Past Events

Intergroup Dialogue: Exploring Race and Racism in the United States and Mount Holyoke College Weekend Course 2019

Feb. 2 – 3, 2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

What is Intergroup Dialogue?

Intergroup dialogue is "a facilitated, face-to-face encounter that strives to create new levels of understanding, relating and action between two or more social identity groups who have a history of conflict or potential conflict" (Zúñiga & Nagda, 2003).

The Intergoup Dialogue Weekend Course: Exploring Race and Racism in the United States and Mount Holyoke College is designed to encourage students to develop skills for exploring differences and commonalities in diverse social settings.

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2018 Hortense Parker Celebration: I am Hortense Parker: The Power From Within

Oct. 2, 2018 5:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Please join us for the 2018 Hortense Parker Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Yaba Blay, Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University, and Anastasia Morton ’12, youth leadership coordinator for Amherst-Pelham Public Schools. A reception will follow.

Registration is requested but not required.

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Second Annual Homecoming at the Cultural Centers

Sep. 18, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 19, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 20, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 25, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Cultural Centers

The second annual Homecoming at the Cultural Centers will be held the third and fourth week of September, 2018.

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6th Annual First Generation College Student Summit

Apr. 21, 2018 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

The First Generation Student Summit, under the Class Action Organization, serves as a site for the ‘meeting of the minds.’ First gen students and their allies come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots solutions and share what’s working on other campuses. First and foremost, we want to find solutions identified by students who can work with their staff, administrator and faculty allies. Class Action offers spaces where students can both identify these problems and build grassroots solutions to them.

We are proud to announce that the 2018 First Generation College Student Summit will be hosted at Mount Holyoke College, supported by the Division of Student Life and the First Gen Work Group

Registration Information

Mount Holyoke College students, faculty, and staff is register free. However, there are limited spaces so you must register by Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:59pm

For more information about the summit, visit the Class Action website or contact Division of Student Life at 413-538-2550. 

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“Ìrìn Àjò — Odyssey of a Dream,” an African opera

Apr. 12, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 13, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Artistic Director: Bode Omojola ● Conductor and Music Director: Ng Tian Hui ● Choreographer: Amir Hall

Performed by Mount Holyoke College and Five College students and the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra with a cast of national and international soloists.

“Ìrìn Àjò,” a Yoruba phrase that means "life’s journey," is a world-premiere opera which tells the timely story of Nigerian engineer Káyò̩dé who travels to the United States in search of a better life. Through song, chant, dance and drumming, the opera explores themes of emigration, adaptation and survival. Composed, written and directed by Five College Professor Bode Omojola, this production is the culmination of an in-depth study undertaken by students in his course African Opera in Theory and Practice, in which African opera provides the framework for exploring features of African music. This is the third in a series of African operas directed by Omojola and produced by the Department of Music.

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2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 6 – 7, 2018 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

This year's 2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) theme is Empowerment through Engagement and will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. Keynote speaker(s) are Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, founders of the National Women's March and the keynote event is free and open to the public!

Conference registration fees: Free for all Mount Holyoke College Students, $10 for five college students, faculty and staff, $15.00 for non five college attendees, $8 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees. To take advantage of this group discount, contact or call 413-538-2550.

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Transgender Visibility Day: An Artistic Celebration

Apr. 2, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jeanette Marks House

In honor of Transgender Visibility Day, this interactive art-based workshop will celebrate trans communities at Mount Holyoke College. Through expressive arts activities focused on expression, students, faculty and staff who are trans and/or non-binary will explore and express their own experiences of surviving and thriving. 

Facilitated by Davey Shlasko, Tobias Davis, and Yusef Flores from Think Again Training. 

Registration is required. Please complete this registration form by Saturday, March 31 at 5:00 pm.

For more information about this event, you may contact Latrina L. Denson, Associate Dean of Students, Community and Inclusion at or visit the BOOM (Building On Our Momentum) Conference site.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Life and the DEI Steering Committee

BOOM: Building On Our Momentum Learning Conference, March 31–April 7

Mar. 31 – Apr. 7, 2018 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mount Holyoke Campus

BOOM! — Building on Our Momentum — now in its second year, is an all-campus learning conference featuring a series of events centered on the experience of conversation and community engagement. Sessions are designed by members of the community for the entire community.

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Soudhamini: “Ready Player One?: Preparing for the Virtual World"

Mar. 29, 2018 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Cleveland Hall L1

Please join us in welcoming filmmaker and writer Soudhamini for a free public lecture. Soudhamini is from Bangalore, India and is the Fulbright Nehru Research Fellow for Academic and Professional Excellence (2017-2018) from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Generous sponsors include the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund, Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

MHC Allyship Week 2018: More Than An Ally .. A Panel Discussion

Mar. 21, 2018 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Join the MoZone Social Justice Peer Educators in a panel discussion about what it means to be an ally and accomplice at Mount Holyoke and beyond with a faculty, staff and student panel.

Moderator: Carol Stewart, Employee Development Manager, Human Resources


  • Alan Bloomberg, Community-based Learning
  • Camille Gladieux, SGA President and Class of 2018
  • Katherine O'Callaghan, Visiting Lecturer in English  
  • Vanessa Rosa, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies
  • Keely Savoie, Department of Communications                              
  • Carolyn Shread, Lecturer in French                                                
  • ivy tillman, Library, Information and Technology 
Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the MoZone Social Justice Peer Educators


Black History Month 2018: A Conversation with Luvvie Ajayi

Feb. 22, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Mount Holyoke College celebrates Black History Month with social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi.  Sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, and the Division of Student Life

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Kimberly Juanita Brown: "The Circular Aesthetics of Mary Lee Bendolph and Toni Morrison"

Feb. 22, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Art Museum Galleries

Please join us for a gallery talk with Kimberly Juanita Brown, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, with a special performance by Sydney Jacobs Allen ’18.

Amir Issaa: "Vivo per Questo (This is What I Live For)"

Feb. 20, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College

2018 Valentine Giamatti Lecture

Please join us for a book presentation and mini-concert with Amir Issaa. This event is in English and is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Italian program and the Valentine Giamatti Fund.

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Meredith Coleman-Tobias: “Thirst: Sobonfu Somé’s: Po(r)table Ritual”

Feb. 6, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Skinner 216

Religion, Race, & Ethnicity in the Americas Lecture Series 

Guest Speaker Meredith Colman-Tobias from Williams College discusses how the primary fundraiser, The Walk for Water, for Sobonfu Somé's nonprofit organization, Wisdom Spring Inc., grows out of and departs from Somé’s ritual life. As Somé’s only annual event that directly interfaced with her home country, Burkina Faso, “Thirst” functions as a meditation on the role of “Africa” and “the West” in a movement that, otherwise, does not explicitly privilege specific geographic places for its practice. Coleman Tobias posits that The Walk for Water, as an event, ironically presents a challenge for Somé’s otherwise portable ritual practice. Reception follows. Free and open to the public.

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Intergroup Dialogue - Exploring Race and Racism in the United States Spring 2018

Feb. 3 – 4, 2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

On February 3-4, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm, we will host the third Intergroup Dialogue Weekend: Understanding Race and Racism in the United States. This weekend course can be taking as credit or non-credit.

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Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges will Speak at Smith College

Feb. 2, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College

Ruby Bridges—the civil rights icon whose historic arrival at her New Orleans first-grade classroom was immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium at Smith College. The event, is open to the public at no charge.

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Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw: "I keep dreaming that dream"

Jan. 31, 2018 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

The life and creative genius of Mary Lee Bendolph

Join us a for lecture by Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw followed by a reception. Wardlaw is a leading expert in African American art and history. During her distinguished 22-year career as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she organized over 75 exhibitions, including the first major traveling exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilts. Dr. Wardlaw serves on the Scholarly Committee of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and in August 2017, she received the Dr. John E. Fleming Award from the Association of African American Museums.

Dr. Wardlaw's lecture is the opening event for the exhibition Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph, on view at MHCAM from January 23-May 27, 2018. reception to follow.

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Vision Board Workshop

Oct. 27, 2017 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
North Rockefeller Hall, Common Room

What is a Vision Board?

vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

Join Ju Hong (Assistant Director and Career Advisor at the Career Development Center) for a Vision Board Workshop where we will explore identity, future, wellness, and leadership.

Open to Cultural Center affiliated organizations, Shirley Chisholm community, and Mosaic community.

2017 Hortense Parker Celebration: Collective Concern, Collective Power

Oct. 4, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Please join us for this year's Hortense Parker Celebration featuring keynote speakers are Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Kymberly Newberry, class of 2015. A reception will follow.

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Homecoming at the Cultural Centers!

Sep. 14, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 20, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 21, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep. 28, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Cultural Centers

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Interfaith Lunch

Sep. 13, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Eliot House

Join students, faculty, and staff as we welcome you to our community. Meet the Chaplains and Advisors and learn about the many programs offered by Religious & Spiritual Life. This year's theme is "Engaging Across Borders". A vegan-friendly meal is served.

Amy Goodman Democracy Now! The Enemy Is Not The Enemy Tour comes to Mount Holyoke College

Apr. 25, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

The Odyssey Bookshop and Mount Holyoke College Division of Student Life invite you to Amy Goodman Democracy Now! The Enemy Is Not The Enemy Tour.

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Global Fest

Apr. 22, 2017 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Skinner Green

The International Students Organizing Committee (ISOC) invites the Mount Holyoke Community to attend our annual event: Global Fest. Global Fest aims to celebrate the cultural and international diversity of Mount Holyoke by creating a space for members of our community to revel in the sights, sounds, and flavors from all over the world. This Spring, Global Fest will feature various student cultural organizations, food trucks, and performances. It’s going to be an amazing event and we want as much attendance as possible!

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra - Musical Transformations

Apr. 14, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner’s astounding musical accomplishments have thrilled audiences around the world.  One of the most moving artists of our time, she joins the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra to explore a program on the theme of transformations.  Featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, and Franck.  Ng Tian Hui, conductor.  Sponsored by the Dean of Student's Office, Division of Student Life, and Diversity and Inclusion.  Free and open to the public.

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West African Pop Band Concert

Apr. 12, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Blanchard Great Hall, Mount Holyoke College

The African Popular Music Class (MUS 229) presents a concert featuring Jumion and the Uklos (an Afro-pop band from Benin, West Africa) and students in the African Popular Music class.

2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival

Apr. 5, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Various locations - see Schedule of Events

The 2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, scholars, and organizers of film festivals from Africa, Europe, and the United States to explore the increasing visibility of African cinema as a form of expression through film screenings, scholarly presentations, and Q&A sessions with African filmmakers. Please see the Five Colleges Website for more information.

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Staceyann Chin- Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming, Staceyann Chin, full time artist and keynote speaker for the 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
Staceyann Chin is a resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.
This event is open to the public. Free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees.

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The 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall

“Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Making Change”

Featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, this conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. The Keynote address is open to the public and free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees. Interested individuals who self-identify as women of color can register for the conference.

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BOOM: Building On Our Momentum Learning Conference, March 26–27

Mar. 26, 2017 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mar. 27, 2017 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Mount Holyoke Campus

BOOM is a learning conference featuring a series of events centered on the experience of conversation and community engagement. Sessions are designed by members of the community for the entire community and will meet participants where they are in their learning and comfort in engaging in sessions on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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A Night of Spoken Word with Kai Davis

Feb. 15, 2017 5:31 pm
Blanchard Great Room, Mount Holyoke College

Building Bridges: Trans and Queer People of Color Speaker Series is very excited to host a spoken word performance by Kai Davis as our first event of the semester. This event is FREE! Kai Davis is a writer and performer from Philadelphia. As a Queer Woman of Color, much of her work deals with the topics of race, gender, and sexuality and its many intersections. For more information.

Presented by the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College and cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty

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Embark to Excel:Conference on Study Abroad and the Socially-Conscious Global Citizen

Nov. 15, 2016 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
L2 Cleveland

This live streamed conference on study abroad targets underrepresented college students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, first generation college students, religious minorities, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and high financial need students, with the intent to provide tools and practical guidance for navigating the international opportunities process. Sponsored by Diversity Abroad, in partnership with IES Abroad. 

Mount Holyoke will live stream the conference from 11 am to 3:30 pm in L2 Cleveland.  We encourage all students to register individually for the event (required, if they wish to watch the final two hours, as L2 Cleveland is not available after 3:30 and students will need to log in directly), and in order to receive recordings of all the sessions and session handouts.  

*Optionally you can attend in person at the Greenway event space at Amherst College (no registration required)

Fourth Exposure Symposium: The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Symposium

Apr. 23, 2016 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Featuring keynote Speakers Professor of English Lisa Lowe & artist Toyin Ojih Odutola and members of the Dark Room: Race and Visual Studies Seminar, including Professors Patricia A. Banks, Kimberly Juanita Brown, Iyko Day, and Kia M. Q. Hall from the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, Aneeka Henderson from Amherst College.

Sponsored by The Africana Studies Program, Art History Department, English Department, History Department, The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, The Weissman Center for Leadership and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Hortense Parker Celebration: Celebrating Diversity, Cultivating Inclusion

Apr. 13, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Honor the first known student of color to graduate from Mount Holyoke College through a celebration of reflective words and performing arts from students, faculty, staff and surrounding community members. Featuring keynote speaker Zowie Banteah, founder of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center for Indigenous Communities. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by SGA Students of Color Committee, Office of Advancement, Weissman Center, and Cultural Centers.