How are you in these times? What can others wish for you? What do you wish for others? Participants will have equal time to respond to these prompts. Circles open with guided mindfulness and close with a reflection. All Amherst students are welcome. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life. For questions contact Harrison Blum: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is illuminating that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes the symbol for both ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ The former has been much discussed, but the latter largely ignored.” –
Janice Perlman, Author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge
Originally, this seminar was established to explore how the rapidly urbanizing, technology-based societies of today present both risks to, and opportunities for establishing “home” and social connections. Now, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, with students and professionals working from home, “shelter in place” orders in some communities and social distancing advised for everyone, our concepts of “home” and importance of social connections are taking on new meaning. Join us in these seminars with guests who bring unique perspectives in navigating this topic from their respective fields. Participants will find the interdisciplinary and transcultural views relatable to their own experiences and will be invited to join the discussions. Creative prompts will also be proposed.
Ana Candida Carneiro, PhD, Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College, Artistic Director of Babel
Brian English, urban planner, Executive Director of Babel
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Gustavo Salcedo – Political Science & International Relations (Amherst College)
•Renata Moretti – Biology & Environmental Sciences (Harvard University)
•Kirun Kapur – Poetry (Amherst College)
Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jessica Litwak – Theater & Social Change (H.E.A.T. Collective) •Carolina L. Zilli Vieira – Environmental Health (Harvard University)
•Kasper Villadsen – Political Science & Philosophy (Copenhagen Business School)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jenna Riegel / Sha Harrell – Dance (Amherst College)
•Janice Perlman – Anthropology (Mega Cities Project/Columbia University)
•Alex Ros – Travel Industry (Founder of Open Sky Expeditions)
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Thomas Dumm - Political Science (Amherst College, author of "Home in America")
•Sabato Visconti - Visual Arts (ex-Daca artist)
•Brian English - Urban Planning (Babel)
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The Wellness Zoom provides an opportunity to gather at noon for a live zoom to engage in a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving wellbeing. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat or simply listen in.
Laughter yoga instructor Robert Rivest will lead participants in short exercises to promote health and well-being. Each Wednesday and Friday Wellness Zoom will provide a different 15-minute wellness activity focused on reducing stress and improving well-being. You may join at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/969215732. Open to students, staff and faculty. You are welcome to engage in conversation or chat, or simply listen in.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of sexual violence. The Peer Advocates are gearing up for a virtual SAAM 2020 experience this year. Stay connected by following the PAs on Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) and Instagram (@amherst_pa) and stay tuned for upcoming virtual opportunities all month long during April for #SAAMherst! Email email@example.com with any questions, keep an eye out for weekly updates, and see below for a preview of each week.
Week 1: Self-Care for #SAAMherst
Week 2: #IAsk
Week 3: Movement Makers
Week 4: PA Picks
May 1st: Virtual SAAM Vigil