Event Calendar

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Community Conversations

Whether you are working on-campus or remote, you may find yourself feeling a bit disconnected from colleagues. Take a break and join members of the HR Activities Committee for a virtual drop in casual conversation! Meet folks you may not know and catch up with those you do! Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

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 review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

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!

Pressed Flower Bookmark Making

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Student Activities Tent #2 (Near Mead Art Museum)

Take a break and make fun crafts with violets grown and pressed at Book & Plow Farm. Limited to 10 students. RSVP by emailing jherioncruz19@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required

Arabic Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Arabic, join us Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Arabic 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 Arabic. 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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MSA Spiritual Reflection and Discussion

6:30 pm Virtual

Join the Muslim Student Association as we read and reflect on the Islamic texts. No knowledge of Arabic required. All Zoom links will be emailed to the MSA email list weekly and sent via group chat. Please email MSA co-chairs Basma Azzamok (bazzamok22@amherst.edu) or Ala Kaymaram (akaymaram21@amherst.edu) to be added to the group chat.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: A Career in International Affairs, with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins ’82

Bonnie Jenkins ‘82 began her career as a Legal Intern at the NYC Corporation Counsel and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). Join her as she shares about her exceptional career path, including roles with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Naval Reserves, the Ford Foundation, and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (9/11 Commission).

Bonnie will also discuss graduate school pathways for a career in international relations, including reflections on her own advanced academic pursuits in policy and law. This conversation will be beneficial for students curious about careers in international relations, security and conflict issues, government, public policy or law.

This event is brought to you by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning's Alumni-in-Residence program.

Bonnie’s full bio:
Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies of the National Academies of Sciences. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and School of Veterinary Science.

She was an Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State where she served as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Jenkins was also the DOS lead to the Nuclear Security Summits and was also a leading U.S. official in the launch and implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda. She was the 2016 DOS International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau's nominee for the Secretary's Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs. Jenkins was the Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at the Ford Foundation and Counsel at the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission). She was an Attorney-Advisor at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and is also a retired Naval Reserves Officer.

Jenkins has a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Policy, an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, an MPA in Public Policy, a J.D. and a B.A. from Amherst College. She was also a fellow at the Belfer Center at John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

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Dr. Ariel Nereson: "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work"

The Department of Theater and Dance invites you to "Dancing Democracy: Empathy and Community in Bill T. Jones’ Contemporary Work," a talk by Dr. Ariel Nereson.

In our contemporary moment, with its resurgence of populism and stark ideological oppositions within diverse democratic formations, many commentators, including activists, scientists, politicians, educators, and community members and organizers, are turning to the language of empathy to describe what is missing in our current discourse. This talk looks to artists, particularly the renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, for practices of empathy-building that align with current cognitive scientific understandings of how humans relate to others whom they perceive as different from themselves. Exploring movement-based works as experiments in empathy-building and community development may offer tactics for revitalizing democratic principles toward practices of equity and differentiated solidarity.

Ariel Nereson is an assistant professor of dance studies and director of graduate dance at the University at Buffalo - SUNY. Her current book project, Democracy Moving: Bill T. Jones, Contemporary American Performance, and the Racial Past, analyzes the choreography of Bill T. Jones as public intellectual labor, Black aesthetic praxis and historical knowledge. She sits on the board of the American Theatre and Drama Society and is the book review editor for Theatre History Studies. Her publications can be found in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, American Quarterly, Studies in Musical Theatre and forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, amongst others. She is also a choreographer and dramaturg.

Registration Required

Black Feminism and the Reimagined Politics of Democracy and Accountability

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9crW4_RaT6axxkofxdVBXg

Join the Women's and Gender Center as we tune into the National Women's Studies Association's Keynote Conversation, Black Feminism and the Reimagined Politics of Democracy and Accountability with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Barbara Ransby with introductions and debrief by Cathy Cohen. Registration here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9crW4_RaT6axxkofx... and the zoom information will be emailed to you.

Watching with us? Let us know: https://forms.gle/99EZAGZ2fB7Mm8gD7

Registration Required

LGBTQIA+ Resilience and Resistance at and after Amherst

8:00 pm Virtual

A virtual panel hosted by QRC and Alumni and Parent Programs on LGBTQIA+ community activism and organizing at Amherst College and beyond, featuring Ron Wold ‘70, Hilary North-Ellasante ’97, Tierra Allen '09, Matt Randolph ’16, and Kannan Jagannathan, Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics. We will focus on the resilience and resistance essential to the building and sustainability of our LGBTQIA+ campus community and beyond.
Register at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/632796.

Registration Required

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!

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.

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!

Understanding Sex Work and Ethical Porn: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

Get to know about sex work and ethical porn consumption with the SHEs! Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn more about what sex work is and ways to ethically engage with pornography as part of our second Sex Week social media campaign.

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!