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Wihan String Quartet To Present Music at Amherst Jan. 30
In the latest installment of the 2004-05 Music at Amherst Series, the Wihan String Quartet will offer a program that features Schubert’s Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” and Shostakovich's Quartet in A-flat Major, No. 10, Op. 118 on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The latest information can be obtained from the Amherst College Concert Website at Admission to the concert is $22; senior citizens and Amherst College employees $19; and students $5. For more information and brochures call the Concert Office at 413/542-2195, or e-mail concert manager Michael Baumgarten at
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Spring Community Involvement Fair Will Take Place Feb. 1
The Spring Community Involvement Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Frontroom. Talk with community-based non-profit and campus groups about their work and about the many opportunities for community service and involvement they have to offer. Come learn how you can help the organizations that help our communities! Organizations need YOUR help in these areas: Tutoring/teaching, law, environment, health, anti-racism, hunger/homelessness, economic development, and more. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the Outreach Office at 413/542- 5140 or e-mail

Amherst College Dean Joe Paul Case Receives the John Monro Memorial Award
Joe Paul Case, dean and director of financial aid at Amherst College, has been chosen as a first recipient of the John Monro Memorial Award. The award was created by the College Board to recognize education leaders who have contributed to the CSS and to the financial aid profession, particularly by recruiting talented, needy and underrepresented students for higher education by using need analysis to create access and equity.
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Amherst College English Professor Judith Frank is Finalist for Lambda Literary Award
Judith Frank, author and professor of English at Amherst College, has been named a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for her new novel, "Crybaby Butch" (2004). The awards will be presented in New York City on Thursday, June 2, at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York. Nominated in the Lesbian Debut Fiction category, Frank’s first novel examines the surprising turns that issues of education, gender, class and racial identity can cause in people’s lives, and 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.
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Winter Intramurals -- Deadline Is Feb. 2
Don't forget to sign up for Intramural Basketball and Volleyball! The deadline has been pushed back until Wednesday, Feb. 2. Get your roster to Duncan Webb, AC #2230 ASAP!

Susannah Heschel Lecture Rescheduled to Feb. 2
Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, will speak on “The Feminist Critique of Judaism: Where Are We Now?” in the McCaffrey Room, Keefe Campus Center, at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2. Her lecture will be preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. Heschel’s scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, and her numerous publications include a prize-winning monograph, "Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus," and a forthcoming book on Protestant theologians in Nazi Germany. She has also edited several volumes, most recently, "Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust," and "Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism," and has written extensively on feminism and Judaism. In addition to her academic work, she has written and lectured frequently on Jewish feminist issues. She also serves as co-chair, with Michael Lerner and Cornel West, of the Tikkun Community, and on the advisory board of Brit Tzedek. She has been a commentator on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her Amherst lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Math Table Meets Wednesdays
This semester, Math Table will meet Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., in the Valentine Small Conference Room (downstairs, turn right, and go to the end of the hall), beginning Wednesday, Jan. 26. Join math professors and students for informal conversation.
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German Table Will Meet Mondays
The German Table will meet every Monday at 11:45 a.m. in the Mezzanine of Valentine Hall. Come and chat with faculty and friends!
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Spanish Table Meets Fridays
Spanish Table will meet on Fridays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome.

Fellowships in France, 2005-06
The Department of French announces two fellowships in France reserved for graduating seniors for the scholastic year 2005-06. The first fellowship, without stipend, offers an affiliation with the most prestigious of French graduate schools, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and includes a free room, ENS library privileges and a card of admission to any university course in Paris, including those at the ENS. The second fellowship is a teaching assistantship in English language and American civilization at the Université de Dijon. The Dijon assistantship pays a stipend of approximately 1,150 euros after taxes for 12 months (October-September); nine of these months(mid-September through mid-June)will be spent teaching. The Dijon assistantship also assures free admission to courses at the University. Fluency in French and a formal written statement in French are prerequisites to candidacy for either fellowship. For the ENS fellowship, applicants should prepare a two-page proposal in which they describe their study plans for their stay in France. Applicants for the Dijon Fellowship should submit a two-page statement describing the methods and materials they would use to teach a course on American culture and civilization. We invite all seniors to apply for either or both positions, but we ask the candidate to express a clear preference for one of the two. Statements of study plans written in French must be left at the Department Office (Barrett 5) by Tuesday, March 1, 2005.

2005-06 French and Spanish House
The French and Spanish departments announce that applications to live in the French and Spanish House (Newport House) for the 2005-06 academic year are now being accepted. The individual theme house Websites have been updated, and these Websites are now accessible from the Residential Life website: (click on Theme Houses). All information regarding theme houses, including the applications, can be found on this Website.
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Physical Plant Needs Summer Casual Workers
Physical Plant is accepting applications for summer casual student workers. Each year the Physical Plant hires a pool of casual student workers to supplement its work force during the summer. Positions will be available in the Grounds, Custodial and Paint Departments, along with the Service Center and Lock Shop. All positions are full-time Monday through Friday. The Physical Plant requires that student workers be at least 16 years old; applicants must also be willing to commit to work for a period of at least six weeks. Applications are available in the Physical Plant office and in the Office of Human Resources. Completed applications should be returned to the Physical Plant, attention Stan Adams. If you have any questions about requirements or applications, please contact Stan Adams at 413/542-8137 or e-mail

Music Practice Rooms and Lockers
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Department practice room facilities during second semester and who did not do so in September may sign up for a practice room access key only during the first two weeks of the semester: Monday, January 24, through Friday, February 4, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center and on the Music Web page.
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Amherst Welcomes Spring Copeland Fellows
Amherst College is pleased to welcome five Copeland Fellows for the 2004-05 spring semester. Aude Cirier has studied medieval history at the University of Poitiers in France. While at Amherst, she plans to continue her study of the published literature on medieval history in northern and central Italy, which she researched earlier in the Italian archives. Her project is focused on the transmission of political ideas and the diffusion of political information in the Middle Ages. She is sponsored by Professor Fredric Cheyette. Robert Karjel, a published novelist, is a lieutenant commander in the Swedish Navy in charge of a team of helicopter pilots. In preparation for his next novel, he plans to spend his time at Amherst exploring and investigating the changes in the Western mind, especially since September 11. Professor Lawrence Douglas is his sponsor. Rajesh Kasturirangan has studied mathematics and cognitive science. He plans to embark on a long-term research project focusing on the central topic “The nature of world making by organisms." He is sponsored by Professor Arthur Zajonc. Grischa Meyer, a freelance graphic designer and author, is a native of Berlin. While researching his book, "Ruth Berlau: A Photographer with Brecht," he became interested in how photography inspired Brecht. He plans to study how Brecht’s works, the "War Primer" and "Journal," were influenced by the American media. Professor Ute Brandes is his sponsor. Tess Taylor '00 is a poet and journalist. Her chapbook, "The Misremembered World," was selected for the inaugural New York Chapbook fellowship and was published in 2003. While at Amherst, she plans to do research and work on a book of poems on the intersections between family and national history. In particular, she is interested in studying the Julius Hawley Seelye and Alden Clark family histories. She is sponsored by Professor Andrew Parker.

Physics Seminar To Be Held Feb. 3
Prof. Marilyn Gunner of City College of New York (CCNY) will lecture Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3. Tea will be served in Merrill 204 at 4:15 p.m. All are invited to attend.
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German Film Series: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) Will Screen Feb. 3
On Thursday, Feb. 3, the film "Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" ("The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," directed by Robert Wiene, 1920, 75 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 pm in Stirn Auditorium. Conradt Veidt stars as Cesare, the somnambulist tool of a mysterious murderous hypnotist in this landmark Expressionist masterpiece of silent cinema. Restored print, with new orchestral soundtrack. Silent, with English intertitles. Admission is free.
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Hamilton Study Abroad in Spain -- Info Session Feb. 3
A general information meeting on the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain and the Summer Institute of Hispanic Studies will be held in Barrett 3 on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Professor Jeremy T. Medina will be available to answer all of your questions.

Celebrate Roe Thursday, Feb. 3
On Thurs., Feb 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., join the Amherst Feminist Alliance at Celebrate Roe, a reception and fundraiser being thrown to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which protects a woman’s right to an abortion. The event, held in Mayo- Smith ballroom, will feature dessert and wine, a raffle of gift certificates, and live music, as well as opportunities for political action, including letter-writing, petitions, and information about current legislation. Diane Amsterdam, a local OB-GYN, will speak about the current state of reproductive rights. Suggested donations are $3 for students and $10 for community members. All proceeds will go to local organizations that seek to promote reproductive rights.

Mellon Project Lunch on Classroom Discussion, Feb. 4
Faculty members are invited to a lunch-time conversation about classroom discussion, to be held in the Mullins and Faerber rooms of Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. We shall pool our experience of the perennial mystery of why some classes come alive and some do not. Some possible questions, large and small: Does Amherst’s teaching culture overvalue discussion even as it gradually discourages many students from participating after their first semesters? What are the potentials and pitfalls of various classroom media and Blackboard? Are students coming from high school with new expectations, such as for more collaborative work? What techniques serve what kinds of students well? What kinds of assignments lend themselves to highly participatory classrooms?

Music Center Practice Room Reservations
Students, faculty and staff who have been issued a music building practice room key may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the spring semester on Sunday, Feb. 6. Sign-up hours will be from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Music Department Office.

Pierre Birnbaum Will Lecture Feb. 7
Pierre Birnbaum, Professor of Political Science at the Sorbonne in Paris, will speak at Amherst on Monday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. His talk is titled "Controversies Concerning the State and Religion in Contemporary France." Birnbaum is the author of numerous books, including "Anti-Semitism in France," "State and Collective Actions," "The Idea of France," "The Summits of Power," and "Jewish Destinies: Citizenship, State and Community in Modern France." His Amherst lecture is sponsored by the Political Science Department.
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Avery Gordon Will Lecture on Culture and Politics Feb. 7
Avery Gordon of the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara will lecture for the Culture and Politics Lecture Series from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, in Fayerweather 113. Notice that the location has changed from original announcements.

RC Position Available -- Apply By Feb. 7
The Department of Residential Life currently has a Resident Counselor (RC) position open in Plimpton dormitory. All interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should contact Dean Boykin-East ( no later than Monday, Feb. 7, 12 noon.
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2005-06 German House Applications Available
The German Department announces that the applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for the 2005-06 academic year are now being accepted. The applications are available from the Residential Life Website listed below. All information regarding the German theme house, including the applications, can be found on this Website.
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French Table Meets Wednesdays
The French Table will meet on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. All Francophones and students of French are welcome to participate regardless of the level of their French.

Ellis Cose Will Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 8 as Part of MLK Celebration
Amherst College has scheduled three special programs of singing, speaking and preaching in February for the college’s annual celebration of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free and open to the public, events include the Howard University Chorale on Saturday, Feb. 5, writer Ellis Cose on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and preachers Henry and Ella Mitchell on Sunday, Feb. 13. The Howard University Chorale will perform on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Conducted by J. Weldon Norris since 1973, the Howard University Chorale is a traditional classically oriented ensemble that flexibly blends in the Afro-American repertoire, both historical and modern. Ellis Cose will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The author of many books, including most recently "Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, and Revenge" (2004), Cose is a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and former editorial page editor of the New York Daily News. He began his journalism career as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times—becoming, at the age of 19, the youngest editorial page columnist ever employed by a Chicago daily. The featured speakers at the annual Interfaith Service in Johnson Chapel on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. will be Henry and Ella Mitchell, educators and authors of numerous books on preaching and the American religious experience. Henry Mitchell is the author of "Black Preaching," "The Recovery of Preaching" and "Celebration of Experience in Preaching." The founding director of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles, he was also dean and professor at the Proctor School of Theology (Virginia Union University). Ella Mitchell was a dean at Spelman College and professor at the Proctor School.
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Ishle Yi Park, the Poet Laureate of Queens, To Perform Feb. 8
Ishle Yi Park, the poet laureate of Queens, will perform a mix of poems, spoken-word raps and songs on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Frontroom of the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Asian Students Association and the Amherst College English Department, the event is free and open to the public. Park, a Korean-American woman born and raised in Queens, was named the borough’s third poet laureate last year. The New York Times described her as “an operatic 26-year- old who seems to delight in flouting people’s expectations” who combines “an angelic face and the soul of a rock star."
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John Powers Will Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 9
John Powers, a member of the faculty at Australian National University, will speak on “A War of Words: Tibetan Exiles Versus the Peoples Republic of China” on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. Powers received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Buddhist studies. His area of specialization is Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, and he has published 10 books and more than 80 articles, mostly in this field. He is currently a Reader in the Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, and Head of the Centre for Asian Societies and Histories. His Amherst lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Ash Wednesday Service Will Take Place Feb. 9
Ash Wednesday Service will be held Feb. 9 from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Chapin Chapel. Distribution of ashes will follow the brief service. Ashes will be distributed throughout the morning. There also will be an evening Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.9, in Chapin Chapel. For more information, please contact

Experiential Education Working Group Open Discussion of Proposals Feb. 10
A draft of the Experiential Education Working Paper is being posted on the Dean of Faculty's Webpage, and all members of the Amherst community are invited to join in a discussion of these proposals for expanding the college's commitment to community engagement and experiential learning. We'll meet Thursday Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Frontroom of the Keefe Campus Center. Refreshments will be served.
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Dance in Dialogue Feb. 11 and 12
A festival of new dance, theater and installation by Five College alums to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Five College Dance Department. Performances: February 11 and 12, 8 p.m., Kirby Theater. Panel Discussion: February 11, 4 p.m., Kirby Theater. Workshop: February 12, 10 a.m. -noon, Studio 1, Webster Hall. As part of a year-long celebration of the Five College Dance Department, Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is hosting a two-day festival titled "Dance in Dialogue." The highlight of the festival is a concert of new works by returning Five College Dance and Theater alums now working professionally throughout the U.S. and Europe. In this concert of cutting-edge multi-media works, audiences will experience a rich variety of different worlds onstage. New York-based Yanira Castro and Company (recent recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller MAP Award) create a visually stunning dance installation that explores the symbiotic world of twins. Jelena Petrovic, acclaimed choreographer from the Netherlands, presents Vestibule, a dance and video piece featuring a man and a woman trying to get through a waiting room door. New York performance artist Lisa Biggs will perform excerpts from her new piece, "Iona Flys Away," a searing series of character portraits questioning concepts of female “negritude." New York director/ choreographer Cristina Septien brings her South Pleasant Street Company to Kirby in a hilarious dance/theater reinvention of the 1980’s movie “Back to the Future.” Peter Schmitz, who has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Europe, will present “I Simply Live Now,” featuring acclaimed New York dancer Paul Matteson. There will also be a lobby installation by New York artists Karrine Keithley and Sara Smith. In addition to the performances the festival will include a panel discussion in Kirby Theater at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, moderated by New York Times dance writer Erika Kinetz. A workshop exploring different techniques of multi-media performance will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in Studio 1 of Webster Hall. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets for the performances are required, and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations for the performances at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 can be made by calling the box office at 413/542-2277.

Mark Goldman Will Present Physics Seminar Feb. 10
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, Amherst College, Merrill 3 4:45 p.m. (tea in 204 Merrill at 4:15 p.m.) Prof. Mark Goldman Wellesley College

"The Vagina Monologues" Will Be Performed Feb. 10-12
Almost 50 Amherst College women will be staging Amherst College's eighth annual rendition of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues." The show runs from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room), Converse Hall. Tickets are $10 ($5 w/ student ID). All proceeds will be donated to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), a non-profit organization in Greenfield, Mass., which provides services for survivors of rape and domestic abuse. The great raffle prizes include massages, sex toys, posters, gift certificates and CDs. Raffle tickets cost $2 and will be sold at all shows. To reserve tickets (this is recommended), e- mail before February 9, 2005. For more info, call Gretchen Krull at x8180.
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Director's Screening of "Afropunk" Feb. 10
The Black Student Union, Charles Drew House and Marsh Arts House present a screening of "Afropunk: The 'rock 'n' roll nigger'" experience on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. Director James Spooner will be present for Q & A and discussion. "Afro-Punk," a 66-minute documentary, explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, "Behind- the-Music" or typical "black history month" documentary, this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community.

Project Survival Informational Meeting Feb. 10
Keefe Campus Center Frontroom, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Some 220 troops in Mosul, Iraq desperately need our help (i.e., canned food, pillows, leisure items). Come to the informational meeting and learn how you can help these young Americans.

POSTPONED 'TIL APRIL 4: Scholar of Hinduism and Mythology Wendy Doniger To Speak Feb. 10
Wendy Doniger, a scholar of Hinduism and mythology, will speak on “The Man Who Would Not Sleep With His Wife Until She Bore Him a Son” on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Doniger is a visiting Phi Beta Kappa scholar at Amherst, and her talk, sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Departments of Religion and Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst, is free and open to the public. A reception and booksigning will follow.
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Kaffeeklatsch with German Food and Conversation
Come join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9:30 p.m. in Porter House for "Kaffee" and much more!
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Fall 2004 Faculty Research Award Program Recipients Announced
The following faculty members received funding in December 2004 through the Faculty Research Award Program (FRAP), which supports the research activities of all regular full- and part-time, tenured and tenure-track Amherst faculty members: Ethan Clotfelter, Department of Biology; Suzanne Dougan, Department of Theater and Dance; Catherine Epstein, Department of History; Rick López, Department of History; Jill Miller, Department of Biology; David Reck, Department of Music; Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Departments of English and American Studies; and Kevin Sweeney, Departments of History and American Studies. FRAP is endowed by the H. Axel Schupf '57 Fund for Inellectual Life.
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Fall 2005 Course Proposals - Deadline February 11
Proposals for new courses and revisions of existing courses for the fall 2005 term are due Friday, Feb. 11, 2005. Please submit these to the support staff person for the Committee on Educational Policy, Leena Valge, AC #2257. The Course Approval Form is available at

Professor Lawrence Douglas Addressess International Criminal Court
At the invitation of the Office of the Prosecution, Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Lawrence Douglas delivered a lecture to the International Criminal Court in January 2005, in the Hague. The topic of his talk was "From Eichmann to Milosevic: Reflections on Perpetrator Trials." Douglas addressed the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, also housed in the Hague, in October 2004.
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"Sports: The First Five Millennia"
The University of Massachusetts Press has published Professor Allen Guttmann's "Sports: The First Five Millennia," a social history of the world's sports from prehistorical times to the present. The subtitle is meant as an ironic acknowledgment that no one knows enough to write such a book. Guttmann has attempted to narrate the history of sports on the basis of a paradigm that plots their evolution from a myriad of particularistic premodern forms to the universalistic modern forms now taken for granted everywhere in the world. (The paradigm was initially developed by Guttmann in "From Ritual to Record," first published in 1978.) Unlike other historians who have attempted a world history of sports, Guttmann adopts a global perspective that includes lengthy discussions of Asian, African and Latin American sports as well as those of Europe and North America. (The effort at comprehensiveness failed to satisfy the book's first critic, who complained of the omission of "basketball in the Balkans.") The book has 45 illustrations and an already controversial dustjacket photograph of the Russian gymnast Ludmila Tourisheva on the balance beam.

David Stern Will Lecture on Parables Feb. 15
David Stern, Ruth Meltzer Professor of Classical Hebrew and director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “The Parables of the Rabbis and Jesus’ Parables,” Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Stern's field of specialization is classical Jewish literature and religion. He is the author of several books, including "Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature," "Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature," and "Midrash and Theory: Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies." His essays and reviews on modern Jewish literature and culture have appeared in The New Republic, Commentary, The New York Times Book Review and Tikkun. He is currently working on a book titled “Through the Pages of the Past: Four Jewish Classics and the Jewish Experience,” which traces the history of the physical forms of the Talmud, the Rabbinic Bible, the Prayerbook and the Passover Haggadah, and the ways in which those forms have shaped the meaning and significance of these classic Jewish books. The lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund at Amherst College.

Five College Students Invited to Feb. 15 Science, Technology Fair at Smith
Smith College Science and Technology Fair for Five College Students Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3:30—6 p.m. Campus Center Carroll Room Smith College is hosting their first Science and Technology Fair, where a variety of science-related organizations will speak to students about full-time and internship positions. Please join us!
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Career Center Offers Capitol Hill Internship Workshop Feb. 15
Join us Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Porter Lounge (third floor, Converse Hall) to learn more about internship opportunities on Capitol Hill. A panel of Amherst students will be talking about their internship experiences. Debra Krumholz, a career counselor from the Career Center, will be moderating. Tips for landing a federal government internship as well as recommended resources to guide you in your search will be available. Following the panel, there will be refreshments and an informal opportunity to speak to the panelists one-on-one. For more information, please contact Debra Krumholz at 542-2265.

Theme House Open Houses Feb. 15-20
Interested in living in a language or cultural house next year? Each Theme House on campus is hosting an Open House! Schedule is as follows: At Humphries House, dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., Feb. 15-18; contact Nadia(nlmarx) to join the residents for dinner. German House is hosting "Kaffeeklatsch" Tuesday, Feb. 15, 9:30-10:30 p.m. in Porter Common Room. Charles Drew House will host an open house Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Drew Common Room. Health & Wellness will host an open house Thursday, Feb. 17, 8-9 p.m. in Morrow Library. Asian Culture House will host an open house Thursday, Feb. 17, 9-10 p.m., Moore Fourth Floor. Russian House will host "Chai" on Thursday, Feb. 17, 9:30-10:30 p.m., in Porter Common Room. Marsh Arts House will host a Coffee House Friday, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m., in the Marsh Ballroom. French and Spanish Houses will host open houses Friday, Feb. 18, 8-9 p.m. in Newport Common Room. La Casa will host "Cafe con Leche" Sunday, Feb. 20, 8:30-10 p.m., in Seligman Ballroom.
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Take Your Valentine Out with Your Ill-Gotten Gains
Still haven't figured out the perfect thing to do for Valentine's Day? How about entering the wretched writing contest? Submit your intentionally awful sentence of academic writing, mystery, science fiction, romance or poetry to See the writing center Website for rules and examples of past winners. Then, if your wretchedness shines through, you'll win a gift certificate to a local restaurant, so you can take out someone you love. Entries due February 28.
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UMass Offers Feb. 16 Life Science and Environmental Career Fair
All Five College students are invited to the UMass-Amherst Life Sciences & Environmental Careers Fair to be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Campus Center - 162 at UMass. Meet employers looking for Life Sciences majors. Typically, employers attending this event are interested in meeting students who are looking for internships, co-ops or full-time opportunities. Plan time to browse, ask questions and give out your resume. Some employers will be scheduling follow-up interviews, so have your schedule available. For more information, contact: Career Services, 413-545-2224 or
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UMass Hosts Five College Career Fair Feb. 16
Meet employers looking for all majors for full-time opportunities after graduation. Employers attending this event have a variety of openings to discuss. Many attend just to meet you and talk about future possibilities. Plan time to browse, ask questions and give out your resume. Some employers will be scheduling follow-up interviews, so have your schedule available. Wednesday, Feb. 16 Campus Center Auditorium UMass Amherst Campus 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free Admission For more information, contact: Career Services (413) 545-2224
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President Anthony Marx To Speak On Slavery Wednesday, Feb. 16, Cole Assembly Room
Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx and Lucas Wilson, professor of economics and chair of African American and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College, will present keynote lectures in a semester-long series of symposia on “Slavery and its Legacies” on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Sponsored by Five College Learning in Retirement, the event is open to the public at no charge. An internationally recognized scholar who has written several books on nation building, particularly in South Africa, Marx also has established and managed programs designed to strengthen secondary school education in the U.S. and abroad. Before becoming Amherst’s 18th president in 2003, Marx spent 13 years on the political science faculty at Columbia University.
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Feb. 16: LJST Lecture Series - How Does Law Know?
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought has invited Professors Dan Kahan and Donald Braman, Yale Law School, to give a talk at Amherst College on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 in Clark 100. Their talk is entitled “Cultural Cognition: Data, Mechanisms and Models.” Copies of the Kahan/Braman paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 413/542-2380 or This event is part of a series of seminars on "How Does Law Know?" which is being sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum Fund. All members of the Five College Community are invited to attend.

Vagina Monologues: Love Them or Hate Them?
Hate the Vagina Monologues? Love the Vagina Monologues? Come discuss, argue and listen to others sound off about the show, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. Professor Barker of Mount Holyoke College will moderate the discussion. Pizza will be served. Sponsored by the Amherst Feminist Alliance.

Tenor Peter W. Shea To Offer “The Fair Magelone” at Amherst College Feb. 23
Tenor Peter W. Shea will present “The Love Story of the Fair Magelone and Count Peter of Provence,” a song cycle by Johannes Brahms with text by Ludwig Tieck, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in Porter House at Amherst College (next to the Lord Jeffery Inn). Shea will be accompanied by pianist Janet St. Jean. Narrated by Amherst College students Greg Hedin ’06 and Wendy Mejia ’05, the performance is sponsored by the Amherst College Departments of German, French and European Studies and is free and open to the public.
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Poet Rachel Hadas To Read at Amherst College Feb. 17
Poet Rachel Hadas will kick off the spring series of the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, with a reading from her work on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 115 at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The author of more than 15 books of poetry, essays and translations, including "Indelible" (2001), a translation of Euripides’ Helen, and, most recently, the poetry collection "Laws," Hadas has been praised for her singular—but extraordinarily diverse—vision.
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Guy Blaylock Will Present Physics Seminar on Feb. 17
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, Amherst College, Merrill 3 4:45 p.m. (tea in 204 Merrill at 4:15 p.m.) Professor Guy Blaylock University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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Sarah Buss To Speak on “Flourishing and Autonomy” Feb. 17
Sarah Buss, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Iowa, will speak on “Human Flourishing and Human Autonomy” on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Buss’s talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, is the second in a series on “Well-Being.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Educated at Yale University in philosophy (B.A. and Ph.D. degrees), Buss concentrates her research and teaching on topics in ethics, action theory and moral psychology. She has published articles on autonomy, happiness, moral responsibility, weakness of will and respect for persons.
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German Film Series: Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" Screens Feb. 17
On Thursday, Feb. 17, the film "Metropolis" (directed by Fritz Lang, 1927, 124 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Visually stunning newly restored and digitally remastered print of the Weimar era science fiction classic, with recently rediscovered additional footage and the spectacular original orchestral score soundtrack. Silent, with English titles. Admission is free.
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Phyllis Trible Will Lecture Feb. 17
Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, will speak on “Portraits of God in the Bible” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in 101 Chapin Hall. Trible is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Union Theological Seminary and has recently taught at Wake Forest University Divinity School. A leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture, Trible is the author of "God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality," "Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative," and "Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah." She also has written numerous articles and book reviews for magazines and scholarly journals and provided expert commentary for Bill Moyers’ public television series, “Genesis: A Living Conversation.” The lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Beautiful Struggle: Lessons of Survival and Resistance from the Black Radical Tradition
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Cole Assembly Room. What were the strategies of resistance and survival used by black radicals in the 1940s and 1950s? How has their activism influenced the social movements of the 1960s and black activism today? UMass Professor Dayo F. Gore teaches in the History & WAGS at UMass, and is a current Scholar-In- Residence at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture in NYC, where she is working on her study of post-WWII, black women radicals in U.S. history. Her research also integrates the study of Cold War politics, U.S. feminism and African-American history. Sponsors of the lecture include the Dean of Residential Life, Dean of Students,& the Interdepartmental Student Fund. The event will begin with a reception in the Converse Lobby.

Professor Deborah Gewertz To Lecture at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences
Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, has been invited to spend a month as professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Gewertz and her collaborator, Frederick Errington of Trinity College, will deliver a series of lectures on food, globalization, class and gender in various seminars between May 9 and June 8. The École is dedicated to the analysis of the contemporary world in a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative perspective, and to the training of experts in various cultural areas. Once the academic home of such luminaries as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Claude Levi- Strauss, among many others, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales is perhaps the premier institution of higher learning devoted to the social sciences.
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Professor Lawrence Douglas Addresses International Criminal Court
Lawrence Douglas, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, delivered a lecture to the International Criminal Court in The Hague in January. At the invitation of the prosecutor’s office, Douglas discussed “From Eichmann to Milosevic: Reflections on Perpetrator Trials.” Douglas addressed the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, also housed in The Hague, in October 2004. The lecture series in the prosecutor’s office brings distinguished professors, publicists and practitioners in the fields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights and relevant practice to The Hague to continue the education of the staff.
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Educational Advocate Uri Treisman To Speak at Amherst College Feb. 18
Uri Treisman, an advocate for equity and excellence in education for all children, will speak on “Higher Education’s Role in Strengthening K-12 Education” on Friday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Mellon Project on Teaching and Learning, Treisman’s talk is free and open to the public. A 1992 MacArthur Fellow for his work on nurturing minority student high achievement in mathematics, Treisman is a professor of mathematics and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. "Black Issues In Higher Education" has named Treisman an outstanding leader in higher education.
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Not-for-Profit Career Fair at Wellesley Feb. 18; Transportation Provided
If you are considering a career or internship in the not-for-profit sector, you are invited to the Not-for- Profit Career Fair at Wellesley College, co-sponsored by Amherst College, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. You will be able to conduct informational interviews, learn more about Boston area not-for-profit organizations and interview for jobs. More than 60 organizations will be represented, in the areas of the arts, advocacy, culture, community development, education, environment, government, health, international, social service and women’s interests. Be sure to bring a current resume. You must also have your college photo ID. Transportation will be provided. Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 15, by contacting Debra Krumholz at the Career Center, 413/542-2265 or

Casino! is Feb. 19
The 37th annual Amherst College Casino! night in Valentine Hall on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be a great semi-formal charity event with a band, a DJ, food, dancing and gambling. All proceeds will benefit tsunami relief efforts. Tickets may be purchased in Valentine Atrium during dinner hours February 13 through February 19 for $12 and at the door for $14. Sponsored by SEAS, AAS, Program Board, SoCo, Residential Life and Outreach.

In Memoriam: Marjorie Fischer, Stella Kraska and Donald Patterson
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Marjorie Fischer, Stella Kraska and Donald Patterson. Marjorie Fischer passed away on January 14, 2005. She was 95 years old and lived in Phoenix, Ariz. She worked at the Frost Library for 10 years before retiring in 1977. Stella Kraska passed away on December 28, 2004. She was the widow of former college staff member Walter Kraska, who passed away on September 5, 1995. Donald Patterson of Charlestown, N.H., passed away on January 22. He was 68 years old. He joined the Amherst staff in 1986 as a carpenter/millman and retired in 2001.

Five College Jazz Festival Will Be Held Feb. 18-20
Amherst College will host the Five College Jazz Festival from Friday, Feb. 18, to Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005. All events are open to the public at no charge. On Friday, Feb. 18, jazz ensembles from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Amherst, Williams and UMass will perform in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center. On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Frontroom, jazz ensembles from Amherst, Smith and UMass will present a free concert.
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Microsoft Office Available for $10
Amherst College has an agreement with Microsoft that allows us to offer students, faculty and staff copies of Microsoft Office for their personal computers for only $10. Microsoft Office includes programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and e-mail. Visit the IT Campus Agreement Webpage for additional information.
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Twelve College Exchange Program
Students interested in participating in the Twelve College Exchange Program for one or both semesters of the 2005- 06 academic year are reminded that the application deadlines are approaching. The special exchange arrangements of the program allow Amherst students to pursue domestic residential study at the following institutions: Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton, Wesleyan, the Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies and the National Theater Institute. Interested students must first discuss their plans with Dean Frances Tuleja by Wednesday, Feb. 16, prior to submitting completed applications, which are due Monday, Feb. 21.

Information About Parking in Alumni Lot
Campus Police have been closely monitoring the use of Alumni Parking Lot since it was reassigned to faculty and staff in September 2004 and have observed that the lot is not used to full capacity. The migration of faculty/staff cars from lots that are near full capacity to Alumni Lot has not materialized to the extent anticipated. Projections are that this surplus capacity will exist until mid-April, when construction mobilization activities for the Hamilton renovation project are scheduled to begin. Beyond April and into the following year Alumni Lot is projected to be close to full capacity due to ongoing construction activities that will require a large staging area within the parking lot. The Amherst Association of Students (AAS) recently made a request that this temporary surplus be allocated to student parking. To honor this reasonable request, one row of parking, on the western edge of the lot, has been set aside for student parking. Signs for this row, which has a capacity of 30 spaces, will be installed on Friday, Feb. 18, and at that time students can begin to park in Alumni Lot. A notice will be sent out and signs will be removed in April, when the parking capacity is no longer available for students.

Committee on Priorities and Resources Issues Statement on Comprehensive Fee
Traditionally, the Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) has been asked to help the Trustees of the College identify those factors that should be taken into consideration when determining the appropriate percentage increase of the college's comprehensive fee (tuition plus room and board) from year to year. The statement that this year's CPR recently shared with the Trustees is available at or through the Dean of the Faculty's Website. Beth V. Yarbrough, Chair, Spring 2005 CPR
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Feb. 21 Lecture: Psychology in the National Football League: Research, Education and Intervention
Dr. Sara Hickmann will lecture on Monday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room. A clinical psychologist working in the Department of Player Development for the National Football League, Hickmann will discuss her research on impulsivity in male athletes, how this research led to her position with the NFL, and how her research informs her work with NFL players. The lecture is sponsored by the Psychology Department and the Samuel Cummings ’26 Lecture Fund.

Naturally On The Edge Meeting Feb. 21
There will be a general meeting for NOTE, on Monday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 p.m. in the basement of Seeley Mudd. Topics on the Agenda: - Giving titles to everyone. - Discuss the future of NOTE (if there is one) and its projects. - Having current students start to administer NOTE projects instead of having to rely on people who graduated 4 years ago to fix things when they break. - Talk about getting us approved as an official campus organization, with all the perks like funding. - Paperwork to get old PCs from Sam Haynes to install Linux on for test servers and teaching people to administer them. - Planworld-related-issues.
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Writer Luis Urrea To Read at Amherst Books Feb. 22
Writer Luis Urrea will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Amherst Books (8 Main St.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center and the Scott Turow Fund, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Urrea is the critically acclaimed author of nine books of fiction, poetry, memoirs and journalism. His most recent book, "The Devil’s Highway" (2004), is the best- selling account of a group of Mexican men who died while attempting to cross the Sonoran desert into the United States in May 2001.
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Flamenco Dancing Workshop Feb. 23
Can't make it to Feria this year? Come to the flamenco dancing workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Newport Basement, 8 p.m. Free food and drinks to keep you dancing all night long. Learn the rumba and the sevillanas! Great Spanish music! No xxperience necessary-- be ready to dance and have fun!

Romantic Lieder Cycle Concert in Porter House Feb. 23
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in Porter House, the noted local tenor Peter Shea, accompanied by Janet St. Jean (piano) and two Amherst College narrators, Greg Hedin’06 and Wendy Mejia’05, will present the romantic song cycle "Die schöne Magelone," by Johannes Brahms with a text by Ludwig Tieck. Based on a 15th century French tale, this song cycle features a valiant young knight Peter in pursuit of the beautiful Italian maiden Magelone. The piece consists of 15 songs which are interspersed in a fairy-tale like narration. Performance in German, with side-by- side translations provided. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Departments of German and French, the European Studies Program, the Eastman Fund and the German House.
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Mathematics Colloquium Feb. 23
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207, Professor Susan Goldstine '93 of St. Mary's College of Maryland will speak on "Phyllotaxis, Elves, and a Flower's View of Euclid's Algorithm." The talk will be preceded by tea and cookies at 3:30 p.m. in SMudd 208. One of the most spectacular appearances of the Fibonacci numbers in nature is in the spirals in the centers of sunflowers. When we investigate these patterns, a surprising connection to the standard algorithm for computing greatest common divisors emerges. Perhaps flowers know more mathematics than we think? The speaker takes no position on the mathematical expertise of elves.
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Relay for Life Information Session Feb. 23
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life offers everyone on campus a chance to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of 8 to 15 students camp out at the track and take turns walking through the event. The Relay for Life of the Five College Area begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and continues through 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Join us for a Team Captains Meeting and Information Session on Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., in the McCaffrey Room of the Keefe Campus Center. Learn about Relay, how you can form a team or join a team and how to set up your team Webpage. For more information, please contact Amy Miller, or Katie Roza,
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Feb. 23 Panel on Needle Exchange
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Fayerweather 115, at 7:30 p.m., a panel of harm reduction activists and injection drug users from Arise for Social Justice, a radical poverty rights nonprofit organization in Springfield, Mass., will speak on the importance of controversial needle exchange programs. For more information on needle exchange programs, please see the article in the forthcoming issue of the Amherst Student. The event is sponsored by the Progressive Student Alliance.

CANCELLED: John Zibbell, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Will Lecture Feb. 24
The Feb. 24 lecture by John Zibbell, on "Moralizing Microbes: Injection-Related AIDS, Moral Governance and the State," has been cancelled. Sponsored by the Dept. of Anthropology-Sociology, the event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Marianna Safronova Will Present Physics Seminar Feb. 24
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, Amherst College, Merrill 3 4:45 p.m. (tea in 204 Merrill at 4:15 p.m.) Professor Marianna Safronova University of Delaware
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Howard McCalebb Sets Feb. 24 Lecture; Exhibition Through March 11
Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts February 21 - March 11, 2005 Howard McCalebb, 2005 Artist in Residence in the Department of Fine Arts, Amherst College. Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. Reception at the Gallery immediately following Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Driving Directions: drive.html Sponsored by the department of Fine Arts.

“Quicker Than A Wink": Photographs of Harold Edgerton at Mead Art Museum; Lecture Feb. 24
In its first-ever collaborative art and science project, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College presents “Quicker Than a Wink,” an exhibition of photographs by inventor and pioneering photographer Harold E. Edgerton, from Tuesday, Jan. 25 until Sunday, Apr. 3. The exhibition features 35 color and black-and-white photographs from the museum’s permanent collection that explore the unseen world of objects in motion. The organizers—George Greenstein, the Sidney Dillon Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College; Robert Hallock, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and Jill Meredith, the director of the Mead Art Museum—will discuss Edgerton, some of his images and his techniques, including live demonstrations of a strobe and its effect on the perception of motion on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, with a reception to follow at the Mead Art Museum.
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Prof. John Soluri Will Lecture Feb. 24
John Soluri,a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will give a lecture titled “The Unnatural History of the Banana: Genetics, Aesthetics, and the Environment," on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room), Converse Hall. Professor Soluri is a leading scholar of Central America history, science and environment. He will be speaking about his research on the links between consumers' culturally shaped preferences, Central American environmental degradation, labor and land rights and genetic modification in the production and marketing of bananas. His lecture will also address future prospects for sustainable trade, production and market policies. Soluri's talk is part of the Latin American Environmental History Lecture Series, supported by the President's Interdisciplinary Initiative Fund. The lecture is also supported by the Five College Latin American Studies Council and by the Latin American Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College. For more information contact Prof. Rick López (

Russian/English Poet Katia Kapovich To Read Feb. 24
Bilingual poet Katia Kapovich will read from her work on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Amherst Russian Center (second floor Webster). Kapovich writes in Russian and English. She recently published a book of her poems in English, "Gogol in Rome" (Salt, 2004). About this work, Billy Collins has said "she can sway effortlessly from the most common detail into zones of sheer imaginative wonder." The Russian-born Kapovich belonged to a literary dissident movement, emigrated from the USSR in 1990, and currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., where she co-edits "Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics." This event is co-sponsored by the Russian Dept., the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Creative Writing Program at Amherst College.
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Careers in Higher Education Panel Discussion Feb. 25
Join us Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Frontroom to hear a panel of Amherst folks discuss their careers/career paths in higher education. Moderated by Carolyn Bassett, associate director of the Career Center, health professions advisor, and associate dean of students at Amherst College. We'll welcome Jennifer O'Connor '00, Ph.D. candidate in higher ed administration at BC; Katie Edwards O'Hara '87, director of advancement operations at Amherst; David Hall '91, assistant professor of physics at Amherst; Bekki Lee, associate dean of students and assistant director of the Career Center at Amherst; and Sam Haynes, assistant dean of students and director of the Keefe Campus Center/Student Activities. Refreshments follow!

Emily Dickinson Museum Continues “Kinsmen of the Shelf” Reading Group Feb. 26
The Emily Dickinson Museum's “Kinsmen of the Shelf” reading group will meet again on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at the museum. Amy Martin, an assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, will lead a discussion of "The Life of Charlotte Bronte" by Elizabeth Gaskell. Taking its name from Dickinson’s poem “Unto my books – so good to turn,” the Museum’s reading group meets four times a year to discuss books, poems and essays that were read by Emily Dickinson and her family.
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Amherst College Choral Society and Orchestra To Perform Beethoven’s Ninth Feb. 26
The Amherst College Choral Society and Orchestra will present a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The featured soloists in the Ninth are soprano Stephanie Dawn Johnson, mezzo- soprano Kimberly Gratland-James, tenor Paul Mow and bass-baritone Craig Phillips. Amherst audiences will remember these soloists from their remarkable performances in the Verdi Requiem last year. The Amherst College Choral Society will be directed by Mallorie Chernin; the Amherst College Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.
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Pathways Nature Awareness Workshop Feb. 27
Worried your education isn’t giving you the tools you need to live a meaningful life? Life Pathways is a full-day interactive workshop offering tools to find meaning, identity and a sense of direction through nature and community. Join Mark Morey from the Vermont Wilderness School and Five- College area students as we explore different techniques in becoming self- aware and alert to our surroundings. The workshop will be held at Amherst College, and will run from 10-4 on Sunday February 27. Come dressed to go outside and learn wilderness skills. Space is limited. To reserve a spot contact Sarah at 413/542-1355, or send an e-mail to Sponsored by the Five College Woodsy Club.

Chocolate for a Cause on March 2: Students Raise Money for Juarez Delegation
The second annual Chocolate for a Cause dessert reception features food donated from local Amherst and Northampton restaurants and bakeries, as well as live music. Admission is $7 students, $15 community members, with all proceeds benefiting the Juarez Awareness group as they prepare to attend a student delegation in Juarez to gather and publish information about the hundreds of women who have disapeared there. Chocolate for a Cause will be held in Alumni House on Wednesday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saving the world tastes even better!

Wretched Writing Contest Deadline Is Feb. 28
Write badly for fun and profit! The Writing Center invites all students to enter this year's wretched writing contest. Write an intentionally horrible sentence in one or all of these genres: academic prose, romance, mystery, science fiction, and poetry. Submit it to us by Monday, Feb. 28. We will judge the most abysmal and reward the winners in each category with gift certificates to local restaurants. See our Website for rules, 2003 winners and helpful examples from similar contests at other schools.
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Feb. 28 Lecture on Illustrations of 18th-Century Novels
On February 28, at 2 p.m., in Fayerweather 115, Professor Philip Stewart of Duke University will present a slide lecture on illustrations-- chaste and unchaste--of early modern European fiction. This lecture is part of the course being taught by Professors Judith Frank and Ronald Rosbottom on "Dangerous Reading: The 18th-Cenutry Novel in England and France" and is open to the college community. Stewart is an expert on the publication, distribution and analysis of early modern fiction, and has published many articles and several books on this subject. His slide lectures are well known in the field, and always well attended.

Biology Lecture Feb. 28
Dr. Lucinda A. McDade, Chair and Associate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia, will present "Pure and applied phylogenetics: Assembling phylogenies and using them in hypothesis testing" on Monday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

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