Event Calendar

Friday, April 30, 2021

Fri, Apr 30, 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.

Study in Argentina or Uruguay with the Middlebury Schools Abroad

Join Claudio González Chiaramonte, Director of the Middlebury Schools in Argentina & Uruguay, for conversations about the full-immersion programs in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Students Only
Event poster featuring headshots and information about each of the panelists and the moderator, as well as an illustration, in various shades of orange, of three people standing with their arms across each other's shoulders

"The Afro-Descendant Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean"

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm Held Via Zoom

The Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College, through the generosity of the Robert C. Vogel '60 Fund, present The Annual Vogel Lecture 2021, a panel discussion on "The Afro-Descendant Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Alejandro de la Fuente: Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; professor of African and African American studies and of history; director of graduate studies; director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Professor de la Fuente is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean who specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations. His works on race, slavery, law, art and Atlantic history have been published in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, German and French. His latest book is Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020, co-authored with Ariela J. Gross).

Odette Casamayor-Cisneros: associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean cultures at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in art and literature from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her book, Utopia, distopía e ingravidez: reconfiguraciones cosmológicas en la narrativa post-soviética cubana (Utopia, Dystopia and Ethical Weightlessness: Cosmological Reconfigurations in Post-Soviet Cuban Fiction), published by Iberoamericana-Vervuert in 2013, examines, through the lens of literary production, the existential void experienced by Cubans after the collapse of the Socialist Bloc in the 1990s.

Peter Wade: professor of social anthropology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He is a British anthropologist who specializes in issues of race and ethnicity in Latin America. He has written numerous books and articles about the social and historical meanings of race, ethnicity and sexuality in the context of Latin America. His Race and Ethnicity in Latin America has been described as an "essential text for students studying the region" and has been published in a second edition. He most recently co-authored Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean (University of London Press, 2019).

Solsiree del Moral: professor of American studies and Black studies at Amherst College. She is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on Puerto Rico, the circum-Caribbean and U.S. colonialism.

Registration in advance is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrf-yqrTMuG9xDLSAHAHU3...

This event is free and open to the public. The mission of the Vogel Lecture is to raise awareness of Latin America's political economy across the Amherst community.

For more information, contact Professor Javier Corrales at jcorrales@amherst.edu.

Image is a flyer for our natural dye event. The background is a field of poppy flowers and there is black text on a green blob which reads "April 30th 4:30 to 6 pm. Purple and orange, logwood and onion skins" the rest of the text is black and is pulled directly from the event description. In the lower left hand corner, there is a purple square logo for the arts at amherst initiative. At the bottom of the flyer it says "apply for a spot" and gives the link to our linktree page.

Natural Tie Dye at Book & Plow

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Book & Plow Farm (+virtual)

April: Natural Tie Dye Purple & Orange (logwood & onion skins)
Book & Plow is coordinating with Arts at Amherst and Student Activities to expand our natural dye events this season. We’ll be hosting at least one natural tie dye event every month until October. Available to both in person and remote Amherst students. Spaces are limited. Remote participants will be sent their naturally dyed t-shirt after the workshop.

In the workshops we’ll talk a bit about the history and chemistry of natural dyes, brew a dyepot, and learn different tying techniques. This is a slow process, so please sign up only if you can commit to the entire length of the workshop. Please come ready to get a little messy!

To sign up, follow the link below and fill out the form. If you get a spot, you'll be emailed confirmation.

Students Only
Registration Required
A dancer wearing a black unitard, standing barefoot in a wide doorway, facing away from the camera and toward a balcony that overlooks buildings and trees

"Monochrome" by Maya Mizrahi '21

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for a Zoom watch party and artist talk for Monochrome, a dance-film by Maya Mizrahi '21, featuring an original sound score with interview footage from her teacher and mentor, Ilya Gaft. The film reflects on Gaft’s experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Gaft graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater), and sometimes performing in the Mariinsky Theater as well. Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. The film features videography and editing by Amalia Roy '21 and sound design by MacKenzie Kugel '19, as well as the song “Palemote,” by Slow Meadow. Please register in advance for the Zoom link.

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