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Type of Event

Event Calendar

January 2019

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Students visiting the studio of artist William Villalongo

"Collecting 101": Public Vote!

You’re invited to cast your vote for which work of art the Mead Art Museum should acquire. Listen to presentations from students enrolled in the Interterm class “Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead” and choose your favorite. The Mead will purchase whichever artwork wins the popular vote. Please join us!

This program is made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Acquisition Fund and the Center for Community Engagement.  

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

tree with interfaith symbols

Spiritual Practices Across Traditions

Students of any or no religious affiliation are welcome to this afternoon of experiential learning about spiritual practices across religious traditions. Practices will include Muslim ritual washing, Buddhist loving-kindness meditation, Jewish ethics and Taoist tai chi. Participants are welcome to engage in these guided practices and conversations to the extent they are comfortable. Our closing dialogue will explore the place of spiritual and well-being practices in our daily lives toward continuing or starting them.

This program is led by Amherst’s Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist advisors, along with our tai chi instructor and director of religious and spiritual life.

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

MLK Symposium Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shakti Butler

Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services, will be speaking on "Irresistible Justice" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Dr. Butler is the founder and president of World Trust Educational Services. She has produced four documentaries which have become the core of the World Trust's teachings. Dr. Butler's "work incorporates whole-body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue."

This is the first visit Dr. Butler will make to Amherst College. The second will include a showing of "Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging" along with workshops for faculty, staff and students. The event is free and open to the public.

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Water ripple

Mindfulness of the Body

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of physical sensations. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Water ripple

Mindfulness of the Breath

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of the breath. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Geometry square

Mindful Movement and Dance

Mindful Movement and Dance brings a mindfulness-based approach, informed by classical Theravada Buddhist teachings, to basic breakdance instruction and creative movement exercises. The program culminates in an all out dance party fueled by eclectic beats from EDM, hip-hop, pop and beyond. No dance or meditation experience needed. Join us, and confirm your suspicion that this might just be a ridiculously excellent experience!

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Water ripple

Mindfulness of Difficult Emotions

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of difficult emotions. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25. While not required, for those with no previous mindfulness meditation experience please consider also attending at least one of the other morning mindfulness programs offered January 23 and 24.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Flyer for Public Reading of Poetry, Prose and Drama

Creative Writing Residency - Interterm 2019 Public Reading

Amherst College Creative Writing Residency Interterm 2019 Public Reading. Come and listen to new and exciting work by Amherst College creative writers! Dumplings and donuts will be served.

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Lotus flower

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

CommuniTea Hours

Join Residential Life for CommuniTea hours hosted by the Community Development Coordinators (CDC's) from each of the four campus areas in the newly redesigned Keefe 011. CDC's will host programs centered around health and wellness and community living. Be on the look out for the many programs we will host this semester. We will also provide snacks, coffee/tea for the evening.

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