Homecoming 2018 Schedule

Programs will continue to be posted and updated.
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
2:00 PM
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.
Room E110, Science 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
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). If you are a former member or supporter of one of these organizations, please stop by 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
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.

Johnson Chapel