Event Calendar

September 2020

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Amherst Tuning In: Student Music Theses as Tools to Engage

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Amherst Tuning In, Tuesdays at 5:30 PM EST
Join us Tuesday, September 1, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with past thesis students about political messages in music theses. We'll get to hear some fantastic excerpts from past theses and talk about how composers put political ideas into their writing.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 8: Perspectives from faculty plus fun and games!

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

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Here and Now: A Welcome Event with Theater & Dance

The Department of Theater and Dance welcomes all students (and especially new students!) to join us for sharing and conversation. The event will include recent alums and current majors, who will talk about what they have been doing creatively. Come learn about opportunities for creative exploration, fall events, classes, and collaborations, and connect with fellow students. Department faculty and staff, along with Carla Costa from the Loeb Center, will also be on hand to answer questions and share information. We look forward to gathering with you!

Join us via Zoom:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99028831957?pwd=enhac0dWNnFabEJpK0JKaHd...

Students are welcome to stay for as long as they wish.

Hosted by the Department of Theater and Dance. Co-sponsored by the Arts and Communication Program of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Fri, Sep 4, 2020

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

Tue, Sep 8, 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.

Amherst Tuning In: Perspectives from Faculty

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Join us Tuesday, September 8, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with Professors Tanya Leise, Jennifer Hamilton, and Lili Kim about their inspirations for the neat courses they are teaching this semester. And stick around for some fun and games including "Is this music from a movie advertisement or a campaign video?" with Gil Wermeling '18, host.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 15: Find out about the new AC Music Department Commission is celebrating the 19th Amendment with special guest, composer Reena Esmail.

Calidore String Quartet

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents the Calidore String Quartet

Please join online for the third in the series of free virtual M@A performances:

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

“deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” –The New York Times

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk (1st of Fall 2020!)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an 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.

Join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99335278766?pwd=cHdrU05PMm9RSjdEaDErSnk...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

Students Only

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

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AC Reads Plays Together

The Department of Theater and Dance invites any interested students to meet several times this semester to read plays aloud together. We hope this will be a great way to get to know new works of dramatic literature, and connect! The plan is to choose up to four plays, with selection input from the members of the group, and meet roughly every 2-3 weeks. Hosted by Professor Ron Bashford.

The first meeting will be Thursday, September 10, at 7 p.m.

Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/91963845044?pwd=eWY1U1JUcGo2ZGNsTGZ6NXF...

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

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

Mammoth Story

Beneski Guided Visit (ON SITE)

“A Mammoth History”: Participants will explore the migration of mammoths into North America, a little about life in the herd, the extinction of mammoths, the discovery of the Amherst College mammoth, and the selection of the mammoth as the first official Amherst College mascot.

Students Only

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival: Remote Event

The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

This year’s festival will be held remotely; the schedule is now live and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson and, as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon. Sign up for events through the schedule page!

Registration Required

Tue, Sep 15, 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.

Illustration of a purple cartoon Mammoth wearing headphones and working on a laptop while sitting in a lounge area. On a nearby window is an "Amherst Tuning In" poster with photos of Reena Esmail and Rebecca Howell.

Amherst Tuning In: 19th Amendment Commission

The music department has commissioned a large-scale work to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment, to be premiered in the fall of 2021 by Amherst's own Choral Society, the Jazz Ensemble and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.  Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as we talk with composer Reena Esmail and librettist Rebecca Howell to discuss this momentous undertaking.  
You can join by using this Zoom link:  https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96712048638

Reena Esmail has been commissioned by ensembles across the U.S., including the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Chicago Sinfonietta and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and she is the Los Angeles Master Chorale's 2020-2023 Swan Family Artist in Residence. 

Rebecca Gayle Howell is poetry editor for Oxford American and the author of two critically acclaimed collections, American Purgatory and Render/An Apocalypse.

Poet Shayla Lawson smiles facing the camera

Shayla Lawson Reading and Q&A

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 with Lawson follows the reading. This event kicks off the Amherst College Creative Writing Fall Reading Series.

Register ahead of time through the link!

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Headshots of Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram and Dr. Shauna Morgan

Black Lives and Black Poetics Matter: A Reading and Discussion Curated by Faraday Publishing

Join us for an evening of vibrant poetry and dialogue on the vitality and importance of Black Lives and Black Poetics in contemporary America. Moderated by Enzo Silon Surin, founder and director of Faraday Publishing, this panel will feature leading Black poets, scholars and educators, including Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram and Dr. Shauna Morgan.

To register, follow the link!

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

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

Poet Franny Choi smiles and looks off camera

Poetry Open Mic & Franny Cho

If you’d like to hear a wide variety of poets bravely sharing their work, be sure to tune in to our Festival open mic night! Following the open mic, participants will be treated to a poetry reading by festival headliner Franny Choi. Reader spots are full, but the audience is still open!

Follow the link for more info and registration!

Registration Required
Image shows 8 students on the Valentine Balcony at night, lit up by string lights. Most are standing around while one student is playing the piano.

Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Poet Jericho Brown looks at the camera, one eye obscured by a crown of flowers

Poetry Masterclass with Jericho Brown

Hone your craft with Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown. In the “Jumpstart Your Engines” Poetry Workshop, Jericho Brown helps writers generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft. As a virtual participant, you will engage in writing prompts and exercises at home alongside a panel of students selected to share their work along the way.

For more information and to register, follow the link!

Registration Required
Poetry Fest headliners Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs and Ada Limón

Festival Headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown with Music by Kimaya Diggs

Settle in for an evening of music and poetry celebrating Emily Dickinson’s ongoing creative legacy with the work of three contemporary artists. Singer-songwriter Kimaya Diggs brings you new original settings of Dickinson poems live from the poet’s bedroom, and headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown read from their work and discuss their poetic practice and inspiration. The evening begins and ends with 20-minute musical sets by Diggs, bookending the headliner poetry reading and Q&A with Brown, Limón and guest interviewer Nathan McClain. Don’t miss out on this special evening of community through art!

For more info and to register, follow the link.

Registration Required

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

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, Sep 22, 2020

Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

The next Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour will take place on:
Thursday, September 22, 2020
10am - 11am via Zoom - https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94262837659
Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff. Hosted by EC representatives Mariesa Negosanti and Andrea Sulavik.

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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.

QRC/WGC: Trans Affinity Space

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9932679

Open to current students and alumni in the five colleges, this space centers all folks of trans experience, including those who explicitly identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or at some distance from the gender they were assigned at birth and/or who are exploring their gender identity.

To join, please follow this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99326798710?pwd=amV4UmY3c0hrUHVoMk5xUWI...

Presented by the WGC and QRC. For accessibility needs or concerns, contact qrc@amherst.edu or wgc@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Thu, Sep 24, 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.

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

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

QRC: Bi and Pan Joy (BP+J)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9884450

An affinity hosted by the QRC that centers those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Join us on Zoom- https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98844509170?pwd=Y2dMUzJZelFxVUVBYVEzSXR...

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

Students Only
Image shows 8 students on the Valentine Balcony at night, lit up by string lights. Most are standing around while one student is playing the piano.

Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

Regina Carter dressed in a brightly colored sweater and scarf, standing in front of a tree trunk, smiling and holding her violin

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents Regina Carter and Friends

Regina Carter and Friends open the Music@Amherst 2020-2021 Virtual Series with a live, online performance hosted by Professor Darryl Harper. This performance is free and open to the public. Please visit the music department's event livestream page, listed below, to catch the show. We look forward to seeing you!

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn't simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds and worlds apart. The first jazz musician and African-American to play the Guarneri Del Gesu violin, once owned by Niccolò Paganini, MacArthur “Genius” award-winning Regina Carter is director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency and has collaborated with artists including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Ray Brown, Kenny Barron, the String Trio of New York, Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake and Steve Turre.

Your safety is our highest concern. We have therefore temporarily suspended M@A subscriptions for this season until it is again safe to gather in Buckley in person. Thank you for your understanding.

Sat, Sep 26, 2020

QRC: Ace/Aro/Gray Space

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9740161

An affinity space for students who identify as asexual, aromantic, gray or ace/aro-spectrum to share and celebrate their identities. All are welcome.

Join us on Zoom at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/97401619068?pwd=azc4MXVBYjg5NWJHNkhpakp...

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or accessibility concerns, contact jsmartin@amherst.edu

Students Only

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

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, Sep 29, 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.

Ongoing Events

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."