Amherst@Home: Virtual Homecoming and Family Week 2020 Registration
Thank you for your interest in attending Amherst College Homecoming/Family Week 2020! Please indicate which events you would like to attend below. All events are scheduled to be one hour long unless otherwise specified. The full schedule can be found at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/632796. Zoom links to the events can be found after logging in to the Amherst website at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/633893. Programs will continue to be added and updated.

If you have any questions, please contact Alumni and Parent Programs at alumni@amherst.edu.
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Events on Monday, October 26
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10/26 at 7 p.m. EDT - Ten Lessons for Financial Resiliency: What the Crises of 2008 and 2020 Teach Us About How Americans Move From Recession to Rebound
With Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83 P’14,’17, Rubenstein Fellow at Duke Law School and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Ron Lieber ’93, a journalist who writes the “Your Money” column in The New York Times.
Events on Tuesday, October 27
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10/27 at 12 p.m. EDT - Advising for the Health Professions
William A. Loinaz, professor of physics and chair of the Health Professions Committee, and Richard Aronson ’69, health professions advisor and assistant dean of students, will present an overview of the premedical and health professions advising program and community at Amherst and the medical school and health professions graduate school application process.
10/27 and 10/29 - Financial Aid Office Hours
Have a question for the financial aid office regarding your student's aid package, FAFSA forms, changes in status, etc.? Please indicate your interest in an individual Zoom appointment to meet one on one with a counselor. You will be contacted to select a time slot in the next few days, and space is limited.
10/27 at 4 p.m. - Mead Art Museum: Artist Talk With Heather Agyepong

10/27 at 5:30 p.m. EDT - Music Department Reception
10/27 at 8 p.m. EDT - Harlem Ren 2020 brings you Family Feud: BSU Edition
This year BSU wanted to find a way to engage our Black community in a fun and dynamic way. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our annual Harlem Renaissance event, which usually serves as a showcase for the many talents of our black students on campus. This year, we hope to showcase these students virtually, while creating the opportunity for families to get to know each other through rounds of Amherst inspired family feud! We hope you'll join us for a fun night of games, talent, and social engagement. We look forward to seeing you there!
Events on Wednesday, October 28
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10/28 at 12 p.m. EDT - Career in the time of COVID
We won't sugarcoat it - the coming years will be challenging for new job seekers. But Amherst students do not have to navigate those challenges alone. Hear from the team at the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning about how they are adapting and enlarging career development support for Amherst students in the face of overlapping crises and a recession job market.
10/28 at 4 p.m. EDT - Black Studies Department Reception
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10/28 at 4:30 p.m. EDT - Making Russian Art: A Conversation with Dana Kaufmann ‘12 and Polina Barskova, Professor of Russian
Kaufman will speak about the opera she wrote as a Russian major at Amherst; she is a professional composer and Assistant Professor in Music Composition at the University of California, Riverside. Barskova, Professor of Russian and one of Russia’s most visible poets, will discuss her experience living and writing as an émigré with ties to the international Russian literary scene.
10/28 at 4:30 p.m. EDT - Who Merits an Elite College Education? with Zachary Bleemer '13
Zachary Bleemer '13 is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Zach's lecture will address the economic and distributional ramifications of meritocratic university policies: how valuable is the education provided by highly-selective colleges (overall and in high-demanded majors like Economics), and how does that value differ for less-prepared or lower-income students?
10/28 at 6 p.m. EDT - Jazz Combos Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp
10/28 at 7 p.m. EDT - Meet the Authors: A Conversation about Recent Books Published by History Faculty
Join us for a celebratory conversation with History professors who have recently published books! Jen Manion, associate professor of history; will discuss Female Husbands: a Trans History (Cambridge, 2020), Edward Melillo, professor of history and environmental studies, will discuss The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World (Knopf, 2020), and Vanessa Walker, Morgan Assistant Professor in Diplomatic History, will discuss Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell, 2020).
10/28 at 8 p.m. EDT - Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion
Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science; Jonathan Obert, assistant professor of Political Science; and Kerry Ratigan, assistant professor of Political Science share their views. This program is part of a series of events in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States sponsored by the Political Science Department of Amherst College.
10/28 at 8:30 p.m . EDT - Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Virtual Concert
Streamed from Buckley Recital Hall.
Events on Thursday, October 29
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10/29 at 12 p.m. EDT - Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Join Catherine Epstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Winkley Professor of History, for a wide-ranging conversation about Amherst’s academic landscape. This year, Provost Epstein will discuss academic initiatives, pedagogical innovation and the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19.
10/27 and 10/29 - Financial Aid Office Hours
Have a question for the financial aid office regarding your student's aid package, FAFSA forms, changes in status, etc.? Please indicate your interest in an individual Zoom appointment to meet one on one with a counselor. You will be contacted to select a time slot in the next few days, and space is limited.
10/29 at 1 p.m. EDT - Film & Media Studies Open House
Film & Media Studies (FAMS) faculty, staff, students, and alumni invite you to an open house reception where you can learn more about the major. Professor Adam Levine and senior thesis student, Ryan Sholtis will have a conversation on the program and student experience. A recent FAMS graduate will present their critical-creative thesis and share part of their film.
10/29 at 5:30 p.m. EDT - Mathematics and Statistics Department Reception
10/29 at 6 p.m. EDT - Club Volleyball Reception
Come say a virtual hello and hang out with members of the club volleyball community! We're excited to see some familiar faces and meet new people.
10/29 at 8 p.m. EDT - LGBTQIA+ Resilience and Resistance at and After Amherst
A virtual panel on LGBTQIA+ community activism and organizing at Amherst College and beyond, featuring Ron Wold ‘70, Hilary North-Ellasante ’97, Tierra Allen '09, Matt Randolph ’16, and Kannan Jagannathan, the Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics. Our conversation will explore the resilience and resistance essential to the building and sustainability of our LGBTQIA+ campus community across Amherst’s history, as well as alumni activist, advocacy, and organizing work following graduation. Hosted by the Queer Resource Center.
Events on Friday, October 30
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10/30 at 12 p.m. EDT - A Conversation with President Biddy Martin
10/30 at 2:15 p.m.- 3 p.m. EDT - Fossil Friday @ Beneski: Carboniferous Period - Suddenly, Terrestrial Life!
The Carboniferous Period (359-299Ma) saw the rapid (emphasis on rapid) explosion of life on land. The Carboniferous is most known for its picturesque forests, filled with gigantic trees and ferns. By the end of the period, forests were swarming with air-breathing insects and arachnids, some giant compared to modern standards. Land vertebrates continued to adapt to land and diversify. Notably, amniotes emerged, laying their legs on land: a new innovation! The oceans were still just as exciting as in the Devonian, now featuring even more sharks and ray-finned fish. Coral reefs were abundant as well. This period is quite... beautiful. Land finally began to resemble what land looks like today. Presenter: Ben Gilsdorf '21
10/30 at 4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT - Fossil Friday @ Beneski: Carboniferous Period - Suddenly, Terrestrial Life!
The Carboniferous Period (359-299Ma) saw the rapid (emphasis on rapid) explosion of life on land. The Carboniferous is most known for its picturesque forests, filled with gigantic trees and ferns. By the end of the period, forests were swarming with air-breathing insects and arachnids, some giant compared to modern standards. Land vertebrates continued to adapt to land and diversify. Notably, amniotes emerged, laying their legs on land: a new innovation! The oceans were still just as exciting as in the Devonian, now featuring even more sharks and ray-finned fish. Coral reefs were abundant as well. This period is quite... beautiful. Land finally began to resemble what land looks like today. Presenter: Rilla McKeegan '21 & Lindsay Yue '21
10/30 at 5 p.m. EDT - Readings from The Common
Join the staff and interns of The Common for a celebration of uncommonly good literature! Come to hear readings from our 10th anniversary issue.
10/30 at 8 p.m. EDT - Music@Amherst Series: Calidore String Quartet
Janáček String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata and Beethoven's Grosse Fuge. Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” The Los Angeles Times described the quartet as “astonishing” and praised its balance of “intellect and expression.” The Washington Post said that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.”
Events on Saturday, October 31
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10/31 - Class Tent Virtual Meetups
One of the highlights of Homecoming is gathering at the football game in tents with other alumni in adjacent class years. While we can’t replicate that experience exactly, these virtual tent meetups are an opportunity for alumni to meet new people in graduation years close to their own, and hopefully, to see old friends. Each event will include a series of breakout sessions for people to talk in small groups.
10/31 at 3 p.m. EDT - Choral Society Livestream
The Amherst College Choral Society will perform several works for choir, including traditional school songs, via livestream from Buckley Recital Hall and with a virtual choir that includes remote singers.
10/31 at 6 p.m. EDT - Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert
Amherst Symphony Orchestra Concert: They Persisted: Concert Masterpieces by Trailblazing Women Composers

Events on Sunday, November 1 EST
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11/1 at 12 p.m. EST - Virtual Family Brunch
Connect with other Amherst families in a virtual meetup.
11/1 at 12 p.m. EST- Hillel (BYO) Bagel Brunch
11/1 at 1 p.m. EST - DQ Homecoming
DQ Alumni join current members for a meet and greet!
11/1 at 2 - 4 p.m. EST - CHEMISTRY: Building an Open and Inclusive Community in the Time of COVID-19
From 2 - 3 p.m. join for a faculty panel presentation regarding curricular adaptations in classes and student research, followed by a meet and greet for parents. At 3 p.m. faculty will address “Expanding our Community Inclusively and Remotely,” and will have a particular alumni focus on ways alumni can be involved, including an alumni meet and greet.
11/1 at 2:30 p.m. EST - Asian Students Association Reception
Come to ASA's virtual reception and mingle with fellow Asian alums and students! Let's talk about what the Amherst Asian community has been up to. Students from the Asian Students Association (ASA), Middle Eastern and North African Association (MENAA), South Asian Students Association (SASA), Chinese Students Association (CSA), Mixed Student Union (MSU), and Korean Students Association (KSA)—will be in attendance.
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