Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Research Assistant in Physics Abigail Plummer, Harvard: "Instability, Frustration and Phase Transitions in Thin Elastic Sheets"

Thin sheets, such as plant leaves, cell membranes and atomically thin materials, can show complex and surprising behaviors when allowed to grow and deform in three dimensions. One such behavior is the purely elastic shape memory found in disordered spring networks and, to a good approximation, crumpled paper. In this talk, I will introduce a simplified model for this effect, in which we locally swell a periodic array of points on an elastic sheet. When the local expansion is sufficiently large, or the sheet is sufficiently flexible, the regions of dilation will prefer to buckle out of the plane. We find that we can understand the ground state as well as the finite temperature behavior of this system if we assume that the buckled dilations behave like spins in an Ising model, a simple model for magnetism and phase transitions.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 28, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Health Education Office Hours - Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours, Ashley Netanel invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by Val Tent #4 in front of the Mead on Wednesdays between 1-3 p.m. to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that peak your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Wed. September 16 - Navigating AOD & COVID-19

Wed. September 23 - Meet the SHEs - Hosted by the Student Health Educators

Wed. September 30 - Sober Curious - Creating intentional relationships to substances

Wed. October 7 - Collegiate Recovery - Being in recovery (and being a recovery ally) while in college

Wed, October 14 - Cannabis & You - Everything you want know about cannabis

Wed. October 21 - Other Drugs - What to think about when dabbling in other substance use

Wed. October 28 - Sex & Substances

Wed. November 4 - AOD & Social Justice - How the story and legislation of substance use intersects with identity and activism

Wed. November 11 - AOD & Sleep - Understanding the impact of substances so you can get your best night's sleep

Wed. November 18 - AOD at Amherst - How does AOD show up in our community and how can we care for each other

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours/Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Ashley Netanel, Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator at anetanel@amherst.edu.

Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964

Students Only
A white poster of headshots of the featured authors: Katherine Vaz, Tiffany Higgins, Jose Pinto de Sa, Eliane Marques, Jethro Soutar, Susana Moreira Marques, Shauna Barbosa

CHI Salon: Voices from the Lusosphere: The Common Launches Its 20th Issue

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Marking 10 years of publication, Amherst's award-winning literary magazine, The Common, launches its 20th issue with a portfolio of writing from Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora: from Lisbon to Goa; Cape Verde to Rio de Janeiro. Join us for an international reading and conversation, co-hosted by the DISQUIET International Literary Program.

Featured authors:
• Fiction writer Katherine Vaz and poet Shauna Barbosa, representing Luso-America
• Poet Eliane Marques with translator Tiffany Higgins, representing Brazil
• Essayist Susana Moreira Marques, representing Portugal
• José Pinto de Sá and translator Jethro Soutar, representing Mozambique

Registration Required

Who Merits an Elite College Education?

As part of Virtual Homecoming and Family Week, Zach Bleemer a Class of 2013 Amherst College graduate and current PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley will present "Who Merits an Elite College Education?" This virtual event is open to the college community via Zoom.

Self Serve

Self Serve Presented By the SHEs (Remote)

Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop over Zoom about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! And feel free to bring a sweet treat !
Zoom URL: tinyurl.com/self-serve-workshop

Students Only

Meet the Authors: A Conversation about Recent Books Published by History Faculty

Join us for a celebratory conversation with history faculty who have recently published books!
Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, will discuss Female Husbands: a Trans History (Cambridge, 2020). Edward Melillo, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, will discuss The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World (Knopf, 2020). Vanessa Walker, Morgan Assistant Professor in Diplomatic History, will discuss Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell, 2020).

Registration Required
Why Democracy Matters

Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Held Via Zoom

The Department of Political Science would like to invite the entire Amherst College community to a panel discussion on "Why Democracy Matters." Hop on Zoom to hear Professors Javier Corrales, Jonathan Obert, and Kerry Ratigan share their views. Panel discussion starts at 8pm. This is part of a series of events the department is organizing this semester in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States. This event is free and open to the entire Amherst community including all Homecoming and Family Weekend attendees.

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-CvqjktGtKU46iJ8GNs...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Required

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Community Conversations

Whether you are working on-campus or remote, you may find yourself feeling a bit disconnected from colleagues. Take a break and join members of the HR Activities Committee for a virtual drop in casual conversation! Meet folks you may not know and catch up with those you do! Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.

Dried Flower Bookmarks

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Book & Plow Farm

Come down to Book & Plow Farm for a fun and simple craft using violets that have been grown and pressed at the Farm! Limited to 10 students. RSVP by emailing jherioncruz19@amherst.edu. Information about a rain date will be emailed to RSVP'd students if needed!

Students Only

Pressed Flower Bookmark Making

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Student Activities Tent #2 (Near Mead Art Museum)

Take a break and make fun crafts with violets grown and pressed at Book & Plow Farm. Limited to 10 students. RSVP by emailing jherioncruz19@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required
Headshot of Ariel Nereson

Dr. Ariel Nereson: "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work"

The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work," a talk by Dr. Ariel Nereson.

In our contemporary moment, with its resurgence of populism and stark ideological oppositions within diverse democratic formations, many commentators, including activists, scientists, politicians, educators, and community members and organizers, are turning to the language of empathy to describe what is missing in our current discourse. This talk looks to artists, particularly the renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, for practices of empathy-building that align with current cognitive scientific understandings of how humans relate to others whom they perceive as different from themselves. Exploring movement-based works as experiments in empathy-building and community development may offer tactics for revitalizing democratic principles toward practices of equity and differentiated solidarity.

Ariel Nereson is an assistant professor of dance studies and director of graduate dance at the University at Buffalo - SUNY. Her current book project, Democracy Moving: Bill T. Jones, Contemporary American Performance, and the Racial Past, analyzes the choreography of Bill T. Jones as public intellectual labor, Black aesthetic praxis and historical knowledge. She sits on the board of the American Theatre and Drama Society and is the book review editor for Theatre History Studies. Her publications can be found in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, American Quarterly, Studies in Musical Theatre and forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, amongst others. She is also a choreographer and dramaturg.

Registration Required

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Swipe to see a video message from a resource working to support survivors and end Sexual Violence at Amherst!

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Brenna Werme

The OHR Learning & Development invites you to set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

The words breathe talk bless with wildflowers in background

breathe.talk.bless.

Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

Peers and Persuasion

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Held via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Peers and Persuasion" presented by Jakina Debnam Guzman, Assistant Professor of Economics. This lecture will be held via Zoom (see link below).  Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research.  The event is open to the Amherst College Community. For more information about the Faculty Colloquium Series please visit this link   https://www.amherst.edu/mm/597044

LINK TO THE ZOOM MEETING: 
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98412010966?pwd=bGdTT0cvQzREQUxqcEpkKzJ...

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR 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

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

The SHEs Present: Sex Week 2020

Join the Student Health Educators in the Department of Health Education for Sex Week, an annual period of programming to bring awareness to sexual health, diversity, and pleasure.

Sex Week(s) is taking place between Monday, October 19, and Friday, October 30, and there are many different opportunities for all types of engagement. Please see the list below (and the attached Sex Week calendar) for more information!

Sex Week Programs:
Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project Co-sponsored with Student Activities
Monday, October 19th
In Person: Main Quad, Tent #3 (Rain Location: The Powerhouse) 3-6 PM
Virtual: 8-9 PM Eastern / Zoom: tinyurl.com/graphic-sex-project
Description: Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event to view the national Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! For students who are remote or want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick During COVID-19
Thursday, October 22nd - 8-9 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/sex-and-covid
Description: Stop by for an open conversation about safe and pleasurable sexual experiences during the pandemic. During this virtual workshop, we will provide resources and tools for students both on and off-campus so that they can make the most informed decisions when it comes to having safer and more pleasurable sexual experiences and maintaining safe COVID-19 practices.

Now That's the LGB-Tea Co-sponsored with the QRC & Pride Alliance
Monday, October 26th - 7-8 PM Eastern
RSVP Required for Zoom Link: tinyurl.com/lgbteaRSVP
Description: A discussion-based workshop on sexual pleasure and safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ people.

Self-Serve Workshop
Wednesday, October 28th 7-8 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/self-serve-workshop
Description: Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! Feel free to bring a sweet treat!

Attendees at each program can enter a raffle for a different book on sex & sexuality.

Sex Week Social Media:
In addition to our virtual and in person programs, the SHEs will be promoting Sex Week on their social media accounts in various ways. Follow the SHEs on Instagram @ac_she and on Facebook.com/ACSHEs to engage!

Sex Week Social Media Campaigns
Week 1 (Oct 19-23) Topic: All About Digital Sex - What it is, how it works, and how to do it safely
Description: Stay tuned for cybersex-related posts throughout the week & learn how digital sex can keep things fun during COVID-19.

Week 2 (Oct 26-30) Topic: Sex Work & Ethical Porn
Description: This week will center posts related to better understanding sex work and how to consume porn ethically.

Weekly Sex Week Trivia
At the end of each week the SHEs will post trivia questions related to that week's social media and program topics. Participants who answer correctly each week will be entered in a raffle for a sex & sexuality related book.

Instagram Live Q&A with the SHEs
Thursday, October 29th, Time TBD
As Sex Week 2020 wraps ups, the SHEs are hopping on Instagram live to answer students' sex-related questions.

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Understanding Sex Work and Ethical Porn: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

Get to know about sex work and ethical porn consumption with the SHEs! Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn more about what sex work is and ways to ethically engage with pornography as part of our second Sex Week social media campaign.