Event Calendar

May 2020

Fri, May 1, 2020

Wellness Zoom

Wellness Zoom

The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.

QRC Community Hour Poster

QRC Community Hour

Come join in some casual shared digital QRC space with our staff for casual conversation, the occasional activity, potential breakout rooms and more!

To join, please follow this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/857951627

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Dr. Wendy Harrison & Dr. Gabby Laing (SCI): One Health

From Amherst Effective Altruism in Partnership with One for the World

Dr. Harrison and Dr. Laing join us to talk about the importance of 'one health,' where we consider animal and human health systems together-- especially relevant as most experts agree SARS-CoV-2 likely started in animals.

Harrison is CEO of Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) and a leading figure in public and animal health. Laing is an epidemiologist and SCI's One Health advisor. SCI is one of the most effective charities, working on deworming projects in Africa.

Mon, May 4, 2020

Bolt Party Invite

The Met Gala: Bolt Magazine Interest and Launch Zoom Reception

It's the first Monday in May - the Met Gala - but because Vogue can't host it, we will! Please join us for a celebration of the launch of the first issue of Bolt Magazine, Amherst College's first fashion and arts magazine. Dress up, pick out a fun background, and self-supply a cookie. All students are welcome to attend, and we will be spending some time discussing the club for prospective students. Bolt was founded during the 2019-2020 school year to give an outlet to students interested in working on any aspect of a fashion magazine, please reach out to Dorothy Scarborough (dscarborough22@amherst.edu) or Sophie Caldwell (Scaldwell23@amherst.edu) to RSVP or to register interest in joining the magazine.

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Arthur Brooks and Phil Jackson

“COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic,” with Arthur Brooks, hosted by the Rev. Philip A. Jackson ’85

COVID-19 has caused upheaval and grief; it has also led us to a new appreciation of compassion, resilience and selflessness. It has laid bare social inequalities and caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about interdependence and responsibility to the common good.

Amherst is convening a series of live-streamed conversations addressing different facets of the pandemic's impact. Esteemed alumni experts and friends of the College will share their insights and answer your questions concerning this cataclysmic event and its ramifications for our society and ourselves. I hope you will join us and add your voice to the conversation.

Arthur Brooks, professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, former president of the American Enterprise Institute, host of the popular podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks and author of Love Your Enemies, will be joined by Phil Jackson '85, Amherst College trustee and priest-in-charge and vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.

Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation. Please use the button under each event to register for the event(s) of your choice. After registration, you will receive instructions for how to view the live-stream of the event. Login is required.

Questions? Please contact events@amherst.edu.

This series is sponsored by the President's Office and funded by the Croxton Lecture Fund.

Tue, May 5, 2020

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Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

Amherst College staff are invited to an Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour. Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff.

Loeb Center Summer Funded Internship Programs Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who are completing Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program internships or who have received funding to complete low-paying/unpaid internships this summer are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are unable to attend a pre-departure session send an email to internships@amherst.edu to receive information about alternatives to attendance.

Students Only

Wed, May 6, 2020

CHI Salon: “Inequality as Comorbidity: How Can American Studies Scholarship Help Us to Better Understand the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic?”

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent disparities in health outcomes have put into stark relief which lives may be judged more or less valuable. Firm in the belief that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is exacerbated by the unequal distribution of social vulnerability, this Virtual Salon, hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, will highlight the ways that American studies scholars provide responses to how different segments of our society are disproportionately impacted by this emerging pandemic. Our panelists will offer their own responses to the current pandemic’s impacts on particular communities given their areas of specialization. They will also engage in a dialogue concerning issues such as the rise in anti-Asian violence, how Indigenous nations are suffering the highest rates of infection, and the role of religion and religious communities, as well as effects on immigrant and black workers. Other topics may include colonial contagion and connections to other epidemics like HIV/AIDS, in relation to intersectional and black feminist analysis.

Kiara Vigil is an assistant professor of American studies and the author of Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2015). (Moderator)

Jallicia Jolly is a predoctoral fellow in American studies and black studies at Amherst College. (Panelist)

Lloyd Barba is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion. (Panelist)

Lili Kim is a CHI Fellow and visiting faculty in the history department. (Panelist)

Sony Coráñez Bolton is an assistant professor in the Spanish department and Latinx and Latin American studies. (Panelist)

Please note that, for security reasons, this event is restricted to the Amherst College community. Zoom details:

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Virtual Pop-Up Series: Career Q+A with the Class of 2008--Virginia Lora, Independent Radio & Podcast Producer

We know it’s a difficult time to be a student—the pandemic is disrupting all aspects of life, and the challenging economy is impacting job and internship experiences. We thought 2008 grads who graduated from Amherst during the Great Recession could relate. In this pop-up series your questions will take center stage.

Join us as we:
--learn about the challenges 2008 grads faced in early career experiences --explore how they’re navigating work during the pandemic
--and get industry-specific considerations for what’s ahead

Our next 2008 alum guest is Virginia Lora, a bilingual independent radio and podcast producer. She recently completed a reporting fellowship with NPR’s Latino USA and is currently an associate producer for Feeling My Flo, a reported podcast for tweens about all things menstruation. Check out her LinkedIn profile or some of her stories , and then let us know if you have questions you'd like to ask her during the talk! You can submit your questions for Virginia here: https://forms.gle/ZryZc6xMR6ng7TYG7

Thu, May 7, 2020

Zeke Emanuel and Biddy Martin

“COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic,” with Zeke Emanuel ’79, hosted by President Biddy Martin

COVID-19 has caused upheaval and grief; it has also led us to a new appreciation of compassion, resilience and selflessness. It has laid bare social inequalities and caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about interdependence and responsibility to the common good.

Amherst is convening a series of live-streamed conversations addressing different facets of the pandemic's impact. Esteemed alumni experts and friends of the College will share their insights and answer your questions concerning this cataclysmic event and its ramifications for our society and ourselves. I hope you will join us and add your voice to the conversation.

Oncologist and bioethicist Zeke Emanuel '79, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will join Amherst College President Biddy Martin.

Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation. Please use the button under each event to register for the event(s) of your choice. After registration, you will receive instructions for how to view the live stream of the event. Login is required.

Questions? Please contact events@amherst.edu.

This series is sponsored by the President's Office and funded by the Croxton Lecture Fund.

Fri, May 8, 2020

Q&A with Caroline Teti, Director of Recipient Advocacy at GiveDirectly

From Amherst Effective Altruism in Partnership with One for the World

Caroline Teti has worked for GiveDirectly (a GiveWell top charity) in different roles, including field director for the Basic Income Project, director of government and external relations and, currently, director of recipient advocacy. She's a Kenyan social scientist with 14 years work experience in the public sector.

She will offer us a uniquely informed perspective on GiveDirectly’s work, the general work of Effective Altruism interventions and the views of recipients of these programs.

Mon, May 11, 2020

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Student Video Showcase

Watch an online showcase by students in the Amherst College video production classes "Foundations in Video Production" and "Films That Try: Essay Film Production." Both showcases will go live at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 11, and will be accessible until Sunday, May 31.

"Foundations in Video Production": https://vimeo.com/showcase/7089855
With videos by:
Max Curlin
Michelle Han
Shuzo Katayama
Ronan Levy
Mary Prather
Anniyah Rawlins
Esteban Sanchez
Juliana Saxe
Jacqueline Shen
Rocio Stejskal
Hantong Wu
Clay Zachery

"Films That Try: Essay Film Production": https://vimeo.com/showcase/7089849
With videos by:
Meredith Ao
Noah Jacobs
Hapshiba Kwon
Abbey Paccia
Claire Seaman
Ryan Sholtis
Ryan Yu

Loeb Center Summer Funded Internship Programs Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who are completing Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program internships or who have received funding to complete low-paying/unpaid internships this summer are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are unable to attend a pre-departure session send an email to internships@amherst.edu to receive information about alternatives to attendance.

Students Only

Fri, May 15, 2020

Watson Fellowship winners at reunion

Watson Foundation Fellowship Webinar

For over 50 years, AC seniors have been winning Watson Fellowships to travel the world post-graduation. How about you? Watch Watson's webinar to learn more about this extraordinary fellowship. Learn how to apply on the AC fellowship pages: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships/national/watson.

Registration Required

Wed, May 20, 2020

Boston Consulting Group Info Session: Meet with Amherst Alums at BCG!

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a management consulting firm that partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities.

In this info session, attendees will:
• Meet current and former Amherst students who are (or will be) at BCG
• Hear/view a short presentation on the firm and life as an associate
• Have an opportunity to ask questions
• Get an early view into the recruiting timeline for the fall
• Network with your best potential advocates!

Alumni speakers will include:
Nic Zhou '10 (Managing Director and Partner)
Greg Curreri '09 (Principal, Former Recruiting Director)
Eunice Bii '11 (Consultant)
Hamzah Ahmed '17(Consultant)
William Jackson '18 (Associate)
Natalia Khoudian '20 (Incoming Associate, Intern 2019)

REGISTER TO ATTEND @ https://bcg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PW3FxqaFSze6VU7R_E0Zhg

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Thu, May 21, 2020

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Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

Amherst College staff are invited to an Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour. Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff.

Tue, May 26, 2020

"Reflections on Remote Embodied Practice," Presented by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

The Arts at Amherst Initiative is pleased to present a faculty panel on how embodied practice has transitioned to the remote learning environment. Join us for a conversation with Riley Caldwell-O'Keefe, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; Christopher Durr, assistant professor of chemistry; Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of theater and dance; Jason Robinson, associate professor of music and chair of the music department; and Kathy Couch, lighting manager in the theater and dance department.

The panelists bring cross-disciplinary perspectives from the arts and sciences to share which aspects of their embodied practices were successfully adapted to remote learning and which aspects were lost. Panelists will present resources and technologies they have found most useful during this transition. This will also be an opportunity to reflect on how remote teaching has made us rethink equitable learning experiences for students and to brainstorm how academic models, such as mini-semesters, a summer semester and HyFlex teaching, could be best implemented in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Following the panel, there will be a Q&A, as well as an optional 30-minute period for attendees to remain on Zoom to catch up and share ideas.

This event is open to Amherst College faculty and staff.

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Wed, May 27, 2020

Bain & Company: Amherst Alumni Panel

Join Amherst College Alumni as they discuss their tips for recruiting, how to utilize this summer, and some of the work Bain is doing to help communities during the pandemic.

Please register for this event via Bain.com to receive the Zoom Link.

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Ongoing Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020 #SAAMherst

Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAMherst

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual violence. The Peer Advocates are gearing up for a virtual SAAM 2020 experience this year. Stay connected by following the PAs on Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) and Instagram (@amherst_pa) and stay tuned for upcoming virtual opportunities all month long during April for #SAAMherst! Email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions, keep an eye out for weekly updates, and see below for a preview of each week.

Week 1: Self-Care for #SAAMherst
Week 2: #IAsk
Week 3: Movement Makers
Week 4: PA Picks
May 1st: Virtual SAAM Vigil

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."

Poster with a photograph of a candle, and description of "Lights on for #SAAMherst" campaign.

Lights On for #SAAMherst

This year to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Peer Advocates have created Lights On for SAAMherst, a 24-hour Instagram story campaign. Starting at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 30, until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, our goal is to “light up” Instagram by having members of our community post a photo or video of a lit candle to their Instagram story.

The purpose of the candles is to show our support for survivors and represent how we are “shining a light” on the topic of SAAM and issues of sexual violence. In lighting up Instagram and seeing candles on each others’ stories, we hope to create a warm, supportive space and sense of community. By having our #LightOn for each other, we are showing our love, support, and care for one another and reminding ourselves that we are not alone!

Here’s how you can participate!
- Any time after 7 p.m. (EST) on April 30 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, post a photo or video of a lit candle to your Instagram story with the #LightsOnforSAAMherst.
- You can leave it at that, write anything else you want to add or answer the prompt: "My light is on for/because…"
- If you tag the PAs (@amherst_pa), we will add your post anonymously (with your name blacked out) to a collection of candles from everyone who tags us on our own story!

We hope you will join us in lighting up Instagram for survivors and each other for Lights On for SAAMherst! We can’t wait to see all of your posts and candles bringing warmth, light and hope to our community!