Event Calendar

March 2021

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

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VMG Partners: Growth Intern Opportunities Informational Coffee Chats

This informational Coffee Chat session provides students with an informal opportunity to meet with representatives from Velocity Snack Brands. Drop in anytime during the hour to learn more about their summer-timed, San Francisco-based Growth Intern opportunity.

VMG Partners is a consumer private equity investment firm which has partnered with brands such as Babyganics, Briogeo, Daily Harvest, Drunk Elephant, Justin's, KIND Healthy Snacks, Nature's Bakery, Quest, Spindrift, and many others.

The VMG Partners ecosystem of brands stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, in partnership with their portfolio companies – Briogeo Haircare, Nutpods, Spindrift, Stone, Velocity Snack Brands, Lily’s, The Pill Club – 8 interns from colleges across the country will partake in an 8-week internship program, in which they will participate in on-the-job training across a range of functions, as well as engage in panels, workshops, and more, which ultimately will equip participants with skills and a network to start a career within CPG, whether as an entrepreneur or marketer or beyond.

Drop in to the virtual session to learn more!

Lunch-&-Learn: Funding for Summer Study Away

Considering a summer study away program? Join advisers in the Global Education Office to learn about your program options - which are many! - and what funding opportunities exist.  Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. But students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g., Gilman, Boren) or for aid directly from the program.  Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer!

Students Only

Math/Stat Table

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or Statistics and all are welcome.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email:kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Virtual

Rosa Leon-Zayas, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Willamette University, will speak on "Diving Deeper: Microbial Diversity and Metabolic Potential in the Marine Deep Biosphere."

Exploration of the deep ocean has expanded our understanding of oceanic ecosystems, and yet still little is known about these deep sites on Earth. Some of the most poorly understood ecosystems are subsurface sedimentary environments and ultra-deep trenches, particularly as it pertains to the distribution of novel microbial lineages and their associated metabolic abilities.

In this presentation, I will share an two examples of work that has advanced our understanding of the distribution and metabolic potential of novel microbial lineages, such as those that are part of the Candidate Phyla Radiation, and archaeal lineages such as Bathyarchaea and Asgard archaea superphylum. Overall, this research seeks to reveal the metabolic potential of novel microbial lineages, which significantly contributes to our overall understanding of the ecosystem function of subsurface sedimentary environments.

Persons from the Amherst College community who wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the Biology Department ADC, Karen Racz, who will provide the Zoom link to the meeting.

Universidad San Francisco De Quito--Galápagos Semester Program Info Session

Our aim is to provide attendees with a sneak peek into what USFQ study abroad opportunities can provide such as: field work, research opportunities, postgraduate experience, and much more. Our faculty and staff will be leading the info sessions and we will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Students Only

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Intro to Networking, Pt 2: Informational Interviewing — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

An informational interview is a conversation with a professional in an industry, field, company, or position that interests you and that you would like to learn more about. It’s a valuable opportunity to conduct personalized research with someone whose experience and perspective you think you can learn from.

In this workshop, students will learn how to respectfully reach out to people you’d like to speak with, prepare for the conversation, maintain the relationship, activate your Amherst community through the Alumni Directory, and more.

While this workshop builds off of Part 1 from Fall 2020, anyone may attend regardless of participation last semester.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

CET China Programs Info Session

Learn more about CET Programs in Greater China (CET Beijing, CET Shanghai, CET Taiwan)
*Not all options in this region are pre-approved; check the Travel Registry to see if you need to petition.

Students Only
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Kirun Kapur ’97: A Reading and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Please join us for a reading and conversation with poet and Amherst College Writer-in-Residence Kirun Kapur '97. Kapur’s newest book, Women in the Waiting Room, which Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls “a must read for these times and beyond,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, was awarded the 2013 Antivenom Poetry Award and was described as a “stellar debut by a major new voice” by Andre Dubus III.

Registration Required
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Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble Kitchen Table Conversation: "What Does It Mean to Intentionally Center Racial and Ethnic Identities in Ensemble Work?"

The Queer Resource Center and the Amherst College Choral Society are pleased to present a series of roundtable discussions and workshops addressing and exploring how to lead, facilitate, direct and participate in vocal ensembles that not only center marginalized folks, but actively create and sustain a more affirming and less harmful interpersonal dynamic and ensemble culture. Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble Kitchen Table Conversation: "What Does It Mean to Intentionally Center Racial and Ethnic Identities in Ensemble Work?" will present to attendees a frank and open conversation with KVE members! Join us in a discussion concerning how diversity, equity and inclusion can thrive in choral and musical spaces, and to consider the diverse ways we see excellence in music when we work from a framework of equity and justice. All are welcome.

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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run from February 15-March 29 in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

Tue, Mar 2, 2021

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

James H. Dickerson II, Ph.D. (Jay) '94, Chief Scientific Officer Consumer Reports : "Using Science for Good"

We expect that the products we use every day will be safe, reliable, and effective. However, that does not always occur. A computer battery can unexpectedly catch fire, bedroom furniture can be unstable and topple, and food can be contaminated. Consumer Reports (CR) is committed to revealing the truth and raising the bar for safety and fairness, and empowering consumers with trusted information. Learn how CR uses science for good, applying its scientific findings for diverse audiences—from consumers to rule makers, industry to government, all with the goal of driving marketplace change that benefits everyone.
This presentation describes the underpinning endeavors of my organization, Consumer Reports. Thus, the topic will attempt to address the skepticism that many have that "ratings" or "reviews" of consumer products that Consumer Reports provides are no different from those often seen in forums like Amazon, YouTube, WireCutter, and other venues. My intent is to demonstrate that the robust science that we undertake at CR is far superior to that "used" in other venues.

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Minted.com Art Merchandising Opportunities Information Session

Minted is a design marketplace that works to source creative content from a global community of independent artists. The company then sells the best content in the form of art, home décor, and stationery, directly to consumers.

The late-stage startup is based in San Francisco and was founded in 2007 by CEO Mariam Naficy. The company's core competencies are mobilizing and activating creative people, and enabling them to monetize their art by identifying industries and products where their art is most interesting to consumers. Minted, in turn, uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making the retail website a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses.

Recruiters are currently seeking creative thinkers who are passionate about art and design, curious about the world of e-commerce, wholesale and retail merchandising, and have strong analytical and quantitative skills to join their merchandising team. This group is responsible for driving sales by working closely with design submissions from Minted's talented community of artists, as well as data from its analytics team, to bring forth a balanced assortment of the freshest designs to inspire customers. This team is also responsible for ensuring the shopping experience in their category is seamless, and the quality of designs rendered on the site flawless, to ensure the best customer experience possible.

Want to learn more? Attend this session to hear from Minted representatives, including recruiter Caitlin Bernstein and merchandising manager Becca O'Leary (Smith '13)!

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

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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.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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Embassy of Spain NALCAP Info Session

Through the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP). American and Canadian college students and graduates, who are native-like speakers of English, partner with elementary and secondary schools in Spain to support language programs as teaching assistants (TAs) under the supervision and guidance of teachers of English as a World/Foreign Language. Join us to learn more about this opportunity to live and work in Spain for a year!

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Universidad San Francisco De Quito--Summer Experiential Learning & Research Opportunities Info Session

Our aim is to provide attendees with a sneak peek into what USFQ study abroad opportunities can provide such as: field work, research opportunities, postgraduate experience, and much more. Our faculty and staff will be leading the info sessions and we will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Students Only
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CHI Salon: "From Student to Explainer: The Public-Facing Work of Students in the Arts and Sciences"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Writing museum labels or web content for a public audience requires a mastery of the ideas that permit the author to be both brief and dense, specific but jargon-free. So what about teaching students to do it? What does it look like to teach students to communicate complex topics in art and science to a broad public audience?

In this panel discussion, Mead Art Museum’s Head of Education Emily Potter-Ndiaye will moderate a conversation with Professors Chris Durr (chemistry) and Dwight Carey (architectural studies and art history) to hear more about their recent student projects in public-facing writing and the pedagogies that support it. What does this look like for topics that normally require a deep base of background knowledge? What is specific to the discipline, universal across the curriculum? Where did their best efforts fall flat? And what do they take from the process as educators and scholars? Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with notes from their own practice to add to the discussion.

Registration Required
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Foundations of Cover Letter Writing Workshop — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Did you know that you need to write a customized and specific cover letter for every internship opportunity you apply for? Learn the basic formatting and strategies for writing effective cover letters, as well as advanced tips to write exceptional cover letters that will make you stand out.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Fania Davis: "Restorative Justice and Racial Justice in a Time of Heartache, Awakening and Repair"

What do justice and healing look like in these times?

Marking the launch of Amherst College’s Center for Restorative Practices, Dr. Davis’ talk will review the origins and fundamentals of restorative justice, while addressing its intersection with racial justice in this historical moment of George Floyd, white nationalism, COVID-19, economic disaster and climate catastrophe. She will also discuss today’s unprecedented anti-racist awakening and the consequential truth and reparations initiatives bubbling up across the nation. Dr. Davis is the author of The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice.

Registration Required

Alcahoot! With the SHEs!

The SHEs are hosting an alcohol related Kahoot game where you can have some fun and learn some facts about safe drinking. First, second, and third place participants will receive gift cards worth $50, $25, and $15, respectively! Gift cards redeemable as Amazon or Delivery Express. Follow this link to access the zoom meeting: https://tinyurl.com/SHEalcahoot33. More information will be posted on our instagram @ac_she. Hope to see you there!

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

USFQ-Master's Program in Tropical Ecology & Conservation Info Session

Our aim is to provide attendees with a sneak peek into what USFQ study abroad opportunities can provide such as: field work, research opportunities, postgraduate experience, and much more. Our faculty and staff will be leading the info sessions and we will be able to answer any questions you might have.

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.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick! with the SHEs

Join the SHEs via zoom (https://tinyurl.com/ac-sexynotsick-3-4) for a discussion about sexual experience during COVID-19 times! All attendees are also entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to either Amazon or Delivery Express. As we are in the midst of a global pandemic, we're still aware of the needs and wants of the students within our community, and we want to make sure students are equipped with the resources and tools to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences. For more sex related health education, check out our instagram @ac_she!

CET Prague--Info Session

Learn about CET Prague. This session will cover academics, resident life, housing, and the application process. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Students Only

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: "Statistical and Computational Methods for Whole-Genome Sequencing Studies," Dr. Sheila Gaynor

Many complex diseases have a notable genetic component; however, for most diseases and traits, a limited number of associated genetic variants have been identified. Current large-scale whole-genome sequencing efforts allow for the analysis of genetic associations across millions of low-frequency and rare variants using large samples (100K+). To analyze rare variants, variance component tests aggregating multiple variants are commonly implemented to improve statistical power. However, such generalized mixed model-based methods are nonetheless limited by low statistical power and significant computational cost.

In this talk, I discuss methods for rare variant tests to analyze large samples incorporating functional data in a dynamic weight scheme to improve power. I introduce cloud-based computational tools that implement such methods using a scalable framework. Lastly, I discuss the application of these methods to analyze data on heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders from the NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Program.

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Black Art Matters Festival

In partnership with the Black Student Union, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Mead Art Museum is proud to support the fourth installment of the Black Art Matters Festival. In 2017, Zoe Akoto '21 noticed a lack of art by Black students on campus and started the Black Art Matters Festival as an affirmation and celebration of Black student artists and creators in the Five Colleges. This year, the festival will take place online via Zoom and feature performances and visual art by Black students at Amherst College.

This program is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please use the link below to register for access to the Zoom link.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo by email at damodeo13(at)amherst.edu or by phone at (413) 542-5651.

Registration Required

Native and Indigenous Students Association (NISA) First Meeting!

Come and join NISA (Native and Indigenous Students Association) for their first in-person meeting. For this week only, we will be meeting in Keefe Campus Theater. After this week, we will be meeting in the Ford Hall event space. Email ACNatives@gmail.com to join our ListServ and GroupMe! We welcome all self-identifying Native Americans, Native Hawai'ians, Alaskan Natives, Freedmen, Afro-Indigenous, Indigenous Americans, Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations peoples and allies. Follow us on instagram @AcNatives. Stay tuned for information about our virtual meetings soon.

Students Only

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Brenna Werme. Set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

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Marshall Scholarships Alumni Panel Discussion

The Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high academic, leadership, and ambassadorial potential to study for a graduate degree(s) in any field or institution in the UK. Join Marshall Scholarship Alumni for a virtual panel discussion of their experiences studying in the UK, dealing with cultural adjustments, participating in the community of scholars and more. Panelists will share how their own backgrounds influenced how they approached and navigated this highly competitive and rewarding opportunity. Applicants must have US citizenship and a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Learn about applying for the Marshall at AC: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships/national/marshall

Pre-registration is required. Please register here: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships/national/marsha.... After registering, you will receive an email with a Zoom link to the meeting.

Panelists:
Michaella Moore is an alumna of Howard University, where she studied Biology. She currently is a 2020, one year Marshall Scholar gaining her masters in Medical Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Following her degree, she will be attending Perelman School of Medicine to further her goals of achieving global health justice throughout the black diaspora.

Katie Huston ('08) is Chief Operating Officer of Nal'ibali, South Africa's national reading for enjoyment campaign. She's also worked at one of South Africa's leading philanthropic foundations, and in nonprofit monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and communications. She has a BA in Journalism from UMass Amherst. As a Marshall, she studied Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics.

Rachel Shalev is an attorney in the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York, which she joined after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. As a 2007 Marshall Scholar, she received master’s degrees in modern European history from St. Andrews in Scotland and in legal and political theory from University College London. She also holds a BA from Williams College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Registration Required
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"The Media Turn in the Environmental Humanities: Insights from a Black Oil Ecology"

The English department invites you to join us for the first presentation in our series "Lectures in Black Literature and Culture," a talk by Professor Cajetan Iheka, Department of English, Yale University.

Advance Zoom registration is required to attend the lecture:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WPl98en7QGqPtP6U801Pyw

Registration Required
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Internship Application Clinic — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How does a compelling internship application come together? Learn how to put your best foot forward with your application materials by targeting your resume, aligning your cover letter and resume, and conducting adequate employer research to embed into your materials in this group advising and working session.

To attend, please register via Handshake by 12:00PM EST the Wednesday prior (48 hours in advance). If you wish to RSVP after the Wednesday deadline, email internships@amherst.edu to confirm available space.

Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program team. To learn more about the Program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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The Rockefeller University: Biomedical Research Opportunities Info Session

The world’s leading biomedical research university, Rockefeller draws top scientists and graduate students from around the world in pursuit of one mission: to conduct science for the benefit of humanity.

Centered around 70 cutting-edge laboratories working in a broad range of fields, the Rockefeller University fosters a collaborative research environment. Its commitment to funding high-risk, high-reward science gives scientists freedom to pursue projects that might never occur elsewhere.

Rockefeller offers fulltime opportunities for seniors to consider, as well as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for sophomores and juniors. We invite you to join representatives for this virtual information session to learn about the Rockefeller University and its unique biomedical research opportunities.

Please register in advance in order to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

GeoLatin@s of Amherst College

Please join the Amherst College Geology Department for a panel showcasing the experiences of Latinx Geology Alumni. This panel will center the research and personal narratives of Latinx geologists from a range of backgrounds and expertise to welcome a broader conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. To join, please use the attached zoom link. We hope to see you there!
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99277458686

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Cheminar: "Epidemiology at Intersections: HIV, Cardiometabolic Disease and Substance Use"

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Virtual Seminar Via Zoom Link

Pryde Lecturer: Professor Kaku So-Armah '07, Research Professor at Boston University School of Medicine

Abstract: I would like to have a conversation about questions my lab is interested in answering to improve the lives of people living with HIV. With the success of highly effective antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV infection, people with HIV are living longer. An important aspect of this longer life expectancy is that people with HIV are at risk for diseases of aging like heart disease, non-AIDS-related cancers and liver disease. Our group has focused on quantifying this risk, exploring mechanisms driving this risk and testing interventions to reduce this risk.

Sun, Mar 7, 2021

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

German Table

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 11:45am-1pm EDT, for our zoom German Table gathering, for an hour of fun chatting auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Math/Stat Table

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or Statistics and all are welcome.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email:kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

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Fulbright General Information Session

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants for independent research, graduate study, and teaching English abroad to U.S. citizens who are recent college graduates. In this virtual session, staff and alumni from the Fulbright program will explain the history and purpose of the program, eligibility, award types and benefits, and application components and tips (for the first 45 minutes).

Participants will then enter break out rooms with their own campus advisor who will discuss the campus process for applying and the kind of support you can expect to receive as an applicant. You may apply as a senior or as an alum, but all class years are welcome to this event.

Pre-registration required: https://apply.iie.org/register/3.8General

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Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Virtual

Caroline Goutte, PhD, Professor of Biology and BCBP, Amherst College, will speak on "Using genetic analysis in C. elegans to probe Gamma Secretase variations within the conserved Notch signaling pathway."

Communication between cells is critical to animal development and homeostasis. Despite the variety of cellular contexts and outcomes of communication, a surprisingly small number of core molecular mechanisms are used repeatedly to achieve cellular communication in a multicellular organism. The Goutte lab focuses on a well-conserved mechanism of contact-dependent cell communication known as Notch signaling. We seek to discover sources of molecular variation that could adapt the Notch signaling machinery to different cellular needs. To carry out this quest, we use the simple model system Caenorhabditis elegans, for which multiple distinct events of Notch signaling have been characterized, and we have in hand all the genetic components of the core Notch signaling machinery. Our most recent results have led us to interrogate the large integral membrane complex gamma secretase, which executes the final activation step in Notch signaling. Although well-accepted as a standard and non-variable step in Notch signal transduction, we are beginning to put together a more dynamic view of this protein complex and its role in Notch signaling across the life of an animal.

Members of the Amherst College community who wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the Biology ADC, Karen Racz, who will send the Zoom link.

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Mastering the Digital Internship Interview — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How do you best prepare for interviews in digital settings? Has an application ever requested that you pre-record a video introduction?

Join us to learn how to effectively prepare for a range of interview formats, answer challenging questions, and present yourself in a professional manner, even if you’re Zooming in from your bedroom.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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Alumni-in-Residence: Making Art to Understand the Past and Define the Future, with Dr. Lisa Biggs ’93

Why does making art matter in times of political and social unrest? In this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence event, Dr. Lisa Biggs ’93 will share how she uses civic engagement, ethnographic research, teaching and creative collaboration to test the boundaries of what is and what could be.

As an actress, playwright, and scholar, Dr. Lisa Biggs ’93 investigates the role of the arts in movements for social justice. She is the author of several original plays that reflect her passion for using theatre and performance studies to unpack history— including the stories of anti-slavery activists, a community confronting the aftershocks of gun violence, and women and girls in the 1967 Detroit uprising.

Dr. Biggs worked for more than a decade as a professional actress. Her stage credits include productions at the Kennedy Center, African Continuum Theatre, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Lookingglass Theatre, Arena Stage, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. From 1999-2001, she was a teaching artist at the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking arts and community-engagement initiative at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

In 2016, she was awarded a Knight Foundation Detroit Arts Challenge grant to develop and present a new stage play about women and girls in the ’67 Detroit rebellion. AFTER/LIFE premiered in Detroit in July 2017 in conjunction with city-wide events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ’67 uprising. She is currently the John Atwater and Diana Nelson Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.

Dr. Biggs originally came to Amherst from Chicago, majored in Theater and Dance, and lived in Drew House. She holds an M.A. in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University's Gallatin School and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect as we discuss how sports and teams can lead to positive cultural change and promote healthy consent practices. Along with the Multicultural Resource Center, we will host an open conversation to build skills around fostering consensual athletic, team, and club culture. We hope you'll join us for the discussion!

The Ball's In Your Court: Discussing Athletics and Consent

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect to discuss fostering consensual athletic, team, and club culture. This event serves as a reflective and skill-building opportunity focusing on how sports and teams can be vehicles for change and ultimately lead to the promotion of sexual respect. All community members are welcome and encouraged to join us, no matter your background in athletics!

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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your documents for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run from through March 29 in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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Finance Speaker Series: Venture Capital vs. Growth Equity: Where is the Investment Line?

Have you ever wanted to explore or learn more about parts of the finance industry? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the daily activities of particular roles in finance? If so, the Loeb Center's Spring 2021 Finance Speaker Series is a great way to hear from alumni in the finance industry about their companies, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work with other parts of the finance ecosystem or businesses.

Join several Amherst alumni, including Chris Pike '92, to hear more about Venture Capital, Growth Equity, and the differences in how and when they invest in start-up companies. Through a candid, panel discussion, you'll learn how to navigate finding opportunities in this part of the private investing world, as well as how these alums learned to source, evaluate, and invest in sometimes unproven firms. You'll also get the inside scoop into what various firms are looking for both in their employees and in their portfolio companies.

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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APA Paris--Study Abroad Zoom Information Session

Live in Paris. Challenge yourself in an all-French learning environment. Incredible cultural events and excursions. On y va! A semester or academic year in Paris is achievable with APA.

Join our Zoom information session to learn about study abroad in the Francophone world. We will discuss the following topics:
- Academics and choice of classes
- Customized language support
- Housing
- Cultural activities

Fun fact: There is an estimated 200 miles of tunnels in the Paris Catacombs.

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CET Jordan--Info Session

Learn about CET Jordan. This session will cover academics, resident life, housing, and the application process. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

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The Broken Heart of America: A Conversation with Walter Johnson ’88

7:00 pm Virtual

President Biddy Martin will moderate a conversation with Walter Johnson ’88, the Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, about lessons from the research for his new book, The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States. This event is part of the President’s Colloquium on Race and Racism, a series that centers the voices of scholars studying intersections of race and American democracy.

This event is supported by the Victor S. Johnson Lecture Fund, established for the president to bring to Amherst lecturers in the best tradition of the liberal arts.

Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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CHI Salon: "Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

This salon features a presentation by five students selected this past fall as Folger Undergraduate Fellows. The Fellows took part in an intensive seminar during January term to work in close collaboration with Folger staff and with a group of postdoctoral researchers to engage in a 360-degree investigation of an 18th-century manuscript recipe book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. Students examined how the book was put together; investigated its users, contributors and sources; and identified seasonal ingredients, preservation methods and ingredients made available through trade routes and institutionalized slavery. They transcribed, edited and adapted recipes, uncovered implicit knowledge and hidden labor encoded in the recipes, and even recreated selected recipes.

Student presenters: Sarah Edelson '23, Hildi Gabel '21, Maddie Hahm '23, Kate Lester '22, and Anna Smith '22.

Folger Shakespeare Library staff: Dr. Heather Wolfe, curator of manuscripts; Dr. Amanda Herbert, associate director of fellowships

The Folger Shakespeare Library is one of the world’s premier research libraries. Its founder, Henry Clay Folger, graduated from Amherst in 1879 and bequeathed the Library to Amherst upon his death in 1930.

Registration Required
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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Information Session

At the University of Chicago, in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery, the Pritzker School of Medicine is dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.

The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of few medical schools to be located physically on its University campus, offering both intellectual and social advantages to students who spend their medical school years within a vibrant, multidisciplinary intellectual community. All divisions of the University and its professional schools are located within steps of the hospital, as are the extensive biological and physical sciences research laboratories, thus providing a rich array of opportunities for medical students.

All class years are welcome to attend this virtual information session to learn more about the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Emily Sharp-Kellar, JD, Director of Admissions, and Sara Roser-Jones, MS, Associate Director of Admissions, will highlight UChicago’s diverse students and small class size, research and community engagement opportunities, and what makes a compelling application from Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith College students.

Please note that **advance registration is required** to receive webinar log in.

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Dan Bernitt: A Performance and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Please join us for award-winning playwright Dan Bernitt’s Phi Alpha Gamma and a conversation with poet and Amherst College professor Shayla Lawson. The play, which Bernitt will be streaming from an immersive home theater space complete with lighting and sound, explores masculinity, homophobia and men’s relationships in a college fraternity.

Using the structure of a Greek tragedy, the performance weaves together the voices of four fraternity brothers as they grapple with the remnants of a hate crime and their own fears. Pioneer Press calls it a “MUST-SEE SHOW ... Bernitt's savvy script offers few easy answers and plenty of twists that toy with the audience's sympathies.”

Registration Required
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Joseph Sebarenzi: "From Bitterness to Forgiveness: A Personal and National Restorative Approach After the Rwandan Genocide"

Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi, former head of the Parliament of Rwanda, has endured tragedy most of us cannot fathom. He lost both his parents, seven siblings and numerous other relatives in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Yet, years later, as a senior government official in a position to exact revenge, he instead pushed for peace and reconciliation. Dr. Sebarenzi tells his dramatic and historic story and imparts a message of forgiveness and restorative justice. His book is entitled God Sleeps in Rwanda.

Registration Required

Thu, Mar 11, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Study with the Semester in Environmental Science Program in Fall 2021!

The Semester in Environmental Science Program - a pre-approved study away program - offers students a unique “hands-on” lab and field based curriculum at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Students learn about the biogeochemistry and dynamics of Global Change in coastal ecosystems and they contrast forest ecosystems with freshwater ponds and estuaries. All students complete a research project. Info session on March 11 at 12pm EST!
Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3ccTNfh
Zoom password: SESatMBL

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Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Caregiver Session

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96523552936?pwd=eG1TQW8wMzJnMTc3azN0dWVLNVNGdz09

Many that attended the first two sessions told us, resoundingly, that you would like to continue to meet. We are excited to build even more valuable and supportive sessions for all that you do. This third gathering will continue to be a space for you to share, vent, listen, breathe, and be in community with other caregivers. We will also be discussing your ideas for what might come next. All are welcome!

Facilitated by Laurie Frankl & Jodi Foley

Please register at this link: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/636649

Registration Required
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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.

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

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Registration Required
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Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series - Loeb Center Session 1 of 5

The Loeb Center is excited to offer this 5-week workshop series for first-years, sophomores, and juniors interested in learning more about consulting. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Traub Careers in Business and Finance (CIBF) program, and Emily Kiernan ‘21, CIBF Consulting Intern.

The workshop series is designed to help students explore consulting, gain insights into the role of consultants, understand the purpose of a consulting firm to its clients, comprehend the responsibilities and roles of consultants, and discover the types of career opportunities available. Some workshops will include alumni speakers who provide their practical insights, experience, and understanding to the discussion.

TOPICS
The 5-week course will cover the following topics:
1. Overview of Consulting: Defining consulting and its role in the economy, an overview of different types of consulting, entry-level roles, and what a career looks like for a consultant.
2. Overview of Management/Strategic Consulting: Discuss the types of problems they solve, review a client example, and discuss roles played in a management consulting firm.
3. Overview of Economic Consulting: Discuss the types of problems solved, types of clients, sample client issues, and roles played by people at the firm.
4. Boutique Consulting: Discuss the types of boutique consulting firms and how they differ from management and economic consulting firms.
5. Preparation for Consulting Recruiting - In the final workshop, students will learn more about the recruiting process for consulting, how to maximize networking, and how to effectively prepare for the case interview. The workshop will also review techniques on how to get comfortable with mental math, how to be comfortable with ambiguity, and introduce upcoming preparation workshops by the Loeb Center and outside vendors.

REGISTRATION
How do I register for the Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held from 7 – 8pm on Thursdays from March 11th to April 8th (March 11,18,25 and April 1 & 8) on Zoom.

*Advanced sign up is required.* If you are interested in learning more about consulting -- and willing to attend all 5 sessions -- please RSVP on Handshake by March 5, 2021. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link prior to the first workshop.

All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu)

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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with New York Times Columnist David Brooks

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Ilan Stavans and David Brooks will discuss whether America’s ideological polarization is unbreachable and how we might find common ground. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry Series and is co-sponsored with the Amherst College Political Union.

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a political commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 2004. His books include The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (2011), The Road to Character (2015) and The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019).

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

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Brenna Werme. Set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

Feedback Coffee and Conversation: Asking for and Receiving Helpful Feedback

Join the Learning & Development team to wrap up your week with a drop-in conversation and reflection of the LinkedIn Learning video, “Receiving Feedback to Learn” (about three minutes total). While this video is part of the March LinkedIn Learning Creativity Challenge, participation in the challenge is not necessary to join the discussion.

Five College Dance Translations Workshop with Bill Shannon

Hosted by Five College Dance with support from UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center, this workshop will be a fully remote experience hosted in Shakia Barron's Intermediate Hip-Hop/House class at UMASS Amherst. There are 24 spots available - first come first serve! This workshop is for experienced dancers and physical performers but you do not have to have current or prior course enrollment with Five College Dance. If your spot is reserved you will receive an email in advance with a Zoom link; if you are not one of the first 24 participants to enroll, you will not receive notification.

All workshop participants will receive limited time and exclusive access to watch CRUTCH, a documentary about Bill Shannon's career, and will be expected to watch in advance of this workshop.

Workshop Description:
In this workshop, Bill Shannon will teach rhythm, holding patterns and body positions invented over his life of dance and play on crutches. Workshop participants will be mentally and physically challenged to improvise ways of recreating his original movement patterns (The Shannon Technique) in real time without their own use of crutches (with the exception of physically disabled dancers who use crutches). This workshop offers able-bodied dancers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of establishing a physical translation process that recreates an existing dance technique that is not based in the assumptions or patterns of an able-body in relation to gravity. Participants will work mentally and creatively in a similar way that disabled dancers have historically worked  and engaged with the physical patterns of able bodied dance forms, by moving in ways that adopt the aesthetic from a different physicality than the one the originating form is based in.

***By signing up for this event, I agree to be photographed for potential use in FCD publicity and social media.***

Bio:
Bill Shannon (1970) is an interdisciplinary artist, inventor and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, drawing, linguistics, sociology, choreography and dance. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellowship in Performance Art, and a United States Artist Fellowship in Dance. He has received three NEA Multidisciplinary Arts Awards and worked as a choreographer on the creative team behind Cirque Du Soleil’s “Varekai.” His interdisciplinary works include a multi-year street performance and line art series titled “Regarding The Fall” and “Notes on Performance” respectively, a video installation series titled “Fragmentation Series” and five group works for dance theater focused on translating "street dance" to the stage. Shannon's most recent work involved putting together a team to design, code and fabricate a Wearable Video Mask. Currently Shannon resides in Pittsburgh, PA, working independently on a range of projects while taking care of his family and growing assorted vegetables. 

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Internship Application Clinic — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How does a compelling internship application come together? Learn how to put your best foot forward with your application materials by targeting your resume, aligning your cover letter and resume, and conducting adequate employer research to embed into your materials in this group advising and working session.

To attend, please register via Handshake by 12:00PM EST the Wednesday prior (48 hours in advance). If you wish to RSVP after the Wednesday deadline, email internships@amherst.edu to confirm available space.

Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program team. To learn more about the Program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Health Policy Internship Program Info Session

Interested in learning about an internship opportunity in health policy? Join Nancy De Lew as she describes the program and answers your questions.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is currently seeking students for a summer intern program. ASPE serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on policy development and is responsible for major activities in the areas of policy coordination, legislative development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis. Students will gain experience in a fast-paced and inclusive team-based work environment, contribute to the production of analytic papers, and be exposed to a wide breadth of health policy.

The Office of Health Policy works on a wide array of topics relating to health insurance coverage, access, financing, spending, quality, and data. Interns will work in collaboration with staff on research projects and will have the opportunity to present their findings to the Office. Because HHS staff are currently working remotely, internships may begin as virtual positions. If staff return to the office, interns may be able to work in person but may continue on a virtual basis. The intern program will likely start in June and run through August. Application deadline is April 1.

Please register in advance to attend. Upon completing the registration via Zoom, you will receive an email with more details.

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Alumni-in-Residence: What in the World is a Product Manager? How to Build Software Without Being a Software Engineer, with Yana Yushkina ‘10

Join Yana Yushkina ’10 for this Alumni-in-Residence presentation, in which she will share her recent experiences as a Product Lead at Google, as well as details about her journey into the world of big tech with a liberal arts background.

Yana took an unorthodox path to her current role. She studied economics and French at Amherst and spent her early career working in economics consulting and data analytics before she transitioned into product management and the technology field at Google.

As a Product Lead for Search at Chrome, she steers the work of two dozen product managers, user experience designers and researchers, and software engineers to make Chrome an effective place to find information on the internet. She also frequently partners cross-company with teams in Search, Ads, Lens, and other divisions.

Yana is an active product person and speaker -- one who is passionate about using data-driven development to make high-quality, easy-to-use products for users around the world. She is excited to share her story and insight with students of all class years and majors who are considering various roles in technology both behind and beyond the keyboard.

This virtual event will include opportunities for question and answer interactions with the presenter.

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

Sat, Mar 13, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Sun, Mar 14, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

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Writing the Pilot: Creating the Series, with Bill Rabkin of TV Writers Studio

In 2011, Bill Rabkin wrote a book that has become a bible for television writers: WRITING THE PILOT. He has now followed that book up with CREATING THE SERIES. Join us for a Webinar with one of the great thinkers about writing television. And a faculty member at the TV Writers Studio.

Bill Rabkin on why he wrote CREATING THE SERIES:

A lot has changed about the television business since 2011. And when I say “a lot,” I mean everything. The way series are bought. The way series are conceived. The way stories are told. The way series are consumed. The kinds of stories that can be told. The limitations on content at every level. The limitations on form at every level. And maybe most important of all: The restriction on who is allowed to sell a series.

What’s far more confusing about the future is that there are as many changes in the business models for “broadcasters” out there, and no one knows which ones will prevail.

And the changes in the delivery model are actually affecting the way our viewers watch our shows – and that in turn is affecting the shows that are being bought and produced.

And the only thing that’s certain is that everything is going to keep changing.
 Well – almost everything. Because the one constant in this new television world is the need for great writing. Strong concepts, rich characters, intriguing plots. And more even than great writing: a voice. There’s a desperate hunger out there for a fresh, original vision, something that can cut through the clutter of all those hundreds of other shows out there.


But in order for that voice to be yours, you’ve got to understand how TV writing has changed – and what it may be changing to. This book is about addressing the changes that have overtaken the TV business – and more importantly, have overtaken TV storytelling. I’m going to be talking about all the changes I listed above, and how they may – how they must – affect your pilot.

We're looking forward to having you join us!

Mon, Mar 15, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

German Table

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 11:45am-1pm EDT, for our zoom German Table gathering, for an hour of fun chatting auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Math/Stat Table

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or Statistics and all are welcome.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email:kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

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Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Virtual

Katherine Nautiyal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, will speak on "The neural and behavioral basis of impulsivity"

I’m interested in how we exert self-control, and reasons why we might fail to be able to control our behavior. Our lab studies one aspect of this by focusing on understanding the neural circuits that underlie impulse control. Impulsive behavior is characterized by acting on a whim or difficulty delaying gratification and is a key component in many every-day behaviors such as making healthy eating choices or saving money. Dysregulated impulsivity plays a major role in a number of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, binge eating, substance use disorders, and behavioral addictions. We use a number of neurobiological and behavioral approaches in mouse models to understand how serotonin modulates the neural circuits that contribute to the regulation of impulsive behavior. Our work uses genetic and viral manipulations of serotonin signaling, careful behavioral assessment, and in vivo one photon calcium imaging. Recent work has focused on the serotonin 1B receptor (5-HT1B), and its role in reducing impulsivity by influencing reward value.

Persons from the Amherst College community who wish to attend should please register with Biology ADC Karen Racz, who will provide the Zoom link to the seminar.

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Finance Speaker Series: Understanding Investment Banking, with Jarrad Zalkin '98

Have you ever wanted to explore or learn more about parts of the finance industry? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the daily activities of particular roles in finance? If so, the Loeb Center's Spring 2021 Finance Speaker Series is a great way to hear from alumni in the finance industry about their companies, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work with other parts of the finance ecosystem or businesses.

Join Jarrad Zalkin '98, Managing Partner of TM Capital, as he walks through the investment banking deal process. He'll use a real-life example to help students learn how investment bankers put together the pitch process and execute a sell-side deal.

Jarrad's presentation will be followed by a young alumni panel of investment bankers. Amherst graduates from 2019 & 2020 (including Morgan Yurosek '20, John Ballard '20, Katherine Mendoza '19, and Greg Krisberg '19) who are currently working at bulge bracket, middle market, and boutique investment banks will join Rob Parker '21 for a candid discussion about what it's like to be an analyst.

Students will gain a strong appreciation for the roles and responsibilities and hear firsthand what life is like as an investment banker. Don't miss out on this opportunity to understand an investment banking transaction and learn from recent alumni in the trenches at investment banks.

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Business Intelligence Advisors (BIA) Information Session

Are you a master of reading between the lines? Do you have a knack for seeing what others are missing?

Business Intelligence Advisors (BIA) provides a unique edge for clients through U.S. intelligence-based methodology to spot possible deception in company disclosures. If you have an interest in business and analytics with the skillset of a private eye, BIA recruiters would love to meet you!

Join company representatives for this information session to learn more about what the firm does, and how you could start your next chapter with BIA.

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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your documents for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run through March 29 in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

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Money, Value, Wealth, and Worth with Chloe B. McKenzie '14 — Session #1 of 2

In this workshop, Chloe B. McKenzie '14 will introduce her conceptualization of money, value, wealth, and worth to participants. Chloe has spent her career refining her understanding of these concepts, understanding that our relationships with money are complicated and textured. As such, when starting a new venture, it is critical for founders to explore how their relationships with money might show up in their development of a business.

Chloe McKenzie’s work stands at the intersection of education, finance, social justice, and the visual and performing arts. She has become a leader in wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth.

Chloe came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her story is one of expensive schools, skipping grades, Wall Street opportunities, bonuses, and benefits. Her story is also a story of childhood abuse, burnout, and illness. As a financial trauma researcher, her companies BlackFem and Equiddie, her Amazon bestselling book, entitled The Activist Investor, and most recently, her research on financial trauma and shame showcase her epiphanies about how to close the wealth gap and build healthier relationships with money.

Chloe holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, as well as a graduate certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a certified teacher with graduate certificates in General Education and Special Education. She also holds certifications in investment advising and financial advising and has been trained in financial therapy.

Chloe’s research about financial trauma, abuse, and shame has been referenced by major academic and financial institutions. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, Chloe has allotted time for Q&A and additional student discussion -- so feel free to come with questions!

This event is co-sponsored by Amherst College's Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, the Women's & Gender Center, and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Strategies for Staying on Track

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

No matter how much or how little money you can save for retirement, it’s important that you start now and stay invested for your future. You can learn how taking smart financial steps today may help lead you to a solid financial future after you’ve stopped working.

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Money, Value, Wealth, and Worth with Chloe B. McKenzie '14 — Session #2 of 2

In this workshop, Chloe B. McKenzie '14 will introduce her conceptualization of money, value, wealth, and worth to participants. Chloe has spent her career refining her understanding of these concepts, understanding that our relationships with money are complicated and textured. As such, when starting a new venture, it is critical for founders to explore how their relationships with money might show up in their development of a business.

Chloe McKenzie’s work stands at the intersection of education, finance, social justice, and the visual and performing arts. She has become a leader in wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits, and resources to build and sustain wealth.

Chloe came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her story is one of expensive schools, skipping grades, Wall Street opportunities, bonuses, and benefits. Her story is also a story of childhood abuse, burnout, and illness. As a financial trauma researcher, her companies BlackFem and Equiddie, her Amazon bestselling book, entitled The Activist Investor, and most recently, her research on financial trauma and shame showcase her epiphanies about how to close the wealth gap and build healthier relationships with money.

Chloe holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, as well as a graduate certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a certified teacher with graduate certificates in General Education and Special Education. She also holds certifications in investment advising and financial advising and has been trained in financial therapy.

Chloe’s research about financial trauma, abuse, and shame has been referenced by major academic and financial institutions. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, Chloe has allotted time for Q&A and additional student discussion -- so feel free to come with questions!

This event is co-sponsored by Amherst College's Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, the Women's & Gender Center, and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

CET Latin America--Info Session

Learn about CET Colombia and Brazil. This session will cover academics, resident life, housing, and the application process. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to CET Brazil and the second 30 minutes will be dedicated to CET Colombia. Please join at your convenience. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well. *Not all options in this region are pre-approved; check the Travel Registry to see if you need to petition. 

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"The Politics of Pandemic Othering: Putting COVID-19 in Global and Historical Context"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.u

The Department of Political Science and Department of Economics at Amherst College, along with additional funding from the Eastman Fund and the Lamont Fund, present "The Politics of Pandemic Othering: Putting COVID-19 in Global and Historical Context."

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsce6orTojGNGfk4cM5mQ5...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This event is free and open to the public.

Talk abstract:
The COVID-19 pandemic has either reminded or introduced publics to how pandemics can affect marginalized populations through blame and othering. In this lecture, we draw on our recent article published in International Organization in which we study the history and global scope of pandemic othering and blame. We argue that in a global politics characterized by racialized inequality, pandemics such as COVID-19 exacerbate the marginalization of already oppressed groups. We draw on lessons from smallpox outbreaks, the third bubonic plague, the 1918 influenza pandemic and more recent pandemics, such as HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola, to historicize pandemic othering and blame. We also compile reports to document the discrimination and violence targeting marginalized groups early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The article and our lecture lay bare the continuation of a long history of othering and blame during disease outbreaks and identify needs for further inquiry.

Speakers:

Kim Yi Dionne
Dionne is an associate professor of political science at UC Riverside and was formerly a Five Colleges assistant professor of African politics (2013-2018). She studies health interventions, identity, public opinion, political behavior and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries. She is a contributing editor to The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. She also founded and co-hosts Ufahamu Africa, a weekly podcast about life and politics on the continent. She is the author of Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Fulya Felicity Turkmen
Turkmen is a Ph.D. student at UC Riverside, where she is focusing her training in comparative politics and international relations. Her research examines international migration, citizenship, ethics of immigration and forced migration. She also works as a research and production assistant for Ufahamu Africa, a podcast about life and politics on the continent.

Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Finding One's Way by Working to Improve Schools, with Dr. Kent Peterson '69

Join us to hear about the pathways and crossroads Dr. Kent Peterson '69 has traveled throughout his professional life as a public school teacher, researcher, author, and education leader.

In this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence session, we will discuss how Dr. Peterson's liberal arts foundation fostered his own career choices guided by his personal values and commitment to universal access to quality, caring, supportive schools. Students of all class years who are interested in careers in education leadership, teaching, and/or education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

Dr. Peterson is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and founder of the Principals Leadership Institute. He currently works with urban, rural, and suburban leadership academies that serve new, aspiring, and experienced school principals in the U.S. and around the world.

There will be plenty of time for student questions.

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

How to Help the Pandemic Generation Thrive

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by Care.com.

How can we best support our children during this time? Dr. Borba explains why empathy and resilience are key and offers practical, evidence-based, and proven ways to reach kids and help them overcome adversity, be more resilient, and learn skills they will need both now – and in the future – to thrive.

Dr. Michele Borba is an educational psychologist, best-selling author, and TODAY show contributor who has spoken to over one million participants around the world and to countless media about child development issues. She blends 40 years of teaching and consulting experience with latest science to offer sound, realistic advice to parents, teachers, and child advocates about helping children thrive. Dr. Borba has just released her new book, THRIVERS: The Surprise Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

Work-life Harmony

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

Our lives are busy, and different responsibilities can pull us in many directions. In this session, learn how to flow with responsibilities to find the harmony and happiness in your life.

Please register using the instructions on the link below.

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Intro to Networking, Pt 2: Informational Interviewing — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

An informational interview is a conversation with a professional in an industry, field, company, or position that interests you and that you would like to learn more about. It’s a valuable opportunity to conduct personalized research with someone whose experience and perspective you think you can learn from.

In this workshop, students will learn how to respectfully reach out to people you’d like to speak with, prepare for the conversation, maintain the relationship, activate your Amherst community through the Alumni Directory, and more.

While this workshop builds off of Part 1 from Fall 2020, anyone may attend regardless of participation last semester.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Retiring in the "New Normal"

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings many of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, we’ll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a guaranteed income stream to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

Work-life Harmony

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

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

Our lives are busy, and different responsibilities can pull us in many directions. In this session, learn how to flow with responsibilities to find the harmony and happiness in your life.

Please register using the instructions on the link below.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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CHI Salon: “Hidden Drives: The Scene and Unseen of Home”

A panel discussion with CHI Fellows Stephen Dillon, Lili Kim, Samantha Presnal, Ashlie Sandoval, and Ashley Smith discussing the culminating project for their research fellowship at the college. The CHI Fellows have come together under the guidance of the Mead Art Museum’s Dwight and Kristen Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs and CHI Advisory Board member, Emily Potter-Ndiaye, to curate Hidden Drives, a virtual exhibit that examines how our perceptions, experiences, and routines of home are affected by forces invisible to some while intensely felt by others.

Registration Required

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

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Sleep Week

All day Virtual

It may look different this year--but we hope that sleep week helps you improve your sleep and gain all the benefits of good sleep. Health Education and the Student Health Educators are partnering on sleep week! Check out our signs around campus for the QR code links to some great information on trauma and sleep, aps that will help you improve your sleep, how to nap better and substances and sleep. Click on the QR code on sign number 8 to enter our raffle to win some great prizes that will help you sleep better including essential oils, weighted blankets and outdoor exercise care packages. Show up to the (online) event where if you SNOOZE you DON’T LOSE! Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for great sleep information for the next 7 days (and throughout the semester).
Brought to you by the Student Health Educators and the Department of Health Education Centering Student Wellbeing.
Only students are eligible to win prizes!

Racism & Antiracism 1.0: Learning & Unlearning Race & Racism

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

Race and racism are not new. Yet many of us are now recognizing the importance of and developing the tools to think and talk about race in our lives at home and at work.

The goal of this introductory workshop, intended for faculty and staff, is to understand what race and racism are and why they matter. Participants will focus on increasing their knowledge about race and racism, from reviewing the historical construction of racial identity in the U.S., to understanding key terms and common misunderstandings around race, such as anti-Blackness, belonging, and color-blindness.

Upon participating in this workshop, participants will:
- Know how to define and describe race and racism
- Understand some of the ways race and racism show up in education
- Be able to articulate why race and racism matter within their spheres of influence

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

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Understanding Medicare

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Paying for healthcare in retirement is a critical part of financial planning and it is important to understand how Medicare operates and what choices you have. This webinar will help you understand some aspects of Medicare including eligibility and what plans are available to you. We hope that you will join us for this educational event.

Home-buying 101: A Financial Primer for First-time Home Buyers

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Buying your first home is a big deal and comes with lots of new experiences -- and expenses -- along the way. Get expert insights on the key steps and considerations for your home buying journey, including the three phases: preparing to search, finding your home, and getting to closing. During this webinar, our banking professionals will share actionable information about: understanding credit, knowing what you can afford, down payment options, finding your home, and getting to closing.

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Leadership Alliance SR-EIP Information Session

The Leadership Alliance (LA) Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is a fully paid 8-10 week summer research internship at one of 30+ member institutions designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduates to pursue competitive PhD or MD-PhD programs. Through the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP students may apply to multiple summer research programs in a single application. Research areas range from Applied Mathematics and the Life Sciences to the Social Sciences and Humanities. Join Samantha Andersen, the Leadership Alliance Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, over zoom for an information session about the SR-EIP.
This event is hosted through the Office of Academic Engagement & Student Success [AESS].

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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.

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

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Creative Resilience Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy

The Mead is partnering with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, Multicultural Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center to present a Creative Resilience Workshop Series led by contemporary artists Chelvanaya Gabriel and Mars.

Self-care can be hard to prioritize, but it is also a form of essential labor that helps you center yourself in your daily life and work. Join us for a series of workshops led by local artists Mars and Chelvanaya Gabriel designed to teach creative resilience as a model for self-care. These workshops are designed to center BIPOC experiences of labor and self-care.

Workshop #1 Essential Work: An Embodied Awareness of White Supremacy
What is essential work? Essential work is self-care. For many, self-care is a luxury. In this workshop, we learn that it is a NECESSITY in abolishing white supremacy. We will co-create space for your inner voice and bring revelations to how that reflects in the outward reality of white supremacy and racism. It’s time to eradicate racism at the source. Naya and Mars guide you in creating a relationship with your voice and its true power.

This program is limited to 15 participants, but open to everyone. Registration is required.
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/.../tJYlcuqhqz8uGNNbcdK...

Stay tuned for more information about the second workshop in this series!

Registration Required

"Interest Groups and the Battle Over Climate Change in the United States"

Dr. Leah Stokes is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her book Short Circuiting Policy won the 2020 Best Energy Book award from the American Energy Society, and examines the role utilities have played in promoting climate denial and rolling back clean energy laws. Professor Stokes also contributed to the anthology All We Can Save, a collection of essays written by influential women in the climate space, and is a co-host of the podcast A Matter of Degrees.

Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/8195827095

This event is supported by the Lamont Lecture Fund. Please direct inquiries to Professor Ashwin Ravikumar (aravikumar@amherst.edu).

"Math Colloquium: The Mystery of Colliding Blocks," Dan Velleman, Amherst Professor Emeritus

"I will solve a simple physics problem with a very surprising answer." - Dan Velleman

There will be a pre-talk chitchat starting at 5:20 p.m.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. If you are not on the MathStat listserv and would like the link, please email kglista@amherst.edu.

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Dr. Cornel West: "Leadership, Accountability and Change at Colleges and Beyond"

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites you to join Dr. Cornel West and Amherst College Professor Mary Hicks for a conversation. They will discuss student leadership, institutional accountability and how to make change in the contemporary world. This event is co-sponsored by Amherst’s Black studies, American studies and political science departments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration Required
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Politics and Poetry: A Conversation with Poet Jericho Brown

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Ilan Stavans and Jericho Brown will discuss how we become accustomed to terror and how terror is perceived by different groups. 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.

Jericho Brown is the author of three collections of poetry: Please (2008), which won the 2009 American Book Award; The New Testament (2014), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; and The Tradition (2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

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

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Brenna Werme. Set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

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The English Department Presents Lectures in Black Literature and Culture

Join us for the third presentation. Candice Jenkins, professor of English and African American studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a talk entitled "Towards a Theory of Speculative Pessimism."

Advance registration is required to access Zoom link. Please register here: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Klsuz7UQRZyz875Z7Mj1Og

Registration Required
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Mammoth Meet-Up

Celebrate a break from classes and get back into the Spring of things with a Zoom-free event that features local food vendors, live music and a gift to celebrate Amherst College's Bicentennial.

The Mammoth Meet-Up menu includes pulled pork sliders, jackfruit sliders, BBQ baked beans, corned beef sandwiches, Irish potato stew, Irish soda bread, dark chocolate chip cookies and cake batter cookies. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

Live music will be performed by local Fever-pop duo Home Body, which ignores convention with their vivid blend of electronic, new wave, and experimental pop music, performed from the gut with wild abandon and art-school-cool theatricality.

To ensure physical distancing and comply with local and state guidelines, activities will be limited to on-campus students (no faculty or staff) who have been assigned a 30-minute block of time to participate in the event based on their residence hall. Assignments for Mammoth Meet-Up are as follows:

GROUP A: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appleton, Charles Drew, Charles Pratt, Cohan and Ford
GROUP B: 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Garman, Greenway B, Greenway C and Hitchcock
GROUP C: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. James, King, Lipton, Mayo-Smith and Newport
GROUP D: 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Moore, Morris-Pratt and North
GROUP E: 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Morrow, Nicholls Biondi, Porter, Seelye, Seligman and Williston
GROUP F: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. South, Stearns, Valentine and Wieland

Additional details on Mammoth Meet-Up, as well as an opportunity for remote students to receive a Bicentennial-themed surprise, are available on the website below.

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AWIS x Jackson Lab WiSE: STEM Career Panel

Interested in biomedical genomics research? Seeking STEM career advice?

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is hosting a career panel with the Jackson Laboratory’s Women in Science and Technology (WiSE) group! Organizers will begin with a prepared Q&A, followed by a casual conversation session, during which students will have the opportunity to converse and ask for advice from six panelists who work for this cutting-edge, nonprofit biomedical research institution.

All class years are welcome to attend.

Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Mingle at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to pick up an art-care package ft. a paint-by-number kit from a painting in the Mead's Collection, postcards, coloring sheets and more! The museum will be open for exploring and to-go refreshments will be served.

To comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we ask that folx pre-register as a common courtesy; all that is required is your name and Amherst email. Additionally, those that pre-register, reserve an art-care kit.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/sjMisEvJuMQDbMvB8

Registration Required

Redefining Health Series - Don’t Tell Me to Lose Weight: Navigating and Challenging Medical Fatphobia

3:00 pm Virtual

The Department of Health Education and the SHEs present another workshop in the Redefining Health Series hosted 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 a 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. Register at https://forms.gle/2mfhwdLQocyjJZnM6

Registration Required

LiNK: Care Packages For Yourself

It's time to practice some self-care and yummy snacks! LiNK is hosting a Make Your Own Care Package event to fundraise for North Korean refugees! We will have hi chew, lychee jelly cups, matcha kitkat, cup ramen, and so many more goodies. Recommended donation per package is $5-10, and all proceeds go towards the North Korean refugee crisis (aiding with escape funds as well as resettlement of refugees).
Please sign up for your 20-minute slot here -- items are first come first served!
Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NAUf2PXPv6Ri0DiDaxclMeBX6A4-ytaP....
Hope to see you soon, and please send any questions to msong22@amherst.edu or khur22@amherst.edu!

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Sun, Mar 21, 2021

Mon, Mar 22, 2021

Bodies Week with the SHEs

Join the Student Health Educators for a variety of programming for Bodies Week 2021!

Events include:
- Embodied: A conversation about body politics at Amherst, hosted by the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. (Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The Menstruation Situation: a program on menstrual inequity, sustainability, and alternative menstrual products. (Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The EveryBody Project - a small closed program/group for all genders and identities, where participants get to personally examine their relationship to their body, body image and societal beauty standards. Hosted by Wenzhen Zhu in the Counseling Center & myself. Advanced registration is required. (Friday, March 26 & Friday, April 2, 3-5 p.m. EST)
- Examining Our Eating Habits: a discussion of eating disorders and disordered eating. Co-hosted by the SHEs, Alyssa Pawloski from Health Services, and Wenzhen Zhu from the Counseling Center. (Monday, March 29, at 5 p.m. EST)
- Closing Keynote: Disability Justice 101. Co-sponsored with the Office of Accessibility Services. Join two disability activists and educators, speakers Davey Shlasko & Yusef Bornacelli for an introductory program on Disability Justice as a framework and practice. (Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. EST)

AND:
- A Bodies Week Resource Table in Keefe Campus Center from March 23-26 with relevant materials for the taking!
- Bodies Week digital content on Instagram at @ac_she

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

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A GRE Strategy Session with Princeton Review

Presented by a member of the Princeton Review professional staff, this introductory strategy session provides an overview of the content & format of the test, and previews the strategies taught in Princeton Review's courses. They will break down each section with practice questions and tips, and also dig into the test day experience and provide a sneak peek of the resources and computer tools available on the day of.

This will be a VIRTUAL program using a Princeton Review meeting link that will be shared directly with those that register via PR's external registration link: https://secure.princetonreview.com/event?PSOId=478738

This event will include an oral and visual presentation, followed by Question and Answer time with event presenters. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than 5 business days prior to the event in order to allow for implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Princeton Review's meeting software. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

Global time reference:
Location Local Time Time Zone UTC Offset
Holyoke (USA - Massachusetts) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:30:00 am EDT UTC-4 hours
Berlin (Germany - Berlin) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 4:30:00 pm CET UTC+1 hour
Mumbai (India - Maharashtra) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:00:00 pm IST UTC+5:30 hours
Beijing (China - Beijing Municipality) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:30:00 pm CST UTC+8 hours
Los Angeles (USA - California) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 8:30:00 am PDT UTC-7 hours
Corresponding UTC (GMT) Monday, March 22, 2021 at 15:30:00

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

German Table

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 11:45am-1pm EDT, for our zoom German Table gathering, for an hour of fun chatting auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Math/Stat Table

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or Statistics and all are welcome.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email:kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Finance Speaker Series: Understanding the IPO Process and How It Interacts with Sales & Trading, with Mike Cippoletti '94

Have you ever wanted to explore or learn more about parts of the finance industry? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the daily activities of particular roles in finance? If so, the Loeb Center's Spring 2021 Finance Speaker Series is a great way to hear from alumni in the finance industry about their companies, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work with other parts of the finance ecosystem or businesses.

Join Mike Cippoletti '94, Managing Partner of BMO Capital Markets, as he walks through the Initial Public Offering process, the rise of SPACs, and how Equity Capital markets groups interact with sales traders and trading counterparts.

Mike's presentation will be followed by a young alumni panel. Amherst graduates from 2019 & 2020 (including Mayowa Tinubu '20, Dani DiTomasso '20, Eddie Shen '20, and Juan Guaracao '19) who are currently working as sales traders and traders at bulge bracket firms will have a candid conversation with Rob Parker '21 about what it's like to be an analyst.

Students will gain a strong understanding of the equity issuance market and how capital markets interact with sales traders and traders while learning what the day in the life is like on the trade floor.

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"Creating a Restorative College Campus: Practical Considerations for Reducing Harm and Building a Greater Sense of Trust, Belonging and Community Building"

How can restorative practices on college campuses teach the rest of us about how to live in community?

Dr. David Karp will talk about the restorative justice movement and the role of RJ on college campuses. By teaching and practicing RJ with students, modeling how to be a restorative community, and contributing to RJ theory and empirical research at higher education institutions, restorative campuses can be engines of innovation and social change for our larger society. Dr. Karp is the author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities.

Registration Required
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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your documents for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run through March 29 in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

The National Association for Black Engagement with Asia Panel Discussion

The National Association for Black Engagement with Asia (NABEA) will host a panel discussion highlighting the experience of Black professionals with experience studying abroad in Asia.

This event is free and open to all and is hosted by The National Association for Black Engagement with Asia (NABEA) and supported by Spill Stories.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Social Security for Married Couples

The Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.

Syracuse University Info Session

Join Information Relations Specialist Ari Sahinovic for an informative info session.
Syracuse Abroad consistently ranks among the highest-quality international study programs in the country and has been ranked #7 in Study Abroad on US News & World Report. Students who choose Syracuse Abroad’s programs prepare for the world in the world with invaluable internships, Signature Seminars, language study at all levels, homestays, field research, and community engagement projects.

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Professor Luis A. Orozco, University of Maryland and Joint Quantum Institute: "Optical Nanofibers: Some Experiments in Optomechanics"

Optical nanofibers are produced by gradually reducing an ordinary single-mode optical fiber to half-micron diameters, less than the typical wavelength we use at 780 nm. We have studied the optomechanical coupling between the angular momentum produced by polarized light and the torsional mode one of those nanofibers. We have observed significant changes, decrease and increase, in the thermal noise of the fundamental torsional mode depending on the angle of polarization with respect to the apparent birefringence axes of the nanofiber. We measure the thermal noise reductions with the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of amplitude fluctuations and show cooling by more than a factor of five from room temperature. This cooling happens to all the torsional modes and is free of any optical cavity, opening new avenues to optomechanical investigations.

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How are Amherst Students and Faculty Experiencing Restorative Practices in their Classrooms: A Fishbowl

Join us for an afternoon fishbowl activity. A fishbowl is when a small group sits within a larger circle, while the outer circle observes those talking and sharing within the inner circle. Inside the fishbowl will be faculty and students passing a talking piece and answering questions about their experiences with and learnings from using restorative practices within an academic context. If you are curious about how to use “RP” in the classroom, join us!

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...

Sign up for Thursday:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

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Anatomy of a Deal: Aeris Partners Case Study Review

Aeris Partners is delighted to host "Anatomy of a Deal: Case Study Review". This presentation will inform those interested in investment banking what it's really like to be an analyst on a deal team. Using real-life examples, students will learn how deals are structured and what a transaction looks like from start to finish.

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Intro to Gardening with Book & Plow Farmers

Thinking about starting or expanding your garden this year, but not sure where to start? Join Book & Plow Farmers for some gardening tips. We will walk through some of the ways to grow your own food and flowers at home (including double dig, tarping, building garden boxes, soil tests, seed selection and crop care).

We will have a raffle for participants at the end-- a chance to win a B&P hat or tote bag.

This event is open to all! RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

Sign up via the link below.

Gardening 101 Workshop

An introduction to growing your own flowers and vegetables open to staff, faculty and students. Join Book & Plow farmers for a zoom gathering where we share gardening tips. We'll cover building garden boxes, soil tests, seed selection, crop selection, and much more. There will be a raffle for a Book & Plow hat or tote bag at the end of the workshop.

College Year in Athens--Info Session

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

Students Only

Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

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Politics and Poetry: Film Screening of "JFK: The Last Speech"

7:00 pm Virtual

This film screening of JFK: The Last Speech is part of Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, hosted by Ilan Stavans. The virtual series examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

JFK The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans—President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost—which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst College classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of challenges facing America.

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.

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Embodied: A Conversation about Body Politics at Amherst College

Join the PAs for a conversation about body politics.
Body politics can be defined broadly as the practices and systems through which society and cultures regulate the human body. conceptualization of body politics rests on the work of Black, LatinX, Indigenous, and Queer women and people, including Audre Lorde, Benedita da Silva, Dr. Connie Pinkerton-Uri, and countless more changemakers. Bodies frequently become the battleground for debates over Reproductive Justice, Disability justice, Racial justice, Gender Justice, and Queer Justice.

Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Shaping your Workplace Culture

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

An organization’s culture is a key factor in its success. In this session, learn how to build, maintain, and change your workplace culture. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Please register using the instructions on the link below.

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Mastering the Digital Internship Interview — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How do you best prepare for interviews in digital settings? Has an application ever requested that you pre-record a video introduction?

Join us to learn how to effectively prepare for a range of interview formats, answer challenging questions, and present yourself in a professional manner, even if you’re Zooming in from your bedroom.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Estate Planning Basics

The Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the components of a basic estate plan and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met.

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RCT Directors Dialogue with Eboni and Lupita

So we were missing those random conversations that often happen in the Center and the places they would lead us... So why don't we try to do them, but virtually? Join us for a weekly chat between our new colleagues and/or special guests covering a broad range of community generated topics and questions.

This week, tune in and meet the new CDSL Director, Lupita Mendez, on Instagram Live via the MRC and CDSL IG accounts. Feel free to comment and/or ask us questions directly.

Finding Wellbeing Through Intentional Movement and Affirmations

The Learning & Development Team invite you to focus on your wellbeing with Kinga McCraven.

This workshop is focused on growing a closer and more loving relationship with your body by identifying pathways to listen to what your body is telling you and responding with intention and tenderness. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how they can experience a deeper appreciation and awareness of their bodies using a combination of yoga, dance, meditation and affirmations.

Shaping your Workplace Culture

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

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

An organization’s culture is a key factor in its success. In this session, learn how to build, maintain, and change your workplace culture. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Please register using the instructions on the link below.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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CHI Salon: "A Symbiotic Future for Machine Learning and the Humanities"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Computational methods can help the humanities by making massive cultural heritage collections more explorable and analyzable. Machine learning and statistical methods provide an opportunity to view collections from alien, defamiliarized perspectives that can call into question the boundaries between established categories. But the converse is also true: the humanities have much to offer machine learning. The use of computational methods within humanities scholarship often tests and expands the affordances of these methods. The complexities and idiosyncrasies of humanities collections can improve our understanding of what models learn and how we might direct what they learn.

In this talk, Laure Thompson will discuss how machine learning and the humanities help each other. She will demonstrate how convolutional neural networks can be used as an exploratory tool to ask "What is Dada?" Then, she will show how science-fiction novels highlight the way topic models tend to learn author- and series-oriented discourses, and how they have inspired a method for directing these models toward more cross-cutting themes. Finally, Thompson will briefly describe how these two lines of work are being combined to enable the study of magical gems, an art-historic category of engraved gemstones from the Greco-Roman world.

Laure Thompson is an assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. This talk will be introduced and facilitated by Lee Spector, visiting professor of computer science at Amherst College.

Co-sponsored and funded by the Artificial Intelligence in the Liberal Arts Initiative

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Finance Speaker Series: Understanding Private Equity, with Chris Pike '92

Have you ever wanted to explore or learn more about parts of the finance industry? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the daily activities of particular roles in finance? If so, the Loeb Center's Spring 2021 Finance Speaker Series is a great way to hear from alumni in the finance industry about their companies, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work with other parts of the finance ecosystem or businesses.

Join Chris Pike '92, Managing Partner of Advent International, for a candid discussion of the private equity industry. Chris will be discussing how private equity firms work with investment bankers, consultants, and their portfolio companies to find investments and then assist the portfolio companies to achieve strategic initiatives. Chris will also discuss how to get into private equity and how he thinks about investing in companies.

Join CET for an Info Session!

The session will offer an overview of the following programs with time for questions at the end: 

Amherst-Approved Programs: CET Prague (Economics, History, Political Science, Jewish Studies), CET Film Production in Prague, CET Jordan (Arabic), CET Taiwan (Chinese)

Programs available for petition: CET Colombia (Race, Identity, Ethnicity), CET Brazil (Social Justice), CET Japan (Japanese), CET Florence

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"Where Do We Go From Here?": A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

7:00 pm Virtual

Kimberlyn Leary ’82, Amherst College trustee and senior vice president at the Urban Institute, will moderate a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. This conversation is part of the President’s Colloquium on Race and Racism, a series that centers the voices of scholars studying intersections of race and American democracy. This event is restricted to members of the Amherst College community, and registration is required.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, published in 2019 by the University of North Carolina Press, longlisted for a National Book Award for nonfiction and a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer in History. Taylor’s book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018. Taylor is a scholar of racial inequality in public policy making and the various ways that Black communities have challenged or resisted these constraints. She writes extensively on race and politics, Black social movements and organizing, and radical activism and politics. Taylor is currently working on a project, tentatively titled, Morning in America or Black America’s Nightmare: Reaganism, Racism, and the Long Decade of the Nineteen Eighties, which will explore the persistence of racial inequality into the 1980s during the successive presidential terms of Ronald Reagan, despite claims of colorblind governance. Taylor is among the inaugural cohort of Freedom Scholars funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians by the Organization of American Historians and is a contributing writer and columnist for The New Yorker.

Kimberlyn Leary ’82 was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is the Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute. She is also an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Lecturer in Public Health. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, she served as an adviser to President Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls, developing the Advancing Equity initiative focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color. She also served as an advisor to the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Health Division’s public health branch and a senior policy advisor to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Registration Required

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

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Centerview Partners Information Session

Please join Centerview Partners for an information session. We encourage anyone with an interest in business, strategy and/or finance to attend.

Centerview Partners is a leading global investment banking advisory firm with offices in New York, London, Paris, Palo Alto and San Francisco, and senior teams in Chicago and Los Angeles. Our firm is unique in that we take a “One Firm” approach to deliver unmatched and independent advice to all of our clients. We provide advice on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, valuation, and capital structure to companies, institutions and governments. We also have a focus on strategic advisory, where we work with our clients in areas not traditionally covered by investment banking advisory services in areas where we act as a partner in discussing strategic, financial and operational issues.

Since our founding in 2006, our advisory business has advised on over $3 trillion worth of transactions. Our clients include over 20% of the 50 largest companies in the world by market capitalization, and we have been involved in many of the largest and most complex corporate situations and transactions.

To learn more, visit us online at http://www.centerviewpartners.com/

POC Colleague Resource Group Meeting 3/25/21

POC Colleague Resource Group Meeting

We are excited to have our next meeting this Thursday! The POC Colleague Resource Group is an affirming space that centers people of color. This space is an opportunity for folks to come together and connect, share their experiences, as well as create community.

Staff and faculty are welcome!

Please join us via Zoom (https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/91317365170)

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Alignable - Coding & Work Life at Alignable, and How to Transition into Software Engineering

Join Pat White, Software Engineer at Alignable, for a presentation on how students can transition into Software Engineering, even from a non-engineering background. Pat has experienced first hand how to do this and will share his career path that started with joining the Peace Corps and then deciding to move into a career in Software Engineering.

Topics will include:
- demystifying coding and things you don't get in classes
- working at Alignable
- women in the workplace and what type of mentoring/support is available
- examples of project work

The session will be interactive and include a Q&A.

Headquartered in Boston, Alignable is the online network where small business owners across North America drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice. Members use Alignable to get the industry answers they need, connect within their local business community or across the country, and increase buzz for their business.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

DIS Scandinavia--Info Session and Panel

We welcome you to an information session to learn more about studying abroad with DIS! The first half hour will be an information presentation and the second half will be a panel with a faculty member, current student, and alumni.

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Feedback Isn’t Just About Performance: Using I Like, I Wish, I Wonder to Create Better Post-program Assessments

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm Live Webinar

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

Too often, at the end of a program or initiative, we conduct assessments that ultimately do not lead to positive change, do not give us useful information or we simply do not assess at all. This workshop will introduce the I Like, I Wish, I Wonder framework as a method for post-program assessment which leads to helpful and applicable feedback. We will process why this framework is different from a simple “what worked?” and “what did not work” binary, how to apply the framework to a current program, and how to interpret the data you receive.

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M@A: Juilliard String Quartet Preconcert Talk with Professor David Schneider

You are invited to join Professor David Schneider and Wisteria String Quartet members Sarah Briggs, Kaila Graef, Greg Diehl and Wayne Smith as they introduce parts of upcoming Music at Amherst Juilliard String Quartet program to Professor Schneider's class: Music 101: "Listening Through History." This event will be livestreamed on the Music Department Event Livestream page and is free and open to the public.

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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.

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.

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Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: How My Liberal Arts Education Created a Career Journey of Exploration and Adaptability, with Alexandra Morgan-Welch '14

Alexandra Morgan-Welch ’14 embodies the Amherst motto “Terras Irradient.” Her love of media began as a child, but Amherst emboldened her exploration of inter-disciplinary ideas and inspired her to blaze her own trail.

Alexandra has not always known what she wanted to do next, but always felt anchored by a long-term career vision. She feels comfortable learning in each moment rather than following a pre-determined path and embraces the notion that career goals are an outline rather than a manuscript. She has leaned into the adaptability and resilience she learned as a student on campus, balancing three majors (Mathematics, Film & Media Studies, and Music) and multiple campus activities.

Upon graduating, Alexandra joined Credit Suisse in their business operations rotational program. She left as a Senior Analyst to go to Columbia Business School, where she received her M.B.A. in Media, Technology and Strategy in 2019. At Columbia, she served as the Co-President of the Media Management Association and the Vice President of Communications for the Black Business Students Association.

While in business school, Alexandra interned at Comcast NBCUniversal in a number of strategy roles across their Corporate, Advertising Sales and Television divisions. Upon graduating from Columbia, she joined Comcast NBCUniversal’s Rotational Leadership Program and has spent time as a Strategy Director as part of Comcast Cable, Peacock, and most recently in Corporate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Alexandra’s path may seem prescribed in some of her choices, such as pursuing finance after college or earning an MBA. However, each step in her career journey has had a central purpose of skill building and exploration. She's constantly strived to step outside her comfort zone and learn new things. She believes in the liberal arts practice of humanistic inquiry and applies it to every step in her process.

Join Alexandra in this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence session for a candid conversation about her time on campus, her openness to new opportunities, and the comfort she’s found at creating her own path by combining intellectual curiosity, passion, energy, adaptability, and perseverance. Alexandra is excited to share her experiences, what shapes her thought process on when to make a change, and how she sees the role her Amherst education plays in her career exploration.

To learn more about the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

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Hawkins Lecture: Naomi Oreskes, "Diversity Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do; Diversity Helps Us Get the Right Answers"

Lecture by Dr. Naomi Oreskes, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and the author of Why Trust Science?

Science has lagged behind other professions in working to purposefully create opportunities to expand diversity in its workforce. Critics of such efforts have framed diversity as antithetical to the pursuit of excellence in scientific inquiry, but this framing has the problem backwards. In this talk, I argue that we cannot have scientific excellence without diversity.

Registration Required
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March Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series

Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene. The 2021 series will be a virtual event, to ensure the health and safety of participants.

The March featured poets are Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Amy Dryansky and W. Todd Kaneko!

Registration Required
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Elissa Washuta: A Reading and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Please join us. Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode, and her book, White Magic, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in April. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, a Creative Capital awardee and an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio State University.

“Elissa Washuta is exactly the writer we need right now: as funny as she is formidable a thinker, as thoughtful as she is inventive—her scrutiny is a fearless tool, every subject whittled to its truest form. White Magic is a bracingly original work that enthralled me in a hypnosis on the other side of which I was changed for the better, more likely to trust my own strange intelligence.” —Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood.

Registration Required
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Dr. Lori Patton Davis on Race, Colleges and Student Leadership

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to present Dr. Lori Patton Davis, an eminent scholar on race and racism in higher education, campus diversity initiatives, Black students-- particularly girls and women in educational and social contexts --and college student development. Dr. Davis will give a 45-minute keynote speech on race, racism and student leadership in higher education, with 15 minutes for questions and answers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration Required

The Menstruation Situation: a workshop brought to you by the SHEs for Bodies Week 2021

Join the SHEs for The Menstruation Situation: a Bodies Week workshop on menstruation inequity, menstrual products, and environmental sustainability! The workshop centers around people who menstruate, but is open to anybody with any body. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for alternative menstrual supplies!

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Politics and Poetry: Historian Fredrik Logevall and Biographer Jay Parini

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Ilan Stavans, Fredrik Logevall and Jay Parini will discuss how politicians and poets approach truth. 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.

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard. He is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century (2020). His book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (2012) won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize, as well as the American Library in Paris Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jay Parini, award-winning poet, novelist, biographer, screenwriter and critic, is the D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury. His books include The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year (1990), Benjamin's Crossing (1996), Jesus: The Human face of God (2013) and Borges and Me: An Encounter (2020). He has written biographies of Robert Frost, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal.

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

Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Brenna Werme. Set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

Coffee and Conversation: Goal Setting Built on Feedback

Join the Learning & Development team to wrap up your week with a drop-in conversation and reflection of the LinkedIn Learning videos,” Learning & Development SMART Goal Setting” and “Create a Growth Mindset with Feedback.” While these videos are part of the March LinkedIn Learning Creativity Challenge, participation in the Challenge is not necessary to join the discussion.

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Diverse Diplomacy: Women and Careers at the U.S. State Department

Interested in learning more about career paths in U.S. government? The U.S. State Department's Diplomat in Residence for New England, William B. Gannon, invites Amherst students to attend this webinar to hear from a distinguished panel of women of color, excited to share their experiences and advice with interested undergraduates:

--Michele J. Sison, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Career Ambassador
--Melissa Ledesma-Leese, Deputy Advisor for Diversity & Inclusion, Bureau of Global Talent Management
--Anood Taqui, U.S. Mission to European Union Brussels
--Grace Yoo, Staff Aide to the Charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy Berlin

The panel will be moderated by Ambassador Mark C. Storella, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy, and the multi-school webinar is being co-hosted by Brandeis University, Brown University, Harvard University, Wellesley College and Yale University.

Please register in advance via Zoom. All majors and class years welcome!

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"Caribbean... in Digital Space and Time"

The English department invites you to the final talk in our series "Lectures in Black Literature and Culture." Kelly Josephs, professor of English and digital humanities, York College, CUNY and the CUNY Graduate School, will give a talk entitled "Caribbean... in Digital Space and Time."

Register in advance for this lecture:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_prWBGa-9TLSTh0i6_DOIKw

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EVERYbody Project

The EVERYbody Project: a virtual workshop series focused on body image

This two-part virtual workshop series is focused on body image for everyone and is aimed at helping people to challenge and resist the deep-rooted societal messages we receive about appearance, attractiveness and beauty, our bodies, and weight. This is an inclusive body image program that recognizes that eating and body image concerns affect everyone, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability status, and size. We hope that you will join us for this exciting series that is open to EveryBody! (The EVERYbody Project was created by Anna Ciao, PhD, and the Eating and Body Image Research Lab at Western Washington University)
Led by: Wenzhen Zhu, Ph.D., and Ashley Netanel, M.Ed., for everyone.
Email wzhu@amherst.edu to register. Registration closes on March 25. Please note that this will be limited to 5-8 students. Participants must attend both sessions on Fridays, March 26 and April 2, 3pm-5pm.

Registration Required
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Cheminar - Professor Lou Charkoudian, Haverford College, Department of Chemistry

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Virtual Seminar Via Zoom Link

Seminar Title: "Capturing transient interactions of proteins involved in natural product biosynthesis"

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M@A: A Virtual Season Presents the Juilliard String Quartet

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ) continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the ensemble draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.

Program:
Mozart: String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt
Dutilleux: "Ainsi la nuit"
Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2

Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Fear Less, anxious thoughts workshop starting April 8

Sign-ups open for Fear Less: Anxious Thoughts Workshop

Join the staff of the Counseling Center in this four-week program which takes a careful look at where anxious thoughts and anxiety come from, how anxiety effects our day to day lives, and what we can do to help reduce and resolve our anxiety.

The series is open to all current students and will run remotely beginning Thursday, April 8, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Peer Advocates Psychology of Trauma Video Series

Check out and follow the Peer Advocates Instagram (@amherst_pa) and Facebook (@peeradvocatesamherstcollege) the week of March 29 for an online video series on the Psychology of Trauma, featuring five professors from the Psychology department! The video series will address physical and psychological reactions to trauma as well as treatment methods and healing from the perspective of different research areas in psychology (cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical). Follow us to learn more about the video series and our other upcoming events!

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

German Table

11:45 am - 1:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 11:45am-1pm EDT, for our zoom German Table gathering, for an hour of fun chatting auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

Math/Stat Table

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or Statistics and all are welcome.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email:kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent to you.

AIT-Distinguished Lecture Series: Exponential Technologies, with Ernő Duda

Join AIT in the Lecture Series event- Exponential Technologies, with Ernő Duda!
See you there!

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Trans Rights Priorities for the Biden Administration

A new presidential administration that is supportive of trans rights provides opportunities to make further progress on addressing discrimination and violence against trans people. Join us for a panel discussion of how trans leaders are hoping to make gains during the Biden administration.

Panelists:
-Kylar Broadus, Founder and Director, Trans People of Color Coalition
-Sasha Buchert, Senior Attorney, Lambda Legal
-Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
-Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
-Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Moderated by Genny Beemyn, Director, UMass Stonewall Center

Free, but registration required

This event is being held to mark the publication of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, edited by Abbie Goldberg and Genny Beemyn. The panelists are all contributors to the work, and attendees will be given free access to their entries.

Sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and Clark University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Co-sponsored by UMass Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Five College Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies Certificate.

Registration Required

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Finance Speaker Series: Venture Capital vs. Growth Equity: Where is the Investment Line?

Have you ever wanted to explore or learn more about parts of the finance industry? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the daily activities of particular roles in finance? If so, the Loeb Center's Spring 2021 Finance Speaker Series is a great way to hear from alumni in the finance industry about their companies, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work with other parts of the finance ecosystem or businesses.

Join several Amherst alumni, including Chris Pike '92, to hear more about Venture Capital, Growth Equity, and the differences in how and when they invest in start-up companies. Through a candid panel discussion, you'll learn how to navigate finding opportunities in this part of the private investing world, as well as how these alums learned to source, evaluate, and invest in sometimes unproven firms. You'll also get the inside scoop into what various firms are looking for both in their employees and in their portfolio companies.

Examining Our Eating Habits

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual, tinyurl.com/eehworkshop

A workshop brought to you by the SHEs about eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, and reframing how we think about food/nutrition. Co-facilitated with the Counseling Center's Wenzhen Zhu & Health Services' Alyssa Pawlowski. Use tinyurl.com/eehworkshop to attend.

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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your documents for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run through March 29 in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Drop-in hours with IES Abroad Representative

Meet with the Amherst College IES Abroad Representative to learn about study abroad opportunities for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and beyond. Amherst College uses IES Abroad semester programs in Berlin, Granada, Milan, Nagoya, Nantes, Rome, Salamanca and Vienna. Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit organization that provides study abroad opportunities to college students.
Fun Fact: Amanda Gorman, U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate, is one of the many accomplished IES Abroad alumni. In this video, Amanda shines light on her IES Abroad experience and study abroad journey:
https://www.iesabroad.org/news/ies-abroad-madrid-alum-amanda-gorman-shar...

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Richard Anantua, Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and Smithsonian: "A Glimpse into Horizon-Scale Physics by 'Observing' Movies and Polarization"

Recent radio observations of infalling and outflowing plasma radiating in the vicinity of supermassive black holes are linked to simple phenomenological models via general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations using a methodology called "Observing" Jet (or outflow)/Accretion flow/Black hole (JAB) Simulations.

For Sagittarius A* in our Galactic Center, movies simulating hourly timescales show that these models can be classified into at least four types: 1.) thin, asymmetric photon ring with best fit spectrum; 2.) coronal boundary layer with thin photon ring and steep spectrum; 3.) thick photon torus with flat spectrum; and 4.) extended outflow with flat spectrum.

For M87, a HARM jet simulation is used to replicate observed collimation and magnetic substructure, while serving as the basis for a self-similar, stationary, axisymmetric force-free flow model used to generate Stokes maps at Global mm-VLBI Array (86 GHz) and Event Horizon Telescope (230 GHz) scales. This model varies plasma content from ionic (e-p) to pair (e-e+). Emission at the observed frequency is assumed to be synchrotron radiation from electrons and positrons, whose pressure is set to relate to the local magnetic pressure through parametric prescriptions. Polarization maps are found to be sensitive to the positron effects of decreasing intrinsic circular polarization and increased Faraday conversion.

Truman Scholarship Information Session

If your goal is a career in public service (.gov, edu, .mil, or .org), you may be eligible for the Truman Scholarship to support graduate study leading to your career. Join Tara Yglesias, of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, and recent Truman Scholars to learn about what this scholarship has to offer to those intending a career in these fields. Hear how leadership and service are expressed in the lives of scholars and in their applications. U.S. citizenship required. Register now: https://bit.ly/3scdqej

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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A.K. Burns on Labor

Join us for a two-part lecture with A.K. Burns—artist, educator and founding member of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists in the Greater Economy)—followed by a Q&A moderated by Lisa Crossman, Mead curator of American art and art of the Americas.

In Part I, Burns will present a brief history of the connection between art and labor movements in the U.S. and share how this history set the stage for W.A.G.E. In 2008, Burns co-founded W.A.G.E., an artists’ advocacy group that has re-envisioned efforts of the Art Workers Coalition with a focus on resolving fiscal inequities between artists and institutions. W.A.G.E. acted primarily as an educational organization until 2012, when it transitioned into a 501c3 nonprofit and began actively advocating for artist rights. In the fall of 2014, W.A.G.E. launched their much-anticipated certification program and fee calculator.

In Part II, Burns will discuss labor as it pertains to Negative Space, a quasi-science fiction four-part video epic that explores the violence of boundary-making practices and agency as enacted through subjugated positions. Each video within Negative Space is nonlinear and allegorical, built around a physical system: power (the sun), the body, space (void/land) and water. Through a process of conjuring and deconstructing science fiction tropes, the videos work at the intersection of politics and fantasy. Negative Space raises questions about the allocation of resources, environmental fragility, marginalized bodies and their relationship to place.

This program is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is aimed at providing frameworks for thinking about a forthcoming exhibition about labor at the Mead Art Museum.

Free and open to all! Registration is required.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at damodeo13@amherst.edu or (413) 542-5651.

Registration Required
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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Study Abroad at The University of Queensland

Come to this information session to learn about spending a Study Abroad semester at UQ!

Consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, The University of Queensland offers inspiring teaching across more than 4,000 courses, world-class indoor and outdoor learning environments, and outstanding facilities. The University is located in a region renowned for its subtropical climate and vibrant lifestyle, close to natural attractions including beaches and rainforests. Some of our most popular
courses include Great Barrier Reef field trips, geological mapping in the remote outback or observing native fauna in the wild.

Fun Fact: If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all!

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Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

"Anti-Asian Violence: Where Do We Go from Here?"

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Virtual, https://tinyurl.com/29tzkejc

Join Professors Sony Coráñez-Bolton, Pawan Dhingra, Robert Hayashi, Lili Kim, Franklin Odo and Christine Peralta (upcoming faculty member) on for a teach-in on anti-Asian American racism, covering aspects of Asian American history and current society, the roots and contexts around anti-Asian American racism/sexism, and how we can use these histories to contextualize the resurgence of anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic. Q&A to follow. All are encouraged to attend!

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

RCT Directors Dialogue with Special Guest, Dr. Perry Zurn

Topic: Trans History + Activism Across Five Colleges | Wed. 3/31.12-1PM via IG Live

Please join us on this years' Trans Day of Visibility in conversation with Professor Perry Zurn from American University as we talk about his research on trans community and activism across the five colleges. With no set agenda, we have high hopes to talk about Perry's current research, building archives, the intimacies between transness, queerness, and disability, and anything else that might come up along the way.

Dr. Zurn's Socials: Instagram: @resintheory | Twitter: @perryzurn

Planning Your Growth Journey

The Learning & Development Team invites you to develop your self-awareness with Ana Devlin Gauthier.

Not sure how you could continue to grow your professional skill set or aren’t sure where to start? This workshop will offer prompts for self-reflection on how to grow your skill set and apply it within your role, as well as offer planning guides for how to pursue and demonstrate your growth. No matter where you are in your professional journey, there is always more to learn.

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Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98710086723?pwd=WVFmWHl1ODMyWlRpeVpnOXF...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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CHI Salon: "Engaging with the Failures of Racial Empathy"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

In this talk, CHI Fellow Ashlie Sandoval examines the limitations of empathy to think through its role in struggles for racial justice. Scholars, tech entrepreneurs and media pundits are calling for an increase in empathy, in the face of media attention that has recently spotlighted police brutality, racialized COVID-19 deaths and the renewed visibility of white supremacy groups. To develop non-Black individuals’ capacity to undo racial injustice, specifically the daily violence experienced by Black people, some have turned to virtual reality to instill empathy, claiming that it may move viewers beyond feelings of pity to feeling accountable to dismantle racism.

However, is racial empathy possible? And what can we expect from it? Examining philosophical critiques of empathy’s capabilities in the context of anti-Black racism, Sandoval focuses on what empathy’s limitations might tell us about the emotional and material structures that prevent empathy from achieving the results its advocates often hope for.

Registration Required

Disability Justice 101

This workshop introduces disability justice as a framework to help us unravel internalized ideas about "good" bodies, "fit" bodies and how bodies "should" be.

Over the past year many people have been called on to think about illness and disability in new ways. Maybe in the current crises you're noticing how interdependent you are with others. Maybe being home 24/7 is reconnecting you with your own body and mind in ways that feel challenging. Maybe the constant media focus on illness & health - often with undertones of ableism, racism, fatphobia and eugenics - is showing you how much you don't know. Whatever the reason, we welcome you to learn and practice with us.

Through a lively combination of short presentations, discussions and reflection participants will:
- Gain an understanding of the medical, social, and disability justice models of disability
- Examine their own internalized beliefs about ability, disability, health and fitness and how these relate to gender, race, class, fatness and more
- Consider how these beliefs impact them and others
- Identify barriers to access and opportunities for greater access at Amherst College

The presenters are:

Yusef Flores is a non binary trans artist of color. They were born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been disabled for a long time but only recently understands what that all encompasses.

Davey Shlasko is a queer and trans educator who lives with disabling chronic illness. Disability justice helps Davey to imagine and practice liberation in teaching, organizational change and day to day life. Davey manages Think Again Training & Consulting and writes about social justice pedagogy.

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Just Do It: Recent Amherst Grads on Making Art and Creative Practices an Essential Part of Life

This Loeb Center panel of young Amherst alumni working in the arts will offer timely advice and inspiration on making art a central part of your life and carving out the professional space to just do it. Panelists will explore what it’s like to build a creative practice after Amherst, personal growth and community building through artmaking, and the professionalization necessary to earn income from your craft. You’ll leave this session with a list of resources both on- and off-campus to support these practices.

Featuring:
• Joanna Booth ’19—visual art
• Amal Buford ’19—music
• Jonah Evans ’19—creative writing
• Amir Hall ’17—storytelling & performance
• Lauren Horn ’17—dance

This event is open to anyone who loves making art, regardless of professional goals.

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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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Project Connect knit Logo

Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Turquoise background with a yellow frame. There is a picture of Girl Scout cookies stacked in the bottom right.  Text reads: Follow AC_HealthAndWellbeing for our Insta Follower Giveaway. Sunday, February 14th they February 26th

Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Project Connect knit Logo

Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Peer Support Skills Training

Have you had feelings of concern for a friend but felt unsure how or if to help? Would you like to learn more about how to use Empathy and Active Listening to become a better communicator? Do you feel uncertain how to start challenging conversations?

The Peer Support Skills Training (PSST) is a first step to becoming part of the Peer Support Network here At Amherst College. Over the course of three two-hour sessions we will work to develop the fundamental skills to support one another and to advocate for yourself more effectively. Importantly this training also includes ways to establish boundaries and safety measures to care for yourself and will review a wide variety of supports you can offer to someone you feel concerned about.

This training does not prepare folks to become primary supports for those in need but can offer a toolbox of techniques for helping those around us access help.

Currently these sessions will be offered remotely via Zoom and are open to all current students at Amherst. We are offering two sessions at this time.

Tuesdays, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 from 6pm-8pm EST
Fridays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 from 10am - Noon EST

For more information and to register for a series, please contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu.

This Program is brought to you by the Amherst College Counseling Center.