Archived announcements for January, 2005
College Launches New Intranet
In an effort to save paper and improve communications on campus, the college has launched a new Intranet, designed to serve as a homepage for students, faculty and staff. The Intranet brings together links to sections of the Amherst College Website that are used most frequently by on-campus audiences. It also features announcements of special interest to students, faculty and staff. (Anyone on campus can submit an announcement about college news by completing an online form.) The Intranet also features bulletin boards, where students, faculty and staff can discuss issues in an electronic forum.
This Intranet, along with the e-Digest and the Calendar & News, described below, replaces the weekly "Notes & Bulletin."
For more information: www.amherst.edu/intranet
College Launches New e-Digest; Calendar & News
In conjunction with the launch of the Intranet and efforts to manage paper consumption on campus, the college this week will launch the e-Digest, an e-mail digest of news and announcements that will be sent every Tuesday to all Amherst College students, faculty and staff. The e-Digest will contain brief announcements similar to those formerly carried in the weekly "Notes." Any member of the campus community can submit an announcement to the e-Digest by clicking on the Submit an Announcement link on the Amherst College Intranet. Announcements (which must pertain to official college events or news) will be proofread by the Office of Public Affairs, then posted daily to the Intranet and collected weekly for the e-Digest. The Office of Public Affairs will also publish the "Calendar & News," a print document containing selected news announcements and a complete calendar of public events on campus. The "Calendar & News" will be mailed to everyone on campus each Thursday (except during vacations) during the academic year.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/events/
Amherst College English Professor Judith Frank is Author of New Novel
Judith Frank, professor of English at Amherst College, is the author of "Crybaby Butch" ($14.95, 416 pp., Firebrand Books, Ann Arbor, 2004), a new novel that examines, with warmth and wit, the surprising turns that issues of education, gender, class and racial identity can cause in people’s lives. Frank’s first novel, "Crybaby Butch" explores the connection between two butches of different generations. One is a middle-class, 30-something adult literacy teacher--as Frank has been. The other is her older, working-class student. "Fearless and unflinching, 'Crybaby Butch' rigorously explores butch/femme dynamics over two generations,” says Claire Messud. “Judy Frank’s debut novel is searing and memorable.” “With Crybaby Butch, Judith Frank creates a deeply human, bravely unsentimental story while at the same time investigating the meaning of butch identity as it reinvents itself from one generation to the next,” says Carol Anshaw.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/04/frank204.html
“Town and Country: Modern Life in America” at Mead Art Museum
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College re-opened on Tuesday, Jan. 18, with “Town and Country: Modern Life in America.” The exhibition will continue in the Fairchild Gallery until Sunday, May 29. Selected from the rich holdings of the Mead’s American collection, “Town and Country” offers images by 43 artists who recorded life in America between 1900 and 1950. During this first half of the 20th century, there were dramatic political, industrial and philosophical movements afoot. With the Machine Age, the Jazz Age, the 19th Amendment that allowed women the right to vote and two world wars, sociological taboos and cultural patterns were shattered. American artists were watching and reacting to these events.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/04/townandcountry04.html
Audition for "Three Days in Hell" Jan. 26 and 27
Auditions for "Three Days in Hell," a new two-act
comedy by Jon Wemette ’05, directed by
Michael Birtwistle, will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 26 and 27. In this comedic staging of one of the
most overlooked parts of the Greatest
Story Ever Told, Satan is the abused
protagonist, Jesus is the unwelcome
house guest, Barnabas and Tryphon are
the friendly, crucified thieves and
Karen is Satan’s secretary/unwitting
crush. In between a crucifixion and a
resurrection, a lot can happen. There are roles for four men and one woman. Audition dates:
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 27, 7:30p.m. Auditions will be held in Studio 3 in
Webster Hall. Signing up in Webster beforehand is
appreciated, but not required.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater
LJST Professor Austin Sarat Edits "Dissent in Dangerous Times"
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, is the editor of "Dissent in Dangerous Times" ($60, cloth, $22.95, paper, 192 pp., University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 2005), a collection of essays by six distinguished scholars who provide their own distinctive takes on the interplay of loyalty, patriotism and dissent. In addition to Sarat, the other contributors are Wendy Brown of the University of California, Berkeley; Lauren Berlant from the University of Chicago; Hugh Gusterson of MIT; David Cole of the Georgetown Law Center; and Nancy L. Rosenblum from Harvard University. "Dissent in Dangerous Times," according to the publisher, “examines the role of political opposition in our times, the nature of political repression in liberal societies, the political and legal implications of fear, and how past generations responded to similar situations. It is also a reminder of the fragility and enduring power of freedom, and will inspire readers to think about, and beyond, September 11.”
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/04/sarat404.html
Music Department Will Present "La Cage Aux Folles" Jan. 27-29
The Music Department will present a fully staged production of Jerry Herman's Tony-award winning 1984 Broadway musical "La Cage aux Folles," directed by guest artist A. Scott Parry, with choreorpahy by Mark Allan Davis. The show stars Five College students and features the Amherst College Orchestra conducted by Mark Lane Swanson. It runs Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 27-29, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Hall, Arms Music Center. Due to generous sponsorship from AAS, the Office of the President, Office of Student Activities and Pride Alliance, tickets are free to those with an Amherst College ID, $5 for all others, and may be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Remote Access Option for Faculty and Staff
Remote Desktop lets you use your on-campus computer from off campus.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/networking/offcampus/remotedesktop/index.html