Event Calendar

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Study Abroad at the University of St Andrews

Learn more about study abroad opportunities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland's first University.
There will be a short presentation followed by a chance to ask questions.
Fun Fact: The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413 and over 16% of all undergraduates are from North America.

Microsoft Meeting Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetupjoin/19%3ameeting_YzBmMjBmZjYtZjAwZi...

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UC Berkeley Study Away Opportunities

Learn about study away opportunities at UC Berkeley for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters! Program advisors will be available to answer your questions about the Berkeley Global Access Program, Berkeley Legal Studies Global Access Program, and Berkeley Physics International Education Program.
Register for the information session here:

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Collaborative Annotation with Perusall and Other Tools

Faculty Panelists: Anna Abramson, David Hanneke, Sarah Hews, Catherine Infante, Yael Rice

The Academic Technology Services (ATS) office presents a faculty sharing session on "Collaborative Annotation with Perusall and Other Tools." We invite you to join the discussion, whether you’ve used Perusall or other annotation tools before or are interested in trying them in the future.

In the first half of this session, faculty panelists will share their experience of using Perusall and other annotation tools to build reading communities and to promote collaboration and critical analysis in the Amherst courses. They will share concrete strategies for linking asynchronous and synchronous modalities of learning and will also discuss the challenges of teaching remotely during the pandemic. Examples from a wide range of disciplines will illustrate the replicability of these strategies in any course. Panelists will also talk about how digital annotation tools can be relevant in face-to-face courses even after the pandemic. The second half of the session will be an open discussion among all session attendees.

ATS staff will be on hand after the session from 1-1:30 p.m. to answer any technical questions or demonstrate any specific Perusall features attendees are interested in.

Session will meet via Zoom. Please RSVP below!

Registration Required

Completing Self-Evaluations on Workday

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 Performance Management Process Self-Evaluation as well as time for Q&A.

Engaging in Performance Management Process (PMP) Conversations for Staff

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

This workshop explores strategies and techniques for staff members around reflecting on performance, engaging in dialogue, asking for productive feedback, and setting goals. This workshop is not a training on how to go through the PMP form on Workday. Those training opportunities will be offered separately.

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.

Sign up for Tuesday: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWEShn5Tr9EyklPvmgf21FseQLvQMO...

Sign up for Thursday:

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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.

College Year in Athens--Info Session

Join us to learn about CYA's program offerings including: Semester, Summer, Winter, Gap Year, and Virtual Internships.

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Uncertainty and the Response to COVID-19, Statistics and Data Colloquia, Dr. Kline

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives and reporting on epidemiological data has become almost a routine, daily occurrence. Since early in the pandemic, I have been on the OSU Comprehensive Monitoring Team that has been advising the Ohio Department of Health. One important theme throughout this work has been operating under uncertainty. As with any novel disease, there was and still is uncertainty about the disease itself. However, there is also uncertainty about the data that we can collect to try to understand rates of infection across space and time and to identify emerging areas of concern. It is critical to consider this uncertainty within the decision-making process. During this talk, I will discuss several areas where I have contributed to the response to COVID-19 including a seroprevalence study, surveillance, and an excess deaths analysis. I will particularly focus on the importance of thinking beyond the data that are observed to consider the context and the quality of what are observed. Through these examples, I will highlight important contributions of statistical and epidemiological methods and thinking.

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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with Linguist John McWhorter

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, John McWhorter and Ilan Stavans will discuss how language reveals the anger we carry inside, as well as how “nasty” words change over time. 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.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy and music history at Columbia University; hosts Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast; and is contributing editor at The Atlantic. He has written over 20 books, including The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language (2001), Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English (2008) and Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca (2017). His next books will be Nine Nasty Words and The Elect (both 2021).

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
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Colorism and Fetishization: Is the Shade Real?

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and the Council of Amherst College Student Athletes of Color for a conversation about how we see colorism and fetishization within the Amherst College community. This event is open to students of all backgrounds and will be hosted on zoom.

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On Practicing Anti-racism: Convo with Choral Conductors and Musical Leaders

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, via Zoom

In our latest installment of the Vocal Action series, the Choral Society and the QRC presents a discussion with various choral conductors and ensemble leaders about anti-racist practice in ensemble work, from the inter-personal, to the selection and preparation of repertoire, and beyond. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of leaders in modeling anti-racist action/behavior in and out of rehearsal/performance, and their role in maintaining ensemble culture.

Featuring: Felicia Barber, PhD., Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Westfield State University; Emilie Amrein, DMA., Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at University of San Diego; and Brent Talbot, PhD., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.

This program was made possible by support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

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"Confluence of Voices: Writing and Translating Identity"

Join Confluences for a celebratory reading of four recently published pieces: “Wise and Bright” by Seoyeon Kim; “‘Deafinitely’: The Racialization of Black Communication in the U.S.A.” by Eniola Ajao; “20 Words that Painted My World” by Clara Seo; and “Sounding American” by Isabelle Doerre Torres. Come listen to writers and their translators read and talk about their original works and translations in different languages, including Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian, French and Portuguese. Everyone is welcome to the event, regardless of the language you speak!

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.