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            What's happening at Homecoming
                      October 13-17, 2010

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst welcomes alumni, students, faculty, & staff to Homecoming Weekend 2010! While you celebrate your UMass Pride, check out some of the special events at the College:


Afro-American Studies Meet & Greet
Friday, October 15th at 12:00 pm
Shirley Graham Du Bois Reading Room, 2nd Floor, New Africa House
181 Infirmary Way


Join Afro-American Studies students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the Department's 40th Anniversary and the recent renovation of New Africa House! Pizza, wings, and soft drinks will be served.

While you're there, take the opportunity to visit the newest exhibit in the Augusta Savage Gallery, John Anthony Kendrick: An Artist at Rest.


Lecture: Marla Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America
Friday, October 15th at 1:30 pm
Herter Hall #601


The College of Humanities & Fine Arts invites you to return to the classroom for Homecoming (don't worry, there won't be any pop quizzes!) Marla Miller, Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at UMass Amherst, will lecture on her newest book, Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

The Boston Globe had this to say about Miller's book:

"Miller takes a close look at the legendary yarn and finds little hard, historical evidence to support it. But she also broadens her focus to offer a rich biography of the woman behind the myth and ably demonstrates why Ross merits study in her own right."

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Lecture: Daniel Bluestone, "Forming Attachments: The Building and Preservation of Belmead (1845-2010)"
Friday, October 15th at 4:00 pm
Herter Hall #231

Daniel Bluestone is Associate Professor and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (2011), and Constructing Chicago. He has also led several award-winning efforts to preserve significant historic sites in Chicago and Charlottesville.


36th Annual Multiband Pops Concert
October 15th at 8:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Join producer Jeffrey W. Holmes for this fantastic music and dance showcase. This fast-paced, fun event includes 14 ensembles featuring the Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble I, UMass Dancers, University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Marimba Band, & much more.

Ticket prices: $15 for students, seniors & children / $20 for general public. Purchase your tickets online or call (413) 545-2511. Click here for more information.


A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of George N. Parks
Saturday, October 16th at 11:30 am (doors will open at 10:00 am)
Mullins Center


The University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrates the life and legacy of Professor George N. Parks, who led the Minuteman Marching Band to national prominence during his 33-year tenure. Professor Parks died September 16 after suffering a heart attack following a performance with the band at an Ohio high school. Please join the campus and community in celebrating the life of this teacher who inspired so many.

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