Five College symposia celebrate undergraduate student work

Woman presenting at biomath symposium.

This spring, there are several opportunities to learn from Five College students about their original work and to celebrate their accomplishments. Information about all upcoming Five College events can be found at

Word! Multicultural Theater Festival, April 5, 7 p.m., Kirby Theater, Amherst College
Word! A Five College Festival of staged readings (of recently written short plays or excerpts from them) builds on a highly successful model originated by the University’s New World Theater. The primary goals of the festival are to identify and nurture student writers who are engaging in multicultural themes and/or aesthetics; to increase contact between the departments of theater and the communities of color on the respective campuses; and to further Five College exchange through the mechanism of a rotating festival. This year's festival will feature work by Rebecca Ford, Irisdelia Garcia and Douglass Jamison, all from Amherst, Robyn Sutton-Fernandez from Mount Holyoke, and Tatiana Rodriguez from UMass. There will be a pre-show reception at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ethnomusicology Symposium, April 9, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Amherst College
In addition to the presentation of student work, the Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium will also feature a talk by Christine Yano entitled “Cover Up: Mixed-race Performance on the Japanese Stage.” Dr. Yano is a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai’i. In her work, she says, “I look at music and other consumer goods with an eye to their interactions within the larger frameworks of gender, class, nationalism and globalism.” Six ethnomusicology students will also present their work: Tomal Hossain and Alexis Ligon from Amherst; Zoe Langsdale from Smith; and Aiden Owens, Emma Rothman and Sean Reid from Hampshire. Dr. Yano’s talk is funded in part by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.

Coastal and Marine Sciences Spring Symposium, April 13, Alumni House, Amherst
The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Certificate enables students from the five campuses to select from a wide variety of marine-science-related courses, including coastal and marine ecology/geology, resource management and public policy, oceanography and coastal engineering to create a cohesive concentration. At the symposium certificate students will present their independent research project posters, followed by a reception.

Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, April 15, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Willits Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke
The study of anthropology is greatly enriched by the presence of a large and varied range of scholars at the five campuses who meet regularly, share their research and lecture in each other’s classes. At the conference, undergraduates will present their research to faculty members and peers from the campuses.