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POSTPONED East Asian Languages & Cultures 50th Anniversary Celebration

Event Details

April 18, 2020
12:00 pm-8:00 pm

All Campus

Marc Cameron

This event has been postponed.

Refunds will be issued in the coming weeks. Please contact us at with any questions.

Return to campus to reconnect with alumni, friends, and faculty and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the East Asian Languages and Cultures department (formerly Asian Languages and Cultures). Reminisce about your time on campus and learn how the program has changed from current students and faculty. Festivities for the weekend will include games; arts and crafts; and a celebration dinner featuring a live dance performance put together by the EALC department, Amherst Ballet, and renowned choreographer Junichi Fukuda.

To cap off the celebration, we will launch the EALC Student Assistance Fund to enhance career building services by focusing on internship opportunities and job placement for seniors upon graduation.

Luncheon with Current Students

Amherst Room, 10th Floor Campus Center
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (drop in)

Enjoy an Asian themed luncheon buffet with sushi, while hearing from current students about the exciting changes in the department and sharing your advice. The Chinese Culture Club and Japanese Student Association will also have tables with traditional Japanese toys available for use among attendees of all ages.

Calligraphy Workshop with Professor Zhongwei Shen

Old Chapel, 1st floor
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Renowned calligrapher Professor Zhongwei Shen will be on hand to present a lecture on calligraphy featuring samples of his work. During the workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to partake in this ancient art as well as Chinese painting and seal carving. Space is limited—sign up early to secure your spot. Light refreshments will be served.

Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Old Chapel, 2nd floor
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a plated dinner of award-winning food prepared by UMass Catering while hearing welcome remarks from Provost John McCarthy. While dining, enjoy a special performance with dancers from the Amherst Ballet, entitled Blossoming Words, Blossoming Movements: Dances to Tanka Poems. The result of collaborative efforts among the EALC department; Amherst Ballet, a local not-for-profit; and renowned choreographer, Junichi Fukuda, the program was developed in support of the department’s efforts to promote an understanding of Japanese traditional culture among K-12 students in the area.

Menu options:

  • Crab stuffed flounder with lobster cream sauce
  • Creamy Chicken primavera or
  • Farmer's market portobello mushroom (DF, GF, V)

All meals come with a baby green salad and seasonal creme brulee for dessert. A cash bar will be available as well. If you have a dietary restriction, please note what it is under "accessibility" when registering.

Event Category

Alumni Other Alumni