Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, May 23, 2022

Humanist Advisor Drop-In Office Hours

Emelia Miller, the humanist advisor in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, offers drop-in office hours Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Office hours are open to all students, faculty and staff, with a special focus on atheist, agnostic and spiritual but not religious members of our community. Office hours can be accessed remotely through the following link (Amherst College account required): https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94427770752

Emelia is also available in person in the Cadigan Center during the 11:30-12:30 session.

Sliding Scale Virtual Session

Meet independently with a member of the Office of Human Resources staff to verify household income for Sliding Scale Cost Sharing. Household income for this purpose is defined as the amount reported on Line 9, Total Income, on Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (or Total Income on other tax return forms). Please bring a copy of the applicable 2021 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return(s). The Sliding Scale Cost Sharing application needs to be completed annually.

Registration Required

Tue, May 24, 2022

Learning & Development Community Read: Burnout

The L&D Team invites you to focus on your wellbeing with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Wellness is often considered a state of mind, but in reality it is an act of practice. For our first L&D Community Read, we will be reading Burnout, by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. The book is relevant for “ . . .anyone who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything they have to do, yet still worried they weren’t doing ‘enough’.”

Each week we will come together to discuss the content of the book and how the concepts apply to our specific situation. Attendance is encouraged, though not required, for all four sessions.

Registration Required
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Project Connect Sign-ups Spring 22

Project Connect is back for the Spring Semester! Join these 5 week small group chats led by the Wellness Team. Project Connect is a fun way to meet students from across campus and use specially selected questions to get to know each other. These hour long chats are a perfect way to unwind after a busy week.

Students Only
Registration Required

Wed, May 25, 2022

Team Development 101

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your team with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Developing high levels of team cohesion helps build community and culture and supports innovative and collaborative approaches to work.  This session will give an overview of the “Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing” model and discuss potential action strategies tied to each stage. Participants will leave the session with an action plan that addresses the specifics of their own team’s development needs.

Registration Required

Humanist Advisor Drop-In Office Hours

Emelia Miller, the humanist advisor in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, offers drop-in office hours Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Office hours are open to all students, faculty and staff, with a special focus on atheist, agnostic and spiritual but not religious members of our community. Office hours can be accessed remotely through the following link (Amherst College account required): https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94427770752

Emelia is also available in person in the Cadigan Center during the 11:30-12:30 session.

Confident Leadership

The Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.

Even as leaders, it’s not uncommon to feel self-doubt. In this session we’ll learn to assess our own level of confidence, how to self-empower and how to help our team members to enjoy improved self-esteem.

This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Confident Leadership

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.

Even as leaders, it’s not uncommon to feel self-doubt. In this session we’ll learn to assess our own level of confidence, how to self-empower and how to help our team members to enjoy improved self-esteem.

This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Fri, May 27, 2022

Title IX Training Incorporating New Regulations

Please register to learn about Title IX at Amherst College: policies related to sexual misconduct and, for most staff and all faculty, your obligation to report information related to sexual misconduct. If you are a new employee, please be sure to attend a session within the first month of your start date. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Title IX and/or sexual misconduct, please contact Laurie at lfrankl@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Sat, May 28, 2022

Baccalaureate 2022 flier with keynote headshot and bio

Baccalaureate: An Interfaith Celebration of Our Graduates

Join us! The keynote address will be delivered by Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer, author of Love Beyond God, a collection of poetry and reflections focused on Black identity and liberal religion. The Rev. Dyer's full bio and more info is linked below.

Family and friends are welcome. Guests must be vaccinated and masked indoors with a KN95. If you have questions or accessibility needs, please contact Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Congratulations, graduates!

"Concert Tonight" sign outside Arms Music Center

Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

Concerts are open to the public as follows: Visitors will be required to show proof of either full vaccination and booster or documentation of a negative test result from a PCR test or an antigen test taken within 72 hours preceding the event. All spectators must be masked at all times. KN95 masks are required.

Music by Sydney Guillaume, Sam Wright ’23, Shireen Abu-Khader, and other highlights, including Amherst songs. We will be honoring our Seniors in this performance.

For audience permissions and the most recent COVID protocols, please see this link: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/654269

Tue, May 31, 2022

2022 Open Enrollment Information Session

Join the Benefits Team to:

- gather information during a general overview

- discuss any benefits issues or changes you may be contemplating

- complete the Sliding Scale Cost Sharing application. Note: Applicants will need to provide the amount reported on Line 9, Total Income, on Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (or Total Income on other tax return forms). The Sliding Scale Cost Sharing application needs to be completed annually. Separate virtual sliding scale sessions are also available.

Registration Required

Fri, Jun 3, 2022

Sliding Scale Virtual Session

Meet independently with a member of the Office of Human Resources staff to verify household income for Sliding Scale Cost Sharing. Household income for this purpose is defined as the amount reported on Line 9, Total Income, on Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (or Total Income on other tax return forms). Please bring a copy of the applicable 2021 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return(s). The Sliding Scale Cost Sharing application needs to be completed annually.

Registration Required
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Project Connect Sign-ups Spring 22

Project Connect is back for the Spring Semester! Join these 5 week small group chats led by the Wellness Team. Project Connect is a fun way to meet students from across campus and use specially selected questions to get to know each other. These hour long chats are a perfect way to unwind after a busy week.

Students Only
Registration Required

Sat, Jun 4, 2022

Text reads: Alumni in the Arts Reception. All alumni working in or passionate about the arts are invited to connect with each other and Amherst College faculty and staff in the arts. Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative, Music Department, Art & the History of Art Department, English Department, the Mead Art Museum, Russian Department, the Loeb Center, and The Common. 6/4/22, 5:15pm-6:15pm, Alumni Gym Tent. Background is white and orange with a floral.

Alumni in the Arts Reception

All faculty and staff passionate about the arts are invited to join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and an opportunity to mingle with alumni in the arts.

Tue, Jun 7, 2022

Learning & Development Community Read: Burnout

The L&D Team invites you to focus on your wellbeing with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Wellness is often considered a state of mind, but in reality it is an act of practice. For our first L&D Community Read, we will be reading Burnout, by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. The book is relevant for “ . . .anyone who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything they have to do, yet still worried they weren’t doing ‘enough’.”

Each week we will come together to discuss the content of the book and how the concepts apply to our specific situation. Attendance is encouraged, though not required, for all four sessions.

Registration Required

Wed, Jun 8, 2022

Title IX Training Incorporating New Regulations

Please register to learn about Title IX at Amherst College: policies related to sexual misconduct and, for most staff and all faculty, your obligation to report information related to sexual misconduct. If you are a new employee, please be sure to attend a session within the first month of your start date. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Title IX and/or sexual misconduct, please contact Laurie at lfrankl@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

The Art of One-on-One Meetings

The L&D Team invites you to develop your supervisory skills with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Research shows that consistent, effective 1:1 meetings are closely linked to feelings of engagement and enhanced outcomes. Yet, this important practice often gets bumped from the calendar. This session will share specific best practices examples including meeting formats, tools, topics and cadence. Participants will leave with their own proactive plan for incorporating 1:1 meeting into their leadership practice.

This is a session designed for anyone who actively supervises others and will complete an annual review.

Registration Required

Thu, Jun 9, 2022

Facilitating Annual Review Conversations

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your supervisory skills with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

The annual review provides an opportunity for supervisors and staff to engage in intentional conversation about growth, goals, and development. These sessions are drop-in style to discuss how to best engage in those conversations with your staff.

Registration Required

Mon, Jun 13, 2022

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Project Connect Sign-ups Spring 22

Project Connect is back for the Spring Semester! Join these 5 week small group chats led by the Wellness Team. Project Connect is a fun way to meet students from across campus and use specially selected questions to get to know each other. These hour long chats are a perfect way to unwind after a busy week.

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Jun 14, 2022

Ongoing Events

Painting with black and gray glossy surface, thickly painted in areas; silver circle at center, with lines extending diagonally from it

What Looms Large

What Looms Large is an exhibition that examines scale-- painterly, bodily, architectural, institutional --and presence in contemporary abstract painting. Actual size contributes to the sense of an artwork’s monumentality, but scale proves fundamentally relational: something once considered minor can suddenly loom large. After more than a year of primarily screen-based experiences, how do we each locate ourselves in shared space again, and in relation to what? What Looms Large was organized by guest curator Kate Nesin.

A silhouette figurine in a dress is set on a red background. It casts a shadow, and its arms are bent upward at the elbow.

Liliana Porter: Two Realities

This exhibition foregrounds Argentinian-born, U.S.-based artist Liliana Porter’s decades-long consideration of “two realities”— “virtual reality” (a depiction of a thing) and the “real thing.” According to Porter, these dual realities are fluid and relational ideas, ones which open broader questions of how we see, communicate, and form meaning. Two Realities links to Professor Niko Vicario’s spring 2022 course “Curating between the Virtual and the Physical: Liliana Porter”, in which students will work with the Mead’s curatorial team to create a connected online exhibition. Together the exhibitions will offer opportunities to reconsider the relationship of online and physical space, content, and experience through Porter’s work, and to reexamine Porter’s art with attention to technological change and the contemporary context.

Oil pastel drawing of the face of a young Black man. He wears a black T-shirt and looks directly at the viewer.

5th Annual Black Art Matters Festival: Student Visual Art Showcase

The Mead is proud to support the fifth installment of the Black Art Matters Festival in partnership with the Black Student Union, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and Arts at Amherst Initiative. The Black Art Matters Festival is an affirmation and celebration of Black student artists and creators.

Zoe Akoto (class of 2021) created the Black Art Matters Festival in 2018 when she noticed a lack of opportunities to celebrate the creative work of Black students on campus. This year, the Black Art Matters Festival will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum and will feature live dance, music and spoken-word performances in the galleries. If you're unable to attend in real time, watch the livestream at amherst.edu/mead.

Participants in this year's visual arts exhibition are Ayo Eniola '24, Neviah Waldron '24, Zachary River '24E, Abadai Zoboi '25, Zora Duncan '23, Maelle Sannon '24, Kendall Greene '24, Tiia McKinney '25 and Alana Bailey '23.

Performers in this year's festival include Quincy Smith '25, Andrenae Jones '23, Kiiren Jackson '24, Ernest Collins Jr. '23, Joseph-Jerome Raymond '24, Zulimah Sawab '22, ACora Hickson '25, Anniyah Rawlins '23, Corri Hickson '25, Iryna Sobchyshyna '24, Justin Ruiz '24, Lemara Williams '22 and Stanley Jackson '25.

This program is a partnership between the Mead Art Museum and the Multicultural resource Center and made possible by support from African and Caribbean Student Union, Alumni and Parent Programs, Amherst Association of Students, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Black Student Union, The Common, Communications, Frost Library, Loeb Center, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Identity and Cultural Resources, and Student Activities.

This showcase was prepared and installed by John Thornbury with support from Lisa Crossman and the BAM Core Planning Team. The BAM Core Planning Team is Kai Ahmadu '22, Danielle Amodeo, Kendall Greene '24, Kiiren Jackson '24, Grace Nyanchoka '24, Ellen Mutter and Eboni Rafus-Brenning.

Studio Honors Show 2022

Join us to celebrate our senior honors thesis students. Lauren Bell, Maeve Brammer, Kate Hur, Brenna Kaplan, and Grace LeCates will be exhibiting their work in the Eli Marsh Gallery from May 9th - 29, 2022. The gallery is open from 10am - 4pm M - F and Sunday (closed Saturdays).