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2016 Reunion Schedule - PRELIMINARY

Programs are no longer than 60 minutes unless otherwise noted. More College-sponsored programs will be posted soon. Class programs will be posted in early April.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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
2:30 PM
Garden Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
Meet Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, to hear about new projects, including the introduction of an orchard to the Dickinson property. Enjoy the museum’s garden tour audio wands free of charge.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
5:30 PM
Reunion Welcome Reception at the Mead Art Museum
Meet, mingle and renew old friendships at the Mead with a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. See the Shakespeare First Folio and the Mead collection. Performance by the Bluestockings. Reception ends at 7 p.m.
Mead Art Museum
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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
Garden Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
Meet Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, to hear about new projects, including the introduction of an orchard to the Dickinson property. Enjoy the museum’s garden tour audio wands free of charge.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
10:30 AM
Beneski Museum “Bones and Stones" Tour
Join Alfred Venne, museum educator, for a walk through the Beneski Museum of Natural History, which houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and from around the world since 1825. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection. Bring your cameras.
Beneski Museum of Natural History
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
1:00 PM
Faculty Lecture
With Vanessa L. Fong '96, associate professor of Anthropology
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
2:30 PM
Julius Caesar: 1949
Michael Kelly, head of Archives and Special Collections will tell the story of this famous production of Julius Caesar, the first nationally broadcast production, staged at the Folger. He will share some of the amazing archival materials we have of the production and speak about Shakespeare at Amherst. After his talk, there will be a short break, and then those who would like are encouraged to stay for a film of the entire production. The film will begin at 3 p.m.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
4:00 PM
The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial
Join Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, for a discussion of his new book. Signing to follow.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
7:00 PM
Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare
Dr. Páraic Finnerty, professor of English and American Literature at University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, clarifies the essential role that Shakespeare had in Emily Dickinson’s life by locating her allusions to his writings within a nineteenth-century American context. In the process, he throws new light on Shakespeare’s multifaceted presence in Dickinson’s world: in education, theater, newspapers, public lectures, reading clubs, and literary periodicals.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
Friday, May 27, 2016
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
Sustainability at Amherst
Laura Draucker, director of sustainability and Jim Brassord, chief of campus operations will review sustainability programs on campus and how this work connects with students and scholarship.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:30 AM
Faculty Lecture
With Nicholas J. Horton, professor of Statistics
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
10:30 AM
Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Dean of the Faculty
Join Catherine Epstein, dean of the faculty and professor of history, for a wide-ranging conversation about Amherst's academic landscape. Dean Epstein will discuss the ways in which the College is shaping the next generation of faculty and the ongoing comprehensive review of the curriculum. The dean will also address pedagogical innovation and other academic initiatives at Amherst.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
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
4:00 PM
Diversifying the Faculty: Women and Racial Minorities
A lecture with Elizabeth Aries, Clarence Francis 1910 Professor in Social Sciences. In the wake of the Amherst Uprising in November, 2015, pressure has intensified to recruit more faculty of color to tenure-track positions at the college. A look back at the issues the first women faculty confronted in joining a mostly male faculty in the 1960s and 1970s has many parallels to the issues confronted today by colleagues from ethnic and racial minority groups who are joining a predominantly white, upper-middle-class faculty. As Amherst College approached coeducation in 1972, only five tenure-track women were teaching at the College. President J. William Ward argued that women should have equal opportunity not only to attend Amherst, but to serve on its faculty. Over the next decade forty-five more women faculty were hired. However many of these pioneer women found Amherst a difficult place to work and lead their professional lives and few remained on the faculty long term. What challenges did the pioneer women face at Amherst and what lesson can be learned from their experiences for further diversifying the faculty?
Stirn Auditorium
Saturday, May 28, 2016
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
9:45 AM
Reunion Tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum
See the birthplace and home of Emily Dickinson. Learn more about this fascinating poet and current special projects, including the restoration of Dickinson’s conservatory, in a special before-hours tour.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
10:30 AM
A Conversation with President Biddy Martin
The president’s remarks will be preceded by the annual meeting of the Society of the Alumni, presided over by the chair of the Executive Committee, Annette Sanderson '82.
Johnson Chapel
11:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting the summer field school operated by the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services. Observe the field crew in action as they dig test pits and search for relics of the past.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
1:30 PM
Family Circus Event
Join in a circus event for kids and families with performers from SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, Mass. See juggling and contortion and try out some tricks yourself! All kids must have parents or guardians with them at the program to sign a release form for participation.
LeFrak Gymnasium
1:30 PM
Dickinson Meets Shakespeare in the Garden
Enjoy an afternoon performance in the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum where actors bring to life scenes from Dickinson’s most beloved plays by William Shakespeare, interspersed with works by the poet inspired by Shakespeare.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
2:30 PM
Family Swim
Have children with lots of energy? Come to Pratt Pool and have an afternoon swim! Each child must have a parent or guardian with them at the pool.
Pratt Pool, Alumni Gym
9:00 PM
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 66th 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, May 29, 2016
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)