Month of December 2014
As part of the UMass Amherst Outdoor Summer Arts Project, New York-based artist Jennifer Williams created two 12-feet by 24-feet banners for the south facade of the Fine Arts Center building.

August 1—December 7, 2014 6:00 am-11:00 pm

Fine Arts Center, FAC south facade

A donation of 48 contemporary American prints, representing special processes and innovative techniques in printmaking, was given to the UMCA collection by Richard Gerrig in memory of his sister Risa, a UMass alumna.

September 11—December 5, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm
September 13—December 7, 2014, weekends 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

University Museum of Contemporary Art

One of the most influential artists from the Middle East, Walid Raad explores the experiences and representations of war through video, photography and performance.

September 11—December 5, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm
September 13—December 7, 2014, weekends 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

University Museum of Contemporary Art

Deep in the Hole examines a wide range of experiences of imprisonment including political prisoners, conscientious objectors in WWII, the war on drugs and marijuana decriminalization, psychiatric confinement, and the role of controversial activism and publications.

September 17—January 21, 2015
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November 26—November 28, November 27, December 25, December 30—January 1

Learning Commons in W.E.B. Du Bois Library

The Office of Family Resources Dinner On Us series offers parents an opportunity to learn more about themselves while acquiring new approaches to raising children who are responsible, respectful and resourceful.

September 22—December 1, 2014, Mondays 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
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October 13, October 20

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Graduating seniors are invited to submit a speech proposal for consideration as the Student Commencement Speaker.

October 30—February 3, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks nominations of graduating seniors for the 21st Century Leaders Award. 

November 3—January 26, 2015

The work of German-born artist Jenny Vogel explores subjective themes as they are experienced in the age of information.

November 13—December 12, 2014, weekdays 11:00 am-4:00 pm
November 16—December 7, 2014, Sundays 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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November 26—November 30

Herter Art Gallery

The Meek Shall Inherit focuses on the effects of human self-extension on the lives of animals in the modern built environment.

November 11—December 2, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
November 9—November 23, 2014, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

Hampden Gallery

The installation Only The Strong Survive features a group of full-scale, woven wire animals facing off against a ’69 Dodge Charger.

November 9—November 23, 2014, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 12—December 2, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

Hampden Gallery

 Born in Heidelberg Germany, Sergei Fedorjaczenko came to the United States when he was four years old.

November 23—December 2, 2014, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 12—December 2, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

Hampden Gallery

In these intimate oil portraits of endangered species, the beingness of each animal shines forth. Melting into a deep shadow that holds the animal like an embrace, the darkness swallows form and place, and stands in for context. The animals are disappearing.   Dawn Howkinson Siebel, Animalia: The Endangered

November 9—November 23, 2014, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 12—December 2, 2014, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
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November 11, November 27—November 30

Hampden Gallery

Consider the possibilities of Domestic Exchange! Explore the opportunity to study for a semester or year at another state college or university in the U.S or the surrounding borders.

November 19—December 5, 2014, Wednesdays 4:45 pm-5:45 pm
November 20—December 5, 2014, Thu/Fri 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
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November 27—November 28

Goodell Hall, 613

The Institute for Social Science Research is accepting 2015-16 applications for the 4th annual ISSR Scholars Program, open to all ranks of social science faculty across the University. 

December 1—January 23, 2015

Tony Maroulis, University of Massachusetts Amherst director of community relations, holds a series of informal Monday morning meetings open to anyone interested in the university and its relations with its neighbors.

December 1, 2014
8:00 am

Atkins Farms Country Market
Come to UDay! to relieve some end-of-semester stress with free food, yoga, massages, and more!

December 1, 2014
11:00 am-3:00 pm

Student Union Ballroom

Please join us for the final CPPA Faculty Colloquium talk of the semester. Associate Dean for Education and Student Development Julie Caswell (resource economics) will present her recent research in a talk titled "Using Information Policy to Change Food Markets."

December 1, 2014
12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Thompson Hall, 620

The University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and the Business-Higher Education Forum present the third annual National Cybersecurity Network Workforce Summit: Educating the Next Generation of Leaders to Get Ahead of the Threat.

December 2, 2014
8:00 am-1:00 pm

University of Massachusetts Boston
For twelve years on Robben Island, Christo Brand was Nelson Mandela's prison guard.

December 2, 2014
1:00 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall East

S. “Thai” Thayumanavan, Department of Chemistry speaks on “Smart Therapy: The Search for Better-Targeted Delivery Systems.”

December 2, 2014
4:00 pm

Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room

The presentation describes design strategies within a curriculum unit focused on students’ understanding of acceleration to reify how the practice of modeling can support students’ understanding of disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and other science practices. 

December 2, 2014
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall, 138

Join us for the closing event for our exhibition "Postface" by Walid Raad: a conversation about art, culture, and transition in the Middle East with Alex Seggerman and Walter Denny.

December 2, 2014
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

University Museum of Contemporary Art

Watch student teams pitch their business ideas and compete for a portion of the $10,000 in privately funded prize money to be awarded by the judging panel. The event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.

December 2, 2014
5:00 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

The Malcolm X Cultural Center will host the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration. It is one of several signature cultural celebratory events for the campus community and the general public. 

December 2, 2014
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Student Union, Student Union Ballroom

Jazz Ensemble IJeffrey W. Holmes, director 

December 2, 2014
8:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Ready for another round of puppies?

December 3, 2014
11:30 am-2:00 pm

Student Union Ballroom

The Women of Color Leadership Network would like to invite you to our last Social Hour of the fall semester!

December 3, 2014
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

New Africa House, 127

Come meet with non-profit and other socially conscious organizations to discuss full time job opportunities, summer job opportunities, and also internships. Companies will include local and nation-wide organizations. 

December 3, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

UMass Amherst IT is in the process of substantially updating its policies and is seeking feedback from the campus community.

December 3, 2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Campus Center, 168C

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute is hosting a 3-day summit in October 2014, focused on different levels of climate change adaptation training for Tribes.This webinar will focus on Summit participants and activities, lessons learned, outcomes, and plans for future Tribal adaptation training.

December 3, 2014
3:30 pm

Online

Professionals in the Division of Facilities and Campus Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present an update on the campus master plan and recent capital projects at a public forum.

December 3, 2014
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Campus Center, 165-69

The Life Sciences Alumni Network invites you to meet fellow alumni in the life sciences field while expanding your palate at the Cambridge Brewing Company. This event will also launch a Life Sciences Alumni Network Scholarship for UMass students. 

December 3, 2014
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Cambridge Brewing Company
Women's Basketball vs. Harvard

December 3, 2014
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Five College Collegium Winter Concert

December 3, 2014
8:15 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

This talk will focus static species distribution models.

December 4, 2014
1:00 pm

Morrill Science Center, 134

Sponsored by The Psychology of Peace and Violence program, The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Conflict and Violence promotes interdisciplinary exchanges among faculty and graduate students interested in the topics of conflict, violence, and peace, from a wide range of departments across campus.

December 4, 2014
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall -160 East

Drupal is the open-source content management system widely used to build websites around UMass. The meeting is open to newcomers and not limited to members of the UMass community.

December 4, 2014
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Integrated Sciences Building, 145, near the elevators

The winners of the Art and Essay Competition will be announced and awarded.

December 4, 2014
4:00 pm

Herter Hall, 601

An insiders look at Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese, one of the most widely used Japanese textbooks.

December 4, 2014
4:00 pm

Herter Hall, 301

Symphony Band & Percussion Ensemble "Let's Dance!"

December 4, 2014
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

A Chicago Underground Duo concert contains both composed and improvised music, with powerful grooves along with ambient sound structures, folk song simplicity and polyrhythmic bursts of energy with lyrical melodic vignettes.

December 4, 2014
8:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg FiguresAngle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path, all published by Copper Canyon Press.

December 4, 2014
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Memorial Hall

Come to the premiere of the brand new late night comedy group Thursday Night Live! This show will feature live improv, guest performances, digital shorts, a live band and so much more!

December 4, 2014
9:30 pm

Herter Hall, 227

This is the last day of classes for the Fall 2014 semester.

December 5, 2014

Where free love is a fool's errand and identity is a bargaining chip!

December 5—December 7, 2014

Fine Arts Center, Room 204

This talk will be about deployment of innovative networking functionality requires economic incentives for network providers and much more.

December 5, 2014
1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 112

An Amherst tradition, the lighting of the Merry Maple is eagerly anticipated each year and the kick-off of the holiday season.

December 5, 2014
3:00 pm-7:00 pm

Amherst Town Common
Nikkomo is one of many Algonquian “Thanksgivings” celebrated throughout the year that correlate with harvest times. It’s the final Thanksgiving celebration of the year. In recognition of this, the Josephine White Eagle Cultural centers hosts an annual Nikko pre-winter celebration.

December 5, 2014
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Student Union Ballroom, Ballroom

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Notre Dame

December 5, 2014
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Don't miss the new musical explorations of our talented student composers!

December 5, 2014
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

University Dancers

December 5—December 6, 2014 7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

There will be over 20 vendors who are selling thousands of records and CDs in all genres at various prices. 

December 6, 2014
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Join the Cape Cod Alumni Network to add a little extra cheer to your year, with a performance of Holiday on Cape Cod, presented by the Cape Cod Symphony.

December 6, 2014
12:00 pm

Hyannis Yacht Club
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Notre Dame

December 6, 2014
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

"What is a stalker? And what kind of life can a woman lead when she knows she is being followed, obsessively and perhaps dangerously, by one? This is the dilemma facing Theresa Bedell, a reporter in New York, in Rebecca Gilman's play.

December 6—December 7, 2014 8:00 pm-10:15 pm

Fine Arts Center, Curtain Theater

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents Voces Feminae performing a holiday music selection for December's First Sunday Concert.

December 7, 2014
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
The Mullins Center Community Ice Rink is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting a Holiday Skating Party.

December 7, 2014
2:30 pm-4:20 pm

Mullins Center, Community Ice Rink

Mummenschanz makes the ordinary extraordinary in a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

December 7, 2014
4:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Finals exams for the Fall 2014 semester.

December 8—December 13, 2014

All Campus

Tony Maroulis, University of Massachusetts Amherst director of community relations, holds a series of informal Monday morning meetings open to anyone interested in the university and its relations with its neighbors.

December 8, 2014
8:00 am

The Loose Goose Cafe
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees holds its December meeting on the UMass Amherst campus.

December 10, 2014
9:00 am

Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room, 3rd Floor

Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, re-imagines the holiday season with Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

December 11, 2014
7:30 pm

Mullins Center

Men's Basketball vs. Canisius

December 13, 2014
4:00 pm

Mullins Center

Come support your Minutewomen as they take on Holy Cross.

December 14, 2014
2:00 pm

Mullins Center

The first day of classes for the Winter Term 2014/2015.

December 15, 2014

Tony Maroulis, University of Massachusetts Amherst director of community relations, holds a series of informal Monday morning meetings open to anyone interested in the university and its relations with its neighbors.

December 15, 2014
8:00 am

The Works
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Northeastern

December 16, 2014
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

UMass Amherst's own Doo Wop Shop, a ten-member male a capella group has been invited to perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

December 18, 2014
8:00 pm

Radio City Music Hall
Before the game, join UMass fans at the Union Station Brewery in Providence where food and drink will be available for purchase. 

December 20, 2014
11:30 am

Union Station Brewery
The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining the UMass Department of Astronomy to watch the Sun rise and set over the tall standing stones in the UMass Sunwheel for the Winter Solstice of 2014

December 21, 2014

Sunwheel

Christmas is a federal holiday in the United States.

December 25, 2014

Most university offices are closed on December 30 and 31 for annual campus closure days.

December 30—December 31, 2014

Men's Basketball vs. Iona

December 30, 2014
7:00 pm

Mullins Center