Event Calendar

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Substance Use and Your Loved Ones

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

When someone you love struggles with addiction, it’s important to know you are not alone and also to take care of yourself. Start with learning more about what addiction is, symptoms of drug use, an overview of withdrawal symptoms and more. Understanding more about this chronic brain disease is a great start to process and cope in a healthy way.

Distinguished Lectures by AIT--Why Hungarian Politics Is Unique?

Join Tamás Boros for an Introduction to the Political System of Hungary. See you on Zoom!

Students Only

Completing Staff Evaluations on Workday (for Supervisors/Department Chairs)

The Learning & Development Team invites you to Tool UP with Bob Montoya.

This session will include a demo of how to use the Workday System to complete your Staff Performance Management Process Evaluations as well as time for Q&A.

Substance Use and Your Loved Ones

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

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

When someone you love struggles with addiction, it’s important to know you are not alone and also to take care of yourself. Start with learning more about what addiction is, symptoms of drug use, an overview of withdrawal symptoms and more. Understanding more about this chronic brain disease is a great start to process and cope in a healthy way.

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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: "Finding Your Voice Through Music": A Conversation and Musical Performance with Helen Sung

Pianist/composer Helen Sung shares some of her original music, including selections from her upcoming album Quartet+, in the context of her experience as a Chinese-American growing up in a family culture that valued deference and "real jobs" and her struggle to pursue a quest for personal and artistic authenticity. This presentation, part musical and part oral testimony, touches on such themes as the implications of heritage, the impact of racial stereotypes and the role of the individual.

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer. Her recent releases Sung with Words (Stricker Street, 2018), a collaborative project with internationally acclaimed poet Dana Gioia, and Anthem for a New Day (Concord Jazz, 2014), topped the jazz charts. Her band has performed at festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ and Carnegie Hall. Her “NuGenerations" Project toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, and recent international engagements include debuts at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, Blue Note Beijing and the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival. Sung currently performs with such fine ensembles as the Mingus Big Band and Grammy-winning Cecile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse. Sung is a Steinway Artist and has served on the jazz faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School and Columbia University, where she was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.

Registration Required
This chat will be with Isabella Berkley, an LJST and Black Studies double-major currently at Harvard Law School.

Alumni Chats: Isabella Berkley, LJST and Black Studies’ 19

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join alums from different diverse backgrounds for conversations about their time at Amherst and beyond. They will discuss their experiences in their majors, their career paths and how they overcame the challenges they faced along the way. Come for career advice, life lessons and more! This chat will be with Isabella Berkley, an LJST and Black Studies double-major currently at Harvard Law School.

Registration Required
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Restorative Justice Through the Power of Storytelling with Circles of Support and Accountability

How do we welcome you back?

Following the lives of five people, the film Coming Home takes an intimate and powerful look at a state/community partnership called COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) as it portrays the struggles and challenges of folks coming out of prison and the successes of this restorative justice model in repairing harm. Filmmaker Bess O’Brien will discuss how the restorative power of sharing one’s story and gaining trust from local community members moves people forward in their healing process and moves them away from reoffending.

Registration Required

Alumni-in-Residence: Careers in International Development in the Biden Era, with Jesse Corradi '08

Join Jesse Corradi '08, Managing Director for Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), to learn about government career paths in international development and better understand the U.S. government's role, interests, and operations pertaining to economic and democratic progress in developing nations.

In this conversation, hosted by the Loeb Center's Alumni-in-Residence Program, Jesse will discuss what international development work looks like "on the ground," the skills needed for a career in this field and how to build them, and the difference between career civil service employees and political appointees.

Jesse Corradi is Managing Director of Africa at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), a newly-established U.S. government development finance institution. As such, Jesse oversees DFC’s Africa investment strategy and is responsible for investing in, and mobilizing private capital for, underserved markets across sub-Saharan Africa aligned with U.S. international development and foreign policy priorities. Jesse has led transactions in over 35 countries and oversees a portfolio of $1.4 billion across the financial services, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, and health sectors.

Jesse joined DFC as a core member of the DFC transition team, leading the design and implementation of new origination, underwriting, and transaction execution processes for the agency. Prior to joining DFC, Jesse served as Head of Africa and Product Innovation at USAID’s Development Credit Authority. During his time as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID, Jesse served at USAID/Guatemala for four months, providing strategic advice and analysis on local municipal finance and capital markets opportunities. He also served as an Investment Fellow at Closed Loop Partners, where he supported the firm’s investment activities, due diligence, and international expansion strategy.

Jesse has also held various positions in foreign policy, national security, impact investing, and private equity at the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Senate Committee on Defense Appropriations, 118 Capital, Neuberger Berman, and Lehman Brothers. He served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong from 2009-2010 and currently volunteers as Chief Financial Officer for Village X, a nonprofit dedicated to disrupting extreme poverty in rural Africa. Jesse earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Dean’s Fellow scholarship and served as a member of the International Fellows Program, and a bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Amherst College.

This Alumni-in-Residence presentation provides a great opportunity to get an inside look at how international development work has evolved over several presidential administrations, including the current one, and what career opportunities are on the horizon for those interested in the field. Bring your questions!

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

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"Asian American Activism and Anti-Asian Violence: A Conversation with Helen Zia"

8:00 pm Virtual

Amherst College will welcome Helen Zia, activist, award-winning author and former journalist, in conversation with Robert Hayashi, associate professor of American Studies. 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.

Helen Zia is a writer, activist and Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, about the contemporary civil rights struggles of Asian Americans; her latest book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao's Revolution, was an NPR best book of 2019 and shortlisted for a 2020 national PEN AMERICA award. An award-winning magazine journalist, she was the executive editor of Ms. Magazine, where her reporting on neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations sparked new thinking on the relationship between race and gender in hate violence. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights to countering hate violence and homophobia. Her leadership in the landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence in the 1982 hate killing of Vincent Chin in Detroit has been documented in the Oscar-nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin?. Helen has honorary doctorates from the University of San Francisco and the City University of New York Law School. She attended Princeton University on a full scholarship and was a member of its first graduating class of women. Helen quit medical school to work as a construction laborer, an autoworker and a community organizer, until she discovered her life’s work as a journalist and writer.

Robert Hayashi is an associate professor of American Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey Through Race and Place in the American West and has written about Japanese American incarceration, Asian American literature and sports. His current research focuses on early Asian American sports history.

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.

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