Children's Literature Series

Feb. 9 – Apr. 13, 2017 4:00 pm
102 Shattuck Hall, the Cassani Room

The 2017 Children's Literature Series at Mount Holyoke College is a program of talks by distinguished writers and illustrators. The series will feature Mordicai Gerstein, Jane Yolen, Patricia MacLachlan, Grace Lin, and panelists Lesléa Newman, Ellen Wittlinger, and Barbara Diamond Goldin.

February 16, Mordicai Gerstein
February 23, Jane Yolan
March 9, Panel Discussion
April 6, Patricia MacLachlan
April 13, Grace Lin 

Sponsored by the Margaret Knox McElderry Children's Literature Fund and the Department of English at Mount Holyoke College

Towards Quantum Materials with New Magnetic Functionalities

Mar. 28, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Cleveland L3

Prof. Checkelsky will share his research focusing on the study of exotic electronic states of matter through the synthesis, measurement, and control of solid state materials.  He will discuss emergent phenomena that we observe including dissipationless electronic currents, coupling of magnetic and electronic degrees of freedom, and also prospects for future materials development. 

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Candice Price: Young, Black and Mathematically Gifted

Mar. 30, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Clapp Laboratory 407

This past February, inspired by their Latin counterparts at Lathisms, four young,     gifted, and black mathematicians, created a website, mathematically gifted and black.  Their mission is to feature and share the accomplishments of blacks in the mathematical sciences.

Come hear Candice Price speak about her work with this group, her research, and her life!


"A Tale of Two Wolves" - Photographer Pete Muller

Mar. 30, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

In conversation with Jon Western, Dean of Faculty. Reception to follow.
Co-sponsored with the Departments of International Relations, Art History, Classics and Italian, English, French, German Studies, History, Politics, Theatre Arts, the Film Studies Program, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Lynk on the Road - Finance Trek

Mar. 31, 2017 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Boston, MA

Open to all majors! Visit Brown Brothers Harriman and meet with their training department and our alumna. We will then go to Fidelity Bank we will meet a panel of alumni followed by a site tour. Our final visit will be with Wellington Management followed with an alumni reception party. Student applications are due in LyonNet by March 20.

Women in Sports Media Symposium

Mar. 31, 2017 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Integrative Learning Center at UMass S240

A one-day symposium at UMass will be held 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, March 31. A number of women sports journalists and sports media professionals, including several pioneers in the industry, will attend. This event is being co-sponsored by Women for UMass, the UMass Journalism Department and the McCormack Department of Sport Management. It has been made possible thanks to a grant from Women for UMass. The event is free and open to all, and lunch will be served. We hope to see you there!

Share the Experience: The Women in Sports Media Symposium will begin at 10 a.m. in the Integrative Learning Center, Room S240, with keynote speaker Melissa Ludtke. Her 1978 lawsuit (Ludtke v. Khun) gave women the right to equal access to player interviews in locker rooms.

Students should dress as they would for an interview.  RSVP on Facebook here.   

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First-Year Summer: Tackling Your To-Do List

Feb. 3, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Mar. 31, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Career Development Center

First-year students: check off your to-do list and begin summer planning in this interactive and stress-free workshop! Bring your laptop and your resume (if you have one prepared). We will strengthen your resume, go over tips on your LinkedIn profile, utilize networking tools on LyonNet, learn how to draft networking emails, and many other topics. Register in LyonNet.

Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest

Mar. 31, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Apr. 1, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

March 31 & April 1, 2017 

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Mar. 31, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 1, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 2, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apr. 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

Leave your troubles behind--life is a cabaret!   John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical.

The 2017 Women of Color Traiblazers 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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Five College 7th Japanese Speech Contest

Apr. 1, 2017 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Cleveland L-2 on Park Street

The Five College 7th Japanese Speech Contest, held at Mount Holyoke College; sponsored by the Asian Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College, The Five College East Asian Language Program, and the Japan Foundation.  Reception to follow.

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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MHC Chorale Performs at Providence Place

Apr. 2, 2017 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Providence Place, Five Gamelin Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

The MHC Chorale will present a program of wide ranging musical styles with texts by women poets at Providence Place chapel in Holyoke.  Directed by Stephanie Council.  Free and open to the public.

Isabelle Sprague Lecture - Harry W. Greene, Ph.D.

Apr. 4, 2017 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Hooker Auditorium

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Harry Greene, Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Stephen Weis, Presidential Fellow at Cornell University as they discuss Natural history, ethics, and aesthetics and why should we care about nature.

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Neuroscience and Behavior Professor Lunch with Majors

Apr. 5, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Blanchard 318

We hope you will join Professor Jared Schwartzer from Psychology on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. in Blanchard 318 as he talks about The Job Hunt -- Career Paths and Finding a Job.

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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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No Más Bebés

Apr. 6, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Small Gamble

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.

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Third Annual Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium

Apr. 6, 2017 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
UMass Amherst and Amherst College

Living Waters, Animate Lands

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Braiding Story, Skills and Sustenance with Hope for a Sustainable Future

Symposium Schedule

Noches De Cine

Apr. 6, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Apr. 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Spanish Lounge, Mead Hall, 2nd Floor

Hosted by La Sociedad de Español

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Alumnae Chats: Health Careers

Apr. 7, 2017 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Career Development Center

Meet Mount Holyoke College Alumnae virtually and in-person at the Career Development Center for a series of afternoon chats about careers in health.

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Object-Based Learning

Apr. 7, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Ellen Alvord & Aaron Miller

How can object-based teaching complement the work you are doing in the classroom and help you achieve your course objectives in fresh and exciting ways? Join us for a hands-on session demonstrating the innovative and engaging ways original art and material culture can be used in classes across the curriculum, promoting close observation, visual analysis, and critical thinking skills in your students.

Glee Club and Chamber Singers present Journeys

Apr. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The MHC Glee Club and Chamber Singers present a concert centered around a theme of journeys, including journeys of life, love, and loss. The program will feature a variety of composers and musical styles, and at the heart of the program will be the multi-movement work From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez by American composer, Abbie Betinis, with texts drawn from the ghazals of Sufi mystic poet, Khwâja Hâfez-e Shirazi. Directed by Stephanie Council.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MHC Glee Club and Chamber Singers -- Journeys

Apr. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The MHC Glee Club and Chamber Singers present a concert centered around a theme of journeys, including journeys of life, love, and loss. The program will feature a variety of composers and musical styles, and at the heart of the program will be the multi-movement work From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez by American composer, Abbie Betinis, with texts drawn from the ghazals of Sufi mystic poet, Khwâja Hâfez-e Shirazi.  Stephanie Council conducts.  Free and open to the public.

MHC Senior Dance Concert

Apr. 7, 2017 8:00 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 8:00 pm
MHC Kendall Hall

Weapons of Math Destruction

Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wiese-Merriwether room in Willits-Hallowell Center and Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Hall

Join us for a morning with Cathy O'Neil exploring how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.

  • Conversation and coffee: "Data and Democracy"
    9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Wiese-Merriwether room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center 
  • Cathy O'Neil talk: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy"
    10:30-11:30 a.m. in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
  • Panel discussion
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium 

Organized by the Data Science Initiative. For more information, please contact

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Mount Holyoke Symphony 6th Annual Concerto Competition

Apr. 8, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Students present a concerto movement or its equivalent to a panel of judges to win the prize of a solo performance with the orchestra.  Larry Schipull, pianist.

Faculty Baroque presents April in Paris -- Court Airs & Cantatas

Apr. 8, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium - Pratt Hall

The Mount Holyoke Music Department Faculty Baroque ensemble presents a spring-time concert on the theme of April in Paris with court airs by Bataille and Sebastien le Camus, a cantata by Clérambeault, instrumental music by Leclair, Couperin and others.  Cheryl Cobb, soprano, Linda Laderach, violin, Ng Tian Hui, baritone, Larry Schipull, harpsichord, and Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein.

Faculty Baroque Ensemble -- April in Paris

Apr. 8, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Court airs by Bataille and Sebastien le Camus, a cantata by Clérambeault, instrumental music by Leclair, Couperin and others. Featuring performances by soprano Cheryl Cobb,  Linda Laderach, violin, Larry Schipull, harpsichord, and baritone Ng Tian Hui.  Director of the Five-College Early Music Program Robert Eisenstein performs on the viola da gamba and directs this concert.

Guest Artist Eric Trudel, Pianist

Apr. 9, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

The Department of Music presents renowned Canadian pianist Eric Trudel in a solo recital featuring signature French repertoire.  Trudel will open the concert with Pour le Piano, suite for solo piano by early 20th Century French impressionist master Claude Debussy, and continue with Debussy's Images, second series.  The program will also feature two works by one of France's most celebrated mid-20th Century composers, Maurice Ravel -- Sonatine and Gaspard de la nuit.  

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Women in Entrepreneurship at UMass

Apr. 10, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Integrative Science Building 0135, UMass Amherst

She Started It: A Film Screening and Entrepreneurship Talk with Nora Poggi

Join the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship for a film screening of "She Started It," a new documentary film that follows five trailblazing young female entrepreneurs through their journeys of entrepreneurship.

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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.

Five College Anthropology Conference

Apr. 15, 2017 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell Center

All Undergraduate students in the Five Colleges are invited to submit abstracts of papers to present at the Annual Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference.  This year's conference is hosted by Mount Holyoke College.  Students can propose to present a piece of their senior thesis or Division III, a good course paper, or any other work they would like to share.  Proposals are due my March 24th, 2017.  If you are interested, please contact Michelle Pietras in the Anthropology Department at

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Dorothy P. Schafer '01, PhD - Microglia: Dynamic Immune Cells Regulating Brain Plasticity

Apr. 17, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Cleveland L2

Please join us in welcoming Alum Dorothy P. Schafer '01, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UMass Medical School from the Department of Neurobiology who will speak about the central nervous system (CNS) which has long been described as “immune-privileged.” Exciting new findings challenge this notion and demonstrate that neural-immune interactions regulate healthy neural circuit development and function. Refreshments will be served at 4pm. Free and open to the public.

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Five-College Collegium

Apr. 19, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Music of Guillaum De Fay and other 15th Century masters with voices, viols and winds.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein.

MERC Education Fair

Apr. 20, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
George Sherman Union, Boston University, Boston, MA

Are you Interested in a Position Teaching K-12th Grade? The MERC Education Fair is an annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates from across the country for networking and job opportunities in public and private schools.
  • Network with 80-100 public school districts, mostly from Massachusetts.
  • Employers from charter schools, private schools, and educational organizations. 
  • The fair is designed to promote informal networking and introductions.
Transportation from MHC will be provided, but space is limited! Sign up at the CDC front desk to reserve a spot on the bus.
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Gerrymandering: Mathematics & Fairness in Theory & Practice

Apr. 20, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Cleveland L-2

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Alumnae Career Change Weekend

Apr. 21 – 22, 2017 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Stuck in a career rut and don’t know where to start?

Managing your career requires developing a plan that makes the best personal and professional sense for you. Without this, you might find yourself doing what’s convenient or what others want you to do and then discover that your career doesn’t align with your present-day needs.

Join career experts from Mount Holyoke College and Smith College to learn how you can get started on the professional trajectory you want.

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MHC Student Dance Concert

Apr. 21, 2017 8:00 pm
Apr. 22, 2017 8:00 pm
MHC Kendall Hall

Euridice Baroque Ensemble

Apr. 24, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bezanson Hall, UMass Amherst

17th and 18th Century German music for strings.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Free and open to the public.

West African Music Ensemble Spring Concert

Apr. 25, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Beninese musicians Jomion and the Uklos and others join the ensemble for a evening of music, song, and and dance. Children always welcome!  Directed by Failth Conant.

MHC Spring Jazz Concert -- "Toon UP!"

Apr. 28, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The Jazz Ensembles of of Mount Holyoke (Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz) play your favorite soundtrack tunes from cartoon/anime TV and film featuring music by Danny Elfman, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Alan Menken, and Phil Collins. Mark Gionfriddo directs.  Free and open to the public.

Internship & Research Orientation and Celebration

Apr. 29, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hooker Auditorium

This is a required event for Lynk UAF, created to prepare you for your role as a Lynk intern or researcher. Register in LyonNet.

Network with students going to a similar location, work with faculty and internship advisors to consider potential ethical, cultural or other issues related to your particular industry or academic area, learn from a panel of last year's Lynk UAF recipients, and much, much, more!

Choral Forces Spring Concert

Apr. 30, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The three choirs of the Choral Forces will come together to present highlights from the academic year. This concert of our favorites from the year and other lighter fare repertoire will also feature the work of a number of student apprentice conductors with the Chorale. Directed by Stephanie Council.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MHC Choral Forces Join up for Spring Concert

Apr. 30, 2017 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Choral Forces present highlights from the academic year. This concert of our favorites from the year and other lighter fare will also feature the work of a number of student apprentice conductors.  Stephanie Council directs.

Teaching & Scholarship Renewal Workshops 2017

May. 15, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May. 16, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May. 17, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
Willits Hallowell Center

Keynote Speaker: James Lang, author of Small Teaching

Breakfast (8:30 am) and Lunch (12:15 pm) will be served each day

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My Journey Begins Coffee Hour with the CDC

May. 17, 2017 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Career Development Center

All seniors are invited to stop by to pick up a graduation gift from the CDC, create a sign and have your photo taken for #MyJourneyBegins, get some last minute career advice, and learn about our alumnae career resources. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Commencement Concert

May. 20, 2017 2:00 am
Studio Theatre Kendall Hall