A Conversation with Kellie Jones ’81, H’18 and Thomas W. Mitchell ’87

April 12, 2021

A conversation hosted by Ayo Lewis ’21 with 2016 MacArthur Fellow Kellie Jones ’81, H’18 and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Thomas W. Mitchell ’87 about their work and their Amherst experiences.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Angela Y. Davis

April 15, 2021

Keynote Speaker Dr. Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz; moderated by Kimberly Bain '14, John Holmes Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Tufts University.

Virtual Black Alumni Week | April 12 – 18, 2021

Sankofa bird image

Join in Virtual Black Alumni Week, Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18! Connect with old friends and current students, join in conversations with, and lectures by, MacArthur Fellows and a legendary activist and make new connections. Whether you attend every event or choose to log on for just one or two, we hope you will attend!

Virtual Black Alumni Week will be facilitated through a Zoom-based virtual platform called Cadence. After registration, you will receive an email in advance of the event, inviting you to explore the platform and note which programs you hope to attend. You can also use the platform to chat with other alumni who are registered and connect in a virtual space.

Monday, April 12

7 p.m. EDT: A Conversation with 2016 MacArthur Fellow Kellie Jones '81, H'18 and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Thomas W. Mitchell '87
Join two of the College's most recent MacArthur Fellows for a conversation about their work and their Amherst experiences.

Tuesday, April 13

4 p.m. EDT: Conversation with Amherst Admission
Black alumni and their children are welcome to attend this overview of admission procedures at Amherst, led by Matthew McGann, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.

8 p.m. EDT: Trivia Night!
Join the Multicultural Resource Center for a night of fun, with a team trivia competition, including questions about Amherst Black history!

Wednesday, April 14

7 p.m. EDT: Career Panel and Networking
Join the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning for a panel discussion with Black alumni who work in career fields in which Black professionals are underrepresented. The panel will be followed by small breakout groups where alumni and current students can connect and talk about strategies for navigating and thriving in predominantly white workplaces. This event is intended primarily for current students and early-career alumni. Moderator: Adrianna M. Turner '14; Panelists include: George Beecham '18, Dr. Rebecca Cross '11, Jay Drain Jr. '18, Lola Fadulu '17, Nicholaus Mollel '10, Jillian Stockmo Chapman '13, and Tomi Williams '16.

Thursday, April 15

8 p.m. EDT: Keynote Speaker Dr. Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Moderated by Kimberly Bain '14, John Holmes Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Tufts University

Friday, April 16

6 p.m. EDT: Creating the Amherst Society of Black Alumni (with cocktails!)
Pour yourself a Dark and Stormy or your favorite cocktail and join us for a discussion about the creation of the Amherst Society of Black Alumni! Following the events both at Amherst and nationally, the Black Student Union and a group of Black alumni convened about the possibility of creating an association for Black alumni. We hope to engage in mutual professional development, interpersonal support and the cultivation of Black graduates both present and future, and develop and nurture a strong and engaged Black alumni community through activities and social engagement on- and off-campus.

Saturday, April 17

3 p.m. EDT: College Update
Conversation with President Biddy MartinNorm Jones, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer; and Amherst College Trustees Rev. Phillip A. Jackson ’85, Chantal E. Kordula ’94 and Kimberlyn Leary ’82

4:30 p.m. EDT: Souls Release
In the spirit of Sankofa, we gather to share stories and invite alumni to share their experiences in response to questions from students. Facilitated by Ayodele Lewis '21.

5:45 p.m. EDT: Decades Receptions
Catch up and connect with other alumni in a time for open social gathering. Bring a snack or cocktail with you!

Sunday, April 18

1 p.m. EDT: Black Alumni Memorial Service
Remember and honor our brothers and sisters who have passed away since the last Black Alumni Weekend in 2019, and all Amherst College Black alumni, faculty and staff who have passed through and passed away since the beginning of the College. Facilitated by Everett "Skip" Jenkins ’75.