Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Social Security Basics for Married Couples

Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.

TIAA Webinar: 2020 Investment Outlook - Post Coronavirus Recovery

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic"

7:00 pm Virtual

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic" is a conversation with Professor Austin Sarat, moderated by Chief Advancement Officer Betsy Cannon Smith '84.

Sarat is Amherst's William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, as well as the associate provost, associate dean of the faculty, and chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. Sarat received a B.A. from Providence College, both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is author or editor of more than 90 books, including The Death Penalty on the Ballot: American Democracy and the Fate of Capital Punishment, The Lives of Guns and Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty.

At Amherst, Sarat teaches courses about law and violence, one of which is called "Murder." This course discusses the representation of murder in law, literature and popular culture. Another course takes up the subject of punishment. In that course, Sarat tries to help students understand why and when we punish and what punishment reveals about those who punish. These courses, like almost everything Sarat teaches, are deeply interdisciplinary, moving out from the study of law or political science to draw on philosophy, literature, sociology and history. Sarat’s hope is to take students on a journey from the familiar to the strange-- that is, to start with something about which students are familiar and, using the insights of different disciplines, to illuminate the complexities of those familiar subjects. Sarat also teaches courses on law and film; courses on law, jurisprudence and social thought; and a First-Year Seminar, "Secrets and Lies."

Betsy Cannon Smith ’84, P’15, was appointed chief advancement officer on May 23, 2019, by President Biddy Martin. Cannon Smith, who had been alumni secretary since 1993, has served the College in a number of key leadership positions within the Advancement division since joining that group in 1986, including with Alumni and Parent Programs, the Annual Fund and the leadership gifts component of the College’s comprehensive campaigns.

In addition to leading the College’s Promise campaign, Cannon Smith advises the Board of Trustees and Martin on advancement issues and serves on the College’s senior leadership team. She enhances and executes the strategic plan for advancement by capitalizing on Amherst’s existing philanthropic strengths and identifying new opportunities. She promotes and cultivates alumni and parent engagement with creative programming and will collaborate with departments and colleagues across the College. Cannon Smith, who earned a degree in English from Amherst, has served as the liaison with the Board of Trustees for areas including trusteeships, honorary degrees and Medals for Eminent Service. She also was a member of the 2003 search committee for the College’s president.

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Set Boundaries

When working from home, do you find yourself working longer hours, or stepping back into “the office” to just finish up that one thing? How we set and communicate boundaries helps us fight burnout and fatigue. This session will amplify strategies for establishing boundaries for yourself and communicating them to others.

Financial Webinar with TIAA: Money at Work 2 - Sharpening Investing Skills

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

TIAA Webinar: Retiring in the "New Normal"

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you've saved as it grows.

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later

For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with the money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape.

TIAA Webinar: Postcards From the Future-A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing

Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule.

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Care.com Webinar: How to Raise Kids to be Actively Anti-Racist

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator, and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. Whether you’re a parent who wants to advance your family’s journey of anti-racisim activism, or someone looking to foster racial justice, you’ll leave this conversation with the knowledge and tools to educate children to be empowered, active allies in the ongoing fight against systemic racism in America.

Workplace Wellness - Full Body Tune Up

There’s a common saying in the movement world: “move it or lose it.” Yet modern life does not provide most of us with the quantity and variety of movement our bodies need to stay healthy and resilient. This workshop will teach you simple ways to fill in your movement “gaps” throughout your work day, focusing on joint mobility and common areas of discomfort. Think of it as a maintenance tune-up for your most important vehicle, your body!

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Build on Your Strengths

When asked to recall important emotional events, a Harvard Business Review study found that people remember four negative memories for every positive one. Why do we focus so deeply on critique? This session will re-focus on our strengths, our skills, the things that make us who we are, and how to apply those in our work.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

Mary Frances Berry

“Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations”

Mary Frances Berry has been a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of 12 books and recipient of 35 honorary doctoral degrees. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993 to 2004, she served as chair.

Professor Berry will discuss the case for reparations and the history of Callie House, a widowed washerwoman who demanded reparations for ex-slaves in the 1890s. This event will kick-off the Provost’s Lecture Series which will focus on “The History of Anti-Black Racism in America” for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Ask the Right Questions

Have you ever left a conversation or meeting with more questions than when you arrived? Maybe you aren’t asking the right questions. This session will cover how to ask questions that get useful answers.

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

Learning & Development invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Ongoing Events

Aerial view of Johnson Chapel and the surrounding Amherst College campus

Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."