The following programs held on the Amherst College campus are owned and operated by private organizations which contract with the college for the use of its facilities. Amherst College is not a sponsor or partner of these programs and is not responsible for their operations.

Nike Adult Tennis Camp

Nike Adult Tennis is perfect for adults looking to improve their tennis skills in a welcoming and supportive environment. Designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players, the program offers participants the opportunity to learn from some of America’s most experienced and respected tennis coaches. Daily activities in the camp include instruction, drills, and match play. Participants will leave the camp with new friends, great memories, and a renewed enthusiasm for their sport. Returning to Nike Adult Tennis Camp for his 40th year is Camp Director Reiny Maier. As one of the most well renowned tennis camp directors in the country, Reiny offers the experiences and skills that make him an ideal instructor. As a tennis player, Reiny boasted a 43-6 career won-lost record during his four years at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where he garnered All-American honors. After his graduation, Reiny became a teacher and coach, training thousands of athletes during his 35 year career. 

Date(s): June 8 - 18
Contact:
Matt Kurlander 800-645-3226 or Nike Adult Tennis Office 413-542-3700
E-mail 
mkurlander@ussportscamps.com   
Web Page:
 http://www.ussportscamps.com/tennis/nike/amherst-adult-nike-tennis-camp/
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older 

ESCAPE Camp (Extraordinary Sports Camp Adults Playing Enthusiastically)

ESCAPE Camp is an adult sports camp perfect for those who want to play like children but relax like adults. Staff led activities include tennis, swimming, dancing, wall climbing, dancing, Pilates, aqua aerobics, and more. This inclusive program welcomes those who are looking to try new activities or improve on developed skills. Happy hour is offered daily. The program is offered as both a day and a sleep-away camp. For those electing to sleep-away, overnight accommodations are provided in one of Amherst College historic residence halls. All campers will enjoy meals in the Amherst College dining hall. New and returning campers are welcome.

Date(s):June 4 - 10
Contact Information: Chris Boyko
E-mail: chris@escapecamp.org
Web Page: http://www.escapecamp.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/escapecampamherst/
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 21 years or older 

The Illustration Master Class

The Illustration Master Class (IMC) returns to Amherst for its 10th year in the summer of 2017. This program offers professional and aspiring artists the environment, guidance, and inspiration they need to push their skills to the next level. Throughout the week, participants will have the unique opportunity of engaging, questioning, and learning from renowned artists, including Boris Vallejo, Greg Manchess, and others. Each day, participants of The IMC enjoy working on independent projects, engaging with other artists, and attending informative lectures given by impressive and knowledgeable presenters. Led by instructors with expertise in fields ranging from graphic design to fine painting, participants of all interests will leave the program with a new momentum and love for their craft.  

Date(s): June 11-18
Contact: Rebecca Guay,  Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 548-4097
E-mail: illustrationmasterclass@gmail.com
Web Page:
http://www.illustrationmasterclass.com/home
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 21 years or older 

Sing This Summer

Sing This Summer offers a remarkable setting for adults to experience the beauty of music and song. Throughout SING! Adult, participants engage in a variety of enriching music and vocal classes, each of which focuses on a different vocal genre and style, all designed for maximum enjoyment and personal growth. Classes are taught by a panel of distinguished faculty members and focus on topics ranging from solo and group technique to chamber music, choral ensemble, and musical theater. Evening offerings include master classes, workshops and recitals, all of which help build a vocal palette to use in all musical pursuits. At the program's end, participants leave with an excellent foundation of musical confidence and a set of memories and connections that will last a lifetime.

Date(s): July 20 - 23
Contact:
 Jonathan Hirsh
E-mail: singthissummer@gmail.com  
Web Page: 
www.singthissummer.com
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older 

Long River Tai Chi

Long River Tai Chi returns to Amherst this summer, offering participants the opportunity to experience the tradition of Tai Chi. Practiced for both its defense-training and health benefits, Tai Chi teaches its students to be soft and pliable in order to defeat forces that are hard and strong. This program will focus on the practices of solo form, push hands, sword, and the ways in which the lessons of TaichiChuan can be applied to our daily lives. Program sessions will be held in the Amherst College athletic facilities. Overnight campers will reside in one of Amherst College’s historic and recently renovated residence halls. 

Date(s): July 2 - 9
Contact: Stephanie Gelfan, (413) 549-2077
E-mail:
sgelfan@rcn.com
Web Page:
 www.longrivertaichi.org
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Limited to adults 18 years and older who are advanced practitioners of "Cheng style" Taichi.

Ko Festival of Performance

Theater Festival and seminars, offering weeks of performances, workshops, and rehearsal residencies from  July 4 - August 7.
Date(s): June 29 - August 6
Contact: Sabrina Hamilton, (413) 427-6147
E-mail: sabrina@kofest.com
Web Page:
http://www.kofest.com
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older 

ITD (Institute for Training & Development)

The Institute for Training and Development provides participants a forum to experience profound inter-cultural experiences as they deepen their understanding and knowledge of the world around them. ITD consists of various programs and training sessions, each of which encourages the exchange of ideas, the development of understanding, and the spread of knowledge. Programs offered include Minority Integration in the West, the Development of Civic Education Curricula, and many others. With a new sense of knowledge and a deeper understanding of the world around them, participants leave ITD inspired, confident, and ready to make a positive impact in their communities. 

Date(s): July 11 - August 1
Contact: Mark Protti
E-mail: mark@itd-amherst.org
Web Page:
 http://www.itd-amherst.org/
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older

CPE Summer Institute

This summer, the Center for Popular Economic presents Building Global Solidarity in an Age of Division: The Political Economy of Trade, Migration, and Climate Crisis. This workshop seeks to study the current global and political narrative through an investigation of immigration, refugee crises, climate change, and rising nationalism. During an intensive residential training program, participants will explore three main questions: How have the economic structures of global capitalism helped to shape our current moment? How do the structures of global capitalism currently function? How can we marshal our understanding into building dignified lives for all? This workshop is open to educators, activists, and media makers, as well as those who wish to further their understanding of the economy.

Date(s): July 30 - August 5
Contact: 
Jonathan Jenner
E-mail: 
summerinstitute@populareconomics.org
Web Page: http://www.populareconomics.org/home/summer-institute-2017-building-solidarity-in-an-age-of-division/
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older

AUM Integral Yoga Conference

The AUM conference arises from a stream of wisdom and blessing initiated by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, whose work in the world was not to create a new religion or belief system, but to literally transform the Earth itself, to bring down, awaken, and manifest Divinity in the material world.  Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s force and action in the world are not theories, ideas.  They are tangible, concrete movements of Divine Love that can be felt by the heart.  The aim of this conference is to seek and align with this stream of Love as it continues to flow and transform the Earth and all of life. Additional historical info about the AUM can be found here.  At this year’s conference, we will seek to move from sharing ideas to sharing experiences, so there will be no lectures or traditional presentations of work.  Collective activities drawing inspiration from the Mother’s symbol and Savitri will involve art, music, poetry, and dance

Date(s): August 3 - 6
Contact: 
Matthew Andrews
E-mail: 
matthew@yogacenteramherst.com
Web Page: http://www.yogacenteramherst.com/aumconference/
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Adults 18 years or older

Warrior Scholar Project

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom. WSP seeks to maximize educational opportunities for enlisted veterans by making them informed consumers of education. At week end, participants leave the WSP with the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school.

Date(s): August 6 - 12
Contact: 
Lexi Hurd
E-mail: 
ashurd@amherst.edu
Web Page: http://warrior-scholar.org/index.html
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Enlisted military veterans and active duty servicemen and women seeking a 4 year degree to rigorous, top-tier institutions.

 

Amherst College Sponsored Programs 

NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers 

Amherst College will host a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for K-12 teachers and current full time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching, from July 2-July 28, 2017.  The seminar will be directed by Austin Sarat of the Departments of Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.  It will examine three questionsWhat is punishment and why do we punish as we do?   What can we learn about politics, law, and culture in the United States from an examination of our practices of punishment?  What are the appropriate limits of punishment?  

Date(s): July 2 -28
Contact: Megan Estes-Ryan
Email: mlestes@amherst.edu
Web Page: 
http://www.amherst.edu/go/neh
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: K-12 teachers and current full time graduate students who intend to pursue a career in K-12 teaching

NEH Teacher Workshop, Emily Dickinson

This summer, the Emily Dickinson Museum and the National Endowment for the Humanities presents Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place – a Landmarks of American History and Culture WorkshopDesigned for K-12 educators, this workshop offers participants the chance to deeply engage with Dickinson’s work and to understand the forces that shaped her development as a writer. Throughout the program, visits to The Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens will illuminate the influence she had there, and the influence that her environment had on her in return. At week end, participants will leave the program with a more insightful and complex understanding of one of history’s most gifted poets to bring back to their classrooms.

Web Page: http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/nehworkshop

Summer Science & Humanities

The Summer Science & Humanities program at Amherst College offers incoming first-years the chance to engage with professors and other incoming students as they explore the pillars of scientific and humanistic inquiry. 

Date(s): July 24 - August 12
Contact: Jennifer Innes, (413) 542-8331
Email: jbinnes@amherst.edu
Participant Age Range / Eligibility: Incoming Amherst first-year students