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Alumni

Our 25th Reunion!

25th-Year Reunion
May 29-June 2, 2013

Schedule of Events

Headquarters – King and Wieland

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WEDNESDAY, May 29

2 - 9 p.m.
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the  Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Valentine Hall (Adults - $6, Children [12 and under] - $3)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
A Night at the Museum
Mingle beneath the mammoths, delight in the new 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. The Bluestockings will perform at 5:45 p.m. At about 6:20 Fred Venne, science educator, will speak briefly about the last ice age, the great mammals and their extinction. Informal tours will be available.
Beneski Museum of Natural History

THURSDAY, May 30

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

All Day
College programs (Click here for full Reunion schedule)

11 a.m.
The Student Body: Doc Hitchcock and Physical Education in the Connecticut River Valley
Dr. Edward “Doc” Hitchcock Jr. (Class of 1849) is remembered as a pioneer in the introduction of health services and physical education at Amherst, at the forefront of a movement on college campuses to promote the integration of mind and body. Hitchcock’s innovations were part of a larger focus on physical education across the region—including William Naismith’s invention of basketball at the Springfield YMCA and the introduction of physical education at Smith College, where the first women’s college basketball game was played. Local sports history provides a uniquely rich window into the social ideologies that informed the introduction of athletics in American colleges and also a context in which to understand the current prominence of athletic competition at Amherst—something Doc Hitchcock surely would bemoan. Explore pieces of Amherst College and regional history with Robert T. Hayashi, assistant professor of English and American Studies.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

1:30 p.m. 
Information Wants to Be Free: Founding the Amherst College Press
Bryn Geffert, librarian of the college, will speak about our brand new Amherst College Press.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

3 p.m.
Conflict, Gender and Development
What are the effects of violence in developing countries? Assistant professor Prakarsh Singh, a development economist at Amherst College, will present his latest research on the gender-differential welfare impact of the Punjab civil war (1981-1993) that took more than 20,000 lives. The talk will be based on analysis carried out with a unique household-level data set. He will also give an overview of the economics literature of civil conflict as well as gender discrimination in developing countries. This talk will also be broadcast as part of the Virtual Lecture Series.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

6:15 - 9:30 p.m.
Reception in Honor of Retiring English Department Faculty
The English department and the college celebrate the careers of eight retiring or recently retired faculty:  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.
Dickinson Ballroom, Lord Jeffrey Inn

8 - 10 p.m. 
Buckley Chamber Players Present a Concert of French Chamber Music: Franck and Fauré
Elizabeth Chang (UMass), violin; Joel Pitchon (Smith College), violin; Volcy Pelletier (Smith College), cello; Ron Gorevic (Smith College), viola; and Alissa Leiser (Amherst College), piano, will perform. The concert will include two of the great works of the French chamber music repertoire, the dramatic Piano Quintet by César Franck and the sublime Piano Trio by Gabriel Fauré, as well as violin duos written by Five College composers. David Schneider, Amherst College professor of music, will introduce the program.
Buckley Recital Hall

 FRIDAY, May 31

8 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

All Day
College programs (Click here to see the full Reunion schedule.

10 a.m.
Race and Class Diversity at Amherst College: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Go From Here
Professor Buffy Aries will speak on her new book Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

2 p.m.
Media, Technology and Change: A Look Ahead
In the last 25 years, new technologies have driven sweeping change in how news, entertainment and political information are created and consumed. But people still want a good story and they still want to trust the source. Bill Burke, co-CEO of Argos Pictures; Jed Miller, internet director for the Revenue Watch Institute; Gordon Montgomery, vice president of marketing and public affairs for the Art Institute of Chicago; and David Nevins, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, Inc., all from the class of 1988, will illuminate the earth in the age of iPhones, online news and on-demand TV shows. Come prepared to join the conversation—in today’s media landscape, the audience is a big part of the story. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Kirby Theater

3 p.m.
Biomedical Research: Opportunities and Challenges
Scientists today are answering questions that were recently intractable. The pace of discovery—how the body works, what goes wrong when it doesn’t work, and how to prevent and cure disease—is unprecedented. But there are obstacles. Research depends on federal investments, and our national effort is declining: 20 percent less research is being done now than a decade ago. In addition, complex ethical and safety questions are arising. This panel includes active biomedical researchers and members of the Class of 1988 Dr. Nicholas J. Kenyon, associate professor of medicine at the University of California at Davis; Dr. David F. McDermott of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Joseph P. Mizgerd, professor of medicine, microbiology, and biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine; Christina A. Scherer, manager, Infectious Diseases Biology at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass.; and Dr. Benjamin T. Suratt, associate professor and associate chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Vermont. They will discuss promising and exciting research and take a frank look at challenges to fully realizing the field’s potential. Moderated by David Quigley ’88, professor of history and dean of the college and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Kirby Theater

4 p.m.
Women at Amherst: The Past, the Present, The Future
This is a multi-class program created by the class of 1988, and featuring the classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2008. Sandra Hecker ’78, Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83, Flora Stamatiades ’88, Lisa Wolf ’88, Ingrid Katz ’93, Laura Swanson ’03 and Ashley Finigan ’08, will attempt to put in context the varying experience of young women at Amherst, from 1978 (the first graduating class that included women) through 2008 (here for their five-year reunion), with an eye to the future. Many of us came to Amherst not having given a second thought to being women on a campus that was all male for the majority of its history, and certainly not to how the culture of such an institution might need to change or might be changing. How did the environment change and grow—or not—during our time there and since? How did that affect us both at college and since? And how can we, as alumnae, help the college move forward as an appropriately supportive environment for both women and men? Presented by the Class of 1988.
Johnson Chapel

5 p.m. -  6:30 p.m.
Reception with President Biddy Martin
Join President Biddy Martin and others from the college under the tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn for conversation and celebration. All are welcome.
Under the Tent, Lord Jeffery Inn

5:45 p.m.
The Zumbyes
Headquarters Tent

6:30 p.m. 
Cocktails
Accompanied by a playlist chosen by the class
Headquarters Tent

7:30 p.m.
Dinner and Dancing
Dinner catered by Log Cabin
Headquarters Tent

9 p.m.  - midnight
Late Night Karaoke
Headquarters Tent

SATURDAY, June 1

8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Catered by Log Cabin
Headquarters Tent

All Day
College programs (Click here for full Reunion schedule)

9 a.m.
The Politics of Climate Change
What is the history of attempts to address the issue of climate change, and what are some of the current efforts, on both the federal and local levels, that seek to address this issue? Where will the political debate go in the years to come? Panelists are Katherine Chia ’88, architect at Desai/Chia Architecture PC; Roger Sherman ’88, chief counsel, Democratic Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce; Dan Tate ’88, founding partner at Forbes-Tate, LLC; and Dan Utech ’88, deputy director for energy and climate change with the White House Domestic Policy Council. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Kirby Theater

10 a.m.
Family Concert with Barb Brousal ’88
Barbara Brousal '88 sang and played with the family folk band Dan Zanes and Friends for seven years. Called “the best thing to happen to kid’s music since Woody Guthrie,” the band won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album in 2006. Barbara will perform a set of family friendly, highly sing-along-able songs for alumni and their little ones, with classmate Julie Galdieri singing harmony. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

11 a.m.
A Conversation with President Biddy Martin and the Annual Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council
Kirsten Poler ’88, president of the Society of the Alumni, will preside; William A. Woolverton ’73, chair of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council, will present the motion on annotations to the bylaws, to be followed by remarks from President Martin.
Johnson Chapel

12:15 p.m.
Reunion Luncheon on the Valentine Quad
Join us for a complimentary luncheon on the Quad. Look for your classmates under the decade signs!
Valentine Quad (Rain Site: Valentine Dining Commons)

1:30 p.m.
From Amherst to Entrepreneur
Small business entrepreneurship is regularly and deservedly called the engine of growth of our economy. Come meet Darren Malhame ’98, managing partner, Northstar Café; Alex McMullin ’08, ePantry.com; Mbambu Miller ’98, founder, Project Aurora Games; Nelson Gonzalez ’93, co-founder, Declara; Andrew Slutsky ’08, director of Loeb  Enterprises, LLC, and Jeffrey Sullivan ’86, COO, United Bank; who will share their experiences and insights. From Main Street to High Tech, from food and apparel to games and digital services, what tools did Amherst provide and what was learned new for these classmates to create a path as an entrepreneur? Presented by the Classes of 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2008.
Johnson Chapel

2:30 p.m.  
Jennifer Cody-Epstein ’88 Reads from The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

Called “epic” by Kirkus Reviews and “exquisite” by Publishers Weekly, Jennifer Cody Epstein’s second novel (following international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai) is a “big, visceral, achingly humane portrait” (Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad) of one of the most brutal wartime acts in history. On March 9, 1945, American bombers swarmed Japan’s capital, unleashing a storm of napalm and fire that will leave 100,000 dead and a quarter of the city incinerated. Fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi is among those who lose everything. Yet in the days that follow, safety and redemption will come in the unexpected shape of three Americans whose stories intertwine with her own: a downed bomber pilot, a tortured American architect and an Occupation soldier with a burning secret of his own. Books will be available for sale. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Music Room 3, Arms Music Center

4 - 6 p.m.
Retirement Reception for Steve George
Steve George, the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Biology and Neuroscience) and Chair of Neuroscience, is retiring at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2013. You are cordially invited and warmly encouraged to attend this cocktail party in his honor.
3rd Floor Lobby of the McGuire Life Sciences Building

4:30 p.m.
Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown
Tim Eriksen (Cold Mountain) is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from the Eastern Seaboard. Tim is joined by Peter Irvine ’87 on percussion and Zoe Darrow on fiddle. Much of the Trio’s music comes from the imaginary Pumpkintown’s diverse early inhabitants; Yankees, Africans, Native Americans, Irish, Scottish and Germans. Also influential are the sounds of the cotton trade, which brought many of the town’s youth to Southern India via Zanzibar and back. “Among the world's finest folk practitioners” - Toronto Star. Presented by the Class of 1988.
Kirby Theater

5:30 -   7 p.m.
GALA Reception
All alumni and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association.
McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center

7 - 10 p.m.
Photo Booth
Headquarters Tent

7 p.m.
Class Photograph with Amherst President Biddy Martin
Cocktails

Headquarters Tent

8 p.m.
Dinner
Catered by Log Cabin
Headquarters Tent

9 p.m.
The Floyd Patterson Band
Headquarters Tent

SUNDAY, June 2

8 a.m. - Noon
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Catered by Log Cabin
Headquarters Tent

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.
Officiants: Rabbinner Glickman '93 and the Rev. Frank Poole '63.
War Memorial, Memorial Hill (Rain Site: Chapin Chapel)