Five College Center for East Asian Studies presents traditional Japanese music

To celebrate the inception of its new database—the Japan Artists Information Directory (JAID)—the Five College Center for East Asian Studies invites the public to Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival), a series of cultural events taking place in October. The events are a workshop on Japanese Aesthetics of Sound and Movement, a reception and a showcase of JAID artists, and a concert featuring renowned musicians Masayo Ishigure and James Nyoraku Schlefer.

Five College Campuses Lift Ban on Nighttime Outdoor Activities

Following recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Health, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and UMass Amherst have lifted the curfew on dusk to dawn activities activities that had been initiated as a precaution against mosquito-borne illnesses such as eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The Massachusetts Department of Health had instructed campuses that curfews could be lifted after the first hard frost of the season, which would be expected to kill all mosquitos.

Volunteers repair access to prized Hawley Bog Preserve

The Nature Conservancy and Five Colleges, Inc., team up to make improvements to Hawley Bog Preserve in northwestern Massachusetts.

HAWLEY, MA - A volunteer team is repairing a boardwalk that provides access into a popular nature preserve in western Franklin County that has long served as an educational laboratory.

Five Colleges initiates Certificate Program in Queer and Sexuality Studies

Beginning in fall, 2012, Five College students will be able to enroll in the consortium’s Queer and Sexuality Studies Program. The new program examines connections between sexual and gender identities and the community in a variety of historical and political contexts by providing a formal course of study in critical race and transnational studies, the arts and humanities and the social and natural sciences.