Event Calendar

February 2021

Mon, Feb 1, 2021

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series -- Loeb Center Session 1 of 5

This is a 10-hour program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance.

The workshop series will be held February 1-5, 2021, from 6pm – 8pm ET, and will be led by Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center’s Director of the Traub Careers in Business and Finance Program.

The series is designed to help students explore and understand the finance industry, learn industry jargon, consider the intersection of industry players, and distinguish the nuances of roles and responsibilities in the industry. Topics covered during this 5-day, 10-cumulative-hour workshop series include:

1. Overview of the Finance Industry, finance terms, and interaction between the economy and finance
2. Overview of the Sell-Side Investment Bank and potential roles including investment banking (coverage and product), Sales & Trading, Research, and support functions (e.g. legal, compliance, risk management, human capital management)
3. Overview of the Buy-Side of the Industry and the various investment vehicles including:
• Asset Management/Investment Management
• Hedge Funds
• FinTech
• Insurance
• Real Estate
• Private Equity (including venture capital, growth equity and LBOs)
4. Overview of Private Wealth Management
5. Role of Institutional Investors in the finance ecosystem
6. Next steps if considering further exploration of careers in finance

REGISTRATION & COMMITMENT:
To register, you must commit to attending all five sessions February 1 – 5 (Monday – Friday) from 6pm-8pm each night. Please register on Handshake by January 28 to secure your spot. You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link by January 31.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman at shockman@amherst.edu.

Tue, Feb 2, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Expenses & Procurement

Join a Workday help session for answers to your questions about expenses and procurement.

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Tepper Future Business Leaders Program Information Session - Carnegie Mellon

Come join us on Tuesday, February 2, to hear more about graduate opportunities at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business!

Taken from https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/why-tepper/index.html:

The Tepper School offers a future-focused business school experience, tailored for the complexity of today’s marketplace. Where others see challenges, we see opportunity. Always looking ahead, we are consistently moving the world forward with innovative ideas, creative solutions, and new approaches.

Today, more than ever, the world of business is transformed by technological innovation, the ubiquity of data, and the application of advanced analytics. The Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon have long been renowned for research and teaching that doesn’t simply keep pace with business practice but forges ahead, powerfully transforming the way organizations compete and lead.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Tuesday, January 26, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, payslip and tax information.

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Middlebury School for the Environment Information Session

Interested in opportunities in environmental studies? Spend six intensive summer weeks in Yunnan Province, China, with dual sites in Kunming and Dali. Connect with faculty, environmental advocates, and NGOs including the Nature Conservancy and Planet Forward, while earning nine credits. Designed for college students and recent graduates.

For more information, please visit: https://www.middlebury.edu/schools-abroad/summer-programs/school-environ....

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Tuesday, January 26, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

Wed, Feb 3, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Student Hiring

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring student employees.

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The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Information Session

Are you a graduating senior looking for a full-time work opportunity in biomedicine? Come join us to learn more about Research Associate opportunities at the Broad Institute!

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard was launched in 2004 to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

The institute was founded to seize the opportunity that arose from the Human Genome Project -- the international effort that successfully deciphered the entire human genetic code. Despite that accomplishment, scientists knew they still lacked a clear understanding of the genetic basis of disease, and how to translate that understanding into more effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Wednesday, January 27th to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

French Table

12:30 pm Virtual

Virtual French Table will start up again beginning January 20. Please join your French Language Assistants for informal conversation in French! French Table is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you were not enrolled in a French course during fall semester, but would like to participate, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu directly.

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Lunch & Learn: Dr. Scott L. Rauch '82, President & Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital

Dr. Scott L. Rauch ’82 is President and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital, Chair of System Behavioral & Mental Health for Mass General Brigham, and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. On Monday, February 3, he will virtually visit Amherst's Loeb Center for a "Lunch & Learn" presentation and conversation about his career path.

Dr. Rauch's principal research interests relate to neuroimaging and the neurobiology of anxiety disorders, as well as healthcare delivery and the use of technology in psychiatry. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in Neuroscience from Amherst College ('82) and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency training and a chief residency in Psychiatry, as well as a Radiology Research Fellowship, at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in affiliation with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rauch served on the faculty at MGH for more than 15 years, during which he founded the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program, and the Psychiatric Neuroscience Division. He was appointed to his current leadership roles at McLean and MGB in 2006.

Most recently, Dr. Rauch has been involved in the leadership of several national professional societies, including as past president and current secretary of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and as past secretary and current Board member of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. Dr. Rauch has also been inducted into the National Academy of Medicine.

All class years and majors are welcome to attend.

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Amherst College Creative Writing Virtual Residency February 2021

Join us for a virtual independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. Participants will have opportunities for collaborative structured writing and the freedom to choose between social and independent writing each day. Participants are welcome to work on either new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a virtual community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency. We will meet via Zoom and Google docs from 1pm to 4pm (EST) on February 3rd-5th and February 8th and 9th. The residency is led by writing center associates Roy Andrews and Emily Merriman. Please register via the link below.

Students Only
Registration Required

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Expenses & Procurement

Join a Workday help session for answers to your questions about expenses and procurement.

Using a Prioritization Matrix to Focus on What Matters

In times of turbulence and change, it may be challenging to determine what projects take precedent, or how to set priorities when everything seems top of mind. This session will talk through how our priorities may have shifted both individually and within our teams, and how to facilitate a decision-making process using a prioritization matrix tool.

Workday - Student Hiring

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring student employees.

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Expenses & Procurement

Join a Workday help session for answers to your questions about expenses and procurement.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services Information Session

Come join us on Thursday, February 4, from 4:30pm - 5:30pm ET to hear more about the 2021-2022 DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program!

DIAL/SELF helps young people become independent by connecting them with housing, employment, education and civic opportunities. We believe that all youth possess unique strengths which are enhanced by community support and collaboration and that all youth should have the right to exercise choice in their own lives.

We are a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. We provide a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last four decades, more than 38,000 area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties and the North Quabbin Region.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Thursday, January 28th to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

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Virtual Education Pathways Panel: Education in the Age of COVID

How are schools and education programs adjusting to COVID-19 related uncertainty? What does this uncertainty mean for the future of my career in education? Get the answers to these questions while learning about job opportunities at 10 different education organizations. See below for the full list of employers attending.

Employers Attending:
City Year
Boston Plan for Excellence
Breakthrough Collaborative
College Advising Corps | Boston University
Generation TEACH
Match Education
Peace Corps
Teach for America
Uncommon Schools
Urban Teachers

Fri, Feb 5, 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.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Sat, Feb 6, 2021

Take the LEAP 2.0

Sophomores: Take the LEAP 2.0 - Change the Way You Experience Spring 2021

Missing the spaces on campus where you could comfortably show up as yourself? Missing meaningful, spontaneous social interactions that all add up to feeling connected and a part of? While there is so much diversity in who we are and how we show up in the world as Amherst students, we are all going through the shared experience of college in the pandemic... Which for sophomores, is a shared experience of college away from college. Which is why we are creating a space for Amherst sophomores (and any other students, on or off-campus who want in!) that will reinvent the Val-sit, go further then a cross-quad hello, and overcome all the space between us. Take the Leap 2.0 is an every-other-week virtual meet-up throughout Spring 2021 that will create connection amidst the distance, find meaning in our and others’ experiences, and continue building the friendships and memories that college is made of.

Mon, Feb 8, 2021

#WHYIMASK WINTER GIVEAWAY

Share why you mask and protect the herd in the comment section of the post on the PA, SHE, and Health Ed pages. The first 65 respondents will win a free t-shirt and everyone will be entered for raffle prizes which include Delivery Express gift cards! All students are welcome to post and if you do not have social media, you can send in your response to the PA email. Be sure to include if you are on or off-campus in your post. Questions? Contact peeradvocate@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-2760.

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Caregiver Sessions

As you may recall, the college asked faculty and staff with caregiving responsibilities to participate in an anonymous survey last fall. The goal was to learn more about how members of our community are doing with managing the demands of work and caregiving during the pandemic.

As part of its response to the survey, the Office of Human Resources is now offering sessions that will provide a forum for caregivers to connect and to share their experiences with one another, including strategies that they have developed to cope with what they are facing. Facilitators may also pass along to HR helpful suggestions that may emerge from these conversations.

Each session will be limited to 25 participants. Additional dates will be added if needed and/or if participants would like to reconvene.

Jodi Foley and Laurie Frankl will be facilitating the sessions. If you have questions, please reach out to them via email at jfoley@amherst.edu or lfrankl@amherst.edu.

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Intro to the Houston Internship Program & Loeb Center Internship Resources

If you’re not sure where or how to find an internship, you should consider joining the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. The Houston Program is designed to not only allow Amherst students to apply for quality, vetted internships that are paid, but also provides preparatory guidance and support throughout the summer.

Additionally, the Loeb Center has funding available for students who have secured unpaid summer internships.

Come to this information session to learn about the process for joining the Houston Program, as well as the application process to be considered for funding for unpaid internships.

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

"Amherst Faculty in the Public Arena in the Trump Era and Beyond"

The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Amherst College Press invite the Amherst College community to a panel discussion moderated by Professor Austin Sarat, with faculty members who will explore the motives that led them to take on a public role in their writing. Presenters will be professors Lawrence Douglas, Javier Corrales, Catherine Sanderson, Eleonora Mattiacci, Pawan Dhingra and Ilan Stavans.

Register in advance:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsduqprz0pH9MFloDsClMs...

Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Expenses & Procurement

Join a Workday help session for answers to your questions about expenses and procurement.

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Foundations of Resume Writing Workshop — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Learn about the skills and strategies needed to create resumes that best represent your unique experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities. Get comfortable with the Loeb Center’s resume approval process and criteria necessary in order for you to apply to opportunities on Handshake.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Foundations of Cover Letter Writing Workshop — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Did you know that you need to write a customized and specific cover letter for every internship opportunity you apply for? Learn the basic formatting and strategies for writing effective cover letters, as well as advanced tips to write exceptional cover letters that will make you stand out.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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Student Video Showcase

A virtual screening and Q&A by students in the Amherst College class "Foundations in Video Production”

Videos by:
Leland Culver
Raymond Dixon
Seojin Jung
Anna-Blanca Leake
Frank Peprah
Andrew Rios
Grace Walker

Attendees must register in advance: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrceGrrDktEtS8_cbNdGrL...

Registration Required
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Renting in New York: A Practical Guide

Planning to relocate to New York City after graduation? Considering a big city move in the future, but feeling overwhelmed by what that might entail?

Join representatives from Cooper & Cooper Real Estate -- a Manhattan-based residential real estate brokerage firm -- for their annual "Renting In New York" webinar workshop. During the session (~45 minutes), agents will break down the ins-and-outs of finding a new apartment in the Big Apple. Topics include: starting your search, neighborhoods & subways, the application process, paperwork requirements, income & credit guidelines, scams to avoid, etc.

With access to over 9000+ buildings throughout NYC, Cooper & Cooper agents are experts at helping graduating students make successful transitions. As former investment bankers (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America) and college grads (Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia MBA), Cooper & Cooper's founders understand the needs of transitioning undergraduate and graduate students. Their mission is to ensure your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Note: Students who RSVP through the external link AND attend the session will receive a $100 Credit Check Gift Certificate from the firm!

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Establishing and Communicating Workplace 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.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring student employees.

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City Year Information Session

Join us on Wednesday, February 10, from 11:30am - 12:30pm to hear more about opportunities at City Year!

From City Year's Website (https://www.cityyear.org/about/):

At City Year, we believe that all students can succeed and that developing the skills and mindsets of children and young adults contributes to strong, vibrant communities—outcomes that benefit all of us.

The challenge
Many students lack access to learning environments and resources they need to thrive in school and in life, due to systemic inequities that disproportionately affect students of color and students growing up in low-income households.

What we do
City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools all day, every day, preparing students with the social, emotional and academic skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in life.

Developing civic leaders
City Year AmeriCorps members not only make a difference in the lives of students they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that help them and prepare them to be leaders in their communities and their careers.

As City Year continues to innovate alongside our school and district partners, we aim to share what we are learning and contribute to a broader conversation about how to ensure equitable access to learning opportunities for all students.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Wednesday, February 3, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

French Table

12:30 pm Virtual

Virtual French Table will start up again beginning January 20. Please join your French Language Assistants for informal conversation in French! French Table is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you were not enrolled in a French course during fall semester, but would like to participate, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu directly.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday - Expenses & Procurement

Join a Workday help session for answers to your questions about expenses and procurement.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, and tax information.

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How to Improve Your Internship Search — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Have you started your internship search, but feel like you haven’t been able to find exactly what you’re looking for? Do you feel overwhelmed about the search and want advice about how to organize yourself? You’re not alone. Come to this workshop to learn about strategies you can use to search for and secure the right internship or research opportunity for you.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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CHI Salon: "Worthless: An Ethnography of Devaluation and Domecide in a Midwestern Trailer Park"

Manufactured homes (MHs), better known as “mobile homes” or “trailers,” house an estimated 22 million Americans; however, fewer than 25 percent of all manufactured homes are titled as real estate. Classifying their homes as personal property is the only option for the estimated 7 million residents living in approximately 50,000 mobile home communities (MHCs) across the United States. Although over 90 percent of MHs never move once sited, most municipalities restrict MHs to MHCs, where resident landownership is prohibited.

Drawing on 28 months of ethnographic research in urban MHCs in Lincoln, Neb., in this talk, 2019-20 CHI Fellow Allison Formanack describes how mobile-homeowners create symbolic-- if not economic --value in their homes. As these case studies reveal, the affective labor of home-making produces a hybrid identity-- that is, a deeply meaningful relationship between “home” and “owner” that is as often destructive as it is beneficial.

Allison Formanack is an incoming assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi. A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Formanack considers the process by which pollution, ruin and “trashiness” is transferred from home to resident in the context of the most maligned housing type in the United States: the “mobile” or “trailer” home. Drawn from 28 months of ethnographic fieldwork in urban mobile home communities in Nebraska, her work finds that immaterial systems of law and finance conditions the materiality of categorically ambiguous “mobile” housing. This creates a state of “im/permanence,” or imposed temporariness, which threatens the rights and well-being of an estimated 22 million mobile-homeowners. She is currently working on a book project based on this work, Mobile Home on the Range: Manufacturing Ruin and Respect in an American Zone of Abandonment. Dr. Formanack received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder, where her research received support from from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, among other organizations.

Registration Required
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Careers in Grantmaking & Foundations — Advice from Linda Steele ’85, Katyana Dandridge ’18, and John Abodeely '01

Do you want to have a meaningful impact on your community and support initiatives that fuel change? Are you curious to learn how your disciplinary interests might extend into your professional career? Join us for small group discussions with alumni & other industry leaders to explore how grantmakers and foundations shape economic development, foster thriving creative communities, drive education reform, and much more.

You’ll leave this event with:
• an understanding of the work of community and national foundations/grantmakers.
• practical tips from industry leaders on landing jobs and internships.
• the networking connections that are essential in this industry.

This Loeb Center event is co-hosted by Linda Steele ’85 and Katyana Dandridge ’18 of ArtUp and will feature the following panelists:

• John Abodeely ’01 | CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance
• Jennifer Coleman | Program Director, Creative Culture & Arts for The George Gund Foundation
• Carol Coletta | President & CEO of Memphis River Parks, and Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation
• Stacey Easterling | Vice President of Programs for the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust
• Chantel Rush | Managing Director of The Kresge Foundation
• B. Sutton Mora | Executive Vice-President & COO of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday for Faculty

Join a Workday training session for Faculty. Sessions will cover employee self service tasks but will primarily focus on internal awards, student hiring and approval of student hours.

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Intro to Networking, Pt 2: Informational Interviewing — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

An informational interview is a conversation with a professional in an industry, field, company, or position that interests you and that you would like to learn more about. It’s a valuable opportunity to conduct personalized research with someone whose experience and perspective you think you can learn from.

In this workshop, students will learn how to respectfully reach out to people you’d like to speak with, prepare for the conversation, maintain the relationship, activate your Amherst community through the Alumni Directory, and more.

While this workshop builds off of Part 1 from Fall 2020, anyone may attend regardless of participation last semester.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Caregiver Sessions

As you may recall, the college asked faculty and staff with caregiving responsibilities to participate in an anonymous survey last fall. The goal was to learn more about how members of our community are doing with managing the demands of work and caregiving during the pandemic.

As part of its response to the survey, the Office of Human Resources is now offering sessions that will provide a forum for caregivers to connect and to share their experiences with one another, including strategies that they have developed to cope with what they are facing. Facilitators may also pass along to HR helpful suggestions that may emerge from these conversations.

Each session will be limited to 25 participants. Additional dates will be added if needed and/or if participants would like to reconvene.

Jodi Foley and Laurie Frankl will be facilitating the sessions. If you have questions, please reach out to them via email at jfoley@amherst.edu or lfrankl@amherst.edu.

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Prosek Partners: Public Relations Agency Info Session

Curious about a career in public relations? Learn how you can put your liberal arts skills in writing, unpacking ideas and collaboration to use in the fast-paced world of a PR agency. Join Gabrielle Simon, of financial communications agency Prosek Partners, for an information session on working in communications and public relations, what Prosek Partners does for clients, post-graduate job opportunities in Boston, New York, and Connecticut and a lively Q&A session.

Prosek Partners is among the largest independent public relations firms in the U.S., and one of the few domestic, mid-size firms that offers global capabilities through its London office and international network. Specializing in providing a full range of communications solutions to financial and professional services companies, the firm delivers an unexpected level of passion, creativity and marketing savvy. Prosek Partners’ “Unboxed Communications” approach brings breakthrough ideas to every client engagement.

Students from all class years and majors are welcome to attend.

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Arts at Amherst Initiative Spring Soirée

5:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative at our Spring Soirée to hear Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Kate Pukinskis and Mead Art Museum Study Room Manager and European Print Specialist Miloslava Hruba share their recent research. Miloslava will share field notes from her recent survey of printmaking practices in the former Czechoslovakia (1948-1989) with a focus on gender differences within the ideologically and culturally ostracized group of nonconforming artists. Following these presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A.

While the Spring Soirée cannot take place in person, the AAI Steering Committee is planning to do its best to replicate the welcoming atmosphere that these biannual events traditionally foster by offering contactless pickup of complimentary wine and cheese to the first 20 people who register for the event!

Registration Required

Fri, Feb 12, 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.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Creative Thinking Coffee and Conversation

Wrap up your week with creative skill building and conversation. Join Learning & Development for a conversation and reflection of the LinkedIn Learning videos Becoming an Idea Machine and The Power of Creative Collaboration (about 5 minutes total). While these videos are part of the February LinkedIn Learning Creative Thinking Challenge, participation in the Challenge is not necessary to join the discussion.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring a student employee.

Hired Guns? The Politics of Foreign Interventions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.u

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Hired Guns? The Politics of Foreign Interventions" presented by Eleonora Mattiacci, Assistant Professor of Political Science. This lecture will be held via Zoom (see link below). Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research. The event is open to the Amherst College Community. For more information about the Faculty Colloquium Series please visit this link https://www.amherst.edu/mm/597044

LINK TO THE ZOOM MEETING:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/97050893817?pwd=VWxwTjBPN0xRakpXQTZiMXh...

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Mastering the Digital Internship Interview — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How do you best prepare for interviews in digital settings? Has an application ever requested that you pre-record a video introduction?

Join us to learn how to effectively prepare for a range of interview formats, answer challenging questions, and present yourself in a professional manner, even if you’re Zooming in from your bedroom.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, and tax information.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Done with feeling disconnected?

Take the LEAP 2.0 - Get Connected!

ARE YOU READY TO BE DONE WITH FEELING DISCONNECTED??

Missing the way that being with others has the power to make you feel more human and less stuck in yourself? How about the way that a good shared laugh, or having "real talk" with friends, or simply saying something out loud to another person can all feel like an important reminder that the world is so much bigger than the four walls we can feel trapped in, especially as we navigate all of the unknowns of the pandemic? Part of the magic of Amherst is that it has been a place where all of these things came alive for us daily just by being there. For those who will not be on campus this semester (and those who are, but just want to add new friendships to your being-with-people-again reboot) Take the Leap 2.0 is a completely virtual experience, defying what we know to be possible on zoom, and recreating these feelings of connection in an entirely new space in Spring 2021. This every-other week meet-up will reinvent the Val-sit, go further then a cross-quad hello, and overcome the space between us as we continue building the friendships and memories that college is made of!

"I feel so much better than I did an hour and half ago. That was the most valuable time I've spent on Zoom!" - Student who attended last week's virtual open house

Registration Required

Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring a student employee.

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Biology Monday Seminar: Walking and Singing: The Neurobiology of Multitasking in Drosophila"

4:00 pm Virtual

Osama Ahmed, Ph.D., Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, will speak on "Walking and Singing: The Neurobiology of Multitasking in Drosophila."

Locomotion, such as walking or flying, is vitally important for the survival and fitness of practically all animals, and regularly occurs in tandem with other motor actions. Human locomotion, for example, may occur concurrently with talking, and similarly, Drosophila flies can walk and produce complex acoustic signals called “courtship songs.” While many components of the neural circuits that control either walking or singing have been identified, the neural substrates that couple these behaviors during multitasking are entirely unknown. Here, I show how Drosophila courtship behavior can be leveraged as a neuroethological model for studying multitasking. During courtship, male flies must attend to and keep up with their potential mates, all the while producing the right songs at the right times by correctly vibrating their wings. My results show that fly chase-and-stop courtship sequences exhibit hallmarks of multitasking: male flies either walk, or sing, or perform both behaviors simultaneously. Through optogenetic activation of locomotor neurons in freely courting male flies and new machine-learning methods for automated behavioral analysis, I reveal performance differences in how flies walk or sing (single-tasking) compared to when they walk and sing (multitasking). These results demonstrate that the fly courtship model is an advantageous and promising framework for characterizing and testing the neurogenetic control of multitasking. These experiments provide a strong foundation and entry point for probing circuit mechanisms that underlie multitasking via brain-wide neural recordings in behaving animals. Identifying these mechanisms will inform our understanding of how neural pathways interact to control, or limit, behavioral simultaneity.

Persons from the college community that wish to attend should please register by sending an email request to the Biology ADC, Karen Racz, who will provide the Zoom link to the event.

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Call for Applications: NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies | Five Colleges, Inc.

Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.

Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants and lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators. Faculty can also apply for residencies to host Indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Residencies can span a few weeks to an academic year. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: March 2 and May 2021 (specific date to be determined). Additional rounds of applications will be available through 2022. A virtual Information session will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on February 16 from 4 to 5pm. Applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions and read the Frequently Asked Questions available on the FCI website. 

For more information on the NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies and to register for the February 16 info session, please visit the FCI website listed below.

Registration Required

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

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, and tax information.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Unhunch: Spinal Health Workshop

Now more than ever, how our bodies exist in the world has shifted with the adjustment to remote work and wearing masks. We are also in an environment of stress, which impacts our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In this workshop you will learn an easy routine to incorporate into your day to enhance your spinal health and wellbeing as well as how to tune in and recognize when you’re experiencing extra spinal stress.

Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA to discover how you can manage risk versus reward as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.

Workday for Faculty

Join a Workday training session for faculty. Sessions will cover employee self service tasks but will primarily focus on internal awards, student hiring and approval of student hours.

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Black Faith: A Panel and Conversation

8:00 pm Virtual

Join us as we hear from and speak with Black leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist and Christian traditions on their intersectional experience of race and religion.

Co-sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life, the Black Student Union and the Multicultural Resource Center

Zoom info and panelist question submission form at link below

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Perfecting Your "No-Guilt" No

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by Care.com.

Saying no can be uncomfortable and awkward but it’s absolutely necessary to avoid burnout and help you remain focused on your most important goals. In this session led by Lisa Abramson, you'll learn a powerful "saying no" framework and get a cheat sheet to make saying no less stressful in the future. After this session, you'll be able to confidently deliver a firm and appropriate no without the side of guilt.

Called an “inspiration” by Oprah, Lisa Abramson is an executive coach, mindfulness teacher, author, and mom of two girls. She teaches overachievers how to develop a resilient mindset and create success that’s sustainable.

Blocking Burnout

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions, to learn how to detect burnout triggers and discover ways to regain enthusiasm at work and at home by becoming more conscious of your needs and motivators.

Lifetime Income: Marketproof your Retirement

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

You’ve worked hard to save for retirement. TIAA can help you understand how to create a plan that protects you against key retirement risks as well as helps build a diversified retirement income plan.

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Ash Wednesday Prayer Service and Distribution of Ashes

Join a brief worship service marking the start of the Lenten Season and remembering our mortality and the God who holds us in all of it. This year there will be two separate services. Rev. Anna Woofenden, Protestant Advisor, will lead the noon service. Ashes will be individually distributed and self-administered to maintain social distance. Deacon Tom Lynch, Catholic Advisor, will lead the 1:30pm service. Ashes will be imposed on the top of the head of each individual.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Blocking Burnout

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions, to learn how to detect burnout triggers and discover ways to regain enthusiasm at work and at home by becoming more conscious of your needs and motivators.

Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Discover how to help make your money work harder by using your cash flow more effectively, developing good saving habits and better managing debt.

Workday for Managers, Supervisors and Staff

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CHI Salon: "The Indian in the Freezer: The Genomic Quest for Indigeneity"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Visiting Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Jennifer Hamilton will present her new book manuscript, The Indian in the Freezer: The Genomic Quest for Indigeneity (under contract with the University of Washington Press). The book explores what she terms “the genomic quest for indigeneity,” and follows people, scientific objects, biomedical discourses and capital over time and in space in order to provide a rich ethnographic account of how race, sex and sexuality continue to inform and shape contemporary biomedical inquiry. Hamilton argues that indigeneity is a productive category, particularly in terms of how genomics is imagined. She does the empirical work of tracing how indigeneity circulates and how it impacts the creation of diagnostic technologies and therapeutics as part of a larger intervention in ongoing discussions of how and why health disparities cannot be reduced to naturalized narratives of biological difference. The overall point of the book is to take seriously that if we accept, possibly embrace, the speculative and contingent yet material and consequential dimensions of genomics and the life sciences more broadly, we can potentially shift scientific modes of inquiry to be more inclusive of other possible worlds.

Registration Required
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Foundations of Resume Writing Workshop — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Learn about the skills and strategies needed to create resumes that best represent your unique experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities. Get comfortable with the Loeb Center’s resume approval process and criteria necessary in order for you to apply to opportunities on Handshake.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring student employees.

Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Find out how retirement savings, planning and the real benefit of time are essential features of retirement investments.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Designing Virtual Meetings

How many times in the past week have you left a meeting and thought, “that could have been an email”? Studies show that we have more meetings on our schedule than ever during this time of remote work and change. How often are those meetings productive and intentionally thought out? This session will focus on an intentional process for designing and facilitating meetings (both virtual and in-person) to ensure they are worth everyone’s while. You will leave the session with an understanding of how to determine the purpose and method for various meetings, as well as a tangible tool to put into use immediately.

Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care in retirement? This webinar will help you understand unique aspects of HSAs including how they help account owners to pay for current health care expenses and save for those in the future.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, payslip and tax information.

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Rapaport Lecture: Jason Moran, "The Sound Will Tell You"

This year’s Rapaport Lecture will feature jazz pianist, composer and artist Jason Moran, the artistic director for jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010. He has recorded 16 solo albums, with the most recent being his third solo piano recording, titled The Sound Will Tell You.

To attend, please register in advance: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bArSNWdMQyGOSCejVqgOBg

Registration Required

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday for Faculty

Join a Workday training session for Faculty. Sessions will cover employee self service tasks but will primarily focus on internal awards, student hiring and approval of student hours.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Internship Application Clinic — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How does a compelling internship application come together? Learn how to put your best foot forward with your application materials by targeting your resume, aligning your cover letter and resume, and conducting adequate employer research to embed into your materials in this group advising and working session.

To attend, please register via Handshake by 12:00PM EST the Wednesday prior (48 hours in advance). If you wish to RSVP after the Wednesday deadline, email internships@amherst.edu to confirm available space.

Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program team. To learn more about the Program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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Cheminar: Professor Robert Gilliard, University of Virginia: "Electronic Tuning in the Main-Group: From Subvalent Organometallics to Novel π-Electron Materials"

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Abstract: Research efforts in the Gilliard laboratory span diverse areas of chemical synthesis related to the activation of inert chemical bonds, energy storage and molecular hybrid materials chemistry. Our work with s-block metals has resulted in a number of advances in the low-valent and hydridic chemistry of the alkaline earth metals (e.g., beryllium, magnesium), including molecular models for hydrogen storage. Recently, we have begun to study heterocycles “doped” with p-block elements for the development of new π-electron materials with unusual bonding and photophysical properties. This has led to the first examples of pyrene-fused N-heterocyclic germylenes and boranes, thermochromic and thermoluminescent borafluorene materials, and stable borafluorene radicals. Our primary goal has been to isolate molecules in rare electronic states and to provide a link between structure and function. This presentation will highlight our most recent results in these research areas.

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CANCELED M@A: A Virtual Season Presents Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello, and Daniil Trifonov, piano

M@A regrets very much to have to inform you that COVID restrictions make it impossible for the artists to offer the following program:

Presenting the fourth free online concert for M@A 2020-2021: A Virtual Series:

Grammy Award winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov—winner of Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year award—has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist; a champion of the concerto repertoire; a chamber and vocal collaborator; and a composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “He has everything and more … tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” marveled pianist Martha Argerich. Trifonov recently added a Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As the Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”
Program:
Pärt “Fratres” for violoncello and piano
Shostakovich Sonata for Violoncello and Piano D Minor, Op. 40

Rachmaninov Sonata for Violoncello and Piano G Minor, Op. 19

Hailed by the Washington Post as “a seasoned phenomenon,” Narek Hakhnazaryan won the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22.

Sat, Feb 20, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Virtual Crafting Classes with Book & Plow

Farming together is a great way to form connections and build community. This is in part because the tasks are repetitive, grounding, and give a sense of accomplishment. Many farmers have “winter hobbies” which possess the same qualities to fill the dark months between fall harvest and spring seeding.

Join campus farmers Kaylee & Julia for virtual crochet and embroidery lessons. Open to all Amherst students, both on campus and remote, on a first come first served basis. Supplies will be provided.

Registration Required
Join Our Virtual Get Involved Fair!

Spring Virtual Get Involved Fair

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Virtual, https://thehub.amherst.edu/event/6867091

Learn about new organizations! Gain insight on leadership opportunities! Make your organization's presence known! Come to the Spring '21 Virtual Get Involved Fair on the Hub.
To view the event, visit the Hub or click the link below. Please note that only Eboard members can sign organizations up, but anyone can RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Students Only

Sun, Feb 21, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Black Movement Makers brought to you by the Peer Advocates

The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect will be highlighting Black Movement Makers who have contributed to work surrounding sexual respect and violence prevention. A different person will be featured daily from Monday, February 22, through Sunday, February 28, on Instagram. Be sure to follow the Peer Advocates @amherst_pa to learn about each of these movement makers! Questions? Email peeradvocate@amherst.edu.

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshop

The Learning & Development Team invites you to focus on your wellness with Molly Kitchen. Kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools
you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) Internship Opportunities Information Session

Join us on Monday, February 22, to hear more about internship opportunities with HACU's Corporate Component Internship. For more information, please visit: https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Corporate_HACU_Internship_Program.asp.

HACU National Internship Program - Corporate Component:
The HACU National Internship Program - Corporate Component, partners with some of the leading corporations in the nation to assist them in attracting and hiring the best talent from HACU member colleges and universities. The process is very competitive but rewarding, as many internships lead to full-time roles. Opportunities for both internships and full-time employment are available.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Monday, February 15, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

Holyoke (USA - Massachusetts) Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:30:00 am EST
Berlin (Germany - Berlin) Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30:00 pm CET
Mumbai (India - Maharashtra) Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00:00 pm IST
Beijing (China - Beijing Municipality) Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:30:00 am CST
Los Angeles (USA - California) Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:30:00 am PST

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Job Search Foundations: The Resume — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

In this two-part workshop that kicks off the Senior Job Search Bootcamp, get up to speed with a job search-ready resume (4 - 5 p.m. session) and cover letter (6 - 7 p.m. session). A special discussion on personal statement writing will be included in the cover letter session.

Invest time now in these critical documents so you can tackle your search this spring! Attend one or both parts; there is a one-hour break between topics.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

French Table

Please join your French Language Assistants for the virtual weekly meeting of French Table. French Table is an opportunity for informal conversation in French, and is open to students, faculty, and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome! If you would like to join this group, please email rgarsault@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link.

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Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

In this two-part workshop that kicks off the Senior Job Search Bootcamp, get up to speed with a job search-ready resume (4 - 5 p.m. session) and cover letter (6 - 7 p.m. session). A special discussion on personal statement writing will be included in the cover letter session.

Invest time now in these critical documents so you can tackle your search this spring! Attend one or both parts; there is a one-hour break between topics.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

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Resume Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your resume reviewed. Whether it’s your first time seeking Handshake resume approval or you simply want to freshen up your for this semester, we are here to help!

Participants should come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs that you can share with a PCA.

The Loeb Center's weekly virtual drop-in clinics run from February 15-March 29th in addition to the Peer Career Advisor appointments that are available for booking via Handshake. If you have questions, email internships@amherst.edu.

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Workday for Faculty

Join a Workday training session for Faculty. Sessions will cover employee self service tasks but will primarily focus on internal awards, student hiring and approval of student hours.

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Verite Information Session - Summer Internship Opportunities Available!

Come join us to learn more about summer internship opportunities at Verité, an international labor rights nonprofit located in Amherst, MA!

Verité is an Amherst-based nonprofit and award-winning pioneer in the social auditing, training, research, and consulting field. The organization has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 corporations and their local suppliers through our global network of NGO partners. Verité works in over 70 countries to empower companies, factories, NGOs, governments, and workers to create sustainable workplace practices in the factories and communities where our consumer goods are made and the raw materials that go into them are sourced.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Tuesday, February 16, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

Virtual Russian Table

11:30 am Virtual

Please join us for the Virtual Russian Table every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:00pm EST.
Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation - all levels of Russian speakers are very welcome!
Please email Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) for the Zoom info.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, payslip and tax information.

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Dynamic Job Search Strategies — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

Are you ready to get organized and in command of your job search strategy? Whether you’re just getting started or feeling stalled out, this workshop will offer you tools and resources to navigate the landscape of job prospects; advice for staying adaptable, energized, organized, and engaged; and concrete suggestions for finding opportunities that are viable and relevant to your interests.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

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Buddhist Group

Join us as we meet weekly over Zoom for guided meditation and conversation about how the Buddha's teachings - from interconnection to embodied awareness to skillful relationship to thoughts - can make our daily lives a bit more grounded and happy. You don't need to be Buddhist to attend, and all College students, staff, and faculty are welcome.

For more information please contact interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Kinetic Light Screening and Discussion with Alice Sheppard

In preparation for her February 26 public lecture, disabled dancer/choreographer Alice Sheppard will introduce the Five College community to the work of her company Kinetic Light and its undergirding concepts of intersectional disability arts, disability aesthetics, and aesthetic access. We will watch clips of performances, and Dr. Jina Kim will moderate the discussion. Open to the Five College community. Five College Dance students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend in order to gain a foundational understanding of Alice's work and aesthetic.

Register here: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodeiorTopHtxTGn5UpnjF...

Bios:
Alice Sheppard is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a leading disability arts ensemble. She studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. As an independent artist, she has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the U.K. and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance, CRIPSiE, and MOMENTA.

As a Bessie award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture, and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender, and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race, and dance. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and in academic journals.

Jina B. Kim is an Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, and a 2016 PhD graduate of the Women’s Studies and English Program at the University of Michigan. She teaches and writes about critical disability studies, feminist- and queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic American literature. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Dreaming of Infrastructure: Crip-of-Color Imaginaries after the US Welfare State. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs, Social Text, MELUS, American Quarterly, Disability Studies Quarterly, The South Atlantic Quarterly, and The Asian American Literary Review.

Registration Required
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An Evening with Trevor Noah

#1 New York Times best-selling author, comedian, and host of The Daily Show in a moderated Q&A with SNL cast member Heidi Gardner.

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Under Trevor, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has broken free from the restraints of a 30-minute linear show, producing engaging social content, award-winning digital series, podcasts and more for its global audience. In 2020, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” received six Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for A Variety Series. Trevor also received NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special). “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” also received Webby Awards for Best in Comedy and Best Web Personality/Host, as well as a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Talk Series. Trevor originally joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

Trevor Noah is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” and its young readers adaptation “It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which also debuted as a New York Times bestseller. The book received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards, one for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author and another for Outstanding Literary Work in the Biography/Auto-Biography category.

To view the live stream click the link below. This event is limited to students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents. An Amherst College login is required to watch the event.

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring a student employee.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Casa de Esperanza Service Year for Graduating Seniors Information Session

Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas providing residential care to children ages birth through six years old who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Care is provided in our residential neighborhood by our Hands of Hope Service Year House Parents. House Parents join us for a year of service (generally after finishing their undergraduate degree- although this is not a requirement) and come from all majors- the single unifying factor for all of our House Parents is the desire to serve vulnerable young children. In our program House Parents arrive and complete training as a small group. We accept and process applications on a rolling basis and applicants can indicate their desired start date on their application.

This event will take place via Zoom. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact the Career Development Center Team at cdc@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests no later than Wednesday, February 17, to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event is brought to you by a three-college consortia partnership between Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges' career centers.

Stress Management for Managers

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

Managers are constantly being pulled in different directions and have high accountability for how a team functions. This can lead to cumulative stress. Learn more about the stress cycle, how to recognize it’s impact on health, and strategies to lower stress that can be applied in daily life. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Workday for Students

Sessions are meant for students and will cover searching and applying for student employment opportunities, submitting time worked, and tax information.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Stress Management for Managers

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

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

Managers are constantly being pulled in different directions and have high accountability for how a team functions. This can lead to cumulative stress. Learn more about the stress cycle, how to recognize it’s impact on health, and strategies to lower stress that can be applied in daily life. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Workday for Faculty

Join a Workday training session for faculty. Sessions will cover employee self service tasks but will primarily focus on internal awards, student hiring and approval of student hours.

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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.

Students Only
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Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

This interactive workshop meets you wherever you are in preparing for an upcoming interview. Strategies, best practices, and current considerations will be shared as well as follow-up resources and training tools. Come learn how to put your best self forward when competing for internships, fellowships, or employment.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

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CHI Salon: "Spain, the Second World War and the Holocaust"

Join editors Gina Herrmann and Sara J. Brenneis in a discussion of the new publication Spain, the Second World War and the Holocaust: History and Representation (University of Toronto Press, 2020). Herrmann and Brenneis brought together over 30 international experts around the topic of Spain's involvement in World War II, combining the vantage point of Jews who fled Nazi persecution through the Iberian Peninsula, Spaniards who were directly involved in the war and/or imprisoned in Nazi camps, and artists who have created representations of this historical period and its actors. The waves of people-- Jewish refugees and Spanish antifascists alike --who moved across borders, through concentration camps and into exile press us to consider what "home" meant during a moment of unparalleled global strife.

The editors will speak about this collection as the first volume to take this kind of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural view of the period, consider how the volume came together, and discuss some of the more extraordinary takeaways from the book.

Gina Herrmann is a Norman H. Brown Faculty Fellow, professor of Spanish and director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Sara Brenneis is professor of Spanish and department chair at Amherst College.

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish and European Studies at Amherst College. Pre-registration is required.

Please note this event will be recorded.

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcO6upj8tE9Na0OjzvYdy...

Registration Required
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How to Improve Your Internship Search — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Have you started your internship search, but feel like you haven’t been able to find exactly what you’re looking for? Do you feel overwhelmed about the search and want advice about how to organize yourself? You’re not alone. Come to this workshop to learn about strategies you can use to search for and secure the right internship or research opportunity for you.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program*

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

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Solidarity Book Project: Shape the Books that Have Shaped You

Turn your books into art! Sculpt the iconic solidarity fist into books that have shaped your understanding of solidarity. To commemorate our Bicentennial, the College will donate per submission, up to a total of $100,000, to organizations providing Black and Indigenous communities with access to books. Have questions? Join Sonya Clark’s make-with sessions to sculpt your books with other members of the Amherst community. Join us at our first session on Feb. 24!

Registration Required

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
Brought to you by the Wellness Team!

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Fostering a Culture of Recognition and Appreciation

When was the last time you highlighted a colleague for their good work? Why do we not build appreciation into the culture of our groups? This session will focus on appreciating and recognizing those around us as a tool for supporting comradery and connection.

Workday for Managers, Supervisors and Staff

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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.

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Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

The Amherst network is one of the greatest assets you have as you navigate your career. This workshop will teach you about the how-to’s of successful professional relationship building, and empower you to start today.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

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FREEDOM! Amherst College's Annual Speaking Competition

Please support student speakers by attending FREEDOM: Amherst College’s remote speaking competition. Students from all four class years have written persuasive speeches about this year’s theme, “FREEDOM,” and will speak compellingly about what matters to them. Speaking prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. Please Zoom in to cheer on these FREEDOM speakers on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this webinar event. Please register here:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uEvv829_SYqTfgEtq2IXNA

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Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started In Tech

Womxn in Computer Science @ Amherst presents "Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started In Tech" by Beth Linker, Class of '98, in this first installment of the WiCS Alumni Speaker Series! Considering going into tech? Join us in this special presentation by Beth to hear their thoughts on planning (and not planning!) a career in the tech industry. Register online at bit.ly/wics-speaker-series for a spot. (Attendees get free t-shirts!)

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Verkada: New Grad Analyst Program Information Session

Founded in 2016, Verkada is an IoT security technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area in the heart of Silicon Valley. Built on the vision of creating the operating system for modern buildings, Verkada’s end-to-end building security solution helps modern teams protect people, assets, and privacy.

Verkada is the fastest-growing physical security company in the world, backed by top venture capital firms, including Sequoia Capital, Meritech and First Round Capital. In January 2020, Verkada raised a Series C round at a $1.6B valuation and recently ranked #10 on LinkedIn’s Top Startups 2020 list.

On the Sales Strategy and Operations team at Verkada, new hires hit the ground running with high-impact projects and work cross-functionally across the organization -- gaining exposure to a wide variety of challenges, processes and data. Those hired will become part of a tight-knit team with a diverse set of backgrounds in sales leadership, consulting, banking, private equity, and software engineering.

Analysts on this team drive key policy and strategic initiatives across the company through data-driven insights and play a key role in developing the analytical basis for executive-level decisions. These roles also focus on building future-proof systems and processes, aiming to optimize existing workflows and strategically designing improvements across systems for the long-term.

Join Phoebe Chan, Sales Recruiter; Phuong Tran '09, Sales Operations Lead and Amherst alum; Bobby Pease, Senior Director of Sales Operations; and Stephen Rickli, Sales Operations Manager, to learn more about the company and its opportunities. All class years and majors are welcome to attend.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick! with the SHEs

Join the SHEs for an exciting workshop and discussion about sexual experience during COVID-19 times! As we are in the midst of a global pandemic, we're still aware of the needs and wants of the students within our community, and we want to make sure students are equipped with the resources and tools to have safe and pleasurable sexual experiences. Access the zoom workshop via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/acsexy-feb-25. For more sex related health education, check out our instagram @ac_she!

Spoken Word Slam for Amherst Students

8:00 pm Virtual

LitFest kicks off with the Spoken Word Slam, hosted by Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The Slam will begin with performances from reg e gaines and J.F. Seary.

Interested students should register now to participate in this virtual event. Registration is open until February 22.

Daniel Gallant is the executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the author of the short story collection Determined to Prove, and a playwright, theatrical producer, actor and teacher. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, the New York Post, the Daily News, six anthologies from Applause Books and Vintage Books and elsewhere. He is the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the DeVos Institute, and was recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. He has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Crain’s New York, Forbes, Adweek, Inc., The Washington Post and Voice of America; and on CNN, MTV, NPR, NBC, NY1, CBS, Univision, the BBC and other networks.

reg e gaines is author/lyricist of the Tony Award-winning musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and is in his ninth year as artistic director of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in New York. Most recently, reg directed Through the Looking Glass for Center Theatre Group and Rock WILK’s Brooklyn Quartet. He is currently writing and directing two musicals: The 88 and FREE. His spoken-word career began at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he was named Grand Slam Champion.

J.F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor. She has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, as well as in London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Juan, Grand Rapids and Orlando. She has also toured colleges across the United States with her solo poetry show and with the ensemble production HerStory. Seary has taught English and drama for Monroe College, John Jay College and Borough of Manhattan Community College for 13 years. She is currently working on Necromancer (pilot), and she is a co-creator/co-writer for the web series The New York Effect.

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Alcahoot! With the SHEs!

Want to relive the glory of high school Kahoot victories? Then come get a shot of knowledge with the SHEs this Thursday night! We will be hosting an alcohol related Kahoot game where you can have some fun and learn some facts about safe drinking. Follow this tinyurl link to access the zoom meeting: https://tinyurl.com/ac-alcahoot-2-25. More information will be posted on our instagram @ac_she or you can email us at she@amherst.edu with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

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Health Education Insta Follower Giveaway!

The Health Education Department presents our Instagram Follower Giveaway! Follow @ac_HealthAndWellbeing on Instagram for a chance to win some great (and delicious) prizes (Girl Scout Cookies and swag) and keep updates on how to improve your wellbeing. The raffle starts Sunday, February 14, and closes Friday, February 26. Follow the instructions in our February 13 Insta Follower Giveaway post, and three winners--remote or on-campus--will win a collection of Girl Scout cookies! Only current Amherst College students, faculty and staff are eligible.

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.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

Creative Thinking Coffee and Conversation: Creative Blocks and Problem Solving

Join Learning & Development for a conversation and reflection of the LinkedIn Learning videos "The Origin of Creative Blocks and Why we Need to Remove Them" and "Bite Sized Problem Solving" (about 5 minutes total). While these videos are part of the February LinkedIn Learning Creative Thinking Challenge, participation in the Challenge is not necessary to join the discussion. Use the link below to register and to find the videos being discussed.

Student Hiring in Workday

Sessions are designed for supervisors and will review the process for creating a student job requisition and hiring student employees.

Workday Open Lab/AskIT

Workday Open Labs are still happening! Join a session if you have a question about Workday. View the training website (login required) for the full schedule and Zoom info.

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Internship Application Clinic — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

How does a compelling internship application come together? Learn how to put your best foot forward with your application materials by targeting your resume, aligning your cover letter and resume, and conducting adequate employer research to embed into your materials in this group advising and working session.

To attend, please register via Handshake by 12:00PM EST the Wednesday prior (48 hours in advance). If you wish to RSVP after the Wednesday deadline, email internships@amherst.edu to confirm available space.

Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program team. To learn more about the Program, visit: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Carleton College--Buddhist Studies in India Information Session

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Money Matters — Senior Job Search Bootcamp Week

If you are a senior looking for a boost of support in your job search, the Loeb Center team is here for you!

In this special week of workshops designed just for Seniors, Loeb advisors will break down the core components of any job search and give you the tools you need to tackle the process. All sessions are designed to apply to ANY field of career interest.

This workshop focuses on how to put your best foot forward in the job search process and beyond. As you enter into life post-graduation, it is important to understand your value proposition and how to communicate it to your employers and how to live within your means to create long term success. In this workshop you will learn how to research salary ranges, how to negotiate salary and benefits, and how to budget effectively.

Learn more about and register for other sessions in the Loeb Center’s week-long Senior Job Search Bootcamp series on Handshake:

-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: The Resume https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/669995/share_preview
-- 2/22: Job Search Foundations: Cover Letters and Personal Statements https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670006/share_preview
-- 2/23: Dynamic Job Search Strategies https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670018/share_preview
-- 2/24: Your Impressive Self: Strategies for Effective Interviewing https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670038/share_preview
-- 2/25: Demystifying Networking: How Relationships Are Key to Any Job Search https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670049/share_preview
-- 2/26: Money Matters https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/670062/share_preview

Five College Dance Annual Lecture: "Under Wired: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics On and Off Stage," Delivered by Alice Sheppard

Five College Dance is thrilled to welcome dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard for our 2020-2021 Five College Dance Lecture. Sheppard will deliver a public talk via Zoom entitled "Under Wired: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics On and Off Stage." With Kinetic Light's Wired at the center of this talk, Alice Sheppard invites you into a world where intersectional disability aesthetics and culture take the stage.
Leaving aside the deficit-based understandings of medicalized bodyminds, Sheppard lays out the principles of the newly re-emerging disability arts movement.
This event is free and open to the public, with ASL interpretation and captions provided.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdOmoqDsuHdaWmzFmCfKw...

Please also visit our webpage for reading and viewing that we encourage you to engage in advance of Alice's talk, in order to situate it within the broader context of her and her company’s artistic practice and ethos: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/dance/alice-sheppard-events

Alice Sheppard is the artistic director of Kinetic Light, a leading disability arts ensemble. Sheppard studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. As an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance and Marc Brew Company in the U.K., and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater and Steve Paxton in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance, CRIPSiE and MOMENTA.

As a Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race and dance. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and in academic journals. alicesheppard.com // @wheelchairdancr

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Registration Required

A Conversation with 2020 National Book Award Winner Charles Yu and Nominee Megha Majumdar

7:00 pm Virtual

Join Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint for a conversation with National Book Award winner Charles Yu and nominee Megha Majumdar, with a welcome from President Biddy Martin. This virtual event, hosted in partnership with the National Book Foundation, is open to the general public and will be followed by a Q&A.

Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, where she was a Traub Scholar, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an associate editor at Catapult and lives in New York City. A Burning, her first book, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was named a top book of the year by the New York Public Library and NPR.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of a novel, The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven, which won a 2018 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her second book, Names for Light: A Family History, was the winner of the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press this August. Myint was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver. She is currently a visiting writer at Amherst College.

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Sat, Feb 27, 2021

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Project Connect Spring Sign-ups Open

Want to get to know more students? Help build community? Learn ways to improve the connections you have? Project Connect is a fun, five-session peer-led program. Participants discuss a series of thought-provoking questions, complete a mini outreach project, and share experiences with a small group of fellow students. Sign up at the following link https://forms.gle/2WnfbfcmgMN1TgXx8
You may contact gfitzgerald@amherst.edu for more information.
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A Conversation with 2020 National Book Award for Poetry Finalists Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz

11:00 am Virtual

Join John Hennessy for a conversation with National Book Award for Poetry Finalists Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz. This virtual event, hosted in partnership with the National Book Foundation, is open to the general public and will be followed by a Q&A.

Tommye Blount is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020)—a finalist for the National Book Award—and the chapbook What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A Cave Canem alumnus and graduate from Warren Wilson College, he has been the recipient of a fellowship from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the John Atherton Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Blount’s work has been featured in Magma, Poetry, New England Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, Blount now lives in the nearby suburb of Novi, Mich.

Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press, and her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, a United States Artists Ford Fellow and a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellow. Diaz is director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

John Hennessy is the author of two poetry collections, Bridge and Tunnel and Coney Island Pilgrims, and his poems appear in The Believer, Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Poetry Review (UK), Poetry Ireland Review and other journals and anthologies. He is the co-translator, with Ostap Kin, of A New Orthography, selected poems by Serhiy Zhadan, longlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, 2021; Hennessy and Kin won the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation from Poetry magazine for work included in this book. A former Amy Clampitt Resident Fellow, Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common and director of undergraduate creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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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.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College

2:00 pm Virtual

In partnership with Amherst College’s Bicentennial, join Museum staff for a talk about the impact of the College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson. The Dickinson family was instrumental to the College during its first 75 years, beginning with Samuel Fowler Dickinson’s part in its founding and continuing with Edward and Austin’s combined 60 years of service as treasurers. The College was an early and lasting influence in Emily’s life, playing an inestimable role in her early education and friendships, and later connecting her to an ever-widening local and global community. Through original photographs and archival documents, encounter some of the people and places that defined the Dickinsons’ 19th-century Amherst College, including students, professors, workers and alumni.

Registration Required

Readings by The Common's Literary Publishing Interns: Amherst Students Share Their Own Creative Work

4:30 pm Virtual

Jennifer Acker ’00 will host readings by The Common's the literary publishing interns: Olive Amdur '23, Sofia Belimova '22, Eliza Brewer '22, Whitney Bruno '21, Elly Hong ’21 and Isabel Meyers ’20.

Jennifer Acker ’00 is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Amazon Original Stories, The Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review and Ploughshares, among other places. Acker has an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and LitFest.

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Alumni Authors Cocktail Hour Reading

5:00 pm Virtual

Jennifer Acker ’00 will host brief readings by Calvin Baker '94, Chris Bohjalian '82, Dan Chiasson '93, Edward A. Farmer '05, Michael Gorra '79, Kirun Kapur '97, Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne '01 and Ismée Williams '95. A Q&A to follow.

Acker ’00 is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Amazon Original Stories, The Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review and Ploughshares, among other places. Acker has an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and LitFest.

Registration Required

Sun, Feb 28, 2021

The Poet’s Prose: Rereading Joseph Brodsky’s Essays Today

11:00 am Virtual

This LitFest event features Professors Polina Barskova and Catherine Ciepiela ’83, in conversation with Christopher Benfey, Sven Birkerts and Jonathan Galassi about the prose works of the Nobel Prize Winner and 5-Colleges Literature Professor Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996). This event is hosted in partnership with the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.

Polina Barskova is a poet and a scholar, author of 12 collections of poems and two books of prose in Russian. She has also authored a monograph, Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster (2017), and edited three scholarly volumes. Her collection of creative nonfiction, Living Pictures, received the Andrei Bely Prize in 2015; it was published in German by Suhrkamp Verlag and is forthcoming in English from New York Review Books. Barskova edited the Leningrad Siege poetry anthology Written in the Dark (Ugly Duckling Presse) and has four collections of poetry published in English translation: This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press), The Zoo in Winter (Melville House), Relocations (Zephyr Press) and Air Raid (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse). She has taught at Hampshire College, Amherst College and Smith College. Starting in 2021, she will be teaching Russian literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Catherine Ciepiela ’83 is a scholar and translator of Russian poetry who teaches at Amherst College. She is the author of The Same Solitude, a book on Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak; co-editor, with Honor Moore, of the anthology The Stray Dog Cabaret; and editor of Relocations: Three Contemporary Russian Women Poets. Her translations have appeared in The Nation, The Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, The Common, Pequod and elsewhere. Her translation of Polina Barskova’s book of poetic essays will appear in the coming year from the New York Review of Books.

Christopher Benfey is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of five books about the American Gilded Age, including A Summer of Hummingbirds, which won both the 2009 Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Ambassador Book Award. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Benfey is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013, he won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.

Sven Birkerts is the author of 11 books, most recently an appreciation of Nabokov’s Speak, Memory (Ig Publishing). He co-edits the literary journal AGNI at Boston University, and was for many years the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He interviewed Joseph Brodsky for The Paris Review.

Jonathan Galassi has been at Farrar, Straus & Giroux since 1986 and currently serves as president. His most recent publication is a translation of Eugenio Montale’s selected poems (part of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series, 2020).

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A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Anne Applebaum

1:00 pm Virtual

Join Pulitzer Prize Winner Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy in conversation with host Cullen Murphy '74 H'19. This virtual event, hosted in partnership with the National Book Foundation, is open to the general public and will be followed by a Q&A.

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she runs a project on 21st-century disinformation. She was a Washington Post columnist for 15 years and a member of the editorial board. She is the author of several history books, including Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Her newest book, Twilight of Democracy, appeared in July 2020. Her writing has also appeared in many publications, including The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, among many others.

Cullen Murphy ’74 is editor-at-large of The Atlantic where he has spent most of his career, and a former editor-at-large of Vanity Fair. His most recent book is Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, a memoir about the large cartoonist colony in Fairfield County, Conn. His other books include Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and The Fate of America and God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. For 25 years he collaborated with his father, illustrator John Cullen Murphy, on the comic strip Prince Valiant. Murphy was a longtime member of Amherst College’s board of trustees and chaired the board from 2012 to 2018. He lives in Massachusetts.

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M@A Presents: Dan Tepfer, piano and computer

Virtual performance of "Natural Machines"

Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his groundbreaking multimedia project "Natural Machines" integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational process.

“Combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he’s a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.” — The New York Times