This year marks the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. To celebrate the occasion and President Kennedy’s Oct. 26, 1963, visit to, and speech at, Amherst College, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III will deliver a keynote address on the steps of Robert Frost Library, the building for which JFK presided over the groundbreaking ceremonies.
Preceding the keynote address will be a forum titled "Poetry and Politics," which will trace the thread connecting President Kennedy’s concerns with the Amherst College’s current interest in, to use President Biddy Martin’s words, setting “an example of community characterized by openness and respect, freedom with responsibility, and politics inflected by poetry.” Located in Cole Assembly Room, the forum will begin with a viewing of JFK’s speech at Amherst College, followed by a panel of Amherst students who will reflect on its meaning and relevance for the current era, and a panel of faculty who will discuss the ways poetry can contribute to achieving what President Kennedy claimed in his 1963 speech. An exhibit and reception will follow the keynote.
For a complete schedule of events, please visit the link below. All programs associated with this celebration are free and open to the public.
Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.
Do you ever just want to dialogue about the what, why and how of faith, spirituality and religion? We can provide a judgement-free space to ask questions and receive answers on, so you can make a decision on your own. The potential topics are unlimited. What is so called "God" doing while all of this chaos is happening? Must I deny my sexuality? Is God a feminist or sexist? Where are the so-called Christians during time of trouble? What about the hypocrisy, and superiority via "morality"? Can I be a good person even if I don't believe in a god or "God"? Is there any way to get evidence that God exists?
Want to seek truth? Join us on October 28 at 8 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room.
Come to the Powerhouse this Saturday, October 28 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a Halloween party that'll blow you out of this world! There will be free drink service for 21+ (with ID), a themed non-alcoholic signature drink, music, projections, a movie outside, and more. Come dressed in your very best costume (or don't)! Hope to see you there!
Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.
Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!
What is decolonization? What are its origins and its connection to the histories and memories of a given geographical space? What legacies does decolonial thinking pass on to contemporary thought? And what can we learn about decolonization from comparative contexts?
Friday, October 27, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, October 28, from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.