Homecoming 2019 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 to 7:00 PM
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 to 5:00 PM
Attend Open Classes
Visit professors and students in the classroom. A list of classes open to visitors is available online, and at Alumni House.
Various locations
10:00 AM to 11:00 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
2:30 PM to 3:30 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! Snacks will be available.
E108, Science Center
3:30 PM to 4:30 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
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Resource Centers Team Homecoming Reception and Open House
Please join the Resource Centers Team (RCT) for our annual Homecoming Reception and Open House. All five of the centers (Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Women's & Gender Center, Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, and Center for International Student Engagement) welcome students and returning alumni! Stop by each of the Centers and learn about the work of the RCT, meet the staff, hear about the resources and services we offer, and celebrate our amazing community at the College. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Ends at 5:30 p.m.
Atrium, Keefe Campus Center
4:00 PM to 5:00 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
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Enjoy a cocktail and a snack and catch up with old friends.
Beneski Museum of Natural History
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst College Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner
Learn about Jewish life and meet student leaders.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Women’s Volleyball vs. Tufts
LeFrak Gymnasium
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Choral Society
The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, will present the world premiere of music by Jerry Noble ’83; works by Daley, Viadana and Rogers; and more. Admission is free and open to the public.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building
8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Homecoming Bonfire
The Campus Activities Board Bonfire is a renewed tradition to bring the Amherst College community together in celebration of Homecoming weekend.
Base of Memorial Hill
Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30 AM to 8:30 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 to 2:30 PM
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 to 8:30 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
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Class of 1970 Reunion Planning Meeting
Bliss Room, Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road
9:00 AM to 10:00 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
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Reunion Planning Meetings
Class of 1961
Room 217, Webster Hall

Class of 1962
Room 219, Webster Hall

Class of 1966
Room 102, Webster Hall

Class of 1973
Room 215, Webster Hall

Class of 1990
Room 308, Converse Hall

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Class of 1955 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 202, Johnson Chapel
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Jeffrey B. Ferguson Memorial Teaching Prize Lectures
with Marisa Parham, Professor of English, and Adam Sitze, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, the inaugural recipients of the prize.

The Jeffrey B. Ferguson Memorial Teaching Prize honors the memory of an accomplished scholar and beloved Amherst College professor. The prize is awarded annually to two Amherst faculty members who see teaching as an art and vocation, engage in pedagogical innovation in their courses, have a significant impact in their department or program and on the broader curriculum, help students develop foundational skills in the finest liberal arts tradition, inspire students and colleagues alike to cultivate the life of the mind, and have a lasting impact on students’ intellectual and personal development.

Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Class of 1980 Reunion Planning Meeting
Room 209, Converse Hall
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
DQ Homecoming Show
The DQ is Amherst's oldest co-ed, secular a cappella group. We were officially founded in 1927, which makes us the REAL oldest. Come join us for a casual, late morning show. Bagels and coffee will be provided. We look forward to connecting with our alumni!  
Ballroom, Morris Pratt Residence Hall
12:00 PM to 1:00 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! See the draft tent map.
Near Hitchcock Gate, Pratt Field
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Amherst Women’s Volleyball vs. Bowdoin
LeFrak Gymnasium
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Amherst Football vs. Wesleyan
Pratt Field
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Beneski Museum “Tales from the Collections” Tour
Alfred Venne, Museum Educator, and student docents will take guests on a journey through some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks and 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
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at Fest
Gather for casual networking and conversation with fellow Amherst RPCVs. Enjoy food and beverages, reconnect with old friends and make new connections. Students interested in serving in the Peace Corps are also welcome to join. Look for the Peace Corps sign in the Cage.
Coolidge Cage, Alumni Gymnasium
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Homecoming Fest
Come celebrate the events of the day with food, drink and jazz! 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 5 p.m.
Coolidge Cage, Alumni Gymnasium
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Asian Alumni Reception
Miss(ed) Asian Alumni day? Mingle with fellow Asian alums and students, enjoy catered food and beverage from your favorite local restaurants, and hear about what the Amherst Asian community has been up to! Students from all of Amherst’s Asian affinity groups—the Asian Students Association (ASA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Korean Students Association (KSA), Middle Eastern and North African Association (MENAA) and South Asian Students Association (SASA)—will be in attendance. We also welcome you to visit our cozy Asian Community Space in the basement of Wieland. Tours will be provided by students! Ends at 5:30 p.m. Register here!
Pemberton Lounge, Chapin Hall
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Physics and Astronomy Department Reception
Join us for an informal reception for returning alumni and faculty. Ends at 5:30 p.m.
Lower Commons (Near the Winter Garden), Science Center
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zumbyes Reception and Sing-Along
The Zumbyes are more than excited to welcome alumni back home to Amherst College. This reception is open to everyone, whether you are a Zumbye alum or just want to be casually serenaded by the group. Stop by, meet the current Zumbyes and sing along to your favorite tunes! Ends at 5:30 p.m.
Canfield Lounge, Kirby Theater
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Screening of Wild Nights with Emily and Q&A with Director Madeleine Olnek
The film will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the movie IndieWire called “hilarious” and “touching!”
Lipton Lecture Hall, E110, Science Center
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
La Causa Reception
Join La Causa, Amherst's Latinx affinity group, for a reception commemorating the 40th anniversary of our José Martí Cultural Center and the student protest that led to it. Ends at 6:30 p.m Register for the reception!
Event Space, Ford Hall
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Homecoming Concert: Amherst College Jazz Ensemble
Featured vocalist Samirah Evans joins the ACJE and its director Bruce Diehl in presenting music by Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Nancy Wilson. Music by Fred Sturm, Lennie Niehaus, Count Basie and others rounds out the set list. Admission is free. Food donations for the Amherst Survival Center will be collected.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building
Sunday, October 27, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Women of Color Homecoming Brunch
Amherst College women of color alumnae and students are invited to join us for the Women of Color Brunch, organized by students and staff to celebrate our community.

The brunch will feature keynote speaker Adrienne White-Faines '82, MA, FACHE, in conversation with Ann Guo '20 and Camille Polk '21. White-Faines is a healthcare executive committed to improving health equity across populations, most recently serving as CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), a national medical education accreditation and physician association representing more than 150,000 physicians and medical students in the US. White-Faines previously served as vice president and chief health officer at the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, as a healthcare strategy consultant, and in leadership roles within prominent hospitals in Chicago and New York City.

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. Register for the brunch.

Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall