Event Calendar

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

overcoming overthinking

Overcoming Overthinking Workshop

This workshop will describe how overthinking undermines performance, depletes motivation and compromises wellness. It will also offer specific strategies to manage the habit. Facilitated by Rachel Simmons. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Google Cloud Info Session, Presented by Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16

In this Lunch & Learn information session — which is open to all, but mainly targeted towards sophomores, juniors, and seniors — recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will provide an rare and enlightening inside look at Google Cloud. Lunch will be served!

This is the last of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

Event poster featuring a muscular African dancer wearing a loincloth and body paint, in front of a colorful patterned background

African American Dance Symposium: Master Dance Class: WA Sabar with Andara Koumba and Obara Wali Rahman

Andara Koumba Rahman and Obara Wali Rahman are esteemed cultural elders, co-artistic directors of Cumbé: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in New York, and former co-directors of the popular dance company Sabar Ak Ru Afriq Dance Theater. Ms. Rahman is an authority on West African and Caribbean dance and performance techniques. Mr. Rahman is a master drummer and teacher, poet and choreographer specializing in the music and dance of the SeneGambia and old Mali empire. Together they lead The Drumsong African Ballet Theatre, which performs and presents African folkloric dance, music, drama, poetry and connections to African-American and world cultures.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, which kicks off mid-February and culminates on April 13-14. Organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, the symposium will offer an exciting array of activities from February to April, including a special evening performance on Friday, April 13.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement and African and Caribbean Students Union

Imagine a World

Listen to the voices of your community recite a poem made of thoughts and hopes about a world without sexual violence collected from your community. Come listen and contemplate what such a world would look like as you munch on refreshments from the Black Sheep (the best way to contemplate!). A small discussion will be held afterwards. We hope you will come out to listen, hope and imagine with us!

LOL.G.B.T. Standup Comedy Show!

LOL.G.B.T. Comedy is a college touring stand up show that features professional queer performers. The show tackles issues of sexuality, gender, feminism, sexism, masculinity and other social issues in the most accessible way: through humor. Both educational and hilarious, the show leaves audiences thoroughly entertained and looking at the world a little differently. This show will feature Ashley Gavin and Kate Sisk '14, as well as current students Long You '18 and Lauren Weiss '18.

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.