The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association.
Designed for first-year and transfer students, the Orientation Program supports the exploration of a range of academic and co-curricular opportunities available at Amherst. Visit the Orientation website for specifics and a daily calendar of events.
Schubert Sound Installation
August 26–September 28, 2014
In conjunction with the Amherst Schubert Project, the Mead presents a “Schubert Sound Installation” in the wood-paneled Rotherwas Room.
Five speakers, positioned on stands in a large oval configuration, each play one of the five parts of Schubert's Cello Quintet (1828), previously recorded by the Brentano Quartet and Michael Kannen, director of chamber music at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. As listeners move from one speaker to the next, the building blocks of Schubert’s composition can be heard individually, in various combinations or all together.