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Amherst is a lively college town that is home to the University of Massachusetts as well as the Amherst College and the Hampshire College. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts just north of Springfield and south of Greenfield just to the east of the Connecticut River.

Amherst's thriving downtown is full of culture! Museums - bookstores -galleries - antique shops - restaurants and lots of entertainment make the town an exciting place to see.

Visit the historic homes and well-known buildings including the home of Emily Dickinson and the Amherst History Museum at the Strong House. The Amherst common has many year-round local events including the Farmer's Market, Taste of Amherst, movies on the common, Fourth of July Fireworks, Teddy Bear Rally and more. Spend the day strolling the shops of downtown or bike the 8 mile Norwottock Rail Trail or enjoy the gorgeous scenery of this picturesque area.

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Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club discusses Robert Frost's poetry.
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Sep 27, 2014 2 PM to Sep 27, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14 )
Puppet Show Facts About Snacks

Nicol Wander and her hand-crafted puppets will present Facts About Snacks for ages 3-8 in the Woodbury Room. Sponsored by The Amherst Cultural Council and the Friends of the Jones Library
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Sep 27, 2014 11 AM to Sep 27, 2014 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11 )
New Africa House Fall Welcome Event
Join the Center for Women & Community, Afro-American Studies Department and Augusta Savage Gallery for our Fall Welcome Event at New Africa House, in the Central Residential Area of campus. This celebration will feature live music by the New Africa House Ensemble and refreshments, as well as a chance to meet some of our staff and volunteers. Come get some information about our services, programs, and how you can get involved with our departments. There will also an opportunity for you to tell us about the issues that matter to you.
Bring blankets or chairs, weather permitting for live music on the lawn!

When: Sep 10, 2014 12 AM to Sep 10, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00 )
UMass Dance Team Fall 2014 Auditions
When: Tuesday, September 9th 2014, 7pm (Callbacks Wednesday, September 10th)

During auditions you will have to show us a triple pirouette, fouettes, turns in second, side leap, toe touch, and a switch leap. We would also love to see any other advance skills that you may have such as a leg extension, a switch strattle, quarter fouettes, any gymnastic skills, etc. Keep in mind, the more advanced skills we see, the better. We will also be teaching you a short routine, therefore you do not need to come prepared with a solo.

Being a member of this team requires hard work and commitment but it all pays off when we perform at UMass games and even more so when we travel to Daytona, Florida for NDA Nationals in Spring!

If you have any other questions you can email our financial captain, Lauren McNally at lmcnally@umass.edu



When: Sep 9, 2014 12 AM to Sep 9, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $20 audition fee (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 8, 2014 12 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12 )
Farming for the Future: Practical Options for Improving the Resilience of Food Production Systems in an Increasingly Variable Climate
Topics to be discussed: Build soil carbon to improve production and farm viability plant and livestock health and disease resistance human nutrition Climatic resilience on your farm or garden plot Climate Activists Welcome! About the Presenter: Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones' work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists. Please note that both events include a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass, a drink mug, and a table setting. For more information, please contact NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator Jamie Lombardo at jamie@nofamass.org or (860) 966-6368. Refund Policy: Refunds are given up until 10 days prior to the event minus a 15% processing fee. No refunds are provided within 10 days of event. Walk-in and online registration subject to additional fees.



When: Sep 2, 2014 9 AM to Sep 2, 2014 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 45 - 100 USD (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09 )
College of Nursing Research Seminar
Please Join Us

 

Dr. Jerrold Meyer

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychology

Neuroscience and Behavior Program

"Hair Cortisol: A New Biomarker of Long-Term HPA System Activity and Stress"

 



When: Sep 18, 2014 12 AM to Sep 18, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00 )
Pi Delta Psi Intake
Pi Delta Psi is an Asian interest cultural fraternity, the only one on the UMass Amherst campus. The mission of Pi Delta Psi is to breakdown cultural barriers by fostering individual growth in all areas. Our organization consists of over 2,000 members all over the nation.

To recruit young minded scholars that represent the four pillars of our fraternity: academic achievement, righteousness, cultural awareness, friendship and loyalty.



When: Sep 2, 2014 12 AM to Sep 2, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00 )
First Day of Classes Fall Semester 2014
All Campus

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The first day of classes for the Fall 2014 semester.  


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When: Sep 2, 2014 12 AM to Sep 2, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00 )
Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Just War vs. Jihad: Understanding Armed Struggle in the Islamic Context?

Critics of Islam often make the case that Muslims are bound by Qur’anic injunction to offensively and violently wage jihad against non-Muslims. Concurrently, groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are openly calling upon Muslims to engage in jihad to launch a new-age Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

So what exactly is jihad, and what does the term denote?

Individual struggle, armed struggle, or “holy war”?

In this event - the 4th in our Bridging Muslim-Non-Muslim Divides Series - Critical Connections and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding invite you to attend a panel discussion that will place the concept of jihad in its appropriate historical, religious, legal, and social context and explain how the term has been widely understood and misunderstood up until the present day.

Featuring Professor Natana J. DeLong-Bas (Boston College) and Professor Sohail Hashmi (Mount Holyoke College).

Dr. Natana J. DeLong-Bas is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Theology at Boston College. She is the author of several books: with John L. Esposito, Women in Muslim Family Law(2001); Notable Muslims: Profiles of Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture (2007); Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad (2008); and Jihad for Islam: The Struggle for the Future of Saudi Arabia (2010). She has also written numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles focusing on Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Islamic thought and history, Islam and politics, and contemporary jihadism, including al-Qa'ida. A consultant to several international corporations, governments, and the media, Dr. DeLong-Bas is currently working with the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives in Saudi Arabia and IDC Publishers in the Netherlands to publish portions of the Foundation's historical manuscript holdings related to the history and development of Islam from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century.

Dr. Sohail Hashmi is Professor of International Relations and the Alumnae Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. He was among the earliest scholars to specialize in ethics and international relations, which developed as an interdisciplinary field during the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Hashmi has published on a range of topics in Islamic ethics and political theory, including sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, tolerance, civil society, and the theory of jihad. At Mount Holyoke, where he has taught since 1994, Dr. Hashmi offers a wide variety of classes, including introductory courses in international relations and Middle East politics, and seminars such as Ethics and International Relations, Just War and Jihad: Comparative Ethics of War and Peace, and Political Islam. In 2005, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholars Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study Muslim reactions to the development of international law. Dr. Hashmi lectures frequently to audiences around the country on topics relating to Islam in world politics.


Location: Woodbury Room



When: Sep 18, 2014 7 PM to Sep 18, 2014 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19 )
Martha Graham Dance Company
Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.

When: Nov 18, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe,” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. The repertoire for the evening will include the newly commissioned work Echo by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis, based on the myth of Narcissus. Additional works to include Graham classics. Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by UMass Dance Professor BillBob Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club. (Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19 )
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime for infants to preschoolers and their families. Storytime includes singing, stories, and fingerplays. No preregistration is required.
Location: Children's Room



When: Sep 4, 2014 10 AM to Sep 4, 2014 11:15:00 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10 )
The Jones Library will close at noon.
Wednesday December 24, 2014
9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

When: Dec 24, 2014 9 AM to Dec 24, 2014 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09 )
Caring for Children with Concussions

Location: AMHERST ROOM

When: Sep 9, 2014 5 PM to Sep 9, 2014 6 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17 )
Free, Anonymous STD and HIV Testing
No appointment is necessary and no blood is involved, just oral swabs. An HIV test will take about 20 minutes. Testing is conducted by Tapestry Health.

When: Sep 9, 2014 12 AM to Sep 9, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 24, 2014 12 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12 )
Fiction Reading: Stuart Dybek
Writer Stuart Dybek, whom George Saunders describes as a national treasure, will read from his newly published pair of story collections.

When: Oct 20, 2014 12 AM to Oct 20, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: free * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00 )
Football vs. Colorado
The Minutemen play their second home game at Gillette Stadium against Colorado.

Join UMassNation in supporting a new era for UMass Football!

Single game tickets, season tickets, and special travel, tailgate and game packages are available. More information on travel packages. 



When: Sep 6, 2014 12 AM to Sep 6, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00 )
Coming Out Support Group Reception
Are you coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer? Are you already out, but want a place of support to talk about being LGBTQ?   Then come to the opening reception of this weekly support group.  Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

When: Sep 3, 2014 12 AM to Sep 3, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00 )
Round The World Women

Private meeting for volunteers.
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: Sep 2, 2014 9 AM to Sep 2, 2014 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09 )
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET ON THE MUSIC AT AMHERST CHAMBER SERIES
Named Yale’s Artists in Residence in 2014, the Brentano provided the central music (Beethoven’s Opus 131) for the critically acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet. At Amherst, the Brentano performs Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet, K 458—and, with their founding cellist, Michael Kannen, as a special guest—the Schubert Quintet. The box office for this performance opens on September 5. Ticket prices are $28 for the general public, $22 for senior citizens and $12 for students. Free Amherst College student rush tickets available. For tickets and a complete listing of upcoming Music at Amherst events, please visit us on the web: http://amherst.universitytickets.com

When: Sep 19, 2014 8 PM to Sep 19, 2014 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $28-$12 * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20 )
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

Presentation-Brown Bag Meeting
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Sep 4, 2014 12 PM to Sep 4, 2014 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12 )
Exhibition Opening at the Mead Art Museum
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College presents Images of the Unimaginable, featuring artworks and documents from the Great War. The exhibition showcases the Mead’s collection of works by early twentieth-century Russian artists, including Natalia Goncharova’s print series Mystical Images of War, and Olga Rozanova’s linocuts War. American artists include Childe Hassam and Waldo Peirce, who sent postcards and letters from the front lines home to his friend George Bellows, whose prints are also on view in the show. Swiss painter and printmaker Félix Vallotton, who could not join the army because of his age, captured the war in his signature black-and-white woodcuts. Photographs by members of Amherst College’s ambulance corps, known as the “Black Cat Squadron,” and posters from the war complement the artists’ views in this centennial exhibition. On view October 3–December 28, 2014.

When: Oct 3, 2014 9 AM to Oct 3, 2014 8 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09 )
Curator’s Talk at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Join exhibition curator Georgia Barnhill, curator emerita of graphic arts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a closer look inside the exhibition Paper Landscapes: Prints of the American City and Countryside, 1820-1920. This event and the reception that follows are FREE and open to the public.

When: Oct 17, 2014 4 PM to Oct 17, 2014 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16 )
A “Closer Look” Gallery Talk at the mead Art Museum
In conjunction with the exhibition Images of the Unimaginable: Art from the First World War, Aaron Cohen, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the California State University, Sacramento, gives the gallery talk "A Bitter Truth? World War I in Russian and European Art." This event and the reception that follows are FREE and open to the public.

When: Oct 3, 2014 9 AM to Oct 3, 2014 8 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09 )
Arts Council Grants Deadline
Single Project/Event grants may be submitted until NOON today.  RSO's and departments may apply for up to $2,000 towards on-campus arts based programming.  Grant guidelines and applications are available online and in the main lobby of Curry Hicks.

When: Sep 17, 2014 12 AM to Sep 17, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00 )
Eric E McDonald
Age Limit: All Ages

Eric E McDonald



When: Oct 15, 2014 7 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19 )
Lego Club

Location: AMHERST ROOM

When: Sep 13, 2014 3 PM to Sep 13, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15 )
College of Nursing Annual Luncheon
Join the College of Nursing for an annual luncheon and get updates on the new Telehealth Training Center in Springfield. Connect with colleagues, attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation and hear news about the nursing program from Dean Stephen Cavanagh.

A highlight of the event will include a keynote address by Constance Crowley Ganser ’75, senior vice president of quality and safety at the Lahey Hospital and Medical
Center.

Cost: $40
Includes continental breakfast & luncheon buffet.

Special Offer
September 27 is also the Homecoming UMass vs. Bowling Green football game. Come for the day and sit in the stands with other nursing alumni. Discounted football tickets for nursing alumni can be purchased for $10 each at Ticketmaster with the promo code, NURSE.



When: Sep 27, 2014 12 AM to Sep 27, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00 )
Chancellor's Donor Appreciation Breakfast
Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy invites university donors to an appreciation breakfast for their continued support of the university and its key initiatives.

Join the chancellor to learn more about the future of our flagship campus.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please contact jtutun@admin.umass.edu.



When: Sep 27, 2014 12 AM to Sep 27, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00 )
Fiction Reading: Jeffrey Eugenides
Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot, will read from his work.

When: Oct 30, 2014 12 AM to Oct 30, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: free * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00 )
ESL Tutor Training

Location: Woodbury Room

When: Sep 23, 2014 6 PM to Sep 23, 2014 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18 )
MassQUEERade: LGBTQIA and Ally Welcome Back Dance
Free and open to all students, with glow bracelets and mask-making supplies provided.

When: Sep 6, 2014 12 AM to Sep 6, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00 )
jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading Series

Location: Goodwin Room

When: Sep 21, 2014 3 PM to Sep 21, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15 )
Forgiveness Project: Documentary Screening

The Forgiveness Project: a multi-venue, multi-arts exploration on the theme of forgiveness throughout the Pioneer Valley.
Join us in September for Four Sundays of Forgiveness at the Jones Library, with film & conversations on the subject of Forgiveness.

Join us for a screening of The Imam & the Pastor and An African Answer. These two shorter, related documentaries about a Muslim cleric and a Christian pastor in Nigeria are not about religion, but about opening to one another across great divides. Both men have deep hatred for each other, until they begin to listen to each other, transforming their relationship and inspiring the formation of a peace institute.

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The Forgiveness Project, a year-long exploration throughout the Pioneer Valley on the theme of Forgiveness through community conversations and the arts, invites Amherst to read together Desmond Tutu's new book The Book of Forgiving throughout the month of September. Several copies are available to check out. There will be a community-wide conversation time of sharing questions, challenges, thoughts and feelings on this complex subject on Sunday, September 28.

Art & Soul is a grant-funded project creatively intersecting the arts, spirituality, community-building and social justice. Art & Soul is embarking on a year-long exploration on the theme of Forgiveness throughout the Pioneer Valley through books, community conversations, film and the arts. For more information go to www.artandsoulhcc.org.

Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Art & Soul.

All events are free and open to the public.


Location: Woodbury Room



When: Sep 21, 2014 2 PM to Sep 21, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14 )
Baystate Carnival
The carnival is one of many great events apart of UMass Night Out on the Welcome Week Schedule. All students, faculty and families are welcome! 

There will be many activities including: 
Live Music - DJ 
Moon bounce Inflatable
Dunk Tank
Inflatable Jousting Arena
As well as many great carnival game tables:
Pie toss, tie dye, face painting, can toss, jugglers, arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, balloon artist and MORE! 

Any donation amount is greatly appreciated day of carnival or through our donor drive page http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/baystatecarnival2014/

Important Information: 
When: Friday, September 5th
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Who: Baystate Children's Hospital 
What: Benefit Carnival 
Where: UMass Amherst - Student Union Lawn 
280 Hicks Way



When: Sep 5, 2014 12 AM to Sep 5, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00 )
The Art of Collecting -- Opening Reception
The Art of Collecting: Contemporary Prints from the Risa Gerrig Collection

Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 5 – 7 p.m.

A donation of 48 contemporary American prints, representing all manner of special processes and innovative techniques in printing, was given to the UMCA collection by Richard Gerrig in memory of his sister Risa, a UMass alumna. UMass undergraduate students, receiving course credit, curated the exhibition.



When: Sep 4, 2014 12 AM to Sep 4, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00 )
2nd Annual Community Service Fair
Join Us For The 2nd Annual Community Service Fair!

The Annual Community Service Fair connects UMass Amherst students, staff, and faculty with local community organizations in need of volunteers for their programs. This event supports our efforts to continue building a culture of civic and community engagement by offering members of our campus community a chance to explore volunteer opportunities and build relationships with community organizations from our surrounding communities.

The Community Service Fair is a sponsored event of Volunteer UMass – a community engagement initiative within the Office of Student Activities & Involvement.



When: Sep 3, 2014 12 AM to Sep 3, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00 )
Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club

All are welcome to attend monthly meetings of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club. The discussion will be moderated by Amherst resident Paul Budney, a retired Mathematics Professor and long-time fan of anything related to Science Fiction or Fantasy books and movies. To learn the latest book selection, go to http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html . You do not need to have read the book to attend. For more information, please contact Linda Wentworth at 259-3168 or wentworthl@joneslibrary.org.
http://joneslibrary.org/bookclubs.html
Location: Trustees' Room



When: Sep 2, 2014 7 PM to Sep 2, 2014 9 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19 )
Amherst Ballet

Tentative date for library dance tour
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Oct 25, 2014 2 PM to Oct 25, 2014 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14 )
"JOHN GRILLO-SIX DECADES: PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS, 1945-2005"
Herter Art Gallery presents, John Grillo: Five Decades, Paintings Prints and Drawings, from 1945-1995, a survey exhibition tracing the formal and conceptual evolution of the artist's expansive oeuvre across a period of sixty years.

When: Sep 11, 2014 12 AM to Oct 11, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00 )
Lecture: Laverne Cox "Beyond Orange is the New Black"
Come and see Laverne Cox, activist, educator and acclaimed actress of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The book upon which the series is based is this year's  Common Read book for first-year and transfer students at UMass Amherst. Make sure to bring your copy of the book for a chance to have it signed!

*Open to the public*



When: Sep 11, 2014 12 AM to Sep 11, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00 )
UMass Football vs. Ball State University Cardinals Football
When: Nov 12, 2014 8 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 20.00 - 20.00 (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20 )
Poetry Reading: Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Award-winning poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips, whom Teju Cole has called the future of American poetry, will read from his work.

When: Sep 16, 2014 12 AM to Sep 16, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: free * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00 )
Poetry Reading: Mark Wunderlich
Mark Wunderlich, whose poetry reminds us, as The New Yorker put it, how fully the spirit can illuminate the depths, will read from his work.

When: Dec 3, 2014 12 AM to Dec 3, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00 )
New Music Concert
Works by Eric Sawyer, Robert Morris, Gordon Green, Salvatore Macchia and others.

When: Sep 7, 2014 12 AM to Sep 7, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sun, 07 Sep 2014 00 )
UMTG Presents: Into the Woods Auditions
The UMASS Theatre Guild presents auditions for Into the Woods, a Stephen Sondheim musical. No previous experience required! We will provide all audition materials. Join us Friday 9/5 at 7pm, Saturday 9/6 at 11am or 7pm, and Sunday for callbacks in Bartlett 65.

Check our Facebook at umasstheatreguild or our Tumblr (http://umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com) for details.



When: Sep 5, 2014 12 AM to Sep 6, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00 )
Libraries Fall Reception: The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America
The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to the 16th Annual Fall Reception, “The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America,” on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Science & Engineering Library, Floor 2, Lederle Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event features Allen F. St. Pierre and R. Keith Stroup of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The event highlights the recent donation of NORML’s records to the Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Reservations are appreciated by September 15: (413) 545-6156 or friends@library.umass.edu.

NORML, a nonprofit public interest group based in Washington, is the nation’s oldest and most prominent organization advocating for an end to cannabis prohibition. 

R. Keith Stroup, a public interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970, received his BA in political science from the University of Illinois and his law degree from Georgetown. Stroup directed NORML through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is currently serving as legal counsel for NORML.

Allen F. St. Pierre ’89 (Legal Studies) has been the executive director of NORML since 2005 and executive director of the NORML Foundation since 1997. St. Pierre has written, debated and lectured extensively on the topic of cannabis. St. Pierre has been cited in hundreds of international, national, and local news publications and has appeared on many nationally televised news programs and on over 1,000 radio shows representing NORML’s point of views on the topic of marijuana.

St. Pierre facilitated the donation of NORML’s records to the Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The records offer a varied perspective on more than four decades of grassroots advocacy for drug policy legislation.

St. Pierre and NORML will continue to work with the Libraries to secure kindred collections and expand the depth of materials available to scholars and researchers. Already the records of Lester Grinspoon, a pioneering Harvard-trained doctor, author of the earliest research on medical marijuana and member of NORML’s board of directors, are housed alongside NORML in Special Collections.

As part of the Fall Reception program, the Library Systems Department and Richard Nathhorst, project manager in UMass Amherst Facilities Planning, will be honored with the 2014 Siegfried Feller Award for Outstanding Service.  This award, established in 1998, is given annually to an individual or group who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to create awareness and build support for the UMass Amherst Libraries.



When: Sep 21, 2014 12 AM to Sep 21, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00 )
UMASS Theatre Guild First General Body Meeting
Come join the UMASS Theatre Guild for our first General Body Meeting of the semester! The UMASS Theatre Guild is a student-run theater learning organization that presents both a play and a musical every semester. Learn who we are, how to get involved, and meet the show directors for our upcoming productions of Into the Woods and Macbeth. Stay tuned for Auditions! Check Facebook (umasstheatreguild) or our Tumblr (umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com) for details.

When: Sep 4, 2014 12 AM to Sep 4, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00 )
Wind Ensemble Concert - Welcome Matthew!
Welcome Matthew!

WIND ENSEMBLE

Matthew Westgate, conductor



When: Oct 7, 2014 12 AM to Oct 7, 2014 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors, children; $10 general public 413-545-2511 or fac.umass.edu/musicanddance (Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00 )

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