Schedule for our 40th Reunion, May 29 - June 2, 2019

Submitted by Gordon E. Sands on Monday, 5/27/2019, at 8:55 PM

Here is the schedule for our Class. The college-wide Reunion schedule is online at:
https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/reunion/schedule

Headquarters – Mayo Smith (Chi Psi)

Alumni House Reception Center, 75 Churchill Street – (413) 542-2065

Wednesday, May 29               2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 30                   8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, May 31                       8 a.m. – Midnight
Saturday, June 1                     8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 2                        8 a.m. – Noon

Schedule of Events - Programs are no longer than 60 minutes unless otherwise noted:

WEDNESDAY, May 29

3 p.m.

Director’s Talk at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Meet Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, to hear about new projects at the museum, including restoration of the Homestead and landscape, and preservation of an untouched 19th century interior at The Evergreens.

The Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

5 - 7 p.m.

Valentine Hall open for dinner

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Reunion Welcome Reception

Mingle beneath the mammoth, delight in the dryosaurus, enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres in the shadow of ancient footprints, and renew old friendships amidst Amherst’s extraordinary collection of vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and around the world since 1825. Informal tours will be available. The Bluestockings will perform at 6 p.m. Reception ends at 7 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History

7 p.m.

“Weird Amherst” Storytelling

Nancy Pick ’83 has spent years collecting stories about Amherst for a forthcoming Bicentennial book. Learn more about her research and hear about some of her weirdest discoveries.

Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

 

 

 

THURSDAY, May 30

All Day

College programs (See final reunion brochure for complete program and full descriptions.)

10:30 a.m.

A Conversation on Thinking Critically with Data Across Campus

Talk by Amy Wagaman, Associate Professor of Statistics, and Matteo Riondato, Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

1 p.m.

Lessons from a Study Away Course: “Puerto Rico, Diaspora Nation”

Talk by Paul Schroeder Rodriguez, Professor of Spanish
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

 

2:30 p.m.

Adversarial Machine Learning

Talk with Scott Alfeld, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

 

4 p.m.

Amherst College Financial Update

Talk with Kevin Weinman, Chief Financial Officer
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

 

5:30 - 7 p.m.

**Snacks and Conversation**

Lounge, Mayo Smith

 

7 – 9 p.m.

**Dinner**
Pizza and salad
Lounge, Mayo Smith

FRIDAY, May 31

All Day

College programs (See final reunion brochure for complete program and full descriptions.)

8 – 9 a.m.

**Continental Breakfast**
Lounge, Mayo Smith

9 a.m.

Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Dean of the Faculty
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

10:30 a.m.

Jewish Experience at Amherst College
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

1 p.m.

**Henry James: The Houses of the Fiction**
Henry James famously compared the novel to an enormous, million-windowed house, a building that opened up onto any number of possible scenes. But what about the actual houses that figured in his work – the places where he wrote or the ones he took as models, the originals of the places in which he set his characters? This lecture examines three different houses that figure in James’ The Portrait of a Lady (1881): Hardwick, the country house in the south of England on which he based Gardencourt, where the novel begins; the Florentina villa that served as the model for that of the novel’s villain, Gilbert Osmond; and James’ own Lamb House, on the English coast, where he revised the novel in the early years of the 20th century. Speaker Michael Gorra ’79 is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English at Smith College. Presented by the Class of 1979.

Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

4 p.m.

**Democracy Support in the 21st Century: If Not Now, When? **

If you were looking for a silver lining to the clouds of concern about the health of U.S. and European democracies, then try looking at the work done to support democratic practice in other countries. Tony Smith ’79, CEO of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, will talk about the work of his and other organizations around the world, and the links to democratic renewal at home. Presented by the Class of 1979.

Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception with President Biddy Martin

Join President Biddy Martin and others from the College for conversation and celebration. Tour Amherst’s newest building while enjoying a drink and hors d’oeuvres. All are welcome.

Living Room (Main Lobby), Science Center

5:30 p.m.

**Cocktails**
Open bar (alcohol and soft drinks), snacks and conversation

Class Tent, Mayo Smith

7 p.m.

**BBQ Dinner**

Class Tent, Mayo Smith

 

 

SATURDAY, June 1

All Day

College programs (See final reunion brochure for complete program and full descriptions.)

8 – 9 a.m.

**Continental Breakfast**
Lounge, Mayo Smith

9 a.m.

** “A Battle Between Robots and Humankind”: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Allure of Intelligent Automation**

We are now in “a battle between robots and humankind,” the head of the World Economic Forum pronounced at this year’s Davos conference, a battle that lies at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Robotics and AI have captured our imagination, with headlines proclaiming both the end of work as we know it and a new age of ease and prosperity. Fear of the Machine is nothing new; automation has been disrupting our jobs and improving our lives for decades. What is different now? In this session, Gordie Sands ’79 will explore the nature and allure of robotics and artificial intelligence, and some of the ways they may be used, and are being used today. Presented by the Class of 1979.

Lipton Lecture Hall (E110), Science Center

10:15 a.m.

**Transfer Students’ Colloquium**
Studying at Amherst for two years or fewer was different from the traditional four-year experience. After decades of reflection, how was it for you? What did you learn? You’ve already done all the homework; now is the time to compare and contrast. For example: What was it like navigating the established networks when you arrived? How is it today? What did you gain? What did you lose? Please join us to reflect on these questions and any others that pop up. Moderated by Tenzin Kunor, Director of Diversity and Student Leadership at Amherst. Refreshments served. Transfers from all classes are encouraged to join, to broaden and enrich this graduate-level session. Presented by the Class of 1979.

Pemberton Lounge (formerly Chapin Lounge), Chapin Hall

11:30 a.m.

A Conversation with President Biddy Martin and the Annual Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council

Johnson Chapel

11:30 a.m.

**’79 Reunion Exclusive**

Jonah Zimiles ’79 will share his second career experiences in designing and developing Words Bookstore, which serves the community of Maplewood, NJ as an independent bookstore with a special mission.  In particular, Words is dedicated to local families who have a member with a developmental disability, especially those with autism.
Lounge, Mayo Smith

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Annual Reunion Luncheon
Valentine Quad

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

**’79 Reunion Exclusive - Women of ’79 Hike/Lunch**
Women of the Class of ’79 will have an opportunity to reconnect and talk about being part of the grand experiment to bring Amherst to co-ed status.  Join us as we hike and picnic in the Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary, which is bigger and more beautiful than ever.
Meet at Mayo Smith

1:45 p.m.

**Living and Learning with People with Autism**
This panel will discuss the panelists’ experiences as parents, employers and/or therapists working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The panel hopes to engender discussion with a view to demystifying life with people with ASD and sharing experiences that may be helpful to others interacting with autistic people. The panelists will include Rebecca Correll, daughter of Ashley Adams ’79, a licensed behavior analyst and executive director of The Language and Behavior Center in Silver Spring, Md.; John D. Lobrano ’79, P’15 a trustee for Landmark College, a private college exclusively for students with learning disabilities, attention disorders or autism; and Jonah Zimiles ’79, co-owner of [words] bookstore, an award-winning retailer that provides work experience for individuals with autism, and a member of the board of Spectrum360, a school and adult program for individuals with autism, and LifeTown, a recreational center for individuals with special needs. Presented by the Class of 1979.
Lipton Lecture Hall (E110), Science Center

3 p.m.

**Swallowing the Silver Spoon: A Humorous Look at Deafness**
A humorous, sometimes horrifying, look at what it’s like to suddenly become deaf by award-winning journalist and author John J. Geoghegan ’79. Based on his best-selling memoir, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, Mr. Geoghegan will talk about how deafness caused him to lose his job, his house, his family and his mind, until he learned that not hearing was his greatest blessing. Presented by the Class of 1979.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

4:30 p.m.

**’79 Reunion Exclusive**
A distinguished panel of medical experts among our classmates will discuss challenges and strategies for achieving Wellness Beyond 60.  Mike Achey ’79, Sam D’Agata ’79, JP Dunn ’79, and Mindy Pickard ’79 will explore common health concerns for those of advancing middle age, and current therapeutic responses.
Lounge, Mayo Smith

6 p.m.

**Cocktails**
Open bar (alcohol and soft drinks), snacks and conversation

Class Tent, Mayo Smith

7:30 p.m.

**Class Banquet**

Class Tent, Mayo Smith

 

 

SUNDAY, June 2

8 a.m.

**Coffee, Tea and Juice**

Lounge, Mayo Smith

9 a.m.

Service of Remembrance and Community

Please join us for an ecumenical service to remember the lives of those alumni we have lost this year, with Rev. Rebecca Schlatter Liberty ’94.

War Memorial, Memorial Hill (rain site: Chapin Chapel)

9 – 11:30 a.m.

**’79 Reunion Exclusive**
Horse-drawn wagon rides on/around campus
Rides leave from Valentine Quad