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.”
Harris Wofford spoke as part of Community Action Day on Thursday, November 5. Senator Wofford is a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and has served as associate director of the Peace Corps, special assistant to President John F.
Tawanda Tasikani ’12, one of nearly 150 Amherst students working at nonprofits locally and around the world this summer through a program with the Center for Community Engagement, reflected upon his internship at the nearby Amherst Survival Center in a story in Springfield’s The Republican.
It is 1:45 p.m. one muggy July afternoon at the Amherst Survival Center, 15 minutes before its doors are supposed to close for the day, and there’s a line about 20 long stretching into an un-air conditioned back room. Among its many other services, the agency has a food pantry that provides a month’s worth of nutritional staples to families who meet certain income criteria, and the people here are queuing up for fresh vegetables, bread and canned goods.
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.