2019 Preliminary Reunion Schedule

Programs will continuously be posted and updated as they are confirmed. Note that private class programs, including class dinners, do not appear on the public schedule. Please check back frequently to see what's new!

All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted. Find locations on our Campus Map.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
2:00 PM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Telephone: (413) 542–2065. Alumni House will close at 9 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
5:30 PM
Reunion Welcome Reception at the Beneski Museum of Natural History
Mingle beneath the mammoth, delight in the dryosaurus, enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres in the shadow of ancient footprints, and renew old friendships amidst Amherst’s extraordinary collection of vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and around the world since 1825. Informal tours will be available. Reception ends at 7 p.m. 
Beneski Museum of Natural History
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Telephone: (413) 542–2065. Alumni House will close at 10 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
10:30 AM
Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range
Tour the former U.S. Strategic Air Command’s (Northeast Command) nuclear communications bunker and learn of its history, led by Aaron Hayden, the College’s Capital Projects Manager and the unofficial authority on the history of the Bunker. The Bunker has served as the Amherst College Book Depository since its purchase by the College in 1992. Each tour is limited to 30 people. Please sign up in advance. If space is available, you may sign up on-site at the Alumni House Reception Center. Please note: You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the Bunker.
Amherst Bunker, 100 Military Drive, off Route 116 in the Holyoke Range
1:00 PM
Beneski Museum “Dinosaur Tracks and More - Ichnology” Tour
For over 170 years a "Cabinet of Curiosities” has existed on the campus of Amherst College. One of the most significant curiosities has been and continues to be the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Join our museum staff as they help guests learn a bit about the collection's history and the scientific importance of the collection today. We look forward to exploring together Amherst before it was Amherst. Bring your cameras.
Beneski Museum of Natural History
2:30 PM
Adversarial Machine Learning
Come learn how to bypass a state-of-the-art security system with sugar cubes and a slingshot. New security vulnerabilities have arisen with the growing use of machine learning in decision-making systems. In this talk, Scott Alfeld, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will discuss the field of Adversarial Learning—the study of using machine learning techniques when the input data may be corrupted by an attacker. With defense as the ultimate goal, we'll take the role of a hacker aiming to corrupt a marketeer’s forecast of future prices after they've learned a forecasting model. We’ll also get our hands dirty attacking a learner at training time and see what finesse is needed when attacking even the simplest of learners.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
4:00 PM
Amherst College Financial Update
Join Kevin Weinman, Chief Financial Officer, to learn more about Amherst’s financial model and outlook. Our thoughtful approach to investment, combined with the uniquely generous spirit of philanthropy Amherst inspires, has created one of the strongest financial portfolios in higher education.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
Friday, May 31, 2019
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Telephone: (413) 542–2065. Alumni House will close at midnight.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
9:00 AM
Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Dean of the Faculty
Join Catherine Epstein, Dean of the Faculty and Winkley Professor of History, for a wide-ranging conversation about Amherst’s academic landscape. Among other topics, Dean Epstein will discuss academic initiatives, pedagogical innovation, and the changing faculty at the College.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:30 AM
Jewish Experience at Amherst College
Join Wendy Bergoffen, Lecturer in American Studies, and students from her seminar, "Jews at Amherst," in a conversation about Jewish life at the College. Students will discuss the process of researching College history and invite alumni to share their stories, recollections, and insights.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:30 AM
Stearns Steeple Tour and Chimes Concert
Aaron Hayden, the College’s Capital Projects Manager, will give a short talk on the history of the steeple, its place on campus in the formative years of the College and the Howe Chimes in its belfry. The church to which the steeple was attached was donated by the son of President William Augustus Stearns to be a centerpiece on campus and in campus life. The chimes were donated in honor of the members of the Amherst College community who died in the “Great War Between the States.” Aaron will play tunes on the chimes that might have been played when they were new—as well as some other favorites.
Neuhoff Sculpture Court, in front of the Mead Art Museum
1:00 PM
Planetarium Program: We Are Part of This Universe
For over 55 years the Bassett Planetarium has served the College well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Fred 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 best said by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “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
2:30 PM
Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range
Tour the former U.S. Strategic Air Command’s (Northeast Command) nuclear communications bunker and learn of its history, led by Aaron Hayden, the College’s Capital Projects Manager and the unofficial authority on the history of the Bunker. The Bunker has served as the Amherst College Book Depository since its purchase by the College in 1992. Each tour is limited to 30 people. Please sign up in advance. If space is available, you may sign up on-site at the Alumni House Reception Center. Please note: You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the Bunker.
Amherst Bunker, 100 Military Drive, off Route 116 in the Holyoke Range
4:00 PM
Introducing the New Science Center
Join Jim Brassord, Chief of Campus Operations, and Jack Cheney, the 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
5:00 PM
Reception with President Biddy Martin
Join President Biddy Martin and others from the College for conversation and celebration. Tour Amherst's newest building while enjoying a drink and hors d'oeuvres. All are welcome. Reception ends at 6:30 p.m.
Living Room (Main Lobby), Science Center
Saturday, June 1, 2019
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Telephone: (413) 542–2065. Alumni House will close at 9:30 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
11:30 AM
A Conversation with President Biddy Martin and the Annual Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council
Johnson Chapel
12:00 PM
Annual Reunion Luncheon
Join us for a complimentary luncheon under the tent on the Valentine Quad. Look for your classmates under the decade signs!
Valentine Quad
9:00 PM
Saturday Night at the Observatory
The Astronomy Association, in collaboration with Amherst College Science Outreach, invite you to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars while they guide you and teach you some astronomy as well. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association will be present to operate Amherst College’s own 19-inch Clark refractor telescope. This event is open to all, but it will be cancelled if the weather is uncooperative (Cloudy).
Wilder Observatory, Snell Street
9:00 PM
The Zumbyes' Reunion Show
The Zumbyes welcome all Zum-alums, Amherst alums, friends, fans and anyone else to Buckley Recital Hall to celebrate the 69th year of the group with a free concert of new songs, classic songs and, of course, our beloved College songs.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
Sunday, June 2, 2019
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
We'll be open for you to drop off your keys or ask last-minute questions before you head home. 
Telephone: (413) 542–2065. Alumni House will close at noon.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
9:00 AM
Service of Remembrance and Community
Please join us for an ecumenical service to remember the lives of those alumni we have lost this year.
War Memorial, Memorial Hill (rain site: Chapin Chapel)