Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.
Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.
This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of physical sensations. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.
Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.
Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!
This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics, concepts, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course open to folks who self-identify as trans or cis women, and/or as nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Available to all faculty, staff and students. Email RAD@Amherst.edu
Coordinated by the Loeb Center & Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership, the Next Gen Leadership Institute is an interterm program designed for first-generation and/or low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives. We hope to create an affirming space where students can acquire and integrate transferable skills that prepare them for their future and create a culture of peer support and knowledge-sharing.