Event Calendar

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

Completing Staff Evaluations (for Supervisors/Department Chairs)

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Bob Montoya.

This session will include a demo of how to use the Workday System to complete your Staff Performance Management Process Evaluations as well as time for Q&A.

Self-Compassion Through Self-Awareness

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your self-awareness with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

During the pandemic, we regularly hear about how we need to extend grace and compassion to others, but how can we also extend that compassion to ourselves? Often, extending compassion to others is an easier task than extending it to ourselves. This session will explore the three tenets of self-compassion, and how we can utilize them within our work environment. When we build self-compassion, we develop resiliency, build motivation, and ultimately, happiness.

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UK Business Schools Information Session

A small group of leading graduate business schools from the United Kingdom will be hosting a virtual information session. The business schools offer one-year, specialized master’s degrees in subjects such as management, finance, marketing, innovation/entrepreneurship, data analytics, and sustainability/CSR. These graduate programs are perfect for college juniors and seniors to consider as they seek to bolster their qualifications with a master’s degree while engaging in a cultural experience overseas.

The schools taking part are: University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Manchester and Newcastle University. Each of these universities belongs to the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ of schools (the UK’s equivalent to the Ivy League). In addition, the business schools are all triple-accredited – a qualification that is obtained by less than 1% of business schools around the world.

American alumni from each program will be joining the session for a roundtable discussion as well.

Join us and learn more! We look forward to meeting you!

Facilitating PMP Conversations for Supervisors / Dept. Chairs

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

This training explores strategies and techniques for facilitating a productive dialogue, and offers suggestions for how to prepare for the discussion. This workshop is not a training on how to go through the PMP form on Workday. Those training opportunities will be offered separately.

Recovery is Spoken Here! Recovery Ally Training

Join us for Recovery is Spoken Here, a recovery ally training for students, faculty and staff. Our aim is to foster an environment where all students in or seeking recovery feel accepted by their peers, are empowered to live genuinely, feel comfortable asking for help, and are celebrated by the Amherst College community. By becoming a Recovery Ally, you are declaring to students in or seeking recovery that you embody these ideals.

The Recovery is Spoken Here training is strongly recommended for any faculty, staff or students interested in being an ally for the students in or seeking recovery that they engage with. This two-hour training will be led by a student in recovery and Ashley Netanel the AOD Educator. This training was developed specifically for Amherst College and discusses in detail substance use on our campus as well as how to interact with students who are either struggling with substance use or those in recovery from a substance use disorder.

After participation in this training you will be able to:
- Use and recognize recovery friendly language
- Summarize ways to be a recovery ally on campus
- Recognize students in need of recovery
- Identify resources available on campus and know how to refer

All participants will receive a recovery ally sticker to display proudly upon completion.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an 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.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

Students Only
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Carney, Sandoe & Associates Information Session and Q&A

Want to use your degree to make a difference for the next generation?

Join Carney, Sandoe & Associates for a virtual info session focused on working in K-12 private, independent schools across the country. CS&A is an educational recruitment firm that can help you can get started as a teacher or coach in the rewarding word of independent schools—no education degree or teaching certification required.

A CS&A representative will explain the process and benefits of our free educational placement service, discuss what it’s like working at independent schools, and share resume and job search advice.

Whether you become a master teacher or pursue a different career down the road, independent schools are a great place to work, coach, and even live. If you’re looking for your first teaching job, an opportunity to work with kids, or a way to translate your love of your area of study into a rewarding job, get started with CS&A today!

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The State of Trans Studies in the 2020s

With the 2021 publication of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, a timely question is: What is the state of trans studies now and in the future? Join us for a panel of leading scholars in the field to discuss this topic. The panelists are all contributors to the encyclopedia, and attendees will be given free access to their entries.

-Marquis Bey, Assistant Professor, African American Studies and English, Northwestern University
-Aaron Devor, Founder and Inaugural Chair in Transgender Studies; Founder and Faculty Partner, The Transgender Archives; and Professor, Sociology, University of Victoria
-Julian Kevon Glover, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Kristen Renn, Professor, Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education, Michigan State University
-Travers, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Moderated by Emily Skidmore, Associate Professor, History, Texas Tech University

Free, but registration required

Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and Clark University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Co-sponsored by UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and the Five College Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies Certificate.

Registration Required
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CHI Salon: "Writing in Time: Emily Dickinson’s Master Hours" Book Talk with Marta Werner and Peter Gizzi

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

Join Dickinson scholar Marta Werner in conversation with Peter Gizzi about her forthcoming book Writing in Time: Emily Dickinson’s Master Hours (Amherst College Press, 2021).

For more than half a century, the story of Emily Dickinson’s “Master” documents has been the largely biographical tale of three letters to an unidentified individual. Writing in Time seeks to tell a different story—the story of the documents themselves. Rather than presenting the “Master” documents as quarantined from Dickinson’s larger scene of textual production, Marta Werner’s innovative new edition proposes reading them next to Dickinson’s other major textual experiment in the years between ca. 1858–1861: the Fascicles. In both, Dickinson can be seen testing the limits of address and genre in order to escape bibliographical determination and the very coordinates of “mastery” itself. A major event in Dickinson scholarship, Writing in Time proposes new constellations of Dickinson’s work, as well as exciting new methodologies for textual scholarship as an act of “intimate editorial investigation.”

Marta Werner is the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies and Loyola University Chicago. Her previous publications include, with Jen Bervin, The Gorgeous Nothings (Granary Books, 2012; New Directions, 2013); Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts (University of Michigan Press, 1999; republished by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2010); with Nicholas Lawrence, Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (The American Philosophical Society, 2006); and Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (University of Michigan Press, 1995). She also co-edited The Networked Recluse (Amherst College Press, 2017), which accompanied The Morgan Library exhibition "I’m Nobody—Who Are You": The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Peter Gizzi is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently Now It's Dark (Wesleyan, 2020), Sky Burial: New and Collected Poems (Carcanet UK, 2020) and Archeophonics (Wesleyan, 2016), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His editing projects include o·blēk: a journal of language arts (1987-1993), The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998) and, with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 2008). He teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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The Gift of Circle Practice: A Tool to Transform the Painful U.S. Conservative/Progressive Divide and Rebuild Trust, Connection and Hope

After the 2016 presidential election, award-winning global peacebuilder Dr. Paula Green turned her focus from intractable international conflicts to address fractured U.S. relations. She co-created Hands Across the Hills, bringing together a group of self-identified progressives from Massachusetts with a group of self-identified conservatives from a coal-mining region of Kentucky. Hands Across the Hills has received a great deal of media attention, as it offers hope that we can find each other beneath the chaos, dehumanization and painful partisan divide, and shares a roadmap for how we too can participate in a just and inclusive society. Dr. Green has been a global peacebuilder for over 30 years, working with those experiencing the pain of conflict and war in Bosnia, Palestine, Israel, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Cyrpus, Azerbijan, as well as running an international peacebuilding institute in the U.S.

Joining Paula to share about her experience is Gwen Johnson, a self-described hillbilly woman from the coal camp of Hemphill Kentucky and founder of Black Sheep Bakery. Gwen is the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners. She graduated high school unable to read beyond a second-grade level; she learned to read while reading to her children and went to college the same year her oldest daughter did, receiving a BS at the University of Pikeville and an M.A. at Goddard College in health arts and sciences.

Dr. Ben Fink is the third participant of Hands Across the Hills presenting with Paula and Gwen. Ben has organized in deindustrialized areas across the country, including the Appalachian coalfields; the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut; and the urban centers of Baltimore, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Ben holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Minnesota. His work has been featured by Salon.com, the Brookings Institution and Harvard Law School. He and Paula Green were recently named by Time Magazine as two of "27 People Bridging Divides Across America."

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.