Students from the Five Colleges will compete to see who can best analyze big data and attract the interest of employers at the 2015 ASA DataFest competition—a unique collaboration between academe, students and industry that will be held March 27–29, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. DataFest is an annual competition in which teams of up to five undergraduate students work to reveal insights from a large and rich data set.
Saturday March 7, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hampshire College Music and Dance Building Recital Hall; free admission
With a selection of student ensembles as varied as the campuses they represent, the 2015 Five College Jazz Festival will have something for all jazz fans. From big bands to small combos, vocal ensembles to improvising orchestras, these groups will feature the interpretive and improvisational skills of our students, under the dynamic direction of the Five College Jazz faculty.
Thursday, March 5, 8 p.m. in Room 917 of the UMass Campus Center
On Thursday, March 5, Susan Albertine of the Association of American Colleges and Universities will present “Should Liberal Education Embrace Global/Public Health? And If So, How?”
Presented by the Five College Culture, Health and Science Program, Dr. Albertine’s lecture will make the case for the value that liberal education can bring to learning for global health.
The Five College Schools Partnership will commemorate its 30th anniversary with an education dialogue on the topic, “What can we do locally about equity in our schools?” The first in a series of education dialogues, this event is being held 4–8 pm on Thursday, March 5 at the UMass Springfield Center in Springfield.
The 13th Annual Five College PoetryFest will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College. The event is free and open to the public.
The Five College Consortium has signed an agreement to purchase 46 acres of land in Hadley, Massachusetts as the site for a 2.5-million-volume Library Annex that will provide shelving to supplement the capacities of the collaboration’s on-campus libraries.
A favorite cultural event of the area returns this month when the Five College Choral Festival takes the stage at Smith College for the first time since 2012. The Festival brings together more than 375 choir members from the five campuses who, after performing in their campus groups, will take part in the world premiere of a new composition by award-winning Amherst College composer Eric Sawyer.
The members of Museums10 will host a diverse range of exhibits and events this spring, from innovative art exhibitions to family-friendly happenings.
The Emily Dickinson Museum this year celebrates the restoration of the poet’s bedroom, where she wrote most of her nearly 1,800 poems. Also in Amherst, the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College offers student docent guided tours for families February 17-20, featuring scavenger hunts and a chance to explore its collection of more than 1,700 specimens.
Five College Advanced Studio Seminar students have spent a semester challenging the conventional definitions of art in a course that culminates with an exhibition of their work November 7-14. The closing reception is being held Friday, November 14, at 6 pm in Jannotta Gallery in Smith College's Brown Fine Arts Center.