African Studies Community Dinner being held at Hampshire College

Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Red Barn, Hampshire College

African food, music and conversation will be abundant at the Five College African Studies Community Dinner on March 28 at 5:30 at Hampshire College’s Red Barn. The Five College African Studies Council has sponsored the event for the past several years to connect students and faculty interested in African Studies.

Hampshire Gallery exhibition highlights works of Five College students

December 10–13, Hampshire College Art Gallery; reception Dec. 12, 6–8 p.m.

Artwork of students from each Five College campus will be on display at the Hampshire College Art Gallery from December 10 through December 13 in a show entitled, “It’s not about space, it’s about space.”

Five Colleges, PVTA, towns reach agreement to increase bus payments

A proposal by the Five College Consortium to increase its annual payment to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority by a total of $250,000 over the next four years has been accepted by PVTA and area municipalities.

PVTA’s costs are covered with a combination of federal and state subsidies, payments from towns and cities, and passenger fares. Since 1979 Five Colleges has agreed to pay PVTA the town portion of the cost of bus routes that include its campuses. This has been with the understanding that, to encourage bus use, Five College students do not have to pay fares.

National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi to present lecture “How to be an Antiracist”

November 7, UMass Fine Arts Center

Free and open to the public; tickets required

New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will deliver the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on November 7, 2018 at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

Five College letter to state leaders urges increase in public transportation budget

The Five College Consortium has sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and other state leaders urging an increase in the budget for state’s regional transportation systems (RTAs). Baker’s proposed budget would level-fund the RTA budget for a fourth straight year.