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Massachusetts Soccer School
When: Feb 19, 2018 12am to Dec 16, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Spring/ Fall/ Winter Camp Machasay Volunteer Form
When: May 18, 2018 12am to Nov 17, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Camp Machasay New Volunteer Form
When: Jun 22, 2018 12am to Nov 17, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Exhibit: "UMass Amherst 1968: The Life of a Year"
Following on the heels of the Summer of Love, 1968 seemed like a world apart. It was a year of social experimentation and optimism, but also a year of rebellion, assassination, political agitation, and violence. It was a year of Nixon and Agnew and hippies and revolutionaries. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, the exhibit will draw upon the social change collections in the Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives to explore a watershed year in American history.

When: Sep 1, 2018 12am to Dec 21, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
LGBTQIA+ Support and Discussion Group
This is a weekly drop-in group for students who are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, or asexual and for students who are already out and looking for a place of support to talk about being LGBTQIA+. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).

When: Sep 5, 2018 12am to Apr 24, 2019 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Newmass Yoga
Professional Yoga Instruction for the UMass Amherst campus community and beyond.

With Eric Burri

Eric Burri has studied and practiced yoga since 1994 and has been teaching since 2000.  He began his yoga studies at UMass-Amherst with Marilyn Hart and continued his teacher training with Patty Townsend.

Eric’s practice and teaching unite the physical alignment details of Iyengar Yoga with the breathing and dynamic movement of Ashtanga Vinyasa and the emotional attentiveness of Kripalu Yoga.  He favors a slow flow style of class that reliably guides you deeply into the postures following the natural rhythm of your breath.

He is a deeply knowledgeable teacher with an excellent understanding of sequencing that has developed over many years. Eric's teaching creates an atmosphere of exploration, reverence and self-respect.



When: Sep 10, 2018 12am to Dec 14, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: http://www.newmassyoga.com/pricing-and-attendance-policies.html
Trans Support Group
This is a weekly drop-in group for UMass students who identify as trans or gender nonconforming. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and CCPH.

When: Sep 11, 2018 12am to Apr 30, 2019 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Exhibit: Building Bridges
An interactive sculpture installation by UMass architect/activist Joseph Krupczynski
Guest curated by Joseph Krupczynski

At the start of 2017, longstanding political and social rifts in the United States created a sense of fear and anxiety on many campuses across the US. Our sense of a collective public purpose and our desire for an engaged democracy - so important to the public mission of UMass Amherst - were challenged in many ways. The “Building Bridges” project grew out of this key moment. As the phrase “build bridges, not walls” became a popular response to the rhetoric of fear and exclusion that has dominated our headlines, our project focuses on the very real and positive possibilities when people come together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, nationality, and more.

The first component of this project was the installation of two large-scale banners in the Fine Arts Center Plaza in May 2017. It was our hope that these visual/artistic prompts - the spelling out of the project’s name formed with many of the languages spoken on campus - would be a catalytic public art project that launches our efforts.

As the project evolved, we aimed to reach a wide range of people on campus - students, workers, faculty - and created a context for people to respond to the prompt, “what and how can we bridge and/or connect across difference,” on a small card. People created a variety of visual and written responses, and those were collected and then assembled as a mosaic that spells-out “Building Bridges” on three 10-foot high illuminated towers that make up the installation.

For the UMCA XTCA exhibition, the Building Bridges project will engage both on and off-campus communities who will be viewing/visiting the exhibition’s site-specific installations. Exhibition goers will have the opportunity to create their own “building bridges” responses on how they might connect across differences. The project will be enhanced through intentional programming and events that create a dialogic context for continued reflection and conversation that explores the project’s goals and aims - which is to draw on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together and create a bridge across difference.

Opening Reception: Sept. 21 5–7 p.m.



When: Sep 12, 2018 12am to Dec 7, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Film Series: "Global Indigenous Visions"
14th annual film festival, New Asia Cinema, presents Global Indigenous Visions.

When: Sep 12, 2018 12am to Dec 12, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA
Cost: Free admission
Girls into the Wild Fall Session
When: Sep 13, 2018 12am to Dec 20, 2018 12am in Amherst, MA