Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

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.

Social Security for Married Couples

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

Married couples can take advantage of some strategies that may help to increase lifetime Social Security benefits. You can learn the basics about spousal benefits, understand the many variables involved in claiming strategies and how married couples can boost their benefits by coordinating the timing of their claims.

Syracuse University Info Session

Join Information Relations Specialist Ari Sahinovic for an informative info session.
Syracuse Abroad consistently ranks among the highest-quality international study programs in the country and has been ranked #7 in Study Abroad on US News & World Report. Students who choose Syracuse Abroad’s programs prepare for the world in the world with invaluable internships, Signature Seminars, language study at all levels, homestays, field research, and community engagement projects.

Students Only

Professor Luis A. Orozco, University of Maryland and Joint Quantum Institute: "Optical Nanofibers: Some Experiments in Optomechanics"

Optical nanofibers are produced by gradually reducing an ordinary single-mode optical fiber to half-micron diameters, less than the typical wavelength we use at 780 nm. We have studied the optomechanical coupling between the angular momentum produced by polarized light and the torsional mode one of those nanofibers. We have observed significant changes, decrease and increase, in the thermal noise of the fundamental torsional mode depending on the angle of polarization with respect to the apparent birefringence axes of the nanofiber. We measure the thermal noise reductions with the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of amplitude fluctuations and show cooling by more than a factor of five from room temperature. This cooling happens to all the torsional modes and is free of any optical cavity, opening new avenues to optomechanical investigations.

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How are Amherst Students and Faculty Experiencing Restorative Practices in their Classrooms: A Fishbowl

Join us for an afternoon fishbowl activity. A fishbowl is when a small group sits within a larger circle, while the outer circle observes those talking and sharing within the inner circle. Inside the fishbowl will be faculty and students passing a talking piece and answering questions about their experiences with and learnings from using restorative practices within an academic context. If you are curious about how to use “RP” in the classroom, join us!

Registration Required

Yoga in the Powerhouse

Join us in the Powerhouse every Tuesday and Thursday for in-person yoga classes with AC Yoga Club! Move your body after hours of zoom, in a way that feels good to you. We'll breathe, stretch, balance, and maybe even get upside down. Feel free to bring a friend! Limit 10 per class. Sign up below.

Sign up for Tuesday: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWEShn5Tr9EyklPvmgf21FseQLvQMO...

Sign up for Thursday:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJQUujeKxb1imzWTzZjk5qeg7L_jXI...

Students Only
Registration Required
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Anatomy of a Deal: Aeris Partners Case Study Review

Aeris Partners is delighted to host "Anatomy of a Deal: Case Study Review". This presentation will inform those interested in investment banking what it's really like to be an analyst on a deal team. Using real-life examples, students will learn how deals are structured and what a transaction looks like from start to finish.

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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).

Intro to Gardening with Book & Plow Farmers

Thinking about starting or expanding your garden this year, but not sure where to start? Join Book & Plow Farmers for some gardening tips. We will walk through some of the ways to grow your own food and flowers at home (including double dig, tarping, building garden boxes, soil tests, seed selection and crop care).

We will have a raffle for participants at the end-- a chance to win a B&P hat or tote bag.

This event is open to all! RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

Sign up via the link below.

Gardening 101 Workshop

An introduction to growing your own flowers and vegetables open to staff, faculty and students. Join Book & Plow farmers for a zoom gathering where we share gardening tips. We'll cover building garden boxes, soil tests, seed selection, crop selection, and much more. There will be a raffle for a Book & Plow hat or tote bag at the end of the workshop.

College Year in Athens--Info Session

Join us to learn about CYA's program offerings including: Semester, Summer, Winter, Gap Year, and Virtual Internships.

Students Only

Kaffeeklatsch

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual, MOODLE - "Department of German Events"

Please join us anytime from 7pm-8pm EDT, for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, for an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students and staff. All are welcome!

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Politics and Poetry: Film Screening of "JFK: The Last Speech"

7:00 pm Virtual

This film screening of JFK: The Last Speech is part of Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, hosted by Ilan Stavans. The virtual series examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

JFK The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans—President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost—which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst College classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of challenges facing America.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages, and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.

Registration Required
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Embodied: A Conversation about Body Politics at Amherst College

Join the PAs for a conversation about body politics.
Body politics can be defined broadly as the practices and systems through which society and cultures regulate the human body. conceptualization of body politics rests on the work of Black, LatinX, Indigenous, and Queer women and people, including Audre Lorde, Benedita da Silva, Dr. Connie Pinkerton-Uri, and countless more changemakers. Bodies frequently become the battleground for debates over Reproductive Justice, Disability justice, Racial justice, Gender Justice, and Queer Justice.

Ongoing Events

Redefining Health: Building Skills for Radical Healthcare Workshop Series

The Department of Health Education and SHES present a new workshop series on health equity! Co-sponsored with Your Embodied Sexuality (YES!), we will offer monthly workshops that expand our understandings of health and provide skills for navigating healthcare and the systems of oppression that shape it. Workshop topics will include self-managed abortion care, medical fatphobia, medical racism, misogyny in healthcare, birth control information and how to perform your own breast and pelvic exams, gender affirming healthcare, medical ableism, death positivity and planning, and more. (Registration required: sign up link will be available on the Daily Mammoth during the week leading up to each workshop.) Contact she@amherst.edu with additional questions.

February 20 at 3pm EST: Building Abortion Knowledge for Self and Community Care
Facilitated by Women’s Medical Fund’s Seneca Joyner and Brittany Chung
Come join the folks at the Women’s Medical Fund and YES! for a skill-building workshop on abortion care! The interactive workshop will offer helpful information on how to care for yourself and others before, during, and after an abortion. We will be working together to expand our understanding of the differences between various abortion methods and sharing knowledge in order to better equip ourselves and our loved ones. We’ll be looking at accessing and experiencing abortion care as whole people who are part of vital, complex communities. The workshop will be a liberation-focused space and an opportunity to discuss the realities of abortion openly and honestly.

March 20 at 3pm EST: Don’t Tell Me to Lose Weight: Navigating and Challenging Medical Fatphobia
Facilitated by Isy Abraham-Raveson
The so-called “obesity crisis” is a fatphobic myth that constructs fatness as a disease that needs to be eliminated for the good of society. In fact, fatness is not correlated to disease, and dieting to lose weight isn’t sustainable and can lead to major health problems. On top of that, this misinformation, along with discrimination and shame, prevents people in large bodies from accessing the healthcare they need. In this workshop we will challenge commonplace myths about fatness and health and develop self-advocacy strategies to use when faced with fatphobia in healthcare settings.

April 17 at 3pm EST: Subverting the Master’s Tools: Effective Strategies for Navigating Racism in Medical Care
Facilitated by Michelle Munyikwa
In this workshop, we will review the concept of medical racism and discuss its implications for folks seeking care in the medical system. After a brief review of the history and politics of racism in American healthcare, we will move on to more applicable concepts. Drawing on the experiences of the presenter and advice from local activist groups, we will discuss concrete strategies for engaging in self-advocacy and advocacy for loved ones navigating a complex, racist system.

May 15 at 3pm EST: Fertile Wounds: An Exploration of Misogyny in Medicine
more information TBD

Registration Required
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Campus Well: The online health and wellbeing magazine

Have you read the latest issue of Campus Well, our online wellbeing magazine? New articles are added weekly. Find the latest issue here: http://amherst.campuswell.com
Why should you click the link?
Learn to mix up your exercise routine with a fun barre-style workout.
Learn how to stay grounded in stressful moments with a 5-minute meditation practice.
Find out which foods to eat (and which foods to go easy on) to help reduce levels of stress hormones.
Try a tried-and-true reading strategy to help retain the information you just read.
Learn to set healthy boundaries in intimate relationships begins with asserting yourself and your needs in everyday life.

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.

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.

Bodies Week with the SHEs

Join the Student Health Educators for a variety of programming for Bodies Week 2021!

Events include:
- Embodied: A conversation about body politics at Amherst, hosted by the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. (Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The Menstruation Situation: a program on menstrual inequity, sustainability, and alternative menstrual products. (Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. EST)
- The EveryBody Project - a small closed program/group for all genders and identities, where participants get to personally examine their relationship to their body, body image and societal beauty standards. Hosted by Wenzhen Zhu in the Counseling Center & myself. Advanced registration is required. (Friday, March 26 & Friday, April 2, 3-5 p.m. EST)
- Examining Our Eating Habits: a discussion of eating disorders and disordered eating. Co-hosted by the SHEs, Alyssa Pawloski from Health Services, and Wenzhen Zhu from the Counseling Center. (Monday, March 29, at 5 p.m. EST)
- Closing Keynote: Disability Justice 101. Co-sponsored with the Office of Accessibility Services. Join two disability activists and educators, speakers Davey Shlasko & Yusef Bornacelli for an introductory program on Disability Justice as a framework and practice. (Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. EST)

AND:
- A Bodies Week Resource Table in Keefe Campus Center from March 23-26 with relevant materials for the taking!
- Bodies Week digital content on Instagram at @ac_she