Prep Mentor. Amherst students will also work with youth leaders in Holyoke high schools in designing and implementing workshops designed to inspire young people to consider college and/or other career paths. Students interested in assisting with this project should enjoy working with youth and be willing to commit their time and energy. Planning sessions and workshops will take place on Friday afternoons. For more information on how to get involved, contact Anaid Reyes at areyes08@amherst.edu.

Study in China: IES Beijing Director Feb. 20
Sophomores interested in studying abroad in China are invited to this information session with the Director of IES Beijing. Find out about the Beijing program in particular, and study in China in general, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Career Center.

2008-09 Applications for the German House Now Accepted; Deadline Feb. 28
The German Department is accepting applications to the German House (Porter) for 2008-09. The application deadline is Feb. 28. Application forms and more information regarding the German Theme House are available on the Residential Life Web site at http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/themehouses/german.html.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/themehouses/german.html

Fair Trade Ghanaian Cocoa Farmer Cecilia Appianim To Speak Feb. 13
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Cecilia Appianim, a Fair Trade Cocoa farmer from Ghana, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115. Appianim is one of 45,000 cocoa farmers belonging to Kuapa Kokoo Farmers' Cooperative. The cooperative is a co-owner of Divine Chocolate, the world's first farmer-owned Fair Trade chocolate company.

Mead Art Museum to Offer Free Lunchtime Gallery Talks
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a new series of free, lunchtime gallery talks most Tuesdays and Fridays during the spring academic term, starting Friday, Feb. 15. Each "Ten Minutes with a Masterpiece" talk will be presented by a student in the museum's volunteer docent program and will offer a fresh look at a single artwork in the collection.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/36731

Five College Student Film and Video Festival; Apply by Feb. 21
Submit your best work to the Five College Student Film and Video Festival, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium at Smith College. Entries are due on Thursday, Feb. 21. Entry forms are available at Media Services in Seeley Mudd. Eleven cash prizes will be awarded to the winning films.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/film/festival/

Citizen Summer Program Information Sessions Feb. 12 and 18
Come learn how to get Amherst to pay for your public service internship this summer! The Center for Community Engagement's Citizen Summer Program now includes Fellowships for Action and Abele Fellowships. Join us on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Career Center or Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, to learn how to apply for summer funding. Contact Debra Krumholz at dkrumholz@amherst.edu with questions.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/citizen_summer_program

Harlem Gospel Choir Tickets for Feb. 22 Concert Going Fast!
The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform a free concert on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Students, faculty and staff who wish to attend the concert should pick up their free tickets as soon as possible; a limited number remain and can be picked up up in Keefe Campus Center, Room 107A, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/33101

Student Workers Needed for Commencement and Reunion May 18-June 1
The Offices of Alumni and Parent Programs, Dining Services, Physical Plant and Public Affairs need student workers for a two-week period, from Sunday, May 18 to Sunday, June 1. Commencement/Reunion is a special time for the College, and all four departments need many committed student workers to be a part of this experience. Applications are available online at cms.amherst.edu/news/specialevents/commencement/studentjobs as well as at Valentine Dining Hall, Keefe Campus Center, the Office of Public Affairs in Converse Hall, the Physical Plant building and Smith House on Hitchcock Road. If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Jack '07, Alumni Fellow, at aajack@amherst.edu or 413-542-8226.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/specialevents/commencement/studentjobs

Physics Seminar Feb. 14
On Thursday, Feb. 14. Dr. Zvonimir Dogic of Brandeis University will give a physics talk at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 with a tea beforehand at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008

Spring Semester Senior Job Search Strategies Feb. 14
Seniors: are you in the middle of your job search? Are you just getting started, or even trying not to think about it? Join Career Center Director Dean Rosalind Hoffa for this workshop on Spring Semester Senior Strategies. Bring your friends and find out how to kick-start your job search, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 4:30 pm in the Career Center.

Decorate Your Own Cookie on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14!
Decorate a heart-shaped cookie for Valentine's Day! Stop by the table in the Upper Terrace of Valentine Dining Hall on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Happy Valentine's Day from the staff in Valentine!

School for Field Studies Information Table Feb. 14
Are you considering studying abroad? Are you interested in the environment? Stop by the School for Field Studies Information Table in the Campus Center Atrium on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program is specifically designed for environmental studies students to study in Kenya, Mexico, the Carribean, Costa Rica or Australia.
For more information: www.fieldstudies.org/index.cfm?redirect=yes2

"The Illusion" by Tony Kushner Feb. 14-16
"The Illusion" by Tony Kushner, Directed by William Cranch '08 in collaboration with set designer Brendan '08 and actor Chris Gillyard '08, will be presented Feb. 14-16 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 413/542-2277. When a dying father calls upon a mysterious magician to rediscover the son he had exiled years ago, the visions that are conjured blur the line between fact and fantasy. Tony Kushner's 1988 adaptation of Pierre Corneille's "L'Illusion Comique" breathes new life into the 17th-century comedy.

Lunch tor Faculty to Focus on Subject of Teaching Disturbing Materials Feb. 15
All faculty are invited to the next Teaching & Advising Lunch on Friday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. Many of our classes address readings and films that are violent, painful and provocative. We take all kinds of risks in teaching these materials, including the possibility that they will trigger some students' memories of traumatic experiences. Judy Frank from the English Department and Gretchen Krull from Health Education will lead this discussion on how we can prepare students for disturbing material and address the discomfort it may cause and how we can do this without shying away from the issues we want to address or infringing on academic freedom. Questions about this lunch and suggestions for topics we might address in the future should be sent to Amrita Basu at abasu@amherst.edu.

Pipeline Project Summer Internships Available; Apply by Feb. 15
The Pipeline Project summer program brings Pipeline scholars, selected cohorts of Amherst public school students from the 6th to 10th grades, to Amherst College for a month of academic and enrichment activities. Amherst College interns will work closely with teachers from the Amherst Regional Public Schools in lesson planning, tutoring/mentoring and leading activities and field trips for the Pipeline participants. Interns will receive valuable intensive training alongside teachers from the esteemed LitLife literacy program and will also have many opportunities to debrief their experiences in the afternoons. Questions should be directed to Jamie Lyon at jlyon@amherst.edu. For more info and to apply, visit Experience: amherst.erecruiting.com/er/stu.
For more information: amherst.erecruiting.com/er/stu/opportunities/job_profile.jsp?job_hnd=18791707&affHnd=16405&search_id=26974384-12024191147

French Film Series Presents "Le hussard sur le toit" Feb. 15
On Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in Newport, come watch the French film "Le hussard sur le toit". In the late summer of 1832, Europe is in the grip of a terrible cholera epidemic. With the demise of Napoleon and the disintegration of the French Empire, Austria is poised to overtake Italy. Against this turbulent backdrop, a brave young Italian soldier, Angelo Pardi, undertakes a mission to help save his country.

PEI Ping Pong Tournament Feb. 17
On Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at noon, Peruvian Education Initiative (PEI) will host a ping pong tournament in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. The tournament will offer an advanced singles, an intermediate singles and a doubles division. Register at dinner in Valentine or online at the link below for your chance to win cash prizes (up to $50) and gift certificates! Novelty shirts, ping pong balls featuring President Tony Marx and delicious refreshments (including food from Panera Bread and China Dynasty) will be available for purchase. The entry fee is $5 for singles and $8 for a doubles pair. All proceeds support PEI's nonprofit work in Lima, Peru. Sponsored by Interdepartmental Fund and Amherst College Program Board.
For more information: www.peruvianei.org/pingpong/index.html

Making the Most of Your Summer Feb. 17
Not sure what to do with your first summer of college? Have specific internship or summer job goals but not sure how to attain them? Come listen to and chat with a panel of upperclassmen that have used their summers for successful and meaningful experiences. Panelists will cover the areas of finance/business, international volunteering, science research/pre-med, working on campus, government service, teaching and interning in the nonprofit sector. This will be a great opportunity to find out how Amherst students navigated travel plans, applications, sources of funding and housing and details important to making their summers an enjoyable and interesting experience. The panel will be in O'Connor Commons in Charles Pratt on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/peer_mentors

Steps to Study Abroad Feb. 18
Students interested in studying abroad are invited to attend this informational session. Learn about application processes, deadlines and more. Join Director of International Experience Dean Janna Behrens on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. This program will be repeated throughout the semester.

Biology Department Lecture Feb. 18
Miruna Sasuclark, Biology Program, Biology Department, Pennsylvania State University, will present "Interrelationships among Inbreeding, Herbivory and Disease Dynamics in Cucurbita pepo var. texana" on Monday, Feb. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job: Lecture Feb. 18
Edward Greenstein, Professor of Bible and the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Distinguished Scholar at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, will speak on "The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job" on Monday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. The recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, Greenstein is the co-editor of "The Hebrew Bible in Literary Criticism" and "The State of Jewish Studies" and is the author of "Essays on Biblical Method and Translation." He has published many articles, book chapters and reviews, and is a co-author of "The Timetables of Jewish History." Greenstein is currently completing a book titled "Reader Responsibility: The Making of Meaning in Biblical Narrative" and is writing commentaries on the books of Job, Lamentations and Ruth. The lecture, sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund, is free and open to the public.

The Art of Interviewing Feb. 19
Students looking for jobs and internships are invited to attend this workshop on the Art of Interviewing. Join Career Center Director Dean Rosalind Hoffa for an informational workshop and get all the tips and advice you need to knock 'em dead in your interview, Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Discussion Panel Feb. 19
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, a panel discussion moderated by Professor Martha Umphrey on the military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will take place. The panel will precede a visit on Thursday, Feb. 21, by a United States Navy recruiter, and is the first implementation of the college's policy on military recruiting. All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend this discussion. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/statements/node/27522/

Professor Susan Niditch Publishes New Book
Susan Niditch, Samuel Green Professor of Religion at Amherst College, has just published Judges: A Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 2008) as part of The Old Testament Library Series. The book-length commentary is accompanied by the author's new translation of the biblical book.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/37778

Physics Seminar Feb. 21
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Dr. Anthony Dinsmore from the University of Massachusetts will give a physics talk at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 with a tea beforehand at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008

InfoSys Technologies Global Internships Info Session Feb. 21
Computer Science and Economics majors interested in international business are invited to attend this Infosys Information Session on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center. The InfoSys "Instep Global Internship Program" is designed to give you a chance to work on high-impact assignments ranging from live technology projects to cutting-edge research in our offices in India. While you explore new and emerging technologies, you gain unparalleled international work experience and build a global network of colleagues. Join us to find out more!

German Film Series: "Four Minutes" Feb. 21
In this gripping, award-winning prison drama, powerful wills clash and painful secrets emerge as an elderly teacher (Monika Bleibtreu) attempts to coach a young, highly-gifted woman (Hannah Herzsprung) for a life-changing piano competition. The film will be shown Feb. 21 in Stirn Auditorium at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

Philosophy Department Lecture by Jonathan Westphal Feb. 21
On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room of The Octagon, Jonathan Westphal, Idaho State University, will present a lecture on "'My Body' and 'I.'" The lecture is about philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, and is offered as a contribution to the understanding of the nature of concepts of the self, of the body and of the mind.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/philosophy/events

SHAC Job Openings Available; Apply by Feb. 21
Current sophomores and juniors who have participated in a past Room Draw are invited to apply for a SHAC position. This is a paid, two-year position that involves working with administrators, staff and students to coordinate Room Draw. Applications can be picked up in the Residential Life Office in Converse 105. Contact lfernandes@amherst.edu with any questions.

Be the Next Lord Jeff: Contest Feb. 21
On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., there will be a competition (location TBA) to determine who will be our school mascot, Lord Jeffrey "Lord Jeff" Amherst. Lord Jeff will be required to attend at least one event for every team in every season and all NESCAC and national competition events that are hosted on campus. Lord Jeff will receive a stipend for the semester for fulfilling his/her duties. If you are interested in inheriting this coveted role, please contact Drew Blacker at dblacker09@amherst.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 20. This event is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Launching the Medical School Application: Essays and School Lists Feb. 20
Juniors and seniors planning to apply to medical school in the summer of 2008 should attend this workshop offered by health professions advisor Carolyn Bassett. Join Dean Bassett to find out important information regarding launching the application process, writing winning essays and putting together reasonable school lists on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Earth Science 107.

Harlem Gospel Choir to Perform Feb. 22
The renowned Harlem Gospel Choir will perform at Amherst College's Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. The concert-which is free and open to the public-is part of the college's celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets to the event are required.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/33101

Vagina Monologues To Be Performed Feb. 21-23
The Amherst College women will perform their rendition of "Vagina Monologues: Retelling the Story" on Feb. 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Tickets are $10 ($5 with student ID). All proceeds benefit the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), a non- profit organization in Greenfield that provides services for survivors of rape and domestic abuse. Raffle tickets are $2 and will be sold during tabling and at all shows. Prizes include massages, gift certificates and CDs. To reserve tickets, contact ACVaginaMonologues@gmail.com before Feb. 20. For more info, call Gretchen Krull at 413/542-8180.

Zumbyes Winter Show: Jambo! Feb. 22
The Amherst College Zumbyes will present their annual winter concert, Jambo!, on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Tickets will go on sale next week in Valentine during lunch and dinner hours and will also be sold at the door. The ticket price is $4. For more information on the Zumbyes and Jambo!, please visit www.zumbyes.com.
For more information: www.zumbyes.com

Twelve College Exchange Program Application Deadline is Feb. 22
This program facilitates residential study at Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton, Wesleyan, Mystic Seaport Program and the National Theater Institute. Interested students must meet with Dean Frances Tuleja by Friday, Feb. 22. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 25. Students must also comply with the college's internal notification deadlines: students away for the full 2008-09 academic year or the fall 2008 semester must complete an intent form at the Dean's Office by March 15; for the spring 2009 semester, by April 15. Students who fail to submit an intent form by the stipulated deadlines will not receive credit for course work completed at another school.

Physical Plant Looking for Summer Casual Workers
Physical Plant is accepting applications for summer casual student workers to supplement its work force in Grounds, Custodial, Building Services, the Service Center and the Lock Shop. All positions are full-time, Monday through Friday. Physical Plant requires that the student workers be at least 16 years old and able to commit to work for a period of at least six weeks. Applicants must be Amherst College students or dependents of current Amherst College employees. Applications are available in the Physical Plant office and the Office of Human Resources. Completed applications should be returned to the Physical Plant, attention Stan Adams, by April 1. For questions or an application, call 413/542-8137 or e-mail sadams@amherst.edu

International Students' Association "CIA Table" to Meet Thursdays
The Current International Affairs (CIA) Discussion table, presented by the ISA, is a place for students willing to informally discuss current issues over a meal. It meets weekly on Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. in the mezzanine in Valentine.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/international_students_association/cia

Harlem Gospel Choir Tickets Available at Door at 6:45 p.m.
While advance tickets to this evening's concert by the Harlem Gospel Choir are currently sold out, some free tickets will be made available at Buckley at 6:45 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Author Roger King Speaking at North Dorm this Sunday, Feb. 24
Roger King, author of four novels and an award-winning documentary, will read from his latest book, Girl from Zanzibar (winner of the BABRA "Best Novel of 2002") at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 24. Copies of the New York Times review of the book are available in the first floor common room of North dormitory. Dr. King has worked extensively throughout the developing world as an agricultural economist and has devoted the last decade or so to his literary career. He will provide a lively context to examine his fictional work and his views on how it relates to contemporary politics and economics.

Zumbyes show in Johnson Chapel 8:00 tonight!
Come brave the snow and see the Amherst College Zumbyes perform in their annual Winter show, Jambo!, tonight at 8:00 in Johnson Chapel. Tickets are $4 and will be sold at the door. Doors open around 7:40.
For more information: www.zumbyes.com

Earn Extra Money for Spring Break: Student Letter-Writers Wanted
The Office of Development seeks students to hand-write thank-you notes to the College's Noah Webster Circle members (donors of $10,000 or more to the Annual Fund). Must have neat handwriting. A letter template will be provided. Hours are flexible, but letters to all current NWC donors (approximately 125) must be written by March 14. Pay is $7.50/hour. For more information, please contact Laura Miller, Associate Director of the Annual Fund, at lmiller@amherst.edu or x2939.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/alumni/giving/annual_fund/noahwebstercircle

Youth Action International Lecture on Children in War Feb. 25
Youth Action International (YAI) at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College has invited Kimmie Weeks '05 and Sarorng Sorn to give a talk on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). "Children and War" will focus on the effects of war on the lives of children. Kimmie Weeks was a child during the Liberian Civil War; at Amherst, he founded YAI, a global non-profit working to develop and implement programs to help alleviate the suffering of children affected by war or living in difficult conditions. Sarorng Sorn was seven during the Cambodian genocide; now a graduate student at UPenn, she is the director of programs of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP). For more info, contact Seguin Strohmeier at sstrohmeier10@amherst.edu.

Marjorie Agosin To Give Lecture Feb. 25
Marjorie Agosin, professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, will speak on "Threads of Hope" on Monday, Feb. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Room of Fayerweather Hall. Agosin is a spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in third-world countries. Her book, "Scraps of Life: Chilean Arpilleras" (Red Sea Press, 1987, translated by Cola Franzen) tells of Chilean women who make their struggles known to the world through the exposition of arpilleras, folk tapestries that tell of their bravery and hardships in the face of oppression. A reception will follow in Frost Reading Room where Agosin's collection of arpilleras will be on display. Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund, the event is free and open to the public.

Law without Nations Lecture Feb. 25
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Elazar Barkan, Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, to give a talk at Amherst College on Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. His talk is titled "Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide and Gross Violations of Human Rights: The State versus Humanitarian Law." Barkan is the co-director of the Human Rights Concentration at SIPA. Barkan's paper will be available prior to the lecture and can be requested by contacting klunderwood@amherst.edu.

Biology Department Lecture Feb. 25
Dr. Rachel Levin from the Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College and the Department of Biology at Amherst College will present "Clades and Convergence: Fragrance, Fruits and Sexuality" on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Making a Difference: Federal Government Opportunities Feb. 25
Students seeking information about careers with the federal government are invited to attend this information session with Kim Ainsworth, Executive Director of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board, which represents 150 federal agencies. She will provide information about a wide variety of careers in the federal government, including recent "hot" careers such as law enforcement, crime scene investigation (CSI), intelligence and foreign service. The session will be on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall (107 Earth Science Building).
For more information: www.boston.feb.gov/feb.asp

Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Oxford TEFL Information Session Feb. 25
Students interested in teaching English as a foreign language are invited to attend this information session with Peter Vahle, representative from Oxford TEFL, on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Career Center.
For more information: www.oxfordtefl.com/about.htm

Talk by Ellen Lubell, Human Rights Lawyer, about Her Work in Guantanamo Bay Feb. 26
Amnesty International and the Amherst College Democrats cordially invite you to this talk on Tuesday, Feb. 26. It will take place in Paino Lecture Hall (Geology Building) at 7.30 p.m. Matters such as torture, human rights abuse, Guantanamo and law will be discussed. The talk is sponsored by the AAS.

What is Public Health? A Presentation from Brown University Feb. 26
Students considering careers in public health, or just wanting to find out what public health is all about, are invited to attend this information session presented by representatives from Brown University. Join them to find out more about the field in general, and about Brown's master's degree program in Public Health on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Yale Scholar to Discuss American Presidential Elections Feb. 26
David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, will deliver a talk titled "American Presidential Elections: The Historical Perspective" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Amherst College's Pruyne Lecture Hall. The discussion is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/37371

Swing Dance Lessons Feb. 26
Come to Hamilton basement on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 8 to 9 p.m. for Amherst Swing & Ballroom Dance's first swing dance lesson of the semester. Learn to dance in a fun and relaxed environment! No partner is required and all skill levels are welcome.

Jazz@Schwemm's Series Opener! Feb. 26
The Spring 2008 series of jazz performances dubbed Jazz@Schwemm's will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 p.m. in Schwemm's Coffeehouse. Two Amherst College combos, Blue Nomads and Offbeat Generation, will be featured. Join us for the music and food/drink. Stay tuned for news of the entire series.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

What Does The Vagina Monologues Mean for Feminism? AFA Discussion Feb. 26
The Amherst Feminist Alliance's annual discussion about The Vagina Monologues will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. Whether you have criticisms or praise or something in between, everyone and all ideas are welcome for debate!

Learn More about Guantanamo Feb. 26
Tuesday, Feb. 26, Amherst College Amnesty International and the Amherst College Democrats are pleased to host Ellen Lubell, human rights lawyer, as she speaks about her representation of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay and about state-sponsored torture. The talk will take place in the Paino Lecture Hall in the Earth Sciences (Geo) Building and will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Study Abroad with IFSA Butler Feb 27
Students interested in studying abroad should attend this information session with representatives from IFSA-Butler and their many programs in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America. The session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Rm. 201. They will also be tabling in the Campus Center on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Robert Hanning To Speak on The Perils of Being A Comic Poet: Ovid, Chaucer, Ariosto Feb. 27
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115), there will be a lecture sponsored by the Five College Medieval Seminar and the Amherst English Department. Robert Hanning, Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, is an internationally known medievalist who has also held visiting professorships at Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and NYU, as well as ACLS, Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships. He has written many important articles on Chaucer, romance, Boccaccio and other medieval subjects. His books include The Vision of History in Early Britain (1966), The Individual in Twelfth-Century Romance (1977), and The Lais of Marie de France (with Joan Ferrante; 1978). His forthcoming book is on the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales.

Open Forum with Dining Services Managers and Students Feb. 27
Please stop by the Upper Terrace in Valentine on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 to 1:30 and share any menu ideas or suggestions with the Dining Services Managers!

Rosie Molinary to Speak on Body Image on Wednesday, Feb. 27
Rosie Molinary, author of "Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image and Growing Up in America" will speak about confronting the confines of society's conception of body image. Please come to Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to take part in this empowering discussion, sponsored by Amherst College Health Education, La Causa, ASA, BSU, UMass, Mt. Holyoke College and Five Colleges, Inc.

Open House: Asian Culture House Feb. 27
The Asian Culture House will be hosting an Open House from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, on the 4th floor of Moore. All interested applicants are welcome to join the ACH residents for some S'mores by the fireplace and have a look at the House. If you can't make it to the Open House, please drop an e-mail to us at cyou09@amherst.edu or yji09@amherst.edu, so that we can meet up and show you around. Please submit your application on the ACH Web site by Friday, Feb. 29.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~ach/

Dining Services Holding Iron Chef Contest in Valentine March 6; Enter Contest by Feb. 27
Reminder: Please submit your names to be possibly drawn to be in the Iron Chef Contest, no later than Wednesday, Feb. 27. All entry forms should be submitted to the Valentine office.

Physics Seminar Feb. 28
On Thursday, Feb. 28, Dr. Jenny Ross of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will give a physics talk at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 with a tea beforehand at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008

Emily Barton Reading at Amherst Books Feb. 28 CANCELED
The reading by author Emily Barton has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/36793

Anne Harris/Paul D'Amato: Exhibit Opens Feb. 25; Lecture Feb. 28
The work of painter Anne Harris and photographer Paul D'Amato will be on exhibit at the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall) from Feb. 25 through March 14. The artists will give a joint lecture on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). A reception will follow immediately after the lecture at the Gallery. The events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Call 413-542-2365. Driving Directions: https://cms.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/visiting/directions
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/eli_marsh

Neuroscience and Meditation: a Philosophical Perspective Feb. 28
Professor Evan Thompson '83, a philosopher from the University of Toronto, will speak in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Thompson will speak on "Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: A Neurophenomenological Approach." This lecture will show how self-reports of experience based on contemplative mental training of attention and awareness can help advance research in cognitive science on consciousness and the self. The lecture will also present an approach to investigating consciousness known as "neurophenomenology" and discuss how contemplative neurophenomenology offers a new way to relate science and contemplative wisdom traditions. The event is sponsored by the Mayo- Smith Read Transdisciplinary Fund and is free and open to the public.

Salsa Dance Lessons Feb. 28
Come to Hamilton basement on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 9 p.m. for Amherst Swing & Ballroom Dance Club's first salsa dance lesson of the semester. Learn to dance in a fun and relaxed environment! No partner is required, lessons are free and all skill levels are welcome.

Evan Thompson to Discuss Meditation and Consciousness Feb. 28
Amherst College alumnus Evan Thompson, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver a lecture titled "Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness: A Neurophenomenological Approach" in Cole Assembly Room of his alma mater's Converse Hall Thursday, Feb. 28. The talk, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/02/node/38112

 
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