Month of December 2017
New Asia Cinema 2017: Fashion. The 13th annual installment of this semester-long international series explores the complexities of costume and spectacle, style and identity, creativity and subversion, and labor and consumerism.

September 6—December 6, 2017, Wednesdays 7:30 pm-10:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
November 22

Isenberg School of Management, 137 (Flavin Family Auditorium)

Bring your lunch and laptop to University Communications and we can discuss specifics around issues or questions you have about your particular needs in Drupal.

October 20, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
November 10, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
December 8, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
January 12, 2018 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
February 9, 2018 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
March 9, 2018 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Slobody Building 3rd Floor Suite C1 large conference room (301)
The UMass Amherst Drupal Users Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m.

November 2, 2017 2:00 pm
December 7, 2017 2:00 pm
January 4, 2018 2:00 pm

Integrated Sciences Building, 145, behind the first floor elevators

In a tradition of hosting challenging exhibitions organized by student curators, the UMCA presents an exhibition of African art drawn from the collection of Charles Derby, a UMass alumnus who has been collecting since the 1970s alongside an exhibition of painted flags of Africa by the renowned African American artist Fred Wilson. 

September 27—December 10, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm
September 27—December 10, 2017, weekends 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
November 11, November 18—November 26

University Museum of Contemporary Art

The UMass Amherst Libraries hosts an exhibition of photos, “¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike.” 

September 5—December 15, 2017
This event does NOT occur on:
November 18—November 19, November 23, November 25

Science and Engineering Library

Enjoy great conversation with students and UMass community members over free coffee, tea and tasty snacks.

September 6, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
September 19, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
October 5, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
October 20, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 3, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 14, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 29, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
December 11, 2017 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Campus Center, Blue Wall

Walk in and get tested for sexually transmitted infections and HIV – no appointment needed.

September 11, 2017 11:00 am-3:00 pm
September 27, 2017 11:50 am
October 10, 2017 11:00 am-3:00 pm
November 1, 2017 10:00 am-1:00 pm
December 11, 2017 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Open to the UMass Amherst campus community • No cash payment needed • Bring your insurance ID card

October 5—December 7, 2017, Thu/Fri
October 14, 2017, Saturdays
This event does NOT occur on:
October 12, November 16, November 23—November 24, November 30

Marriott Meals gives Hospitality and Tourism Management students  a competitive advantage within this experiential learning class.

September 26—December 6, 2017, Tue/Wed/Thu 11:45 am-12:30 pm
September 26—December 6, 2017, Tue/Wed 5:45 pm-6:30 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
October 10, October 12, November 1, November 21—November 23

Campus Center - Marriott Center, 1101

The exhibit showcases items curated from Steindl-Rast’s recent donation of correspondence, photographs, writings, audio/visual recordings, art, and publications. 

October 1—January 31, 2018
This event does NOT occur on:
November 23, December 23—December 25, December 28—January 1, January 6—January 7, January 14

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Come see a financial aid counselor to address your FAFSA concerns.

October 5—December 7, 2017, Thursdays 2:15 pm-4:15 pm
January 25—April 26, 2018, Thursdays 2:15 pm-4:15 pm
This event does NOT occur on:
November 23, March 15

Wilder Hall, 005

Can't make it to the regularly scheduled FAFSA help hours? Come see a financial aid counselor to address your FAFSA concerns during our extended hours. Non-traditional students and families can come in for advising and FAFSA Help.

October 5, 2017 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
November 2, 2017 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
December 7, 2017 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
January 25, 2018 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
February 1, 2018 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
March 1, 2018 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Wilder Hall, 005

Join the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne Hall B-3 every Thursday for a Beading Workshop. Awaken your inner creativity and learn to create Native Art using beads.

November 9, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
November 16, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
November 30, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
December 7, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
December 14, 2017 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Chadbourne House, B-3

The African Francophone Film Festival serves as a vehicle to engender confidence in individuals interested in experiencing cinema of the French speaking African continent and the French speaking African Diaspora. 

November 14, 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
November 21, 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
November 28, 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
December 5, 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm
December 12, 2017 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Malcolm X Cultural Center, and Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center

The LLC department invites you to the New French Extremist Cinema Festival, a unique occasion to showcase the radical voices of a new generation of filmmakers.

November 30—December 14, 2017, Thursdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Herter Hall, 227

University Health Services is recommending that students at the highest risk of contracting meningoccocal disease, including all undergraduates, receive serogroup B vaccinations.

November 30—December 1, 2017 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
December 4—December 5, 2017 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

The Play Lab is a crucible for new work. A professional playwright and a UMass student playwright will be given the opportunity this fall for workshop productions of their newest plays — works that represent fresh voices, big ideas, and envelope-pushing modes of storytelling. 

November 30—December 2, 2017 7:30 pm
December 6—December 8, 2017 7:30 pm
December 2, 2017 2:00 pm
December 9, 2017 2:00 pm

Curtain Theater

The department of music and dance presents the University Dancers, led by co-artistic directors Tom Vacanti and Leslie Frye Maietta.

November 30—December 2, 2017 7:30 pm

Totman Gym

Choose from Amaryllis, Holiday cactus, Mixed succulents, Fern, Elephant Ears, Jade, Canna lily, and much more.

December 1, 2017
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Campus Center, Concourse

Rack City is a student run thrift shop that strives to combine equity, economy and the environment.We promote secondhand clothing because it avoids unethical practices from fast fashion and cheap clothing, and we provide affordable clothing options for all community members. 

December 1, 2017
12:00 pm-3:00 pm

Student Union, Entrance

The department of music and dance presents a talk by Doug Abrams, a PhD student in music theory, entitled "A Geometrical Approach to Two-Voice Transformations."

December 1, 2017
2:30 pm

Fine Arts Center, 365

Come enjoy great food, music, ice sculptures, photo booths and more at the Southwest Winter Festival.

December 1, 2017
3:00 pm-8:00 pm

Southwest Concourse
Opening reception for "Who Am I to Feel So Free?," which showcases the works of 13 artists currently enrolled in the Five College Special Topics Studio Art Seminar. Over the course of the past semester, each artist has been asked to consider persona, duality, and representation through the intersection of pop culture and fine art.

December 1, 2017
4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Herter Art Gallery

Have you studied abroad or will you be next semester? Traveling internationally over winter break? Love hanging with friends and eating good food? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the Shabbat for you.

December 1, 2017
6:00 pm-9:30 pm

UMass Hillel
How well do you know your favorite young adult book series? Find out at Trivia Night at the Du Bois Library.

December 1, 2017
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

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

Hockey vs. Connecticut

December 1, 2017
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

"Queer & Now: A Lip Sync Spectacular" is a new theatrical event that fuses the forms of drag, lip sync and ensemble-based physical theater.

December 1, 2017
7:00 pm

French Hall, 102

The department of music and dance presents the Euridice Baroque Ensemble, directed by Robert Eisenstein.

December 1, 2017
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Free kids activities including winter craft-making with the Art Cycles program, and a special musical performance by Nancy Nesheim. All activities will be held in the Campus Center rooms 165 and 168.

December 2, 2017
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Campus Center, 165, 168

The department of music and dance presents Marimba Bands and Ensembles, under the direction of Thomas Hannum.

December 2, 2017
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

The department of music and dance presents "Sax & Strings," featuring Duo Montagnard: Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar, plus the Admiral Launch Duo: Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone, and Jennifer Ellis, harp.

December 3, 2017
4:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Once again, Information Technology is conducting a toy drive to benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield.

December 4—December 15, 2017, weekdays 9:00 am-5:00 pm

All Campus

John Higginson is professor of history and a research fellow in the College of Human Sciences and the department of history at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. 

December 4, 2017
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Integrated Sciences Building, 145

William Spriggs is a professor and former chair of the department of economics at Howard University and serves as chief economist to the AFL-CIO.

December 4, 2017
4:00 pm

Gordon Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Tonight's topic: "When To Ask for Help With Concerns About Kids" with Emily Koster, M.Ed., Early Childhood Development Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services.

December 4, 2017
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge, Commonwealth Room

The department of music and dance presents the UMass Wind Ensemble and UMass Concert Band in "Of Hard and Soft Edges," directed by Matthew Westgate and Timothy T. Anderson.

December 4, 2017
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Relax with a snack by making your own trail mix. 

December 5, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

The College of Nursing is delighted to present the following talk by Dr. Carrie-Ellen Briere: "Human Milk Stem Cells: A Research Trajectory in Breastfeeding Protection and Promotion." This research focuses on the bioactive components of human milk, specifically stem cells.

December 5, 2017
11:30 am-12:30 pm

Skinner Hall, 101

Join us for the last International Scholars Forum of the semester to discuss the peculiarities of the American grading system and share strategies for surviving the end of the semester.

December 5, 2017
1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Goodell Hall, 301 Conference Room

In this presentation, Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, assistant professor of German from the University of Mary Washington, will discuss ways in which three museums commemorate the Holocaust: Yad Vashem in Jerusalem; the Jewish Museum Berlin; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

December 5, 2017
2:30 pm

Herter Hall, 227

This lecture is postponed, we will post the new scheduled date as soon as it is available. Damian Shea speaks on "Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes." 

December 5, 2017
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160 E

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Richard Moyes will discuss the role of states and civil society in framing issues of concern and in developing legal responses. It will focus on the tensions and uncertainties that form part of the lived experience of that work - but that often get lost in formal narratives and histories.

December 5, 2017
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160 West

Activist Timmon Wallis speaks on “Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Before They Eliminate Us. Taking Local Action to Support a Global Treaty.”

December 5, 2017
4:00 pm-6:30 pm

Integrated Sciences Building, 145

Peggi Clouston, associate professor in the department of environmental conservation, discusses “Why Wood? High-Tech Timber in the UMass Design Building.”

December 5, 2017
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall, 111

Take a break from studying to send a letter home or anywhere in the world.

December 6, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Head out after work to eat, drink and share holiday cheer with the Greater Boston Alumni Network. Wear your most festive holiday attire and join fellow alumni to unwind and socialize at The Point, located in the North End.

December 6, 2017
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Point
Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross

December 6, 2017
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

The department of music and dance presents the UMass Percussion Ensemble and UMass Symphony Band, directed by Ayano Kataoka and Matthew Westgate.

December 6, 2017
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

With the semester coming to an end, come write thank you cards for your landlord/housemates.

December 7, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Women's Basketball vs. Fisher

December 7, 2017
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

The department of music and dance presents Jazz Ensemble I, led by director Jeffrey W. Holmes and assistant director Zack Bartolomei.

December 7, 2017
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014, and Why Poetry, a book of prose, from Ecco Press in August 2017.

December 7, 2017
8:00 pm

Memorial Hall

Join fellow alumni on a private tour of The Revs Institute, which houses the Collier Collection of over one hundred automobiles built between 1896 and 1995.

December 8, 2017
10:30 am

The Revs Institute
Come make snowflakes for us to hang up in the Off Campus Student Center.

December 8, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Based on 16 years of ethnographic fieldwork in an multi-ethnic and multiracial, high-poverty school in the American southwest, Calvin Morrill's research complicates our vision of urban youth, along the way revealing the resilience of students in the face of the carceral disciplinary tactics.

December 8, 2017
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160 E

12 days of your favorites! Gourmet sushi at all of the DCs! 

December 8, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Erika Renée Williams is an assistant professor of African American literature and culture at Emerson College, where she teaches courses reflecting her interests in modernist and contemporary African American literature; theories of race, gender, and sexuality; and formulations of cultural and personal identity.

December 8, 2017
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois, W. E. B. Du Bois Center

Join us for a free screening of "The Hitman's Bodyguard." Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

December 8, 2017 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
December 10, 2017 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Men's Basketball vs. Providence

December 9, 2017
3:00 pm

Mullins Center

A cultural event showcasing African food and culture. 

December 9, 2017
7:00 pm

Student Union Ballroom

The department of music and dance presents "Holiday Card to Amherst", featuring the UMass Chamber Choir, Chorale, Women's & Recital Choirs, conducted by Tony Thornton and Stephen A. Paparo.

December 9, 2017
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Sketch 22 is a sketch comedy troupe on campus. We are thrilled to be hosting our final show of the semester, in celebration of our newest member, Annabelle Tocco.

December 9, 2017
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Herter Hall, 231

The department of music and dance presents the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Catherine Jensen-Hole.

December 10, 2017
2:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Women's Basketball vs. Saint Peter's

December 10, 2017
2:00 pm

Mullins Center

Screening of "Escape from Room 18" followed by a talk with ex-Neo-Nazi John Daly, the subject of the film.

December 10, 2017
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall

Faculty members are invited to attend a workshop and luncheon about Fulbright opportunities on Monday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Campus Center Hadley Room. 

December 11—December 12, 2017

Campus Center, Hadley Room (10th Floor)

Get into the holiday spirit with festive cookies decorating. 

December 11, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Steven Hollon of Vanderbilt University will present his research findings that raise concerns that cognitive therapy provided in combination with medication does little to prevent recurrence of depression.

December 11, 2017
12:00 pm-1:15 pm

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160 West

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's dinner special is ramen noodles.

December 11, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Open to campus and Amherst Family Center (AFC) families with young children, Dinner On Us (DOU) is a parent education workshop series offered most Monday evenings during the academic year. This week's topic is "Raising A Bi-lingual Child and Benefits of Dual Language Learning For Children."

December 11, 2017
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge & Commonwealth Room

The department of music and dance presents the UMass Symphony Orchestra, directed by Morihiko Nakahara and featuring Joshua Michal, horn soloist.

December 11, 2017
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Today is the last day of classes for the fall 2017 semester at UMass Amherst.  

December 12, 2017

Come create aromatherapy oils to take home and unwind.

December 12, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Cristina Scheibe Wolff will discuss the use of gender and emotions in the rhetoric of resistance movements to dictatorships in countries of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay).

December 12, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Herter Hall, 601

The Economics Undergraduate Research Assistantships (EURA) program engages students in cutting-edge economics beyond the classroom. Each semester, undergraduate researchers majoring in economics work with faculty members to gain valuable research assistant experience on research projects. At this poster session, students will present the research projects they’ve been working on to the wider community.

December 12, 2017
3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Crotty Hall, 209

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's dinner special is artisan pizzas and boneless chicken wings.

December 12, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Celebrate the holidays with friends and enjoy a special buffet style dinner for just $25! Reserve your seats at 413-545-2551

December 12, 2017
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

University Club

Almost all of us have stories we wish others can hear. Shana gives you the opportunity to not only share your own story, but to also collectively perform and showcase other stories as well. Join Shaha for an educational, entertaining and thought-provoking performance.

December 12, 2017
7:30 pm

Old Chapel, Great Hall

The department of music and dance presents the Chapel Jazz and Jazz Lab Ensembles, directed by Thomas Giampietro, Dann Friedman and Zack Bartolomei.

December 12, 2017
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Study day for final exams.

December 13, 2017
December 16, 2017

Take a study break during finals with coloring, blocks and origami.

December 13—December 21, 2017

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Take a study break during finals with free coffee and cookies.

December 13—December 15, 2017

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

University Health Services (UHS) is holding five additional walk-in clinics before the end of the fall semester at which students can receive a Meningitis B vaccination.

December 13—December 15, 2017
December 18—December 19, 2017

University Health Services (UHS), 302

Crying is great for your health and reducing stress during finals. Swing by the Student Union for a free packet of tissues.

December 13, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Take a study break and explore natural, healthy ways to reduce stress at De-Stress Fest 2017.

December 13, 2017
12:00 pm-3:00 pm

Student Union Ballroom

Take a study break during finals with button making.

December 13—December 14, 2017 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
December 18—December 19, 2017 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's dinner special is chocolate dessert.

December 13, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

 Nikkomo is an annual Narragansett celebration started by the Nipmuc and is celebrated by some southern New England tribes.  The gathering involves gift giving signifying the days in which those who had the most gave to those who had the least. In doing so, the entire community was cared for equally. 

December 13, 2017
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Chadbourne House, B-3

Final Exams for Fall Semester 2017.

December 14—December 20, 2017
This event does NOT occur on:
December 16—December 17

Take your mind off of finals and into the holiday spirit by building a gingerbread house.

December 14, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's special is a dim sum dinner.

December 14, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Head out after work to eat, drink and share holiday cheer with the New York City Metro Alumni Network. Wear your most festive holiday attire and join fellow alumni to unwind and socialize at Professor Thom's.

December 14, 2017
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Professor Thom's
Choose from Amaryllis, Holiday cactus, Mixed succulents, Canna lily, Jade, Ferns, Elephant ears and much more.

December 15, 2017
10:00 am

Campus Center Auditorium, Concourse

Spread holiday cheer by making a card for your friends and peers.

December 15, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's dinner special is mac n cheese bar.

December 15, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Join the Black Alumni Network for the launch of the Boston chapter at the Back Bay Social Club before the annual Ebony Gala.

December 15, 2017
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Back Bay Social Club - upstairs bar
An animation film festival featuring student works.

December 15, 2017
5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Mahar Auditorium, 108

The College of Nursing will hold its Pinning Ceremony for those students graduating in December from the Nursing program.

December 16, 2017
10:00 am

Campus Center Auditorium

Men's Basketball vs. Georgia

December 16, 2017
3:00 pm

Mullins Center

Bring your family and friends out for UMass Night, an evening of great hockey action as Springfield Thunderbirds take on local rival, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

December 16, 2017
5:15 pm

Nadim's Mediterranean Grill
Need a break from studying? Come to the Student Union to take festive photos with your favorite holiday props.

December 18, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Dining Services is featuring 12 days of your favorite comfort foods in all dining halls. Tonight's dinner special is bubble tea and French macarons.

December 18, 2017
4:00 pm-9:00 pm

All Dining Commons

Start to unwind from final exams with some holiday coloring pages.

December 19, 2017
11:00 am-5:00 pm

Student Union, 314

Men's Basketball vs. Georgia State

December 20, 2017
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining a UMass astronomer to watch the Sun rise and set over the tall standing stones in the UMass Sunwheel for the Winter Solstice.

December 21, 2017

Sunwheel

Women's Basketball vs. Marist

December 21, 2017
12:00 pm

Mullins Center

Men's Basketball vs. Maine

December 22, 2017
4:00 pm

Mullins Center

Christmas is observed as a state and federal  holiday.

December 25, 2017

Join fellow alumni and UMass fans for an evening of fun at the iconic Barney's Beanery, located in West Hollywood. 

December 30, 2017
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Barney's Beanery