“It is illuminating that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes the symbol for both ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ The former has been much discussed, but the latter largely ignored.” –
Janice Perlman, Author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge
Originally, this seminar was established to explore how the rapidly urbanizing, technology-based societies of today present both risks to, and opportunities for establishing “home” and social connections. Now, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, with students and professionals working from home, “shelter in place” orders in some communities and social distancing advised for everyone, our concepts of “home” and importance of social connections are taking on new meaning. Join us in these seminars with guests who bring unique perspectives in navigating this topic from their respective fields. Participants will find the interdisciplinary and transcultural views relatable to their own experiences and will be invited to join the discussions. Creative prompts will also be proposed.
Ana Candida Carneiro, PhD, Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College, Artistic Director of Babel
Brian English, urban planner, Executive Director of Babel
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Gustavo Salcedo – Political Science & International Relations (Amherst College)
•Renata Moretti – Biology & Environmental Sciences (Harvard University)
•Kirun Kapur – Poetry (Amherst College)
Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jessica Litwak – Theater & Social Change (H.E.A.T. Collective) •Carolina L. Zilli Vieira – Environmental Health (Harvard University)
•Kasper Villadsen – Political Science & Philosophy (Copenhagen Business School)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jenna Riegel / Sha Harrell – Dance (Amherst College)
•Janice Perlman – Anthropology (Mega Cities Project/Columbia University)
•Alex Ros – Travel Industry (Founder of Open Sky Expeditions)
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Thomas Dumm - Political Science (Amherst College, author of "Home in America")
•Sabato Visconti - Visual Arts (ex-Daca artist)
•Brian English - Urban Planning (Babel)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 161 770 249 Password: 022296
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
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 email@example.com.
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."