Event Calendar

May 2013

Wed, May 1, 2013

Amnesty International's Mother's Day and Maternal Health Awareness Card Writing Event

Morris Pratt Dormitory, Ballroom

This Mother's Day, join Amnesty International in shining a light on the human rights of crisis of maternal mortality. Come write a card supporting the human rights of Mothers around the world. Pizza will be served.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

Sweet Briar France

Newport House, basement

Lena Rice '14 and Evelyn Kramer '14 attended Sweet Briar Paris last year and are making crepes and sharing their experiences from abroad. Join them for delicious food and lively conversation!

"Dream Acts"

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

Join us for a reading of this play that delves into the tribulations of millions of people in this country, including several on our own campus. After the reading, there will be a panel discussion about this important topic, led by Professor Ilan Stavans. The play features Raysa Cabrejo ‘14, Thais Correia ‘16, Saul Grullon ‘15E, Cristian Navarro ‘16, Brianda Reyes ‘14, Abbeh Anderson ‘15, Christian Aviles ‘14, Constance Holden ‘15 and Chelsea Tejada ‘14. It is written by Mia Chung, Jessica Litwak, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu and Andrea Thome in conjunction with the Dream Act Union.

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, May 2, 2013

German Film Series: "Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

The lives of three families in Turkey and Germany intersect and overlap, as a tragic death prompts several people to go on a quest for their relatives in this award-winning drama by acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin.

Mat Johnson Reading

Mat Johnson is the highly acclaimed author of the novels "Drop," "Hunting in Harlem" (winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and "Pym" (“loony, disrespectful, and sharp” —NPR), as well as the graphic novels "Incognegro" and "Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story." He will be reading from "Pym."

"Thesis Confidential"

Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Perhaps you are thinking about writing a thesis in the near future. Perhaps you would like the inside scoop on the thesis experience. On Thursday, May 2, five seniors who have just turned in their honors theses will tell all! The thrill of intellectual discovery... the secrets to success... the ways to overcome obstacles... and the hard, cold facts these writers wish they’d known before they started. Rendezvous with these students, the Writing Center and the Library, and all of your questions will be answered. (And refreshments will be served.)

Sources revealed! Our informants will include: Charles Oluwunmi, political science; Emily Corwin, interdisciplinary studies; Claudia Wack, women and gender studies; Ewuradjoa Gadzanku, chemistry; Reilly Horan, theater and dance.

"How to Find and Enjoy Your First Apartment Without Losing Your Mind"

Settling into your first home after Amherst will be one of the biggest commitments you make in your first months after Commencement. So how do you start looking for an apartment? How can you sell yourself to the landlord? What are the important questions you need to ask before signing a lease? This talk will offer a brief overview of the apartment search and leasing process from start to finish, to prepare you for your first new home away from Amherst!

Terras Irradient Spring Show

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Come join TI for our spring show! It shall be a lovely time of singing, sharing, fooding, laughing and (hopefully) cheering! The event is free, and we will have delicious refreshments. Also come celebrate the graduation of our seniors: Tom Vu, John Cho, Christy Kim, Sabrina Song and Rachel Om!

Panel on Clinical Psychology/Social Work

Thinking about a career as a therapist or clinical researcher? On Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Psychology Department will host a panel on graduate programs and careers in clinical psychology and social work.

The panelists will represent different degree programs and professions: a Ph.D. who is a researcher/professor, a Ph.D. who is a therapist, a Psy.D. who is a therapist and an M.S.W. who is a therapist. The panelists will speak for about 45 minutes about their training programs and careers and then will answer questions. Informal conversation and refreshments will follow.

Salsa Night!

Seelye House, Ballroom

Come and join us for a fantastic night of salsa dancing! There will be a live salsa band, and dancers with all levels of experience are invited. Semi-formal attire is recommended, and refreshments will be served!

Senior Ball

King/Wieland Lawn

Seniors are cordially invited to attend the Senior Ball. Cocktail attire is suggested. Refreshments will be served. Amherst ID is required.

This party is only open for seniors from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Fri, May 3, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Dog Days

Valentine Quad

TWLOHA-Amherst and PAW invite you to an afternoon with animal friends. Dogs and other animal friends can be therapeutic, and that's why almost everyone loves them. Chapter info will be available, and the first 30 people get free dog paw temporary tattoos. There will be raffles to raise money for our chapter's cause. Gift cards to local restaurants and eateries are possible prizes!

Officially recognized in March 2012, TWLOHA-Amherst provides a voice of hope at the college and in the local community for individuals struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, while also providing an outlet for students to get involved around these issues.

"Typography Boot Camp: What I Did on My Summer Vacation"

Frost Library, Periodicals Reading Room

Ron studied printing and typography before starting his own Oliphant Press in 1970 and launching a long career as a graphic designer and printer. His illustrated and interactive talk will attempt to recreate not only what he taught (traditional typography and book design) but also the excitement of the class he taught last summer at the Wells College Book Arts Center.

WorldRead Spring Spectacular

Valentine Quad

Come to Valentine Quad between 5 and 7 p.m. for doughnuts, pizza, freeze pops and spring games (Frisbee, jump rope, hula hoop, water guns and more!). We suggest a donation of $5 to fund literacy projects in the Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

AC After Dark Craft Night

Come out to Keefe and make a lovely shadowbox! We have all the supplies and doughnuts from Glazed. Take a quick break.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Sat, May 4, 2013

Amherst Senior Garage Sale

Seelye House, Lawn, and King/Wieland Lawn

Seniors, bring your used appliances and sell them!

Underclassmen, come for some great deals and buy whatever you want!

Venue: Seelye Triangle Lawn and King/Wieland Lawn

Please refer to the Facebook page for information on what items can be sold: https://www.facebook.com/events/305937846204415/

First Ever Amherst Farm Fest!

Tuttle Hill, a brief jaunt down a trail by the begining of the bike path

Dining Services will be serving up BBQ buffet-style from 5 to 7 p.m. They'll also be serving pies, and Maple Valley Creamery will be providing ice cream.

There will be a live band! TBA.

Lots of activities, information and games! TBA.

Come check out the beautiful views, meet the new farmers, eat some food, listen to music and have a grand ol' time.

Check out Book & Plow Farm's Facebook page or their website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, for more information!

Sabrinas' Spring Show: "Where's Sabrina?"

Come hear the Sabrinas' last show of the year (and celebrate our four lovely seniors)! Tickets are free, seating is ample, and we'd love to serenade you! Also, if you have any information about the whereabouts of Sabrina, drop us a line. We'd love to know where on earth she is.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst Symphony Orchestra’s last installment of its yearlong survey “Famous Fifth Symphonies.” The performance takes place Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; seating is by general admission. Preceding the concert is a lecture on the evening’s program. The pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room 3 in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

AC AfterDark: Food and Fun Stress-Break

Has the last weekend before Reading Period got you stressed-out? Class assignments piling up and weighing you down?

Break the stress by building a cookie sandwich extraordinaire: Nutella, peanut butter, cereal, nuts... just see what we've got.

Or perhaps competition is your path away from stress. Prove yourself the cleverest Dominion player at Amherst and win fantastic prizes. Never played a multiplayer, deck-building card game of awesomeness? We'll show you!
Diets and stress be warned; it's time for Stress-Break!

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sun, May 5, 2013

Argentine Tango Club's Spring Milonga

Come join the Argentine Tango Club here at Amherst College for a day filled with tango! The following events will be held in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center:

1-4 p.m.: Master class with Armando & Nuria
7-10 p.m.: Milonga with live music by Sin Trabajo
8:30 p.m.: Tango performance by guest artists

Admission is free to all, and refreshments will be served!

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Bruce Teague is our celebrant this week.

Mon, May 6, 2013

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Tue, May 7, 2013

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

Relaxstravaganzafest

It's almost finals-- come take a refreshing break with Program Board!

Massages, healthy food and other spa treatments will be waiting for you.

Sign-up for massages starts Wednesday, May 1, at noon.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, May 8, 2013

Snack Break for Last Day of Classes

Happy Last Day of Classes! Come to Keefe Atrium for coffee, healthy snacks or a quick coloring-book break-- whatever you need to get ready for finals!

Senior Assembly

Awarding of prizes to the Class of 2013; celebration of honorary class members; speeches by Adam Gerchick '13 and Jeremy Simon '13; faculty speech by Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Assistant Professor Adam Sitze.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

"Jazz Under the Stars"

War Memorial

Need a break before starting reading period? Stop by Memorial Hill to listen to great student jazz groups while watching the stars. Bring blankets, and we'll provide the snacks and entertainment.

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, May 9, 2013

Clothes that Kill: Bangladesh, the US, and the Global Garments Industry

Paino Hall

What are OUR responsibilities towards the workers in Bangladesh who live – and die – under dire conditions to produce clothing for the rest of the world? Please join us for a panel discussion with experts, faculty, and students to learn more about the Bangladesh case, and the relevant issues of corporate responsibility and ethical consumerism. Make your voices heard.

Study Break Tea Time with WAGS Faculty

The Women's & Gender Resource Center will host faculty from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for a study break and tea time. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and informal conversation with faculty members. This event is open to all students.

"Dances-in-Progress"

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

Paul Matteson, Five College assistant professor of dance, will present three new works:

"Fellow Ships" – A collaborative duet with Roger Creel '13 that refreshes 19th-century rules-for-living lectures by E. Hitchcock Jr.

"Get it Back" – Students from Matteson’s "Partner Dancing" course will collectively remember/reconstruct a semester’s worth of movement invention.

"Take it OVER" – A precarious intertwining trio for Matteson, James Morrow and Jennifer Pollins.

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Fri, May 10, 2013

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Intenship Pre-Departure Meeting & Workshop

All students planning summer internships are invited and encouraged to attend this pre-departure workshop, where we will discuss and practice professional communication, workplace "culture" adaptations, potential conflict scenarios and more.

Students receiving internship funding from the college are required to attend a pre-departure meeting, but it’s a great session for anyone heading out into the world of work.

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Sat, May 11, 2013

Study Hours at the Cad

Cadigan Center

Papers and exams coming up? Tired of studying in the same old spaces? Need a late-night study area?

Come to the Cadigan Center for quiet and coffee! We'll even have baked goods available. Bring your friends!

Study hours are from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, and from 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, through 4 a.m. Friday, May 17. Please note that the Cadigan Center will NOT be open between the hours of 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. All rooms are available for quiet or small-group studying.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Sun, May 12, 2013

Amherst College Madrigal Singers' Annual Spring Concert

Octagon, Babbott Room (2nd Fl)

Come for an afternoon tea party with Mads in tiny hats, singing about love, tears, sighs and the little death from the Renaissance! Come listen to the knight that fights with swords and glances, the lover that seeks an end to their suffering and the Mads seniors bidding their farewell to the Fairest College. Music selection includes Josquin Desprez, Carlo Gesualdo, Claudio Monteverdi and more. Admission is free.

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Dan Pacholek is our celebrant for this last 5 p.m. Sunday Mass of the academic year.

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Mon, May 13, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

The Option Book Drop

The Option Bookstore will be hosting a book drop in Keefe from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday of Finals Week. Stop by and make some money on your used textbooks!

Tue, May 14, 2013

The Option Book Drop

The Option Bookstore will be hosting a book drop in Keefe from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday of Finals Week. Stop by and make some money on your used textbooks!

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Wed, May 15, 2013

The Option Book Drop

The Option Bookstore will be hosting a book drop in Keefe from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday of Finals Week. Stop by and make some money on your used textbooks!

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Thu, May 16, 2013

The Option Book Drop

The Option Bookstore will be hosting a book drop in Keefe from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday of Finals Week. Stop by and make some money on your used textbooks!

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Fri, May 17, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

The Option Book Drop

The Option Bookstore will be hosting a book drop in Keefe from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday of Finals Week. Stop by and make some money on your used textbooks!

Study Break at the Mead

Students are invited to visit the Mead during Reading Period and Finals Week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of donuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime May 9-17 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, May 13, when the museum is closed).

Sat, May 18, 2013

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sat, May 25, 2013

Baccalaureate

An hour-long celebration with music, dance, poetry, readings and a Baccalaureate Address. The Rev. Dr. Paul V. Sorrentino, Protestant religious advisor and special assistant to the dean of students, will deliver the Baccalaureate Address: "What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?". Students in the program include Mark Santolucito, Aaron Lemle, Zachary Bleemer, Omar W. Brown Jr., Jean Santiago, Rachel Bass and Cynthia Lopez, with members of Terras Irradient and the Senior Choral Group. Religious Advisors Dr. Mark Hart, Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer, Manju Sharma and Mohammed Abdelaal also contribute to the program. All are welcome.

“Jazz Traveler: The Give and Take Between Jazz and World Music as Experienced by Freddie Bryant”

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Freddie Bryant Hollister '87 is a renowned guitar virtuoso and prolific composer.

“Amherst to El Salvador to South L.A.: A Life in Work, Family and Social Justice”

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Madeline P. Janis ’82 is a national leader in efforts to combat working poverty and rebuild the middle class and national policy director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

“The AIDS Epidemic: The Personal Journey of a Physician-Researcher”

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Robert Yarchoan '71 is chief of the National Cancer Institute’s HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch and a member of the three-person National Cancer Institute team that developed the first effective therapies for HIV infection.

“When Hope and History Rhyme”

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Barry Scheck is a leading civil rights attorney and co-founder and co-director of The Innocence Project.

“The Liberal Arts College: What Does the Future Hold?”

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Diana Chapman Walsh is a former president of Wellesley College; a former trustee of Amherst College; and an acclaimed author, speaker and consultant.

“Improvise, Adapt, Overcome”

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Paul Rieckhoff '98 is founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

“revolution...rock...the doors...jumping jack flash...nietzsche...mayor daley’s armpit...and a 3 Second Ad Lib At Amherst That Changed My Life”

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Jim Steinman ’69 is a composer, lyricist, producer, arranger and performer of rock, pop and theatrical music.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Choral Society Commencement Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert on Saturday, May 25, at 9:15 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required, and seating is by general admission.

The four groups that make up the Choral Society will present music from their spring concerts as well as traditional college songs. The Choral Society includes the Women’s Chorus, the Men’s Glee Club and the Concert Choir, directed by Mallorie Chernin and Jeremy Koo ’12, assistant director, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Lester Hu ’13 and Angelina Gomez ’14.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Amherst College and Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, during Commencement registration or in advance by contacting Ms. Chernin at mchernin@amherst.edu or 413-542-2484.

Sun, May 26, 2013

Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Dan Pacholec '83 celebrates the Sunday Mass. Fr. Dan's homily will be directed especially to graduating seniors. Family members, friends and other community members are welcome.

192nd Commencement (May 26, 2013)

Main Quad

Commencement Exercises for 2013

Wed, May 29, 2013

Amherst College Reunion 2013

All alumni are invited to return for class and college programs, entertainment and a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

For a complete schedule, go to https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/reunion/schedule.

Thu, May 30, 2013

Mead Art Museum Tour

With Pamela Russell, head of education and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs

Mead Art Museum Exhibition Tour

With Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum

Reception in Honor of Retiring English Department Faculty

Lord Jeffrey Inn, Dickinson Ballroom

The English department and the college celebrate the careers of eight retiring or recently retired faculty members: Professor of English Jack Cameron; Chick Chickering, the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature; Allen Guttmann, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies, Emeritus; Barry O’Connell, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of English; Dale Peterson, the Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian; Bill Pritchard '53, the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English; Kim Townsend G'11, the Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus; and Helen von Schmidt '78, Senior Lecturer in English, Emerita.

Most living Amherst alumni have studied with one or more of these teachers; all are invited to the party, whether or not your class is having a reunion this year. Remarks will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

To help with planning, please let us know whether or not you will attend by registering here: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/calendar/rsvp/on-campus_programs_r...

"Flavors of France: Chamber Music of Franck and Fauré"

Buckley Recital Hall

The Buckley Chamber Players present a program of chamber music on Thursday, May 30, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Violinists Elizabeth Chang (UMass) and Joel Pitchon (Smith), cellist Volcy Pelletier (Smith), violist Ronald Gorevic (Smith) and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst) will perform César Franck’s Piano Quintet and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio. The program also includes violin duos by Smith composer Donald Wheelock and Bernardino Beggio. The concert is the first in a series of three concerts to be given by the group this summer.

David Schneider, Amherst College professor of music, will introduce the concert.

Fri, May 31, 2013

Mead Art Museum Tour

With Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum

Mead Art Museum Exhibition Tour

With Maggie Dethloff, acting curator of American art, and featured artist Elizabeth Hoak-Doering ’88

Mead Art Museum Lecture

Lindsay Oxx '14 unlocks a museum mystery by examining how and why one slab of the Mead’s renowned group Assyrian palace reliefs was incorrectly restored in the 1850s and does not belong with the others. She demonstrates how this “alien” element, only recently recognized, sheds light on the reception and interpretation of these reliefs when they first arrived in bucolic Amherst from exotic Mesopotamia.

In January 2013, Ms. Oxx delivered a version of this lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Seattle, Wash., as part of the first Undergraduate Paper Session. Her lecture at the Mead is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society.

Reception with President Biddy Martin

Lord Jeffrey Inn , Under the tent

Join President Biddy Martin and others from the college under the tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn for conversation and celebration. All are welcome.

Please register here: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/calendar/rsvp/president_reception_...

Ongoing Events

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

New Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery

Frost Library, Beyond Words Gallery

Come to the second floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery!

Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC, including China's first standardized written script. Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, "The Hamster Student," as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. And Sebastian Herrera '14 portrays absurd or fantastic situations in 35mm color film.

Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at ahjohnson@amherst.edu.