Amherst@Home: Virtual Homecoming and Family Week

October 26 - November 1, 2020

Join us online as we celebrate an unusual Homecoming and Family Weekend during a very unusual year! We miss being together in person, but we are grateful for the opportunity to come together, even on Zoom.

The week of October 26 - November 1 offers a number of opportunities to connect through programs for students, alumni and families. Scroll down to Saturday, October 31 to see how we figured out how to bring to you the serendipitous encounters made possible by the Class Tents at Pratt Field... virtually! 

Programs will continue to be posted and updated, so keep checking back to see what's new! Additional programs throughout the fall, virtual museum tours, and academic department events are listed on Amherst@Home.

Use the fields below to search the schedule or scroll down to see the full list of events. Click the green Register button to sign up for as many events as you'd like. Links to each program will be sent by email when you register. We can't wait to see you!

Please note that minors attending virtual programs should be supervised at all times by an accompanying adult.

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Monday, October 26, 2020
(All day)
Spanish Department Office Hours for Families
Many faculty in the Spanish Department have open office hours via Zoom for students. This week they are also available to families at a variety of times. Learn more and sign up on the Spanish Dept. website.
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ten Lessons for Financial Resiliency: What the Crises of 2008 and 2020 Teach Us About How Americans Move from Recession to Rebound
With Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83 P’14,’17, Rubenstein Fellow at Duke Law School and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Ron Lieber ’93, a journalist who writes the “Your Money” column in The New York Times. Learn more about the Amherst Conversations series.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Advising for the Health Professions
William A. Loinaz, professor of physics and chair of the Health Professions Committee, and Richard Aronson ’69, health professions advisor and assistant dean of students, will present an overview of the premedical and health professions advising program and community at Amherst and the medical school and health professions graduate school application process.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Financial Aid Office Hours for Parents/Guardians
Have a question for the financial aid office regarding your student's aid package, FAFSA forms, changes in status, etc? Sign up for an individual Zoom appointment to meet one on one with a counselor. Appointments are 25 minutes long and space is limited. 
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Mead Art Museum: Artist Talk With Heather Agyepong
London-based artist Heather Agyepong has worked within photographic and performance arts since 2009 and is interested in mental health and well-being, activism, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. She uses both lens-based practices and performance to create cathartic experiences for herself and her audiences. Agyepong’s works have been published, performed and exhibited extensively within the UK and internationally. A selection of her photographs are currently on view at the Mead Art Museum.

Join us to learn more about Agyepong’s artistic practice, her acclaimed project "Too Many Blackamoors," and her forthcoming projects, performances and exhibitions. This conversation will be moderated by Aneeka Henderson, assistant professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies.

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Music Department Reception
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harlem Ren 2020 brings you Family Feud: BSU Edition
This year BSU wanted to find a way to engage our Black community in a fun and dynamic way. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our annual Harlem Renaissance event, which usually serves as a showcase for the many talents of our Black students on campus. This year, we hope to showcase these students virtually, while creating the opportunity for families to get to know each other through rounds of Amherst-inspired Family Feud! We hope you'll join us for a fun night of games, talent and social engagement. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Careers in the time of COVID
We won't sugarcoat it - the coming years will be challenging for new job seekers. But Amherst students do not have to navigate those challenges alone. Hear from the team at the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning about how they are adapting and enlarging career development support for Amherst students in the face of overlapping crises and a recession job market. 
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Black Studies Department Reception
Join the Black Studies Department faculty for a meet and greet with alumni, families and students.
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Economics Department Lecture: Who Merits An Elite College Education?
Zach Bleemer '13 is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Zach's talk will address the economic and distributional ramifications of meritocratic university policies: how valuable is the education provided by highly selective colleges (overall and in high-demand majors like Economics), and how does that value differ for students who enter college with less academic preparation than their peers, or for those who come from low-income backgrounds?
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Making Russian Art: A Conversation with Dana Kaufman '12 and Polina Barskova, Professor of Russian
Kaufman will speak about the opera she wrote as a Russian major at Amherst; she is a professional composer and Assistant Professor in Music Composition at the University of California, Riverside. Barskova, Professor of Russian and one of Russia’s most visible poets, will discuss her experience living and writing as an émigré with ties to the international Russian literary scene.  
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jazz Combos Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp Virtual Performance
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet the Authors: A Conversation about Recent Books Published by History Faculty
Join us for a celebratory conversation with History professors who have recently published books! Jen Manion, associate professor of history; will discuss Female Husbands: a Trans History (Cambridge, 2020), Edward Melillo, professor of history and environmental studies, will discuss The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World (Knopf, 2020), and Vanessa Walker, Morgan Assistant Professor in Diplomatic History, will discuss Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell, 2020).
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion
Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science; Jonathan Obert, assistant professor of Political Science; and Kerry Ratigan, assistant professor of Political Science share their views. This program is part of a series of events in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States sponsored by the Political Science Department of Amherst College. 
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Virtual Concert
Streamed from Buckley Recital Hall
Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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. This year, Provost Epstein will discuss academic initiatives, pedagogical innovation and the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19.

    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Film & Media Studies Open House
    Film & Media Studies (FAMS) faculty, staff, students, and alumni invite you to an open house reception where you can learn more about the major. Professor Adam Levine and senior thesis student, Ryan Sholtis will have a conversation on the program and student experience. A recent FAMS graduate will present their critical-creative thesis and share part of their film.

    1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Financial Aid Office Hours for Parents/Guardians
    Have a question for the financial aid office regarding your student's aid package, FAFSA forms, changes in status, etc? Sign up for an individual Zoom appointment to meet one on one with a counselor. Appointments are 25 minutes long and space is limited. 
    5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Mathematics and Statistics Department Reception
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Club Volleyball Reception
    Come say a virtual hello and hang out with members of the club volleyball community! We're excited to see some familiar faces and meet new people.
    8:00 PM to 9:15 PM
    LGBTQIA+ Resilience and Resistance at and after Amherst
    A virtual panel on LGBTQIA+ community activism and organizing at Amherst College and beyond, featuring Ron Wold ‘70, Hilary North-Ellasante ’97, Tierra Allen '09, Matt Randolph ’16, and Kannan Jagannathan, the Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics. Our conversation will explore the resilience and resistance essential to the building and sustainability of our LGBTQIA+ campus community across Amherst’s history, as well as alumni activist, advocacy, and organizing work following graduation. Hosted by the Queer Resource Center.
    Friday, October 30, 2020
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    A Conversation with President Biddy Martin
    2:15 PM to 3:00 PM
    Fossil Friday @ Beneski: Carboniferous Period - Suddenly, Terrestrial Life!
    The Carboniferous Period (359-299Ma) saw the rapid (emphasis on rapid) explosion of life on land. The Carboniferous is most known for its picturesque forests, filled with gigantic trees and ferns. By the end of the period, forests were swarming with air-breathing insects and arachnids, some giant compared to modern standards. Land vertebrates continued to adapt to land and diversify. Notably, amniotes emerged, laying their legs on land: a new innovation! The oceans were still just as exciting as in the Devonian, now featuring even more sharks and ray-finned fish. Coral reefs were abundant as well. This period is quite... beautiful. Land finally began to resemble what land looks like today. Presenter: Ben Gilsdorf '21 
    4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
    Fossil Friday @ Beneski: Carboniferous Period - Suddenly, Terrestrial Life!
    The Carboniferous Period (359-299Ma) saw the rapid (emphasis on rapid) explosion of life on land. The Carboniferous is most known for its picturesque forests, filled with gigantic trees and ferns. By the end of the period, forests were swarming with air-breathing insects and arachnids, some giant compared to modern standards. Land vertebrates continued to adapt to land and diversify. Notably, amniotes emerged, laying their legs on land: a new innovation! The oceans were still just as exciting as in the Devonian, now featuring even more sharks and ray-finned fish. Coral reefs were abundant as well. This period is quite... beautiful. Land finally began to resemble what land looks like today. Presenter: Rilla McKeegan '21 & Lindsay Yue '21
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Readings from The Common
    Join the staff and interns of The Common for a celebration of uncommonly good literature! Come to hear readings from our 10th anniversary issue.
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Music@Amherst Series: Calidore String Quartet
    Janáček String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata and Beethoven Grosse Fuge

    Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by The New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The Los Angeles Times described the quartet as “astonishing” and praised its balance of “intellect and expression.” The Washington Post said that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.” Music@Amherst series details

    Saturday, October 31, 2020
    12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Class Tent Virtual Meetups

    One of the highlights of Homecoming is gathering at the football game in tents with other alumni in adjacent class years. While we can’t replicate that experience exactly, these virtual tent meetups are an opportunity for alumni to meet new people in graduation years close to their own, and to see old friends. Each event will include a series of breakout sessions for people to talk in small groups. 

    Noon - 1 p.m.

    • 1981 - 1985 
    • 1991 - 1994 
    • 2016 - 2020 

    1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    • 2001 - 2010 
    • Classes before 1960 (join at 1 p.m. for an orientation to Zoom, and how to participate in breakout rooms)

    3 - 4 p.m.

    • 1995 - 2000 - 25th Reunion Classes
    • 1986 - 1990 
    • 1970 - 1975 - 50th Reunion Classes

    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    • 2011 - 2015 
    • 1960 - 1969 

    6 - 7 p.m. 

    • 1976 - 1980 
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Choral Society Concert Livestream
    The Amherst College Choral Society will perform several works for choir, including traditional school songs, via livestream from Buckley Recital Hall and with a virtual choir that includes remote singers.
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert: They Persisted: Concert Masterpieces by Trailblazing Women Composers
    The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Chamber Music Program present works by Hildegard von Bingen, Ethyl Smyth, Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade, Chrétien Hedwige, Florence Price, Valerie Coleman, Joan Tower and Ellen Taafe Zwillich in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment establishing women's right to vote.

    Female composers have long faced unjust exclusion from the concert hall. Patriarchal gate-keeping and gender bias has unfairly dictated whose music would be heard. Women are dramatically under-represented both in the music academy and on classical music stages. The ASO seeks to do its part to begin remedying this artistic inequity in a varied program of works by women composers.

    Sunday, November 1, 2020
    (All day)
    Don't forget Daylight Savings Time ends today!
    Fall back, friends!
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Hillel (BYO) Bagel Brunch
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Virtual Family Brunch
    Connect with other Amherst families in a virtual meetup.
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    DQ Homecoming
    DQ Alumni join current members for a meet and greet!
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    CHEMISTRY: Building an Open and Inclusive Community in the Time of COVID-19
    From 2 - 3 p.m. join for a faculty panel presentation regarding curricular adaptations in classes and student research, followed by a meet and greet for parents. At 3 p.m. faculty will address “Expanding our Community Inclusively and Remotely,” and will have a particular alumni focus on ways alumni can be involved, including an alumni meet and greet.
    2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    Asian Students Association (ASA) Reception
    Come to ASA's virtual reception and mingle with fellow Asian alums and students! Let's talk about what the Amherst Asian community has been up to. Students from the Asian Students Association (ASA), Middle Eastern and North African Association (MENAA), South Asian Students Association (SASA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Mixed Student Union (MSU) and Korean Students Association (KSA) will be in attendance.