Event Calendar

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Asset Location: Practical Guide for Income and Estate Planning

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a webinar presented by TIAA.
We often think about our investments in terms of how much we should invest in stocks or bonds or other investments so that we can achieve the greatest return according to our own risk tolerance, goals and time frame. Equally as important is where those assets are located to maximize the benefits of different account types—usually to minimize taxes. Learn about how the location of your assets may impact your retirement income and your beneficiaries.

Making Distance Learning Work

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by Care.com.
Is the kitchen table your child's new classroom? Distance learning is becoming the norm which is a huge adjustment for everyone. Devorah Heitner, PhD, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, will share practical advice and tips for how you can help your kids succeed in this new digital classroom. She’ll also discuss how parents can make this all a little easier on ourselves, too.

The 411 on 529 College Savings Plans

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or other loved one. Live webinar presented by TIAA.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Or just come to talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness.
Please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu) for the Zoom link.

Illustration of a purple cartoon Mammoth wearing headphones and working on a laptop while sitting in a lounge area. On a nearby window is an "Amherst Tuning In" poster with photos of Reena Esmail and Rebecca Howell.

Amherst Tuning In: 19th Amendment Commission

The music department has commissioned a large-scale work to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment, to be premiered in the fall of 2021 by Amherst's own Choral Society, the Jazz Ensemble and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.  Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as we talk with composer Reena Esmail and librettist Rebecca Howell to discuss this momentous undertaking.  
You can join by using this Zoom link:  https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96712048638

Reena Esmail has been commissioned by ensembles across the U.S., including the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Chicago Sinfonietta and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and she is the Los Angeles Master Chorale's 2020-2023 Swan Family Artist in Residence. 

Rebecca Gayle Howell is poetry editor for Oxford American and the author of two critically acclaimed collections, American Purgatory and Render/An Apocalypse.

Kaffeeklatsch

Kaffeeklatsch on Zoom = Zoomklatsch!

Please join us every Tuesday night from 7pm-8pm EDT for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) 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 Kaffeeklatsch 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.

Chinese Language Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, join us Tuesday nights for the Chinese Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Chinese. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email jberlingo@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.

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Shayla Lawson Reading and Q&A

Join poet Shayla Lawson as she reads from her new essay collection This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, which has been called “a hilarious, heartbreaking, and endlessly entertaining homage to black women’s resilience and excellence” (Kirkus Reviews). A Q&A with Lawson follows the reading. This event kicks off the Amherst College Creative Writing Fall Reading Series.

Register ahead of time through the link!

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

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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."

2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival: Remote Event

The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

This year’s festival will be held remotely; the schedule is now live and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson and, as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon. Sign up for events through the schedule page!

Registration Required