In accordance with Massachusetts regulations, strict restrictions are in effect for in-person campus events. Most of the the events listed here are taking place remotely on Zoom and other online platforms. See each listing for details. All times are United States Eastern Time Zone.
Month of December 2020
As UMass Amherst continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with orders issued by the Governor of Massachusetts, restrictions are in place for events taking place on campus.

March 12—February 28, 2021

All Campus

Free and open to all UMass and Five College students who identify as trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming or questioning.

September 15—December 23, 2020, Thursdays 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Online

This year’s Building Bridges Virtual Showcase provides a variety of opportunities to come together online and participate in one of several Live Sessions and to view our Digital Galleries.

June 30—December 31, 2020

Online

Please join us for an informal virtual hour to socialize and get to know each other, while sipping on your favorite bevarge! 

September 4, 2020 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
November 6, 2020 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
December 4, 2020 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Online

Innovative skills-based free workshops open to all UMass students, focused on learning practical tools for coping with stress and anxiety.

September 14—December 18, 2020, weekdays 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Online

This is a supportive space for Black and Brown students to come together, talk and learn while engaging in discussions regarding the academic and social pressures at UMass.

September 17—December 18, 2020, Thursdays 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Online

WomenHeart is the nation's only patient-centered advocacy, education and support organization solely dedicated to serving the nearly 48 million women in the U.S. Open to all.

September 18, 2020 10:00 am-11:30 am
October 23, 2020 10:00 am-11:30 am
November 20, 2020 10:00 am-11:30 am
December 18, 2020 10:00 am-11:30 am

Online

A monthly webinar series bringing staff together to discuss the successes and challenges that are occurring while working remote during the pandemic.  We’ll incorporate concepts and new tools, such as building resilience, well-being check-ins, Covid-19 Comfort Level chart and improving productivity during the pandemic.

September 23, 2020 9:30 am-10:45 am
October 22, 2020 9:30 am-10:45 am
November 20, 2020 9:30 am-10:45 am
December 17, 2020 9:30 am-10:45 am

Online

A monthly webinar series bringing managers and supervisors of staff together to discuss challenges and share successes of managing in this current context of uncertainty and constant change during the pandemic.  Each webinar will focus on a topic, and provide time for open discussion and Q & A.

September 24, 2020 9:00 am-10:15 am
October 6, 2020 9:00 am-10:15 am
November 12, 2020 9:00 am-10:15 am
December 10, 2020 9:00 am-10:15 am

Online

 Love reading and looking for an opportunity to keep learning through thoughtful conversations on timely topics? Join the Read UMass Virtual Book Club to discuss new ideas and engage with other curious minds.

October 15—December 14, 2020

Online

Spring 2021 classes begin Feb. 1.

November 30—December 4, 2020

This year’s expanding spotlight on racism in the U.S. has prompted the urgency for institutions and individuals to be actively anti-racist. What does this really mean? What is the difference between being not racist and being anti-racist? We’ll explore these questions and identify anti-racist actions that you can integrate in your personal and work life.

December 1, 2020
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Online

Join Program Director Meredith Rolfe (Professor of Political Science) and current student Larrisa Miller (M.S. '21) for a virtual information session to learn more about the M.S. DACSS program: our courses, program requirements, career paths, our students, how you can apply, and more. 

December 1, 2020
1:00 pm

Online

Annette Vadnais, Student Success and Outreach Librarian (Purple Hair Librarian), will be sharing her six pets on Zoom!

December 1, 2020
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Online

Immersive theater works by placing its audience amid the action; we’re taking this concept remote. Café Subterrain invites audience members to gather in a digital café where they’ll journey through virtual rooms.

December 1—December 3, 2020 7:30 pm

Online

Copyright? Fair use? Got a question about your publication contract?  Our Copyright and Information Policy Librarian will be opening their Zoom office on Wednesdays at noon to 1 p.m.

December 2, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Online

Annette Vadnais, Student Success and Outreach Librarian (Purple Hair Librarian), will be sharing her six pets on Zoom!

December 2, 2020
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Online

Join the UMass Amherst Libraries for a fun evening of Pictionary on Zoom!

December 3, 2020
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Online

Katherine Keith, PhD Candidate in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, addressses the question "How can data science contribute to social impact? in her presentation "Social Data Science with Text." 

December 4, 2020
12:00 pm

Online

Learn about the history of labyrinths, which date back more than 4,000 years and appear on every continent except Antartica.

December 4, 2020
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Online

Join the College of Education, as we will be hosting an open house for our teacher preparation programs for interested students.  The open house will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about our teacher preparation programs and allow them to talk with our program coordinators.  Each open house will be conducted via zoom.  Please register here.  The open house will start at 3:00 p.m.

December 4, 2020
3:00 pm

Online

Presenting (via YouTube) tunes by Sting, Randy Newman, Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé plus Christmas Time is Here from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and more!

December 6, 2020
2:00 pm

Online

Fit in an extra class, complete a requirement, and earn a few more credits. Choose from a variety of online courses and take them wherever you are, whenever your schedule allows. 

December 7—January 16, 2021
This event does NOT occur on:
December 25, January 1

Online

There’s never been a better time to consider a master’s in data analytics. Why? The job market, for one. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15% job growth in data science through 2029, 15% faster than the national average for all occupations.

December 8, 2020
1:00 pm

Online

A virtual concert via YouTube.  Jeffrey W. Holmes and Felipe Salles, directors.

December 8, 2020
7:30 pm

Online

The webinar is part of a series of virtual conversations related to racism as a public health crisis, and the third of three featuring Loretta Ross, a visiting associate professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College.

December 9, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Online

Copyright? Fair use? Got a question about your publication contract?  Our Copyright and Information Policy Librarian will be opening their Zoom office on Wednesdays at noon to 1 p.m.

December 9, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Online

A virtual holiday concert by our vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, plus the Minuteman Marching Band on YouTube.  Jeffrey W. Holmes, Felipe Salles and Timothy T. Anderson, directors.

December 11, 2020
7:30 pm

Online

For undergraduate students interested in applying to be an Orientation Leader for the Summer 2021 New Student Orientation program.

December 16, 2020
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Online

Join us for the Off Campus Student Center Virtual Housing Fair.

December 16, 2020
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Online

Copyright? Fair use? Got a question about your publication contract?  Our Copyright and Information Policy Librarian will be opening their Zoom office on Wednesdays at noon to 1 p.m.

December 16, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Online

Review the wealth of open access and open educational resources across many disciplines in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies.

December 17, 2020
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Online

Chen-Shuo Hong, PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department, presents his research, "Health Misinformation, Partisan Cheap Talk, and Social Stratification: A Survey Experiment."

December 18, 2020
12:00 pm

Online

The UMass Wind Ensemble presents "Standing Together," a series of streamed performances on the Music & Dance Department’s YouTube Channel. The Wind Ensemble will perform Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7 (1881) by Richard Strauss, conducted by Matthew Westgate.

December 19, 2020
7:30 pm

Online

To mark the sun reaching its southerly extreme and the start of astronomical winter, UMASS astronomers are giving live online presentation on Zoom from the campus’s unique Sunwheel at 7:15 a.m.

December 21, 2020

Sunwheel, and Online

Copyright? Fair use? Got a question about your publication contract?  Our Copyright and Information Policy Librarian will be opening their Zoom office on Wednesdays at noon to 1 p.m. for drop-in visits.

December 23, 2020
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Online

Christmas is a legal holiday in Massachusetts.

December 25, 2020

The UMass Wind Ensemble presents "Standing Together," a series of streamed performances on the Music & Dance Department’s YouTube Channel.

December 26, 2020
7:30 pm

Online

Except for essential operations and necessary end-of-year activities, the university will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 2. 

December 28—December 31, 2020