Month of December 2016
The work of photojournalist Diana Mara Henry spans four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America. 

August 31—January 13, 2017
This event does NOT occur on:
November 24, December 24—January 2, January 8

Library, W.E.B. Du Bois, Lower Level & Floor 25

The Faculty Senate is a representative body that is responsible for faculty participation in university planning and governance.

September 8, 2016 3:30 pm
October 6, 2016 3:30 pm
November 10, 2016 3:30 pm
December 15, 2016 3:30 pm

Herter Hall, 227

UHS offers flu vaccination for UMass Amherst students, and for faculty, staff and students' dependents whose primary care provider is at the health center.

December 2, 2016 9:00 am-12:00 pm
December 8, 2016 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

University Health Services
The Marriott Meals is a core course within the HTM program in which students have the opportunity to manage the restaurant with a team of student employees. All meals are attentively managed, prepared and served by students.

September 20—December 14, 2016, Tue/Wed/Thu
This event does NOT occur on:
October 11—October 13, October 25, November 16, November 22—November 25, December 15

Campus Center - Marriott Center, 1101

A drop-in group for students of color facilitated by Michelle Youngblood of CMASS and Linda Scott, CCPH

September 22—December 15, 2016, Thursdays 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
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November 24

Wilder Hall, 102

You are encouraged to apply to be the 2017 Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker to share your thoughts as a graduating senior and have a lead role in the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

October 18—February 7, 2017

Online

Awaken your inner creativity.  Join us and lean how to create Native art using beads.

November 1—December 13, 2016, Tuesdays 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
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November 22

Chadbourne House

From the battlefields of the US Civil War, to the trenches of the Somme and forts of Verdun, large-scale black and white photographs reveal our collective historical memory as it inhabits our landscape today. 

November 13—December 14, 2016 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
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November 14—December 14, Mon/Sat, November 24

Hampden Gallery

Auditions for The Happiest Song Plays Last are open to theater majors and community members. 

December 5—December 6, 2016 6:30 pm-10:30 pm

Fine Arts Center, 204

"A Point of View" is a collection of miniatures, full size paintings, objects and writings inspired by everyday people.

November 14—November 29, 2016 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 16—December 2, 2016, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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November 21—November 25

Augusta Savage Gallery

The Humanities and Fine Arts Student Leadership Board is open to all students with an interest in the humanities or arts.

November 17—December 8, 2016, Thursdays 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Dickinson, 10

Graduate Film Certificate Program applications are due February 21, 2017.

November 21—February 21, 2017

Online

This solo exhibition presents photographs by one of Germany’s most distinguished photographers.

November 21—December 12, 2016

Herter Art Gallery

Applications are being accepted now through the priority deadline of January 29, 2017. View event details for more information.

November 21—January 29, 2017

New Africa House

Two sisters gaze across an endless stretch of barren desert at the El Shatt refugee camp, while a war rages across Europe.

November 30, 2016 7:30 pm
December 2—December 3, 2016 7:30 pm
December 7—December 10, 2016 7:30 pm
December 10, 2016 2:00 pm

Curtain Theater

Walk in and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV today.

December 1, 2016
11:00 am-3:00 pm

Campus Center, 165

Serial entrepreneur Greg Erman will speak about his broad experience as a startup CEO, including his perspectives on opportunities in the emerging digital health sector; raising venture capital; building a team; commercializing university research and planning for a successful exit.

December 1, 2016
1:30 pm

Life Science Laboratories, S330

Michael Kelly, head of archives and special collections at Amherst College, will give a lecture titled "Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography." 

December 1, 2016
4:00 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

In this lecture, C. Riley Snorton will interrogate the absent presence of Phillip DeVine from the public memory of the Humboldt killings and the national narration of Brandon Teena, as a transgender martyr.

December 1, 2016
5:00 pm

Campus Center, 162-75

"Historical Perspectives on the 2016 Election: Historians Respond to Your Questions."

December 1, 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Bartlett Hall, 65

This guest artist recital with the Barkada Sax Quartet features Christopher Elchico, Shane Rathburn, Steven Lawhon and Justin Polyblank, saxophones.

December 1, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Peril in Thine Eye: A new, full-length, immersive production inspired by "Romeo and Juliet" and directed by Paul Dennis.

December 1, 2016 7:30 pm-9:45 pm
December 2, 2016 7:30 pm-9:45 pm
December 3, 2016 7:30 pm-9:45 pm

Totman Gym

This performance is now SOLD OUT.

December 1, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by poet and professor Peter Gizzi.

December 1, 2016
8:00 pm

Memorial Hall, Memorial Hall

Holiday Plant Sale featuring Holiday cactus, paperwhites, jade, ferns and much more.

December 2, 2016
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Fine Arts Center, Lobby

In this presentation, “Supplier Collaboration and Development for Greening Supply Chains,” an overview of greening of supply chains is presented. Greening and sustainability issues associated with supply chain management are the fastest growing research areas within the operations and supply chain management field.  A brief history and need for research and practice in this area is initially introduced.  

December 2, 2016
11:00 am

Integrative Learning Center, N101

Emiliano Ricciardi presents his paper titled “Form in the Late Italian Madrigal: Torquato Tasso's Literary Theories and Their Musical Implications.” 

December 2, 2016
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Fine Arts Center, 272

The Amherst Area Chamber and the Amherst Business Improvement District present the annual Merry Maple celebration.

December 2, 2016
3:00 pm-6:30 pm

Amherst Common
Highly acclaimed Serbian stage director Nikita Milivojević delivers this year's Rand Lecture.

December 2, 2016
4:00 pm

Rand Theater

UMass Amherst’s third-year architecture students present their original designs for productive urban animal habitat.

December 2, 2016
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

UMass NYPOP
The University Programming Council (UPC) presents December Holiday Hoorah, the last UMass Night Out of the Semester.

December 2, 2016
6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Student Union, Earth Foods

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Notre Dame at the Mullins Center.

December 2, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

The Humanities and Fine Arts Student Leadership Board is hosting a field trip to New York City.

December 3, 2016
7:30 am-7:30 pm

New York City
The former violist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet and theNaumberg-winning Sequoia Quartet conducts a master class.

December 3, 2016
9:00 am-11:00 am

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Join the Amherst Business Improvement District for its first annual “Pack the Sack Day” and get 20 percent off on your holiday shopping in downtown.*

December 3, 2016
10:00 am-10:00 pm

Downtown Amherst
Western Massachusetts Flute Day presents guest artist Jake Fridkis.

December 3, 2016
11:00 am-9:00 pm

Fine Arts Center

Come support your Minutemen as they take on UCF at the Mullins Center.

December 3, 2016
1:00 pm

Mullins Center

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Notre Dame.

December 3, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

This guest artist recital features Jake Fridkis, Forth Worth Symphony Principal Flute. 

December 3, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

The Marimba Bands and Ensembles perform, directed by Thomas Hannum. 

December 3, 2016
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

AyreCraft will perform a Renaissance holiday concert.

December 4, 2016
2:00 pm

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Registration for the event is now closed. Add a little extra cheer to your year and join the Cape Cod Alumni Network for a performance of “Holiday on Cape Cod,” presented by the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.

December 4, 2016
2:00 pm

Alberto's Ristorante
The University Chorale, Women’s Choir and Recital Choir perform under conductors Stephen A. Paparo and Eric Berthiaume.

December 4, 2016
3:00 pm

First Congregational Church
 The UMass IT Staff Leadership Group is conducting a toy drive for Baystate Children’s Hospital.

December 5—December 9, 2016 9:00 am-5:00 pm

All Campus

Laura Reed's talk “We Harbor No Illusions: A Post Mortem on the Obama Administration’s Policies to Move Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons” will draw from her experience in international relations.

December 5, 2016
12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Thompson Hall, 620

Kristie Soares, assistant professor of Latina/o Literature and Culture, investigates a non-teleological engagement with capitalism that is present in Spanish Caribbean music.

December 5, 2016
4:00 pm

Thompson Hall, 519

Germaine M. Buck Louis presents her talk titled “Environmental Influences on Human Reproduction: Beyond Humans to Couples.” This talk will highlight recent findings from the LIFE Study.  

December 5, 2016
4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Campus Center, 904-908

The Dinner On Us parent-to-parent roundtable offers parents of young children the opportunity to learn more about themselves while acquiring new approaches to raising children.

December 5, 2016
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art/Hampshire College
Student trios, quartets, quintets perform great works from the classical repertoire under the direction of Elizabeth Chang, faculty coordinator.

December 5, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management presents the second annual “Social Entrepreneurship Day” event to discuss and examine key issues related to social entrepreneurship.

December 6, 2016
9:00 am-3:15 pm

Campus Center, Cape Cod Lounge

Join WOCLN for their December Social Hour to socialize with members of the staff and connect with other women of color.

December 6, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

New Africa House, 127

Today, an unprecedented 11 million Americans are licensed to carry a concealed gun, which raises a paradox for public law enforcement, who must enforce the very laws that undermine their unique ability to use legitimate coercion in the pursuit of social order.

December 6, 2016
4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Campus Center, 904-08

Professor Duncan Irschick of the Department of Biology will present his talk "Animal Attraction: Bioinspiration and Life in 3-D." 

December 6, 2016
4:00 pm

Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room

Join WOCLN for an evening of poetry performances and creative expression.

December 6, 2016
7:00 pm

New Africa House, 203

Professor Jim Manwell from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department will discuss the new technology of offshore wind energy and its potential role in a low-carbon future for the region.

December 6, 2016
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Bangs Community Center, large activity room
Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Jeffrey W. Holmes, performs in concert.

December 6, 2016
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Feeling stressed? Join us for our Paws event to alleviate that stress. 

December 7, 2016
11:00 am-1:30 pm

All Campus

Adrian Jordaan of UMass Amherst and Michelle Staudinger of the NE CSC will speak about “The Times They Are a Changing: Shifting Phenology in Northeast Costal Ecosystems.”

December 7, 2016
3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Morrill Science Center, 134

Olympic champions Meryl Davis, Charlie White and two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan and indie pop band Echosmith.

December 7, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Symphony Band and Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Karen Atherton and Ayano Kataoka, perform in concert.

December 7, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Join the University Women's Network Holiday Luncheon for a wonderful meal, company and networking.

December 8, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Campus Center, Marriott Meals - 11th Floor

Faculty and graduate students will lead informal, participatory sessions on a range of topics.

December 8, 2016
12:00 pm-4:45 pm

Campus Center, 165-176

The HFA Student Leadership Board is hosting a party to celebrate the end of the semester! Everyone is welcome.

December 8, 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Dickinson, 108

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Pacific at the Mullins Center.

December 8, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Over his 30-year career, guitarist Marc Ribot has explored everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez, while making contributions to the careers of Neko Case, Diana Krall, Solomon Burke, John Lurie, Marianne Faithful, Allen Toussaint, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones and The Black Keys.

December 8, 2016
8:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

Walk in and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV on the ground floor of University Health Services (UHS).

December 9, 2016
10:00 am-1:00 pm

University Health Services (UHS), Ground floor

Join UMass Hillel for an early Hanukah celebration at our last Shabbat of the semester. All are welcome.

December 9, 2016
4:30 pm-9:00 pm

Hillel House

Wind Ensemble and Concert Band present “Swingin' with Spirodopoulos.”

December 9, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Come jam with Smallpools at our Beach Party themed winter concert. Sport your best Hawaiian shirt or hula skirt. Beach balls and leis will be provided.

December 9, 2016
7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Student Union, Ballroom

Join us for the holiday caroling flash mob.

December 10, 2016
2:30 pm

North Common
Join UMass Duly Noted as they perform songs from their original repertoire as well as several holiday classics.  

December 10, 2016
7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Catherine Jensen-Hole, performs.

December 11, 2016
4:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

 The UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui, performs in concert with soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and Eric Berlin, trumpet.

December 11, 2016
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

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

December 12, 2016
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Campus Center, Blue Wall

The Dinner On Us parent-to-parent roundtable offers parents of young children the opportunity to learn more about themselves while acquiring new approaches to raising children.

December 12, 2016
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Take a study break and explore natural, healthy ways to reduce stress and balance body and mind. 

December 13, 2016
12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Student Union, Ballroom

Join MSA Director, Professor Bill Brown, to learn more about the Accounting Transitions Program, a program where you will earn a pre-MSA graduate level certificate designed to prepare non-accounting majors for entry into the MS Accounting program at the Isenberg School of Management.  

December 13, 2016
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 112

Head out after work to eat, drink and share holiday cheer with the Greater Boston Alumni Network.

December 13, 2016
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Point
Come support your Minutemen as they take on North Carolina A&T.

December 13, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Last of the classes for fall semester.

December 14, 2016

Brittni Howard, Umass Applied Anthropology PhD student, and Nialena Ali, Mount Holyoke graduate, will accompany students on a 4-week collaborative interdisciplinary summer volunteer/internship with the Ghanaian non-profit, Cheerful Hearts Foundation.  

December 14, 2016
10:15 am-12:30 pm

Campus Center, Peoples Organic Coffee

Put on your ugliest sweater and join the New York City Alumni Network for our Ugly Sweater Party.

December 14, 2016
6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Professor Thom's
The Chapel Jazz and Jazz Lab ensembles, directed by Felipe Salles and Nate Gowen, perform.

December 14, 2016
7:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

Reading Day for final exams

December 15, 2016

Senior portrait and professional portrait opportunities are available through Ultimate Exposures®.

December 15—December 16, 2016 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Campus Center, 903

Final exams begin and continue through Dec.

December 16, 2016

Plants for sale include jade, holiday cactus, amaryllis, paperwhites and fern.

December 16, 2016
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Lincoln Campus Center Concourse
Opening Reception: Friday December 16, 6-8 p.m.Showing in the Lee Edwards Gallery on the first floor of the Studio Arts Building. 

December 16—December 18, 2016 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Studio Arts Building

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Arizona State.

December 16, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Second Reading Day for final exams.

December 17, 2016

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Kennesaw State at the Mullins Center.

December 17, 2016
1:00 pm

Mullins Center

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Arizona State.

December 17, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the winter solstice among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel.

December 21, 2016
7:00 am

Sunwheel

The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the winter solstice among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel.

December 21, 2016
3:30 pm

Sunwheel

Come support your Minutemen as they take on Rider at the Mullins Center.

December 22, 2016
7:00 pm

Mullins Center

Christmas is observed as a federal and state holiday.

December 25, 2016

Since Christmas falls on a Sunday, Massachusetts law says the legal holiday is observed on the following Monday.

December 26, 2016

Winter Term classes begin.

December 27, 2016

Last day to add/drop Winter Term classes.

December 29, 2016

In accordance with campus collective bargaining agreements, the campus is closed (except for designated essential staff) on the two work (business) days prior the New Year's Day holiday.

December 29—December 30, 2016

Come support your Minutemen as they take on St. Bonaventure at the Mullins Center.

December 30, 2016
4:00 pm

Mullins Center