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Event Calendar

September 2020

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

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).

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

What We Think: Resilience in a Pandemic

Professor Catherine Sanderson presents the first lecture in the six-part Psychology Department Lecture Series. "Resilience in a Pandemic" begins at 4 p.m. The talk is open to all students and followed by friendly discussion. First-Year students encouraged!

Students Only

Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Professor Shanen Sherrer

Genomic Consequences of Non-Lethal Doses of Cadmium

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Cheminar: Professor Shanen Sherrer, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Department of Chemistry

Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team 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, Sep 8, 2020

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).

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Stories in STEM with the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr

Bio191 is launching a "Stories in STEM" series where speakers share their paths in STEM. Our first speaker, the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr, former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will speak Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99973197368?pwd=TDg4bG01aVlVQ1ZSRUt4bGN....

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Ph.D., MPH, trained as a public health scientist and is dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable transportation. She served on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U.S. agency charged with conducting investigations and making safety recommendations in all areas of transportation. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Dinh-Zarr chaired NTSB board meetings, conducted investigative hearings and represented the agency at the scene of high-profile disasters from 2015-2019.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr graduated from Rice University in Texas and has a master of public health (MPH) degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is a co-founder of the “.05 Saves Lives Coalition,” a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations dedicated to preventing drinking and driving crashes. She also currently serves on the advisory boards for Uber and the AIP Foundation, a nonprofit manufacturer of helmets and disposable medical masks. As a student, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked at the Railroad Museum on Galveston Island, built latrines in Paraguay and studied Latin American literature in Chile. She recently returned from traveling around the world, visiting ten countries with her husband and son.

silhouette in front of sunset

Mindfulness Tune Ups, 15-minute slots under the RSL canopy on Main Quad

Having a tough time staying in the moment? Thoughts or worries taking up too much space? Or just want to enjoy the simple things more? Stop by for a brief coaching session on personally tailored mindfulness tools. Sessions will include conversation and guided meditation, and participants will be given resources to practice on their own. Please come ready to share about an aspect of your daily life in which you'd like to be more present and grounded. All on campus students welcome to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040444AEAE28A4FA7-mindfulness
Sessions provided by Religious and Spiritual Life Director Harrison Blum. More info: hblum@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Book cover for "Hemispheric Intergration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art," by Niko Vicario

CHI Salon: Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories

This CHI salon brings together art historians who teach or who have previously taught at the Five Colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the history of modern art from multiple locations.

Niko Vicario is an assistant professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College and author of Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020).

Karen Kurczynski is an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMCA and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014).

Christine I. Ho is an associate professor in the history of art and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020).

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of art history at Rutgers University-Newark, and author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Field of sunflowers

Drop In Hours with Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Student Activities Tent 2- by the Mead!

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours in the Student Activities Tent #2 in front of the Mead. Stop by to meet with with a member of the Health Education team, ask a question, or get some free resources and giveaways! From 10 am to noon on Friday, Director of Health Education will be in the tent, come by and say hi!

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Student Activities Tent #2 in front of the Mead

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours in the Student Activities Tent #2 in front of the Mead. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team, ask a question or get some free resources! Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available from 1-3 PM on Friday, September 11. Stop by and say hello!

Cheminar - SURF Video Presentations

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team 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, Sep 15, 2020

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).

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

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
Black-and-white headshot of Stephen Dillon

CHI Salon: Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison, a Book Talk with CHI Fellow Stephen Dillon

Stephen Dillon is a CHI Fellow at Amherst College and associate professor of critical race and queer studies at Hampshire College. He is author of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State (Duke University Press, 2018). He will be speaking about the research for his upcoming book Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Image of a Gold Mine Rail

Virtual Escape Room: Gold Rush

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Looking for an opportunity to meet other students? 4 Gold Rush Escape Rooms are running next week! For nearly two centuries, the hope of gold has lured people to the hills of Northern California. No one was captivated more than Clyde Hamilton, a greedy gold prospector who loved to gamble. Clyde made too many bets with the wrong crowd and now he’s missing. You’ve been tipped off to where he stashed his gold.. but so has the mob. Find it first!

Students Only

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Lecture Series

Join the Psychology Department for the fall lecture series, What We Think. This Thursday, September 17, at 7 PM, Professor Julia McQuade presents: "Children's Social-Emotional Development during COVID-19."
Open to All Students. First-Year students encouraged!
20-minute talk followed by friendly discussion.

ZOOM: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWlE...

Students Only

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Health Ed Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Student Activities Tent #2 in front of the Mead

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours in the Student Activities Tent #2 in front of the Mead. Stop by to meet with with a member of the Health Education team, ask a question or get some free resources! Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available from 2-4 PM on Friday, September 18. Stop by and say hello!

One for the World pledges with signs

OFTW: from founding to $1,000,000 donated

Join Amherst EA and OFTW's co-founder Josh McCann to hear about OFTW's journey from being founded at Wharton to donating its millionth dollar to the world's most cost effective charities. Josh will talk about the organization's founding ethos and values, its evolution, give an introduction to effective giving and then take questions. Register at the link!

Registration Required

Cheminar: Student Thesis Talks

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Thesis Student Presenters:
Yusrah Kaudeer, Nejc Nagelj, Alyson Plaman and Clara Seo

Presentation Titles:
Yusrah Kaudeer: "Probing the pH Modulation of a Hyper-Phosphorylated Model
of Alpha-B Crystallin"

Nejc Nagelj: "Modelling Photoexcited Processes in Quantum Dots"

Alyson Plaman: "Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters in Open-Air"

Clara Seo: "Investigating Monomer Kinetics of ONN-Titanium Complexes in
Ring-Opening Polymerization"

Please visit the chemistry department's seminar webpage for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

Image of a Gold Mine Rail

Virtual Escape Room: Gold Rush

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Looking for an opportunity to meet other students? 4 Gold Rush Escape Rooms are running next week! For nearly two centuries, the hope of gold has lured people to the hills of Northern California. No one was captivated more than Clyde Hamilton, a greedy gold prospector who loved to gamble. Clyde made too many bets with the wrong crowd and now he’s missing. You’ve been tipped off to where he stashed his gold.. but so has the mob. Find it first!

Students Only

Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Book & Plow Community Clean This Sunday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Book and Plow Farm

Hello! There is more food in our farm fields than we are sending to the Dining Hall. We are looking for up to nine students on Sunday, Sept. 20, to come up to the farm and harvest and wash vegetables for donation to the Amherst Survival Center. On both days we will meet up at the farm greenhouse at 9:00 AM; wear masks and clothes and shoes that can get a little dirty. Email Farmer Maida at mives@amherst.edu to get confirmation.

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team 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, Sep 22, 2020

Professor of Physics Janice Hudgings, Pomona College: "Building Equity: Creating Inclusive STEM Classrooms and Departments"

Despite decades of effort to create a more welcoming environment, women and people of color remain dramatically underrepresented in physics and astronomy, and minoritized groups continue to report hostile climates. This unwelcoming environment manifests, for example, in the use of textbooks focused on the achievements of white men, widespread accounts of microaggressions, and the conflation of privilege with aptitude. So what, then, can we do about this? In this presentation, I will outline some strategies being used by small liberal arts college physics programs and STEM faculty members-- including at Amherst --to develop more equitable pedagogies and to build actively anti-racist and inclusive STEM departments. We will end with a collective discussion of how some of these strategies are already being used or could be implemented in an Amherst-College-specific context.

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).

Martha S. Jones

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Most recently, Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), which earned many awards.

Professor Jones will discuss the history of African-American women who defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. This event is part of 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.

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

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.

Meet The SHEs - Office Hour!

Stop by the tent in front of the Mead Art Museum to pick up gift bags, stickers, health ed supplies, and to meet several Student Health Educators in person! You will be able to get more information about the virtual "Meet the SHEs" event this Friday and have any questions about alcohol, sexual health, managing stress, and other well-being related topics answered here.

Student Health Educators Office Hours

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Mead Art Museum, Student Activities Tend #2(outside Mead)

Come by Student Activities Tent #2 (outside the Mead) from 1-3 p.m. to meet the on-campus SHEs EJ and Kathleen! These student health educators are ready to chat about health-related topics for college students, meet new students and reconnect with returning ones, and talk about some of the health resources and programming for the semester. Curious how the condoms show up in the bathroom, want to brainstorm ideas on how to prioritize sleep, or just want to meet two cool people? Swing by!

Can't make it? Come to the Meet the SHES virtual event Friday, Sept. 25, from 4-5 p.m. Link below to register.

Students Only
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

CHI Salon: Exploring Afro-Asian Solidarities in the Aftermath of George Floyd

In conversation, Karin Aguilar-San Juan and Lili Kim will explore the contexts for Afro-Asian solidarities with reference to the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May 2020. One of the four officers charged with the killing is Hmong, leading Hmong and Asian American communities to a painful self-inquiry on the nature and scope of our anti-Black racism. Essential to that inquiry is knowledge of the U.S. wars in Asia, reaching as far back as the Philippine-American War. From the Philippines all the way to Laos and Cambodia-- where the US/CIA coerced Hmong villagers into accessory roles in a "Secret War" --BIPOC communities have been presented with a limited menu of options for good citizenship. How will we deal with that menu today?

Karin Aguilar-San Juan is professor and chair of American studies and associate director of the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College. She is also a leader within the Race, Love, and Liberation Laboratory (for growing spiritual things) based at Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Lili Kim is a CHI Fellow, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at Amherst College, and an Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations at Hampshire College.

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Department of History at Amherst College. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Flu Clinic

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tent behind the COVID-19 Testing Center tent in back of Alumni House

The flu clinic staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals is available for all students as well as staff and faculty approved to work on campus.
Registration required.

Plants as Healing

Plants As Healing

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Book & Plow Farm

If you would like to promote healing through plants, join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect in collaboration with the Book & Plow Farm to learn how to make floral wreaths and tea bags! We will be utilizing the flowers and herbs grown at the farm as well as providing Peer Advocate resources. If you are not able to make it, check out our instagram (@amherst_pa) during or after the event for a step by step tutorial! This event is part of our Survivor Support Series. All are welcome!
If you have any questions, contact peeradvocate@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-2760.

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Flu Clinic

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tent behind the COVID-19 Testing Center tent in back of Alumni House

The flu clinic staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals is available for all students as well as staff and faculty approved to work on campus.
Registration required.

Health Ed Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Val Quad Tent #3

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming opportunities on campus, and get some free resources! Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available Friday, September 25, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM on Val Quad Tent #3. Stop by and say hello!

Faculty Colloquim Series: "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," Presented by Matteo Riondato

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm To Be Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," presented by Matteo Riondato, assistant professor of computer science.

Cheminar: Student Thesis Presentations

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Student Thesis Presenters: Jordan Aucoin '21, Katherine Boback '21, Nina Fitzgerald '21 and Shantam Jha '21

This is week two of honors presentations. Please visit the chemistry department seminar page for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

Meet the SHEs Virtual Event

The SHEs will be hosting their first official event of the year …HOORAY!  This Friday, on the 25th, we will have a virtual meet-and-greet with many of the SHEs, which will be taking place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST in the afternoon. This event was originally inspired by the SHE’s traditional in-person, introductory meeting, which takes place at the beginning of each year, and is where students are invited to meet our team of student health educators, ask questions, and get to know us!  Unfortunately, since this is not a normal school year, and we are unable to host that same type of gathering this fall, we’ve decided to create this virtual space to do the same thing.  So, on Friday, please come with your questions!  This will be an informal opportunity for all of us to get to know one another in spite of being in different places, timezones, grades, and classes.

Students Only

Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Shofar and prayer book

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Join us as we come together to begin the 25-hour period of fasting and introspection with an in-person, socially-distanced prayer service. The service begins with the Kol Nidre prayer and includes prayers of forgiveness. Please sign up for a spot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DA5AF2DA6F4C16-yomkippur

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team 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.

Group of socially distanced Amherst Mammoths wearing masks over the text "Get a Flu Shot."

Flu Clinic

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tent behind the COVID-19 Testing Center tent in back of Alumni House

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for all students as well as staff and faculty approved to work on campus.
Registration required.

Gates of heaven closing

Yom Kippur Yizkor/Neilah (Memorial/Concluding) Service

Join us for in-person, socially-distanced prayer services to conclude Yom Kippur. We will start with a Yizkor service to honor deceased in our families and community. We will read and discuss the Book of Jonah. As the sun begins to set we will do the Neilah/Concluding Service. Space is limited, so please sign up here to reserve a spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DA5AF2DA6F4C16-yomkippur1

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Group of socially distanced Amherst Mammoths wearing masks over the text "Get a Flu Shot."

Flu Clinic

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Tent behind the COVID-19 Testing Center tent in back of Alumni House

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for all students as well as staff and faculty approved to work on campus.
Registration required.

Strategies for Staying Sane Through Stress and Uncertainty

We humans are better at bouncing back from bad news than we are at adapting to uncertainty. Continuous change and uncertainty cause a great deal of stress because we don’t have anything stable to adapt and adjust to. In times of upheaval, it is more important than ever to attend to our own wellbeing and the health of our communities. This workshop will help participants differentiate between stressors (causes of stress), and the physiological stress response, and will offer concrete strategies for addressing the stress caused by uncertainty.

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).

Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi: A Reading and Conversation

Join writer Poupeh Missaghi as she reads from her novel Trans(re)lating House One, about which Publishers Weekly has said, “Missaghi’s lyrical, meditative debut merges fiction, poetry, and critical study to explore Iran’s history and volatile present ... a bravura exhibition of writing as performance art.” A Q&A will follow.

Missaghi is a writer, a translator (both into and out of Persian), Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Denver and an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

Registration Required

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Group of socially distanced Amherst Mammoths wearing masks over the text "Get a Flu Shot."

Flu Clinic

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tent behind the COVID-19 Testing Center tent in back of Alumni House

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for all students as well as staff and faculty approved to work on campus.
Registration required.

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

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Why We Act: A Conversation on Bystander Intervention with Professor Catherine Sanderson

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/whyweact

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect for a presentation and conversation with Amherst College Psychology Professor Catherine Sanderson on her new book, Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels on Wednesday, September 30, from 4-5 PM EST on Zoom. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a signed copy of the book! Questions? Contact Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at 413-542-2760 or lakelly@amherst.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Health Education, Centering Student Wellbeing.

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/whyweact
Meeting ID: 952 9267 8176
Passcode: 855806

"Arts of Address" book cover

CHI Salon: Arts of Address, a Book Talk with Monique Roelofs

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

Join Monique Roelofs in a discussion of her new book Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Modes of address are forms of signification that we direct at living beings, things and places, and they at us and at each other. Seeing is a form of address. So are speaking, singing and painting. Initiating or responding to such calls, we participate in encounters with the world. In readings of writers and artists ranging from Julio Cortázar to Jamaica Kincaid and from Martha Rosler to Pope.L, Roelofs demonstrates the centrality of address to freedom and a critical political aesthetics. Hume, Kant and Foucault enter into conversation with Fanon and Anzaldúa. Drawing on a wide array of artistic and theoretical sources and challenging disciplinary boundaries, the book illuminates address’s significance to cultural existence and to our reflexive aesthetic engagement in it.

Monique Roelofs is currently a visiting scholar in the political science department at Amherst College and a professor of philosophy at Hampshire College. Please also join us in congratulating Monique and wishing her well before she moves onto a new position as professor of philosophy of art and culture in the philosophy department at the University of Amsterdam. She will also be chairing the department's Critical Cultural Theory Group.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required
Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion

Why Democracy Matters? A Panel Discussion

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 Profs. Javier Corrales, Jonathan Obert, Ruxandra Paul, and Austin Sarat share their views. Following the panel, breakout rooms will be available for Zoom participants to ask questions and discuss issues further. Panel discussion starts at 8pm. Break-out rooms open at 9pm. This is part of a series of events the department is organizing this semester in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States.

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlce-vrj4rH9ZgO4_L6Rpy...

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

Registration Required