Valentine Dining Commons Open for Dinner
Stop by for dinner before or after the evening reception at the Mead Art Museum. Valentine will be open for meals during Reunion, except during Saturday Reunion Luncheon and Saturday evening class banquets. See hours and prices here.
An Evening at the Mead
Meet, mingle and renew old friendships amidst Amherst’s extraordinary art collection at this wine reception featuring gourmet hors d’oeuvres hosted by Director Elizabeth Barker and the museum’s curators.
Screening of Seeing New Englandly and Q&A with Filmmakers
Seeing New Englandly (2010) is the second program in the series Angles of a Landscape: Perspectives on Emily Dickinson. It explores the poet’s education, her lifelong interest in science and literature, her fascination with the search for the Northwest Passage and her response to the tragedy of the Civil War. The program is lushly illustrated by the paintings of artists who, like Dickinson, probed the natural world in their work: Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, John Kensett, Elbridge Kingsley and other painters of the Hudson River and Luminist schools. Several images from the Mead Art Museum are featured. The program was written and narrated by poet Susan Snively, edited and produced by Ernest Urvater and created under the auspices of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Snively and Urvater will be present at the showing to answer questions and discuss the film.
Samuel E. Bartos '66 in Concert
Works performed will include: Johann Sebastian Bach, Preludes and Fugues in Bb Minor and A Major from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier; Maurice Ravel, "Une Barque sur L'Ocean" from "Miroirs"; Franz Schubert, Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No. 1; and Frederic Chopin, Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61. Presented by the Class of 1966.
Stalemate in Washington: Why I Left the Congress
Tom Davis ’71 (R-VA), a leading moderate Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1995-2008, will discuss how the gridlock and increasing polarization of the Congress led to his frustration and ultimate resignation from the House. He will also give his thoughts on the upcoming 2012 election. Presented by the Class of 1971.
Learning From YouTube
YouTube is a mess. YouTube is for amateurs. YouTube dissolves the real. YouTube is best for corporate-made community. YouTube is badly baked. These are a few of the things Alexandra Juhasz '86, Pitzer College media studies professor, and her class, learned about YouTube when she taught a course about and on YouTube. Learning from YouTube, the first video-book published by the MIT Press (2011), thinks critically about what actually happens within new media settings that proclaim to be radically "democratized." Why is what could be a tool for political change used mostly to spoof mainstream media? What happens when we do more and more of our learning online? Juhasz will give a lively and loud talk about YouTube, digital pedagogy and new forms of online writing. Presented by the Class of 1986.
We all need to think about our heart health. Dr. Jeffrey R. Winterfield '96, fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Dr. Joy M. Gelbman '96, assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, will discuss prevention of heart disease, explain atrial fibrillation and more. Presented by the Class of 1996.
Boys' Night Out
Featuring Roger Williams '56 on guitar, Mike Ritter '56 on bass and Fred Nelson on mandolin/guitar, Boys' Night Out will delight with a mixture of bluegrass, folk and "old-timey" music. They may work in a few Irish songs and sea shanties, and will definitely include some catchy fiddle tunes to get your toes tapping. Presented by the Class of 1956.
The Da Vinci Code: Publishing, Religion and Hollywood
Dan Brown '86 is the bestselling author of five novels, which have been translated into more than 50 languages around the world. He will speak briefly about book publishing, movie-making and religion, followed by time for questions from the audience. Presented by the Class of 1986.
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. 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 website. If you would like to sign up for a time slot ahead of time, please contact Zoë Jacobs (email@example.com) in the CCE. Recording times: Thursday: 9 a.m.-noon; Friday: 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon.