Virtual Events Emerging as Community Sustains Connections

As UMass Amherst responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, all in-person campus events have been canceled or postponed. However, the campus community, in addition to transitioning to remote learning, has creatively embarked on developing a variety of virtual events. Even an Edible Book Festival has moved online.

Here’s a sampling of virtual gatherings that have emerged.

Fulbright Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday, April 2, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn all about the Fulbright Scholarship—eligibility, deadlines and useful information to prepare for the next steps into the Fulbright process For more information, visit

Edible Book Festival

Wednesday, April 1

The UMass AmherstLibraries are celebrating this year's Edible Book Festival online with photo submissions being accepted through Monday, March 30. This festival has been celebrated internationally on or around April 1 since 2000 in commemoration of the birthday of gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. An online gallery of submissions and voting ballot will be made available Wednesday, April 1. For more information, visit

Tasso and Music Symposium

Friday, April 17-Sunday April 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day

Over a dozen music historians and scholars will present papers at this video conference to mark the conclusion of the NEH-funded Tasso in Music Project, directed by UMass professor Emiliano Ricciardi. The three-year effort has established a complete critical edition of the musical settings of the great 16th century Italian poet Torquato Tasso. For more information, visit

Other online events are available on the UMass Amherst campus events calendar. Departments, schools and colleges should submit their online events and send updates regarding existing events being canceled, postponed or moved online to or via the form available on the events webpage.