Event Calendar

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Quarterly Economic and Market Update with TIAA's Chief Investment Strategist

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Take a closer look at our views on the financial markets, including key market drivers, U.S. economy, policy and politics, and investing in public markets. This seminar will also cover the challenges that investors face and how to navigate them.

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QRC/MRC: QTPOC

This space centers those who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This group seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964.

Students Only

Health Education Office Hours - Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours, Ashley Netanel invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by Val Tent #4 in front of the Mead on Wednesdays between 1-3 p.m. to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that peak your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Wed. September 16 - Navigating AOD & COVID-19

Wed. September 23 - Meet the SHEs - Hosted by the Student Health Educators

Wed. September 30 - Sober Curious - Creating intentional relationships to substances

Wed. October 7 - Collegiate Recovery - Being in recovery (and being a recovery ally) while in college

Wed, October 14 - Cannabis & You - Everything you want know about cannabis

Wed. October 21 - Other Drugs - What to think about when dabbling in other substance use

Wed. October 28 - Sex & Substances

Wed. November 4 - AOD & Social Justice - How the story and legislation of substance use intersects with identity and activism

Wed. November 11 - AOD & Sleep - Understanding the impact of substances so you can get your best night's sleep

Wed. November 18 - AOD at Amherst - How does AOD show up in our community and how can we care for each other

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours/Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Ashley Netanel, Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator at anetanel@amherst.edu.

An Introduction to Alternative Investments: Real Estate

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
During times of market and other crises, we believe that having real estate as part of your portfolio can help provide three critically important investment attributes: liquidity, low leverage, and diversification. This presentation will discuss the reasons to consider investing in private real estate and provide an overview of the real estate market and its outlook for the future.

Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964

Students Only
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CANCELLED: CHI Salon: A Symbiotic Future for Machine Learning and the Humanities

Computational methods can help the humanities by making massive cultural heritage collections more explorable and analyzable. Machine learning and statistical methods provide an opportunity to view collections from alien, defamiliarized perspectives that can call into question the boundaries between established categories. But the converse is also true: the humanities have much to offer machine learning. The use of computational methods within humanities scholarship often tests and expands the affordances of these methods. The complexities and idiosyncrasies of humanities collections can improve our understanding of what models learn and how we might direct what they learn.

In this talk, Laure Thompson will discuss how machine learning and the humanities help each other. She will demonstrate how convolutional neural networks can be used as an exploratory tool to ask "What is Dada?" Then, she will show how science fiction novels highlight the way topic models tend to learn author- and series-oriented discourses, and how they have inspired a method for directing these models towards more cross-cutting themes. Finally, Thompson will briefly describe how these two lines of work are being combined to enable the study of magical gems, an art historic category of engraved gemstones from the Greco-Roman world.

Laure Thompson is an assistant professor in the College of Information & Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. This talk will be introduced and facilitated by Lee Spector, visiting professor of computer science at Amherst College.

Please note this event will be recorded for use by students in the computer science course "Machine Learning."

Co-sponsored and funded by the Artificial Intelligence in the Liberal Arts initiative

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

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A Conversation With the College's Investment Office

Meet some of the investment professionals managing the College's $3 billion endowment portfolio and learn about the office's Summer 2021 student internship opportunity in Boston. A great introduction to how endowments work, what makes Amherst special, and how you might gain real-word experience in the areas of finance and investments while supporting one of the College's enduring resources.

Panelists include:
Letitia Johnson, Chief Investment Officer
Letitia Johnson is Chief Investment Officer of Amherst College. Prior to joining the College in 2019, Letitia worked at Cambridge Associates, where she partnered with endowment and foundation clients to invest their long-term assets, including developing strategy, selecting and diligencing managers, and formulating investment and spending policies. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Mathematics from Brown University.

Adam McPherson, Investment Analyst
Adam McPherson is an Investment Analyst at Amherst College. Adam joined Amherst in April 2018 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a degree in Finance and Economics and a minor in Information Technology.

Yunfei Liu, Investment Analyst
Yunfei Liu is an Investment Analyst at Amherst College. Prior to joining Amherst in 2020, Yunfei worked at Harvard Management Company, where he covered a range of asset classes on the generalist investment team. Yunfei holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and is a CFA Charterholder.

This event is brought to you by the Loeb Center of Career Exploration and Planning in collaboration with Amherst College's Investment Office.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Condemnation of Blackness

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, he was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Professor Muhammad will discuss how the history of the idea of Black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America.

This event is part of 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.

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Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Information Session

Join Ford Barnet, Associate Director of Admissions for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, for a virtual information session with the Amherst area colleges and universities.

Ford will be joined by current Tufts veterinary students to discuss preparing for veterinary school, the Tufts admissions process, and details about opportunities available to their DVM and master's students. Participation is encouraged, so please come with questions!

To familiarize yourself with the opportunities at Tufts, visit www.vet.tufts.edu.

Ongoing Events

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

DVAM Week 2: Native Movement Makers

DVAM: Movement Makers

For the second week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Peer Advocates are highlighting Native “Movement Makers” who do amazing work to support survivors and end domestic violence. Each day a new Movement Maker will be featured on our Instagram story, so make sure to follow us (@amherst_pa) if you don’t already and check them out! Keep an eye out for more weekly updates on DVAM and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.