Dorceta Taylor is professor of environmental justice at the University of Michigan. She is also the program director of the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative and the University’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has successfully worked with students and organizations to collaborate across difference to address interrelated social and ecology issues. Professor Taylor is an extremely distinguished and leading scholar. She was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Professor Taylor is the founder of the Minority Environmental Leadership and Diversity Initiative and is one of the world’s foremost experts on diversity and inclusion in environmental fields, including in the academy and in workplaces (public and private).
Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.
Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.
Explore your own identities using a model of identity development and consider the impact of power and privilege in the ways in which we understand our own sense of self and that of others. This session offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our own identities as we work towards intentionally inclusive communities at Amherst College. Intended for any interested staff or faculty member, this session is part one of a two-part series.
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Come see hip-hop group Blackalicious perform and get a chance to ask them about their music and career. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of rapper Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence and producer X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.
Klára Móricz is the Joseph E. and Grace. W. Valentine Professor at Amherst College. Her book Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music, was published by University of California Press in 2008, and the volume Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Lourié, which she co-edited with Simon Morrison, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
This talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. The event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect will be tabling in Val and and the Keefe Campus Center this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Power House. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!
As part of LitFest 2019, Daniel Gallant, a playwright and executive director of New York’s famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosts a spoken word slam for Amherst College students. All students are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for sign-up information.
The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.
Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.
The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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Hosted by David Gallant of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. First place winner will receive a trip to NYC and a guest of honor appearance at the Nuyorican. Second place wins an iPad, and third place will get a free writing session at the Emily Dickinson House. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.