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April 2020

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020 #SAAMherst

Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAMherst

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual violence. The Peer Advocates are gearing up for a virtual SAAM 2020 experience this year. Stay connected by following the PAs on Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) and Instagram (@amherst_pa) and stay tuned for upcoming virtual opportunities all month long during April for #SAAMherst! Email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions, keep an eye out for weekly updates, and see below for a preview of each week.

Week 1: Self-Care for #SAAMherst
Week 2: #IAsk
Week 3: Movement Makers
Week 4: PA Picks
May 1st: Virtual SAAM Vigil

Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Sat, Apr 4, 2020

Self-Care for SAAMherst

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Share a self-care strategy or activity, share something that's made you smile, or share something you think will make someone else smile. The PAs will anonymously post all of the suggestions to social media, so everyone can practice some self-care #SAAMherst.

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Self-Care for #SAAMherst

Self-Care for #SAAMHerst

until Apr 12 Instagram: @amherst_pa

For the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, share with the PAs the ways you're practicing self-care in this time. Follow the PAs on Instagram to learn and practice self-care strategies while social distancing and in honor of SAAM. Want to anonymously share your go-to self-care strategies? Fill out the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6oEsbxAhNBOv2x2hWC0tigetTmz1H....

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

self hand-massage

Hand and Arm Self-Massage Instruction Over Zoom

Massage Therapist Nanci Newton will be joining the Daily Wellness Zoom to give instruction on how to stretch and massage your hands and arms to avoid strain and promote relaxation and flexibility. The Daily Wellness Zoom is held each weekday at noon, and offers a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat, or simply listen in.

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Poster for Real Talk

Real Talk: Navigating difficult family and household dynamics

The quick shift to remote learning and working at home has presented many members of our community with the realities of returning to contexts that can be difficult and challenging. Home/housing away from campus can present issues navigating identity, complicated relationships with family members, access to necessities, space, etc. Join Dr. Darien McFadden and Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center, and Jxhn Martin, Director of the Queer Resource Center, for open discussion space that centers what folks are experiencing and potential strategies for coping, managing, and finding support.

Join us on Zoom (https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/447983231)

Students Only

Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Poster for QRC Read Talk

QRC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413.542.5964

Students Only

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

Talking about the N-word: A Social and Pedagogical History of a Word

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry welcomes Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College, for a virtual salon. Professor Pryor specializes in 19th-century U.S. history and race. Her first book, Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War, is a social history of black activists who, long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, fought against segregation on public vehicles. Her essay, “The Etymology of [the n-word]: Resistance, Language, and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North,” won the Ralph D. Gray Prize for the best article of 2016 in the Journal of the Early Republic. Her next project, inspired by the article as well as her teaching at Smith College, is a historical and pedagogical study of the n-word framed, in part, by her experience as a biracial woman in the United States.

Amherst College faculty, staff, and students all welcome. The Zoom link will be made available the day of the event. Amherst College email address is required for login. Video and sound will be turned off for all but the guest speaker and the host facilitator, Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College and CHI advisory board member. Participants will be invited to submit questions via the chat function, which Prof. Manion will share with Prof. Pryor for discussion.

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Listening Circle: Ground, Share, Connect 8-9am and 4-5pm Fridays

How are you in these times? What can others wish for you? What do you wish for others? Participants will have equal time to respond to these prompts. Circles open with guided mindfulness and close with a reflection. All Amherst students are welcome. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life. For questions contact Harrison Blum: hblum@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Aerial view of Johnson Chapel and the surrounding Amherst College campus

Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Wellness Zoom: Laughter Yoga with Robert Rivest

Laughter yoga instructor Robert Rivest will lead participants in short exercises to promote health and well-being. Each Wednesday and Friday Wellness Zoom will provide a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving well-being. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat, or simply listen in.

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

People demonstrating bednet use

Rob Mather: Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) and What We Do

Rob is the founder of AMF, consistently rated as one of the world’s most effective charities (especially in terms of lives saved per dollar). AMF has raised over $240m ($200m in the past 4 years) and distributed over 110m anti-mosquito bednets, protecting over 200m people. Rob will join us online to tell us about AMF and what it does, followed by a Q&A.
For more information: https://us04web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34AJSGCOTvSEcEwc-hs4ww

Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Virtual Poetry Readings

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Zoom Webinar

Please join us for a Sunday Poetry Reading, hosted virtually, by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, with Maria Stepanova & Linor Goralik.
The reading will be in Russian with English translations provided.
The event will be held via a zoom webinar. To access the broadcast, you must register in advance at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zx2gI5YkTUCmDT0nX7F5zA
Along with registering, those new to zoom will also have to download the application to the device they will use to join the broadcast. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Registration Required

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

#SAAMherst presents PA Picks!

#SAAMherst: PA Picks

until Apr 29 Peer Advocates Instagram

For the final week of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the Peer Advocates are sharing various resources from pop culture (books/music/movies, etc.) relating to sexual respect and survivor support. Each day a new collection of PA Picks will be featured on our Instagram feed, so make sure to follow us (@amherst_pa) if you don’t already! Keep an eye out for more updates on #SAAMherst and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Stiglitz and Novak

COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic, with Joseph Stiglitz ’64 H’74, hosted by David Novak ’91

COVID-19 has caused fear, grief, upheaval, and loneliness; it has also led us to appreciate compassion, resilience, selflessness, and adaptability. It has laid bare the social inequalities that too many people live with day in and day out, pandemic or not, and it has caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about the balance between self-determination and interdependence, individual freedoms and responsibility to the common good.

In this series of live-streamed conversations, esteemed alumni and friends of the College will discuss current and future impacts of the public health crisis within the United States and globally. Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation.

Joseph Stiglitz '64 is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003.

In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are People, Power, and Profits, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro and Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.

David Novak '91 was appointed to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2018. He is Co-President at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), and is based in London. He joined the firm in 1997 and moved to London in 2000. He is responsible for CD&R’s European business and is a member of the firm’s Executive and Investment committees. Prior to CD&R, he worked at Morgan Stanley in the private equity and investment banking divisions.
Since graduating from Amherst, Novak has served as international chair of Amherst’s Lives of Consequence campaign, chair of the executive committee of the Alumni Council, class agent, associate class agent, member of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee and volunteer for the Amherst Alumni Outreach Volunteer Program.

Novak currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London and on the Board of the Valerie Fund, which supports children with cancer and blood disorders. Other prior charitable activities have included service on boards associated with Maccabi GB, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Right to Play UK. He currently serves as an advisor to Ahren Innovation Capital. In 2009 he was selected to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Novak graduated from Amherst with a B.A. in economics, cum laude, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School with honors. He and his wife, Jane, have two boys.

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Poster with a photograph of a candle, and description of "Lights on for #SAAMherst" campaign.

Lights On for #SAAMherst

This year to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Peer Advocates have created Lights On for SAAMherst, a 24-hour Instagram story campaign. Starting at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 30, until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, our goal is to “light up” Instagram by having members of our community post a photo or video of a lit candle to their Instagram story.

The purpose of the candles is to show our support for survivors and represent how we are “shining a light” on the topic of SAAM and issues of sexual violence. In lighting up Instagram and seeing candles on each others’ stories, we hope to create a warm, supportive space and sense of community. By having our #LightOn for each other, we are showing our love, support, and care for one another and reminding ourselves that we are not alone!

Here’s how you can participate!
- Any time after 7 p.m. (EST) on April 30 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, post a photo or video of a lit candle to your Instagram story with the #LightsOnforSAAMherst.
- You can leave it at that, write anything else you want to add or answer the prompt: "My light is on for/because…"
- If you tag the PAs (@amherst_pa), we will add your post anonymously (with your name blacked out) to a collection of candles from everyone who tags us on our own story!

We hope you will join us in lighting up Instagram for survivors and each other for Lights On for SAAMherst! We can’t wait to see all of your posts and candles bringing warmth, light and hope to our community!

Three Minute Thesis Competition (Virtual)

Support the senior speakers in Amherst College’s 3MT® - Three Minute Thesis Competition. Thesis students, nominated by their departments and selected as finalists, will compete for cash prizes as they communicate the significance of their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in 3 minutes. Cheer on these senior thesis writers and help judge which presentation should win the “People’s Choice” award. The Zoom link will be made available the day of the event.

Sponsored by the Writing Center. Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Mammoth Rock Social Club Presents Joshua Baum, Live @5

5:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/AmherstScience/

Mammoth Rock Social Club presents Live @5 with music by Joshua Baum, Film and Photography Coordinator in the Department of Art & the History of Art.

Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/AmherstScience/ for a live recorded set of original indie-folk songs by Joshua Baum.

Though we can't be together in person, we hope this live music series offers shared connection through music!!

Varmus, Kessler and Tilghman

"COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic," with Harold Varmus ’61 & David Kessler ’73, hosted by Shirley Tilghman H’08

COVID-19 has caused fear, grief, upheaval and loneliness; it has also led us to appreciate compassion, resilience, selflessness and adaptability. It has laid bare the social inequalities that too many people live with day in and day out, pandemic or not, and it has caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about the balance between self-determination and interdependence, individual freedoms and responsibility to the common good.

In this series of live-streamed conversations, esteemed alumni and friends of the College will discuss current and future impacts of the public health crisis within the United States and globally. Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation.

Harold Varmus '61, M.D., co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, joined the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine in April, 2015. He is also a senior associate member of the New York Genome Center, where he helps to develop programs in cancer genomics, and an adjunct professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. Previously, Dr. Varmus was director of the National Cancer Institute for five years, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 10 years and director of the National Institutes of Health for six years.

A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University in English literature and of Columbia University in medicine, he was further trained at Columbia University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Francisco, before becoming a member of the UCSF basic science faculty for over two decades. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries, and serves on advisory groups for several academic, governmental, philanthropic and commercial institutions. His current positions include co-chair of the Mayor’s LifeSciNYC initiative and member of advisory boards for Chan-Zuckerberg Science, the Broad and Crick Institutes, the global health program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and four biotechnology companies (Surrozen, Dragonfly, PetraPharma, and Volastra).

The author of about 400 scientific papers and five books, including a 2009 memoir entitled The Art and Politics of Science, Varmus was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a co-founder and chair of the board of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the scientific board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

David A. Kessler '73, M.D. is professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and professor of biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He previously served as dean of the schools of medicine at UCSF and Yale University.

Dr. Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from November 1990 until March 1997, appointed by President George H.W. Bush and reappointed by President Bill Clinton. As commissioner of the FDA, he acted to speed approval of new drugs and placed high priority on getting promising therapies for serious and life-threatening diseases to patients as quickly as possible. According to The New York Times, Kessler “revitalized a beleaguered agency that had become mired in bureaucratic disarray.” The Los Angeles Times praised him for “restor[ing] the Food and Drug Administration to what it was meant to be--an aggressive advocate for the public’s health.”

Dr. Kessler’s books Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering (2016) and The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (2009) were New York Times best-sellers. His latest book is Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth About Food, Weight, and Disease (2020). Kessler serves on the board of various organizations, including as chair of the board of Science in the Public Interest, and has been an Amherst College trustee. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of the 2001 National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal. His other honors have included the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor, the American Heart Association’s National Public Affairs Special Recognition Award, the American Federation for AIDS Research Sheldon W. Andelson Public Policy Achievement Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award, the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Leadership Award, the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health Excellence in Women’s Health Award and the “2008 National Hero” award from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Shirley M. Tilghman H'08 was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001, after serving on the Princeton faculty for 15 years. Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.

Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Simons Foundation. She serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute of MIT, and is a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.