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Event Calendar

October 2020

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Biochemistry & Biophysics Program Thesis Writer Blitz Talks

4:30 pm - 6:15 pm Virtual Seminar via Zoom Link

Please join the BCBP Program for an evening of "Blitz Talks" from each of our thesis writers.

Presenters will be Sarah Gayer, Koun Yun, Samuel Grondin, Navid Rahimi Larki, Kyle Jones, Donna Roscoe, Jasper Flint, Scott Song and Waleed Babar.

For additional details, and to access the Zoom invitation, please click on the BCBP Seminar Webpage link below.

Kyra Brown on Black Lives Matter, Policing and Environmental Justice

Please join us for a conversation with Kyra Brown about policing, incarceration and environmental justice. Kyra is the digital strategist for Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis, and the incinerator and zero waste organizer at the Minnesota BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Environmental & Climate Justice Table.

Climate change, pollution, COVID-19 and racism conspire to disproportionately harm poor communities and communities of color. Kyra will discuss their work at the intersection of these issues at this community event.

The event will take place via Zoom at the following address: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/819582709

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: How Statistics Can Make an Impact: A Case Study Describing the Filing Story of ZINPLAVA

Speaker: Alison Pedley, Ph.D., Merck

Statistics plays a big role in drug development in the design and analysis of clinical trial data. This case study explores an example where statistics made a huge impact and allowed for a deeper understanding of the data. More specifically, ad-hoc sensitivity analyses designed and conducted by the statistical team proved to be critical to the product’s approval. Two large, phase 3 trials were conducted to demonstrate the superiority of ZINPLAVA over placebo. Though the primary endpoint was met in both studies, another important endpoint had conflicting results. In one study, ZINPLAVA was significantly higher, and in the other study, it was significantly lower. This talk will also give a brief overview of the drug development process and the role of a statistician at a large pharmaceutical company in clinical development.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu, and the link will be sent the day of the event.

Confronting Race in Arts Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

6:00 pm Virtual

Join us for a conversation with Dwight Carey, assistant professor of art and the history of art; Ana Carneiro, visiting artist in playwriting, theater and dance; and Amy Coddington, assistant professor of music, moderated by Darryl Harper, associate professor of music and director of the CHI. The panelists bring cross-disciplinary perspectives to the conversation about acknowledging and redressing racism in arts research and pedagogy. Following the panel, there will be a Q&A.

Speakers:
Dwight Carey, Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art
Professor Dwight Carey’s research examines the built environments of slavery. In collaboration with Professor Peter Crowley in the geology department, Professor Carey has been chemically analyzing samples of mortar, plaster, coral, stone and wooden flooring from 18th-century buildings on the island of Mauritius. Through comparing these results with archival information on the skills that slaves possessed in masonry, woodworking and coralsmithing, Professor Carey is developing a natural resource history of Mauritian architecture: a history of the island that accounts for the ways in which architectural knowledge and labor rendered slaves the mavens of the land, the masters of a vast island that only they understood.

Amy Coddington, Assistant Professor of Music
Amy Coddington’s research investigates how the music industry influences musical expression. Her current book project, How Hip-Hop Became Hit Pop, explores the commercial radio industry’s role in making hip-hop mainstream. She explores how hip-hop’s move into the mainstream also expanded the possibilities for how artists sounded their racial identities, and, ultimately, transformed how audiences conceived of their own racial identities in an increasingly multicultural America.

Ana Candida Carneiro, Visiting Artist in Playwriting, Theater and Dance
Ana Carneiro is an award-winning playwright whose works touch on themes like social justice, globalization, immigration, culture clash, gender inequity and climate change, using multiple and invented languages, heterogeneous linguistic registers and genres, and are increasingly marked by experimentation with the dramatic form. She writes in English, Italian and Portuguese and frequently collaborates with other artists, markedly composers. Her current book project, The Global Playwriting Workbook, complies and catalogs exercises and methods used by teaching playwrights from around the world.

Darryl Harper, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Darryl Harper is a jazz musician interested in how race, culture and political economy intersect with music. His current projects include an article on the social agenda attached to the formation of the jazz program at New England Conservatory in the late 1960s, namely, to integrate black students into the conservatory.

Registration Required
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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Fall Lecture Series

Join Prof. Carrie Palmquist and Amherst alum (and current kindergarten teacher) Marissa Fierro '16 as they discuss the unique challenges of teaching and supporting young children during the time of COVID-19. The discussion will be followed by time for questions and conversation.
Open to all students. First years encouraged!

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897?pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWl...
Meeting ID: 942 0565 1897

Students Only

Alcahoot! With the SHEs!

Come relive the glory days of high school kahoot victories and participate in SHE Alcahoot to test your alcohol and partying knowledge! RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/alcahoot-rsvp to get an email the morning of the event with the zoom link or check out our instagram (ac_she) for more information!

Students Only

Fri, Oct 2, 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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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).

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How Can We Do the Most Good?: Q&A with Will MacAskill

Will MacAskill is a philosophy professor at Oxford University and the co-founder of three nonprofits based on effective altruist principles: Giving What We Can (2009), 80,000 Hours (2011) and the Centre for Effective Altruism (2012). These organizations have collectively raised over $15 million for effective charities, with a further $700 million in lifetime pledged donations. A major focus of his research is the use of evidence and reason to promote well-being.

Register at https://bit.ly/3czfhTr

Registration Required

Discussion Cheminar: "Critical Mass Takes Courage: Diversity in the Chemical Sciences”

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link

The Department of Chemistry and Chemistry Anti-Racism Advisory Committee (CARAC) invite you to this event, which will begin with a short group discussion about Dr. Sibrina N. Collins’ chapter titled “Critical Mass Takes Courage: Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.” Discussions will continue in smaller groups in Zoom breakout rooms and then, inspired by the chapter, each group will be assigned a Black chemist to research and prepare a short presentation about with a guided Google Slides template. The event will conclude by bringing everyone back together to reflect on the research and activity.

**Please read the article linked below prior to this event.

Sun, Oct 4, 2020

Psychology Department Open House for Prospective Majors

Everyone is welcome to attend our in-person and socially distanced Open House, featuring pre-wrapped Atkins donuts! Please join the faculty of the Psychology Department for our Open House (there will also be a Zoom option alternative, although without donuts). You’ll meet professors, learn about upcoming classes, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the major. Please RSVP so that we can find a large enough space (for those attending in-person) and send you the Zoom link (for those attending remotely).

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Oct 5, 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.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Genes That Were Missed: Hundreds of Small RNA and Small Protein Regulators"

Gisela Storz, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

For many years, a major focus of research by my group has been the identification and characterization of small, regulatory RNAs, also denoted “noncoding” RNAs. These regulatory RNAs have been found to be integral to most regulatory networks in E. coli. Similar to eukaryotic miRNAs, many of these bacterial RNAs act by base pairing with mRNA targets. While it was initially assumed these small RNAs are encoded as independent genes between protein-coding genes, recent studies have shown that some small RNAs are derived from the 5’ end, internal region and 3’ end of mRNAs. Thus, the distinction between coding and noncoding is becoming increasingly blurred. This blurring is further reflected in the finding that several small RNAs shown to act as regulators also encode small proteins. Small proteins of less than 50 amino acids comprise another overlooked class of molecules. We have detected synthesis of many of these unannotated small proteins and have documented functions as regulators that modulate the activities and levels of larger proteins.

Persons from the college community that wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the biology academic department coordinator, Karen Racz.

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Rafael Campo '87: A Reading and Conversation

Join Rafael Campo '87 as he reads from Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016, generated from his decades-long career as a poet-physician. “Campo’s careful and precise depictions of our mortality not only in harrowing moments of medical crisis but also in the ecstatic moments of human connection serve as testimony to our human condition” (Noah Stetzer, A&U Magazine). A Q&A will follow.

Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, as well as the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and two Lambda Literary Awards, among numerous other honors. Mark Doty describes Campo’s work as inhabiting “the landscape of birth and of dying, sorrow and sex, shame and brave human persistence—first and last things, center stage in these large-hearted, open, deeply felt poems.”

Registration Required

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only
Join to discuss the impact of the upcoming election at different levels!

Sexual Respect and the 2020 Election

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Online through Zoom

Join the Peer Advocates for a non-partisan, open conversation about the 2020 Election through the lens of sexual respect! With our partners Amherst Political Union and ACVotes, we will discuss the importance of elections in contributing to a safer environment, promoting sexual respect and supporting survivors.

AAS Senate Meetings

AAS Senate holds their general assembly meeting every Monday @ 8:30 PM EDT, which is open to the public! As we work on making these meetings accessible to the public in a remote setting, if you would like to submit a Public Comment (any concerns or suggestions) to bring forward/read to the Senate, please submit it here: https://forms.gle/XUa6u7uuvFFbczUf6

Tue, Oct 6, 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 (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Assistant Professor of Physics Candice Etson, Wesleyan University: "Using Single-Molecule Imaging to Investigate Protein-DNA Interactions"

Proteins and DNA constantly interact with one another and are inextricably linked by both the central dogma of molecular biology and the critical need for maintenance and faithful transfer of genomic information from mother to daughter cells. However, many important protein-DNA interactions are transient and dynamic, which makes them particularly challenging to observe and characterize. Technological advances in fluorescence microscopy, including total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, have made it possible to observe these processes in real time at the single-molecule level. These types of studies can reveal interactions and dynamics that would normally be obscured by the ensemble averaging that occurs in other approaches. Molecular processes are stochastic at the single-molecule level, and they often involve multiple intermediate steps. Therefore, careful statistical analysis of single-molecule data can provide key insights into the mechanistic details of these processes.

In this talk, I will describe how my research group is using single-molecule TIRF microscopy to directly observe the activity of restriction endonucleases. This class of enzymes includes numerous members that bind to DNA and mediate double strand breaks at specific sites based on the DNA sequence. I will describe how we collect data on individual cleavage events, and how we analyze the data to extract information about how these enzymes work. In addition, I will describe how TIRF microscopy can be used to collect single-molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) data. This approach can provide even more detailed information about dynamic protein-DNA interactions.

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, Oct 7, 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!

The SHEs present...Insta Follower Giveaway! Entries open Oct. 7th-Oct. 11th

Student Health Educator Instagram Follower Giveaway!

The SHEs present Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow the Student Health Educators on Instagram @ac_she for a chance to win some incredible prizes. The raffle starts Wednesday, Oct. 7, and closes Sunday, Oct. 11. Follow the instructions in our October 7 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--one on-campus, one remote and one first-year--will win a cozy care package, a light therapy lamp or an insulated water bottle with SHE stickers! Only current Amherst College students are eligible.

Dealing with Grief and Loss During COVID-19

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways including producing dramatic increases in feelings of grief and loss. Join the conversation with psychiatrists Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Greg Harris and psychologist, Dr. Alan Cusher to learn about these issues and resources accessible to you and your family.

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

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.

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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

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CHI Salon: Matahari Women Workers' Center

Join us for a conversation with Monique Tú Nguyen, executive director of the Matahari Women Workers' Center and CHI Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in History Lili Kim. This event is part of the series in Professor Kim's course "Women of Color and the Emergence of the U.S. Third World Feminist Left." In this conversation, they will discuss how, in 2014, Matahari and its partners in the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers won a historic campaign to pass the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Law (Bill of Rights), as well as the oral history project with the domestic workers and employers that Professor Kim's students will help curate for a public exhibit website.

Matahari Women Workers' Center is a Greater Boston organization where women of color, immigrant women and families come together as sisters, workers and survivors to make improvements in ourselves and society and work toward justice and human rights. Our goal is to end gender-based violence and exploitation. The core of our work and vision is a belief in the importance of collective action and people’s leadership as strategies for social change. When marginalized groups are able to engage in arenas of public debate, their voices work to reverse historic oppression and assert that all people, especially the most excluded, are entitled to equal rights, dignified lives and the opportunity to participate in movements for social justice.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

http://www.mataharijustice.org/

Registration Required

Thu, Oct 8, 2020

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Education Reform, Racism and the Future of Public Education

Public education amidst the pandemic has undergone urgent and radical shifts. What is the future of America's public schools in the midst of this upheaval? What are the lessons for educational reform and racial justice? Drawing on her research into Chicago's 2013 mass public school closures-- the largest wave of such closures in the nation's history --Professor Eve Ewing will speak about the context of educational inequality that influences the conditions of public schooling in this moment of crisis. The conversation will be facilitated by Kristen Luschen, the Lewis Sebring Visiting Professor of Education Studies, and will include a brief question and answer session.

To register: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us.webinar/register/WNGDyvgXC9QgigXLF9mV2pJA

Registration Required

Fri, Oct 9, 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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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).

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Acoustic Chillax ~ casual conversation and meditation backed by acoustic guitars

It's been a long week. Pull up an Adirondack chair (or bring a blanket!) and join us on the quad as we relax, practice a bit of guided meditation, and listen to the acoustic sounds of first year Ry Bleckel and religious and spiritual life (RSL) director Harrison Blum as they pluck guitar strings under the falling leaves. Together, we'll begin to shed the week, and welcome the weekend. Find us by listening for guitars or looking for RSL lawn signs.

Mon, Oct 12, 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.

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

AAS Senate Meetings

AAS Senate meetings are open to all members of the campus community. We meet every Monday night at 8:30 PM EDT (Zoom link below). Today, Laurie Frankl will be joining us to talk about the new Title IX policies. If you have any concerns you would like to bring to the Senate floor, there is space at the beginning of the meeting or submit here (https://forms.gle/wv7xwFrEsCBH5gpm9). If you have any questions, please feel free to email aghan22@amherst.edu.

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/91973224420?pwd=QkdoZGRkbUlOZys4K1hNVTl...
Meeting ID: 919 7322 4420
Passcode: aas2021

Tue, Oct 13, 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 (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Professor Amy Connolly, Ohio State University: "High-Energy Neutrino Astrophysics with Radio Techniques"

Multimessenger astronomy has entered an exciting new era with the recent discovery of both gravitational waves and cosmic neutrinos. I will focus on extremely energetic neutrinos as particles that can uniquely probe the most extreme astrophysics sources at cosmic distances, as well as fundamental physics in an unexplored energy regime. While optical Cerenkov radiation remains the most powerful strategy for neutrino detection over a broad energy range, the radio Cerenkov technique has emerged in the last two decades as the most promising for a long-term program to push the neutrino frontier by over a factor of 1,000 in energy. I will present the latest results from the field of high-energy neutrino astrophysics, with a focus on the balloon-borne ANITA experiment and the in-ice South Pole array ARA. I will also give an overview of the many exciting projects in this field that are on the horizon, and their anticipated impact in terms of the astrophysics and particle physics questions that we seek to answer.

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).

Shayla Lawson: A Reading and Conversation

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 will follow.

This event is co-hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum Tell It Slant Poetry Festival.

Lawson is also the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook Pantone and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean. She was born in Rochester, Minn., grew up in Lexington, Ky., studied architecture in Italy, and spent a few years as a Dutch housewife—milkmaid braids and all. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Registration Required

Wed, Oct 14, 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!

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

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CANCELLED: CHI Salon: A Symbiotic Future for Machine Learning and the Humanities

Computational methods can help the humanities by making massive cultural heritage collections more explorable and analyzable. Machine learning and statistical methods provide an opportunity to view collections from alien, defamiliarized perspectives that can call into question the boundaries between established categories. But the converse is also true: the humanities have much to offer machine learning. The use of computational methods within humanities scholarship often tests and expands the affordances of these methods. The complexities and idiosyncrasies of humanities collections can improve our understanding of what models learn and how we might direct what they learn.

In this talk, Laure Thompson will discuss how machine learning and the humanities help each other. She will demonstrate how convolutional neural networks can be used as an exploratory tool to ask "What is Dada?" Then, she will show how science fiction novels highlight the way topic models tend to learn author- and series-oriented discourses, and how they have inspired a method for directing these models towards more cross-cutting themes. Finally, Thompson will briefly describe how these two lines of work are being combined to enable the study of magical gems, an art historic category of engraved gemstones from the Greco-Roman world.

Laure Thompson is an assistant professor in the College of Information & Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. This talk will be introduced and facilitated by Lee Spector, visiting professor of computer science at Amherst College.

Please note this event will be recorded for use by students in the computer science course "Machine Learning."

Co-sponsored and funded by the Artificial Intelligence in the Liberal Arts initiative

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Condemnation of Blackness

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, he was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Professor Muhammad will discuss how the history of the idea of Black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America.

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.

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Cannabis Convos

The SHEs present Cannabis Convos! A casual meeting space for students and SHEs to learn more about the different effects cannabis can have on our health and wellbeing. This will be a judgment-free space where we can come together and learn from each other by asking questions and talking candidly. Are you curious about how cannabis affects sleep or mental health? Or maybe you are wondering what risks there are with cannabis and COVID, or perhaps with the Amherst Medical Amnesty Policy? Use the link below to submit questions you may have and receive an optional reminder on the day of the event. Please note that this is for students only, and none of the SHEs present are mandatory reporters.

Registration Required

Prof. Matt Schulkind Presents Maintaining Focus under Challenging Conditions

Maintaining concentration is a challenge under the best of circumstances; these times are not the best of circumstances. Prof. Schulkind discusses scientific literature on attention, then shares strategies for maintaining focus. The lecture is followed by friendly discussion.

Open to all students. First-years encouraged!

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897?pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWl...

Meeting ID: 942 0565 1897

Students Only

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: Regression Methods for Network Indexed Data: Modeling Occurrences of Burglary and Identifying Correlates of Injection Drug Use Cessation

We begin by defining and providing examples of network-indexed data. We then turn to two applications: modeling occurrences of residential burglary in Boston and identifying network predictors of injection drug use cessation among a group of drug users in rural Kentucky. We discuss the graph Laplacian, a hierarchical regression model and generalized estimating equations along the way.

Bio: Elizabeth Upton completed her Ph.D. in statistics at Boston University. Her research focuses on network science, particularly adapting regression methodologies to network-indexed data. Before attending BU, Elizabeth taught high school math for three years and worked in finance as a quantitative analyst. She currently is an assistant professor at Williams College. Outside of her research and work interests, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, skiing and cheering on the New England Patriots.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu, and the link will be sent the day of the event.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

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The Far Right Today in the U.S. and Abroad

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Held via Zoom

Cas Mudde will give a talk titled "The Far Right Today in the U.S. and Abroad." This talk is based on Mudde's two recent books: The Far Right Today (2019) and The Populist Radical Right: A Reader (2017).

Cas Mudde is a Dutch political scientist who focuses on political extremism and populism in Europe and the United States. His research includes the areas of political parties, extremism, democracy, civil society and European politics. He is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and a Professor II in the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Born in the Netherlands, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Leiden University. He has held tenure-related positions at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He moved to the U.S. in 2008, where he has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Notre Dame, and DePauw University.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding support from the Eastman Fund and the Lamont Fund. It is free and open to the public.

Please register for this event at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdu2orz8jEtOXoH51RbKA.... You will receive a link to join the event after registration.

Registration Required

Fri, Oct 16, 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.

Event information

The Five College Clothesline Project Display

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Outside Between Williston & the Octagon

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect for the Five College Clothesline Project Display on Friday, October 16, from 9 AM-5 PM (rain date: Oct. 23) on the green between Williston Hall and the Octagon.

The Clothesline Project is a part of a national project to break the silence around sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The 5-College Clothesline Project has over 800 shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors.

We embrace the Clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process. We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult so we encourage you to take care of yourself. Resources, giveaways, activities, and refreshments provided.

Please refer to the Peer Advocates' social media pages for up-to-date information re. inclement weather (Facebook: @peeradvocatesamherstcollege | Instagram: @amherst_pa).

Questions? Contact Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu or 413-542-2760

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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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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).

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ACVotes GOTV Event with Valerie Jarrett and W. Kamau Bell

8:00 pm Virtual

Join ACVotes’ discussion with comedian W. Kamau Bell and Valerie Jarrett P’07, H’07, former senior advisor to President Obama and Chair of the Board for When We All Vote.

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The SHEs Present: Sex Week 2020

Join the Student Health Educators in the Department of Health Education for Sex Week, an annual period of programming to bring awareness to sexual health, diversity, and pleasure.

Sex Week(s) is taking place between Monday, October 19, and Friday, October 30, and there are many different opportunities for all types of engagement. Please see the list below (and the attached Sex Week calendar) for more information!

Sex Week Programs:
Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project Co-sponsored with Student Activities
Monday, October 19th
In Person: Main Quad, Tent #3 (Rain Location: The Powerhouse) 3-6 PM
Virtual: 8-9 PM Eastern / Zoom: tinyurl.com/graphic-sex-project
Description: Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event to view the national Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! For students who are remote or want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick During COVID-19
Thursday, October 22nd - 8-9 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/sex-and-covid
Description: Stop by for an open conversation about safe and pleasurable sexual experiences during the pandemic. During this virtual workshop, we will provide resources and tools for students both on and off-campus so that they can make the most informed decisions when it comes to having safer and more pleasurable sexual experiences and maintaining safe COVID-19 practices.

Now That's the LGB-Tea Co-sponsored with the QRC & Pride Alliance
Monday, October 26th - 7-8 PM Eastern
RSVP Required for Zoom Link: tinyurl.com/lgbteaRSVP
Description: A discussion-based workshop on sexual pleasure and safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ people.

Self-Serve Workshop
Wednesday, October 28th 7-8 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/self-serve-workshop
Description: Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! Feel free to bring a sweet treat!

Attendees at each program can enter a raffle for a different book on sex & sexuality.

Sex Week Social Media:
In addition to our virtual and in person programs, the SHEs will be promoting Sex Week on their social media accounts in various ways. Follow the SHEs on Instagram @ac_she and on Facebook.com/ACSHEs to engage!

Sex Week Social Media Campaigns
Week 1 (Oct 19-23) Topic: All About Digital Sex - What it is, how it works, and how to do it safely
Description: Stay tuned for cybersex-related posts throughout the week & learn how digital sex can keep things fun during COVID-19.

Week 2 (Oct 26-30) Topic: Sex Work & Ethical Porn
Description: This week will center posts related to better understanding sex work and how to consume porn ethically.

Weekly Sex Week Trivia
At the end of each week the SHEs will post trivia questions related to that week's social media and program topics. Participants who answer correctly each week will be entered in a raffle for a sex & sexuality related book.

Instagram Live Q&A with the SHEs
Thursday, October 29th, Time TBD
As Sex Week 2020 wraps ups, the SHEs are hopping on Instagram live to answer students' sex-related questions.

All About Digital Sex: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

COVID-19 has prompted many things to move online - and sexual activity is no exception. Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn about different types of cybersex & digital sex safety as part of our first Sex Week social media campaign.

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.

Graphs & Grids Have Never Been So Sexy. The SHEs present Graphically Yours. Express your sexuality with cubes and conversation on Monday October 19th. Stop by the Main Quad Tent #3 from 3-6  pm on campus (the Powerhouse is rain/inclement weather location). And come to Zoom Conversation! Zoom link: tinyurl.com/graphic-sex-project

Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project (On Campus)

Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event in the Main Quad Tent #3 (rain location: The Powerhouse) to view the National Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! Hosted by the Student Health Educators and co-sponsored with Student Activities.

For students who are remote who want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Don’t Stress: Iron Regulatory Mechanisms at the Intersection of Plant Development and Multi-Stress Resilience"

Terri Long, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Anemia induced by iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutritional disorders in the world. Most people obtain nutritional iron predominantly from plants. Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that plants use to uptake, transport and utilize iron, and to respond to low iron conditions. We use molecular and systems biology to identify iron deficiency response regulators and their corresponding gene targets, with the long-term goal of elucidating gene regulatory networks involved in plant iron homeostasis. Ultimately this information may lead to the generation of crops with increased nutritional content and increased yield when grown in poor soils.

Open to members of the Amherst College community. Please contact Karen Racz, biology department ADC, for information and a link to the Zoom presentation.

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Why Democracy Matters: A Conversation with Danielle Allen H’18

7:00 pm Virtual

Danielle Allen H’18, former trustee and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is interviewed by Bella Edo '21, Ryan Kyle '23 and Jeremy Thomas '21.

Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016) and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017).

Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. She is a co-chair of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, formed to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary. As director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Allen led a collaboration of scientists and researchers at leading institutions to develop the Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework, which provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Graphic Sex Project

Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! Join the SHEs in a virtual workshop on the "hows and whys" of graphing your desires. Come and make a graph of your own or just listen in on our discussion of pleasure and communication.

Tue, Oct 20, 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 (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Professor Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford University: "Ultrafast Strong Field AMO Physics"

Electron-electron and electron-ion forces drive all processes in chemistry, yet for many years these interactions were difficult to capture in experiments because of the ultra-short time scales and distances involved.

Two advances in laser technology led to methods that overcome these problems. The first was the development 30 years ago of powerful ultrafast lasers with focused optical fields comparable to the binding fields in chemical bonds, exceeding one volt per Angstrom. These lasers led to new ways to control the interactions of electrons in atoms on their natural time scales.

The second advance was the development in the last decade of ultrafast x-ray lasers with Angstrom-wavelengths and even higher focused fields. These can be used to produce movies of molecules as they undergo bond rearrangements in tens to hundreds of femtoseconds (millionth-billionths of a second). Recent improvements in the x-ray source will soon enable measurements that can resolve attosecond-scale (billionth-billionth of a second) electron motion in x-ray-atom interactions.

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).

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Amity Gaige: A Reading and Conversation

Join Amity Gaige for a reading from Sea Wife, her “stunning fourth novel” (The New York Times). “Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel,” says Lauren Groff ’01. A Q&A will follow.

Gaige is the author of three previous novels: O My Darling, The Folded World and Schroder, which was published in 18 countries, shortlisted for The Folio Prize and named one of Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. Gaige teaches at Yale University and lives in Connecticut with her family.

Registration Required

Wed, Oct 21, 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!

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Flu Clinic

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Conway Field House

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for staff and faculty working remotely.
Registration required.

Registration Required

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.

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

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CHI Salon: Amherst College Press Authors in Conversation

Join Amherst College Press authors Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel in conversation with Press Director Beth Bouloukos for a discussion about violence, culture and personhood.

In A Sense of Brutality: Philosophy after Narco-Culture (Amherst College Press, 2020), philosopher Carlos Sánchez argues that violent cultural modalities, of which narco-culture is but one, call into question our understanding of “violence” as a concept. In narco-culture, the normalization of brutality into everyday life is a condition upon which the absolute erasure or derealization of people is made possible.

Sánchez will be joined by ACP author James Martel, whose book Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (ACP, 2018) investigates why the presence of the abandoned corpse can be seen by both authorities and protesters as a source of power. Martel explores how those who have been marginalized by structures of authority find their aspirations for dignity and humanity.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Cultural Loss Mixer

Please join ASA, ACSU, MENNA, BSU, LA CAUSA, MSU, CSA, SASA, KSA, AND NISA on October 21st at 8pm EST via Zoom in a discussion about the types of relationships that we have with our cultures and how they play a role in our daily lives. This mixer will be a good opportunity for you to meet people from various affinity groups, as well as a chance for us to discuss the similarities and differences in our cultures.

Students Only

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

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Flu Clinic

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Conway Field House

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for staff and faculty working remotely.
Registration required.

Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently

Are you worried about how socially distanced learning is affecting your child with ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, autism or another learning difference? You’re not alone. School always presents unique challenges for students who learn and think differently. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new obstacles for these kids and their parents. In this talk, author and parent coach Debbie Reber will share strategies to prioritize and plan in this new school landscape, as well as support your child’s cognitive and social/emotional needs while also tending to your own well-being, so you and your child can thrive. Presented by Care.com

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Plant Care, Self Care

Stop by and pick a house plant, succulent or spider plant to have for your very own! Learn about how caring for a plant can help you care for yourself. Select a plant, pot it and learn how to take care of it! If you can't bring your plant home with you, we will be accepting them back in November to pass on to another student in the spring. Student are asked to practice social distancing at this event. This event is for students only.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick!

As we are in the midst of a global pandemic, we are still cognizant of the needs and wants of students within our community. For folks both on and off-campus during this time, we want to make sure students are equipped with the resources and tools to have safer and more pleasurable sexual experiences, while still maintaining safe COVID-19 practices. Stop by for a virtual workshop with the SHEs to talk about these important issues on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 8-9 pm!

Zoom: tinyurl.com/sex-and-covid

How Can You Represent Those People?

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/93115956512

Join the Amherst Political Union for an event on Zoom featuring Georgetown Law Professor Abbe Smith. Professor Smith will deliver a talk titled "How Can You Represent Those People?" and read from her new book Guilty People. Professor Smith is a leader in the field of criminal defense law, and she is currently the director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic at Georgetown University. Check out our website for more information.

2020 Presidential Election Post Debate Discussion

10:30 pm on Oct 22, to 12:00 am on Oct 23 Held via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.u

You are invited to join members of the Political Science Department, including Professors Austin Sarat and Jonathan Obert, for a debate discussion following the last Presidential Election Debate.

This event will be held via Zoom. Here is the link:

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92934127720?pwd=eFpGaTQ2MHR6eE03WU9rRkl...

Fri, Oct 23, 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.

The Five College Clothesline Project Display

The Five College Clothesline Project

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Green between Williston Hall & The Octagon

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect for the Five College Clothesline Project on the green between Williston Hall and the Octagon.

The Clothesline Project is a part of a national project to break the silence around sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The 5-College Clothesline Project has over 800 shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors.

We embrace the Clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process. We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult so we encourage you to take care of yourself. Resources, giveaways, activities, and refreshments provided.

Please refer to the Peer Advocates' social media pages for up-to-date information re: inclement weather (Facebook: @peeradvocatesamherstcollege | Instagram: @amherst_pa).

Questions? Contact Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu or 413-542-2760

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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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).

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Understanding Sex Work and Ethical Porn: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

Get to know about sex work and ethical porn consumption with the SHEs! Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn more about what sex work is and ways to ethically engage with pornography as part of our second Sex Week social media campaign.

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.

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Biology Monday Seminar: The Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth

Alfonso Davila, Ph.D., research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center/Exobiology Branch, will speak on "The Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth."

Davila's research focuses on the search for evidence of life beyond Earth, and currently he is helping develop several mission concepts to search for evidence of life on Mars and Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. Davila has participated in more than 15 field expeditions in the Atacama Desert, a Mars-like environments, and has published numerous papers and book chapters on the microbial communities that inhabit the driest parts of the Atacama. Davila has also participated in multiple field expeditions in Antarctica, another Mars-like environment, and in other extreme deserts.

Open to members of the Amherst College community. Please contact Karen Racz, biology department ADC, for a link to join the Zoom presentation.

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Fall Lecture Series

What We Think - Abundance: Pathways for Psych Majors
There are many pathways to take when choosing to study psychology. Students may focus on research, treatment, marketing, industry, or a multitude of other side roads. Join Amherst Professor Kneeland '10 and Amherst alum Tyler Tory- Murphy '10 (currently marketing with Google Pixel) as they discuss their thought and decision-making process in becoming psychology majors and the opportunities available to them once they declared. Open to all students. First-years encouraged!

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897?pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWl...
Meeting ID: 942 0565 1897

Students Only
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Now That's the LGB-Tea!

Join the SHEs for a Sex Week workshop on sexual pleasure and safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ people, followed by a Q&A session! Co-sponsored by the QRC and Pride Alliance. Advance RSVP required for Zoom link: https://forms.gle/sFmqqSRxf7nXm2pd7

Registration Required

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Oct 27, 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 (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Digital Abuse Prevention Table

Stop by the Peer Advocates' Digital Support table outside of Valentine Dining Hall! We will have resources, stickers, buttons, snacks. We will also have a photo campaign as part of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month so everyone can share how they digitally support friends. For remote participation, follow the PAs (amherst_pa) on Instagram to participate in the campaign!

Research Assistant in Physics Abigail Plummer, Harvard: "Instability, Frustration and Phase Transitions in Thin Elastic Sheets"

Thin sheets, such as plant leaves, cell membranes and atomically thin materials, can show complex and surprising behaviors when allowed to grow and deform in three dimensions. One such behavior is the purely elastic shape memory found in disordered spring networks and, to a good approximation, crumpled paper. In this talk, I will introduce a simplified model for this effect, in which we locally swell a periodic array of points on an elastic sheet. When the local expansion is sufficiently large, or the sheet is sufficiently flexible, the regions of dilation will prefer to buckle out of the plane. We find that we can understand the ground state as well as the finite temperature behavior of this system if we assume that the buckled dilations behave like spins in an Ising model, a simple model for magnetism and phase transitions.

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, Oct 28, 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!

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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CHI Salon: Voices from the Lusosphere: The Common Launches Its 20th Issue

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

Marking 10 years of publication, Amherst's award-winning literary magazine, The Common, launches its 20th issue with a portfolio of writing from Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora: from Lisbon to Goa; Cape Verde to Rio de Janeiro. Join us for an international reading and conversation, co-hosted by the DISQUIET International Literary Program.

Featured authors:
• Fiction writer Katherine Vaz and poet Shauna Barbosa, representing Luso-America
• Poet Eliane Marques with translator Tiffany Higgins, representing Brazil
• Essayist Susana Moreira Marques, representing Portugal
• José Pinto de Sá and translator Jethro Soutar, representing Mozambique

Registration Required

Who Merits an Elite College Education?

As part of Virtual Homecoming and Family Week, Zach Bleemer a Class of 2013 Amherst College graduate and current PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley will present "Who Merits an Elite College Education?" This virtual event is open to the college community via Zoom.

Self Serve

Self Serve Presented By the SHEs (Remote)

Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop over Zoom about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! And feel free to bring a sweet treat !
Zoom URL: tinyurl.com/self-serve-workshop

Students Only

Meet the Authors: A Conversation about Recent Books Published by History Faculty

Join us for a celebratory conversation with history faculty who have recently published books!
Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, will discuss Female Husbands: a Trans History (Cambridge, 2020). Edward Melillo, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, will discuss The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World (Knopf, 2020). Vanessa Walker, Morgan Assistant Professor in Diplomatic History, will discuss Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell, 2020).

Registration Required
Why Democracy Matters

Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Held Via Zoom

The Department of Political Science would like to invite the entire Amherst College community to a panel discussion on "Why Democracy Matters." Hop on Zoom to hear Professors Javier Corrales, Jonathan Obert, and Kerry Ratigan share their views. Panel discussion starts at 8pm. This is part of a series of events the department is organizing this semester in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States. This event is free and open to the entire Amherst community including all Homecoming and Family Weekend attendees.

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-CvqjktGtKU46iJ8GNs...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Required

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Community Conversations

Whether you are working on-campus or remote, you may find yourself feeling a bit disconnected from colleagues. Take a break and join members of the HR Activities Committee for a virtual drop in casual conversation! Meet folks you may not know and catch up with those you do! Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.

Pressed Flower Bookmark Making

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Student Activities Tent #2 (Near Mead Art Museum)

Take a break and make fun crafts with violets grown and pressed at Book & Plow Farm. Limited to 10 students. RSVP by emailing jherioncruz19@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required
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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

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Dr. Ariel Nereson: "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work"

The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work," a talk by Dr. Ariel Nereson.

In our contemporary moment, with its resurgence of populism and stark ideological oppositions within diverse democratic formations, many commentators, including activists, scientists, politicians, educators, and community members and organizers, are turning to the language of empathy to describe what is missing in our current discourse. This talk looks to artists, particularly the renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, for practices of empathy-building that align with current cognitive scientific understandings of how humans relate to others whom they perceive as different from themselves. Exploring movement-based works as experiments in empathy-building and community development may offer tactics for revitalizing democratic principles toward practices of equity and differentiated solidarity.

Ariel Nereson is an assistant professor of dance studies and director of graduate dance at the University at Buffalo - SUNY. Her current book project, Democracy Moving: Bill T. Jones, Contemporary American Performance, and the Racial Past, analyzes the choreography of Bill T. Jones as public intellectual labor, Black aesthetic praxis and historical knowledge. She sits on the board of the American Theatre and Drama Society and is the book review editor for Theatre History Studies. Her publications can be found in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, American Quarterly, Studies in Musical Theatre and forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, amongst others. She is also a choreographer and dramaturg.

Registration Required

Black Feminism and the Reimagined Politics of Democracy and Accountability

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9crW4_RaT6axxkofxdVBXg

Join the Women's and Gender Center as we tune into the National Women's Studies Association's Keynote Conversation, Black Feminism and the Reimagined Politics of Democracy and Accountability with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Barbara Ransby with introductions and debrief by Cathy Cohen. Registration here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9crW4_RaT6axxkofx... and the zoom information will be emailed to you.

Watching with us? Let us know: https://forms.gle/99EZAGZ2fB7Mm8gD7

Registration Required

Fri, Oct 30, 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!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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).

Peers and Persuasion

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Held via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Peers and Persuasion" presented by Jakina Debnam Guzman, Assistant Professor of Economics. This lecture will be held via Zoom (see link below).  Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research.  The event is open to the Amherst College Community. For more information about the Faculty Colloquium Series please visit this link   https://www.amherst.edu/mm/597044

LINK TO THE ZOOM MEETING: 
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98412010966?pwd=bGdTT0cvQzREQUxqcEpkKzJ...