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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Sat, Feb 27, 2021

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

A Conversation with 2020 National Book Award for Poetry Finalists Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz

11:00 am Virtual

Join John Hennessy for a conversation with National Book Award for Poetry Finalists Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz. This virtual event, hosted in partnership with the National Book Foundation, is open to the general public and will be followed by a Q&A.

Tommye Blount is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020)—a finalist for the National Book Award—and the chapbook What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A Cave Canem alumnus and graduate from Warren Wilson College, he has been the recipient of a fellowship from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the John Atherton Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Blount’s work has been featured in Magma, Poetry, New England Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, Blount now lives in the nearby suburb of Novi, Mich.

Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a United States Artists Ford Fellow and a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz is director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

John Hennessy is the author of two poetry collections, Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims, and his poems appear in The Believer, Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Poetry Review (UK), Poetry Ireland Review and other journals and anthologies. He is the co-translator, with Ostap Kin, of A New Orthography, selected poems by Serhiy Zhadan, longlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, 2021; Hennessy and Kin won the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation from Poetry magazine for work included in this book. A former Amy Clampitt Resident Fellow, Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common and director of undergraduate creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Registration Required

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College

2:00 pm Virtual

In partnership with Amherst College’s Bicentennial, join Museum staff for a talk about the impact of the College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson. The Dickinson family was instrumental to the College during its first 75 years, beginning with Samuel Fowler Dickinson’s part in its founding and continuing with Edward and Austin’s combined 60 years of service as treasurers. The College was an early and lasting influence in Emily’s life, playing an inestimable role in her early education and friendships, and later connecting her to an ever-widening local and global community. Through original photographs and archival documents, encounter some of the people and places that defined the Dickinsons’ 19th-century Amherst College, including students, professors, workers and alumni.

Registration Required

Readings by The Common's Literary Publishing Interns: Amherst Students Share Their Own Creative Work

4:30 pm Virtual

Jennifer Acker ’00 will host readings by The Common's the literary publishing interns: Olive Amdur '23, Sofia Belimova '22, Eliza Brewer '22, Whitney Bruno '21, Elly Hong ’21 and Isabel Meyers ’20.

Jennifer Acker ’00 is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Amazon Original Stories, The Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review and Ploughshares, among other places. Acker has an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and LitFest.

Registration Required

Alumni Authors Cocktail Hour Reading

5:00 pm Virtual

Jennifer Acker ’00 will host brief readings by Calvin Baker '94, Chris Bohjalian '82, Dan Chiasson '93, Edward A. Farmer '05, Michael Gorra '79, Kirun Kapur '97, Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne '01 and Ismée Williams '95. A Q&A to follow.

Acker ’00 is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Amazon Original Stories, The Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review and Ploughshares, among other places. Acker has an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and LitFest.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

Redefining Health: Building Skills for Radical Healthcare Workshop Series

The Department of Health Education and SHES present a new workshop series on health equity! Co-sponsored with Your Embodied Sexuality (YES!), we will offer monthly workshops that expand our understandings of health and provide skills for navigating healthcare and the systems of oppression that shape it. Workshop topics will include self-managed abortion care, medical fatphobia, medical racism, misogyny in healthcare, birth control information and how to perform your own breast and pelvic exams, gender affirming healthcare, medical ableism, death positivity and planning, and more. (Registration required: sign up link will be available on the Daily Mammoth during the week leading up to each workshop.) Contact she@amherst.edu with additional questions.

February 20 at 3pm EST: Building Abortion Knowledge for Self and Community Care
Facilitated by Women’s Medical Fund’s Seneca Joyner and Brittany Chung
Come join the folks at the Women’s Medical Fund and YES! for a skill-building workshop on abortion care! The interactive workshop will offer helpful information on how to care for yourself and others before, during, and after an abortion. We will be working together to expand our understanding of the differences between various abortion methods and sharing knowledge in order to better equip ourselves and our loved ones. We’ll be looking at accessing and experiencing abortion care as whole people who are part of vital, complex communities. The workshop will be a liberation-focused space and an opportunity to discuss the realities of abortion openly and honestly.

March 20 at 3pm EST: Don’t Tell Me to Lose Weight: Navigating and Challenging Medical Fatphobia
Facilitated by Isy Abraham-Raveson
The so-called “obesity crisis” is a fatphobic myth that constructs fatness as a disease that needs to be eliminated for the good of society. In fact, fatness is not correlated to disease, and dieting to lose weight isn’t sustainable and can lead to major health problems. On top of that, this misinformation, along with discrimination and shame, prevents people in large bodies from accessing the healthcare they need. In this workshop we will challenge commonplace myths about fatness and health and develop self-advocacy strategies to use when faced with fatphobia in healthcare settings.

April 17 at 3pm EST: Subverting the Master’s Tools: Effective Strategies for Navigating Racism in Medical Care
Facilitated by Michelle Munyikwa
In this workshop, we will review the concept of medical racism and discuss its implications for folks seeking care in the medical system. After a brief review of the history and politics of racism in American healthcare, we will move on to more applicable concepts. Drawing on the experiences of the presenter and advice from local activist groups, we will discuss concrete strategies for engaging in self-advocacy and advocacy for loved ones navigating a complex, racist system.

May 15 at 3pm EST: Fertile Wounds: An Exploration of Misogyny in Medicine
more information TBD

Registration Required
Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Black Movement Makers brought to you by the Peer Advocates

The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect will be highlighting Black Movement Makers who have contributed to work surrounding sexual respect and violence prevention. A different person will be featured daily from Monday, February 22, through Sunday, February 28, on Instagram. Be sure to follow the Peer Advocates @amherst_pa to learn about each of these movement makers! Questions? Email peeradvocate@amherst.edu.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Project Connect knit Logo

Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Project Connect knit Logo

Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.