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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

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 to request your book and learn about next steps.

Registration Required
Headshot of Jallicia Jolly

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

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

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

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

Registration Required

AC Jazz Virtual Concerts

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

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

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

Ongoing Events

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

Study + Make Art at the Mead

Attention on-campus students!

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

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

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

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

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

Students Only