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Thu, May 23, 2019

Employee Council May Coffee Hours

Enjoy a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

Sat, May 25, 2019

Portrait of Asha Shipman

Baccalaureate 2019

Please join us for the interfaith Baccalaureate service, held Saturday, May 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. Readings and music will be provided by graduating students as well as Religious & Spiritual Life staff. The Baccalaureate address, “Shaping Your Soul Network,” will be delivered by Dr. Asha Shipman. Shipman earned a B.A. in biology at Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in ecology from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology also from UConn. She is an experienced educator, having taught for almost 20 years at the high school, college and university levels. Shipman joined the Yale University Chaplain’s Office in 2013 in a part-time position, and in 2016 she became the second (and only female) Hindu chaplain with a full-time university appointment in the U.S. Shipman has created papers, blogs and podcasts on the spiritual support offered to Hindu students at U.S. colleges and universities and is actively forming a Hindu Chaplains Association. She is a contributor to the first book on Hindu chaplaincy in the United States, coming out this fall, entitled Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care.

Baccalaureate is sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life. For further information, contact Harrison Blum at (413) 542-8149 or All are welcome.

Amherst College Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Amherst College Choral Society, under the direction of Arianne Abela, presents its Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing works by Monteverdi, Lassus, Heath, Abela and Parker in preparation for their tour to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The combined choirs also join in singing traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Ellen Mutter (, by visiting the Alumni House during Commencement weekend, or in the Buckley Recital Hall lobby starting at 8:15 p.m. the evening of the concert.

Thu, May 30, 2019

writer's retreat comic - credit: grant snider

Jump-Start Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff to join us at a writing retreat designed to help you launch your summer projects. The day will include opportunities for writing, reading, project planning and reflection. Refreshments are included, including a light breakfast and full lunch.

8:45 a.m. - Doors open, pastry and coffee available
9 a.m. - Welcome, short goal-setting activity, distribution of writers' logs
9:15 a.m. - Writing time
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - Facilitated planning session to map out a summer writing/research agenda

This retreat is part of a series of programs to support your summer writing, including a regular write-on-site, writing accountability groups and individual writing/writing pedagogy consultations.

Registration Required

Fri, Jun 7, 2019

IGD Flyer

Intergroup Dialogue Conference

"Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities" is the theme for the 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue. The conference is co-sponsored by UMass Amherst, as well as Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke Colleges. The mission of the 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is to share knowledge, skills, stories and practices that illustrate how dialogue can be a catalyst for envisioning new possibilities for collaboration and solidarity across differences.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College, widely known for her expertise on race relations, will join us alongside other invited guest speakers.

Please register for the conference at

Registration Required

Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Photographic image of thousands of stars and other celestial bodies

"Photographing the Universe"

Join us for an evening of stargazing and photography. All are invited to view the cosmos through telescopes and learn about how the photoelectric effect makes it possible to take color photographs of the universe. May the fourth be with you!

This program is inspired by Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein and offered with support from Arts at Amherst, the Amherst College Science Center and the Amherst College Department of Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all!

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays.
Special Hours for Commencement Weekend: Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25 an 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.