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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The Writers' Retreat

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 1:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff writers to join us for a two-day retreat during Interterm, an opportunity to work productively in a supportive environment. The retreat will be held Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Each day will include small-group discussions of writing goals, three hours of uninterrupted writing time and a catered lunch with a writing-related discussion. If you have any questions or comments about the retreat, please contact Jessica Kem at or x2964.

Participants may register to attend one or both writing sessions and/or one or both lunch discussions.

Mindfulness Meditation for Focus, Stress-Reduction & Well-Being

According to a report from Brown University, "several studies with college students suggest that the practice of mindfulness leads to decreases in stress and anxiety, improvements in concentration and attention and increases in self-awareness and overall emotional well-being."

In this experiential, one-day Interterm program for students, we will explore the practice of mindfulness meditation and discuss options for utilizing these practices to support health and well-being throughout the school year, especially in the face of the stresses and challenges faced by college students.

This program is suitable for those with no meditation experience and for those who have meditated before and want to deepen their practice. Some gentle yoga and movement practices will also be included, so please dress in comfortable clothing that will allow for movement and stretching.

This program will draw from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and will be led by Adi Bemak, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., who has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years. Adi is certified as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has taught this course extensively at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School in Worcester and at Valley Mindfulness in Northampton.

Students Only

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

Students Only

Ongoing Events

Next Gen Leadership Institute 2018

This leadership institute coordinated by CDSL and the Loeb Center is a five-day intensive program designed for first-generation and low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives.
There will be engaging workshops centered around first-gen and low-income identities, navigating classism, demystifying the arts, wealth and financial literacy education with BlackFem, Inc, but also lots of fun community building time over tasty meals and fun activities.

Apply now! The registration deadline is Friday, December 8 and space is limited.

Students Only