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Event Calendar

November 2020

Mon, Nov 2, 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.

Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator - Consent & Healthy Communication

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator have been rescheduled to Monday, November 2, from 2-4 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 given the anticipated inclement weather on Friday, 10/30. Stop by and learn about consent strategies, come with questions and utilize Health Ed resources, and get some free swag! Questions? Contact Lauren Kelly at lakelly@amherst.edu

2019-2020 Lazerowitz Lecture with Carrie Palmquist

Lazerowitz Lecture with Carrie Palmquist (Postponed from 2019-2020)

Lazerowitz Lecture with Carrie Palmquist postponed from 2019-2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Registration Required
Jess T. Dugan and Mary Statzer

Art and Activism: A Conversation with Photographer Jess T. Dugan and Curator Mary Statzer

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies is excited to present a conversation between artist Jess Dugan and curator Mary Statzer.

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Mary Statzer is the curator of prints and photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM), where she oversees a collection of more than 10,000 photographs. Statzer brought the exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM, and organized Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs and Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration. In 2019, she and her colleagues launched UNMAM’s Acquisitions Fund for Diversity and Equity. Statzer holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of art from University of Arizona. She has published articles in Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled The Photographic Object 1970, released in 2016. She has participated in photography portfolio reviews across the United States.

Please register in advance. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

Assistant Professor Manasa Kandula: UMASS "Understanding fundamental physics through Colloid experiments"

A fundamental challenge in materials physics is to understand the microscopic
underpinnings of various physical phenomena. In this regard, in the first part of my talk,
I will discuss how colloidal suspensions have emerged as an ideal system to probe
generic condensed matter phenomena in real-time and space. In the second half, I will
discuss our research using binary colloidal suspensions, to unravel the mysteries of
glass transition and deformation. I will conclude by discussing our ongoing efforts to
develop experimental active colloidal system to investigate non-equilibrium active
matter physics.

Memorial Hill at sunset

Memorial Hill Candle Lighting

Stop by to light a candle with a hope, prayer or intention. Battery tea lights will be provided, to be lit and set on the war memorial. Polished stones carved with inspirational words will be offered to take with you and hold on to. Join us in creating this symbol and wish for more light in the world.
Sunset Gathering at 4:41pm. Drop-in candle lighting between 4:30-7pm. Additional candles will be available after 7pm. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life.

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, Nov 4, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

CRG: Doing the Work: White People Committing to Anti-Racism (Group A)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Zoom (link will be shared before meeting)

The current racial justice movement has most likely motivated you to think more about racism and in many ways, question how you participate and perpetuate racism in your own life. Fortunately there are many steps one can take to embark on the journey of anti-racism. Many of us are at different stages of learning and unlearning how racism operates in our lives and often the question is where to start? This new CRG will guide us through a series of self-reflection activities and action steps to begin and dive deeper into the work of anti-racism. We will utilize the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Sadd, to guide our process.

A space for staff to examine what it means to be white, learn how to identify and confront racism in ourselves, the systems and people surrounding us, and to critically reflect on our actions and socialization. We will emphasize building our own capacity as white people doing anti-racism work that centers BIPOC.

For the fall semester we will host two separate groups of 20 people each. Both sessions will be co-facilitated by Angie Tissi-Gassoway and Dr. Sarah Erickson. Please email Angie at atissi@amherst.edu to request your book and learn about next steps.

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

Students Only
Red, white, and blue flag-style garland with "vote" written on each flag.

CHI Salon: Post-Election Salon

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

Join us in a supportive space for an open-forum discussion of the November 3rd U.S. presidential election. Restricted to the Amherst College community. Please log into Zoom with your Amherst email address.

Zoom link and passcode:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/97743612182?pwd=Y2hIbGZxdDRCajNJSFZ6Wlk...

Meeting ID: 977 4361 2182
Passcode: 342503

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

Fall Photo Collection Showcase

While this year may not provide the same fall traditions as in the past, The HR Activities Committee invites you to show off how you are celebrating the season. Join us for a Fall Photo Collection Showcase to present and talk about your photos of:

- Costumes! Do you and/or members of your family have costumes and no where to go? Get dressed up and snap a picture! We want to see pictures of you, your children, your pet, etc. in costume!
- Decorations! Did you pull out the decorations out of the basement to put out this year (bonus - you don't even need to dust them off if you are going with the Halloween theme!)? We want to see how you decorate your yard, your car (trunk or treat), your workspace, etc. for the season
- Nature! Share your photos of the leaves changing colors in your backyard, on campus, while you were on a leaf-peeping drive, etc.

If you are unable to join us live for the showcase, pictures can be sent to kwesolowski@amherst.edu with a caption to be shared.

Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.

open journal with lined paper and a pen. Blocks spell out journal.

Journaling for Healing, Peace, and Happiness with Health Education

Journal writing in particular enables us to reflect on and to integrate past experiences. Stop by to learn about a range of practical suggestions for how to get started on journal writing as part of the process of recovering from what we have endured. We will have information on a number of ways you can journal including bullet and gratitude journaling. Drop in to tent #4 on the Val Quad to learn about how journaling can be a powerful tool for developing self-understanding. The first 150 students will receive a journal and pen.
This event is for students only.

Event poster featuring headshots of Bradley, Ashe and Thomas

Black Student Activism and the Struggle for Institutional Change in Higher Ed

Dr. Stefan Bradley, author of Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Ivy League, will speak about the history and impact of Black student activism at elite colleges with Amherst student activists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Kyndall Ashe '18. This discussion will kick off several events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising.

Register in advance at:

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fS2RnnPcTbinLoK1Jwdj7g

Registration Required

Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Swipe to see a video message from a resource working to support survivors and end Sexual Violence at Amherst!

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

The words breathe talk bless with wildflowers in background

breathe.talk.bless.

Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

What’s Happening / What Happened? Reflections on the Election and Its Aftermath

This reflection on the post-election picture will feature Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought; Jakina Debnam Guzman, assistant professor of economics; and Eleonora Mattiacci, assistant professor of political science. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their reflections and ask questions.

Lawrence Douglas, chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, is the author of seven books, including The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust and The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” His most recent book is Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020. Douglas’ two novels are The Catastrophist, one of Kirkus' “Best Books of the Year,” and The Vices, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Prize. His commentary and essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times; and he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian (U.S.). Douglas is also a recipient of major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Institute for International Education and American Academy in Berlin, and the Carnegie Foundation.

Jakina Debnam Guzman, assistant professor of economics at Amherst, uses econometric, experimental and network methods to explore questions in behavioral economics and public policy. Guzman works to understand the impact of economic policies and events on human thriving, where human thriving is broadly defined. To do this, Guzman introduces social and psychological features into existing economic frameworks and quantify the extent to which these features matter for economic outcomes and well-being. Their current projects address three themes: 1) consumer responses to anti-soda legislation and campaigns, 2) the primary science of subjective well-being measures and 3) learning and peer effects in social networks. Throughout their work, their methodological choice is question-driven—they use text analysis, survey experiments, laboratory experiments and network analysis methods in addition to more traditional econometrics. In teaching, Guzman prioritizes constructive critical inquiry into economic knowledge and methods, and particularly enjoys teaching behavioral economics both the introductory and the advanced levels.

Eleonora Mattiacci, assistant professor of political science at Amherst, focuses on international politics, with a special emphasis on security studies. Mattiacci’s research sheds light on an unexplored puzzle: under what conditions do technological advancements influence the competition between both state and non-state actors to achieve their preferred political outcome in the international arena? Grasping the role of technological change challenges our understandings of how this competition unfolds and sheds light on the increasingly volatile nature of its outcomes. In a recent publication, Mattiacci investigated why rebel groups spend precious resources on using social media during conflict, arguing that the rapid pace of communication made possible by access to social media technology uniquely empowers these actors to reach out internationally for support against the government. Mattiacci’s research aims at elucidating one crucial aspect of the contemporary international system, namely how, in a time and place when traditional inter-state conflict is perceived as less legitimate and effective, competition for the definition of the international political landscape has shifted to the dimension of technology.

Sat, Nov 7, 2020

Dear Loneliness: A Memoir to COVID, World's Longest Letter to Fight Loneliness

Join AC Active Minds as we write letters to contribute to Dear Loneliness, a project started at Harvard. The project serves as a memoir to COVID-19 and mental well-being. Our letters will be sent in to the project to be displayed alongside letters from college students across the country as part of the world's longest letter to loneliness. There will be snacks! Drop-in anytime between 4 and 6. If you are remote or can't make the event, you can submit a letter at the link below.

Students Only

Sun, Nov 8, 2020

What’s Happening / What Happened? Reflections on the Election and Its Aftermath

This reflection on the post-election picture will feature Tom Davis ’71 H’09, former chair of the House Oversight Committee and seven-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives and partner at the law firm Holland and Knight; Chloe McKenzie ’14, founder and CEO of BlackFem, Inc., and CEO of On a Wealth Kick; Jennifer Peter ’90, managing editor at The Boston Globe; and Paul Smith ’76 P’09 H’15, Amherst College trustee, professor from practice at Georgetown Law School and vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their reflections and ask questions.

Tom Davis ’71 H’09 served in Congress from 1994 to 2008, representing Virginia’s 11th district. During that time, he served as House GOP campaign chairman for two cycles (2000 and 2002) and chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight before retiring, undefeated, in 2008. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia Law School. With Martin Frost and Richard Cohen, he is the author of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis.

Chloe McKenzie ’14 works at the intersection of education, finance, social justice and the visual and performing arts. She is a Ph.D. candidate in social work research at the University of Kentucky and the leading researcher in financial trauma, abuse and shame. An LJST major at Amherst, she has a graduate certificate in financial planning and services from Boston University and a master’s in public administration from New York University.

Jennifer Peter ’90 helps run the newsroom as one of The Boston Globe’s senior editors, coordinating between departments and ensuring that a steady flow of enterprising and interesting stories flow to the website throughout the day. She switched to this position after more than seven years as the Globe’s metro editor, overseeing almost all aspects of local news. She began her career as a reporter for 12 years, covering mainly politics at newspapers in Idaho, Connecticut, Virginia and Massachusetts. Peter studied English and fine arts at Amherst and started at the Globe in 2004.

Trustee Paul Smith ’76 P’09 H’15 is a professor from practice at Georgetown Law School and vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation and to enforce government ethics rules. Prior to this, at Jenner & Block LLP, he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his generation. He has handled many cases involving civil rights and civil liberties, notably in the areas of free speech, voting rights and gay rights. He has argued 21 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark gay-rights case Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. EMA, which established the First Amendment rights of video game producers.

Mon, Nov 9, 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.

Don't Tell Me to Love My Body: Fatphobia and Body Liberation: Workshop Sponsored by the SHEs

Body image affects all of us, but does it affect all of us in the same way? Join the SHEs at "Don't Tell Me to Love My Body: Fatphobia and Body Liberation," a workshop led virtually by Isy Abraham-Raveson, M.Ed. This workshop will encourage us to explore our relationship with our own body as well as our relationships with the systems of oppression that shape our relationships with our bodies (e.g. fatphobia, racism, misogyny, etc.).

Isy Abraham-Raveson (she/they) is a sexuality educator based in Philadelphia. She has a Master’s degree in sexuality education from Widener University and a Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Williams College. Isy co-founded the organization YES! (Your Empowered Sexuality!), which provides intersectional, consent-based sexuality education to people of all ages. She has led workshops on fatphobia and body liberation at a variety of locations, including the National Sex Ed Conference, the AASECT conference, Harvard University, and Haverford College. Isy also facilitates trainings for parents on how to talk to their children about sexuality in such locations as the Trans Wellness Conference and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For Isy, sexuality education is social justice work.

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Grey fluffy dog sleeping on a white blanket.  Text in white reads Sleep is my favorite.

Office Hours with Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education- Sleep Week

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours Amanda Vann invites you to ask the Director of Health Education. This week we are celebrating sleep! Stop by to pick up some amazing resources on sleep, learn some tricks and tips to improve sleep and enter our sleep themed raffle! We will have lots or resources for self-care, health resources and some great swag.

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).

Mairead Case

Mairead Case: A Reading and Conversation

Join Mairead Case for a reading from her new novel Tiny, a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, set in the Pacific Northwest. A Q&A will follow.

Case is the author of the forthcoming The Georgetown Steamplant Graphic Novel with David Lansky, as well as the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS and the novel See You in the Morning, which Electric Literature called “[h]eartbreaking and familiar, liable to trigger flashbacks of alienation so vivid, they’ll make your feet sweat.”

Case teaches English full-time to eighth-graders and part-time at the Denver Women’s Jail. She is also a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers for a community response team supporting queer and trans survivors of violence. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and is a former birthday party clown.

Registration Required
Photo of the artist, Jes Fan, with one of his sculptures

Artist Talk with Jes Fan

The Mead Art Museum is partnering with the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Queer Resource Center to host a virtual artist talk and a virtual lunch with contemporary artist Jes Fan. Jes Fan was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. Speculating on the intersection of biology and identity, his trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness as it relates to the materiality of the gendered body.

Working primarily in expanded sculpture, Fan often incorporates organic materials, such as soybeans and depo-testosterone, into larger assemblages fashioned of welded steel, poured resin and hand-blown glass. Previous projects have focused on the bio-politics of transgender identity and the slippery nature of embodiment in an era where HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and less extreme body-modification tactics such as bodybuilding are easily accessible, allowing the subject to mold their external body to match their internal state. Fan's recent research has explored the complex and porous systems formed between biological agents (including those existing in our own body) and the surrounding environment, seeking to queer the traditional hierarchy between organic and inorganic matter. He is currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

All are invited to attend this virtual artist talk, facilitated by Niko Vicario, assistant professor of art and the history of art. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Free and open to all!

This program will take place via Zoom. Please use the link below to register, and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Registration Required

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Stories in STEM with Dr. Brielle Ferguson

Dr. Brielle Ferguson, the co-founder of Black in Neuro and the Standford Black Postdoc Association, will be sharing her journey in STEM with Bio 191 students. All are welcome to attend the talk and Q&A.

Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98207481764?pwd=NHFrTWwxTTN3dGR0M3R3blJ...

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
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Art With Impact Movies for Mental Health Workshop: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm bit.ly/m4mh-online-amherst

Curious about how films can play a role in de-stigmatizing mental health and sexual violence? Looking for an easy way to build community through art?

Join us on Wednesday, November 11, from 4:00-5:30 PM for a virtual workshop with Art With Impact on Movies 4 Mental Health: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence. This event will focus on exploring the mental health impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals and communities through a series of short films as a tool to build empathy and support survivors. The event also connects students with campus and community mental health and sexual violence-oriented resources available to them, empowering them to seek support as individuals and communities to heal from sexual violence.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees at: bit.ly/m4mh-online-amherst. There is an option to join anonymously. Questions or concerns can be directed to Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu.

This event is hosted by the Department of Health Education and the Counseling Center, and co-sponsored with the Community Mental Health Fund and the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Ashley Smith headshot

CHI Salon: "So You Want to 'Include' Indigenous Histories?: Monuments, Public History and the Dangers of 'Inclusion'"

In 2012, the town of Madison, Maine, erected a series of new monuments at the site of Nanrantsouak, a Wabanaki homeplace and Jesuit Mission Village that was destroyed in a brutal attack by English colonial forces in 1724. Despite the ongoing relationship that Wabanaki peoples have with this place, mainstream narratives about the site’s history proclaim the 1724 attack to be the end of Wabanaki belonging in this region. Drawing on these narratives as foundational, the new monuments were designed to convey “the national significance” of the site and spark interest in its history among visitors. Yet, despite the project manager’s intensions to include Indigenous histories, the project sparked deep concern among Wabanaki peoples regarding its representation of history and the tendency for projects like this one to reinforce popular stories of Indigenous “vanishing.” What would it mean to “include” Indigenous voices into histories that were designed to erase them from their own lands?

In this presentation, CHI Fellow and Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Environmental Justice Ashley Smith shares the story of competing forms of “memory work” at the site of Nanrantsouak in her hometown. Engaging deeply with Indigenous methods and place-based ethnography, her talk considers the ongoing relationship Wabanaki peoples have with this place and the production and repetition of settler narratives that deny this relationship in order to unpack the potential dangers of “inclusion” in local public history projects such as this one.

Ashley Smith is a CHI Fellow and visiting lecturer in the Department of American Studies at Amherst College. She is assistant professor of Native American studies and environmental justice at Hampshire College. Smith will discuss her current work, which focuses on the place, history and memory of the Wabanaki village at Nanrantsouak on the upper Kennebec River in Maine. In this work, she considers how Wabanaki story, memory,and kinship to this place resist settler colonial productions of history and memory that have narrated this place as the “end” of the Wabanaki in this area while simultaneously enacting new possibilities for the future.

This event will take place over Zoom. It is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required
Johnson Chapel 1870

Archival Explorations: A Brief Introduction to Amherst College History

More than 200 years of Amherst College history is held in the Archives & Special Collections inside Frost Library. In preparation for the Bicentennial, the team in Frost has made a wealth of materials available online for everyone to explore. Meet Martin Garnar, the newly-arrived Library Director, and hear Mike Kelly give a brief overview of college history, including an introduction to Amherst College Digital Collections. We will leave ample time for your questions about college history and library services during the pandemic.

Students Only

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

The Amherst Experience?

How has alcohol impacted your experience at Amherst? This is a space for people to share their experiences, perspectives, and impacts. Our hope is to build community, create space to talk about personal experiences--the good, the bad, the ugly--and explore what we want our campus culture to look like. All are welcome. Zoom link: tinyurl.com/amherstexp

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to anetanel@amherst.edu.

Photograph of burning logs and embers in the night

Virtual Bonfire with the Arts at Amherst Initiative

6:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative at our Virtual Bonfire for a conversation about how we are working to stay centered during these unprecedented times. The event will begin with members of the Steering Committee sharing personal anecdotes about the art that is helping ground them in the present moment.

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

The Amherst Uprising: Alumni Reflections Five Years Later

7:00 pm Virtual

President Biddy Martin will reflect on the Uprising and its impact with Christine Croasdaile ’17, Katyana Dandridge ’18, Bella Edo ’21, Lola Fadulu ’17, Amir Hall ’17 and Andrew Smith ’18. A new Digital Memorial will be revealed.

Registration is required; see webpage for a registration link. This is part of a series of events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising, which began on Nov. 12, 2015.

Registration Required

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Swipe to see a video message from a resource working to support survivors and end Sexual Violence at Amherst!

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

The words breathe talk bless with wildflowers in background

breathe.talk.bless.

Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

Image of Make your own Zen Garden over sand

Create Your Own Zen Garden

Looking for a creative outlet? Need an element of relaxation? Stop by Tent 3 on the First Year Quad and create your own Zen Garden. Can't wait to see you!

Catching Z's With the SHEs #CommunityCares

Join the SHEs for a virtual workshop on getting better sleep in these strange times! As part of the #CommunityCares series, we will be discussing what affects sleep quality, as well as strategies to get better rest. Drop by to talk about catching better Z's and enter our raffle to get a cozy sleep care package!

Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sat, Nov 14, 2020

Photo of Starting Something New contemporary art installation at Mead Art Museum; person sits in the gallery sketching; another person looks at artwork in the background.

Study + Make Art at the Mead

Attention on-campus students!

Stop by the Mead to study or destress from studying with artmaking. We'll have clipboards, coloring sheets, pencils, and crayons in the museum for you to use to get creative. We'll also have temporary tattoos and postcards for you to take with you when you go.

The Mead is open until 9:30 pm on school nights, so be sure to stop by before the semester ends!

Please Note:
The Mead is only open for on-campus students, faculty, and staff at this time.

Please remember to wear your Amherst College ID in order to enter the museum. All visitors are required to wear masks and keep six feet apart from others inside the museum. The Mead has a limited capacity to ensure physical distancing. We cannot permit guests or visitors who do not have an Amherst College ID to enter the Mead at this time.

We hope to welcome our friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors back to the Mead after the COVID-19 crisis.

Students Only
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Mon, Nov 16, 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.

Fallen leaves of various fall colors on the ground

Office Hours with Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education: Sleep and Self-Care

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours Amanda Vann invites you to ask the Director of Health Education. This week we are celebrating sleep and self-care! Stop by to pick up some amazing resources on sleep, learn some tricks and tips to improve sleep and enter our Health Ed themed raffle! We will have lots of resources for self-care, health resources and some great swag.

Dr. Nadia Biassou '88, Amherst College Wade Fellow 2019-21

Biology Monday Seminar: "Network Neuroscience Approaches to Language"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Nadia M. Biassou '88, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Board-certified physician and staff clinician in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department

Amherst alum and 2019-21 Amherst Wade Fellow Dr. Nadia Biassou '88 is a renowned diagnostic neuroradiologist and is currently a senior research physician in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. In addition to her NIH responsibilities, Biassou has taught and mentored numerous physicians-in-training from George Washington University Hospital, where she serves as clinical professor of radiology, and Georgetown University Hospital, where she is a member of the core faculty in the division of neuroradiology. She also lectures around the world.

In addition to her work as a physician, Biassou is a trained linguist and obtained her master’s and doctorate in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She specialized in the relationship between brain and language and studied under the tutelage of renowned neuroscientists Professors Jean-Luc Nespoulous of the University of Toulouse (France); Loraine Obler of the Boston University School of Medicine; and Murray Grossman and Mark Liberman of the University of Pennsylvania. Biassou went on to study medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, graduating with distinction in internal medicine and neurology. She is one of less than a handful of cognitive neuroscientists worldwide to have achieved training in both medicine and linguistics. She is the only African American woman in the nation with combined formalized training in medicine, biomedical imaging and linguistics and cognitive science. Biassou collaborates in numerous cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with other federal agencies, universities and industries. She was appointed as a senior fellow to the Linguistics Data Consortium at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.

Persons from the Amherst College community who wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the biology chair, Joe Trapani.

Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Elizabeth Hinton sitting in front of a bookshelf

"From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime"

Elizabeth Hinton is associate professor in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale, and professor of law at Yale Law School. Before joining the Yale faculty, Hinton was a professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard. A Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation Fellow, Hinton completed her Ph.D. in United States history at Columbia University in 2013.

Professor Hinton will discuss the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that transformed domestic social policies and laid the groundwork for the expansion of the U.S. prison system.

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.

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, Nov 18, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Waving Worry Goodbye: Strategies to Manage Anxiety

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Anxiety can be an occasional visitor or a long-term guest. Research shows that most anxiety is best managed with behavior intervention. This training will empower individuals to assess their personal anxiety and integrate specific behavior practices to increase relaxation and calm.

CRG: Doing the Work: White People Committing to Anti-Racism (Group B)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Zoom (link will be shared before meeting)

The current racial justice movement has most likely motivated you to think more about racism and in many ways, question how you participate and perpetuate racism in your own life. Fortunately there are many steps one can take to embark on the journey of anti-racism. Many of us are at different stages of learning and unlearning how racism operates in our lives and often the question is where to start? This new CRG will guide us through a series of self-reflection activities and action steps to begin and dive deeper into the work of anti-racism. We will utilize the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Sadd, to guide our process.

A space for staff to examine what it means to be white, learn how to identify and confront racism in ourselves, the systems and people surrounding us, and to critically reflect on our actions and socialization. We will emphasize building our own capacity as white people doing anti-racism work that centers BIPOC.

For the Fall semester we will host two separate groups of 20 people each. Both sessions will be co-facilitated by Angie Tissi-Gassoway and Dr. Sarah Erickson. Please email Angie at atissi@amherst.edu to request your book and learn about next steps.

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.

Waving Worry Goodbye: Strategies to Manage Anxiety

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Anxiety can be an occasional visitor or a long-term guest. Research shows that most anxiety is best managed with behavior intervention. This training will empower individuals to assess their personal anxiety and integrate specific behavior practices to increase relaxation and calm.

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
Headshot of Jallicia Jolly

CANCELLED: CHI Salon: “I Will Fight HIV and Hypertension!”: Black Caribbean Women and the Fight Against Illness and Inequality

When the famed civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer exclaimed that she was "sick and tired of being sick and tired" in a 1964 speech in Harlem, she not only brings attention to the extreme fatigue and rage at living under the violence of white supremacy and anti-Black racism; Hamer also sheds light on the physical and psychic toll of literal pain, bodily vulnerabilities and poor health outcomes among Black people that have historically been overlooked. This presentation articulates how this embodied marginalization mirrors the process and impact of oppression faced by HIV-positive, working-class women in postcolonial Jamaica.

Postdoctoral Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies Jallicia Jolly grapples with the contemporary grassroots politics of Black Caribbean women’s organizing around health and illness as they expand the conception of rights and the human. She will contextualize the connections that Afro-diasporic scholars and actors-- such as Hamer as well as Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, the Black Panthers, Peggy Antrobus and Loretta Ross --have long made between their political and structural conditions, the experiences of Black poor people, diseases and poor health outcomes. After describing the personal histories and situated contexts of HIV-positive Jamaican women in Kingston, Jolly will offer an analysis of how women’s racialized, class-based struggles over health care access and basic resources in their urban and rural communities demonstrate how they respond to local understandings of structural power relations and the attendant social meanings of politics, identity and what it means to be human while living with illness and inequality.

This talk will take place over Zoom. It is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

AC Jazz Virtual Concerts

The Jazz Performance Program at Amherst College presents an evening of performances featuring two Jazz Combos and the Jazz Ensemble performing a wide spectrum of jazz styles.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hale-Bopp and continues at 7:30 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hyakutake. At 9 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble concludes the evening’s performances.

These three performances will be livestreamed from the stage in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, on the Amherst College campus. This will be the final in-person jazz performance of the fall semester.

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

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Performance Project

Theater and Dance presents Performance Project, a showcase of original student work.

Christianna Mariano ’21’s Endogenous is a video exploration into the idea of cell determination – the moment a cell decides what it will specialize in. She invites you to explore this idea and what it might mean to you through images and sounds from her grandmother's garden. Lighting and imagery for videos were created in collaboration with Helen Feibes '23, Gabriella Moore '23 and Hee Won Youn '23.

Maya Mizrahi ‘21’s Monochrome reflects on teacher and mentor Ilya Gaft and his experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Ilya graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater). Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. Videography and visual effects editing is by Amalia Roy '21, and sound design is by MacKenzie Kugel.

Psych '93, by Daniel Rendon ’21, asks: Where is the line that separates the sane from the insane? Is this a solid line? Does it even exist? Welcome to the exploration of the uncomfortable. Lighting is by Henry Bassett '23 and Emma Daitz '23.

The Amherst Experience? (Rescheduled)

How has alcohol impacted your experience at Amherst? This is a space for people to share their experiences, perspectives, and impacts. Our hope is to build community, create space to talk about personal experiences--the good, the bad, the ugly--and explore what we want our campus culture to look like. All are welcome.

Rescheduled from November 12th due to technical difficulties, now on Thursday, November 19th at 5 p.m. Eastern. Zoom link: tinyurl.com/acexperience

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to anetanel@amherst.edu.

Amherst uprising logo with #AmherstUprising, #SitInSolidarity, #RadicalCompassion on top; in middle: left solidarity fist in circle, center Amherst seal, right solidarity fist in circle; bottom: HSTEM logo with four head sillouettes and "HSTEM" above "Being Human in STEM"

From Protest to Progress Through Partnership: Five Years of Being Human in STEM @ Amherst & Beyond

Catalyzed by the Amherst Uprising, the "Being Human in STEM" (HSTEM) course started as a partnership between students, faculty and staff interested in enhancing student experiences in STEM at Amherst College and beyond. Offered since Spring 2016, the course is an engine for student-led inquiry and action that has shaped the STEM culture at Amherst and has been adopted by over a dozen institutions. Join us to learn more about why HSTEM is a national model for inclusion in STEM and engage in small-group conversations with HSTEM founders, course alumni and faculty and staff partners. Please register to get the Zoom link.

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Swipe to see a video message from a resource working to support survivors and end Sexual Violence at Amherst!

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Brenna Werme

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

The words breathe talk bless with wildflowers in background

breathe.talk.bless.

Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

Y. Sung image: A young woman posing outside a brick building, wearing a black COVID mask, black shirt and pants, and long red coat

"Come Sit By Me"

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Come Sit By Me, a dance work created and performed by students in "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" with Jenna Riegel.

In the absence of human touch and close physical contact, where do we turn for reassurance, for comfort or to fulfill our primary desire to be caressed and held? How can we feel connected even as we remain 6 feet apart? What resources are available to us to reboot our sense of well-being? What inspires us to move amidst so much stagnation?

Assistant Professor Jenna Riegel and the students of the "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" course find solace and rejuvenation in nature and in dance in their site-specific work Come Sit By Me. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. for a Zoom watch party of the performance! Please register in advance through the button below for the Zoom link.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sat, Nov 21, 2020

Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Mon, Nov 23, 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.

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Photograph of a man with a bare chest reclining on a bed, draped in a green blanket.

Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

The Mead Art Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos about the ongoing HIV and AIDS crisis, from artists around the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain) and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race and gender.

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. EST as part of a special online event, followed by a panel discussion with the commissioned artists.

Beginning Dec. 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visit visualaids.org.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!