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Chris Salter Will Speak Feb. 28 on Technology and the Transformation of Performance
On Monday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m., in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115), Chris Salter will speak on "From Brecht to Artaud: Technology and the Transformation of Performance." The lecture, sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund and the German Department, is free and open to the public. Salter (Ph.D. Stanford)is an electronic artist and assistant professor in computation arts at Concordia University in Montreal. His research has received Fulbright and Humboldt Foundation grants. His computer-generated sound, responsive environment and interactive performance work has been shown internationally at venues such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Villette Numerique, V2, DTW/New York and SIGGRAPH.
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Amherst Fire Department - Student Force Recruiting
On Monday evening, February 28, the Amherst Fire Department Student Force will be recruiting interested Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians from Amherst College. The recruiting location will be the main lobby of Valentine Hall. Applicants should be first-year students or sophmores having an interest in the fire service. No experience necessary. EMT certifiction is a plus. Firefighter training would begin on the last week of August, just before the start of classes in September. The Student Fire Department, commonly referred to as Engine 3, operates their own fire engine, two rescue vehicles and an ambulance. They respond to all reports of fire within the Town of Amherst and to surrounding mutual aid communities.

Campus Police Advise Community About E-Mail Fraud
Many people have been receiving e-mails that appear to be from the accounting department at eBay. The e-mail reports a slight error in your billing information and asks that you provide certain personal data. Among the personal data the e-mail requests is your bank savings/checking account numbers. Campus Police advises you not to respond to this e-mail or anything similar. Legitimate inquiries from banks, credit cards or online services will never ask for this information via an e-mail. The Campus Police have received a report from a community member who was victimized in this way and suffered a loss of more than $1,000. If you have been the victim of such a theft you should notify Campus Police immediately.

Planning to apply to medical school?
Students and alumni seeking to enter medical school in the fall of 2006 should register with the Health Professions Committee this month. Please contact Annie Alexander, the Health Professions Secretary, in 329 McGuire Life Science (naalexander). The Health Professions Committee oversees the collection and distribution of your faculty letters of evaluation, and Dean Carolyn Bassett, the Health Professions Advisor, serves as an active resource regarding applications and interviews with medical schools. In addition, please read the "Amherst College Guide for Premedical Students Part II: The Medical School Application Process" at .html.
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Hitchcock Fellowship -- Applications Due March 1
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the academic year 2005-06. The Hitchcock Fellow will be expected to teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in three sports. A letter of application and current resume should be sent to Peter Gooding, Athletic Director, by March 1, 2005.

Still a little confused about Room Draw ?!?! Info session March 1.
Tuesday, March 1, 8-9 p.m., Moore Dormitory second-floor lounge. Come understand exactly how the Room Draw Process works! All upperclassmen and transfer students who want to know more about Room Draw should attend SHAC’s information session. Bring questions, or just come to hear what people are saying. First-year students need not attend; you will be meeting separately. Contact your RC for more information, or e-mail Hope to see the rest of you there!

Poet Jenny Factor To Read at Amherst College March 1
Poet Jenny Factor will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. In her debut collection, "Unraveling at the Name," Factor turns her formal attention to such themes as motherhood, desire and sexual awakening. In nominating this brave, gritty and transcendent book for a Hayden Carruth Award—which it won— Marilyn Hacker wrote: “Here is a new voice accomplished both in mind and music, a poet with perfect pitch in her mother tongue.” Factor was the recipient of a 2000 Astraea Foundation Grant and a finalist for the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry.
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Donald Swearer Lecture Will Lecture March 1 on "The Absent Buddha Made Present"
Donald Swearer, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, will speak on “The Absent Buddha Made Present: Ritual and Narrative in Thai Buddhism.” The lecture will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Pruyne Room, Fayerweather 115. Before being appointed director of the Center for the Study of World Religions in 2004, Donald Swearer had taught at Swarthmore College since 1970, most recently as the Charles and Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion. His book "Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand" was published in 2004 by Princeton University Press. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk, Noon at the Mead, March 2
Betsey Garand, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, will give a gallery talk, "Investigating Prints: Creation and Process," in conjunction with the exhibition "Town and Country: Modern Life in America," at the Mead Art Museum on Wednesday, March 2, at noon. This event is free and open to the public.
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The Emily Dickinson Museum Reopens for the Season March 2
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens in Amherst, Mass., will open for its 2005 season on Wednesday, March 2. The Homestead—the birthplace and home of the poet for 40 years—and The Evergreens—home of Emily’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan—are open for guided tours from March through mid-December.
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Chocolate for a Cause II Wednesday, March 2
Join the Juarez Activism Group at Chocolate for a Cause II, on Wednesday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alumni House. The dessert banquet will feature live music and treats donated by local restaurants and bakeries. Admission is $7 for students and $15 for community members. Proceeds will go toward national awareness-aising campaigns, as well as toward a student delegation to Juarez, Mexico, during which participants will gather and publish previously unreported information about the unsolved serial murders and disappearances of young women in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua.

John Dower '59 Will Deliver McCloy Lecture March 3
This year’s McCloy Professor, John W. Dower '59, will deliver a “visual presentation” and a talk titled “‘Westernization’ and War: Japan’s Emergence as an Imperialist Power, 1894-1905,” on Thursday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room), Converse Hall, Amherst College. The Ford International Professor of History at MIT, Dower received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1972. His 1986 book, "War Without Mercy," an engrossing study of the tidal wave of racial rhetoric and imagery that dominated both antagonists in the Pacific war, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999, "Embracing Defeat: Japan in Wake of World War II," his monumental study of postwar Japan, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Bancroft Prize, among other honors. Beyond his scholarly work, John Dower has been a vital voice in public debates over American historical memory and foreign policy, especially the role of racial prejudice in stimulating international conflict and mass violence. The lecture series is sponsored by the John J. McCloy '59 Professorship Fund and the History Department.

Kathleen Spies To Speak on Reginald Marsh at Amherst College on March 3
In conjunction with the exhibition "Town and Country: Modern Life in America," the Mead Art Museum presents a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Spies entitled "Reginald Marsh and the Urban Spectacle" on Thursday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Spies is an assistant professor of Art History at Birmingham-Southern College. She has a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Indiana University. Her dissertation was on "Burlesque Queens and Circus Divas: Images of the Female Grotesque in the Art of Reginald Marsh and Walt Kuhn." There will be a reception at the Mead Art Museum following the lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.
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Faculty, Staff Invited to March 2 IT Class on Taking Care of Your PC
Whether you use a Windows computer in your office or at home, a little know-how and a bit of maintenance can help you get a lot more out of it. Learn the absolutely vital things you need to know to keep your computer going strong. We'll talk about how to remove and avoid viruses, spyware and spam, as well as other ways to make sure your PC is running at its best. Information Technology and Human Resources will present a short session on "Taking Care of Your PC" for faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Center for Professional Development in Converse Hall. Call HR at x2372 to register.

Vitaly Kozyrev Speaks on Putin March 3
This informal talk by Prof. Vitaly Kozyrev, "Whither Russia? The Real Face of Putin's Drama," will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the living room of Porter House. Russian tea will follow the presentation. Kozyrev is an associate professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University, advisor to the Moscow City Government, analyst at the Russian News Agency and Copeland Fellow at Amherst in the spring of 2003. He is currently visiting assistant professor at Yale's Center for International and Area Studies. Kozyrev is a specialist on international politics, particularly Russo-Chinese relations. This event is sponsored by Russian House and the Amherst College Russian Department.
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ISA Mixer Will Be Held Thursday, March 3
The International Students' Association Mixer is an opportunity for students to interact with faculty in a relaxed, informal environment. All are welcome to join between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Porter Lounge, Converse Hall. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Campus Center/Student Activities Fund.

March 4: Mellon Project Lunch on Student Research at Amherst
Faculty members and librarians are invited to a dialogue about student research, to be held in the Mullins and Faerber rooms of Lewis- Sebring Dining Commons from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Some questions: What kind of research do faculty want students to be able to do? How can we get them beyond Google? How can the library foster research skills? How can we keep the problem of plagiarism from constraining research assignments? Sherre Harrington, Librarian of the College, will introduce the lunch. Amy Demorest (Psychology), Margaret Adams Groesbeck (Head of Reference and Online Services), Rick Lopez (History) and Ethan Temeles (Biology) will begin the discussion. Jane Beebe (Music Library) will moderate.

Gotta get a Dell? Win one here!
The University of Connecticut's Center for Survey Research is looking for freshman and senior students interested in participating in an online survey. The survey topic is civic literacy, and there is 1 in 150 chance of winning a Dell computer just by filling out the survey. Anyone interested should visit The surveys must be completed between Februrary 10 and March 18.

March 3-5: "The Edges That Remain," Wing Mui's Senior Project
The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance will present "The Edges that Remain," an original performance piece created by Wing L. Mui '05, on March 3- 5 at 8 p.m. in the Holden Theater at Amherst College. "The Edges That Remain" is a theatrical telling of a new fairy tale that blends the beauty, meaning and purpose of mathematics with the archetypical characters and wondrous quality of a fairy tale. What comes after "happily ever after"? Living in a kingdom that honors logic and mathematics above all else, Eleanor, a damsel in distress, desires to be more than just a princess by the side of a handsome prince. She wants to be credited for the amazing mathematical proofs that her father stole from her, and become the kingdom's best mathematician. Her quest is complicated by a prince who wants to rescue her, marry her and keep her in his castle, a sister who wants to marry the prince, a squire who wants to marry the damsel in distress, a fairy godmother who moonlights as a lawyer, and her evil, wicked father. In addition to each other, they all have to deal with themselves--yet most of them have more theorems than social skills in their repertoire. Tickets are free, reservations are suggested. To reserve tickets, call the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance box office at (413) 542-2277.

Red Priest To Present Music at Amherst March 5
In the latest installment of the 2004- 05 Music at Amherst Series, Red Priest will offer a program of “Pirates of the Baroque,” stolen masterworks and long-lost jewels of the baroque era performed with swashbuckling virtuosity, on Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m., in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has redefined the art of baroque music performance, combining the fruits of extensive and rigorous research with virtuosity, creative re-composition, heart-on-sleeve emotion and compelling stagecraft.
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March 5 -- Working with Youth: Make More of a Difference
Come learn how to be a better mentor & tutor! Saturday, March 5, 11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., Keefe Campus Center Frontroom. Keynote speaker Barry O'Connell; workshops on tutoring, mentoring and working with communities; opportunities to get involved. Snacks will be served. For more information, e-mail or call X5140.

RUNWAY - Fashion Show and After-Party Friday March 4; Proceeds to Benefit Tsunami Relief Efforts
Expect a crowd of 600 to 1000+ people for THE FASHION AND CLUBBING EXPERIENCE of the Valley this Friday, March 4, at 10 p.m. in Alumni Gym. The fashion show will feature clothes from South and Southeast Asia, as well as East and South Africa. Clothes and garments are directly from those countries. The after-party will feature DJ Varick, a professional DJ from NYC who has spun for all the finest clubs including the Marquee, and bars such as the Pink Elephant. Sound and lighting will be coordinated by professionals. For attendees age 21 and older, there will be a champagne bar. Tickets are $7 before the show and $9 at the door. Tickets sales will be in the Campus Center and Valentine. All proceeds will go to the World Health Organization towards relief and rehabilitation of countries affected by the recent tsunamis.

Onawumi Jean Moss Will Read Saturday in South Hadley
Dean Onawumi Jean Moss, co-author of "Precious and the Boo Hag," a collaboration with Patricia C. McKissack, will read and perform portions of this eerie yet humorous story at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Since its recent release, this picture book has garnered three starred reviews. This is Onawumi's first children's book. Patricia C. McKissack's award-winning body of work in children's literature has won international acclaim. Before signing books, Onawumi Jean Moss will perform and read portions of "Precious and the Boo Hag." All are invited.
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Biology Lecture March 7
David Spiller, Ph.D., of the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California-Davis, will present "The impact of Hurricanes on Island Food Webs" on Monday, March 7, in Merrill 4 at 3:30 p.m. Cookies and reception at 3:15 p.m. in Life Sciences Building third floor lounge.

Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships -- Deadline March 7
Are you a first-year or sophomore student who would like to spend this summer pursuing a collaborative research project in the sciences? You should have received a mailing in your campus box describing the Amherst Summer Research Fellowship program but, just in case, here’s a brief synopsis. A total of 20–25 fellowships for students in the Classes of 2007 and 2008 will be awarded for this summer. The program will begin on June 6 and run until August 12. Fellows will receive a stipend of $400 per week and on-campus housing. Each Fellow on financial aid will also receive a supplement. For the complete application information, please visit our Website: Note that the application deadline is March 7!
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Williams-Mystic Information Table March 7
Monday, March 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Keefe Campus Center. Join the Adventure: Explore the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Learn to sail a tall ship. Do your own original research in the humanities and sciences. Live on the coast at the world's largest maritime museum. Explore marine biology, environmental policy, maritime history and literature of the sea. All majors and classes welcome! No experience necessary, just a desire to try something new! Now accepting applications for Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. New England. The Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf of Mexico. The Pacific Coast. Explore the world. Explore the ocean.
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Professors Alexander George and Lawrence Douglas To Read Monday, March 7
Amherst College faculty members Lawrence Douglas, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, and Alexander George, professor of philosophy, will read from their book "Sense and Nonsensibility: Lampoons of Learning and Literature" on Monday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. "Sense and Nonsensibility" is a collection of satires and spoofs that poke fun at literary criticism, the educational establishment and American culture. The reading, part of the Amherst College Creative Writing Center’s spring series, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.
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Kimmie Weeks '05 Will Lecture Tonight
The Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies presents a lecture given by Kimmie Weeks '05. Monday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.,Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. This event is free open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
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Juniors - Apply to be a Peer Career Advisor for Next Year!
Juniors: Wondering what to do for work during your senior year? Consider being a Peer Career Advisor. You can help other students find internships, find jobs and create great looking resumes and cover letters. You can work on projects involving alumni. You can be a vital part of the Career Center team, and you can be one of the first Amherst students to work in our great, new location! To see the job description, and to apply by March 7, go to Experience - ity/login.jsp? returnto=/er/stu/calendar/career_center _calendar_view.jsp Search Amherst College as employer.

First-Year Students: Time to Think about Housing for 2005 !
You should look for flyers around your dorms notifying you of the time and place of the upcoming Room Draw information session. All first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend. Don’t worry, there will be refreshments. Hope to see you all there! Contact your RC for more information or e-mail

Five College Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate
The Five College Council offers a Latin American Studies Certificate to students who have fulfilled the following requirements: four courses on Latin American and Latino topics; one humanities course; one seminar with an interdisciplinary focus; one social science course; and one course in history. A total of eight courses is required. The certificates will be sent to all recipients during Commencement week. Applications are available in the Spanish Department Office (Barrett 5). The deadline for application is Friday, April 8. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Cesar Alegre.

Kevin Platt '89 Will Speak on March 8 at Amherst Center for Russian Culture
Kevin M. F. Platt '89 will speak on "Russian National Identity and the Liminal Emperor: Peter I from Official Nationalism to Pushkin" on Tuesday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Russian Center at Webster Hall (second floor). Platt is associate professor and chair of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and acting chair of Penn's program in comparative literature and literary theory. An informal reception will follow the talk and discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Russian Department and the Virginia and David S. Pennock '60 Fund of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. Please contact the Amherst College Russian Department (413/542-2350) or David Brandenberger ( for more information.
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News of Economics Major Douglas Norton '05
Douglas Norton '05 has been awarded the John Pencavel Prize for Affiliate Students from the Economics Department at University College London. The prize is awarded annually for the best performance by an undergraduate affiliate student in economics courses. Norton studied abroad at UCL in 2003-04 and was chosen out of 125 students to receive the award. The prize is named in honor of Professor John Pencavel, distinguished former undergraduate student of economics at UCL, currently Chairman of Economics at Stanford and Visiting Fellow of UCL.

Prof. Austin Sarat Elected President of Undergraduate Law Consortium
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, has been elected president of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He will begin his two-year term on July 1. The Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs is a national organization for colleges and universities that have interdisciplinary programs geared toward undergraduate education about law and justice, both in the United States and internationally. It holds an annual meeting and is a clearinghouse for information about teaching in and administering those interdisciplinary programs.
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Alpha Delta Phi Awards
The Alpha Delta Phi Fund Committee is pleased to announce that grants have been made to the following students: Kristin Bradley, Jeremy Collins, Toni Cook, Courtney Davies, Richard Dosik, Gabrielle Ferrer, Tracy Montigny, Sarah Sorscher, Rachel Speer, Jennifer Wertheimer and Gail Zukerwise. The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to support senior essay writing, special topics and other comparable independent projects. All seniors in the humanities and social sciences may apply, but first priority is reserved for English majors and others working in literary studies, creative writing, theater and dance, or film. Another round of grants from the Alpha Delta Phi Fund will be made at the start of the fall semester. An announcement of the deadline for applications will be made in September.
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Kermes Technology Fellowship—Applications Due March 9
The Information Technology Department seeks a recent Amherst graduate to serve in a one-year position as the Susan and Kenneth Kermes Technology Fellow. The Fellow will be a member of Desktop Computing Services and will support the use of desktop computers by faculty, administrators, staff and students. The content of the fellowship will depend on the skills and talents of the successful candidate and the needs of the department. Excellent communication and problem-solving skills and experience using computers and technology in a campus environment are required. The position runs July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006. Submit a cover letter and resume to Margaret Stancer, Director, Desktop Computing Services by March 9, 2005.

Multicultural Historian Ronald Takaki To Speak at Amherst College March 9
Ronald Takaki, a pioneer of contemporary ethnic and racial studies programs in the United States, will tell his story of “From Surfer to Scholar: The Making of a Historian of Multicultural America” on Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m., in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. This Five-College lecture and discussion, and a reception to follow in the Gerald Penny Cultural Center in the Octagon, are free and open to the public.
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March 9 - ACPB presents The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company!
Chaos will reign when Amherst is invaded by the Upright Citizens Brigade! Founded by Amherst alum Matt Besser (a.k.a Adair), the Upright Citizens Brigade has furthered the spread of chaos and disrupted the status quo through its wildly hilarious sketch and improv comedy. Since the end of its show on Comedy Central, the Upright Citizens Brigade has made its mark in New York City at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and is now taking the rest of the world on by storm through the Touring Company. Expect the unexpected when the Upright Citizens Brigade performs live! Disorder begins Wednesday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Frontroom. Admission is free for all students. Sponsored by ACPB.
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Slavery and the American Experience Lecture at Smith Wednesday Night
Professor Hilary Moss of our Black Studies and History Departments, together with Professors John Bracey and Manisha Sinha of the UMass Afro-American Studies Department, will be panel members discussing the topic "Slavery and the American Experience." This is the third session in the "Slavery and Its Legacy Series." It will be held at Wright Hall on the Smith College campus, Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

Student Worker Needed -- NCAA Men's Basketball Regional
The Sports Information Office needs a reliable student to act as a paid sports information/media liaison for three NCAA Men's Basketball Regional games this Friday and Saturday (March 11-12). Game times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, and 7 p.m. on Saturday. You'll need to arrive approximately 30 minutes early and stay approximately 30 minutes after the completion of play on each day. Get paid to watch basketball. What could be better? Interested? E-mail
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March 9 and 10 -- Native American Science and Western Science: Powerful Collaboration
Leroy Little Bear, a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and former director of the Harvard Native American Program, will speak to the theme: "Native American Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration." He will offer two events. The first, on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 4, is a panel discussion on the theme with Frederique Apffel-Marglin (Smith, Anthropology), Margaret Bruchac (Five College Fellow, Missisquoi Abenaki), Arthur Zajonc (Physics, Amherst College). On March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 4, Leroy Little Bear will give a lecture with discussion on the same theme. Sponsored by the Trans-disciplinary Fund of Amherst Collge.
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Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen To Speak March 10 on “Identity and the Violence of Illusion”
Economist Amartya Sen, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1998, will speak on “Identity and the Violence of Illusion” on Thursday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. the Cole Assembly Room Hall in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sen’s talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby of Converse Hall.
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March 10 Lecture On Ultra-High Speed Photography
In conjunction with the Mead Art Museum exhibit "Quicker Than a Wink: Photographs By Harold Edgerton," J. Kim Vandiver will deliver a lecture on “High-speed schlieren photography of ice cubes, soap bubbles, candle flames and shock waves.” The lecture, sponsored by the Departments of Astronomy and Physics, will be given in Merrill 3 at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 10; tea will be served in Merrill 204 at 4:15. Vandiver, dean for undergraduate research and director of the Edgerton Center at MIT, was a colleague of Edgerton's and has continued his pioneering work on ultra-high speed photography. He will show his beautiful and spectacular images of everyday events, revealing hitherto unseen phenomena, as well as explaining techniques for making such photographs. The lecture will be at a non-technical level, and the public is invited to attend.

March 9 and 10 Colloquia on Photographs of Harold E. Edgerton
In conjunction with its first-ever collaborative art and science project, “Quicker Than a Wink,” an exhibition of photographs by inventor and pioneering photographer Harold E. Edgerton, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will offer two colloquium talks by J. Kim Vandiver, dean for undergraduate research, director of The Edgerton Center at MIT and a former research assistant of Edgerton’s, on the “schlieren” or shadow photographs they produced. The colloquium at the University of Massachusetts will be held Wednesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in Hasbrouck 124 at UMass Amherst, with refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in the lobby. The colloquium at Amherst College will be held on Thursday, March 10, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3.
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German Film Series: "Im Juli" ("In July") Will Screen March 10
On Thursday, March 10, the film "Im Juli" ("In July," directed by Fatih Akin, 2000, 100 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Moritz Bleibtreu ("Run, Lola, Run") plays an uptight schoolteacher from Hamburg who embarks on an adventurous journey to follow the love of his life, a young Turkish woman, to Istanbul, in this romantic comedy drama full of surprising twists. Adult situations. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
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John Zibbell Will Lecture March 10
John Zibbell, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will speak on "Moralizing Microbes: Injection-Related AIDS, Moral Governance and the State" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the Octagon. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology-Sociology.

March 10 -- Judeo-Christian Perspective on Sex: A Panel Discussion
What do Jews and Christians believe about sexual issues? Panel discussion monitored by the Student Health Educators (SHEs), followed by a Q&A session. Guest speakers from Hillel, ACF, UMass Newman Catholic Center. March 10, Red Room (Cole Assembly Room in Converse),7:30-9 p.m. Free.

Travel Immunizations for Amherst College Students
Amherst College students planning to travel abroad (other than in Canada or Europe) may update their immunizations before leaving. Since immunity after vaccination may take up to four weeks, and because some immunizations are in a series of three, an appointment to discuss needs should be made at the Keefe Health Center (ext. 2267) six to eight weeks in advance of trip.

Physical Plant Announces Freshman Dorm Recycling Challenge
The Physical Plant would like to announce the start of the Freshman Dorm Recycling Challenge! The event began on Sunday, Feb. 20, and will run through Sunday, March 13. The winner will be the freshman dorm which produces the most recycling per capita -- that’s why everybody can and should participate! The RCs of the winning dorm will be notified Wednesday, March 23, and will decide when to hold their free Wings party courtesy of the Physical Plant. Recyclable items include bottles, cans, paper, clothing, cardboard and batteries. Any questions or comments? Feel free to contact the Recycling Office by calling x5038 or e-mailing Paul Thornton (

Off-Campus Housing Applications Due March 15
Interested in living off-campus next year? Off-campus applications for 2005-06 are available in the Residential Life Office (Converse 106). Applications are due Tuesday, March 15.

Study Abroad Declaration of Intent Deadline 3/15/05
Planning on studying abroad either in the fall, or for your entire junior year? Then you need to declare your intent by Tuesday, March 15. You can do this by going to roadfrontpage.html

Chemistry Professors Mark Marshall and Helen Leung Are Authors of Paper
Mark Marshall and Helen Leung, professors of chemistry at Amherst College, are among the authors of a recent paper that explored the bond between the hydroxyl radical (HO) and water (H2O). In a recent issue of Chemical & Engineering News it was reported that “Atmospheric chemists, in particular, find H2O-HO interesting, as the HO radical oxidizes organic pollutants and may also play a role in the chemistry of earth's ozone hole.” “The hydroxyl radical is like nature’s detergent,” Marshall says. The research also demonstrates the intrinsically quantum mechanical nature of this species and provides evidence for the changes in the electronic environments of the molecules that signal the start of a chemical reaction.
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Amherst College Composer Lewis Spratlan Has New Recording; Performance March 20 in Boston
Lewis Spratlan, the Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Music at Amherst College and recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has just released a new recording on Albany Records. The disc, titled “When Crows Gather and Other Works,” contains four pieces performed by the New York ensemble Sequitur. Spratlan’s piece "Streaming: Quartet for Piano and Strings," commissioned by Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, will also be performed by players from Ravinia at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.
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Quilt Extravaganza--Hands All Around X , March 19 and 20
Hands All Around X, a two-day quilt extravaganza, will be held March 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9:30 a.m. for people with disabilities) at the LeFrak and Cage Gymnasiums at Amherst College. In addition to the main exhibit of more than 400 quilts, attendees will enjoy quilting demonstrations, mini-quilt auctions, an antique quilt exhibit, the Old Deerfield Challenge sponsored by the Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Mass., presentations by featured quilters, volunteers providing information about the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, activities for children, and dozens of vendors. Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Sponsored by Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild, a non-profit organization.

Keefe Health Center's Hours During Spring Recess
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will close for the Spring Recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 21. Amherst College students remaining in the local area who have a medical emergency should contact the Campus Police at 413/542-2111. Students who have urgent care needs should contact the University Health Services (UHS) at 413/577-5000. The Urgent Care Unit at the UHS will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight during the week of Spring Recess. They will be closed between midnight and 8 a.m. starting Friday, March 11, at midnight, and continuing until Sunday, March 20, at 8 a.m. A telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 between midnight and 8 a.m., and a physician can be contacted if needed. The University Health Services Pharmacy Hours for the Spring Recess are Monday, March 14-Friday, March 18, open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Transportation to the UHS needs to be arranged with the Amherst College Campus Police (413/542-2291.)

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan After 9/11; Alexander Garvin Will Lecture March 21
On Monday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, Alexander Garvin will speak on the political and architectural debates surrounding the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after the catastrophe of 9/11/01. Garvin is currently managing director of New York City's bid committee for the 2012 Olympics. During 2002-03, he was director of design and development at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC). He has taught urban planning and architecture at Yale for more than 30 years, and is the author of "The American City: What Works, What Doesn't," one of the key texts on urbanism in the U.S. His visit is sponsored by the President's Initiative Fund on the Urban Imagination and the Eastman Fund.

Holy Week Event: Stations of the Cross Monday, March 21
As part of Holy Week there will be a student-led Stations of the Cross this Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. All are welcome.

In Memoriam: Frank Anderson Trapp
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Professor Emeritus Frank Anderson Trapp, who died after a long illness on Thursday, March 17. He was 82 years old. Trapp, who was a Fulbright Scholar, received a B.A. from Carnegie Institute of Technology and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard. A faculty member at Williams College for five years, Trapp came to Amherst College in 1956 and worked here until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at Amherst, he served as rotating chairman of the Art Department and was the director of the Mead Art Museum for 20 years.
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R. Ross Holloway '56 Will Speak March 23 on The Tomb of the Diver at Paestum
R. Ross Holloway '56, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University, will present a slide lecture in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m., about his recent work on the Greek tomb of the Diver at Paestum with its well- preserved wall paintings. This particularly richly decorated tomb is the only example of Greek fresco painting of the fifth century B.C. to have survived intact. The project is directed toward a new full-scale publication and should be of particular interest to students of art, classics and religion. Reception following in Fayerweather. Sponsored by the Five College Classics Departments.
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March 23 Talk on "The Global Sathya Sai Movement: Translations and Mobilizations"
Tulasi Srinivas of Boston University will lecture Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m., Fayerweather 117. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology-Sociology and the Eastman Fund.

Mathematics Colloquium March 23
On Wednesday, March 23, Pamela Pierce of the College of Wooster will give a mathematics colloquium titled "Dealing with Ups and Downs: Functions of Bounded Variation." There will be refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in SMudd 208, and the talk itself will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in SMudd 207. Abstract: Intuitively, the variation of a function f on [a,b] is a measure of how much the y-values of the function "vary" over the interval [a,b]. After providing a precise definition of the total variation V(f,[a,b]) of f on [a,b], we will consider those functions whose total variation is finite on [a,b] and call this class of functions BV. We will look at several examples of such functions, explore the properties of the class BV, and discuss some extensions of this concept.
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Judith Baskin Will Lecture March 24
Judith Baskin, Knight Professor of Humanities at the University of Oregon, will speak on “Dying for God: Piety and Gender in Jewish Narratives of the First Crusade,” Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Baskin is director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon and currently president of the Association for Jewish Studies. Her research specialties include the study of women in rabbinic literature and Jewish women in the Middle Ages. She is the editor of "The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture" (forthcoming), and author of "Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature." Her Amherst lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund, and is free and open to the public.

Archaeologist Richard Brilliant To Speak on “The Roman Peace” March 24
Richard Brilliant, Anna S. Garbedian Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, will speak on “The Roman Peace and Its Cost-Benefit Imagery” on Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Funded by the Department of Fine Arts and the Eastman Lecture Fund, this talk is free and open to the public.
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German Film Series: "Be.Angeled" Will Screen March 24
On Thursday, March 24, the film "Be.Angeled" (directed by Roman Kuhn, 2001, 101 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 pm in Stirn Auditorium. Set in and filmed during Berlin 's famous “Love Parade,” the film chronicles the interconnected stories of young people during a day of magic and mayhem, as they get sucked into the maelstrom of sex, drugs and techno music. Adult situations. In German, with English subtitles. Admission free, all welcome.
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March 24 Neuroscience Seminar by Dr. Cecil Hahn '94
Thursday, March 24, 4:30 p.m., Merrill 4 (refreshments 4:15 p.m.). Speaker: Dr. Cecil Hahn '94, M.D., Fellow in Epilepsy, Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Title: "Perspectives on the 'Sacred Disease' -- Epilepsy: From Bench to Bedside to Operating Room."
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Holy Week: Reconciliation Service Wednesday, March 23
As part of Holy Week there will be a Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. Following the service will be reconciliation.

Holy Thursday Mass Thursday, March 24
As part of Holy Week there will be Holy Thursday Mass on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel.

Career Center Open House Thursday March 24
The Career Center has moved to its fabulous new space in College Hall, and we want to share it with you! We'll be holding an open house on Thursday, March 24. Faculty, staff and members of the administration are invited to join us from 3 to 5 p.m., and students are invited from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Amherst Student Lisa Rubinger Chosen To Attend JASC
Lisa Rubinger has been selected to attend the 57th Japan-America Student Conference, which will take place this summer in Japan. Rubinger will have an opportunity to exchange academic and cultural views about the world with 39 other American college students and 40 Japanese college students as they travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima to Okinawa and Tokyo. Delegate selection for the 57th JASC was extremely competitive this year, with more than 125 applicants for 32 slots. The resulting delegation is a diverse group of delegates that represent 32 schools, 24 states and more than 12 fields of study. The group is academically strong, with an average GPA of 3.5 and three delegates with a 4.0.
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Publications by Professor Romer
Professor Robert Romer (Physics) has recently published two papers of some general interest. One is an account of a private conversation he had with Einstein in 1954 ("My Half-Hour with Einstein", The Physics Teacher, March, 2005). The other is a report on some of his recent research on the surprising extent of slave ownership in the Amherst area in the 1700s ("Higher Education and Slavery in Western Massachusetts", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Winter, 2004/2005).
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Premed Meeting March 24
Thursday, March 24, at 8:30 p.m. in Life Sciences 230, Dr. Cecil Hahn '94, MD, Fellow in Epilepsy, at Children's Hospital Boston will meet with interested premeds and discuss career planning. Hahn majored in euroscience, graduating from Amherst in 1994, and went to medical school in Canada. He is now doing a fellowship in childhood epilepsy at Children's Hospital in Boston. Hahn has the kind of career combining clinical work and research that many Amherst students aspire to. Come hear about his career and ask questions about your own career plans.

“Bad and Beautiful: Film Noir Songs” at Amherst College March 25
Ann Maggs, vocalist, accompanied by pianist Eugene Uman, will present “Bad and Beautiful: Film Noir Songs” on Friday, March 25, at 12 noon in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, the concert will feature original music from the fatalistic films of the '40s and '50s. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island, Maggs is the assistant music librarian at Amherst College, where she teaches jazz voice. She teaches voice students and sings with a local 20-piece big band called the Heritage Pops Orchestra.
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President's Office Invites Applications for Fellow for Special Projects ("Green Dean" Position); Deadline Friday, March 25
The Office of the President seeks a recent Amherst graduate to serve in the position of Fellow for Special Projects. Reporting to the President, this is a one-year position with the option for renewal. Among the responsibilities will be research and other support for projects relating to curricular renewal, community outreach, access to higher education, campus life, and other issues. Regular duties may include: assistance with scheduling, organizing lectures, drafting correspondence. The applicant should have solid organizational and interpersonal skills, superior written and verbal communications skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently. Amherst College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, minorities and disabled persons to apply. Please send a résumé, a letter of application describing your qualifications, and the names/addresses/e-mail addresses/telephone numbers of three references to Patricia Long, Associate Director of Human Resources. Applications must be received by Friday, March 25.

Good Friday Service March 25
As part of Holy Week, there will be Good Friday Service on March 25 at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.

Adam Sitze Will Lecture in Forgiveness, Mercy and Clemency Conference March 25
On Friday, March 25, at 3:15 p.m. in the Alumni House Adam Sitze will give a talk for the Foregiveness, Mercy, and Clemency conference entitled "Amnesty in Plato's 'The Laws.'"

Forgiveness, Mercy, Clemency Lectures March 26
On Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in the Alumni House Meir Dan-Cohen of the University of California Law School in Berkeley will speak on "Revising the Past: On the Metaphysics of Repentance, Forgiveness, and Pardon." At 10:45 a.m. Bruce Robbins, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, will speak on "Remembering Bombling." At 2 p.m., Linda Meyer of Quinnipiac Law School will speak on "The Merciful State." And at 3:45 p.m. Daniel Kobil of Capital Law School wil give a talk titled "Does Mercy Have A Place In Capital Clemency?" All lectures will will take place in the Alumni House, and are sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

Department of Chemistry Spring 2005 Seminar Series
The Chemistry Department will present Dr. Steven S. Brown, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, on Friday, March 25, at 3:15 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 4. The title of Brown's prensentation is "Moonlighting: Atmospheric Chemistry After Dark". Refreshements will be served at 3:00 p.m.

Newman Club Sponsors Good Friday Services
The Newman Club will sponsor Good Friday services today, March 25, at 3 p.m. in Chapin Chapel.

Easter Sunday Mass March 27
Come celebrate Easter at the Easter Sunday Mass on March 27 at 5 p.m. in Johnson Chapel.

Easter Dinner Sunday, March 27
Come celebrate Easter with the annual Easter Dinner Celebration at 6 p.m. on March 27. Dinner will be catered by La Cucina di Pinnochio's. There are only 30 seats available; please e-mail for more information and to reserve a seat. First come, first serve.

Dining Services Commencement and Reunion Applications Available March 1, Due March 28
The Dining Hall and Catering will be hiring student workers for May 15 - May 29 to assist with Commencement and Alumni Reunion events. Applications will be available beginning March 1 and can be picked up at Valentine, Schwemm's Coffee House and the Library. Applications need to be returned to Valentine Dining Services by Monday, March 28. Meals and housing are provided for those hired to work.
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Council of Amherst Publications Seeks Technical Consultant; Apply By March 28
The Council of Amherst Publications is currently accepting applications for the position of CAP Technical Consultant. The consultant will maintain the computers used by the nine campus publications. For more information regarding the position, please read the job description at Should you wish to apply for the position, please fill out the online job application by March 28.
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Monday, March 28, Open Meeting for Faculty Members with the CPR
An Open Meeting for the Faculty is scheduled for Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge with the Committee on Priorities and Resources (CPR) to discuss the Committee's "Amherst College Institutional Comparison Group Draft Report." A copy of the report was sent to faculty members through campus mail shortly before Spring Break; if you need another copy, please contact the Dean of the Faculty's Office. We hope to see you on the 28th. Beth V. Yarbrough Chair, on behalf of the Spring 2005 CPR

Job Applications Available for Commencement and Reunion
Physical Plant, Public Affairs and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs are hiring for the weeks of Commencement and Reunion (5/15-5/29). Applications can be picked up in Valentine and the Keefe Campus Center Mailroom, or fill one out online at If you have any questions please contact Veronica Nunn '04 in the Alumni Office at or at x8226. Applications are due on Monday, March 28. (Note that all students hired to work Commencement and/or Reunion Weekends must be employed elsewhere on campus during the week to be eligible for campus housing.)
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Plaza Dormitory Wins First Annual Freshman Dorm Challenge
The Physical Plant has announced the winner of the First Annual Freshman Dorm Recycling Challenge: Plaza Dormitory! Plaza produced a recycling rate of 10.14 lbs per capita. South Dormitory came in a close second place with 8.26 lbs per capita. At this rate, Plaza Dormitory will produce more than 90 pounds of recyclable items per student over the course of one year, which is triple the recyclable rate per capita over past years. Plaza’s efforts will be rewarded with a free Wings party, courtesy of Physical Plant.

Congressman John Olver Will Speak on Social Security Tuesday, March 29, in Johnson Chapel
Congressman John W. Olver (D-Mass.) will hold a campus forum on Tuesday, March 29, to talk with college students and others about President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security. The event will take place Tuesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Sponsored by the Amherst College Democrats and the Five College Democrats Network, the talk is open to the public at no charge.
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Searching for a Job with the Federal Government Info Session Tuesday, March 29
If you want to learn more about job opportunities with the federal government and how to find the government job that is right for you, join us Tuesday, March 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Amherst College Career Center Conference Room - First Floor, College Hall. A representative from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the human resources policy arm of the federal government, will be answering questions on topics that will include what kind of jobs are available and what qualifications you will need, resume writing and interviewing for federal jobs, as well as best resources to help you in your job search. No registration required. If you have questions, please call 542-2265 and ask for Debra Krumholz or e-mail

Russian Film Scholar Maya Turovskaya Will Lecture on March 30 at 4:30 Russ.Center
Maya Turovskaya, Russia's leading film and theater scholar, will give an illustrated lecture on "Soviet and Nazi Visual Propaganda in the 1930s: A comparison of Ogoniek & Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung" at the Amherst Russian Center (Webster Hall, second floor, Room 202) on Wednesday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. Turovskaya is the author of many books and articles on the history of Russian and Soviet cinema, on Chekhov's wife, actress Olga Knipper-Chekhova, and on Russian-German cultural relations. Turovskaya's visit is sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Fund at Amherst College, the Amherst College Russian Department and the Saul Z. Cohen Fund for Russian Jewish Culture through the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.
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Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium March 30
Ed Lamagna, professor of computer science at the University of Rhode Island, will give a talk titled "What Your Calculus Professor Didn't Tell You About Integrating Rational Functions" on Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207. There will be refreshments beforehand, at 3:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208. Abstract:The method students are taught in calculus to integrate rational functions is fraught with difficulty. It fails to produce solutions when the denominator cannot be factored or solved in terms of radicals, and may also involve lots of unnecessary computation. We examine other methods, which are used by computer algebra systems to solve rational integrals.

March 30 -- Enlisting Men to Work Against Relationship Violence
On Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, renowned advocate, educator, speaker and former professional football player Donald G. McPherson will discuss violence against women and the culture that leads to such violence. In a talk titled “You Throw Like A Girl,” McPherson will address the ways in which narrow construction of masculinity impacts beliefs, attitudes and behaviors related to violence, as well as how this construction negatively impacts men themselves. This is not a typical lecture about men behaving badly, but a vehicle to create understanding that will foster the opportunity for men and women to work together. Donations will be accepted at the door to help support NELCWIT. Sponsored by The Amherst Men’s Project, Amherst College Athletic Department, Amherst College Health Education, the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition and the Men’s Resource Center of Western Mass. For more information call x8180.

Pizza with the President Wednesday, March 30
Students are invited to join President Marx for pizza and conversation tonight (Wednesday, March 30) at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. President Marx will report on current planning for the college and will welcome student input on any and all campus issues.

In Memoriam: Robert G. Riley
The Johnson Chapel flag was lowered to half- staff in memory of Robert G. Riley, the husband of Sandy Riley, an executive secretary in the Office of Alumni & Parent Programs. Robert G. Riley died unexpectedly on the morning of March 28. He was 55 years old. The wake will be held on Thursday from 5-8 at the Beers & Story Funeral Home in Belchertown. The funeral will be on Friday morning at 9:15, and will be followed by a 10:30 mass at St. Francis Church on Park Street in Belchertown. An obituary has been published on
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