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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sat, May 19, 2018

Baccalaureate 2017

Baccalaureate 2018

Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith celebration that includes music, readings, and an address by Joshua Stanton ’08 titled “Hope in a Time of Polarization”. He is the Senior Rabbi at East End Temple in Manhattan and a sought after speaker. Josh has had articles and interviews featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, academic journals, publications, and blogs in ten languages. These include the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, The Permanent Observer Mission from the Holy See to the United Nations, public radio's Interfaith Voices, the BBC, Vox, the The Daily Beast, The Sydney Herald, JTA, and the blog of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

Women and the Dreamwork: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Kellie Elisabeth Jones ’81

"Women and the Dreamwork." Talk by art historian and curator Kellie Elisabeth Jones ’81, associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

Human Health in a Changing Global Environment: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Philip J. Landrigan

"Human Health in a Changing Global Environment." Talk by Philip J. Landrigan, professor of environmental medicine and pediatrics and dean for global health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning of Rebecca Segal ’18 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Commissioning speaker: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton.

Writing Fiction and Performing Citizenship: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Writing Fiction and Performing Citizenship." Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, acclaimed author and speaker on issues of race and gender, and leader of Nigeria’s Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

Environmental and Climate Security for the 21st Century: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Sherri Wasserman Goodman ’81

"Environmental and Climate Security for the 21st Century." Talk by environmental security advocate Sherri Wasserman Goodman ’81, senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Initiative and former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense.

Cuz: On Writing Memoir and Trying to Change the World: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Danielle S. Allen

"Cuz: On Writing Memoir and Trying to Change the World." Talk by classicist and political theorist Danielle S. Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All: Talk by Honorary Degree Recipient Morris Dees

"One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All." Talk by civil rights activist Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Department of Music presents the Amherst College Choral Society’s annual Commencement Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 9:15 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. Tickets are required, and seating is by general admission.
The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to modern motets. The combined choirs will reprise a section of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with collaborative pianist Benjamin Tibbets.

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 at the door, beginning at 8:15 p.m.; during Commencement registration in the Alumni House; or in advance, by contacting Greg Brown at or 413/542-5990.

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.