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Friday, November 9

Sports Costume Collection Display
Laurie Priest, director of athletics
See the uniforms, equipment, and other memorabilia that have helped shape the Lyons athletic programs over the last 175 years. Join us in Kendall for an inside look as Mount Holyoke’s athletic past comes to life!
Friday, all day
Kendall Hallways

Mary Lyon in the Twenty-First Century
Jane Crosthwaite, professor of religion, and 21st Century Scholars from the class of 2015
See photographs of a life-size Mary Lyon, who travelled around campus for a couple of weeks during the fall taking part in everyone’s daily lives. This active and peripatetic Mary Lyon visited classes, labs, athletic events, the Equestrian Center, and other sites on campus.
Friday, all day
MHC Facebook Photo Album

Be-Coming Mary Lyon
Jane Crosthwaite, professor of religion, and 21st Century Scholars from the class of 2015

Have your face photographed in one of the cut-outs of Mary Lyon in the library and Blanchard Campus Center.
Friday, all day

Workplace: A Photographic Art Installation
Beth Hankes ’08
A series of portraits exploring the stereotypes of the higher education and technology fields, and how individual personality morphs within, but also in spite of, the confines of a larger organization.
Friday, all day
Library Atrium

Same-Sex Love and Desire at MHC
Shannon Weber ’09 and Donna Albino ’83
From student crushes that Jeannette Marks herself cautioned against, to decades of societal homophobia, to BDOCs, MHC has always been home to diverse same-sex intimacies, which have played crucial roles in many students’ and faculty members’ lives. Come discover this storied part of campus history, from 1837 to the present.
Friday, 9:00–10:00 am
106B Gamble Auditorium

Women Who Became Nurses
Katharine Smith ’05
A presentation on Mount Holyoke graduates, from 1880 to 1920, who became professional nurses, based on research drawn from archival data, diaries, and correspondence. Among the Seven Sister colleges, Mount Holyoke appears to be the most represented in this population. A discussion follows on how MHC alumnae develop life trajectories that satisfy both their intellectual interests and their dedication to issues of social justice.
Friday, 9:30–10:30 am
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

History of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke
Emily Rea '13, Michaela Schwartz '13
On the 175th anniversary of Mount Holyoke, it is necessary to capture the College's undocumented stories. Through an anthropological lens, we aim to illuminate the untold history of the Women's Studies Program/Gender Studies Department. By interviewing faculty and students, we hope to preserve a unique oral history while it's fresh in everyone's minds. The program includes a brief introduction and ten-minute video, followed by a Q&A session. 
Friday, 10:15–10:45 am
106B Gamble Auditorium

The Lyon Project
Yaminette Diaz ’06
In the spirit of “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do,” MHC community members have shared their stories about how they live out Mary Lyon’s motto. Hear some of these stories at a live performance.
Friday, 11:00 am–Noon
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

MHC Recipe Book
Student Recipe Book Committee; Katharine Constas ’15
With help from Rene Davis, dean of students; Jennifer Sanborn, chief of staff and executive assistant to the president; and Meghan Godorov, assistant director, CDC
MHC puts its “best food forward” in this book of recipes submitted by students, faculty, and staff. The diverse collection includes Chef Jeff’s cookie recipe and photos from the MHC Archives. Proceeds go to a local nonprofit food justice organization.
Friday, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Blanchard Campus Center

Sustainability at MHC: A Timeline
Eco-Rep Chelsey Krol ’13
The Eco-Reps have created a timeline about Mount Holyoke’s commitment to environmentally sustainable practices throughout its 175-year history. Stop by their table to share ideas for continuing the great (and green!) existence of our campus.
Friday, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Blanchard Campus Center

The Making of a Museum
Wendy Watson, curator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
A presentation on the Art Museum’s history and a behind-the-scenes look at how the permanent collection has developed over the last 135 years.
Friday, 12:20–12:50 pm
Art Museum Lobby

Always in Style: The Mount Holyoke Woman
Anna Rose Keefe ’13 and Annick Brett Kearns '13, with support from the Rooke Theatre Costume Department
Come view a small sample of more than 100 years of Mount Holyoke fashions from our antique clothing collection. History has never been more beautiful!
Reception Friday, 1:00–4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre Lobby 

History of Astronomy at MHC
Michael D. Stage, director of the Williston Observatory and visiting assistant professor of astronomy; Darby Dyar, professor and chair, astronomy; and astronomy students
This lecture highlights the history of astronomy at Mount Holyoke and the evolution of the field. We'll discuss 131 years of astronomy at Williston Observatory and beyond, noting accomplishments of past and current astronomy faculty and students on topics ranging from galaxies to the life cycles of stars to Professor Dyar's current research supporting NASA missions to Mars and Venus.
Friday, 1:00–2:00 pm (lecture)
Skinner 216
Friday, 2:00-5:00 pm (open house)

In Burst of Fresh Song
Dr. Bonnie Schaffhauser Jacobi ’91
This lecture on William Churchill Hammond and the promulgation of the Christmas Carol through the Mount Holyoke Glee Club traces Hammond’s contribution to the music program at Mount Holyoke College (1885–1937) and to society at large.
Friday, 1:30–2:30 pm
Kendade 305

From the Balcony
Elettra Fiumi ’05 and Fellow Alumnae
A video conversation between four alums (three from 2005 and one from 2004) of differing religions, nationalities, political views, and sociocultural and economic backgrounds. They will reminisce about the first year they connected and the moments they spent on the scenic MacGregor balcony, where they bonded as they shared stories from their home countries, hopes for the future, and opinions from that decisive year following the 9/11 attacks.
Friday, 1:30–2:30 pm
Dwight 101

Women of Color in Public Service
Yaminette Diaz Linhart ’06 and Naeema Hernandez ’06
This project presents the stories of Mount Holyoke women of color, with a focus on how MHC has shaped their commitment to work in public service and equipped them to develop and build up their communities.
Friday, 1:30–2:30 pm
Kendade 303

History of MHC Debate
MHC Debate Society; Syeda Nazifa Tasnim ’14
A brief history of the team (with photos from the MHC Archives) will be followed by a public debate in honor of Women of Influence.
Friday, 2:00–4:00 pm
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Songs with Tradition, Songs for Fun
Gale S. McClung ’45
For many years MHC had a reputation as being a “singing campus.” Learn/relearn and sing some of the many songs from MHC and other colleges (such as “Lord Jeffery Amherst”) that once were sung by all undergraduates in the residence halls, on the Skinner Steps, at class meetings, reunions, etc.
Friday, 2:30–3:30 pm
Pratt 101 

Alchemy and the Progressive Imagination at Mount Holyoke
Donald Cotter, associate professor of chemistry
A lecture analyzing Emma Carr’s response to the College’s transition from seminary to college, as a Progressive interpretation of then-recent historiographical advances in the treatment of alchemy, and as a sharp deployment of distinctly American tropes in civic pageantry.
Friday, 2:30–3:30 pm
Cleveland L2

The Lyon Review
Sandi Sonnenfeld ’85
Contributing authors of The Lyon Review, the online literary magazine for MHC alums and faculty, read from their published works. Readers include poets Sandra Kohler ’61 and Laura Gross ’11, novelist Carolyn (CP Lesley) Pouncy ’74, and essayists Regina Maruca ’84 and Sandi Sonnenfeld ’85. A brief Q&A follows the reading.
Friday, 3:00–4:30 pm
Cleveland L3

Time Capsule
Student Government Association
Begnning Monday, November 5, students can drop off messages and other items at the Blanchard Info Desk to be included in a time capsule for future generations. At 3:00 pm on Friday, SGA members will read a selection of the messages before sealing the time capsule and delivering it to the Mount Holyoke College Archives.
Friday, 3:00–4:00 pm
Blanchard Lounge 

African American Art at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Patricia A. Banks, associate professor of sociology
A lecture on the history of collecting and exhibiting African American art at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Featuring images of works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and Kara Walker, the talk will shed light on the College’s longstanding engagement with African American culture.
Friday, 4:00–5:00 pm
106B Gamble Auditorium

“Uncommon Women” Discover the World: Multimedia Presentations of Student Research in the MHC Archives
Gabriele Wittig Davis, professor of German studies, fall 2011 seminar instructor, and project director; Pia Matthes '14, Dorothy Harvey '15
In its emphasis on the confluence of past, present, and future, Professor Davis’s “Uncommon Women” German studies/gender studies archival research seminar offered students the opportunity to investigate Mount Holyoke’s intellectual and institutional past and reflect upon their own identities as women students, from diverse cross-cultural and current perspectives. They documented their data with the tools of the digital age and re-visioned MHC’s future by creating digital narratives about women who have excelled in the sciences, business, law, and numerous other fields.
Friday, 4:00–5:00 pm
Kendade 303 

Women of Influence: Reaching Out to the Next Generation
Soledad O’Brien, keynote speaker, Black Alumnae Conference: Claiming Our Legacy, Making Our Mark
O'Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN, shares her journey to international success and how she uses her own influence to draw new voices into the public conversation.
Friday, 7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Mount Holyoke Baroque Ensemble
The Mount Holyoke Faculty Baroque Ensemble presents a "Mary Lyon Musicale," featuring instruments and repertory familiar to an 1837 audience, in an informal, homelike atmosphere. Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Richter, Mendelssohn, and New England's own William Billings. Cheryl Cobb, soprano; Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba; Adrianne Greenbaum, traverso; Linda Laderach, violin; Ng Tian Hui, baritone; Larry Schipull, fortepiano.
Friday, 8:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

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