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).

Amherst Tuning In: Student Music Theses as Tools to Engage

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Amherst Tuning In, Tuesdays at 5:30 PM EST
Join us Tuesday, September 1, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with past thesis students about political messages in music theses. We'll get to hear some fantastic excerpts from past theses and talk about how composers put political ideas into their writing.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 8: Perspectives from faculty plus fun and games!

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

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Here and Now: A Welcome Event with Theater & Dance

The Department of Theater and Dance welcomes all students (and especially new students!) to join us for sharing and conversation. The event will include recent alums and current majors, who will talk about what they have been doing creatively. Come learn about opportunities for creative exploration, fall events, classes, and collaborations, and connect with fellow students. Department faculty and staff, along with Carla Costa from the Loeb Center, will also be on hand to answer questions and share information. We look forward to gathering with you!

Join us via Zoom:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99028831957?pwd=enhac0dWNnFabEJpK0JKaHd...

Students are welcome to stay for as long as they wish.

Hosted by the Department of Theater and Dance. Co-sponsored by the Arts and Communication Program of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

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).

Amherst Tuning In: Perspectives from Faculty

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Join us Tuesday, September 8, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with Professors Tanya Leise, Jennifer Hamilton, and Lili Kim about their inspirations for the neat courses they are teaching this semester. And stick around for some fun and games including "Is this music from a movie advertisement or a campaign video?" with Gil Wermeling '18, host.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 15: Find out about the new AC Music Department Commission is celebrating the 19th Amendment with special guest, composer Reena Esmail.

Calidore String Quartet

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents the Calidore String Quartet

Please join online for the third in the series of free virtual M@A performances:

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

“deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” –The New York Times

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

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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
Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk (1st of Fall 2020!)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an 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.

Join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99335278766?pwd=cHdrU05PMm9RSjdEaDErSnk...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

Students Only

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

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AC Reads Plays Together

The Department of Theater and Dance invites any interested students to meet several times this semester to read plays aloud together. We hope this will be a great way to get to know new works of dramatic literature, and connect! The plan is to choose up to four plays, with selection input from the members of the group, and meet roughly every 2-3 weeks. Hosted by Professor Ron Bashford.

The first meeting will be Thursday, September 10, at 7 p.m.

Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/91963845044?pwd=eWY1U1JUcGo2ZGNsTGZ6NXF...

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

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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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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!

Mammoth Story

Beneski Guided Visit (ON SITE)

“A Mammoth History”: Participants will explore the migration of mammoths into North America, a little about life in the herd, the extinction of mammoths, the discovery of the Amherst College mammoth, and the selection of the mammoth as the first official Amherst College mascot.

Students Only

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.

2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival: Remote Event

The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

This year’s festival will be held remotely; the schedule is now live and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson and, as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon. Sign up for events through the schedule page!

Registration Required

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

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).

Illustration of a purple cartoon Mammoth wearing headphones and working on a laptop while sitting in a lounge area. On a nearby window is an "Amherst Tuning In" poster with photos of Reena Esmail and Rebecca Howell.

Amherst Tuning In: 19th Amendment Commission

The music department has commissioned a large-scale work to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment, to be premiered in the fall of 2021 by Amherst's own Choral Society, the Jazz Ensemble and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.  Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as we talk with composer Reena Esmail and librettist Rebecca Howell to discuss this momentous undertaking.  
You can join by using this Zoom link:  https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96712048638

Reena Esmail has been commissioned by ensembles across the U.S., including the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Chicago Sinfonietta and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and she is the Los Angeles Master Chorale's 2020-2023 Swan Family Artist in Residence. 

Rebecca Gayle Howell is poetry editor for Oxford American and the author of two critically acclaimed collections, American Purgatory and Render/An Apocalypse.

Poet Shayla Lawson smiles facing the camera

Shayla Lawson Reading and Q&A

Join poet Shayla Lawson as she reads from her new essay collection This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, which has been called “a hilarious, heartbreaking, and endlessly entertaining homage to black women’s resilience and excellence” (Kirkus Reviews). A Q&A with Lawson follows the reading. This event kicks off the Amherst College Creative Writing Fall Reading Series.

Register ahead of time through the link!

Registration Required

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

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

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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
Headshots of Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram and Dr. Shauna Morgan

Black Lives and Black Poetics Matter: A Reading and Discussion Curated by Faraday Publishing

Join us for an evening of vibrant poetry and dialogue on the vitality and importance of Black Lives and Black Poetics in contemporary America. Moderated by Enzo Silon Surin, founder and director of Faraday Publishing, this panel will feature leading Black poets, scholars and educators, including Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram and Dr. Shauna Morgan.

To register, follow the link!

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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!

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
Poet Franny Choi smiles and looks off camera

Poetry Open Mic & Franny Cho

If you’d like to hear a wide variety of poets bravely sharing their work, be sure to tune in to our Festival open mic night! Following the open mic, participants will be treated to a poetry reading by festival headliner Franny Choi. Reader spots are full, but the audience is still open!

Follow the link for more info and registration!

Registration Required
Image shows 8 students on the Valentine Balcony at night, lit up by string lights. Most are standing around while one student is playing the piano.

Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Poet Jericho Brown looks at the camera, one eye obscured by a crown of flowers

Poetry Masterclass with Jericho Brown

Hone your craft with Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown. In the “Jumpstart Your Engines” Poetry Workshop, Jericho Brown helps writers generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft. As a virtual participant, you will engage in writing prompts and exercises at home alongside a panel of students selected to share their work along the way.

For more information and to register, follow the link!

Registration Required
Poetry Fest headliners Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs and Ada Limón

Festival Headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown with Music by Kimaya Diggs

Settle in for an evening of music and poetry celebrating Emily Dickinson’s ongoing creative legacy with the work of three contemporary artists. Singer-songwriter Kimaya Diggs brings you new original settings of Dickinson poems live from the poet’s bedroom, and headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown read from their work and discuss their poetic practice and inspiration. The evening begins and ends with 20-minute musical sets by Diggs, bookending the headliner poetry reading and Q&A with Brown, Limón and guest interviewer Nathan McClain. Don’t miss out on this special evening of community through art!

For more info and to register, follow the link.

Registration Required

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.

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

The next Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour will take place on:
Thursday, September 22, 2020
10am - 11am via Zoom - https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94262837659
Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff. Hosted by EC representatives Mariesa Negosanti and Andrea Sulavik.

vinni puhh cartoon

Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

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).

QRC/WGC: Trans Affinity Space

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9932679

Open to current students and alumni in the five colleges, this space centers all folks of trans experience, including those who explicitly identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or at some distance from the gender they were assigned at birth and/or who are exploring their gender identity.

To join, please follow this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99326798710?pwd=amV4UmY3c0hrUHVoMk5xUWI...

Presented by the WGC and QRC. For accessibility needs or concerns, contact qrc@amherst.edu or wgc@amherst.edu.

Students Only

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

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.

Biology Study Sessions poster

Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

QRC: Bi and Pan Joy (BP+J)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9884450

An affinity hosted by the QRC that centers those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Join us on Zoom- https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98844509170?pwd=Y2dMUzJZelFxVUVBYVEzSXR...

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or accessibility needs, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu.

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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.

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Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

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M@A: A Virtual Season Presents Regina Carter and Friends

Regina Carter and Friends open the Music@Amherst 2020-2021 Virtual Series with a live, online performance hosted by Professor Darryl Harper. This performance is free and open to the public. Please visit the music department's event livestream page, listed below, to catch the show. We look forward to seeing you!

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn't simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds and worlds apart. The first jazz musician and African-American to play the Guarneri Del Gesu violin, once owned by Niccolò Paganini, MacArthur “Genius” award-winning Regina Carter is director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency and has collaborated with artists including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Ray Brown, Kenny Barron, the String Trio of New York, Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake and Steve Turre.

Your safety is our highest concern. We have therefore temporarily suspended M@A subscriptions for this season until it is again safe to gather in Buckley in person. Thank you for your understanding.

Sat, Sep 26, 2020

QRC: Ace/Aro/Gray Space

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9740161

An affinity space for students who identify as asexual, aromantic, gray or ace/aro-spectrum to share and celebrate their identities. All are welcome.

Join us on Zoom at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/97401619068?pwd=azc4MXVBYjg5NWJHNkhpakp...

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or accessibility concerns, contact jsmartin@amherst.edu

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Sun, Sep 27, 2020

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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

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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.

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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

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QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

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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.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

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 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

Ongoing Events

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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."