Event Calendar

August 2020

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Social Security Basics for Married Couples

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.

TIAA Webinar: 2020 Investment Outlook - Post Coronavirus Recovery

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

Side-by-side photo of Austin Sarat & Betsy Cannon Smith '84

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic"

7:00 pm Virtual

"Teaching Through (and About) the Pandemic" is a conversation with Professor Austin Sarat, moderated by Chief Advancement Officer Betsy Cannon Smith '84.

Sarat is Amherst's William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, as well as the associate provost, associate dean of the faculty, and chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. Sarat received a B.A. from Providence College, both an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is author or editor of more than 90 books, including The Death Penalty on the Ballot: American Democracy and the Fate of Capital Punishment, The Lives of Guns and Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty.

At Amherst, Sarat teaches courses about law and violence, one of which is called "Murder." This course discusses the representation of murder in law, literature and popular culture. Another course takes up the subject of punishment. In that course, Sarat tries to help students understand why and when we punish and what punishment reveals about those who punish. These courses, like almost everything Sarat teaches, are deeply interdisciplinary, moving out from the study of law or political science to draw on philosophy, literature, sociology and history. Sarat’s hope is to take students on a journey from the familiar to the strange-- that is, to start with something about which students are familiar and, using the insights of different disciplines, to illuminate the complexities of those familiar subjects. Sarat also teaches courses on law and film; courses on law, jurisprudence and social thought; and a First-Year Seminar, "Secrets and Lies."

Betsy Cannon Smith ’84, P’15, was appointed chief advancement officer on May 23, 2019, by President Biddy Martin. Cannon Smith, who had been alumni secretary since 1993, has served the College in a number of key leadership positions within the Advancement division since joining that group in 1986, including with Alumni and Parent Programs, the Annual Fund and the leadership gifts component of the College’s comprehensive campaigns.

In addition to leading the College’s Promise campaign, Cannon Smith advises the Board of Trustees and Martin on advancement issues and serves on the College’s senior leadership team. She enhances and executes the strategic plan for advancement by capitalizing on Amherst’s existing philanthropic strengths and identifying new opportunities. She promotes and cultivates alumni and parent engagement with creative programming and will collaborate with departments and colleagues across the College. Cannon Smith, who earned a degree in English from Amherst, has served as the liaison with the Board of Trustees for areas including trusteeships, honorary degrees and Medals for Eminent Service. She also was a member of the 2003 search committee for the College’s president.

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Set Boundaries

When working from home, do you find yourself working longer hours, or stepping back into “the office” to just finish up that one thing? How we set and communicate boundaries helps us fight burnout and fatigue. This session will amplify strategies for establishing boundaries for yourself and communicating them to others.

Financial Webinar with TIAA: Money at Work 2 - Sharpening Investing Skills

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

TIAA Webinar: Retiring in the "New Normal"

We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all 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.

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

TIAA Webinar: Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later

For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with the money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape.

TIAA Webinar: Postcards From the Future-A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing

Fewer years in the workforce. Longer life spans. Women saving for retirement face unique challenges. You can learn what it takes to overcome these challenges and help make your retirement dreams come true on schedule.

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Motivating Your Employees

Happy workers are productive workers. Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This training will explore the key environmental factors within your control, necessary to give your employees the space to flourish.

Sun, Aug 23, 2020

Music Department Orientation

New students, please join the Music Department this Sunday, August 23, from 3-4 PM (EDT) for a zoom meeting to find out about music classes, ensembles, lessons, concerts, practice rooms, and other opportunities to get involved in person and remotely. We look forward to seeing you!

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96792860483?pwd=YkNjTXZuV2RqSm9DK2RIR25...

Students Only

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Care.com Webinar: How to Raise Kids to be Actively Anti-Racist

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author, educator, and activist, will offer guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. Whether you’re a parent who wants to advance your family’s journey of anti-racisim activism, or someone looking to foster racial justice, you’ll leave this conversation with the knowledge and tools to educate children to be empowered, active allies in the ongoing fight against systemic racism in America.

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Build on Your Strengths

When asked to recall important emotional events, a Harvard Business Review study found that people remember four negative memories for every positive one. Why do we focus so deeply on critique? This session will re-focus on our strengths, our skills, the things that make us who we are, and how to apply those in our work.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

New Directions EAP Webinar: Combating Perfectionism

Life can be a high-pressure environment filled with even higher expectations. While holding yourself to high expectations can lead to success and fulfillment, it can also have a negative impact in the form of perfectionism. Learn about the true nature of perfectionism, why it’s so popular, and how to develop immunity to perfectionism in your life.

Mary Frances Berry

Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations

Dr. Mary Frances Berry has been the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of 12 books and recipient of 35 honorary doctoral degrees. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993 to 2004, she served as chair.

Berry will discuss the case for reparations and the history of Callie House, a widowed washerwoman who demanded reparations for ex-slaves in the 1890s. This event will kick-off the Provost’s Lecture Series which will focus on “The History of Anti-Black Racism in America” for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Ross Gay outside, surrounded by flowering plants and wearing a black shirt that says "'poetry is not a luxury' - Audre Lorde"

2020 DeMott Lecture by Ross Gay

8:00 pm Virtual

The annual DeMott Lecture, a welcome address for incoming students, will be given virtually by author Ross Gay.

He is the author the poetry books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new book-length poem, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays,The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Gay is also the co-author with Aimee Nezhukumatathil of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens, and co-author with Rosechard Wehrenberg of the chapbook River. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

The DeMott Lecture was established in 2005 by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 in honor of Benjamin DeMott, a legendary and much-loved member of the Amherst English faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. The DeMott Lecture seeks to expose incoming students to an engagement with the world marked by originality of thought coupled with direct social action, and to inspire intellectual participation in issues of social and economic inequality, racial and gender bias and political activism.

Additional information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott Lectures, including last year’s talk by Min Jin Lee, is available via the button below.

Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Management Consulted – Consulting Interview Bootcamp

Case Interviews are a primary interview technique used by consulting firms, as well as private equity, tech, healthcare, and a variety of other industries. With internships and full-time recruiting ramping up, you can’t delay in your preparation. No matter where you interview, you'll want to be case interview ready!

Amherst College's Loeb Center has hired Management Consulted to host a 5-hour intensive consulting interview workshop. During this fast-paced, virtual workshop, participants will be challenged to think beyond simple frameworks, participate often, and learn to handle a variety of analytical problems. This workshop will enhance your ability to:

--Understand the case overview & structures: It’s one thing to “solve a case.” But can you do it in a way that drives to the heart of the business problem; makes clear, ranked recommendations; and convinces key stakeholders to accept your recommendation?
--Handle market sizing questions
--Practice mental/Case Math: You’ll learn to do a deep dive into case math, including (1) charts, graphs, and exhibits and (2) drawing level 1 and level 2 insights from the numbers.
--Go through a case & create structures: It is to enough to regurgitate frameworks you memorized from a book. An “A” candidate blends frameworks to best solve the business problem that is being asked. You’ll learn to break down level 1 vs. level 2 case structures and START STRONG.
--Create an ultimate case practice plan

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
The workshop will be taught by Jenny Rae. She graduated from the University of Virginia and obtained her MBA from Columbia Business School. She joined Bain & Company after traveling around the world, writing a book, working on financial public policy in South Africa, and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Since leaving Bain to co-found a tech company, she has advised over 45 different early- and mid-phase companies around the world.

REGISTRATION / COST:
Due to the generosity of alumni, this workshop is FREE to all Amherst College students. Register on Handshake by August 21st to receive the Zoom pre-registration link.
Space is limited to 50 students, and preference will be given to those graduating between December 2021 - May 2022. A wait list will be created once capacity is reached.

PREPARATION:
Once registered, participants should complete the following two tasks PRIOR to the workshop:
--Complete this introductory case course: https://managementconsulted.com/free-case-interview-prep/
--Watch this walkthrough video so that you can get the most out of the Bootcamp: https://managementconsulted.com/sample-case-interview-question-walkthrough/

Registration Required

Jazz Faculty Event Live Stream

7:00 pm Music Department Event Live Stream

Watch the very first Jazz Faculty Concert on the music department's Event Live Stream page on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. The Amherst College jazz faculty introduces themselves and welcomes new and returning students with a virtual showcase.

Thinking about getting involved in jazz at Amherst? Want to join the jazz ensemble or a jazz combo, take lessons and classes? Come discover the depth and richness of jazz at the College. This event features professors Darryl Harper, clarinet, and Jason Robinson, saxophones; ensemble director Bruce Diehl, saxophones; instructors Claire Arenius, drums; Joe Belmont, guitar; Carl Clements, saxophone and flutes; Geoffrey Cunningham, trumpet and flugelhorn; Ann Maggs, voice; David Picchi, bass; Stephen Page, piano; David Sporny, trombone; Eugene Uman, piano; and Bob Weiner, percussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ongoing Events

Western Massachestts landscape with foliage, mountains and a purple Mammoth logo in the distance

Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."