Event Calendar

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

Overhead view of four colorful mugs of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa

Lunch Break with the Employee Council

In light of the recent civic unrest and unprecedented response by people, communities, and institutions, we at the Employee Council are eager to hear from our fellow staff. As with our regular coffee hours,
this will be a time for us to gather and to hear your ideas and concerns, with particular focus on needed changes or thoughts regarding racial equity and inclusion at the college. Since most of the current EC reps are white, we are particularly interested in hearing from staff of color so that we can more clearly bring forward your suggestions and concerns. Co-hosted by Doralinda Puente and Kathy Couch; with special guest Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership.
If you have ideas or concerns that you would like to submit confidentially, you can always write to the EC directly using this Contact Us form (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/445435). Also, if you want more direct support, check out the resources page of the EC website (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/626320) to find ways to contact Ombudsperson, Larry Hunt, or Director of Inclusive Leadership, Dina Levi.

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:
• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:
• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

ArcGIS can be (but does not need to be) installed on faculty, staff, and student Windows computers or on Macs running Windows under Parallels (note link to the Student Edition) or a similar virtual machine (16 GB of total RAM is highly recommended!). Download ArcGIS 10.7.1 from the Amherst Software Collection.

This course will take place online via Zoom.

Please register in advance: https://forms.gle/CVaMQczWavzK52zG6

Registration Required

"Protest to Power: Lessons From the Making of Newark's First Black Mayor, Ken Gibson"

In the streets of America, the rage is clear. How do we bottle all that energy before it goes away or gets ground into dust or slips from memory or becomes statistics on the laptops of newsrooms across the world or textbooks in schools? History, to become useful, must be used as lessons for today. In today’s space, fresh upon this latest wave of needless police violence, how do we convert the power and energy in the streets, to sustain power at all levels? Power in the streets, power in the suites.

Please join our discussion on June 16 at 7 p.m., when veterans of the civil rights and black power movements, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and representatives of the new movements for black lives, look at lessons learned from Newark, N.J., 50 years ago, when we converted the energy of the Newark rebellions and street organizing to change the power alignment in the city, forever!

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."