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English Language Learners

Exposure to other cultures is both fascinating and enriching. In visiting a foreign country, we come to appreciate the people and their values, history, language, culture and, of course, food. The same thing can happen at home when we encounter individuals from other backgrounds. The contrasts give us a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and practices.

Alicia Lopez, Diana Larkin and Helen Clement are delighted to share how working with English Language Learners provides a remarkable understanding of other cultures. We will discuss with you three ways we have worked with people who are learning English as an additional language. Alicia Lopez will describe her experiences teaching students in a public-school setting. Helen Clement will speak about teaching English to young Buddhist monks in Bhutan. Finally, Diana Larkin will talk about hosting international students in her home.

Watch your email for an invitation to this Zoom panel discussion which will take place on Wednesday December 2, at 5PM.

Professor Matthaei

We are in the midst of an epoch paradigm shift from inequality to solidarity, according to Professor Matthaei. Capitalism is a hybrid system, caught in between the two.  It was built on a foundation of hierarchy and domination, but also on a commitment to equal rights and the opportunity to advance. Professor Matthaei will describe multiple ways that each of us can participate in this epoch shift.

Watch your inbox for a Zoom invite to the lecture.

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In the past couple of years, the Club has supported "pop-up" events which the board hoped would interest alums in the area. Since these events are not possible at the moment, we have held one online program, given by Martha Hanner on her early years at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California. This worked out well and the board has decided to facilitate Zoom pop-ups and would be happy to receive proposals from you. 

Please fill out this online form to submit your ideas. 

Thank you for your participation as presenter or viewer!

Gigi Barnhill, Margot Cleary, and Rachel Wang 
Zoom Pop-up Program Coordinators

Nina Scott '59

You may have read her articles on cooking, identity, and memory; soon our club member Nina Scott '59 will share her earlier findings on how the pineapple traveled across continents and oceans in an intriguing chapter of food history.

Alicia Lopez Nieto '91 will host this delectable and fascinating conversation over Zoom on Sunday, October 18, 3:00-4:00pm.

Here is a taste of Nina's writing during the pandemic, courtesy of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

We hope to see you for this Sunday afternoon teatime pop-up!

Speaker bio: After graduating from Wellesley in 1959, Nina earned her Ph.D. from Stanford in 1968, then served as Faculty (Spanish and Portuguese) at UMass, receiving the UMass Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996-7. After retiring from UMass in 2002, she was Interim Department Head at Mt. Holyoke in 2006-7 and Department Chair and Professor at Amherst from 2010-12. Nina has published many articles on food and culture, and is active in Five College Learning in Retirement.

Watch your email for an invitation for Nina's talk.

Three Siblings Spring Event April 26, 2020--Save the Date

A conversation about food insecurity on our campuses and in our communities.  Hear from organizations such as the Food Bank of Western MA and brainstorm about how we can make a difference.  More details will follow closer to the event.