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Family Weekend 2013 Schedule

 Friday, November 1

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attend Open Classes
Experience life as an Amherst student by sitting in on classes, either with your son or daughter or on your own. A list of classes open to visitors is available here and at Alumni House Registration Center.

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mead Art Museum Open
The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College—more than 18,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. Student-recorded audio guides are available for use, free of charge, at the lobby desk. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, espresso drinks, cookies and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. This fall’s special exhibitions include: This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today; To Be at the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail/Barbara Bosworth; and As It Almost Was: Amherst College’s Monuments to Lord Jeffery.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens. Our specimens have been collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be the largest fossil track collection in the world and one of the most studied.


11 a.m. – 4 p.m

Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
The Emily Dickinson Museum offers guided tours throughout each day. The museum is in the process of restoring the poet’s bedroom.  Admission ranges from $5 to $12. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Families who visit during Family Weekend each receive a 50-percent discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward memberships in the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

1 p.m.

Gallery Discussion: The American Landscape, Past and Present
Join members of the Mead staff and student docents for a conversation about Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole’s pair of paintings The Past and The Present, and contemporary photographer Barbara Bosworth’s responses to vistas along the New England National Scenic Trail. Selections from Thomas Cole’s Essay on American Scenery (1836) will be available for participants to consult and discuss.
Mead Art Museum

2 p.m.

Architecture Tour of the Dickinson Houses
Although the Homestead (1813) and The Evergreens (1856) are best known for their association with poet Emily Dickinson and her intriguing family, the two houses also offer a fascinating portrait of more than 100 years of architectural history in New England. In celebration of the Homestead’s 200th anniversary, join Museum guides to sharpen your skills at "reading" buildings and find out how (and why) these two historic houses have changed - or not - over time.
NOTE: The tour is of the buildings' exteriors only and will be cancelled in case of rain.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

2 p.m.

Advising for the Health Professions
William A. Loinaz, associate professor of physics, and Richard Aronson '69, health professions adviser and assistant dean of students, will present an overview of the premedical and health professions advising program at Amherst and the madical school and health professions graduate school application process.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

3 p.m.

Why Study Abroad? A Session and Student Panel for All Students and Families
Study abroad can be an integral part of a student’s academic career and can greatly enhance personal and intellectual growth. For the past 10 years, an average of 40 percent of the junior class has spent at least one semester studying abroad around the world. Janna Behrens, director of education abroad, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, IES Abroad diversity director, will moderate a panel of students who will discuss the affordability of study abroad, the range of programs students attend and how the college is increasing the diversity of students who study abroad. Come learn how study abroad can be a part of your Amherst experience and be attractive to potential employers and graduate schools.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

3 p.m.

What’s New in Emily Dickinson’s World?
On this special tour, Jane Wald, Executive Director, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s project to restore Emily Dickinson’s bedroom.  Madeline Marucha ’14, a guide at the Museum, will introduce visitors to Dickinson’s poetry and share insights from her thesis project on Dickinson’s work.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

3 – 6  p.m.

Academic Department Receptions
Many academic departments invite you to come meet the people teaching your sons and daughters.

3 - 4 p.m. Black Studies
Room 101, Cooper House

3 - 4:30 p.m. Classics, History and Religion
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall

3 - 5 p.m. Architectural Studies, European Studies, French, German and Spanish
202 Barrett Hall

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Computer Science and Mathematics
Room 208, Seeley Mudd

4 - 5 p.m. Biology
Room 428, McGuire Life Sciences

4 - 5 p.m. Chemistry
Room 418, Merrill Science Center

4 - 5 p.m. Geology
Geology Reading Room, Beneski Earth Sciences Building

4 - 5 p.m. Physics
Room 204, Merrill Science Center

4 - 5 p.m. Political Science
Room 100, Clark House

4 - 5 p.m. Russian
Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall

5 p.m. Economics (immediately following 4 p.m. lecture)
Lobby, Converse Hall

After 8 p.m. performance - Theater and Dance
Kirby Theater

After 8:30 p.m. performance - Choral Society
Lower level, Arms Music Center

 4 p.m.

Is The Death Penalty Dying?
In the last ten years there have been dramatic declines in the number of people being sentenced to death and in the number of executions in the United States. Moreover, six states in the last six years have repealed their capital punishment laws. What are the political, legal and moral considerations that are changing people's minds about the death penalty? Participants include Senator Jamie Raskin P '14, '17 and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg ’72, the floor leaders of Maryland’s recent legislation abolishing its death penalty, and Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science.
Stirn Auditorium

4 p.m.

Encouraging Experimentation in Law and Business
Michael Abramowicz '94, professor of law at George Washington University, will speak on law and economics. Sponsored by the Department of Economics. A reception will immediately follow the lecture at 5 p.m. in Converse Lobby.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

4:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Amherst’s Roman Sea Nymph Sarcophagus
Dr. Elizabeth Bartman, Roman sculpture expert and President of the Archaeological Institute of America, will offer a closer look at the Mead’s newly acquired sarcophagus decorated with nymphs and sea centaurs. Its inscription, recently translated by poet laureate Richard Wilbur ’42, offers a touching poem commemorating the death of two young children.
Mead Art Museum

5:30 - 8 p.m.

Shabbat at Hillel
Join Hillel and Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer, Jewish religious advisor, for an inclusive and relaxing Shabbat service at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free, Kosher, home-cooked dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, contact hillel@amherst.edu
Cadigan Center for Religious Life, 38 Woodside Avenue

7 p.m.

Parent and Family Reception
Come meet other Amherst parents and guardians from all class years and share experiences, along with some wine and cheese, in an informal atmosphere. All family members are welcome.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

8 - 9 p.m.

Native American Student Organization Reception
An informal reception with members of the Native American Student Organization to kick-off Native American Heritage Month. Families and students are encouraged to hang out with NASO members and ask questions about Native students’ experiences at Amherst, the growing state of Native American Studies here, and how NASO is having an impact on campus. People from all backgrounds are welcome.
Multicultural Resource Center, Keefe Campus Center

8 p.m.

Woyzeck
Written by Georg Büchner, but not quite completed at the time of his death in 1837, Woyzeck is based on a true story about a military barber who stabs to death his beloved common-law wife, Marie, for her infidelity. Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance. Open Seating. For mature audiences.  No reservations required. A reception hosted by the Theater Department will follow the performance.
Kirby Theater

8:30 p.m.

Choral Society Concert
The Amherst College Concert Choir, The Amherst College Women's Chorus, The Amherst College Glee Club, all conducted by Mallorie Chernin, Joseph Taff '13, assistant conductor, and the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, Julia Edholm '15 and Asa Goodwillie '16, conductors will perform a wide range of music. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 senior citizens and children 12 and under and free for Five College students. Tickets may be reserved by email to mchernin@amherst.edu or phone at (413) 542-2484. They can be picked up at the Alumni House during registration or in the lobby on the night of the concert, where tickets will also be on sale until sold out. Reception to follow on lower level.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

9 p.m.

Mr. Gad's House of Improv
Mr. Gads is Amherst College's best (and only) improv comedy troupe. They will be performing improv comedy. You should go see it.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Saturday, November 2

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Alumni House Reception Center Open
Stop by for registration, programs, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

9 a.m.

Dean of Students’ Reception
Meet the class deans and other members of the Dean of Students’ Office staff over coffee and pastries.
Lobby, Converse Hall

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mead Art Museum Open
See the description on Friday at 9 a.m.

10 a.m.

Raising the Championship Banner
Join the Friends of Amherst Athletics, Coach David Hixon '75, his staff and the men's basketball team when they raise the 2012-13 NCAA DIII Men's National Basketball Championship Banner. Watch this year's team during a scheduled practice, enjoy breakfast refreshments in the Friends Room and help celebrate the raising of the banner (expected to occur about 10:30 a.m).
LeFrak Gymnasium

10 a.m.

Green Amherst Project Family Reception
Come learn about environmental activism on Amherst's campus. From plans to start a Bike Share program to the divestment campaign to other co-initiatives with the AAS, the Green Amherst Project has been busy trying to make Amherst a more sustainable institution. We encourage any students or parents who are curious about what Amherst is or is not doing to combat environmental degradation to come eat donuts and drink cider with us.
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
See the description on Friday at 10 a.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Outing Club Fall Festival
Carve a pumpkin, try to walk a slack-line, see what Outing Club equipment you might want to try out and enjoy cider donuts, apple pie and cold or hot apple cider. It's the season to be outdoors!
Main Quad

11 a.m.

Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel

11 a.m.

Museum Tour: Masterpieces at the Mead
Join a tour led by student docents and learn about the many fascinating works of art housed in the Mead Art Museum, from larger-than-life depictions of ancient Assyrian kings to abstract contemporary works. Highlights include works by Hudson River School landscape painters, American Impressionists and Realists, and Russian artists of the early 20th century.
Mead Art Museum

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Emily Dickinson Museum Tours and Open House
See the tour descriptions on Friday at 11 a.m. Free open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

12:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Hamilton
NESCAC Quarterfinals
Hitchcock Field

1 p.m.

Football vs. Trinity
Pratt Field

1 p.m.

Field Hockey vs. Wesleyan
NESCAC Quarterfinals
Gooding Field

1 p.m.

Museum Tour: This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today
Join the Mead student docents for a 30-minute tour of the special exhibition This Just In! Highlights include an ancient Roman sarcophagus; prints by Dürer, Delacroix and Hopper; contemporary art by Will Barnet, Vik Munez and Michael Huey.
Mead Art Museum

1 - 3 p.m.

Pride Alliance and Queer Resource Center Open House
Join us for an open house hosted by members of Pride Alliance and the Queer Resource Center.
Queer Resource Center, Morrow Dormitory (basement)

2 – 4 p.m.

Open House at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Enjoy self-guided tours of The Homestead, home of poet Emily Dickinson, and The Evergreens, home of her brother Austin.  See the restoration in progress of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom.  There is no admission fee, though donations to the museum are welcome. For more information call the museum at (413) 542-8161.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

2 p.m.

What Comes Next?
Ursula Olender, director of the Career Center, will share her wisdom regarding how parents can effectively talk with students about planning for life after college.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather

2 p.m.

Musuem Tour: "Tales from our Collections"
Fred Venne, museum educator, will take guests on a journey that looks at some of the amazing stories behind our wonderful collection of dinosaur bones, tracks and traces, and magnificent mammals.  Learn how faculty, students and alumni have made the Beneski Museum possible.  The tour will last about 45 minutes.  Bring your cameras! 
Beneski Museum of Natural History

3 p.m.

Social Media, Mobile, Big Data, E-commerce: Tips for Building Engaging Consumer Businesses On-line
Mark Pinney P'17 is the first CFO of Vimeo, the creative video hosting site, former CFO for Lot18, CFO and COO of Tremor Video, CFO for ad technology leader Tacoda; and has been a founding member of three companies: Acorda Therapeutics, CanDo and 24/7 Real Media. Join an exploration of what it takes for a business to actually make money in the social media and e-commerce world.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather

3 p.m.

Museum Tour: Art in the Liberal Arts Education
Elizabeth Barker, director of the museum, will lead this insiders’ tour of the Mead, which explores fresh uses of the museum’s encyclopedic art collection for teaching and research. Visitors will learn about new discoveries, forgotten masterpieces and surprising collaborations.
Mead Art Museum

3:30 p.m.

The Catastrophe that Created Our Moon and Tilted Our Earth
Fred Venne, planetarium director, will examine the reason for the Earth's tilt and the moon's presence and how we can use stars and constellations to help us navigate our world and beyond. Participants will also learn about the seasons. A star map for the current month will be provided to all.

Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall

4 – 6 p.m.

A Cappella Concert
Featuring Amherst a cappella groups the Bluestockings, DQ, Route 9, the Sabrinas, Terras Irradient and the Zumbyes. Tickets are $6 per person and may be purchased at the Alumni House Reception Center up until one hour before the first performance or at the door.
Johnson Chapel

4:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Performance
No advance tickets required, performance will be free.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

5:30 p.m.

A Treat for All Senses: A Reception with The Common
Join us for readings of poetry, fiction and essays paired with art. All readings courtesy of the new issue of The Common, a new award-winning literary magazine based at Amherst College. Wine, cheese, fruit and crackers will follow.
Rotherwas Room, Mead Art Museum

6:30  – 8:30 p.m.

A Cappella Concert
Second performance. See the description at 4 p.m. today.
Johnson Chapel

6:30 p.m.

Partners for Animal Welfare (PAW) Family Weekend Reception
Join us to celebrate PAW's second year. We'll show photos of student volunteers at the local animal shelter, Second Chance, and give a short introduction to our partner PAWs New England, a dog rescue group that finds foster homes and medical care for up to five dogs a month. This event is free and open to the public.
O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory

7 p.m.

Harlem Renaissance: A Night at the Apollo
The Harlem Renaissance is an annual event sponsored by the Black Student Union that celebrates black culture in a way that pays homage to the artistic boom during the 1920s. Performances will include singing, monologues and poetry. Dinner will be served and semiformal attire is required. Donations to support the local chapter of A Better Chance, a mentoring and tutoring program for young men of color from underserved communities, will be accepted. Please join un as we celebrate the past and look to the future!
Alumni Gymnasium

7:30 p.m.

Preconcert Talk
Professor Christian Rogowski will discuss the work being performed by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra tonight at 8:30 p.m.: "Die Ring des Nibelungen: A Symphonic Synthesis" (or "Ring ohne Worte") by Richard Wagner (arr. Lorin Maazel).
Room 3, Arms Music Center

8 p.m.

Woyzeck
Written by Georg Büchner, but not quite completed at the time of his death in 1837, Woyzeck is based on a true story about a military barber who stabs to death his beloved common-law wife, Marie, forher infidelity. Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance. Open Seating. For mature audiences. No reservations required.
Kirby Theater

8:30 p.m.

Symphony Orchestra Concert: Bicentennial Tribute to Richard Wagner
The ASO celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of opera giant Richard Wagner (1813-1883) by performing a single 75-minute work: "The Ring of the Nibelung: A Symphonic Synthesis" arranged by conductor Lorin Maazel. The Ring is Wagner's magnum opus; a four-opera cycle replete with gods, mortals, myths and the lust for gold. Maazel's arrangement contains The Ring's most exciting and beautiful music, and its colorful story will be told through projected supertitles and images by the great illustrator Arthur Rackham. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and free for Five College students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Alumni House during registration and will be available at the door one hour before the performance begins.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center

Sunday, November 3

9 a.m. – midnight

Mead Art Museum Open
See the description on Friday at 9 a.m.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
See the description on Friday at 10 a.m.

11 a.m.

Catholic Mass
Come join the Newman Catholic Students Association for lunch in Valentine Hall immediately following Mass.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

11 a.m. – 4 p.m

Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
See the tour descriptions on Friday at 11 a.m. Tour schedule differs slightly on weekends.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst

1 p.m.

Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series
The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series offers a Christian service in the African American tradition to the Amherst Community. The Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock will serve as the guest preacher. The service features music from the Amherst College Gospel Choir. A soul food reception also follows the service. All are welcome!
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

4 p.m.

The Amherst Debate Society
The Amherst Debate Society is a student-run club interested in teaching students how to debate and in promoting dialogues on campus. We train for and attend debate tournaments, competing against other colleges, and hold debate-related events on campus. Every year we host a debate tournament for other college debate teams, and a speech tournament open to the entire student body. Come to our practices and learn more about us!
Converse 209

 

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