Homecoming 2019 Preliminary Schedule

Programs will continue to be posted and updated.
All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

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Friday, October 25, 2019
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 September.
Various Locations
10:00 AM
Back to Class at the Mead
Experience what Amherst College students are learning today, challenge your thinking about art across the curriculum and explore new learning models in one of the Mead’s art-study classrooms. Presented by Emily Potter-Ndiaye, the Dwight and Kirsten Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs and Head of Education.
Mead Art Museum
3:00 PM
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mead
Join us for a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes at the Mead Art Museum. Explore our underground storage facilities and learn about the latest exhibitions with David E. Little, Mead Director and Chief Curator.
Mead Art Museum
3:30 PM
Association for Women in Science Alumnae Panel
The Association for Women in Science is hosting its Fifth Annual Alumnae Panel. Come listen to our panelists, who work in health care, technology and research, as they offer their perspectives on their industries and advice to those who are considering careers in STEM.
Stirn Auditorium
5:30 PM
Enjoy a cocktail, a snack and catch up with old friends.
Living Room (Main Lobby), Science Center
7:00 PM
Amherst Women’s Volleyball vs. Tufts
LeFrak Gymnasium
8:00 PM
Homecoming Bonfire
The 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
Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30 AM
Friends of Amherst Athletics: The Coach’s Report, 2019 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 2:30 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542–2065
8:00 AM
Pratt Field Opens for Pedestrians and Drop-Off
Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents. See "General Information" for more details.
Pratt Field
9:00 AM
Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Join Catherine Epstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Winkley Professor of History, for a wide-ranging conversation about Amherst’s academic landscape. Among other topics, Provost Epstein will discuss academic initiatives, pedagogical innovation and the changing faculty at the College.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 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 in combination with a modern Digitarium system to help bring the universe a little closer to us. The main takeaway from the planetarium visit may best 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
11:00 AM
Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel
12:00 PM
Alumni-Student Meet-Ups at Pratt Field
Many student groups will be at tents and tables on the east end of 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
1:00 PM
Amherst Women’s Volleyball vs. Bowdoin
LeFrak Gymnasium
1:00 PM
Amherst Football vs. Wesleyan
Pratt Field
1:30 PM
Beneski Museum “Tales from the Collections” Tour
Join Museum Educator Alfred Venne and student docents will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks & traces and magnificent mammals. Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible. The tour will last about 45 minutes. Bring your cameras!
Beneski Museum of Natural History
2:30 PM
Amherst Homecoming Fest
Come celebrate the events of the day with food, drink and music! Games and treats for kids will be provided. This event is sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs to thank you for your support at Homecoming and throughout the year. Ends at 4:30 p.m.
Coolidge Cage, Alumni Gymnasium
Sunday, October 27, 2019
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, both cisgender and transgender, as well as our nonbinary siblings, are welcome to attend. This year's program will focus on forging connections, providing an opportunity for casual conversation and networking. Our featured speaker and registration information will be posted in coming weeks.
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall