Events and Programs

Opening Party

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Williston Library Court
Opening night party for the Mount Holyoke College community featuring an acoustic performance by "Harry and the Potters."  Prizes for best costumes will be awarded.
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Magic at Mount Holyoke: An Exhibition of Primary Sources from Archives, Art Museum & Botanic Garden

January 28, 2010 - February 26, 2010
Whiting Alcove, 6th floor Williston Library
Rare and unique treasures highlight the magical elements found right here on campus. Drawn from Mount Holyoke's own collections, bewitching images of science and sorcery, of plants and potions, of creatures and monsters and mysteries from the natural world are on display. See fantastical works from the college Art Museum, tantalizing specimens from the Biology and Geology departments and the Botanic Garden, and a spellbinding array of volumes, herbals, psalters, astronomical texts, and more from rare books in Archives and Special Collections.

Visit the exhibit on the sixth floor of Williston Library or online on the Archives and Special Collections website.
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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine in the Classroom.

Saturday, January 30, 2010, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies' annual daylong High School Teachers Institute will focus on the topics of the exhibition with papers and panels presented by noted Renaissance scholars; an afternoon field trip to Mount Holyoke to view the exhibition is planned. Certified teachers can earn professional development credit. Fee: $30; pre-registration is required.

Call 413-577-3600 or email
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Atalanta Fugiens & Other Musical Puzzles from the Renaissance

Sunday, January 31, 2010
2:00 pm, Abbey Chapel

Sunday, February 7, 2010
2:00 pm, Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst MA, 413-577-3600

A choral performance of selected canons from Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens
Both concerts free and open to the public.  More program details...

Harry Potter Book Discussion Series

An historic tradition at Mount Holyoke College: the Stimson Room Teas (no pearls required).  Discuss your favorite Harry Potter books over a mug of butterbeer (or tea) in the Stimson Room on February 10th and 24th at 4pm-5pm.
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Harry Potter's World: on Stage!

A week long children's theater workshop for 8-12 year olds during the February school vacation week, Feb 15-19. Meeting daily from 9 am to 1 pm, participants will draw inspiration from the exhibition and its themes to create their own play which will be performed to their friends, family and the general public at noon on the last day of class.  Enrollment is limited to 12; the fee for the program is $120. Pre-registration and a non-refundable deposit of $20 is required by Feb. 5. For further information and registration, e-mail, or call 413-577-3600. More program details...

Young Wizards Show

Friday, February 19, 2010 at 11:00am
South Hadley Public Library
Fans of Harry Potter will love this educational, exciting, and entertaining show featuring real science Hogwarts-style, presented by Mad Science of Western New England.  Kids will enjoy the Mad Professor's bubbling potions, fire & tesla wands, flaming wizard's paper, mystic substances, magical ice, and a rainbow potion.  This magical event is free and open to the public.  The South Hadley Public Library is located at 27 Bardwell Street, South Hadley, MA 01075; telephone 413-538-5045.

Alchemy & the Progressive Imagination at Mount Holyoke, 1912

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 4:00pm
Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst MA, 413-577-3600

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:00pm
Dwight 101

A lecture by Associate Professor of Chemistry, W. Donald Cotter
Free and open to the public. More program details...