Event Calendar

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

Introducing AIT-Budapest

Join us for this online info session to learn more about AIT-Budapest, a small and unique study abroad program in the center of Europe: Budapest, Hungary.

Tailored to the needs of North American undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science and related fields, AIT offers an English language study abroad experience with top notch faculty teaching exciting and relevant courses for transferable credits. AIT is a small program, admitting approximately 70-90 students per semester and class sizes are kept small in order to maintain a high quality of instruction and attention. This size and a dedicated staff guarantee a lifetime learning and cultural experience to every participant.

Fun fact: Budapest--capital of thermal baths, caves, ruin bars and escape rooms!

Students Only

Yoga in the Powerhouse

Join us in the Powerhouse every Tuesday and Thursday for in-person yoga classes with AC Yoga Club! Move your body after hours of zoom, in a way that feels good to you. We'll breathe, stretch, balance, and maybe even get upside down. Feel free to bring a friend! Limit 10 per class. Sign up below.

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Sign up for Thursday:
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Registration Required
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Letter Writing Lab with Amherst College Press and Frost Library

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Amherst faculty member Benigno Sánchez Eppler will be joined by archivist Rachel Jirka to introduce key concepts in the history of epistolarity and the material life of letters. Pick up your own postcard designed by Amherst College Press interns from Frost Library, sharpen your pencils, uncap your pens and get ready to write. Co-hosted by the Frost Library Program Committee. Zoom link provided below!

Registration Required
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Thursday Drop-ins with Loeb Center Advisor Casey Jo Dufresne

Need a bit of support getting started on your job/summer experience search? Have a few quick career-related questions? Could you use another set of eyes on your draft application documents or perhaps some practical advice on how to effectively prepare for an upcoming interview?

If so, feel free to stop by the Loeb Center's Thursday Drop-Ins with Advisor Casey Jo Dufresne. She may not have all of the answers, but she will likely know someone who does!

Accessibility: Please contact Casey Jo, via cdufresne@amherst.edu, to share any accessibility questions or needs ahead of this program, such as remote captioning, screen reader support, etc.

"Towards a Coarse Theory of Quantum Spin Systems" with Rufus B. Kellogg Fellow Bowen Yang '18

Bowen Yang '18 was the recipient in 2018 of the Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship, one of the Amherst College Fellowships for graduate study. The Kellogg is awarded for three years of study to a recent graduate "best equipped for study and research." The recipient is asked to return to campus in the third year of the fellowship to give a lecture or presentation.

Bowen is currently a graduate student in mathematical physics at Caltech. He seeks to classify topological quantum systems using mathematical tools such as topology and operator algebras.

"In this talk, we will explore two very different worlds: the world of quantum spin systems and the world of coarse geometry. Quantum spin systems are powerful mathematical models of interacting quantum many-body systems. They are widely studied in condensed matter physics, mathematical physics as well as quantum information theory. On the other hand, since its introduction by John Roe, coarse geometry has remained a beautiful and effective description of large-scale behavior of spaces. After introducing both worlds separately, I will explain an ongoing effort to connect the two through an idea called homology. I will only assume backgrounds in calculus and linear algebra."

This event is sponsored by the Office of Fellowships and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The link will be sent to the MathStat listserv the day of the event. If you are not on that list and would like to join, please email Kathy Glista at kglista@amherst.edu.

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Careers in International Development in the Biden Era, with Jesse Corradi '08

Join Jesse Corradi '08, Managing Director for Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), to learn about government career paths in international development and better understand the U.S. government's role, interests, and operations pertaining to economic and democratic progress in developing nations.

In this conversation, hosted by the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence Program, Jesse will discuss what international development work looks like "on the ground," the skills needed for a career in this field and how to build them, and the difference between career civil service employees and political appointees.

Jesse Corradi is Managing Director of Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), a newly-established U.S. government development finance institution. As such, Jesse oversees DFC’s Africa investment strategy and is responsible for investing in, and mobilizing private capital for, underserved markets across sub-Saharan Africa aligned with U.S. international development and foreign policy priorities. Jesse has led transactions in over 35 countries and oversees a portfolio of $1.4 billion across the financial services, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, and health sectors.

Jesse joined DFC as a core member of the DFC transition team, leading the design and implementation of new origination, underwriting, and transaction execution processes for the agency. Prior to joining DFC, Jesse served as Head of Africa and Product Innovation at USAID’s Development Credit Authority. During his time as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID, Jesse served at USAID/Guatemala for four months, providing strategic advice and analysis on local municipal finance and capital markets opportunities. He also served as an Investment Fellow at Closed Loop Partners, where he supported the firm’s investment activities, due diligence, and international expansion strategy.

Jesse has also held various positions in foreign policy, national security, impact investing, and private equity at the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Senate Committee on Defense Appropriations, 118 Capital, Neuberger Berman, and Lehman Brothers. He served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong from 2009-2010 and currently volunteers as Chief Financial Officer for Village X, a nonprofit dedicated to disrupting extreme poverty in rural Africa. Jesse earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Dean’s Fellow scholarship and served as a member of the International Fellows Program, and a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Amherst College.

This Alumni-in-Residence presentation provides a great opportunity to get an inside look at how international development work has evolved over several presidential administrations, including the current one, and what career opportunities are on the horizon for those interested in the field. Bring your questions!

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence Program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Joy Harjo and Ilan Stavans will discuss the ways in which poetry is subversive. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, which examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

Joy Harjo, an internationally known, award-winning poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate in 2019, the first Native American to hold the position. Her books include For A Girl Becoming (2009), Soul Talk, Song Language (2011), Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015) and An American Sunrise (2019).

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.

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
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Campus Well: The online health and wellbeing magazine

Have you read the latest issue of Campus Well, our online wellbeing magazine? New articles are added weekly. Find the latest issue here: http://amherst.campuswell.com
Why should you click the link?
Learn to mix up your exercise routine with a fun barre-style workout.
Learn how to stay grounded in stressful moments with a 5-minute meditation practice.
Find out which foods to eat (and which foods to go easy on) to help reduce levels of stress hormones.
Try a tried-and-true reading strategy to help retain the information you just read.
Learn to set healthy boundaries in intimate relationships begins with asserting yourself and your needs in everyday life.

Fear Less, anxious thoughts workshop starting April 8

Sign-ups open for Fear Less: Anxious Thoughts Workshop

Join the staff of the Counseling Center in this four-week program which takes a careful look at where anxious thoughts and anxiety come from, how anxiety effects our day to day lives, and what we can do to help reduce and resolve our anxiety.

The series is open to all current students and will run remotely beginning Thursday, April 8, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Peer Advocates Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Check out and follow the Peer Advocates Instagram (@amherst_pa) and Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) the week of March 29 for an online video series on the Psychology of Trauma, featuring five professors from the Psychology department! The video series will address physical and psychological reactions to trauma as well as treatment methods and healing from the perspective of different research areas in psychology (cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical). Follow us to learn more about the video series and our other upcoming events!