8 a.m.–4 p.m.
R.W. Kern Center

Stop by the registration table as soon as you arrive on campus to receive registration materials and updates. While you’re here, be sure to check out the timeline started by the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee, and add entries of your own.

Community Breakfast with the Board of Trustees

9–10:30 a.m.
Main tent

Catered by the alum-owned Black Sheep Deli & Bakery. Everyone is welcome!

Hampshire 50th Family 5k Fun Run & Walk*

9 a.m.
Begins at the Robert Crown Center

Join Hampshire College OPRA for a fun 5k (3.1 mile) run or walk around campus roads, fields, and trails to celebrate Hampshire’s 50th. The course starts near the Robert Crown Center around Campus Way and then heads onto the grass for a hilly loop near the Red Barn, then proceeding past the Hitchcock Center and the Hampshire Farm, before finishing back at RCC. Fun age group prizes and raffle for all participants.

*Pre-registration preferred.

Admissions Tour

9–10 a.m.
Begins at the Admissions Office, R.W. Kern Center

Admissions will offer a student-guided campus tour. Your guide will contextualize the academic program with their custom studies, highlight campus buildings and facilities, as well as student life opportunities on campus.

Mixed Nuts Staff Gathering

10–11 a.m.
Dakin-Merrill Quad Tent

Did you distribute cases of cauliflower each week? Make sure each mod had enough bread to get them through the next week? Did you cut 100 pounds of cheese every Wednesday afternoon? Sell bulk goods during store hours? Managers, staff, and signers from across the decades will gather to compare notes about our beloved food co-op and how it has evolved through the years.

Interfaith Discussion Group

10–11 a.m.
East Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

This group, founded in the late 1980s, was for “anyone who believed in anything bigger than themselves.” It drew students who were interested in a wide variety of faith expressions who shared their thoughts, experiences and Atkins lemon poppy seed cake, without trying to convert anyone. Anyone interested is welcome to join us at this gathering.

Hampshire of Color: (Re) Uniting Alums and Current Students to Discuss Life After Hampshire

Time: 10:30 a.m.–noon

10:30–11:30 a.m.: Roundtable: Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall
11:30 a.m.–noon: James Baldwin Scholars and Friends Reception: Lounge 17, Cole Science Center lawn

Join us for a roundtable discussion between alums of color from a variety of fields and disciplines as they share their experiences at Hampshire and post-Commencement. Moderated by James Baldwin scholar and current student, Judah Doty F18, speakers include Ed Dees 71F, Dr. Tashal Brown 03F, and Co-Director of Writing Program & Faculty Associate Alejandro Cuellar 00S. The roundtable will be followed by a casual reception and meetup co-hosted by the James Baldwin Scholars Program.

The roundtable portion will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person: https://hampshire.zoom.us/j/98614810574?pwd=VllYZFBqYi9jZkZFbnoxdUJFOTl0dz09

This event is co-sponsored by the Lebrón-Wiggins Pran Cultural Center, James Baldwin Scholars program, and Alumni & Family Relations.

Community-Organized Talks

10:30 a.m.–noon
Dakin-Merrill Quad Tent
  • 10:30-11 a.m. aífe murray
    “The Slave Is Gone:The Show That Talks Back To AppleTVs Dickinson”
  • 11-11:30 a.m. Richard Asinof 70F
    “Media Disruption and Storytelling”
  • 11:30 a.m.–noon
    Susan Coleman 73F
    “Women, Negotiation & Power: Dismantling Patriarchy One Negotiation at a Time”

R.W. Kern Center Building Tour

10:30 a.m.-noon
R.W. Kern Center

Meet builder Jonathan Wright 70F and R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach Sara Draper in the lobby for this guided tour of Hampshire’s newest building, the 17th certified Living Building in the world.

Tour of the New Learning Collaboratives

11 a.m.–noon
West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Our times bring enormous challenges, locally and globally. Today’s students want to go to college to do something about them. Hampshire is reorganizing its academic program to empower them to do so.

Traditional models of departments and schools are barriers to unique, creative solutions needed to effectively address these challenges. So we’ve scrapped them and developed Learning Collaboratives (LC’s), communities of faculty, staff, and students that engage in transdisciplinary, collaborative inquiry and action, both inside and outside the classroom. Their strength is in a multitude of complementing perspectives and skill sets needed to address urgent contemporary issues.

The LC themes for this academic year are In/Justice, Environments and Change, Media and Technology, and Time & Narrative, each addressing one or two urgent questions. Rather than being static, themes and challenges will evolve as needs and interests shift, and new problems arise.

Join Assistant Professor of Physics Kaća Bradonjić, the Director of Collaborative Learning and Practice Javiera Benavente, and others to learn more about how LCs of faculty, staff, and students come together to understand and address the urgent challenges of our times.

Class of 70F Lunch

Noon-1 p.m.
Linda Mollison Pavilion, Merrill-Dakin Quad

Grab lunch from one of the great food trucks parked in the Franklin Patterson Hall parking lot and bring it to the Linda Mollison Pavilion to eat with your classmates. Faculty and staff from that time are also encouraged to attend. Hosted by Luis Hernandez 70F.

R.W. Kern Center Puzzles Tour

12:30-1:30 p.m.
R.W. Kern Center

Join R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach Sara Draper for a guided tour of the 10 hidden puzzles embedded throughout the building.


11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall parking area or the Dining Commons

Choose from food trucks or a meal from the Dining Commons and take it to the Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Village Solar Canopy to eat.

(not included in registration fee)

Dessert Food Trucks

1–4 p.m.
Library lawn sidewalks, near the yurt

(not included in registration fee)

Visiting the Cultural Center’s Past While Looking Toward the Future

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lebrón-Wiggins Pran Cultural Center

Past and current students of the Lebrón Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center are invited to join us for lunch and “StoryTime.” Share your stories to help capture some moments in time and create a timeline of our history while reimagining with current students what kind of uplifting space the Cultural Center can be in the future.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lebrón-Wiggins Pran Cultural Center and Alumni & Family Relations.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by checking the box on the registration page for yourself and each guest who will accompany you.

Hitchcock Center Open House

1–4 p.m.
Hitchcock Center for the Environment

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is our newest Cultural Village partner and hosts the other living building on our campus. The Center helps develop a community that understands connections among human health, ecosystems and economies through educational programs that offer a particular focus on children, who live in a world of environmental challenges. Stop by to view their building, traipse around their grounds, and learn about the great work they do.

Theatre Program Open House

1-2:30 p.m.
Emily Dickinson Hall

Come find your show poster hanging on the walls of Emily Dickinson Hall and take a selfie. Visit “The Living Room.” Possibly you knew it as the Studio or even as Division IV. It is now an open mic and karaoke space. You are welcome to sing a song or draw on the chalk mural. Walk through the Scene Shop, and find even more show memories on the walls. Chat with current students, faculty, and other alumni in the Mainstage Theatre. And don’t forget to sign our Div-Free wall.

Founders Reception

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Leo Model Gallery, Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video

Celebrate Hampshire’s roots, and raise a cheer for our founders. All are invited to connect with friends from the founding classes 70F–75F, former faculty and staff, and more. Enjoy the photography exhibition that includes founding faculty member Elaine Mayes’ portraits of students in the early ’70s. Taking place concurrently with the Gathering of Faculty and Staff so attendees can easily go back and forth between the two paired events. Light refreshments will be served.

Gathering of Former Faculty and Staff

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Under the Charles and Polly Longsworth Arts Village and Solar Canopy

Join Penina Glazer, Ken Rosenthal, Adele Simmons, and many others in celebration of faculty and staff from the past 50 years. Taking place concurrently with the Founders Reception so that attendees can easily go back and forth between the two paired events. Light refreshments will be served.

Farm Tour

2–3 p.m.
Farm Center

Join Associate Professor of Physiology Cynthia Gill and Division II student Blythe Wilde down on the farm! Meet the animals, learn about their various breeds, and traipse through the fields and pastures. If the group is more interested in crops, Cindy and Blythe can talk about those, too. The tour will begin at Thorpe House. Farm-friendly footwear is encouraged.

Healthcare Providers Gathering

2–3 p.m.
Linda Mollison Pavilion, Merrill-Dakin Quad

Join us to share and reflect on experiences of providing healthcare.

Infinity: 51– years of Hampshire video

2–4:30 p.m.
Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Come share in Hampshire’s vibrant video community! This event takes a birds-eye view of video at Hampshire College, as we reflect on our past and go boldly into the future. We’ll chronicle the history of video here, trade stories/experiences of video at Hampshire and beyond, and bridge connections among alumni and students. Enjoy a live streamed presentation from some special guests: Hampshire video alums, including original Infinites from the ‘70s. Alumni, students, and all other community members are invited, with a special welcome to those of historically excluded identities. Darwin’s Kids will join us via Zoom from 4–4:30 p.m.


2:30–4 p.m.
Under the Charles and Polly Longsworth Arts Village and Solar Canopy

Alums, faculty, staff, and students will share projects and sell crafts, books, artwork, albums, and more.

Writers Gathering

3:30-5 p.m.
Linda Mollison Pavilion, Merrill-Dakin Quad

Calling all writers! Whether you are just starting out, wishing you had more time to write, venturing into publishing for the first time, or feeling like a veteran in the field, come meet and connect with fellow alum and student writers. Ask questions, give and get support, find community, and discover the work of Hampshire writers you never knew existed. Writers of all genres and experience levels, and anyone who is just curious about what Hampshire writers have been up to, are welcome. This gathering will be facilitated by members of the newly formed Hampshire Writer’s Advisory Council.

Community-Wide Alum Bell-Ringing and Group Photo

5–6 p.m.
Harold F. Johnson Library

State of the College address by President Ed Wingenbach

6–6:30 p.m.
Main Tent

Community-Wide Farm-to-Table Dinner

6:30 p.m.
Main Tent

Meal price included with all registration packages. Cash bar. Unregistered community members may use a OneCard swipe.

Twilight Swim

7:30–9 p.m.
Robert Crown Center

Climbing Wall Open

7:30–9 p.m.
Robert Crown Center

Microbrew Tasting

7:30–9 p.m.
Under the Charles and Polly Longsworth Arts Village and Solar Canopy

Sample microbrews from Progression Brewing and chat with their knowledgeable staff. This Northampton microbrewery is dedicated to quality, community, and humankind. Come have a beer with us! When the beer tasting ends, we will transition to a cash bar.

DJ Dance Party

8 p.m.–midnight
Under the Charles and Polly Longsworth Arts Village and Solar Canopy

All-vinyl dance party with DJ Matt Krefting 99F spinning hot platters that span the decades. Cash bar.

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