Throughout her college years, Deidra Montgomery ’10 has been meeting up with other enthusiasts to raise her voice in a singing tradition called Sacred Harp. Now she’s conducting a formal study of her fellow singers. “I’m looking at who the Western Mass [Sacred Harp] community is, who makes it up and what a regular singing is like,” she says. Phil DuPont ’12 has been attending three Catholic Masses every week, at two different churches in Holyoke, Mass., listening to the differences in the songs and prayers at English- and Polish-language services. The singings and the churches are just a few examples of “Pioneer Valley Soundscapes.”
Molly Mead is the first director of the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst. She is pictured here on land that the college donated to Habitat for Humanity. The house in the background is the first of four to be built on the property.
CCE Director Molly Mead, "A Culture of Engagement"
On Friday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Molly Mead, the new director of the Center for Community Engagement, discussed the vision of the center and the ways Amherst College will be a national leader in the community engagement movement.