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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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How to Ace Your Next Interview: Advice from Area Employers
Do you get anxious just thinking about interviewing? Are you still struggling to come up with the right answer to "what is your weakness?" or "where do you see yourself in five years?"

There are many variables to the interview process based on industry, job function and format, among other factors. This session will help you cut through the clutter and focus on presenting the information that employers want in a way that gets you hired.

In this panel discussion, hiring managers and human resource professionals will share with you:

  • What they're trying to find out during an interview and how they hope you will respond
  • Things you can do to make yourself stand out in the interview process
  • "Dos" and "Don'ts" you need to know before your next interview

All are welcome.  No cost to attend. 

Presenter & Moderator: Susan Callender '86, Executive Trainer & Professional Coach, Oh My Gauche!

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Alumni Weekend Breakfast with the Chancellor


When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $15 per person (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Keynote Luncheon Featuring Dr. Jackson Katz
Violence is a pervasive part of the social landscape in this country. It’s not enough simply to decry this tragic reality; what is needed are systemic solutions. 

Due to the ongoing problem of violence as well recent scandals in professional sports, law enforcement, the military and higher education, at the present moment there is renewed pressure on political, community, educational and business leaders to enact policy changes that will help reduce this violence.  

Join us to hear internationally renowned educator, author and filmmaker Jackson Katz ’82 discuss both the problem of violence and some promising solutions. Katz is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the world’s longest-running and most influential programs in the gender violence prevention field. 

For more than two decades, Katz has been a major thought leader in the area of violence prevention as a social justice imperative. He is a major architect of the “bystander” approach to gender violence prevention, as well as a cultural theorist whose books and articles have helped to shape critical parts of the national conversation about violence.  

Dr. Katz will discuss how his experiences inside and outside the classroom at UMass-Amherst helped to shape his thinking and provide a template for his lifelong scholarship and activism.  Don’t miss this provocative, important and extremely timely presentation! 

Cost: $20 per person

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $20 per person (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Talk: How Baby Boomers Are Remodeling Their Twilight Years
By 2030, all baby boomers will have passed age 65 and represent 20 percent of the population in the United States. This population is different from past elder populations - they want to age without changing their lifestyle, and they are designing their surroundings to do just that.

Come hear from expert faculty member, Cynthia Jacelon PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FAAN from the College of Nursing who specializes in studying the aging population.

All are welcome. No cost to attend.



When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Minuteman Mentors: Updates and Opportunities
Being a mentor has never been easier-learn  about the Minuteman Mentors program and how you can support the success of current students and recent grads as a minuteman mentor.  In this session, you will learn about the program, how you can support it individually as well as through your volunteer group's programs and communications. In addition to these takeaways, attending is a great opportunity to contribute your ideas to help expand the program's reach and impact.

No cost to attend. Current and prospective volunteers from all areas of campus are encouraged to attend.

Presenter: Katie DeBeer, Associate Director for Professional and Volunteer Services, UMass Amherst Alumni Association

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Tour of George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building
Enjoy a guided walking tour of campus from the Campus Center to the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building. Once inside, Band Director Tim Anderson will lead you through the home of "The Power and Class of New England."

All are welcome.  No cost to attend.

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Class of 1965 50th Reunion Banquet
Don't miss this spectacular evening celebrating the Class of 1965 50th Reunion. Share your favorite memories with friends, enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner, then stay to dance the night away.

The winner of UMass License Plate #UM 65 will be announced at this special event.

Cost: $45 per person

Advance registration is required.

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $45 per person (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Talk: Educating Women in Afghanistan
Improving higher education in Afghanistan promotes the aspirations of girls and women while increasing opportunities for greater equality in a rapidly changing Afghan society.

Come hear Razia Karim, a graduate student in the College of Education, speak of her personal experiences and perspectives as an Afghan woman.

Karim has returned to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to help rebuild Afghan society after spending much of her young life as a refugee in Pakistan. Karim will be joined by Professor Joseph B. Berger to share insights gained through the Center for International Education's Higher Education Program in Afghanistan.

Refreshments will be available.

All are welcome.  No cost to attend.

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Networking 101 Workshop
Most people know that it's important to network, but many don't know how to do it well. Attend this session for an introduction to professional networking including:
  • Why networking is important
  • Steps to prepare for a networking event
  • Tips for successful interactions
  • How to follow up with new connections

Once the basics are covered, put what you've learned into action through a series of speed-networking encounters. You'll have a chance to perfect what you've learned about networking in a comfortable setting among supportive alumni.

All are welcome.  No cost to attend. 

Presenter: Tyke Crowley '94, Professional Life Coach and Master NLP Practitioner

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
With each passing year, our student and alumni populations grow more diverse and the ability to engage a diverse alumni population becomes increasingly critical. The Alumni Association and the university maintain a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their operations and want to provide you with actionable recommendations you can implement to support these efforts.

In this informative session, gain a greater understanding of diversity, learn what the university is doing to support diversity and inclusion, and discover how you can assist in these efforts through programs, communications and volunteer management.

All are welcome. No cost to attend. 

Current and prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend this session.

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Before the Job Search Begins
Life is too short to be unhappy at work. It’s time to do what you love or love what you do. You can begin the process of figuring out your life’s work in this interactive discussion with questions to guide you to your own answers.  Key takeaways include:

• Comprehensive self-assessment 
• Concrete steps to continue the process
• Techniques to make your life purpose a reality

All are welcome. No cost to attend.

Presenter: Meredith DiMola ’99, CPC, ACC, Certified Professional Career Coach and Recruiter, Life's Work Career Coaching

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When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 6, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
100th PSK Rededication Event

The Centennial Celebration and Rededication of the Phi Sigma Kappa, Alpha Chapter House, is about celebrating a large milestone for the house, the chapter as well as the brotherhood and alumni association. This celebration marks the 100th year of the physical house on campus and marks one of its highest points the brotherhood has seen in decades. Many of the high points include numerous renovations toward the house, brotherhood growth, and strong leadership within the organization as a whole. The celebration will consist of networking with the brothers and alumni, a rededication ceremony, house tours and activities as well as a barbeque and after party.

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Morning Timeline:

8:00 AM: Tee-off in Phi Sig Classic

11:30 AM: Lunch at Cherry Hill GC

 

Afternoon Timeline:

 2:00 PM: Registration/Networking

 3:00 PM: Opening Ceremony/Creed

 3:15 PM Rededication Ceremony

  • Speakers
  • Portico Unveiling
  • Time Capsule Placement
  • Unveiling of Plaque

4:00 PM: House Tours/Activities

5:00 PM Barbecue

6:00 PM Dancing & DJ


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Contact me directly if there are concerns with costs pertaining to attend the event and we can work something out.



When: Jun 6, 2015 8 AM to Jun 6, 2015 6 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 08 )
Life Flight Operations and Trauma Review

UMass Memorial Life Flight is coming to Amherst! We will be discussing Life Flight operations, logistics and working with our team. There will be a trauma review and a section on special considerations and decision making. Our aircraft is also scheduled to arrive (weather permitting) with a hands on safety review from our on duty crew. 4 hours of OEMS credits will be given for all levels. We hope to see you there!



When: Jun 13, 2015 8 AM to Jun 13, 2015 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08 )
Workshop: Analyzing Developmental Trajectories


When: Jun 1, 2015 12 AM to Jun 3, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: ICPSR Members: $1250 Non-Members: $2500 (Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00 )
Special Ed. Surrogate Parent Volunteers

Special Education surrogate parents for volunteers educational decision makers for children in foster care.
Location: AMHERST ROOM



When: May 28, 2015 10 AM to May 28, 2015 1 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 May 2015 10 )
ACTSMART IMPROV CO.

Teen improv group facilitated by drama therapist Becca Greene-Van Horn addresses social issues that youth face- peer pressure, bullying, conflict management and more..
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Jun 11, 2015 3:45:00 PM to Jun 11, 2015 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:45:00 )
Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education Regional Workshop (Massachusetts)


When: Jun 11, 2015 8 AM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08 )
16th Annual Mark Roskill Symposium: Plugged In: Art in the Digital Age
The 2015 Mark Roskill Symposium, Plugged In: Art in the Digital Age, will comprise of a 30 minute presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Anne Umland, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, followed by a roundtable discussion with three participants from the Five Colleges,  moderated by Dr. Karen Koehler of Hampshire College. 

The symposium will investigate how the contemporary curatorial economy requires scholars, museums, and artists to consider their digital and analog engagement with art. We are asking that guest speakers explore and question how art professionals use the digital resources available to them as individuals and institutions. Other topics that speakers might consider include reflecting on how the experience of art is enhanced through new media and digital technologies, how digital space is being used for exhibition purposes, and what new discursive educational, curatorial, and artistic practices have successfully emerged from the integration of these media-based practices into their professional lives.



When: Sep 25, 2015 12 AM to Sep 25, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00 )
The 10th Annual Cultural Survival Bazaar in Amherst
http://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org/amherst October 10, 11, & 12th, 2015 A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, & Cultures from Around the World. We feature Indigenous artists, performers, and handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artists, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique folk art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. Amherst Common Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA 01002

When: Oct 10, 2015 10 AM to Oct 10, 2015 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10 )
Yidstock 2015: The Festival of New Yiddish Music - FESTIVAL PASS
YIDSTOCK 2015 will bring the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don't miss out on what promises to be a great festival of music and related events! PLEASE NOTE: You can purchase a Festival Pass on this page. **Click here to purchase a Concert Pass, or click here to purchase tickets to individual events as listed below. _____________________________________________________________ CONCERT SCHEDULE Thursday, July 16 7:30pm | CONCERT - The Klezmatics MEMBERS | $38 GENERAL ADMISSION | $45 Friday, July 17 5pm | CONCERT - Yiddish Art Trio The Helen and Irving Sunshine Memorial Concert MEMBERS | $25 GENERAL ADMISSION | $32 Saturday, July 18 8pm | CONCERT - An Evening with Socalled and Special Guests MEMBERS | $32 GENERAL ADMISSION | $40 Sunday, July 19 12p | CONCERT - Klezperanto MEMBERS | $25 GENERAL ADMISSION | $32 CHILDREN (UNDER 18) | $20 3pm | CONCERT - Sklamberg & the Shepherds The Bernard and Reva Broder Memorial Concert MEMBERS | $25 GENERAL ADMISSION | $32 CHILDREN (UNDER 18) | $20 7:30pm | CONCERT - Yidstock All-stars with Frank London and Special Guests MEMBERS | $25 GENERAL ADMISSION | $32 WORKSHOP & LECTURE SCHEDULE Thursday, July 16 1pm | TALK - A Lens On Jewish Culture, with filmmaker Erik Anjou MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 3pm | TALK - Knish: Jewish Soul Food, with author Laura Silver MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 Friday, July 17 11am | TALK - Rockin' the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy MEMBERS | $5 GENERAL ADMISSION | $8 1pm | TALK - Music in Jewish Life: The Legacy of Morris Hollender, with Hankus Netsky MEMBERS | $5 GENERAL ADMISSION | $8 1pm | WORKSHOP - Yiddish Dance 101, with Steve Weintraub MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 2pm | WORKSHOP - Nigunim, with Frank London, Polina Shepherd, and Merlin Shepherd SOLD OUT - Please contact programs@bikher.org to be added to the waiting list for this event. 3pm | TALK - Inside the YIVO Sound Archives, with Lorin Sklamberg MEMBERS | $5 GENERAL ADMISSION | $8 Saturday, July 18 *10:30am | WORKSHOP - Instrumental Klezmer for Kids, with Brian Bender MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 *1pm | WORKSHOP - Build-a-Sher and Other Dance Sets, with Steve Weintraub MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 *1pm | WORKSHOP - Instrumental Klezmer, with Brian Bender MEMBERS | $8 GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 *1pm | TALK - Yiddish Music in the Former Soviet Union, with Polina Shepherd MEMBERS | $5 GENERAL ADMISSION | $8 *4pm | TALK - How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going? with Seth Rogovoy and Yidstock artists MEMBERS | $5 GENERAL ADMISSION | $8 *Advanced sales only. Please purchase a ticket to guarantee admission. Admission will be free of charge at the door in recognition of Shabbos, but space is not guaranteed. Sunday, July 19 10am | WORKSHOP - Lomir Zingen! Yiddish Song Workshop, with Asya Vaisman Schulman SOLD OUT - Please contact programs@bikher.org to be added to the waiting list for this event. 1:30pm | TALK - A "Nice Jewish Boy," with Socalled SOLD OUT - Please contact programs@bikher.org to be added to the waiting list for this event. 4:30pm | TALK - What To Do with What We've Found: A Blueprint for the Yiddish Book Center's Next Great Adventure, with Aaron Lansky FREE - Space is limited. RSVP required. _____________________________________________________________ Tickets may be purchased for individual events. **Festival Pass: $220/member; $260/general admission - Festival Pass includes admission to all concerts, talks, and workshops*. A limited number of passes are available. We recommend that you purchase your pass early as Festival Passes sell out early. *Space must be reserved in advance for the lectures and workshops. After purchasing your Festival Pass you will receive an email containing a form in which you must select the lectures and workshops that you'd like to attend as part of Yidstock 2015. Space is not guaranteed in the talks and workshops if you do not complete your transaction using the reservation system after purchasing a festival pass. **Festival Passes will be available to members February 23rd. General admission Festival Passes will be available beginning Sunday, March 8th. **Concert Pass: $160/member - Concert Pass includes admission to all concerts during Yidstock 2015. A limited number of passes are available. We recommend that you purchase your pass early as Concert Passes sell out early. - Concert Passes do not guarantee admission to the lectures and workshops. We recommend arriving at the start of each lecture or workshop should space become available. **Concert Passes are available to members of the Yiddish Book Center. Become a member or renew your membership now to take advantage of the member discount. _____________________________________________________________ This event is part of Yidstock 2015: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. YIDSTOCK 2015 is sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Massachusetts Cultural Council. PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final. We cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.



When: Jul 16, 2015 10 AM to Jul 19, 2015 10 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 260 USD (Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10 )
Reporting in Translation: A Conversation with Jon Lee Anderson and Ilan Stavans
A conversation between noted scholars Ilan Stavans and Jon Lee Anderson about reporting abroad in translation. Jon Lee Anderson has reported on numerous international conflicts including Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, and has reported extensively on Latin America. Ilan Stavans is a noted scholar on Latin American culture.

When: Oct 20, 2015 12 AM to Oct 20, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: * see below for ticketing information (Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00 )
Hampshire Mosque

Open to the public.
Location: Woodbury Room



When: May 29, 2015 12 PM to May 29, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 29 May 2015 12 )
Florida International Golden Panthers at UMass Minutemen Football
When: Oct 3, 2015 1 PM in Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13 )
Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems Symposium
Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems Symposium is happening on 12 Oct 2015 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst Amherst, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Business Services industry.

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When: Oct 12, 2015 12 AM to Oct 14, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00 )
"A Lens on Jewish Culture" with filmmaker Erik Anjou
Erik Anjou, director of the documentaries "A Cantor's Tale," "The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground," and "Deli Man," talks about his work, which examines contemporary Jewish-American culture and the ways it draws on the past.

When: Jul 16, 2015 1 PM to Jul 16, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13 )
Talk: "What To Do with What We’ve Found: A Blueprint for the Yiddish Book Center’s Next Great Adventure" with Aaron Lansky
As the Yiddish Book Center turns 35, founder Aaron Lansky offers an exciting preview of our latest plans. Highlights include an audacious strategy to place the greatest Yiddish library ever assembled at the fingertips of every computer, tablet, and smartphone user on the planet; a plan to train young people to translate the 98 percent of Yiddish books currently inaccessible to English readers; and game-changing educational programs designed to deepen, re-energize, and reimagine contemporary Jewish culture. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 19, 2015 4 PM to Jul 19, 2015 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16 )
Talk: "Yiddish Music in the Former Soviet Union" with Polina Shepherd
Vocalist, pianist, composer, and choirmaster Polina (Skovoroda) Shepherd is one of the most prominent Yiddish artists to emerge from the lands of the former Soviet Union. In a conversation with festival Artistic Director Seth Rogovoy, Polina will talk about her journey from Siberia and the state of Tatarstan, where she grew up, to becoming a member of Russia's first Klezmer band after Perestroika and the principal Yiddish choir leader in the nation. She may also be persuaded to share a few of her gorgeous original songs, and will take part in a Q&A. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 18, 2015 1 PM to Jul 18, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 8 USD (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13 )
Lomir Zingen! Yiddish Song Workshop, with Asya Vaisman Schulman
Learn Yiddish songs old and new—including love songs, children's songs, songs about food, and even songs about crows—with Asya Vaisman Schulman, director of the Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Language Institute. Song lyrics will be provided in transliteration, so no prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. Musical accompaniment provided by Brian Bender. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 19, 2015 10 AM to Jul 19, 2015 11 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10 )
Talk: "Inside the YIVO Sound Archives" with Lorin Sklamberg
Best known as the co-founder, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics, Lorin Sklamberg has also worked for more than two decades at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where he serves as sound archivist. In this multi-media chat, Lorin will present a sampling of some of the rare treasures found in YIVO's holdings of commercial and private sound documents, including materials drawn from the collection of the legendary folklorist and singer Ruth Rubin, and discusses how it has influenced him as a performer and teacher. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 17, 2015 3 PM to Jul 17, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 8 USD (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15 )
Yiddish Dance 101 Workshop with Steve Weintraub
Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher Steve Weintraub - often called the "Pied Piper of Yiddish dance" - will offer a quick overview of the Yiddish style of dance, from the improvisational freylekhs to the popular dances borrowed and adapted from Romania and Moldova such as the zhok, bulgar, and sirba. Special attention with be paid to typical movement patterns and body language that make even freestyle dancing Yiddish. With live accompaniment by accordionist Lauren Brody. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 17, 2015 1 PM to Jul 17, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13 )
Nigunim Workshop with Frank London, Polina Shepherd, and Merlin Shepherd
Nigunim - the wordless vocal melodies of the Hasidim, written by rebbes and other composers to induce spiritual and ecstatic states and express communal joy - are the musical DNA of much Yiddish and klezmer music. This workshop, led by trumpeter Frank London, composer/vocalist Polina Shepherd, and clarinetist Merlin Shepherd - all of whom have all delved into the roots of this music and incorporate it into their own work - will explore these melodies and get everyone singing ... and perhaps even induce a spiritual, pre-Shabbos high. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 17, 2015 2 PM to Jul 17, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14 )
Instrumental Klezmer Workshop for Kids with Brian Bender
An intermediate- to advanced-level instrumental workshop for aspiring klezmer musicians ages nine and up, taught by trombonist/keyboardist Brian Bender of the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, Little Shop of Horas, and the Wholesale Klezmer Band. Musical literacy required; all instruments welcome (sorry, no vocalists). Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 18, 2015 10 AM to Jul 18, 2015 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10 )
Talk: "A 'Nice Jewish Boy,'" with Socalled
Rapper, composer, producer, and pianist Socalled has been making records and touring the world for more than a decade and has worked with a list of collaborators that knows no generational, social, cultural or religious boundaries. He'll talk about how he draws on these diverse influences to create his distinctive, cutting-edge sound. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 19, 2015 1 PM to Jul 19, 2015 3 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 8 USD (Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13 )
"Rockin' the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer" with Seth Rogovoy
A multimedia program tracing the evolution of klezmer from Old World to New World to Yidstock 2015 by author, music critic, and Yidstock Artistic Director Seth Rogovoy, author of "The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music" and an award-winning music critic, teacher, and radio commentator. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 17, 2015 11 AM to Jul 17, 2015 12 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 8 USD (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11 )
Talk: "Knish: Jewish Soul Food" with author Laura Silver
Award-winning journalist Laura Silver, the author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, the definitive biography of everybody's favorite stuffed hunk of dough, shares stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and major deliciousness in this lively illustrated lecture. The world's leading knish expert details her seven-year, three-continent quest for the story behind the pastry and her discovery of her own family roots in the Polish town of ... Knyszyn. A Q&A and book-signing follow the talk. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 16, 2015 3 PM to Jul 16, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15 )
Build-a-Sher and Other Dance Sets Workshop with Steve Weintraub
Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher Steve Weintraub - often called the "Pied Piper of Yiddish dance" - will lead students in exploring and demystifying the iconic Jewish square dance, the sher. Participants will learn the elements that constitute the form and then create a special Yidstock sher. They will also consider other set dances (dances done in formation and favoring floor patterns over footwork) such as the couples bulgar, runde, and patsh tants. With live accompaniment by accordionist Lauren Brody. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 18, 2015 1 PM to Jul 18, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 10 USD (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13 )
"Music in Jewish Life: The Legacy of Morris Hollender" with Hankus Netsky
In the traditional Jewish world, music is a staple of everyday life. Hankus Netsky - a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band - explores how music functioned in traditional small-town European Jewish culture and how one man, the late Morris Hollender (celebrated in the Yiddish Book Center's Lee and Alfred Hutt Discovery Gallery), kept his family's Jewish musical legacy alive. The talk will feature music by several of Yidstock's special guest artists. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 17, 2015 1 PM to Jul 17, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: 0 - 8 USD (Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13 )
Reading Club Program

Jones Summer Reading Club Program for ages 5 and up
Location: Woodbury Room



When: Jul 29, 2015 2 PM to Jul 29, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14 )
Instrumental Klezmer Workshop with Brian Bender
Trombonist/keyboardist Brian Bender of the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, Little Shop of Horas, and the Wholesale Klezmer Band leads an instrumental workshop for aspiring teen and adult klezmer musicians. All instruments (sorry, no vocalists) and playing abilities welcomed. Part of the 2015 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music.

When: Jul 18, 2015 1 PM to Jul 18, 2015 2 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13 )
Preschool Storytime

Preschool stories, rhymes and fingerplays for little folk and their caregivers
Location: Children's Room



When: May 28, 2015 10 AM to May 28, 2015 11 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 May 2015 10 )
Writing Club

Jones Library Writing Club for Young Adults
Weekly meetings in the Crafts Room
3pm - 4pm

Location: CRAFT ROOM



When: May 27, 2015 3 PM to May 27, 2015 4 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Wed, 27 May 2015 15 )
Teen Advisory Board

Bi-weekly meeting of the Jones Library Teen Advisory Board.


Location: CRAFT ROOM



When: Jun 2, 2015 4 PM to Jun 2, 2015 5 PMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16 )
Hierarchical Linear Models: Introduction


When: Jun 22, 2015 12 AM to Jun 26, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts (Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00 )
globalFEST On The Road ?"?Creole Carnival
Featuring Emeline Michel from Haiti, Casuarina from Brazil and Brushy One-String from Jamaica

It’s time for a carnival! Shake out your winter blues with the energetic, driving music of the Creole culture. Over the past decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo, and beyond. For its first North American tour, globalFEST will feature the reigning queen of Haitian songs Emeline Michel, Rio’s innovative samba masters Casuarina, and Jamaica’s one-stringed guitar virtuoso, Brushy One String. 

“What is Brazilian Samba?” Audience members are invited to a pre-performance talk by the artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.



When: Feb 27, 2016 12 AM to Feb 27, 2016 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00 )
Performance: The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) cut his jazz teeth playing professionally while still in high school. Inspired by legendary saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his first album in 2007. Called “a thrilling trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), Akinmusire has moved to the front ranks of progressive jazzmen, leading his quartet and contributing his burnished tone to projects with the OSSO String Quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckmann.

When: Nov 19, 2015 12 AM to Nov 19, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $25, $15; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00 )
Dada Masilo Presents Swan Lake
Dada Masilo has become one of the most celebrated choreographers in South Africa, renowned for her reworking of classical ballets. In this creation of Swan Lake, her company of male and female African dancers revisit this great classic with a modern scope, keeping Tchaikovsky’s music, themes, tutus and pointes intact but weaving high-energy, down-to-earth South African pantsula and gumboot into the mix. Re-imagining this ballet through a South African lens, Masilo tackles the issues of sex, gender and homophobia in a country confronting the impact of AIDS on its people. Partial nudity. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Audience members are invited for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby, and to stay for a post-performance talk with the company immediately following the performance.



When: Jan 26, 2016 12 AM to Jan 26, 2016 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $40, $35, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00 )
Split Knuckle Theater ?"? Endurance
Trapped in Antarctica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth. Ninety-five years later in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey relives Shackleton’s story, struggling to justify his recent promotion and save his employees’ jobs. Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire him to conquer the corporate world? “...Wowing audiences with humor, innovation, and high-energy performances!” nytheater.com

When: Oct 16, 2015 12 AM to Oct 16, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00 )
Performance: Dianne Reeves?"?Beautiful Life
with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully

The lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation and skilled lyric interpretations of Dianne Reeves make her a powerhouse of jazz, and she has four GRAMMY® awards to prove it. Enjoy an evening of jazz as the legendary singer and her all-star quintet perform a rich program ranging from jazz to soul, featuring Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye classics, as well as sumptuously beautiful jazz ballads. Reeves’ “intimate sense of a song has long made her one of the most compelling vocalists in jazz” Seattle Times



When: Oct 30, 2015 12 AM to Oct 30, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $50, $45, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $15, $12, $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00 )
Fine Arts Center Community Fest
A fun, free event for students, families, and all audiences! The afternoon will feature local musicians, dancers, arts and craft tables, interactive activities and food from our world-class UMass Catering. Community Fest also provides an ideal study break or stress-buster for our UMass students as they prepare for finals.

When: Apr 30, 2016 12 AM to Apr 30, 2016 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: Free admission (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00 )
Doug Varone and Dancers
Doug Varone’s kinetically-thrilling dances explore the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone’s work can take your breath away. The program will feature ReComposed, a visual dance creation inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings, set to Max Richter’s newly constructed version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Doug Varone and his company have been hailed as “superb dancers…always worth seeing” by The New York Times.

When: Oct 20, 2015 12 AM to Oct 20, 2015 12 AMin Amherst, Massachusetts
Cost: $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10 (Tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com) (Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00 )

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