Event Calendar

Monday, October 19, 2020

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

DVAM Week 3: Domestic Violence Overview

DVAM: Domestic Violence Overview

For the third week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Peer Advocates are defining domestic violence and sharing some information and statistics on its prevalence in general, among marginalized identities, and among college students. Additionally, we will be posting a video interview with representatives from Safe Passage discussing how identity influences individual experiences with DV. Make sure to follow us on social media (IG: @amherst_pa | FB: @peeradvocatesamherstcollege) if you don’t already! Keep an eye out for more weekly updates on DVAM and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.

The SHEs Present: Sex Week 2020

Join the Student Health Educators in the Department of Health Education for Sex Week, an annual period of programming to bring awareness to sexual health, diversity, and pleasure.

Sex Week(s) is taking place between Monday, October 19, and Friday, October 30, and there are many different opportunities for all types of engagement. Please see the list below (and the attached Sex Week calendar) for more information!

Sex Week Programs:
Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project Co-sponsored with Student Activities
Monday, October 19th
In Person: Main Quad, Tent #3 (Rain Location: The Powerhouse) 3-6 PM
Virtual: 8-9 PM Eastern / Zoom: tinyurl.com/graphic-sex-project
Description: Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event to view the national Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! For students who are remote or want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick During COVID-19
Thursday, October 22nd - 8-9 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/sex-and-covid
Description: Stop by for an open conversation about safe and pleasurable sexual experiences during the pandemic. During this virtual workshop, we will provide resources and tools for students both on and off-campus so that they can make the most informed decisions when it comes to having safer and more pleasurable sexual experiences and maintaining safe COVID-19 practices.

Now That's the LGB-Tea Co-sponsored with the QRC & Pride Alliance
Monday, October 26th - 7-8 PM Eastern
RSVP Required for Zoom Link: tinyurl.com/lgbteaRSVP
Description: A discussion-based workshop on sexual pleasure and safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ people.

Self-Serve Workshop
Wednesday, October 28th 7-8 PM Eastern
Zoom: tinyurl.com/self-serve-workshop
Description: Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! Feel free to bring a sweet treat!

Attendees at each program can enter a raffle for a different book on sex & sexuality.

Sex Week Social Media:
In addition to our virtual and in person programs, the SHEs will be promoting Sex Week on their social media accounts in various ways. Follow the SHEs on Instagram @ac_she and on Facebook.com/ACSHEs to engage!

Sex Week Social Media Campaigns
Week 1 (Oct 19-23) Topic: All About Digital Sex - What it is, how it works, and how to do it safely
Description: Stay tuned for cybersex-related posts throughout the week & learn how digital sex can keep things fun during COVID-19.

Week 2 (Oct 26-30) Topic: Sex Work & Ethical Porn
Description: This week will center posts related to better understanding sex work and how to consume porn ethically.

Weekly Sex Week Trivia
At the end of each week the SHEs will post trivia questions related to that week's social media and program topics. Participants who answer correctly each week will be entered in a raffle for a sex & sexuality related book.

Instagram Live Q&A with the SHEs
Thursday, October 29th, Time TBD
As Sex Week 2020 wraps ups, the SHEs are hopping on Instagram live to answer students' sex-related questions.

All About Digital Sex: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

COVID-19 has prompted many things to move online - and sexual activity is no exception. Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn about different types of cybersex & digital sex safety as part of our first Sex Week social media campaign.

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.

Math/Stat Table on Zoom

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Math or Stat; all are welcome. Please join us on zoom any time between noon and 1:30 pm on Mondays.
The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the Friday before in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

Graphs & Grids Have Never Been So Sexy. The SHEs present Graphically Yours. Express your sexuality with cubes and conversation on Monday October 19th. Stop by the Main Quad Tent #3 from 3-6  pm on campus (the Powerhouse is rain/inclement weather location). And come to Zoom Conversation! Zoom link: tinyurl.com/graphic-sex-project

Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project (On Campus)

Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event in the Main Quad Tent #3 (rain location: The Powerhouse) to view the National Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! Hosted by the Student Health Educators and co-sponsored with Student Activities.

For students who are remote who want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

Headshot of Professor Terri Long

Biology Monday Seminar: "Don’t Stress: Iron Regulatory Mechanisms at the Intersection of Plant Development and Multi-Stress Resilience"

Terri Long, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Anemia induced by iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutritional disorders in the world. Most people obtain nutritional iron predominantly from plants. Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that plants use to uptake, transport and utilize iron, and to respond to low iron conditions. We use molecular and systems biology to identify iron deficiency response regulators and their corresponding gene targets, with the long-term goal of elucidating gene regulatory networks involved in plant iron homeostasis. Ultimately this information may lead to the generation of crops with increased nutritional content and increased yield when grown in poor soils.

Open to members of the Amherst College community. Please contact Karen Racz, biology department ADC, for information and a link to the Zoom presentation.

Close-up of Danielle Allen smiling

Why Democracy Matters: A Conversation with Danielle Allen H’18

7:00 pm Virtual

Danielle Allen H’18, former trustee and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is interviewed by Bella Edo '21, Ryan Kyle '23 and Jeremy Thomas '21.

Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016) and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017).

Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. She is a co-chair of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, formed to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary. As director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Allen led a collaboration of scientists and researchers at leading institutions to develop the Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework, which provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.

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A Conversation with Award-Winning Filmmaker Brett Story

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies is excited to present a conversation with filmmaker Brett Story, who will be discussing her award-winning film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. (We recommend watching the film on Kanopy.com ahead of this event: https://amherst.kanopy.com/video/prison-twelve-landscapes-1.)

Brett Story is a filmmaker, writer and geographer based in Toronto. Her films have screened internationally at festivals such as CPH-DOX, the Viennale, SXSW, True/False and Oberhausen. Her most recent feature documentary, The Hottest August, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and is currently playing cinemas and festivals around the world.

Brett has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Sundance Documentary Institute. Her 2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Brett is the author of the book Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Digital Life in the Global City. She holds a Ph.D. in geography and is currently an assistant professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.

Please register in advance. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Graphic Sex Project

Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! Join the SHEs in a virtual workshop on the "hows and whys" of graphing your desires. Come and make a graph of your own or just listen in on our discussion of pleasure and communication.

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!

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!