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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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 ( 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 (

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:

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.

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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

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: or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at

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."

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