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Celebrate 175 Years of Mount Holyoke College
Speakers: Lynn Pasquerella '80, President
Martha Ackmann, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies: "Lessons in Independence: Mary Lyon and Emily Dickinson at Mount Holyoke"
Wednesday, April 24
Edina Country Club, Minneapolis

Celebrate 175 Years of Mount Holyoke College
Speakers: Lynn Pasquerella '80, President
Martha Ackmann, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies: "Lessons in Independence: Mary Lyon and Emily Dickinson at Mount Holyoke" 
Thursday, April 25
Ritz Carlton, Chicago


The Big Broadcast
A recreation of a live 1940s radio broadcast directed by Mark Gionfriddo with WWLP-TV meterologist Brian Lapis as emcee. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Glen Gray, among others. General admission: $20 premium front and center seating, $15 regular seating, $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the Odyssey Bookshop and the Northampton Box Office, or by calling 413-586-8686 or 1-800-THE TICK. Tickets may also be ordered online.
Sunday, March 10
2:00 pm and 7:00 pm 
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall


Lilly Ledbetter and Her Fight for Equal Pay
Lilly Ledbetter will share her personal story of grit and determination for equal pay, followed by a discussion with a panel of scholars, advocates and legal advisors at the forefront in passing the groundbreaking Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and fighting for gender equality. Panelists: Marcia Greenberger, Judith Lichtman, Mariko Chang. Moderator: Judith Lonnquist '62.
Tuesday, February 26
7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and the President's Office

How a Grassroots Campaign Humbled the Army Corps of Engineers
Sandy Rosenthal '79
Rosenthal founded to educate America about the 2005 catastrophic flooding of the New Orleans region.
Thursday, February 14
4:30 pm
Kendade Hall, Room 305 

Changing the World's Conversation
This interactive keynote and workshop, led by the OpEd Project, will challenge participants to think more carefully and more expansively about their knowledge and experience in order to have greater influence and value in the world. Online registration for Mount Holyoke College student, faculty, and staff will be available in January.
Friday, February 15
Noon–5:00 pm 
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
Sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and the Center for Work and Life, Smith College


Diplomacy: On the Front Lines of Public Service 
Ambassador June Carter Perry
Retired U.S. Ambassador June Carter Perry will explore the roles of diplomats in the public service of their country, revealing the keen skills needed to exercise leadership from the deserts of the Middle East and Africa to the halls of Congress. Event cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Tuesday, January 29
7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives


Celebrate 175 Years of Mount Holyoke College
Special guest Darby Dyar, professor of astronomy and participating scientist on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, will speak on "Life on Mars."
November 28
Prudential Tower
Boston, Massachusetts

Thanksgiving Dinner with the MHC France Club
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Le Monaco, a restaurant run by Kate Old Magnère '90 and her husband. Claude Du Granrut '48 will give a talk about the 175th anniversary celebrations at Mount Holyoke.
November 29
Le Monaco, Paris

Social Entrepreneurs: Women Waging Social Good 
Suzanne Beck, Amber Chand, Rochelle Prunty, Dora Robinson
This panel of enterprising entrepreneurs and business leaders will discuss creative and compassionate business ventures that are profitable and build strong community.
November 27

Founder's Day Luncheon with the NYC Club
November 17
Camaje, 85 MacDougal Street
New York, New York

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Founder's Day Traditional Ice Cream Social
President and Senior Class Officers
Thursday, noon–1:30 pm
Mary Lyon’s Grave (Rain location: Blanchard Campus Center; seniors in Rotunda Room)

Opening Ceremonies

The College bells will ring at 4:00 pm inviting the entire campus community to kick off our two-day celebration of the 175th Anniversary. Join President Lynn Pasquerella, faculty members Martha Ackmann and Daniel Czitrom, and alumna Sadiqa Basiri Saleem FP’09 as they take us on a journey through Mount Holyoke’s past and into the future. Hear music from the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers, the V-8s, and Faith Conant.

President Pasquerella will speak on "Mary Lyon's Dream: How a Frail Boat on a Boisterous Sea Changed the Course for Women around the World." Professor of History Daniel Czitrom will speak on " 'The Switchboard of History': Frances Perkins and Social Justice." Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies Martha Ackman will speak on "Lessons in Independence: Mary Lyon and Emily Dickinson at Mount Holyoke." A video presentation will feature Sadiqa Basiri Saleem FP’09 speaking on "Empowering Women and Improving the World: What MHC Is All About."

The program will also include a welcome by Mary Graham Davis '65, Chair, Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees; a citation presented by John Scibak, State Representative, Second Hampshire District; remarks by John Hine, Chair, South Hadley Selectboard; and closing remarks by So Jin Lee '13, President, Student Government Association.

Thursday, 4:15–5:15 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Live stream will be available

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!
Thursday, 5:30–8:00 pm (reception Friday, 1:00–4:00 pm)
Rooke Theatre Lobby 

Gracious Dinner
Thursday, 5:30–7:00 pm
Dining Halls

Observing from the front dome and the lawn near the parking lot (weather permitting).
Thursday, 7:00–9:00 pm
Observatory Parking Lot (weather permitting)

175th Anniversary Concert 
Linda Laderach, professor of music
Presented by the Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, and Orchestra conducted by Lindsay Pope, Mark Gionfriddo, and Tian Hui Ng
The Choral Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, and Orchestra of Mount Holyoke College join forces in a musical celebration of 175 years of music at the College. In addition to folk songs, the Choral Ensemble will perform Professor Emeritus Allen Bonde’s “To Walk Beyond Dreams,” a work specially commissioned for a 50-year class reunion. The Orchestra will perform Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” as a tribute to the irrepressible spirit of Mary Lyon’s dream, while the Jazz Ensembles will perform a medley of popular College songs arranged by Gionfriddo.
Thursday, 8:00–9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

October 2012

Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture
Robin Mann '73
Grassroots activist Robin Mann has extensive experience in water issues, having chaired the Sierra Club's national water campaigns for several years. She has led clean water advocacy efforts in her home state of Pennsylvania for more than 15 years.
Thursday, October 25

Creativity, Innovation, and Learning through Art
A 175th Anniversary Celebration with the Mount Holyoke Clubs of Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Western Michigan
With John Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbot Director, Art Museum
Thursday, October 18

Europe's Future(s): EUtopia, Dystopia . . . or What?
Constanze Stelzenmüller
Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence 2012
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller has been a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin since 2009.
Wednesday, October 17

Leading Women in the Arts: Francine Prose on Language and Character
Francine Prose, this year's Leading Women in Arts guest speaker, will discuss the unique ways in which writers use language to create characters in literature. A prolific writer, Prose is the author of My New American Life (2012).
Wednesday, October 10

September 2012

MHC Club of Puget Sound Celebration
With special guest, President Lynn Pasquerella
Saturday, September 29
Seattle, Washington

Celebrate 175 Years of Mount Holyoke College
With special guest, President Lynn Pasquerella
Friday, September 28
Los Angeles, California

Thursday, September 27
San Francisco, California

Women and the 2012 Elections: A Strategy for Closing the Political Leadership Gap 
Mary V. Hughes '74
Mary Hughes, founder of The 2012 Project, will discuss the national nonpartisan campaign to increase the number of elected women and illustrate how women legislators impact the political discourse and outcome of policy debates.
Thursday, September 27

Economic Integration in East Asia: The Role of Official Development Assistance
Barbara Stallings '66
Stallings is the William R. Rhodes Research Professor and Codirector, Graduate Program in Development, Watson Institute, Brown University
Friday, September 21

This year's Convocation marked Mount Holyoke's 175th year and launched a yearlong birthday party, looking not only back at our legacy but also, with the arrival of the class of 2016, joyously forward.
Tuesday, September 4
Convocation Kicks Off 175th Celebration


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