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Event Calendar

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

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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.

Registration Required

Employee Council Coffee Hour

*Please note that the location of the Jan. 24 Coffee Hour has been changed from the Science Center Cafe to Frost Cafe.

Ease into the new year and return from the holidays by enjoying a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

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Mindfulness of the Breath

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of the breath. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

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Mindful Movement and Dance

Mindful Movement and Dance brings a mindfulness-based approach, informed by classical Theravada Buddhist teachings, to basic breakdance instruction and creative movement exercises. The program culminates in an all out dance party fueled by eclectic beats from EDM, hip-hop, pop and beyond. No dance or meditation experience needed. Join us, and confirm your suspicion that this might just be a ridiculously excellent experience!

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Ongoing Events

RAD Self-Defense Classes

RAD Self-Defense Classes

This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics, concepts, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course open to folks who self-identify as trans or cis women, and/or as nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Available to all faculty, staff and students. Email RAD@Amherst.edu