New social event calendar for Five College students introduced

Two Smith College seniors have developed a way for students to be even more “in sync.” In5ync (pronounced the same way) is a social event calendar, community message board, and still more for Five-College students. The website,, enables students to centralize their search for interesting events and activities on either side of the Connecticut.

Physicist Herb Bernstein to talk teleportation in Five College Jackie Pritzen lecture

April 2, 5 p.m. at Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall

Understanding the physics of teleportation—without using math—will be one topic explored by Hampshire College physicist Herb Bernstein, a Five College 40th Anniversary Professor who will be delivering this year’s Five College Jackie Pritzen Lecture.

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center celebrates its 21st anniversary with a symposium

Mediating Public Spheres: Genealogies of Feminist Knowledge in the Digital Age Taking place April 4–6 at multiple area locations

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a symposium. Mediating Public Spheres: Genealogies of Feminist Knowledge in the Digital Age will offer conversations around feminist knowledge in the digital age through a series of keynote addresses, panels and seminars.

Five College Jazz Festival to feature quality, quantity and variety

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room

The 2013 Five College Jazz Festival will feature 11 bands playing styles ranging from vocal jazz to improvisational orchestra to chamber jazz. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 9, in the Carroll Room of the Smith College Campus Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Columbia University media innovator to speak at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Columbia University Professor of Journalism and media innovator Mark Hansen will soon speak at Smith College about the need to aggregate the data practices from science, the humanities, art and design under a single umbrella: data science.

The lecture, titled “Information Performance,” will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in Ford Hall on the Smith campus, in celebration of 2013 as the International Year of Statistics.  It is free and open to the public.

Unique Five College Class Puts Student Work on Display

From December 11th to December 14th, Five College student talent will be on display at the Herter Art Gallery in Herter Hall at The University of Massachusetts.

This exhibit, entitled “Means to Ends” will display the work of 10 students in the 2012 Five College Advanced Studio Seminar, a long-running course made up of top art students from each Five College campus. This year, the students worked with UMass faculty emeritus Hanlyn Davies.

TO BE RESCHEDULED Colloquium to Highlight Technology and Humanities in the Five Colleges

Because of the all-campus day of dialogue at Amherst College on Friday, November 2, the Five College colloquium scheduled to take place that day at Amherst will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced at this website soon.

Five College Offices and all Campuses Closed October 29; Bus Runs Limited

All Five College offices and member campuses are closed on Monday, October 29, due to Hurricane Sandy. PVTA Five College buses will operate on a mid-semester holiday schedule; be prepared for delays, detours, or cancellations. Please check back with this page for further announcements. 

Amherst College

Hampshire College

Sustainability Initiative Incorporates Students and Faculty into Evaluation Process

The Five College Blue Sky Sustainability Initiative, a year-long process that began with nearly 500 brainstormed ideas and will end with up to a handful of projects for campuses to pursue, is turning to students and faculty members to help narrow the field.