Students of any or no religious affiliation are welcome to this afternoon of experiential learning about spiritual practices across religious traditions. Practices will include Muslim ritual washing, Buddhist loving-kindness meditation, Jewish ethics and Taoist tai chi. Participants are welcome to engage in these guided practices and conversations to the extent they are comfortable. Our closing dialogue will explore the place of spiritual and well-being practices in our daily lives toward continuing or starting them.
This program is led by Amherst’s Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist advisors, along with our tai chi instructor and director of religious and spiritual life.
Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services, will be speaking on "Irresistible Justice" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Dr. Butler is the founder and president of World Trust Educational Services. She has produced four documentaries which have become the core of the World Trust's teachings. Dr. Butler's "work incorporates whole-body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue."
This is the first visit Dr. Butler will make to Amherst College. The second will include a showing of "Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging" along with workshops for faculty, staff and students. The event is free and open to the public.
This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics, concepts, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course open to folks who self-identify as trans or cis women, and/or as nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Available to all faculty, staff and students. Email RAD@Amherst.edu
Coordinated by the Loeb Center & Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership, the Next Gen Leadership Institute is an interterm program designed for first-generation and/or low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives. We hope to create an affirming space where students can acquire and integrate transferable skills that prepare them for their future and create a culture of peer support and knowledge-sharing.