Event Calendar

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Racism & Antiracism 2.0: Racism & Antiracism at Amherst

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Virtual, Zoom link will be provided later

Amherst College is considered one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the U.S. But what would it mean if we worked towards being one of the most equitable and inclusive?

The goal of this workshop, intended for faculty and staff, is to build upon foundational knowledge developed in Racism & Antiracism 1.0: Learning & Unlearning Race & Racism and understand race as a part of how individuals and groups interact at Amherst College. Participants will focus on learning how the campus community has inherited a history of racism as well as understanding the legacy of and the urgency for antiracism at the College.

Upon participating in this workshop, participants will:
- Recognize some of the ways racism shows up at various levels at the College
- Know how to define and describe antiracism
- Be able to articulate why antiracism matters at the College

Registration is required. To register, submit a form at https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/diversity/office-of-diversity-equi...

Note: Participants are not required to have attended Racism & Antiracism 1.0: Learning & Unlearning Race & Racism to attend this workshop but should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical construction of racial identity in the U.S. and be familiar with key terms and common misunderstandings around race, such as anti-Blackness, belonging and color-blindness. While not required, this workshop also builds upon the knowledge on socialization and levels of oppression presented in Identity & Inclusion 2.0: Dismantling Structural Oppression in the Workplace.

Registration Required

Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World

Registration Required

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...

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Students Only
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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.

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"Classics and White Supremacism in the United States: A Brief History"

Rebecca Futo Kennedy, who studies notions of race and ethnicity in the ancient world, will speak on the reception of classical antiquity within the U.S. white supremacist movement.

Kennedy is an associate professor of classics, women’s and gender studies and environmental studies at Denison University and director of the Denison Museum. She is the author of Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City and editor of the Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds. She is a translator and editor of Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources and editor of The Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Classics at Amherst College and the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity College, with support from the Lamont Fund. All Five College faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Zoom registration: https://trincoll.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dxZxAfKkTLigQv1K_YXK-w

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Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: "Evaluating Potential Critical Windows of Exposure to Antiretroviral Treatment Using Multiple Informant Models"

It is widely known that antiretroviral treatment (ART) has been successful in reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Some studies report that infants of women living with HIV (WLHIV) who start ART before conception may have a higher risk of adverse birth and infant neurodevelopmental outcomes than those starting ART during pregnancy. However, differences in the potential adverse effects of ART based on their timing (i.e., preconception, first trimester, etc.) require further investigation. Many studies define ART exposures based only on the timing of initiation (i.e., initiated prior to conception vs early in pregnancy vs later in pregnancy), rather than considering continued exposures over multiple trimesters during pregnancy, and thus may not correctly reflect the effects of multiple time points of exposure. This is true especially when ART regimens change during pregnancy. Also, observational studies may be missing information for each time point of exposure, creating a statistical challenge when attempting to compare ART effects across preconception and each trimester. We explore a method that can evaluate potential periods of heightened vulnerability to ART exposure while accounting both for missing data and correlated exposures.

Jemar R. Bather is a biostatistics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University and a Fostering Diversity in HIV Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before joining Harvard, he was a quantitative research assistant at New York University, publishing work in diverse outlets such as Public Health Reports and Patient Education and Counseling. His current research focuses on statistical methods for improving perinatal and reproductive outcomes among infants and women living with HIV. Beyond his research, Jemar specializes in coaching prospective doctoral applicants through their application process. Applicants that he worked with are now in Ph.D. programs at Stanford, Emory and Boston Universities. Jemar holds a B.S. in statistics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in applied statistics from NYU and an M.A. in biostatistics from Harvard University. He is also the founder of the NYU Chapter of the National Statistics Honor Society. For this service and his involvement with NYU’s statistics club, he received the President’s Service Award and the Samuel Eshborn Service Award.

Sexual Respect Through A Global Lens

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ford Hall, and Virtually On Zoom

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect, the Center for International Student Engagement and the International Students Association for a conversation surrounding sexual respect in a Global Context, beyond the United States. This program will center students of international experience, but is open to the entire Amherst College student community. There will be the chance for 13 in-person participants or a virtual version with unlimited capacity.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2ydv7kys

Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/2xcpetxz

Passcode: 064269

Any questions or concerns, please email peeradvocate@amherst.edu or contact Lauren Kelly on (413) 542-2760.

Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral: A Reading and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of Guillotine, which was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. Natalie Scenters-Zapico describes Corral as “A master artist. [...] Only a poet as skilled as Corral could connect rejection from the US nation-state with unrequited love to such effect. Carefully code-switching between Spanish and English, Corral is a poet to be studied for his radical contributions to the American canon.” He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University.

Please register in advance for this event:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

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Prudential Risk Management Information Session

Tune in to this interactive webinar, where representatives from Prudential’s Risk Management team will give you a view into:
- Our Risk Management business with an overview by our Chief Risk Officer, Nicholas Silitch
- Prudential’s mission & impact in our industry
- Impact of COVID on the markets and our businesses’ resiliency
- Life as a Summer Intern & full time RMDP (Risk Management Development Program) Associate

Please register here: https://prudential.zoom.us/j/96283452583?pwd=c2JxcTdFUUNDTnBWMVB2dVQxbTR...

Fred Sievert discussion

Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence: Practical Christ-Centered Advice for Entering the Workforce

Former Fortune 100 company president and Yale Divinity School graduate, Fred Sievert (Amherst ’70) will summarize the 10 practical, Biblically-based tips on entering the professional world from his latest book. The program will include ample time for Q & A and discussion. Co-sponsored by Amherst Christian Fellowship and Religious and Spiritual Life.

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The Storm and the War That Changed Amherst: An Amherst College Bicentennial Event

The War Memorial, with its panoramic view of the Holyoke Range, and the Main Quadrangle, with its lush carpet of grass and soaring tree canopy, almost surely are the most beloved outdoor spaces at Amherst. Each appears inevitable, timeless, as if it had always been there. In fact, both are relatively recent additions to the campus, which looked very different before their creation in 1939 and 1946, respectively.

We are extending three opportunities to virtually attend this richly illustrated slide lecture—please select the option that best suits your schedule and location. Pulitzer Prize-winning Architecture Critic Blair Kamin '79, P'15 will discuss how the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and World War II led to a profound reorientation of Amherst’s hilltop campus. He’ll also paint a portrait of the little-known landscape architect who designed these signature spaces. The lecture will conclude with an analysis of the War Memorial’s original design as well as an appreciation of how the passage of time has transformed the memorial into the campus icon it is today. A question-and-answer session will follow.

This chat will be with Chimaway Lopez, an American Studies major and Mellon Mays Fellow currently working toward a PhD in Indigenous Studies at UC Davis.

OSDEI Alumni Chats: Chimaway Lopez, American Studies '20

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join alums from different diverse backgrounds for conversations about their time at Amherst and beyond. They will discuss their experiences in their majors, their career paths and how they overcame the challenges they faced along the way. Come for career advice, life lessons and more! This chat will be with Chimaway Lopez, an American Studies major and Mellon Mays Fellow currently working toward a PhD in Indigenous Studies at UC Davis.

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

Sexual Respect Office Hours

Starting during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and continuing through the end of the semester, outdoor Sexual Respect Education Office Hours will be occurring weekly on Val Quad Tent #4 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Stop by to meet with Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, to access Health Education resources, ask questions about topics related to sexual respect, and find out how to get involved throughout SAAMherst! Questions or to connect directly, email lakelly@amherst.edu. Stay connected on Instagram by following @ac_healthandwellbeing and @amherst_pa

Sexual Respect Office Hours

Starting during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and continuing through the end of the semester, outdoor Sexual Respect Education Office Hours will be occurring weekly on Val Quad Tent #4 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Stop by to meet with Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, to access Health Education resources, ask questions about topics related to sexual respect, and find out how to get involved throughout SAAMherst! Questions or to connect directly, email lakelly@amherst.edu. Stay connected on Instagram by following @ac_healthandwellbeing and @amherst_pa