Event Calendar

August 2020

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

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Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Social Security Basics for Married Couples

Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.

TIAA Webinar: 2020 Investment Outlook - Post Coronavirus Recovery

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic"

7:00 pm Virtual

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic" is a conversation with Professor Austin Sarat, moderated by Chief Advancement Officer Betsy Cannon Smith '84.

Sarat is Amherst's William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, as well as the associate provost, associate dean of the faculty, and chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. Sarat received a B.A. from Providence College, both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is author or editor of more than 90 books, including The Death Penalty on the Ballot: American Democracy and the Fate of Capital Punishment, The Lives of Guns and Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty.

At Amherst, Sarat teaches courses about law and violence, one of which is called "Murder." This course discusses the representation of murder in law, literature and popular culture. Another course takes up the subject of punishment. In that course, Sarat tries to help students understand why and when we punish and what punishment reveals about those who punish. These courses, like almost everything Sarat teaches, are deeply interdisciplinary, moving out from the study of law or political science to draw on philosophy, literature, sociology and history. Sarat’s hope is to take students on a journey from the familiar to the strange-- that is, to start with something about which students are familiar and, using the insights of different disciplines, to illuminate the complexities of those familiar subjects. Sarat also teaches courses on law and film; courses on law, jurisprudence and social thought; and a First-Year Seminar, "Secrets and Lies."

Betsy Cannon Smith ’84, P’15, was appointed chief advancement officer on May 23, 2019, by President Biddy Martin. Cannon Smith, who had been alumni secretary since 1993, has served the College in a number of key leadership positions within the Advancement division since joining that group in 1986, including with Alumni and Parent Programs, the Annual Fund and the leadership gifts component of the College’s comprehensive campaigns.

In addition to leading the College’s Promise campaign, Cannon Smith advises the Board of Trustees and Martin on advancement issues and serves on the College’s senior leadership team. She enhances and executes the strategic plan for advancement by capitalizing on Amherst’s existing philanthropic strengths and identifying new opportunities. She promotes and cultivates alumni and parent engagement with creative programming and will collaborate with departments and colleagues across the College. Cannon Smith, who earned a degree in English from Amherst, has served as the liaison with the Board of Trustees for areas including trusteeships, honorary degrees and Medals for Eminent Service. She also was a member of the 2003 search committee for the College’s president.

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Set Boundaries

When working from home, do you find yourself working longer hours, or stepping back into “the office” to just finish up that one thing? How we set and communicate boundaries helps us fight burnout and fatigue. This session will amplify strategies for establishing boundaries for yourself and communicating them to others.

Financial Webinar with TIAA: Money at Work 2 - Sharpening Investing Skills

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

TIAA Webinar: Retiring in the "New Normal"

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you've saved as it grows.

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later

For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with the money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape.

TIAA Webinar: Postcards From the Future-A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing

Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule.

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Meet & Chat with AC Watson Fellows: A Conversation for Watson Applicants

Applying for the Watson Fellowship? Want to ask questions of those who have done it before? Join six AC Watson Fellows and the Director of Fellowships for a Zoom conversation. Hear the fellows' stories and get your questions answered. REGISTER: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdOmspjsiHdOiXK-2y5EF...

Registration Required

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

Image shows a mammoth inside a dorm room. The mammoth, wearing a pair of headphones, is working on voter registration paperwork and is in the middle of a video call with other mammoths. The dorm room is furnished with a shelf with books and binders, a succulent, a lamp and scissors. Johnson Chapel is outside the window in the background.

Amherst Tuning In

Amherst Tuning In is a new weekly social Zoom series supporting Amherst's music community as it takes up the question of how music is related to political activism. We'll celebrate the 19th Amendment's 100th anniversary with music, and take stock of barriers that must still be overcome in order to enfranchise all the voices of our democracy.

The series features 60 minutes full of music, socializing, presentations and discussions about voting rights and ongoing challenges to voting access.

Join the first Amherst Tuning In at 5:30 p.m. EST beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18, moderated by Gil Wermeling '19, and featuring ACVote representative Virginia Ryan '22 and graduate assistant for the music department Theo Peierls '20E. Tune in and find out what makes this day in history so special.

We'll talk about voter turnout, registering to vote-- and how confusing that can be --and highlight the Amherst.turbovote.org tool. See you there!

Next up: Tuesday, Aug. 24: Stories from alums about “The first time I voted.”

Please join, using this zoom link:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94075468472

Many thanks to Juno Son '19 for the mammoth artwork!

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Call for Applications: NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Five Colleges, Incorporated has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.

Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with three deadlines this academic year: September 15, December 1, and February 9. In addition, three information sessions will be offered to assist applicants to refine their proposals prior to each submission deadline.

For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

Sun, Aug 23, 2020

Buckley Audience

Music Department Orientation

New students, please join the Music Department this Sunday, August 23, from 3-4 PM (EDT) for a zoom meeting to find out about music classes, ensembles, lessons, concerts, practice rooms, and other opportunities to get involved in person and remotely. We look forward to seeing you!

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96792860483?pwd=YkNjTXZuV2RqSm9DK2RIR25...

Students Only
President Martin and honorees during the Convocation ceremony

Opening Convocation

7:30 pm Virtual

Opening Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which the president and the faculty, typically all in full regalia, welcome the students to the college. It is also the time when newly promoted professors are awarded honorary degrees from Amherst College. The traditional ceremony involves a formal procession, musicians and the College's Choral Society and is typically held on the first evening of the fall semester.

Convocation is intended for faculty and first-year students. Since this year's Convocation will be held virtually, it is open to all members of the campus community via the livestream. A video recording and a transcript of Opening Convocation will be available after the event.

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Care.com Webinar: How to Raise Kids to be Actively Anti-Racist

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator, and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. Whether you’re a parent who wants to advance your family’s journey of anti-racisim activism, or someone looking to foster racial justice, you’ll leave this conversation with the knowledge and tools to educate children to be empowered, active allies in the ongoing fight against systemic racism in America.

Workplace Wellness - Full Body Tune Up

There’s a common saying in the movement world: “move it or lose it.” Yet modern life does not provide most of us with the quantity and variety of movement our bodies need to stay healthy and resilient. This workshop will teach you simple ways to fill in your movement “gaps” throughout your work day, focusing on joint mobility and common areas of discomfort. Think of it as a maintenance tune-up for your most important vehicle, your body!

Amherst Tuning In

Join Amherst Tuning In, Tuesday, August 25, at 5:30 p.m. EST, where we will be chatting with some Amherst alums about their first time voting. We'll ask them about the soundtrack they'd choose for their experiences, and talk about music that celebrates the power of the voice.

See you there!

Please join using this zoom link:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/93535903114

Next week, on Tuesday, September 1, the theme is "Music theses as political statements". We'll hear from past and current music thesis writers.

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Build on Your Strengths

When asked to recall important emotional events, a Harvard Business Review study found that people remember four negative memories for every positive one. Why do we focus so deeply on critique? This session will re-focus on our strengths, our skills, the things that make us who we are, and how to apply those in our work.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

Mary Frances Berry

Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations

Dr. Mary Frances Berry has been the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of 12 books and recipient of 35 honorary doctoral degrees. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993 to 2004, she served as chair.

Berry will discuss the case for reparations and the history of Callie House, a widowed washerwoman who demanded reparations for ex-slaves in the 1890s. This event will kick-off the Provost’s Lecture Series which will focus on “The History of Anti-Black Racism in America” for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Ross Gay outside, surrounded by flowering plants and wearing a black shirt that says "'poetry is not a luxury' - Audre Lorde"

2020 DeMott Lecture by Ross Gay

8:00 pm Virtual

The annual DeMott Lecture, a welcome address for incoming students, will be given virtually by author Ross Gay.

He is the author the poetry books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new book-length poem, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays,The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Gay is also the co-author with Aimee Nezhukumatathil of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens, and co-author with Rosechard Wehrenberg of the chapbook River. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

The DeMott Lecture was established in 2005 by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 in honor of Benjamin DeMott, a legendary and much-loved member of the Amherst English faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. The DeMott Lecture seeks to expose incoming students to an engagement with the world marked by originality of thought coupled with direct social action, and to inspire intellectual participation in issues of social and economic inequality, racial and gender bias and political activism.

Additional information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott Lectures, including last year’s talk by Min Jin Lee, is available via the button below.

Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

Russian Department Welcome-(Back) Meeting

Please join us at a welcome-(back) meeting for all students interested in, or already studying, Russian culture at the college. Scholars of Russia among our faculty and staff, majors and intellectual fellow-travelers will be there to celebrate the newest arrivals on campus and talk about plans for the new year. We'll also introduce you to our new Language Assistant, Kristina Diachenko, who will be zooming in from Nizhnii Novgorod!

The meeting will take place by Zoom on Friday, August 28 (the end of the first week of classes) at 4pm EST: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/95221105409.

We look forward to seeing you on August 28! Please let Triin Vallaste (tvallaste@amherst.edu) know if you have any questions.

With best wishes,
The Amherst College Russian Department

Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Amherst College + Loeb Center logo

Management Consulted – Consulting Interview Bootcamp

Case Interviews are a primary interview technique used by consulting firms, as well as private equity, tech, healthcare, and a variety of other industries. With internships and full-time recruiting ramping up, you can’t delay in your preparation. No matter where you interview, you'll want to be case interview ready!

Amherst College's Loeb Center has hired Management Consulted to host a 5-hour intensive consulting interview workshop. During this fast-paced, virtual workshop, participants will be challenged to think beyond simple frameworks, participate often, and learn to handle a variety of analytical problems. This workshop will enhance your ability to:

--Understand the case overview & structures: It’s one thing to “solve a case.” But can you do it in a way that drives to the heart of the business problem; makes clear, ranked recommendations; and convinces key stakeholders to accept your recommendation?
--Handle market sizing questions
--Practice mental/Case Math: You’ll learn to do a deep dive into case math, including (1) charts, graphs, and exhibits and (2) drawing level 1 and level 2 insights from the numbers.
--Go through a case & create structures: It is to enough to regurgitate frameworks you memorized from a book. An “A” candidate blends frameworks to best solve the business problem that is being asked. You’ll learn to break down level 1 vs. level 2 case structures and START STRONG.
--Create an ultimate case practice plan

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
The workshop will be taught by Jenny Rae. She graduated from the University of Virginia and obtained her MBA from Columbia Business School. She joined Bain & Company after traveling around the world, writing a book, working on financial public policy in South Africa, and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Since leaving Bain to co-found a tech company, she has advised over 45 different early- and mid-phase companies around the world.

REGISTRATION / COST:
Due to the generosity of alumni, this workshop is FREE to all Amherst College students. Register on Handshake by August 21st to receive the Zoom pre-registration link.
Space is limited to 50 students, and preference will be given to those graduating between December 2021 - May 2022. A wait list will be created once capacity is reached.

PREPARATION:
Once registered, participants should complete the following two tasks PRIOR to the workshop:
--Complete this introductory case course: https://managementconsulted.com/free-case-interview-prep/
--Watch this walkthrough video so that you can get the most out of the Bootcamp: https://managementconsulted.com/sample-case-interview-question-walkthrough/

Registration Required
Jazz faculty on stage in Buckley Recital Hall

Jazz Faculty Event Live Stream

7:00 pm Music Department Event Live Stream

Watch the very first Jazz Faculty Concert on the music department's Event Live Stream page on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. The Amherst College jazz faculty introduces themselves and welcomes new and returning students with a virtual showcase.

Thinking about getting involved in jazz at Amherst? Want to join the jazz ensemble or a jazz combo, take lessons and classes? Come discover the depth and richness of jazz at the College. This event features professors Darryl Harper, clarinet, and Jason Robinson, saxophones; ensemble director Bruce Diehl, saxophones; instructors Claire Arenius, drums; Joe Belmont, guitar; Carl Clements, saxophone and flutes; Geoffrey Cunningham, trumpet and flugelhorn; Ann Maggs, voice; David Picchi, bass; Stephen Page, piano; David Sporny, trombone; Eugene Uman, piano; and Bob Weiner, percussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

German Table

German Table

German Table on the Zoomklatsch channel!
Please join us every Monday anytime from 11:45am-1pm EDT for our zoom German Table gathering, an hour of fun chatting auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome, including German 101 students!
If you would like to participate please email your request to german@amherst.edu with your name and email address. You will then receive an invitation to join each weekly German Table zoom meeting on our Zoomklatsch channel at the appropriate time, which you can accept or decline as always. You can also remove yourself at any time from the Zoomklatsch channel.

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."