The Korean community of the campuses came together for a Hangul Day celebration last October at Smith College. Hangul Day recognizes the creation of the Korean alphabet, Hangul, by the 15th -century leader Sejong the Great, and is celebrated on October 9 in South Korea. The event, sponsored by Five College Korean Studies Program, the Korean Consulate in Boston and Elite Taekwondo, featured games and dance and martial arts performances.
Last fall the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) celebrated reaching a notable milestone with retention commitments covering more than 6 million monographs for its member libraries. EAST, which has 47 member libraries including Five Colleges and the five campuses, coordinates multi-library arrangements to ensure that copies of less frequently used materials are retained in sufficient numbers to be readily available to meet the needs of library patrons. Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham helped to bring the collaboration into being and served on its inaugural executive committee.
Work continues on schedule for the Five College Library Annex, with a ribbon-cutting expected in late May. When complete, the 35,000-square-foot building will provide shelving for up to 2.5 million items from campus libraries, freeing up space for new materials and other academic needs.
The Five College Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, featuring a speaker series and a free workshop for K–12 educators to commemorate the occasion. Susan Fernsebner, a professor at the University of Mary Washington and a specialist in modern Chinese history, delivered two talks in September and presented the workshop. CEAS promotes East Asian studies throughout the consortium and the wider educational community. The center maintains a resource library, publishes an e‑newsletter and conducts seminars, institutes, webinars, conferences and workshops for college and pre-college educators.
The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with events on topics ranging from reproductive justice to postcolonial literature and will conclude its celebration on May 4 with a year in review and reception. Since its founding, the center has been a hub of initiating and supporting collaborative projects in feminist scholarship. It hosts visiting scholars from around the world, enriching the consortium community with new perspectives.
Five College librarians’ efforts to forge a joint approach to digitally preserving their collections is the subject of an upcoming article in a national library journal. The article, “Archivematica Outside the Box: Piloting a Common Approach to Digital Preservation at the Five Colleges,” chronicles the efforts from July 2014 to May 2015 of the Digital Preservation Task Force to pursue a collaborative approach to digital stewardship, looking at both the pitfalls and successes, and its path toward continued collaboration. The authors are librarians at UMass, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Amherst. Their article will be featured in Digital Library Perspectives Journal, Volume 33, Issue 3.
Five College Partnership Program Director Marla Solomon has coauthored a chapter in the recently published book Leading and Managing in the Social Sector (Spring 2017). The chapter, “Women’s Leadership Development Through Networks of Support: An Analysis of the Women’s Leadership Circles of Vermont,” explores support networks for female leaders in Vermont, using this case study to examine one way to strengthen women who hold positions of power.
This year’s Jackie Pritzen Annual Lecture was delivered by Wendy Woodson, Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College. She discussed her life and work as an academic and an interdisciplinary artist in dance, theater and video. Woodson’s works for stage and video have been presented around the world. This annual lecture honors long-standing consortium staff member Jackie M. Pritzen, who worked with faculty members to build and sustain academic cooperation across the five institutions until her retirement in 1995. Each year the lecture celebrates a distinguished faculty member whose scholarship, teaching and service continue that work.
The Association for Asian Studies has awarded its 2017 Buchanan Prize to East Asia in the World: An Introduction, edited by Anne Prescott, director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Chapter authors and coauthors include Prescott, Bruce Baird of UMass, Jerry Dennerline of Amherst, Vanessa Fong of Amherst, Junko Oba of Hampshire and Joshua Hotaka Roth of Mount Holyoke. The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level.