Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science


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May graduates please take note

If you are graduating at the end of this year (May 2015) and plan on applying for the Culture, Health and Science certificate, registration-time spring semester is a good time to check in with your campus advisor and make sure you will fulfill all certificate requirements. You should meet with your CHS campus advisor to discuss your Certificate Checklist, noting the courses you have taken, along with a copy of your unofficial transcript by April 2015.

Thurs. March 5th 2015 - Should Liberal Arts Education Embrace Global Public Health? And if so, How? - Talk by Dr. Susan Albertine

About: Dr. Susan Albertine is the Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She leads the AAC&U's signature initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP). Albertine's recent contributions to undergraduate public health education make a case for the value that liberal education can bring to learning for global health.

When & Where: March 5th, 2015 8PM - University of Massachusetts Campus Center room 917

RSVP: On Facebook HERE

This event is free, accessible & open to the public. For questions please contact


Friday, April 18th, 2014

Frames, Stories, and Images: Message Strategies to Increase Public and Legislator Support for Social Policies to Reduce Obesity with Professor Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell)

 9:30am in Campus Center 911-915, UMass Amherst

Successful efforts to reduce rates of obesity in the United States will require multi-sector engagement in efforts to improve physical, social, and economic environments to encourage healthy eating and active living. Public and policymaker support for these efforts will be essential for their passage, but food industry and political 

opposition to many of these efforts are widespread and well-funded.  

This talk will report on two recent studies that refine and test communication theories of competitive framing, inoculation, and narrative persuasion in efforts to increase public and policymaker support for policies designed to reduce rates of obesity.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Good News: Prospects for Civil Resistance and Political Change in the 21st Century

Hardy Merriman, Civil Resistance Educator
Vice President, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

4:45 – 6:30 pm in Herter Hall 301, UMass Amherst

An event brought to you by CHS and UACT:

Culture, Health, and Science Spring Pizza Party +
Presentation by Hardy Merriman +
Grassroots networking opportunity.

 Nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world are a growing force in shaping local, national, and international affairs. Amidst challenging conditions, ordinary people are organizing themselves and using nonviolent tactics--such as strikes, boycotts, mass demonstrations, and other actions--to achieve rights, freedom, and justice. Their success rate is remarkable. Yet, this critical phenomenon is often overlooked or misunderstood by external observers. It defies conventional wisdom that unarmed people mobilizing by the thousands or millions can defeat armed, wealthy, and organized adversaries who seem to have all the advantages. This presentation will focus on why civil resistance works, what its long term record and outcomes are, and how it will increasingly affect social, economic, and political change.

Read more about Hardy:

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Provision of Medical Care in a Low-Income Setting (Rural Uganda)

7:30-8:30pm in Chapin Chapel, Amherst College

Join GlobeMed at Amherst College in welcoming to campus Dr. Andrew Kwikiriza (Anesthesiologist at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda) and Dr. Vicki Modest (Anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital). Dr. Kwikiriza will speak on medical care in Uganda and how his hospital benefits from it’s partnership with MGH. This is a great opportunity to gain a perspective on international medical care and how strong partnerships can drive change in the developing world. 

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Spring SGAC Panel on HIV/AIDS Research and Interventions


Dr. Dobro will present the current knowledge of the HIV life cycle and her contributions toward the cellular structures involved in promoting that cycle. She will also talk about new endeavors outside of science and how the two fields connect.

Dr. Lewis on the other hand will be presenting on her thoughts from the making of the film PROTECTION: men and condoms in a time of HIV and AIDS that was filmed in Kenya, South Africa and Sierra Leone. 

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

An Evening of Midwifery


midwifery event

Screening of the award-winning documentary; post-screening discussion facilitated by CBD Director Pamela Stone and midwife Lizzie Herskovitz. (Adele Simmons Hall Auditorium) 

midwifery event

Professional midwife Lizzie Herskovitz shares her journey from Hampshire to Birth & Beyond. Lizzie graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Women’s Studies in 2005. She received her nursing and midwifery education at the Yale School of Nursing, and completed her clinical rotations in Tuba City, AZ, part of the Navajo Nation. Upon graduating from Yale in 2011, Lizzie joined Birth & Beyond, and is thrilled to have been catching babies at home ever since. Light dinner provided; questions encouraged. (Adele Simmons Hall Lobby)

Sponsored by the FPR-Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain, & Development and the Five College Program in Culture, Health, & Science For info visit

Friday April 5th, 2014

***Please note this event has been rescheduled from March 8th to April 5th, and has been moved to Hooker Auditorium.

Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm

7:30pm, Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Please mark your calendars -- Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer at Partners in Health, will be speaking at Mount Holyoke on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium. Her talk is called "Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm."

The talk is free and open to the public. Gamble is wheelchair accessible. Please invite your students. If you'd like me to reserve seats for them, please let me know. A flyer is attached.

View the event poster.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


Confronting Social, Economic, and HIV-Related Challenges for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Microfinance/Health Leadership Intervention Trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

with Dr. Nina Yamanis, American University

6:30 pm at Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College

Refreshments will be served.

Find out more about Dr. Yamanis here: