Annual Pritzen Lecture to focus on war in the age of climate change

People around the world are suffering from a proliferation of violent conflicts and social upheavals, and a massive tide of refugees is seeking to escape the violence. At the same time, there is increasing evidence of the impact of climate change on human societies, in the form of droughts, floods, forest fires and coastal erosion.

National authority on creative campuses to discuss necessity of the arts in American society

Steven Tepper at Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Fine Arts Center, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
A national authority on the value of the arts in American society is bringing his message to the area.
Steven J. Tepper will deliver the lecture “From the Margins to the Center: How Arts and Design Can Transform Universities and Advance Public Life” on October 2, with a question-and-answer session afterwards. This event is free and open to the public.

New express service begins between Mount Holyoke and Smith

Beginning this fall, Five Colleges will offer a new express shuttle service between Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges. The consortium has contracted with Seemo Shuttle to run 11-passenger vans regularly Monday through Friday through the 2015–2016 academic year. The times of the shuttle runs will be slightly different than past years, so prospective passengers should consult a schedule for details. 

Five College Early Music Program to hold auditions in September

Auditions on all five campuses, September 8–11, 2015, open to the public

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium Choir, Baroque Orchestra and Voces Feminae as well as chamber music, medieval and Renaissance ensembles.

Five College institutes help K-12 teachers develop diverse classroom curricula

The Five College Schools Partnership is celebrating its 30th anniversary by organizing two national institutes, one exploring Native Americans of the region and the other focused on the value of global children’s picture books as teaching tools. Both institutes are aimed at helping K-12 teachers develop tools to make them more effective in the classroom.

Nonagenarian language instructor honored by former students

Six people holding a giant check for $2,500.

Charles Mark, a longtime supporter of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, was honored recently at the Center by high school students he taught more than 50 years ago in Amityville, New York. Here they present him with a $2,500 check for language center scholarships in his name. From left: Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham, Language Center Director Amy Wordelman, Robert Silz, Charles Mark, Bruce Chattman and Lou Paris. 

Charles Mark survived Nazi labor camp, fled Communist Czechoslovakia

Celebrating original research in undergraduate student work

Students from each of the colleges will be presenting their original research at several symposia and conferences this spring. Below is a list of the upcoming events that will feature student work and honor their achievements.

Ethnomusicology Certificate Celebration

Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m.

Amherst College, Arms Music Center, Room 7

Keynote: Martin Daughtry, associate professor of music at NYU