Event Calendar

Week of September 22, 2013

Sun, Sep 22, 2013

Artist Talk by Photographer Barbara Bosworth, Followed by Reception

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Barbara Bosworth, artist-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail, for a slide lecture related to the Mead's special exhibition "To Be At the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail," presented by the Mead Art Museum and eight other venues along the National New England Scenic Trail.

The lecture will take place in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall, followed by a reception in the Mead Art Museum. Both events are open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, the Kestral Land Trust and independent curator Randi Hopkins.

"The Garden of Martyrs"

Academy of Music, Northampton

In November 1805, a young man named Marcus Lyon was brutally murdered on the turnpike in Wilbraham, Mass., near Springfield. Two Irish Catholic laborers, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were seen near the vicinity of the crime and apprehended. The case became a huge sensation. The men were given a hasty trial and executed in Northampton in June 1806, before a crowd of 20,000 cheering spectators. Subsequent research has borne out a miscarriage of justice: the men were likely innocent, victims of prejudice and a rush to judgment. Daley and Halligan are now known as the “Irish Sacco and Vanzetti.” They were officially pardoned by Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1984.

Inspired by this true story that still resonates today, "The Garden of Martyrs" is the creation of composer Eric Sawyer and librettist Harley Erdman, based on the novel by Michael C. White. This powerful new opera that will make its world premiere on Sept. 20 (at 7:30 p.m.) and 22 (at 3 p.m.) at Northampton’s historic Academy of Music. It features the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, as well as current Amherst students and recent graduates singing in a chorus with Mallorie Chernin as chorus master.

Tickets cost between $10 and $50 and are available through the Academy of Music and the opera homepage:

http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com/Schedule.asp?VenueCode=4098,6866,13...

http://thegardenofmartyrsopera.com/

Catholic Mass, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Gary Dailey, celebrant. Join us for a celebration of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are welcome: missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Habitat for Humanity Introductory Meeting

Learn about what Habitat for Humanity does and how to get involved while enjoying some delicious cookies!

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Table

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

Math Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

Math Table meets on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A. It offers a chance for mathematics and statistics students and faculty to meet informally.

Cassandra Pattanayak, Wellesley College: "Inferring Causation Without Randomization: A Matched Design to Assess the Number of Embryos to Transfer During In Vitro Fertilization"

Abstract: Transferring one rather than two embryos during in vitro fertilization has been endorsed as a way to reduce multiple-birth rates, but no large-scale randomized trial has evaluated the impact of the number of embryos transferred on birth outcomes. This presentation describes the design of a nonrandomized study that parallels a hypothetical randomized experiment to examine the effect of single- versus double-embryo transfer. Using national surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, single- and double-embryo cycles were paired on estimated propensity scores to create matched treated and control groups that are as similar on the observed background covariates as if the number of embryos transferred had been randomly assigned. This example illustrates a general framework for drawing causal rather than associative inferences from nonrandomized studies, and the crucial role of checking balance between treatment and control groups on key background covariates is emphasized.

Study-Abroad Fair 2013

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Visit the world in one day! The study-abroad fair has 35+ program providers who represent programs around the world-- summer, semester and year-long options are available! Come learn what possibilities exist for you.

MRC Dialogue on Race

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream as we begin an ongoing conversation on race and racial identity. Refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Study Abroad

Living Routes offers study-abroad programs in sustainable communities, including Auroville in India, Findhorn in Scotland, IPEC in Brazil, Kibbutz Lotan in Israel, Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica and Sachamama in Peru. Students in a variety of majors, from colleges and universities throughout the country, participate in these programs and often describe their Living Routes experiences as “life-changing.” Students in Amherst's environmental studies and Anthropology majors in particular may find that Living Routes programs align well with their learning and career goals. All Living Routes programs emphasize systems thinking and interdisciplinary learning, and each program has a unique focus. For example, in Costa Rica the program focuses on the interplay of tropical ecology, international development and social justice, and in Scotland the program focuses on the human challenges of sustainability. Living Routes programs are fully credited by UMass Amherst. To learn more, come to the information session, and visit the Living Routes website at livingroutes.org.

Ernst & Young Information Session

Ernst & Young will be on campus to talk about the opportunities in the Transaction Advisory Services.

Tue, Sep 24, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Quinnipiac University School of Law Representative on Campus

Interested in Law School? Meet a representative from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Keefe Campus Center.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness.

Meeting for Spanish Majors, Prospective Majors and Students Interested in Study Abroad

The Spanish Department has scheduled an important meeting for all Spanish majors, prospective majors and students who plan to study abroad. Faculty members will be available to answer questions about:

Spanish major requirements

Study abroad, approved programs, courses that count toward major requirements, etc.

Comprehensive exam, foundational texts and strategies for answering exam questions, etc.

Please plan to attend! Refreshments will be served.

Study Abroad in The Hague with Brandeis University

Brandeis in The Hague gives students a close-up view of the international courts and tribunals found in the Dutch city that has become famous as the “world capital of peace and justice.” Students attend criminal trials dealing with Balkan genocide, child soldiers, gender violence and other war crimes, exploring how international law uses criminal justice in the interests of peace. Students also visit the historic Peace Palace to learn about the settlement of disputes involving sovereign nations, in both the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Students live in the nearby university town of Leiden, which is a great place to explore the cultural riches of this area and elsewhere in Europe. Come learn about the spring semester or summer program in The Hague!

"The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load"

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by Senior Writing Associate Kristen Brookes, will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently.

MRC & QRC Dialogue on Sexuality

Dialogue on sexuality facilitated by MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Queer Resource Center Director Angie Tissi.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

"Objects of Worship: Icons, Crosses, Pendants and Other Articles of Faith in the Russian Orthodox Tradition"

Icons were important in the church, in daily life and in the homes of the Russian people. Throughout Russia’s many internal and external struggles, the icon provided a sense of identity, consolation and renewal. Russian icons express originality and imagination in design as well as the use of color and folk motifs. This exhibit of 18th- and 19th-century objects includes several painted icons as well as many smaller traveling icons made of brass and brightly colored enamel.

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Frost Library, Lane Room

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: Intersectionality

Grab lunch from Schwemm's and come for a chat in the the MRC. Different topics every week. Topic for this week: Intersectionality.

"Rahul Sankrityayan: Between Buddha and Marx"

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Dr. Maya Joshi is associate professor in the Department of English at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

This talk will consider the literary and philosophical contributions of Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963), whose contributions are relatively unknown outside the Hindi speaking world. Its focus is on his complex negotiations of Buddha and Marx at a crucial and formative juncture in modern Indian history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Amherst College Political Science Department and the Lecture Committee Funds.

"The Tenth Parallel: The Global Encounter of Christianity and Islam"

Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall

Eliza Griswold, author of the book "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," has spent the past seven years traveling in Africa and Asia, interviewing members of many religions. Her talk will focus on the 1,500-year story of how these two faiths have come to intersect and interact.

This lecture takes place at Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, and is co-sponsored by Amherst College. Anyone requiring transportation to the event is asked to meet in front of Converse Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Mary Jo Salter

Reviewing Mary Jo Salter’s "A Phone Call to the Future: New & Selected Poems" for The New York Times Book Review, James Longenbach wrote, “Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art-- and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once.” Salter’s brand-new poetry collection, "Nothing By Design," is her seventh. She is also the author of a children's book, "The Moon Comes Home," and a co-editor of "The Norton Anthology of Poetry." She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Film Series: "Barbara"

Watch a suspenseful drama set in 1980s East Germany. For political reasons, Barbara (Nina Hoss), a brilliant physician, is demoted to a job in the drab provinces. Her meticulously engineered plans to escape to the West run into trouble there, when she encounters a charismatic colleague to whom she finds herself attracted and a young female patient who desperately needs her help.

"The Art and Craft of the Fellowship Application Essay(s)"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

What constitutes effective essays for applications for enticing but highly competitive fellowships like the Watson, the Fulbright, the Truman, the Rhodes, the Marshall, the Churchill, the Gates and others? This workshop offers a survey of common strategies and patterns of organization in successful fellowship application essays, including a discussion of the perspective of selection committees, the typical contents of personal statements and grant proposals (including discussion of what belongs where when both are required), style and tone, the role of future vision, strategies for an effective writing process, tips and common pitfalls. The workshop will focus on applications for the Watson, as the deadline is approaching, but will also address general principles and other major fellowships as well. Current applicants-- including those who will have a chance to revise their essays further if they pass the internal selection rounds --and potential future applicants are welcome. The workshop will be led by Michael Keezing, senior associate at the Career Center, and Denise Gagnon, director of career advising.

Charles C. Mann '76 to Give Annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture

Journalist and award-winning author Charles C. Mann '76, will deliver Amherst College’s annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled “1493: Entwining Ecology and History” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Beneski Building.

A 1976 graduate of Amherst College and an Amherst resident, Mann is the author of "1493," a New York Times best-seller in 2011, and "1491," which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award for the best book of 2005.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History at Amherst College and named in honor of Hugh Hawkins, professor emeritus of history and American Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Opening of "Reed Kay: Mark of Truth: Painting Retrospective, 1953-2004"

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (Room 105)

Introductory remarks by Robert T. Sweeney, the William R. Mead Professor of Fine Arts, with reception to follow at the gallery.

Physics Seminar: "Quantum Sensing"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Danielle Braje of MIT Lincoln Laboratory will give a physics seminar, "Quantum Sensing: Harnessing the Power of Quantum Mechanical Systems to Make the World's Most Precise Measurements."

Tea/cookies will be served before the talk, at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.

"Planning, Managing and Retaining Your Thesis Research"

Writing an honors thesis often entails more substantial research than you’ve done before. A project of this magnitude requires more planning and management to ensure that stuff doesn’t get lost, forgotten or otherwise wasted as the year progresses. Learn about ways to find, process, remember, integrate and use your research effectively. We’ll talk about our research processes and how database tools, citation managers and note-taking techniques can save time, effort and heartache.

This workshop will be taught by Jessica Gorman, writing associate, and Missy Roser, head of reference and instruction at Frost Library. Online registration is required at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/reg...

Venture for America Info Session

“Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at start-ups and early stage companies in emerging cities across the country. In 2012, VFA sent its inaugural class of 40 Fellows to work at companies in Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Providence, and added 70+ Fellows in 2013 along with 2-3 additional cities.”

Study to Japan - CET Osaka

Jensen Bouzi 14 will give a presentation on CET programs. He spent the spring 2013 semester in Osaka learning Japanese language and culture and lived in a dorm with a Japanese roommate. Learn about his experience and all of CET's offerings by coming to the MRC on 9/26!

"An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets with Dan Brown ’86"

Amherst College welcomes back alumnus Dan Brown, author of the bestsellers "Digital Fortress," "Deception Point," "Angels & Demons," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Lost Symbol" and, most recently, "Inferno." The son of a math teacher and a church organist, Brown is fascinated with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion, and his novels have thrilled millions of readers in 52 languages around the world.

Sponsored by the President's Office, Brown's talk is open to the public at no charge.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Doing Well by Doing Good lunch with Bennett Rathbun '07

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Join us for the Doing Well by Doing Good lunch with Bennett Rathbun '07, Founder and Director of Hope on a String, a start-up nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong communities in Haiti.

Panera bread and soup will be served.
Bennett is excited to share the following with you:
• How to build and run a non-profit organization.
• How to integrate financial management consulting experience into work with a non-profit organization.
• What it's like to do a Master's in Public Administration.
• How music can be used as a medium to build common bonds, collective purpose, and social capital.

Space is limited. RSVP to llitwiller@amherst.edu by no later than noon, Thursday September 26.

First Annual Amherst College Wellness Fair!

Drop by the Wellness Fair to participate in fun stress-relief activities, enjoy yummy snacks and get to know Amherst’s wellness resources and student groups. Get a free chair massage, make your own stress ball or eye pillow, try a yoga posture, pick up free giveaways and more!

MRC Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour with Provost Peter Uvin

Get to know Amherst staff and administrators over coffee, tea and conversation!

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

Chemistry Seminar with Professor Melanie Sanford: "C-H Bond Functionalization in Organic Synthesis"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

University of Michigan Chemistry Professor Melanie Sanford will conduct a seminar on C-H Bond Functionalization in Organic Synthesis.

“Marriage: More Than a Contract? A Conversation”

Ryan Anderson will give a talk entitled “Marriage: More than a Contract? A Conversation.” Anderson is a William Simon Fellow on Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He is an editor for "Public Discourse" and contributing author for "The Weekly Standard," "National Review" and other publications.

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

5-College Clothesline Project T-shirt making session

The Clothesline Project gives women and men an opportunity to break the silence about violence by creating shirts that give voice to their personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing.

The Clothesline Project has the following goals:

• To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
• To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
• To break the silence and unite local people with those around the country and the world in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual, psychological and social abuse.

Please join the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect and the Queer Resource Center to make a T-shirt to hang on the Clothesline.

Five College Game Jam

Hampshire College, Adele Simmons Hall, 126

Would you like to make a game in 24 hours, alongside other local game developers and Five College students? If so, join us for a game jam at Hampshire College on September 27-28, 2013.

When: 6pm Friday, September 27, 2013
Where: Hampshire College, Adele Simmons Hall, Room 126
What: 24 hours full of game making fun (ends 6pm Saturday)
Who: Anyone with an interest in making games, especially if you have some programming, art, audio, or game design skills.

For more information and to register http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8217455631

The event is sponsored in part by the 5 College Student Coordinating Board and the AAS.

“Promoting Democracy in the Middle East-- Real and Spurious”

Andrew McCarthy will give a talk entitled “Promoting Democracy in the Middle East-- Real and Spurious”. This talk will center on the crisis in Syria, set in that larger issue of Jihadism and the currents at work in the Arab world.

McCarthy is a Senior Fellow for the National review Institute and for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the former Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. McCarthy is a contributing editor for the "National Review," "New Criterion" and "Commentary." He has authored several books, including "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad" (2008), "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America" (2010) and, more recently, "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy" (2013).

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

AC After Dark: Game Night

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

We have nearly 200 board games-- come play!

Sat, Sep 28, 2013

“What ‘Intelligence’ is Driving Our Wars?”

Angelo Codevilla will discuss his perspective on our current military situation in the Middle East, along with his assessment of the state of our “intelligence” and how it is being used. Codevilla is a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate during the Reagan administration. Codevilla has authored several books and numerous articles that range from French and Italian politics to the thoughts of Machiavelli and Montesquieu to arms control, war, the technology of ballistic missile defenses and a broad range of international topics. Articles by Codevilla have appeared in "Commentary," "Foreign Affairs," "National Review," "New Republic," "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Washington Post." This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

“Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”

“Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”

James Freeman
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM

Description: James Freeman will give a talk entitled “Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”. Freeman will take a look back at the crisis and discuss what lessons may be extracted. He will also discuss the size of our current government since the crisis and what that means to us taxpayers. This talk will be on Saturday, September 28, at 11:00 AM, in Lewis Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall. James Freeman is currently an Assistant Editor for the Wall Street Journal. He previously served as an investor advocate at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he encouraged the transformation of financial reporting technology to benefit individual investors. This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

Location: Lewis Sebring Commons
Valentine Hall

"Making the Argument on Marriage"

"Making the Argument on Marriage"

Ryan Anderson
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM

Description: Ryan Anderson will give a talk entitled “Making the Argument on Marriage”. Ryan Anderson will give his account of where the issue of marriage stands right now in the law and in the whirl of politics, on Capitol Hill and in the rest of the country. Ryan Anderson is a William Simon Fellow on Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He is an editor for Public Discourse and contributing author for The Weekly Standard, National Review the, and other publications. This talk will be on Saturday, September 28, at 2:00 PM, in Lewis Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall. This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

Location: Lewis Sebring Commons
Valentine Hall

Roaring '20s Fall Formal

Back again by popular demand: Get dressed in your 1920s best and come on out for the gala! The 16-piece band is staying an extra hour, the mocktails will flow, and SugarBakers is cooking up some specialty themed cupcakes. Don't forget: we're hosting a costume contest!! There will be prizes for the top three best costumes, as well as for the best group costume.

ASO Concert: Welcome, Class of 2017!

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst Symphony VIVA VERDI! 200th Birthday Opera Gala Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, Sept. 28, 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.

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.

Ongoing Events

Mead Art Museum Special Exhibition

Celebrate the recent growth of Amherst College's art collection with more than 100 objects (most on view for the first time EVER at the Mead!), including an ancient Roman sea creature sarcophagus; prints by Dürer, Delacroix and Hopper; contemporary art by Will Barnet, Vik Munez and Michael Huey; and much, much more.