“It is illuminating that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes the symbol for both ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ The former has been much discussed, but the latter largely ignored.” –
Janice Perlman, Author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge
Originally, this seminar was established to explore how the rapidly urbanizing, technology-based societies of today present both risks to, and opportunities for establishing “home” and social connections. Now, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, with students and professionals working from home, “shelter in place” orders in some communities and social distancing advised for everyone, our concepts of “home” and importance of social connections are taking on new meaning. Join us in these seminars with guests who bring unique perspectives in navigating this topic from their respective fields. Participants will find the interdisciplinary and transcultural views relatable to their own experiences and will be invited to join the discussions. Creative prompts will also be proposed.
Ana Candida Carneiro, PhD, Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College, Artistic Director of Babel
Brian English, urban planner, Executive Director of Babel
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Gustavo Salcedo – Political Science & International Relations (Amherst College)
•Renata Moretti – Biology & Environmental Sciences (Harvard University)
•Kirun Kapur – Poetry (Amherst College)
Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jessica Litwak – Theater & Social Change (H.E.A.T. Collective) •Carolina L. Zilli Vieira – Environmental Health (Harvard University)
•Kasper Villadsen – Political Science & Philosophy (Copenhagen Business School)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jenna Riegel / Sha Harrell – Dance (Amherst College)
•Janice Perlman – Anthropology (Mega Cities Project/Columbia University)
•Alex Ros – Travel Industry (Founder of Open Sky Expeditions)
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Thomas Dumm - Political Science (Amherst College, author of "Home in America")
•Sabato Visconti - Visual Arts (ex-Daca artist)
•Brian English - Urban Planning (Babel)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 161 770 249 Password: 022296
The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.
Rob is the founder of AMF, consistently rated as one of the world’s most effective charities (especially in terms of lives saved per dollar). AMF has raised over $240m ($200m in the past 4 years) and distributed over 110m anti-mosquito bednets, protecting over 200m people. Rob will join us online to tell us about AMF and what it does, followed by a Q&A.
For more information: https://us04web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34AJSGCOTvSEcEwc-hs4ww
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual violence. The Peer Advocates are gearing up for a virtual SAAM 2020 experience this year. Stay connected by following the PAs on Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) and Instagram (@amherst_pa) and stay tuned for upcoming virtual opportunities all month long during April for #SAAMherst! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, keep an eye out for weekly updates, and see below for a preview of each week.
Week 1: Self-Care for #SAAMherst
Week 2: #IAsk
Week 3: Movement Makers
Week 4: PA Picks
May 1st: Virtual SAAM Vigil