2017 Reunion Schedule - Preliminary

We are currently planning our schedule for Reunion 2017 and will be posting programs as they are confirmed. Class programs will be posted in April. All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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 mammoths, 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. The Bluestockings will perform at 5:45 p.m. Informal tours will be available. Reception ends at 7:15 p.m. 
Beneski Museum of Natural History
7:30 PM
Trump and Putin in Historical Perspective: Seventy-Five Years of Russian-American Summits
William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus 
Stirn Auditorium
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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
The Value of Herman Melville
Geoffrey D. Sanborn, Professor of English
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
1:00 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 Amherst's uniquely generous spirit of philanthropy, has created one of the strongest financial portfolios in higher education.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
1:30 PM
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
2:30 PM
Rhetoric at Amherst College: 19th Century and Today
Susan Daniels, Associate for Public Speaking, will share the history of Rhetoric at Amherst College. We will begin in the 19th century exploring the role in academic life of traditions like “The Grove Oration,” once presented by Calvin Coolidge, Class of 1895, and a wide range of annual prizes including the Kellogg prize for excellence in declamation and the Hardy prize for improvement in extemporaneous speaking. Susan will also share the work she is currently doing to help students, faculty and staff deepen their rhetorical skills and be better able to share their research and knowledge with others. The lecture will culminate in a brief interactive workshop with participants learning how to appear relaxed and confident when speaking in public.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
4:00 PM
The Jewish Experience at Amherst College
Join Wendy Bergoffen, Lecturer in American Studies, and students from her Mellon Research Tutorial, "Jews at Amherst" in a conversation about Jewish life at the college. Students will present their research findings and invite alumni to share their stories, recollections, and insights.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
Friday, May 26, 2017
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. 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
10:30 AM
Meet Emily Griffen, Director of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning
Get an insiders look at the new directions and areas of focus for the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
10:30 AM
Mathematics of Voting Systems
Tanya L. Leise, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will examine voting systems from a mathematical perspective, including plurality ("first past the post"), Borda count, instant runoff voting, and approval voting. Arrow's Theorem suggests that all voting systems have serious potential disadvantages, so what voting system should we use?
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
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 Alfred 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
A Conversation with Members of the Board of Trustees
With Patrick Fitzgerald ’82, Kimberlyn R. Leary ’82, John S. Middleton ’77 and Paula K. Rauch ’77, P'00, P'08.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
5:00 PM
Reception with President Biddy Martin
Join President Biddy Martin and others from the College for conversation and celebration. All are welcome. The reception will end at 6:30 p.m.
The Powerhouse
Saturday, May 27, 2017
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
10:30 AM
A Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel
12:00 PM
Reunion Luncheon
Join us for a complimentary luncheon on the Quad. Look for your classmates under the decade signs!
Valentine Quad
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
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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)