Event Calendar

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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.

Students Only

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.

Sign up for Tuesday: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWEShn5Tr9EyklPvmgf21FseQLvQMO...

Sign up for Thursday:

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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

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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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.

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)

- 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