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Family and Friends Weekend

Family and Friends Weekend is a chance for parents, alums, friends, and students to get together on campus and celebrate our vibrant, intellectual, artistic community.

Schedule is subject to change

Ongoing Activities:

The Bridge Cafe

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 4 p.m.–11 p.m.

The Bridge Cafe is open to the public and located on the second floor of the Robert Crown Center. The name is taken from the bridge that connects Johnson Library's Airport Lounge and the Robert Crown Center. This fast casual café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and offers a la carte items, a coffee bar, daily specials, sushi, custom prepared meals and grab and go selections.

Robert Seydel: A Short History of Portraiture

Friday, 10:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.: Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College Art Gallery

Robert Seydel’s “A Short History of Portraiture (1994-97)” is a collection of some 200 Polaroid transfer montages. Focused on the face as a figure of the double, Seydel’s imagery is idiosyncratic in the best sense of the word: his multi-layered portraits of real and fictional characters are not renderings of the canonical faces we might expect to see in the history of portraiture. Instead, the chosen subjects, when identifiable, are the muses and mentors of the artist-collector himself.

Present in at least one portrait is political and aesthetic philosopher Walter Benjamin, a paraphrasing of whose text, A Short History of Photography, forms the title of Seydel’s series. But, it is the figure of the collector found in Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library,” and who underlies the great unfinished and impossible catalogue of the City of Paris, The Arcades Project, that provides one of the keys to Seydel’s project. For the artist, images are taken as texts, and are overwritten into a history that is physical, political, as well as lyrical. Rendered at the intimate scale of the ubiquitous Polaroid cameras of the 1960s and 1970s, Seydel’s images are torn, montaged and transferred, turned, and further manipulated to create a palimpsest of meaning.

Robert Seydel (1960-2011) was an artist, curator, and professor of photography who taught at Hampshire College from 1999 to 2011. Prolific in his art making, he had, at his untimely death, completed more than 20 large series of works, the most famous of which is the posthumously published The Book of Ruth (Siglio Press, 2011).

The HampStore

Friday: 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Harold F. Johnson Library, ground floor

The HampStore is your source for all officially licensed College apparel as well as a selection of food, drinks, and supplies.


Friday, October 18

Registration

10 a.m.–4 p.m.; R.W. Kern Center lobby

Please check in and pick up a name tag, snacks, and a program. The name tag will enable you to attend activities and events, so do keep it visible at all times.

Kern Center Kafé

8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Stop by and pick up one of the café’s delicious, made-from-scratch back goods, sandwiches, and other tasty lunch options. Thirsty? There’s an espresso, a latte, or a daily-drip brew (hot or cold) just for you!

Open Classes

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Families and friends are invited to observe classes. Pick up a schedule at the registration desk or view it online.

Financial Aid Office

9 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed for lunch from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.: R.W. Kern Center

Meet CASA: Center for Academic Support and Advising

Noon- 4 p.m.; The Lemelson Building

An appointments must be made in advance; no drop-ins. To set up an appointment, call 413.559.5498; all appointments must be made directly.

Farm Tour

10:45 a.mNoon; Meet in the Greenwich/Enfield Parking area

How does the Farm Center operate? How do students use the farm in their academic programs? How can students join its CSA? Meet the farm staff and see the vegetable fields, barns, greenhouses, and pastured livestock that make up this vital part of the Hampshire community. Farm-friendly footwear is encouraged.

Lunch offerings:

Bridge Cafe and Kern Café

Prices Vary

Canopy Tour with Natural Sciences Faculty

Noon-1 p.m.; Cole Science Center

Join professor Brian Schultz for a canopy tour, then enjoy pizza and conversation as part of the school of Natural Science’s Fantastic Friday gathering.

Tour of the R.W. Kern Center

1:153:00 p.m.: R.W. Kern Center, lobby

Constructed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, the R.W. Kern Center is a statement of Hampshire values. Discover how its net-zero, self-contained systems work and learn about the process of sourcing sustainable, local materials provided by Sara Draper, director of the R.W. Kern Educational Program and Outreach.

Mettler Creative Dance: Exploring Group Dance Improvisation

2 p.m.- 5 p.m.; Music and Dance Building, Main Dance Studio

Join Hampshire alumni, Kyla Ferguson 05F and Makenna Finch 15F, as they guide you in waking up your movement imaginations and tapping into a felt sense of group body. Workshop participants are also invited to share a meal together, and aspects of their work with the community in an open showing that evening. Participation for the duration of the workshop and showing is strongly encouraged. No previous dance experience necessary.

Register for the workshop via email: dgoffe@hampshire.edu

Career Options Resource Center Drop-in

2:30-4:00 p.m.; Harold F. Johnson Library, 3rd floor

Visit CORC, the Career Options Resource Center, to learn about resources available to students seeking direction, pursuing internships or graduate school, or searching for a job after graduation. Meet the staff, ask questions, and gain insights to pass on to your student.

Global Education Office Open Hours

2:30-4:00; Merrill Student Life Center, 1st floor

Stop by to meet the experienced staff in GEO, the global education office, and learn about opportunities for study abroad, field-study, and short-term field courses. Students considering integrating study abroad into their Hampshire education are encouraged to talk with GEO in their second and third semesters.

What I Did Last Summer: Presentations by student grantees from the Community Commons

4:00–530 p.m.: R.W. Kern Center, Taylor Room

Enjoy a series of presentations by students who received funding from academic programs that are members of Hampshire’s new Community Commons. They’ll talk about their experience, how it relates to their Divisional work, what they learned and what they never expected to learn as a summer intern. Audience questions strongly encouraged!

Featuring students whose work has been funded by the following programs: Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning (CYL), Culture, Brain, and Development, Ethics and the Common Good Project, James Baldwin Scholars

Dinner

5–7 p.m.: Dining Commons

Door price: $10

Dance Performance: Mettler Creative Group Improvisation 

7 p.m.; Music and Dance Building, Main Dance Studio

Witness a showing of improvisational work from the afternoon’s group workshop based on the legacy of Barbara Mettler’s Creative Dance methods.

Saturday, October 19

Registration

9 a.m.–4 p.m.: R.W. Kern Center lobby

Please check in and pick up a name tag, snacks, and a program. The name tag will enable you to attend activities and events, so do keep it visible at all times. Complimentary coffee available in the morning.

Brunch with the President

10:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m., dining commons in the back room

Meet Hampshire's eighth president, Ed Wingenbach; hear an update on planning for the College's new academic framework; and ask questions. Please bring your name tag for event entry.

Tour of the R.W. Kern Center

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: R.W. Kern Center, lobby

Constructed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, the R.W. Kern Center is a statement of Hampshire values. Discover how its net-zero, self-contained systems work and learn about the process of sourcing sustainable, local materials provided by Sara Draper, director of the R.W. Kern Educational Program and Outreach.

Apple Cider Festival and Farm Tours

1 p.m.- 3 p.m., Greenwich/Enfield Parking Area

Join the Growing Farmers Collective for a student-organized celebration of the season. We’ll pressing fresh cider from Hampshire College apples, painting faces, giving farm tours, playing lawn games and selling wonderful things grown right here on the Hampshire College Farm. There will be music and a festive atmosphere for family, friends, and students to enjoy.

Theatre Program Open House

3:30-5:30 p.m., Emily Dickinson Hall

Theatre Board invites family and friends to a community potluck where we will be introducing Hampshire College’s 2019/2020 slotted season as well as talking about the unslotted Div III work students have been working on this year. We'll be reading short excerpts from the upcoming productions, discussing the future of our program/Theatre Board, and overall coming together to have fun and eat some tasty food!

Halloween Harvest: Ghosts, Goblins, and more

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Roos-Rhode House

Join Davis Bates 73F P16 for a seasonal celebration of songs and stories. Harvest Songs, Ghost Ballads, Shape Shifter Stories, and More.

Students, Family, Friends and Alums all welcome. Refreshments provided!

Sunday, October 20

Yiddish Book Center

Community Open Hours, Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.

The million books recovered by the Yiddish Book Center represent Jews’ first sustained literary and cultural encounter with the modern world. They are a window on the past thousand years of Jewish history, a precursor of modern Jewish writing in English, Hebrew, and other languages, and a springboard for new creativity. Since our founding in 1980 we have launched a wide range of bibliographic, educational, and cultural programs to share these treasures with the wider world. More information on the mission of the Yiddish Book Center can be found here.

Information on the events and programs available on Sunday, October 20 can be found here. Admission is a suggested donation of $8.

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