Homecoming 2018 Schedule

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All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

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Friday, November 9, 2018
8:30 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, printed programs, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Alumni House will close at 7 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, 413-542-2065
9:00 AM
Attend Open Classes
Visit professors and students in the classroom. A list of classes open to visitors will be available online in October and printed copies will be available at the Alumni House Reception Center.
Various locations
11:00 AM
Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little
All are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mead Art Museum with David E. Little, Director and Chief Curator. Join us to explore our art storage facilities, underground classrooms and more!
Mead Art Museum
12:30 PM
Planning Your Next Class Reunion
Reunion Chairs and other interested volunteers are encouraged to join Alumni and Parent Programs staff for a conversation on reunion planning best practices and suggested timelines. Bring your questions! Light lunch will be served.
E108, Science Center
1:45 PM
Introducing the New Science Center
Join Jim Brassord, Chief of Campus Operations, and Jack Cheney, Samuel A. Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology and Associate Dean of the Faculty for a presentation on the new Science Center and its curricular connections.
Lipton Lecture Hall (E110), Science Center
3:00 PM
Association for Women in Science Alumnae Panel
The Association for Women in Science is hosting its 4th Annual Alumnae Panel. Come listen to our panelists, who work in healthcare, technology and research, as they offer their perspectives on their industries and advice to those who are considering a career in STEM. 
Stirn Auditorium
4:30 PM
Lipton Lecture Hall Dedication with Special Faculty Lecture
Join us to dedicate and celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall in the new Science Center, named for Richard M. Lipton ’74, P’12,’08 and his family. Following brief introductory remarks in honor of the Liptons, Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), will deliver a lecture entitled “They Aren’t as Thin or as Happy as You Think They Are: Exploring Causes and Consequences of Misperceiving Social Norms at Amherst.”  Professor Sanderson will describe research conducted in collaboration with Amherst College students on factors that lead students to misperceive social norms including those related to eating and exercise, reporting athletic concussions and seeking mental health treatment. She will discuss the consequences of such misperceptions, strategies for correcting them, and the benefits of such approaches for improving psychological and physical well-being on college campuses.
Lipton Lecture Hall (E110), Science Center
5:00 PM
Resource Center Welcome & Open House
Join the Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Women’s and Gender Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership for a fun meet and greet. Mingle with the Centers’ Directors and learn more about the vibrant community support offered by the Resource Center Team.  After a quick reception in the Atrium, venture out into the Centers themselves, where open houses will be held for you to learn more about each space’s values and offerings, as well as collaborative diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus. Refreshments will be served.
Atrium, Keefe Campus Center
5:30 PM
Reception and Tours of the New Science Center
Enjoy a cocktail, snack and take a student-led tour of our newest building. Learn more about the building project online or attend a session earlier in the afternoon with Jim Brassord, Chief of Campus Operations, and Jack Cheney, Samuel A. Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology and Associate Dean of the Faculty.
Living Room (Main Lobby), Science Center
5:30 PM
The Amherst Student Alumni Reception
Join the editorial staff of The Amherst Student for an evening reception to connect, hear how the paper is doing and enjoy some delicious food courtesy of Pasta E Basta! All Student alums and supporters are welcome. Ends at 7:30 p.m.
The Amherst Student Office, Basement, Morrow Residence Hall (Entrance from Valentine Quad)
6:00 PM
Hillel Shabbat Services & Dinner
Join Amherst College Hillel for Shabbat dinner. Learn about Jewish life and meet student leaders.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
6:30 PM
Health Professions Alumni Panel
Hear from alumni of all ages about their career paths in health professions, and what they've learned along the way, going back to their Amherst education. 
O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory
8:00 PM
Homecoming Bonfire
CAB (Campus Activities Board) Bonfire is a renewed tradition to bring the Amherst College community together in celebration of Homecoming Weekend. Ends at 10 p.m.
Valentine Quadrangle
8:00 PM
Orchestra Concert
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra resumes its 2018 journey through the concert repertoires of Latin America with performances of the vibrant concert music of Cuba and Brazil. Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the brilliant work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (1943- ).The orchestra performs León's boisterous and jazzy Alegre (Cheerful), as well as her brilliant chamber work La indígena (Indigenous), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana. From Brazil is the Bachianas Brasilieras #5 (1945), for solo soprano and eight cellos, from a suite of nine works by the Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), as well as the whirlwind choro showpiece Tico Tico by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935). The concert closes with Cuban Overture (1932) by George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba which draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, as well as the traditional Cuban folk song La Paloma. Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and are free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
Saturday, November 10, 2018
7:30 AM
Friends of Amherst Athletics: The Coach's Report, 2018 Season
Join E.J. Mills, Head Football Coach, for a closer look at our team.
Conway Classroom, Alumni Gymnasium
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, printed programs, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Alumni House will close at 1:30 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, 413-542-2065
8:00 AM
Pratt Field Opens for Pedestrians and Drop Off
There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents. Please see General Information for more details.
Pratt Field
8:30 AM
Class of 1969 Reunion Planning Meeting
Morgan Room, Pontypool Building, 22 Snell Street
9:00 AM
Christening of Men's Eight Shell
The sport of rowing gives us the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals who have stepped across the threshold of our boathouse. It is possible that the sport is well suited to create men and women with exceptional character, or perhaps these exceptional individuals are attracted to the sport. There is no better individual to personify the dedication, endurance and benevolence that defines Amherst rowing than Bradley F. Henke '54. Please join us to celebrate our new men's rowing shell in memory and appreciation for Mr. Henke's dedication to the success of our program. Coffee, cider and donuts will be served.
Main Quadrangle
9:00 AM
Class of 1984 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 101, Chapin Hall
9:00 AM
Class of 1971 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 203, Chapin Hall
10:00 AM
Planetarium Program: We Are Part of this Universe
For nearly 60 years, the Bassett Planetarium has served the College well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director, as he uses the vintage Spitz A3P Starball to help re-create the night sky over Amherst. In addition, using a classic Orrery, participants will examine the plane of the solar system, the tilt of the Earth, day/night and seasons. The one takeaway from the planetarium visit may be summed up by Neil deGrasse Tyson, who once said, "We are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us."
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall
10:00 AM
Class of 1979 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 201, Chapin Hall
10:00 AM
Class of 1989 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 207, Converse Hall
10:30 AM
Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel
11:30 AM
Alumni-Student Meet-ups at Pratt Field
Many student groups will be at tents and tables on the east end of the Pratt Field, near the pedestrian entrance (Hitchcock Gate). Please stop by to connect with students and other alumni, and say hello!
Near Hitchcock Gate, Pratt Field
12:00 PM
Amherst Football v. Williams
There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Parking is available on the football practice field (entrance on Route 9), in front of Alumni Gymnasium, in the designated area on Snell Street, along Hitchcock Road and Orchard Street, and in any other designated parking space on campus. See General Information for details on tents and tailgating.
Pratt Field
1:00 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Part of an ongoing series focusing on different themes each week. Ends at 1:30 p.m.
Mead Art Museum
1:30 PM
Beneski Museum "Bones and Stones" Tour
Join Alfred Venne, Museum Educator & Student Docents, for a walk through the Beneski Museum of Natural History, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Bring your cameras!
Beneski Earth Sciences Building
2:30 PM
Amherst Homecoming Food Truck Fest
Come celebrate and share some great food! This event is sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs to thank you for your support at Homecoming and throughout the year.
Tent next to Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road
4:00 PM
Zumbye Reception and Sing-Along
The Zumbyes are Amherst’s oldest acapella group! Come hear current and former Zumbyes come together to sing the group’s classics. Anybody is welcome! Especially if you are a former member or friend of the Zumbyes!
Canfield Lounge, Kirby Theater
4:30 PM
Screening of JFK: The Last Speech - The Story of President Kennedy’s 1963 Speech at Amherst College

In an era of political tension when the value of a liberal arts education is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance. Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost in a speech called “the most majestic” of Kennedy’s career. He spoke of the relationship of poetry to power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely -- tempered by a moral restraint inspired by the arts and a liberal arts education. And, he spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest.

JFK: The Last Speech, a new documentary aired on public television this summer, communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers. Produced by an award winning filmmaker, this film will ignite public discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest. It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere -- infused with broad sympathy, understanding and compassion. Neil Bicknell ’64 and Paul Dimond ’66 will host this screening, field questions and share opportunities to make JFK’s call a living legacy going forward. Members of all classes, including current students, faculty and staff are invited. The companion book, JFK: The Last Speech will be available for purchase. 

Johnson Chapel
7:00 PM
Choral Society Concert
The program includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, Györgi Ligeti, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Veljo Tormis. It is conducted by Arianne Abela, Director of the Choral Music Program and Lecturer in Music, and Assistant Conductor Ellen Mutter ’18. The program also includes the second performance of commissioned work by singer/songwriter Shara Nova. The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door only, beginning one hour before the concert.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
9:00 PM
Amherst College Jazz Ensemble
ACJE performs under the direction of Carl Clements, Visiting Director of Jazz Performance. The concert is free and open to the public.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
Sunday, November 11, 2018
11:00 AM
Women of Color Homecoming Brunch
Amherst College women of color alumnae and students are invited to join us during Homecoming weekend for the Women of Color Brunch, an event organized by students and staff to celebrate our community. All women of color are welcome to attend, including transwomen and those who also identify as non-binary. This year's program will focus on forging connections, providing an opportunity for casual conversation and networking. Featuring keynote speaker Nalini Jones '93, author of What You Call Winter and a recipient of an NEA fellowship, Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize. Learn more and register for the brunch.
Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall