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Reunion 2010 Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mead Art Museum

 The Mead Art Museum holds Amherst College's distinguished collection of more than 16,000 works of art representing virtually every historical period, national school and artistic medium. Highlights appear in changing displays. Admission is free. The museum is fully accessible. Coffee drinks are available at the Mead Bookshop Café.

Mead Art Museum

9 a.m. 4 p.m. Archives and Special Collections - The Novelists of Amherst
This is the 25th Reunion year for the Class of 1985, the graduating class of David Foster Wallace. Wallace’s senior theses (he wrote two) will be on display along with copies of his published works in first editions, pre-publication copies and more ephemeral publications. The exhibit also includes the works of his fellow graduates of the 1980s such as Dan Brown ’86, Harlan Coben ’84, Chris Bohjalian ’82 and Jennifer Cody-Epstein ’88. Amherst alumni from the 1940s up to the present also will be included and range from Thomas Flanagan ’45 and Joseph Amiel ’59 to Lauren Groff ’01 and Daniel Pyle ’05. Amherst alumni have penned everything from children’s books to hard-boiled mysteries and horror, and from blockbuster bestsellers to cult classics.
Robert Frost Library, Level A
11 a.m. 4 p.m. Museum of Natural History
The Amherst College Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected locally and around the world since 1825. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals, and others describe the geological processes which have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley.
11 a.m. 4 p.m. The Emily Dickinson Museum
The Museum offers several tour options, including a 90-minute tour of both the Homestead and The Evergreens, a 40-minute tour of the Homestead and a landscape audio tour narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur '42. Tours are offered throughout open hours; tour sizes are limited, and tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A daily tour schedule is posted at the Museum. Wear your Amherst College name tag for half-price admission. Admission ranges from $4 (youth) to $10 (adult). There will be a special open house on Saturday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no charge for the open house.
280 Main Street, Amherst
2 p.m. 9 p.m. 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, 75 Churchill Street
2 p.m. Star Show and History of the Bassett Planetarium
Join Steve Sauter, director of the Preston Rogers Bassett Planetarium, for a lively look at the night skies and the history of the Bassett Planetarium. We will learn how to identify the bright constellations of the summer sky and hear the mythologies behind them. Using the projector, we can experience the rotation of the Earth and see what the sky looks like from any place on the planet. Come in and get an intimate look at the projector and learn about the history of planetariums and the contributions of Preston Rogers Bassett '13.
Morgan Hall, Bassett Planetarium
5 7:30 p.m.   An Evening at the Museums
Join us for a wine and cheese reception at the Mead Art Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and a wine and dessert reception at the Museum of Natural History from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring museum curators and docents ready to answer questions about these two extraordinary collections, as well as time to meet and mingle and renew old friendships.
Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum

Thursday, May 27, 2010

8 a.m. 10 p.m. 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, 75 Churchill Street
Daily

Exhibit of Class of 1955 Creative Arts
“Amherst prepared us for life—and now, most especially, retirement!”
The Class of 1955 exhibits their works of art, including pieces of prose writing, poetry, painting, sculpture, musical composition, photography and pottery. They have been invited to be on hand to discuss their works.
Porter House

8 a.m.6 p.m.  Mead Art Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
9 a.m. Noon Community Engagement at Amherst College: Telling Our Stories
Amherst opened the doors to its new Center for Community Engagement in the fall of 2007.  But students have been engaging in communities near and far throughout the history of our college. The CCE invites you to help us collect and tell our “engagement” stories.  We invite you to stop by the CCE offices to tell your story. All we require is 15 minutes and a willingness to think back in time. We will record your story and include it in a collection on the CCE Web site. Recording times: Thursday: 9 a.m.-noon; Friday: 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-noon.
Center for Community Engagement, Keefe Campus Center
9 a.m. Yūshien GardenTour
Yūshien (roughly translated as “Garden of Friendship”) is a contemplative garden in the Japanese style that celebrates the strong ties between Amherst College and Doshisha University in Japan. Come see this lovely spot and learn about the history of Amherst’s relationship with Japan during a guided tour with Timothy J. Van Compernolle, assistant professor of Japanese in The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations. The tour is limited to 15 people. Sign up at the Alumni House Reception Center.  A tour will also be offered on Friday at 9 a.m.
Enter Y
ūshien through Webster Center.
9 a.m. 4 p.m. Archives and Special Collections
See the description on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m.

Artwork by the Class of 1960
Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall

9:30 a.m. Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness
In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders called the “pursuit of Happiness” an “unalienable Right”—yet both psychologists and economists have noted that we don’t really know how happiness can be obtained. Daniel Barbezat, professor of economics, will examine different ways of understanding why people make the decisions they do.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
10:45 a.m. The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America
Professor Hilary Moss, assistant professor of black studies and history, will discuss the findings in her new book, Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America, shedding new light on the efforts of black Americans to get an education in the early 19th century in spite of whites' attempts to withhold opportunity. In telling this story, Moss writes a new chapter in the thorny history of American educational inequality. She will be available to sign copies of her book after the talk.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
11 a.m. 

An Expanding Lens: New Photographic Acquisitions
Tour led by Randall Griffey, curator of American Art.
Mead Art Museum

11 a.m. 4 p.m.
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– 10 p.m.
Museum of Natural History
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
11 a.m. 4 p.m. The Emily Dickinson Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m. 
1 p.m. Legs and Legacies: Dinosaur Tracks
Join Steve Sauter, education coordinator for the college's Museum of Natural History, for the story of Edward Hitchcock, founder of the museum's collections. You will get a close look at the world's largest collection of dinosaur footprints, and examine the skin and possible feather impressions left behind in the Amherst area 200 million years ago and collected by Hitchcock (1836-1864). Meet in the Main Exhibit Hall. The tour is limited to 30 people. Sign up at the Alumni House Reception Center. (Another tour is offered at 9 a.m. on Friday.)
Museum of Natural History
1 p.m. Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range
An opportunity to tour the former U.S. Strategic Air Command's (Northeast Command) nuclear communications bunker and learn of its history. 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. Sign up at the Alumni House Reception Center.
Note: You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the bunker.
(Another tours is offered on Friday at 11 a.m.)
Amherst Bunker, 100 Military Drive, off Route 116 in the Holyoke Range
1 p.m. Investigating Television: Columbo’s “Obsessive Preoccupation with Gadgetry
Through a focus on the 1970s television mystery series Columbo, Amelie Hastie, chair of film and media studies, will introduce the audience to the field of television studies. Bridging historical and textual investigation, she'll discuss how Columbo trained us as detectives of both television itself and its surrounding technologies. The series regularly featured new technological developments – or, as one character puts it to another, “gadgets” – alongside murder. Several murderers’ crimes or alibis are enabled by or hinge around a particular techno-gadget: the VCR, the answering machine, tape recorders, surveillance systems, even a robot. The display of these various gadgets throughout the run of the series sets television as a medium within a broader technological and material history; it produces visible evidence of emerging technological tools, an instructional guide for their use and an acknowledgment of their monetary cost. This is murder à la mode, a criminal investigation with an extra scoop on media histories.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
3 p.m.

Bringing the Classroom to the Galleries: New Curricular Connections at the Mead
Tour led by Pamela Russell, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of College Programs.
Mead Art Museum

4 p.m.

Poet Richard Wilbur '42, P'73, GP '13
Winner of the  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1957 and again in 1989, and the 1987 United States Poet Laureate, Richard Wilbur, John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer at Amherst College, will read from his poems and translations.He will remain after the reading to sign copies of his work.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

7:30 p.m. Star Show and History of Bassett Planetarium
See the description on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall 
8 p.m. Screening of Best in Show
Take in one of the best films featuring actor John Michael Higgins ’85, Best in Show, where he plays Scott Donlan. While Higgins can’t attend the screening, he’ll be speaking at The Future of Entertainment Media program on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center. His other credits include Wag the Dog, A Mighty Wind and a host of other productions. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Keefe Campus Center Theater
 

Friday, May 28, 2010

8 a.m. 11 p.m.
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, 75 Churchill Street 
8 a.m. 6 p.m. Mead Art Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Daily Exhibit of Class of 1955 Creative Arts
See the description on Thursday.
9 a.m. Watching the Worms: Finding Genetic Answers
Caroline E. Goutte, associate professor of biology, will speak about one of her areas of research, cell communication in the nematode embryo. She will explain how research on soil nematodes has led to important discoveries about genes and proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease in humans. She will describe the use of a genetic model system as a powerful means to answer fundamental questions about biology.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
9 a.m. Legs and Legacies: Dinosaur Tracks
See the description at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
9 a.m. – Noon
Community Engagement at Amherst College: Telling Our Stories
See the description on Thursday at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Yūshien Garden Tour
Guided tour led by Timothy J. Van Compernolle, assistant professor of Japanese in The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations. See the description on Thursday at 9 a.m.
Enter Yūshien through Webster Center.
9 a.m. 4 p.m. Archives and Special Collections
See the description on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Robert Frost Library, Level A
9 a.m. 4 p.m. 

Artwork by the Class of 1960
Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall

9 a.m. 5 p.m. Museum of Natural History
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
10 a.m.

Creating Art Out of Wood with a Chainsaw
When he isn't practicing psychiatry, Roy G. Fitzgerald '60 lets off day-to-day tension by studying and perfecting the art of chainsaw wood sculpture. Known to his friends as "Chainsaw Fitz," he will create one of his sculptures outside Drew House. Presented by the Class of 1960.
Drew House Lawn

10 a.m. What’s Shakin’?:  A Geologist’s Perspective on the Haitian and Chilean Earthquakes
Tekla Harms, professor of geology, on the science behind these recent devastating earthquakes.
Paino Room (Room 107), Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building
10 a.m. Amherst Connects: Online Tools for Networking
Come explore and learn about Amherst's tools for online networking, including search tips for using the alumni directory and managing your online profile.
Webster Center Room 102
10 a.m. The New Retirement: Myths and Models
By 2020, more than 90 million people in America, or more than one-quarter of the total population, will be 60 years or older. There is a national mindset that when you reach a certain age you are relegated to the sidelines and the headlights are getting dim. The reality is that people in America today are able to continue in productive activities from their 60s into their 90s.  
Research demonstrates that successful aging entails remaining productively engaged, socially connected and physically fit. Those who follow these three precepts live longer, enjoy better health and report greater satisfaction with life than those who don’t.
Harry R. Moody, director of academic affairs and chief academic officer, AARP, will discuss the research and the many options for remaining productively engaged. Joining him will be William K. Zinke ’48, founder of the non-profit Center for Productive Longevity, and two distinguished Amherst alumni who exemplify lives of productive engagement: William H. Webster ’45, consulting partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, former federal judge and former director of both the FBI and CIA and Dr. Charles Leach '56, retired cardiologist and clinical professor, UCONN School of Medicine. Each will provide remarks on their views of aging successfully and living an enhanced quality of life.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
11 a.m. The New Retirement: Myths and Models 2
For those who would like to discuss how the concepts presented during the 10 a.m. session may be applied in their own lives, there will be breakout sessions led by Harry R. Moody, director of academic affairs and chief academic officer, AARP, and William K. Zinke ’48, founder of the non-profit Center for Productive Longevity.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
11 a.m. Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range
See the description on Thursday at 1 p.m.
11 a.m. Political Bipartisanship--Why and How It Has Failed In Current American Politics
The concepts of civility, compromise and understanding have become greatly diminished in the American political process. We will explore what role is played by increasing cynicism on the part of our fellow citizens, the rapid growth of technological dissemination of information, an increasing focus on re-election and the rise of campaign contributions and lobbying. What has caused this new wave of partisanship, this intractability and lack of collegiality in Congress that has made it so difficult to achieve a common ground?  What will it take to restore this vital legislative process? Hoc Noble ’55 will discuss the evolution of the problem and Jerry Conover ’55 will discuss ways the problem could be resolved. Butch Pfaelzer '55 will moderate and the audience will be asked for questions and comments at which point  both liberal and conservative points of view will be encouraged.  Presented by the Class of 1955.
Stirn Auditorium
11 a.m. The Poet in Her Bedroom
This 30-minute documentary about Emily Dickinson was written and produced by the Amherst film-making team of Ernest Urvater and Terry Allen. It captures the essence of the poet in her own words in an inviting style for all ages and audiences. It was created under the auspices of The Emily Dickinson Museum, which is owned by Amherst College. The filmmakers will be available to answer questions after the showing.
Keefe Campus Center Theater
11 a.m. From the Icon to the Avant-Garde: Russian Art at the Mead
Join Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Curator of Russian Art, for an insider's look at the collection.
Mead Art Museum
11 a.m. 4 p.m.

The Emily Dickinson Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

1 p.m. How the Internet Revolution Has Upended Our Professional Lives
The Internet has shaken business models in industry after industry and totally changed how most professionals solicit, perform and deliver their work. Jim Rooney '60, a veteran Nashville-based record producer and performer, will describe how the Internet has affected the Nashville record industry. Folk singer Amy Speace '90 will comment on how “hit the road” has become the mantra of today’s music performers. The upending of the newspaper industry will be analyzed by Jim Kennedy '75, the Associated Press executive in charge of finding a paid business model to save the AP. Marcy Wheeler '90 will reveal how a journalist-commentator can squeak out a living by blogging. Presented by the Classes of 1960, 1975 and 1990.
Stirn Auditorium
1 p.m.

The Financial Crisis: Have We Learned Anything at All?
Dick Freeman '65, formerly with the Federal Reserve Board, Geoff Parker '65, managing director at George K. Baum & Company (Kansas City) and Don Walker '65, formerly with the Securities and Exchange Commission, will offer three different views of the financial crisis: what they saw in the build up, the collapse and the resolution so far. Can the real problems be fixed? Where do we go from here? Mike Wheeler '65 will moderate. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center

1 p.m. Demjanjuk in Munich
Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will discuss the case of Ivan Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk’s trial, which started in Munich in late November 2009, promises to be the last of the great trials involving Nazi atrocities. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, who lived for decades in suburban Cleveland, stands accused of complicity in the deaths of 27,900 Jews during his services as a guard at the Sobibor Death Camp. This talk will examine the meaning of Demjanjuk’s bizarre legal odyssey, now in its third decade. It will also explore the larger legacy of the struggle, particularly in Germany, to bring Nazi perpetrators to justice.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
1 p.m. Extraordinary Art for a Great College: Highlights of the Mead Art Museum
Led by Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum.
2 p.m. A Puzzle for a Poet
The College will celebrate the installation of this sculpture by renowned artist Lloyd Schermer '50 in the lobby of the library with a reception for the artist. Schermer notes: "I chose the title A Puzzle for a Poet for this 5-foot by 7-foot sculpture because it is made from the building blocks of letters Robert Frost used to construct his poems: antique wood type letters some of which are well over 200 years old. They are rare." Schermer's sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.; the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Ariz.; the Figge Museum in Davenport, Iowa, and the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago, Ill., as well as in corporate and private collections. A video of his work can be seen at on his Web site. Presented by the Class of 1950.
Robert Frost Library
2 p.m.

Death and Dying: What Amherst Didn't Teach Us
Our Amherst education helped each of us to commence a meaningful adult life, but offered no curriculum about how to conclude it. We in the Class of 1955 have crested the hill of our 50th and are moving toward the end of our lives. Gordon Forbes ’55, a minister and poet who has been involved with hospice care, and Michael Robbins ’55, a psychoanalyst who has studied how the mind works in a cultural perspective, will discuss the question of how we anticipate something that is inevitable yet unknown and unique. What role do rational thought and spirituality play? How does our personal, social, cultural and spiritual context determine what we believe and how we prepare for death? The panel will be moderated by Alan McLean ’55, a minister. Presented by the Class of 1955.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

2 p.m. So You Want to Start a Charter School. Really?
C. Stephen Baldwin '60 started a charter school in the Bronx to help underprivileged students poorly served by New York City Public Schools. Several years later, with a successful academic track record at South Bronx Classical, he finds himself contemplating the start of another charter school in the inner city. Stephen tells his story with commentary by Wells Blanchard ’95, in his fifth year as a seventh-grade math teacher and school technology coordinator at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School;  Uthman F. Muhammad '70, formerly a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools; Jennie Weiner '00 of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and Steve Rivkin, Rachel and Michael Deutch Professor of Economics and a member of the Amherst School Committee. Presented by the Classes of 1960, 1970, 1995 and 2000.
Stirn Auditorium
2 p.m. Canvasman
Have you ever wanted to lead a double life? How about being an art dealer and a professional wrestler? On the occasion of the filming of Canvasman, a documentary about his life, Rob Elowitch (aka Robbie Ellis) tells us what it has been like to mix these two worlds. He will show some clips from the film. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
2 p.m. Reinventing Ourselves: Making Meaning at 50
Kittie Galan '80 will engage in a reflective conversation on why life may not feel bad, but maybe not entirely good. What is missing, as we head into our 50’s? Are there other ways to be alive that are more satisfying? How do we choose to do things that give us energy rather than drain it? And if we are struggling with what seems like a choice between “risk” and “convention,” what can we do to be more fulfilled? Joining Kittie will be classmates Jeffrey VanderYacht, Vanessa Wilson and Dan Duquette. Presented by the Class of 1980.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
2 p.m. Religion in Our Lives After Amherst
As we reach the mid-point of life we are faced with a host of life challenges including relationships, work and family. Often we look to religion or spirituality to help us through, and in many cases the quest brings us to a different place in an understanding of ourselves. This panel consists of alumni from the Class of 1990 who have embarked on such journeys in their lives, some subtle and some dramatic. Joining the panel are two alumni who converted to Judaism, one of whom is now a practicing rabbi, and three ministers with a wide range of views and experiences. They are Joyce (Kreie) DeGreef, Rob Gregson, Chris Miller, Jim Morgan and Stephanie Sargent. Moderated by David Matias. Presented by the Class of 1990.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
2 p.m. Gunpowder Commerce: The Story of One 17th Century East India Ship
The English East India Company, chartered in 1600 by Queen Elizabeth I, was the seed from which the British Empire in South Asia would later grow. Margaret Hunt, professor of history and women’s and gender studies, will use the short but eventful life of one English East India Company ship, the Modena (1685-1694), as a window into the world of global trade in the Indian Ocean and Atlantic in the 17th century. In her day the Modena was one of the largest and most heavily-armed merchant ships afloat, and during their service her crew would encounter mutinies and slave revolts, pirates, a typhus epidemic and an (alleged) shipboard murder. The story of the Modena illuminates the risks and rewards of early long-distance travel, as well as the complex linkages between violence and profit in the Age of Sail.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
3 p.m. Shadows Over Sundials: Memoirs of a Foreign Service Brat
He was lost in the dusty Inca ruins of Peru at age 6, tattooed by head-hunters in the jungles of Borneo at age 12. He wrestled a Bengal tiger, lived beneath the Iron Curtain's shadow in occupied Trieste and witnessed the astounding mid-hurricane Atlantic rescue of hundreds of passengers and sailors from a burning ship.
This is just a taste of the adventures described in the memoir Shadows Over Sundials by Steve Baldwin '60. Baldwin's ordinary world involved living with very rich and very famous relatives and friends, including Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon and the Washington Post's Phil and Kaye Graham. He explored virtually unknown temples in Angkor and Rangoon, routinely crisscrossed oceans in luxury liners and ran with the bulls in Pamplona when he was 20. Baldwin will sign copies of the book. Presented by the Class of 1960.
Stirn Lecture Hall
3 p.m. Who Are We, and Why are We Here?
That was the question Admiral Stockdale asked as Ross Perot's vice-presidential candidate. For the Class of '70, it's an ongoing inquiry. We went to college in the '60s, and now we are in our 60s. We'll see what the class survey says this time (edition #8 for us) and then hear what anyone wants to say about who we are, why we're here, what matters -- or anything else. In 2005, this led to our helping Amherst students find opportunities in the workplace. We can talk about that, too. Presented by the Class of 1970.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
3 p.m. Fewer Than 10 Years To Go: Taking Stock of Personal and Professional Goals as Body-Clocks Tick to 65
Ron Bailey of the Class of 1975 stepped off the corporate ladder at IBM 20 years ago and moved into the mission fields of central and southern Africa. Ron will talk about his journey and ours, as we all move closer to the date when we take a measure of our personal and professional achievements. Are there less than 10 years left to achieve the elusive “it”? Are we indeed facing an ending or, potentially, the dawning of a new beginning when we can live life as we have always imagined? Presented by the Class of 1975.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
3 p.m. Social Media and the Millennium: Connection, Meaning, Authenticity, Voice, Context and Place
Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, 4Square, Gowalla, LinkedIn—what is all of this "new" social media and what relevance does it have to our generation? What is GeoLoco and what are check-in apps and virtual reality apps—and why should we care? We will explore the good, bad and ugly of social media, as well as some of the complexities and risks it carries. We will have some Social Media 101 lessons about how to control and master social media so that it serves you, not vice-versa. If you have a smart phone or laptop you can bring it and play along. We will, however, put everything up on a big screen (for those of us who do not do well with small screens). If my mother can do it in her late 70s anybody in our class can do it. The question is, how, when and why? Led by Matt Weeks '80, CEO and founder of EyeTMedia, Inc. Presented by the Class of 1980.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
3 p.m. Health Care 101 - Current Issues in Health Care
The recent passage of the health care bill was surrounded by massive controversy. Many of us were overwhelmed and confused by the complexity of the many interconnected issues surrounding the bill. We’ve gathered together a panel to explain the main issues in simple terms and to discuss the impact the bill is likely to have on us in the future. Panelists: Darius Lakdawalla '95, director of research, Schaeffer Center, University of Southern California; Ben Chung '95, assistant professor of urology, Stanford University; Damien Sheehan-Connor '95, assistant professor of economics, Wesleyan University; James Chen '95, assistant professor, pediatric anesthesia, British Columbia Children's Hospital; and Celina T. Reyes-Hailey, MD FACOG. Presented by the  Class of 1995.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
3 p.m. An Expanding Lens: New Photographic Acquisitions
Tour led by Randall Griffey, curator of American Art.
Mead Art Museum
3 p.m. 5 p.m.

Men's Soccer Reunion Game
Lord Jeff's Legions and Coach Justin Serpone will sponsor a game between odd- and even-class soccer alumni. Bring your cleats and shin guards - we'll supply shirts, shorts and socks. RSVP to Dave Wilson '82 so we have a head count - and spread the word to your classmates and teammates! Plan to come to the men's locker room at 2:15 p.m. to pick up your uniform.
Hitchcock Field

4 p.m. Does a Liberal Arts Education Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's? And Other Ideas for Ongoing Brain Health
Join Ken Langa '85, professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and Catherine Kerr '85, an instructor in the Osher Research Center at Harvard Medical School, as they discuss the challenges posed to the brain by the aging process, recent developments in the science of brain health and proactive steps for protecting and strengthening our brain function as we age. Ken specializes in the epidemiology of Alzheimer's; Cathy is a specialist in healthy aging and the brain. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Stirn Auditorium
4 p.m. What's in Greg's Tech Bag? What is Hot, New and Fun in Consumer Technology?
Cameras, ebooks, smart phones, the latest in 3-D technology and the coolest gadgets you’ve never heard of -- Greg Harper '75, president of Harpervision Associates and co founder of Gadgetoff, will unveil his latest and greatest favorite consumer tech products. He'll reveal which ones he considers worth the money and which ones are over-rated. For a taste of what to expect you can see a video of one of his presentations at last year's Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital Conference. If you want to stay abreast of the latest technology,or want an honest opinion from someone who sees it all, this is the place to be. Presented by the Class of 1975.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
4 p.m. Aging Body, Ageless Spirit
Coming to Age:  Journey into Wisdom or Despair?
Longevity, at least in developed countries, has increased by 25 years over the last century. We may think of it as the third stage of life, which people of earlier centuries rarely had to confront. Old age is a developmental process with its own singular characteristics. Anita Greene and Thayer Greene '50,  Jungian psychoanalysts in private practice in Amherst, will share their reflections on the psychological aspects of this emerging cultural phenomenon. Presented by the Class of 1950.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
4 p.m. Unfinished Agenda: Adventures in Politics from Jim Crow to Obama
Junius Williams will discuss his upcoming memoir chronicling his remarkable career in urban politics over the last several decades. He is currently the director of the Abbot Leadership Institute at Rutgers-Newark University. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
4 p.m. Magic Lantern Theater
Terry Borton ’60 presents The American Magic-Lantern Theater—an 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen—the kind of boisterous show that led to the movies! Stories, animated comedy and songs, are all dramatized on screen by Terry and a singer/pianist. National Public Radio says, “It's an incredible experience . . . a living national treasure. If they come to your town, don't miss them.” For adults and children 6+. Presented by the Class of 1960.
Kirby Theater
4 p.m. Ted Conover Has Got Some 'Splainin' To Do …
A conversation with author Ted Conover '80 on the long, strange trip from his Amherst thesis on railroad hobos to the Pulitzer-nominated Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing to his new book, The Routes of Man. He will be available to sign books after the talk. Presented by the Class of 1980.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
4 p.m. My Journey to Ballet's Magic Kingdom
Stanley J. Rabinowitz, Henry Steele Commager Professor, professor of Russian and director, Amherst Center for Russian Culture, will talk about his latest book project, a translation of the dance writings of Akim Volynsky, a Russian literary critic, journalist and art historian who was Saint Petersburg’s liveliest and most prolific ballet critic in the early part of the 20th century. Toni Bentley, in a recent review for The New York Times, calls the book “a must for anyone claiming a love of ballet.” The newly available soft cover edition of the book will be available along with the hard covered edition, now in its fourth printing, and Professor Rabinowitz will sign copies after his talk. The Center for Russian Culture houses what is generally considered one of the West's largest private holding of rare Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals.
Center for Russian Culture, Webster Center, 2nd Floor
8 p.m. An Evening of Italian Love Songs
David Pennock '60, operatic tenor, will be joined by his daughter Olivia Pennock '95, and soprano Melissa Wegner, step-daughter of Dick Gernold '60, in an evening of great Italian love songs. Accompanying on the piano will be Noby Ishida. Presented by the Class of 1960.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
8:30 p.m. Wilder Observatory Open House
When the Amherst College Wilder Observatory was built in 1903, the telescope was one of the largest in the world, and it remains one of the largest refractors. Join Steve Sauter, director of the, Bassett Planetarium, to learn more about the history of this telescope and, weather permitting, to take a look at the night sky.
Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

Saturday, May 29, 2010

8 a.m. 9:30 p.m. 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, 75 Churchill Street 
8 a.m. 6 p.m. Mead Art Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
8:45 a.m. Brush to Canvas: Peering at Paintings in the Mead
Tour led by Katrina Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow.
Mead Art Museum
Daily Exhibit of Class of 1955 Creative Arts
See the description on Thursday.
9 a.m. Yoga
Join Kristin Olson '00 for an hour of yoga. All levels are welcome. Please bring a mat or towel. Presented by the Class of 2000.
Conway Classroom, Alumni Gym
9 a.m. We ARE the Consequence: Creating an Alumni-Driven Culture of Mentoring and Service
Over the past five years, dozens of Amherst alumni have participated in Career Choices, an on-campus mentoring and service program organized by the Class of 1970 in conjunction with the College’s Career Center. A number of other alumni classes also have established service programs with the college. Representatives from the college will describe opportunities for on-campus mentoring and service to students; alumni will share the benefits and personal rewards found in mentoring students and other alumni; and together they will explore a strategy to expand alumni involvement in helping students and other alumni realize their full potential to lead lives of consequence. Panelists will be Molly Mead, director of the Center for Community Engagement; Allyson Moore, director of the Career Center and associate dean of students; Rob Duboff '70, CEO of Hawk Partners and alumni co-leader of the Career Choices mentoring program; and Angela Mills '95, head volleyball coach, Smith College. Burt Woolf '70, chief principal, Center for Quality of Life, will facilitate.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
9 a.m. What Can We Learn from Health Care Systems in Other Developed Countries? Where Should U.S. Health Care Be Heading?
Dr. Mark Hanschka ’55, Ob/Gyn physician retired from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore., and Dr. Les Nash ’55, professor emeritus, orthopaedic surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, will describe the health care systems of advanced countries in Western Europe, Asia and Canada, outlining how they were developed and currently function.  They will compare the success and short-comings of these countries’ systems with those of our U.S. system. The presentation will be based partly on T. R. Reid’s 2009 book The Healing of America — A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, as well as their own professional experience in the U.S. and in Europe.  They will offer some thoughts about the ideal future direction of U.S. health care as seen by the health care profession.  Presented by the Class of 1955.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
9 a.m. An Update on The Rise of China: The Big Challenge of the 21st Century
David Laux '50, former director of Asian Affairs for President Reagan’s National Security Council, will discuss China and Taiwan — where they're going and the challenge for the United States in working with China for the rest of the century. David is an international consultant and specialist on Asian affairs who travels abroad frequently.  He is chairman emeritus of the Taiwan Greater China Fund. Previously he also served as chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the private organization under contract to the Department of State that manages U.S. relations with Taiwan, and president of the US-Taiwan Business Council, a trade association in Washington, D.C., representing over 200 U.S. companies doing business with Taiwan. His earlier experiences include service with the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Defense and the CIA with ten years overseas at U.S. Embassies in Japan, Cambodia, France and China. Presented by the Class of 1950.
Stirn Auditorium
9 a.m. Freedom of Speech at Amherst
A long-term battle to allow military recruiters to speak on the Amherst campus, only settled by a 9-0 Supreme Court decision. A decades-long history of efforts to control what’s reported about Amherst in the media. How can this happen in an American academic institution dedicated to freedom of inquiry, freedom of speech and freedom of scholarship? Three Amherst alumni review the record, with help from William C. Symonds, former Boston bureau chief of Business Week and author of the February 27, 2006 Business Week profile on Amherst College: “Campus Revolutionary: Tony Marx Has a Radical Plan to Get More Poor Kids Into Top Colleges, Starting with Amherst.” Also participating will be Dick Hubert ’60, former alumni trustee; Chris Lehane ’90, current alumni trustee; and Paul Statt ’78, former Amherst director of media relations. Presented by the Classes of 1960 and 1990.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
9 a.m. The Book: Who Reads It, Who Needs It and Who Cares?
Paul Ruxin '65, bibliophile, collector and chairman of the board of The Folger Shakespeare Library; Sam Ellenport '65, bookbinder and collector; Ron Gordon '65, graphic designer and owner of the Oliphant Press and graphic designer; and Steve Young '65, rare book team leader at Yale University, will address the continuing roles and uses of physical books in an increasingly virtual world of reading. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
9 a.m. 21st Century Sports Medicine for 20th Century Athletes: How the Baby Boomers Will Save Our Knees (and Hips and Shoulders ...)
The active lifestyle of the Baby Boom generation has led to tremendous growth in new treatments for sports medicine injuries. Orthopedic surgeons Gary Anderson '85 and David Skaggs '85 will discuss strategies to help athletes of all ages when confronted with orthopedic injuries. Gary, a principal of Orthopedic Associates in Oklahoma City, Okla., will focus on how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the likelihood of meeting an orthopedic surgeon (at least professionally) and help you recognize when you might need one. David, chief and professor of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, will focus on training strategies and share some of his research on access to care and pediatric orthopedic issues. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
9 a.m. Noon Community Engagement at Amherst: Telling Our Stories
See the description on Thursday at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m. Archives and Special Collections
Open for viewing. See the description on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. 5 p.m. Museum of Natural History
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
10 a.m. Stroller Boot Camp
Strap on your sneakers, strap in the kids and come join us for a tour of the campus as Professor Catherine Sanderson leads the group in an aerobic workout that incorporates your stroller. Sanderson is an associate professor of psychology, an exercise enthusiast and the author of Slow and Steady Parenting: Active Child-Raising for the Long Haul and From Birth to Age 3: Avoiding the Short-Term Solutions That Lead to Long-Term Problems. Presented by the Class of 2000.
Meet in the Freshman Quad by Johnson Chapel.
10 a.m. Conscious Capitalism: The Next Chapter in American Enterprise?
Today, in the wake of recent scandals involving executive fraud, greed and mismanagement, laissez-faire capitalism is under attack. Main Street is at war with much of Wall Street and Corporate America. Ralph (Bud) Sorenson ’55, president emeritus of Babson College, former Harvard Business School faculty member, and managing general partner, Sorenson Limited Partnership, will explore the emerging concept of “conscious capitalism.” This posits that, rather than focusing single-mindedly on maximizing the returns to shareholders, the primary goal of corporate managements should instead be to concentrate on optimizing the returns to all stakeholders: customers, employees, supply chain partners, communities, the environment and, of course, investors. Examples of firms that are attempting to practice conscious capitalism will be discussed with particular focus on Whole Foods Market, on whose board of directors the session leader serves. Presented by the Class of 1955.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
10 a.m. How Medicine Has Changed in the Last 50 Years
This panel will focus on how medicine is practiced today, examining medical education, what careers doctors are choosing and why, the impact of women in medicine, the growth of sub-specialty medicine and its pros and cons and the role of family medicine and how it meets the emerging health needs of the country. Panelists are Dr. Robert Glickman '60, the former dean of the NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Robertson Parkman '60, a professor at the USC School of Medicine; Dr. Meg Rydell ’90, a family medicine practitioner in New London, Conn. and Dr. Paula Muto-Gordon ’85,  a general surgeon at the Muto Clinic in Lawrence, Mass. Presented by the Classes of 1990, 1985 and 1960.
Stirn Auditorium
10 a.m. The Facebook Effect: A Conversation with Author David Kirkpatrick
Jim Kennedy '75, vice president of strategy for the Associated Press, will interview fellow New York journalist David Kirkpatrick '75, on Kirkpatrick's new book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World. Kirkpatrick, a former senior editor at Fortune magazine, has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1991. Jim Kennedy is the strategy chief for AP and a Facebook "fan" of both Kirkpatrick and his book. There will be advance copies of The Facebook Effect (due out in June) available for sale, and Kirkpatrick will remain after the talk to sign books. Presented by the Class of 1975.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
10 a.m. Second Acts/Road Not Taken
Who said there are no second acts in American lives? (I think it was F. Scott Fitzgerald, but we digress.) Here to prove that wrong, and to talk about ways to add value to a world desperately in need of good work done for the right reasons are Ron Battocchi, Tito Craige and Bud Alpert —a small sample of the members of the Class of ’70 who are putting their interests and talent to work making a difference in the world. Presented by the Class of 1970.
Lecture Hall 3, Merrill Science Center
10 a.m. How to Stay Fit (And Maybe Sane) In Our 50s
Members of the Class of '80 join forces to discuss how to get on the road to a better quality of life while avoiding the potholes along the way. Panelists are Larry Eichenfield, a pediatric dermatologist at San Diego Children's Hospital, Mark Alexander, a pediatric cardiologist at Boston Children's Hospital, Peggy Provenza, an otolaryngologist in Rockford, Ill.; and Peter Kurzweil, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine in Long Beach, Calif.  Presented by the Class of 1980.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
10 a.m. My Journey to Ballet's Magic Kingdom
See description at 4 p.m. on Friday
Center for Russian Culture, Webster Center, 2nd Floor
11 a.m.

Conversation with President Anthony W. Marx and Annual Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council
The name of the recently elected alumni trustee will be announced as well as the newly elected committee members and officers of the Society of the Alumni. President Marx will follow with an update on the College.
Johnson Chapel

11 a.m. 4 p.m. The Emily Dickinson Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
12:15 p.m. Procession of Classes and Reunion Luncheon on the Valentine Quad
Procession will proceed from the Conversation with President Marx/Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council to the complimentary luncheon on the Quad.
Valentine Quad
1:30 p.m. Combat Veterans Returning to Study
In every generation represented at this Reunion, young men and women have been called to armed combat by their nation. We honor four Amherst men who went off to fight our wars, either leaving the College and then returning or coming to Amherst from the battlefield. How did it feel being a veteran on this campus? How were veterans treated? We’ll hear perspectives from Archie Messenger '45, Barkley Calkins '60,  John Taylor '70 and Jacob Worrell '12. Presented by the Classes of 1945 and 1960.
Stirn Auditorium
1:30 p.m. Israel/Palestine:  Possible Steps Toward a Resolution
Edge Quaintance ’50, Yale Ph.D 1962 Professor Emeritus, has taught English language and literature at Robert College in Istanbul, Duke University, Michigan State-Oakland and Rutgers University. Based on his research and recent visit to Israel he will lead a discussion on historical confrontation factors, the current United Nations and other standards at play, problems with media coverage and finally, ideological and practical openings toward peace. Presented by the Class of 1950.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
1:30 p.m.

Whose Woods These Are: Robert Frost, Amherst College, South Shaftsbury, Vt. and The Vermont Land Trust
In 1920, Robert Frost purchased a 90-acre farm in South Shaftsbury, Vt. to be closer - but not too close - to Amherst College, where he had been named poet-in-residence by President Alexander Meiklejohn. Tyler Resch '55 and Hugh Moulton '55 will offer a brief history of Frost's relationship to the college, describe Frost's Shaftsbury property and the deep roots he developed there and bring us up to date with a description of the museum and wooded trail on the property today. Presented by the Class of 1955.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

1:30 p.m. Is America in Decline?
We're trillions of dollars in debt, our political system is gridlocked and China is growing fast and could challenge us for global leadership. Is the United States like Rome on the eve of the barbarian invasions? Journalist Robert McCartney '75 believes that despite America's military preeminence there is cause for concern about our economic strength and diplomatic position. Robert McCartney is a columnist for The Washington Post and has served as foreign editor of the Post and managing editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. Presented by the Class of 1975.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
1:30 p.m. The Future of Entertainment Media: Will Hollywood Still Exist at Our 40th Reunion?
In the 25 years since we graduated from Amherst, the creation, delivery and variety of media has profoundly changed. In the first week of March, Apple's iTunes store sold its 10 BILLIONTH MP3; Hulu rivals main cable channels in viewership, newspapers and books are looking at the iPad as a life raft for publishing; video games are serious competition for movie box office and the top top grossing film of all time features 10-foot tall digitally created blue creatures with the voices, facial expressions and movements "captured" from actors performing on a bare stage. Helping us to gaze into the possible future of entertainment media are actor John Michael Higgins '85, whose film credits include Wag the Dog, Best of Show, A Mighty Wind and a host of other productions; and sound editor Scott G.G. Haller MPSE '85, whose work has earned him more than 90 entries on IMDB, including Spider-Man 2, Zombieland, Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
1:30 p.m. Down by the Station: For Children and Those Who Would Write for Them
Jennifer Riggs Vetter ’90, a children's book editor who has worked for Scholastic in New York and Chronicle Books in San Francisco, was inspired to write Down by the Station during a traffic jam, when she and Paul Vetter ’90 distracted their cranky children by adding verses to this familiar song. If mostly preschool-age children show up, she will do a 25-minute story time complete with picture books, songs and stretches.  If the crowd is on the older side or mixed, she will talk about the process of creating and publishing a picture book.  Visual aids include a portfolio of early pencil sketches from the illustrator, Frank Remkiewicz. “Remkiewicz’s lively watercolor illustrations add energy to the rhymes .... Story-times, preschools, and kindergarten classrooms will be requesting this title, as will budding transportation enthusiasts.” —Booklist. Presented by the Class of 1990.
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Artwork by the Class of 1960
Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall

1:30 p.m. Football Alumni Gathering
Head coach, E.J. Mills hosts a gathering for football alumni
Friends of Amherst Athletics Room, Alumni Gym
2 p.m. 4 p.m. Open House at the Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum invites alumni and families for self-guided tours of the Homestead, home of the poet Emily Dickinson, and The Evergreens, home of her brother Austin. The Open House is free. The Museum is open for regular guided tours throughout Reunions. Please see daily museum listings for admission information.
280 Main Street, Amherst
2:30 p.m. Dawn of a New Renaissance in Medicine?
John Gallin, director of the clinical center of the National Institutes of Health; Steve Fernbach, a clinical neonatologist and Bruce Wintroub, vice dean, School of Medicine and professor and chair, Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, all Class of 1965, will discuss where medicine is going and the impact on all of our lives. They will consider how the application of genomic information and stem cell biology will result in a new form of personalized medicine that will revolutionize health care management by providers, patients and industry. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115), Fayerweather Hall
2:30 p.m. WTF?
In 2010, as the saying goes, if you’re not confused you’re just not paying attention! We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous. To make sense of all the change going on around us are three stalwarts from the Class of '70: Bill Alford, a wise, well-informed China hand; Stu Sessions, a long-standing practitioner of the art and science of sustainability; and Mitchell Ash, a professor  at the University of Vienna, who will report in from Europe. Come prepared to take notes on what it all means and where we’re all headed. Presented by the Class of 1970.
Lecture Hall 3, Merrill Science Center
2:30 p.m. Cyberbullying, Sexting and Teen Privacy: Drawing and Enforcing Electronic Boundaries
High school and middle school students have access to increasingly sophisticated communication tools that combine a number of technologies: phones, cameras, video cameras, GPS devices and more. Join Steve Falcone '85 and Frederick Lane '85 for a discussion of the legal, administrative and parenting challenges raised by the wireless generation and their occasionally cavalier attitude toward personal privacy. Steve is assistant superintendent for the Darien, Conn. school system; Fred is an attorney, a writer on new technology and the law and chairman of the Burlington, Vt. school board. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
2:30 p.m. Yes You Can!  Lessons From the Front Lines of the 2008 Obama Campaign and How to Apply Them In Your Organization
Whatever your political persuasion and no matter who you voted for in 2008, you’d be hard pressed to disagree that the Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign was one of the most effective in history.  Alain Hunkins ’90 volunteered in the campaign for the five weeks leading up to the election. He worked on the front lines in the heart of the battleground, coordinating the efforts of local volunteers in Wayne County, Ohio. Presented by the Class of 1990.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
2:30 p.m. The Changing Nature of Television
Hulu and the age of digital media are transforming the way in which television is consumed and developed. What are the implications of these changes for viewers and creators alike? Roz Foster '05 will moderate an open forum on the evolution of television and what, if any, challenges face the medium as the focus of entertainment shifts from the television and onto a computer. Presented by the Class of 2005.
Lecture Room 4, Merrill Science Center
2:30 p.m. Reflections On Providing Aid in Conflict Zones
Eric Bone '95, currently on the staff of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, and Brian Sage '95, deputy regional director for programs for West Africa and Great Lakes with the International Rescue Committee, will share their reflections on working on humanitarian and development assistance efforts in conflict zones, including Afghanistan and several war-torn countries in Africa, and will compare traditional economic development and natural disaster relief in peace time to working where security is a dominant issue. Presented by the Class of 1995.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center
2:30 p.m.

Art Talk with Stephen Kunian '60
Elizabeth Barker, director and chief curator of the Mead, leads this lively public conversation with Stephen Kunian '60, an active and longstanding supporter of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Stephen will share stories of collecting art, and the Amherst-inspired motives for his philanthropy; Lizzie will present an Italian Baroque print that Stephen recently purchased for the College. The discussion will conclude with an opportunity for questions.
Mead Art Museum

2:30 p.m. Uncommon Literature: The Common Hosts Writer Ted Conover '80
The Common, a new literary magazine based at the College edited by Jennifer Acker '00, hosts nonfiction writer Ted Conover '80. Acker will introduce the new magazine and debut issue contributor Conover, who will read from his new book The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today. Presented by the Classes of 1980 and 2000.
Stirn Auditorium
3:30 p.m. The Common Reception
Join The Common editor Jennifer Acker'00 and debut issue contributor Ted Conover '80 for a reception in the Mead Art Museum. Presented by the Creative Writing Center and the Mead Art Museum.
Mead Art Museum
3:30 p.m. Diversity at Amherst: Has It Changed the College?
What has increased racial, ethnic, cultural, religious and economic diversity meant to the Amherst community? The Class of 1955 included one Afro-American and one Latino American. Today the Amherst student body looks very different from 1951. Is it truly different? The discussion will be led by Herb Tulchin '55, Rhonda Cobham-Sander, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Black Studies and English, and Ben Lieber, dean of academic support and student research.  They will be joined by Erika Butler-Akinyemi'95, Romelle Whalen '10, Michelle Huynh '11 and Luis Feliz '12. Presented by the Class of 1955.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
3:30 p.m. Intelligence Insights - The CIA Directors' Report
As they do every five years, former CIA Directors Bill Webster ’45 and John Deutch ’60 will discuss their overview of intelligence issues in the news. Presented by the Classes of 1945 and 1960.
Johnson Chapel
3:30 p.m.

So What's It Really Like to Run for a Seat in the World's Most Exclusive Club?
When Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau announced on January 25 that he would not be a candidate for his father's former Senate seat, it set off a scramble among Delaware Democratic leaders to find a replacement candidate. They quickly identified a strong contender: New Castle County Executive Chris Coons '85, whose oratorical abilities are well-remembered by his classmates and college debate opponents. Come hear Chris offer a behind-the-scenes look at the process of running for the U.S. Senate, from the recruitment dance to balancing the competing demands of family, work and political campaigning. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center

3:30 p.m. The Write Stuff
The Class of '70 has produced more than its share of successful, articulate writers in the realms of fiction, television, business, movies and more. Henry Bromell '70 and Robert Nathan '70 will tell tales from the writer's desk, and what they've learned since they last spoke to the Class years ago. Presented by the Class of 1970.
Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center  
3:30 p.m. A Classical Music Concert
Members of the musically active class of 1980 will come together for a Reunion performance, to include music composed by some of the great masters of the past and present. William Wright ’80, pianist, is organizing this sixth Reunion concert. Presented by the Class of 1980.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
3:30 p.m. Kickball Challenge
Come take on the Classes of 2000 and 2005 in a game of kickball.
Memorial Field
4:30 p.m. Aric Bieganek: Children's Rock Performance
Aric Bieganek has gained a faithful following of young rockers throughout the Pioneer Valley. He currently teaches preschool and music at the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, part of the Community Music School of Springfield, and is an early childhood music teacher at the Northampton Community Music Center. Aric has released two indie CDs for kids: Aric Live at the Northampton Parents Center (a live benefit CD), and Bright Lights, Big Kitty!!! (under the name Recess Rock). He is the guitarist and lead singer of the local band for families, The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.) which is set to release its first band album, Punk Rock, One Sock!!! in May 2010! Presented by the Class of 1995.
O'Connor Commons, Basement of Charles Pratt Dormitory
4:30 p.m.

We Have Met the Trustees, and They are Us
Twenty-five years ago, most of us rarely thought about the College's trustees. Despite their influence, they were distant in age, power and visibility. But time has narrowed that distance and our class is playing an increasingly important role in the governance of the College. Current Chair of the Board of Trustees Jide Zeitlin '85, a private investor, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the Board. He will discuss the change in perspective from student to alumnus to trustee, the benefits of serving on the Board, and what it is like to work with the college's president and faculty to guide the future of Amherst. Expect the tables to turn as Jide explains the monetary and non-monetary things the Class of '85 (and others) can do to help the trustees and the college in implementing a powerful vision for Amherst's future. Presented by the Class of 1985.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

4:30 p.m. Remembering Science 1/2: Teaching Science and Distilling Truth From Personal Experience
Everyone remembers being terrified of Professor Arnold Arons. Is terror a useful tool of teaching? How does a teacher help students deal with the always frightening task of using direct personal experience to generate new truths? Bob Field '65, professor of chemistry at MIT; David Itzkowitz '65, professor of history at Macalester College; and Robert Romer, professor of physics, emeritus, at Amherst, will discuss. Presented by the Class of 1965.
Stirn Auditorium
4:30 p.m. Physician as Patient: Lessons Learned for Patients and Families
Dr. Andy Balder '75, internist/pediatrician at Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center and medical director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, will interview Brad Berk '75, the senior vice president of health services at the University of Rochester about quality, safety, care and courage, as well as patient advocacy, the role of the family, and disability and chronic disease. Presented by the Class of 1975.
Lecture Hall 1, Merrill Science Center
4:30 p.m. California Wine Tasting with Donelan Family Wines
Since 2000, Cushing Donelan ’05 and his family have been operating Donelan Wines, a boutique family winery in Southern California. They will offer a brief wine tutorial, along with samples of  Donelan Venus 2008 (white), PAX Walker Vine Hill 2007 (red) and one other red varietal. Donelan family wine has had consistent ratings of 90 and above by the most premier wine critic in the world for the past 8 years. This will be an absolute treat for anyone with an interest in wine. Presented by the Class of 2005.
5th Reunion Tent, Memorial Field
4:30 p.m. The Magic of Signs: American and European Art of the 1950s and 60s from the Collection of Richard S. Zeisler ’37
Tour led by Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Curator of Russian Art.
Mead Art Museum
4:30 p.m. Live Long and Prosper
No, not  Star Trek; it's a Doug Clark episode! Every five years, Doug leads us in a lively, intimate discussion that is personal, spiritual, metaphysical—or all three. This year, the focus is healthy living (with active participation from the medically-inclined in the Class). Presented by the Class of 1970.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
5:30 p.m. Catholic Mass
Roman Catholic Mass with Fr. Richard Gross S.J., celebrant, and Dr. Elizabeth Carr, Catholic religious adviser. All alumni and their families are welcome.
Chapin Chapel
5:30 p.m.

Alumni Educators Network Reception    
Meet and network with alumni in education and learn more about the College’s initiatives to support students and alumni in education. Visit the Alumni Educators Web site for online resources.
Converse Hall Lobby

5:30 p.m. GALA Reception
All alumni and guests are welcome. Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association. Refreshments will be served.
Rainbow Room, Morrow Dormitory Basement
5:30 p.m. Class Receptions and Dinners
Detailed information will be provided by your class.
8 p.m.

Decadence: The 12th annual Apocalypse Party
Apocalypse is a party for people who don't like parties. Hosted by Planworld (http://note.amherst.edu/planworld ). Come on by, play intellectual games, have conversations and enjoy a heart-stopping Black Sheep cake and other tasty refreshments. All who enjoy fine company are invited. We will continue until people stop talking.
Moore Dormitory, 2nd Floor

9 p.m. Zumbyes A Cappella Concert
The Zumbyes welcome Zum-alums, friends and fans from all returning classes to join us in Buckley Recital Hall to celebrate the 60th year of the Zumbyes with a concert of both new and classic songs and of course our beloved college songs.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

Sunday, May 30, 2010

7:30 a.m.
 
Pioneer Valley Bike Ride
Bring your bike and enjoy recapturing the scenic beauty of the Pioneer Valley. There will be a choice of rides with something for all levels and abilities. Maps will be provided, and breakfast establishments clearly marked. We plan to return around 9:30 a.m. We hope to have some rental bikes available.Please let Andy Balder '75 know if you plan to join in, especially if you would like to rent a bike.
Meet at the gate to Pratt Field on Hitchcock Road
8 a.m. noon Alumni House Reception Center Open
We’ll be open for you to drop off your keys or answer last-minute questions before you head home. Telephone: (413) 542-2065
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street
8 a.m.  6 p.m. Mead Art Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 8 a.m. 
9 a.m. Service of Remembrance and Community
Please join us for an ecumenical service to remember the lives of those alumni we have lost this year. Lead by Rev. Rob Gregson '90 and Rabbi James Morgan '90.
Memorial Hill, War Memorial (Rain Site: Johnson Chapel)
9 a.m. Amherst Crew Reunion Row
Head Coach Bill Stekl will give an update on Amherst’s current rowing program. We urge all former coxswains and rowers—men and women, lightweight and heavyweight, young and old, fit and not-so-fit—to attend. Assemble at the boathouse, ready to row (preferably in Amherst rowing attire from your era). Refreshments (and oxygen) will be available at the conclusion of our workout.
Amherst College Boathouse (Sportsman’s Marina, Route 9 at Coolidge Bridge)
9 a.m. 1 p.m. Archives and Special Collections
See the description on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. 5 p.m. Museum of Natural History
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
10:30 a.m. Leticia Davies: Sunday Morning Children's Music Send Off
Leticia Davies offers a high energy, multilingual music and movement performance with guitar-based songs in a variety of languages, including Spanish and Welsh. A regular Amherst performer and a teacher at the Learning Playground in South Amherst, the Amherst Montessori School and the Pioneer Valley Montessori School in Springfield, she has played music with children of all ages for over 10 years. Come prepared to dance, sing and have fun. Presented by the Class of 1995.
Charles Pratt Dormitory
11 a.m. 4 p.m. The Emily Dickinson Museum
See the description on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
2 p.m. Moments of Grace: Ballet Meets Art at the Mead
The Mead Art Museum offers a synthesis of the visual, performing and musical arts in this unique dance concert, performed by distinguished students of East Street Ballet and local musicians. The program’s organizer, Dr. Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney ’37 Curator of Russian Art, will offer an introduction. Space for this production is limited. Reservations are recommended. For reservations and information please call 413-542-2335.
Mead Art Museum
 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Lecture - Prof. Austin Sarat
April 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Southern Connecticut - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Alumni Happy Hour
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Philadelphia - RESCHEDULED Evening of music by the Chamber Music Society
April 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

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