Event Calendar

Friday, March 26, 2021

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

Registration Required
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
Professor Lou Charkoudian

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

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)

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