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Peter Row to Perform North Indian Music on Friday, March 31
A semester-long festival of Indian music at Amherst College continues on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall with a performance of North Indian music. The concert features Peter Row on rudra vina and sitar with tabla accompaniment by Nitin Mitta. The evening will open and conclude with presentations of modern Hindustani music, while the centerpiece of the concert will be a solo on rudra vina in the binkar performance style that reached its apogee during the Mughal period (1556-1858). Nowadays, performances on the rudra vina are extremely rare, even in India.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03row.html

The Italian Club Presents Cinema Paradiso March 31
Do you believe in the magic of film? Do you like Italian movies? If so, join the Italian Club for a screening of Cinema Paradiso on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 115.

The Media and Democracy Discussions March 31 - April 1
From March 31 to April 1, the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America (CIA) will reconvene to discuss the topic of the media and democracy. Guest speakers will be Bill Kovach, chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Sanford Ungar, president of Goucher College; Carolin Emcke, staff writer at the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel; Daniel Okrent, former public editor of the New York Times; and Robert McCartney ’75, assistant managing editor for Metropolitan News, the Washington Post. All are welcome. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.amherst.edu/~ljst/conferences.html.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~ljst/conferences.html

LiNK: Benefit Concert and Dinner April 1
On Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, LiNK will be holding a benefit concert for North Korean refugees. Following the concert, there will be a catered dinner. The suggested donation is $5. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, President's Office, Music Department, Affirmative Action Office, Residential Life Office, Spanish Department, Women & Gender Studies and the AAS.

“Film in Africa/Africa in Film” Festival March 29 through April 2
The Five College African Studies Council and the Multicultural Film Festival will present “Film in Africa/Africa in Film,” a series of films from contemporary African filmmakers and discussions with the filmmakers and critics, from Wednesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 2, at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sponsored by the English Department at Amherst College, all films and talks are free and open to the public. Descriptions of the films and up-to-the-minute information about schedules are available at the festival Website at www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african/news/.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03africanfilm.html

Verdi's Requiem April 2
Eleven choral groups from the Five Colleges will travel to Springfield on Sunday, April 2, for a special afternoon performance with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at the MassMutual Center. Under the direction of Maestro Kevin Rhodes, the orchestra will present a program featuring Giuseppe Verdi's “Requiem,” to be sung by more than 800 voices, including 500 from the Five College choruses as well as choristers from Cornell University and Worcester. The soloists for this performance are Priscilla Baskerville (soprano), Margaret Yauger (mezzo-soprano), Eric Ashcroft (tenor) and Malcolm Smith (bass). The Five College choral groups who will be taking part include the following: Women's Chorus, Men's Glee Club, and Concert Choir of Amherst College Hampshire College Chorus Glee Club and Chorale of Mount Holyoke College Glee Club and Chorus of Smith College Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women's Choir of UMass Amherst Also on the program for the concert is the overture from Verdi's opera "La Forza del destino "and "Pines of Rome" by Respighi. All the choral groups will gather in John M. Green Hall at Smith College on Tuesday, March 28 for a full rehearsal with the conductor. According to Rhodes, because the performers are so numerous, for this rehearsal he will conduct from the stage while the performers sit in the audience, which is just the reverse of a normal concert. The concert is sponsored by the MassMutual Financial Group with media sponsors cbs3, Clear Channel Communications and Turley Publications.Tickets are $15, $25, $35 and $45. Groups of 10 or more save $5 off each ticket. Tickets may be purchased at the MassMutual Center box office, 1277 Main Street, downtown Springfield, Ticketmaster.com or charged by phone at 413-787-6600 and 413-733-2500.
For more information: rmcutler@fivecolleges.edu

ISA Dinner April 2
The ISA (International Students Association) dinner will be held Sunday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center. International dishes cooked by Amherst students will be served, including bobotie (South Africa), kichuri (Bangladesh), gajar ka halva (India), yakisoba (Japan), angulas a la cazuela (Spain), Trinidad stewed chicken (Trinidad), sweet papaya dessert (Guatemala), menestra de lentejas (Ecuador) and more. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the ISA Tables in Keefe Campus Center and Valentine.

Physical Plant Summer Student Workers Needed; Deadline April 3
Physical Plant hires a pool of casual student workers during the summer to supplement its work force. Positions will be available in the grounds, custodial and paint departments, along with the service center and lock shop. All positions will be full time, Monday through Friday. The Physical Plant requires that student workers be 16 years old and be willing to commit to work for a period of at least six weeks. Applications are available at the Physical Plant office or the Office of Human Resources. Please return the completed application on or before April 3 to the Physical Plant Department, attention Stan Adams. If you have any questions about the requirement for the position, contact Stan Adams at sadams@amherst.edu.

Open Meeting for Students on the Mead Art Museum, April 3
The Ad Hoc Mead Art Museum Advisory Committee invites students to an open meeting about the mission and goals of the museum on Monday, April 3, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Some questions to consider include: how often you visit the Museum and why? If you go there for assignments, is it a valuable resource? How should the collection grow to serve the needs of students in the future? Has the museum influenced your interest in making or engaging with art? Refreshments will be served.

It's Not Too Late (To Find a Summer Internship) Workshop April 3
Don't have your plans in place for the summer yet? No worries. There are still plenty of internship opportunities out there just waiting for someone like you! Come to this workshop to learn how to go about finding them on Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

NYC Teaching Fellows Info Session April 3
Interested in teaching in NYC? Want to get your master's degree while you do it? Come to this info session about the NYC Teaching Fellows Porgram on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Rising to the Occasion: Young People in Public Life April 3
Considering a career in politics? Amherst College Re-Think, the AAS and the Office of the President are proud to sponsor "Rising to the Occassion: Young People in Public Life," a free dinner and discussion with former congressmen Matt McHugh (D-NY) and Bill Goodling (R-VA) about possible roles in public service and ways for students to involve themselves in America's political system. This event is open to all students and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3, in the Babbott Room.
For more information: www.stennis.gov/congress2campus.htm

America's Role in the World April 3
Interested in hearing two former congressmen tackle the pressing domestic and international issues of today? Attend "America's Role in the World," a debate between retired representatives Matt McHugh (D-NY) and Bill Goodling (R-VA). The debate, sponsored by the AAS, Amherst College Re-Think and the Office of the President, will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 3, in Johnson Chapel. This event is free and open to all students.
For more information: www.stennis.gov/congress2campus.htm

LiNK: Introduction to North Korea April 3
Join LiNK for an introduction to North Korea on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room. North Korea is more than evil dictatorships and nuclear weapons. To learn more about the worst human rights violating country in the world today (Newsweek International, July 9, 2001), come to a presentation by Janet Ha ’07, a concerned Amherst student dedicated to raising awareness about the social, political and economic climate of North Korea. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, President's Office, Music Department, Affirmative Action Office, Residential Life Office, Spanish Department, Women & Gender Studies and the AAS.

Elizabeth Kolbert To Read at Amherst College Apr. 5
Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, will read from her newly-released Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Student Workers Needed for Room Draw
Students are needed to work as runners during the nights of Room Draw. Room Draw will take place on April 18, 19 and 20 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Students who are hired can work any number of shifts. The pay is $6.75/hour. Interested students should contact Emily in the Residential Life Office at ekcachiguango@amherst.edu.

David Cole and Phil Scraton To Discuss Prison and Civil Liberties April 4
David Cole of Georgetown University and Phil Scraton of the School of Law at Queen’s University, Belfast, will present a panel discussion of “Enemies of the State?: Prisons, Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Democracies in Transition” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Part of a series on the topic “Regulating Citizens: Prisons and the Future of Democratic Societies,” the discussion is sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Fund for a Peaceful World and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03prisons-1.html

Steps to Study Abroad Meeting April 4
Sophomores: If you are planning to Study Abroad next spring, and you haven't attended one of these meetings yet, this is your final chance! Join Dr. Bill Hoffa, study abroad advisor, for this info session on Tuesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in the Career Center.

Screening of the Documentary Seoul Train April 4
On April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115), the documentary "Seoul Train" will be screened. The New York Times calls it "A brilliant documentary." The Wall Street Journal says it's "so compelling that you can't stop watching." Bloomberg News says, "If this film doesn't scar your heart, you haven't got one." To see what all the hype is about, come to the screening of "Seoul Train"-- a documentary about North Korean refugees trying to seek political asylum. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, President's Office, Music Department, Affirmative Action Office, Residential Life Office, Spanish Department, Women & Gender Studies and the AAS.

What Islam is Not: Debunking Myths and Stereotypes April 4
On April 4, the Multifaith Council will be sponsoring "What Islam is Not: Debunking Myths and Stereotypes," an interactive panel discussion featuring Professors Elias, Dole and Ringer. It will take place in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring questions or stereotypes that they want the faculty panel to clarify.

Bi-Semester Worship Series Meeting April 4
If you are interested in learning about the Bi-Semester Worship Series, an annual series of four non- denominational Christian church services incorporating some traditional aspects of the African- American style of worship, or would simply like to help with the final service for the 2005-06 academic year, please come to a meeting in the Conference Room of Valentine Dining Hall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. All are invited.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~reladvisors/Events.php

Assassins, Stalkers, and School Shooters on April 5
On Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Dr. Marisa Reddy Randazzo, senior expert with Business Intelligence Advisors, Inc. (BIA), will speak on "Assassins, Stalkers, and School Shooters." Randazzo joined BIA after serving 10 years with the U.S. Secret Service as the agency's chief research psychologist where she oversaw all Secret Service behavioral and operational research on assassination, stalking and other types of violence. Her research has been credited with preventing planned attacks. Sponsored by the Psychology Department.

Elizabeth Kolbert To Speak at Amherst College April 5
Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, will read from her newly released Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03kolbert.htm

Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions - Artists' Lectures and Reception April 8
Come to this lecture and reception on Saturday, April 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum. The show features five artists who make sculptural assemblages: June Ahrens, Elisa D'Arrigo, Carol Hepper, Nene Humphrey and Rebecca Smith. Each work represents an experience that is both intensely physical and spiritual in nature and it is the compulsive, repetitive activity, and the explorations into domestic and feminist issues that bind them together. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Women and Gender studies. Exhibition support provided in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead

Classics Lecture April 10
On Monday, April 10, in Pruyne Auditorium, (Fayerweather 115) at 4:30 p.m., Simon James, a reader in archaeology at the University of Leicester, will deliver a lecture titled "Desert Fortress: Life and Violent Death in Roman Dura-Europos, Syria." He has written a major monograph on this subject and on the the role of martial violence in ancient societies. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: www/amherst.edu/~classics/lectures/

German Film Series Presents Grizzly Man on April 6
On Thursday, April 6, the film Grizzly Man (directed by Werner Herzog, 2005, 103 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The film is a haunting documentary by German master filmmaker Herzog, assembled out of footage shot by Timothy Treadwell, the naturalist who, together with his girlfriend Amie Huguenard, was killed by grizzly bears in 2003. The movie is in English. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/events.html

Physics Seminar April 6
On Thursday, April 6, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Professor David Pimentel of Cornell University will give a talk on "Ethanol: Biofuels, Biomass and the Environment." There will be tea at 4:15 p.m. in 204 Merrill.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colschedule.html

Amherst Hillel Presents Cultural Connections April 6
Amherst College Hillel's upcoming “Cultural Connections” event will celebrate the growing partnership between the Indian and Jewish communities. Vikram Misri,minister of political affairs at the Indian Embassy, will describe the growing bond between the United States, Israel and India. American Jewish Committee Senior Fellow Nissim Reuben will then deliver a talk on the history of the Indian Jewish community. The event will take place on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni House. “Cultural Connections” is free and open to the public. Many thanks to the Student Initiatives Committee of Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the Association of Amherst Students and the Amherst College President’s Office for funding. “Cultural Connections” is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Diversity Coalition, Asian Students Alliance, Asian Culture House, Asian American Sisters in Action (Mt. Holyoke), and the Five College Faculty Seminar on Asian/Pacific/American Studies.

Political Science Lecture April 6 Canceled
Note: This lecture has been canceled. John J. Dumm, senior vice president of Pathfinder International, will speak on "Why Population Still Matters: The Impact of US Government Policies on International Reproductive and Sexual Health Programs" on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in Converse 207. Pathfinder International provides women, men and adolescents throughout the developing world with access to quality family planning and reproductive health information and services. Pathfinder works to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, to provide care to women suffering from the complications of unsafe abortion and to advocate for sound reproductive health policies in the U.S. and abroad. Sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Eastman Fund.

LiNK: Discussion Between Joon Oh and Adrian Hong April 6
On April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, there will be a discussion between Joon Oh and Adrian Hong. Joon Oh is the Korean Ambassador to the U.N. and Adrian Hong is the founder of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea). Come hear these two experts speak about North Korea's nuclear program, human rights situation, refugee crisis and food shortage. A Q&A session will follow. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, President's Office, Music Department, Affirmative Action Office, Residential Life Office, Spanish Department, Women & Gender Studies and the AAS.

“Paradox as a Way of Life: Mystics, Skeptics, and Ascetics” April 6
Matthew Bagger, assistant professor of religious studies at Brown University, and author of Religious Experience, Justification, and History (Cambridge, 1999), will speak on “Paradox as a Way of Life: Mystics, Skeptics, and Ascetics” on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. His articles on topics such as the epistemology of religious experience, mysticism, Hume, the ethics of belief and the place of religion in American public life have appeared in Religious Studies, The Journal of Religion, The Journal of the History of Philosophy and Religious Studies Review. Before coming to Brown, he taught at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Human Trafficking Lecture April 7
On Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center, Sr. Dorothy Pelkington, Ed.D in human development from UMass, will lecture about human trafficking in the United States and abroad. Dorothy has seven years of experience in developing social service programs for refugees from nine different countries in Kakuma, Kenya and the displaced Ugandans and Sudanese refugees in Adjumani/Palorinya, North Uganda. She also planned, developed, and opened a safe haven for the physically/sexually abused women and girls. Her extensive work advocating for refugees also led her to develop seminars teaching others on how to recognize victims of human trafficking. Refreshments provided after the event. Sponsored by the Newman Club.

Amherst College Gospel Choir in Concert April 7
The Amherst College Gospel Choir will perform in a concert titled "Renewed" on Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room (formerly the Frontroom) of the Keefe Campus Center. Admission is free, but the choir would like to encourage people to make a small donation to help with the purchase of musical instruments. For further information, please contact Amherst College Gospel Choir at gospelchoir@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~gospelchoir

ASA Presents Screening of Saving Face April 7
The movie screening of "Saving Face" will take place on Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). A discussion led by Professor Sharma will follow. The movie and discussion will address mixed race and LGBTQ issues. Co-sponsored by the Pride Alliance. Refreshments provided.

Open Meetings for Faculty on the Mead Art Museum, April 5 and 7
The Ad Hoc Mead Art Museum Advisory Committee invites colleagues to two open meetings about the mission and goals of the Museum on Wednesday, April 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge (with refreshments) and Friday, April 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge (with buffet lunch). Among the questions to be considered are: the ways in which faculty members use the collection; the visibility and purposes of the museum’s programs (e.g., exhibitions and lectures); the museum’s relationship to the college and the Five College community; and the ways that the collection might grow and change to meet future needs.

Third Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program April 7
The Third Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program will take place on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The keynote speaker will be Linda Hooper, the middle school principal who inspired "The Paper Clips Project," about which an award-winning documentary has been made. A middle school class collected 6 million paper clips to understand the immensity of the Holocaust. The speech will be entitled "The Power of One."

“Paper Clips Project” Film and Inspiration April 5 and 7
Linda Hooper, the woman who inspired the Paper Clips Project, will speak in the Third Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The film Paper Clips will be shown on at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Merrill Science Lecture Hall 3. The film and lecture are both free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04hooper.html

Danielle Allen Elected Trustee of Amherst College
Amherst College has appointed Danielle Allen, dean of the division of humanities, professor of classics and political science and a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, to a term on its Board of Trustees effective March 4. Allen’s term will end March 30, 2009.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03allen.html

Beckman Foundation Awards Science Grant to Amherst College
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (Irvine, Calif.) has selected Amherst College as one of 13 recipients of the 2006 Beckman Scholars Program award. The award will provide $77,200 over the next three years to support student research in chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience, and recognizes Amherst’s commitment to quality undergraduate research. Amherst was one of 122 colleges and universities invited to compete for an award last fall, and is one of only three liberal arts colleges among the 13 participants in the Beckman Scholars Program this spring.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03beckman.html

College Provides Interest Rate Subsidy to Amherst Cinema Arts Center
Amherst College recently announced a gift of $75,000 to the nonprofit Amherst Cinema Arts Center. The funds are a subsidy to be used to lower the group’s cost of capital needed for the interior fit-out of the three-screen, state-of-the-art cinema planned for downtown Amherst.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03amherstcinema.html

Nineteenth-Century English Novel Prize Winner
The English Department is pleased to announce that Khira I. Jordan ’07 is the winner of the 19th-Century English Novel Prize. This is an annual prize for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. The prize is intended to encourage students to read and write about 19th-century English novels intelligently, critically and with a heightened sense of pleasure. The prize competition for 2006-07 will be on the same schedule as other English Department prizes; the deadline for the submission of essays will be early April, 2007.

Wondering About the Weather?
Information about weather-related delays is available on the Amherst College Website, through the Snow Line (413/542-SNOW) and through certain local TV and radio stations. Faculty wishing to announce cancellation of classes may submit announcements to the intranet.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/intranet/weather.html

Become an Academic Peer Mentor! Deadline April 6.
The Academic Peer Mentors Pilot Program is a new upperclassmen peer mentoring program for next year’s first-year class. As a pilot program, we are seeking 10 juniors or seniors to conduct office hours in Stearns Hall and James Hall. Students will be paid a yearly stipend of $750 to work with first-year students on developing study skills, navigating the advising system and providing general advice on the making the most of the liberal arts education by connecting with academic resources. Please see the Website for an application more information at http://www.amherst.edu/peermentors. The application deadline is Thursday, April 6.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/peermentors

US Women's Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade on Campus April 8
Jennifer Shahade, U.S. women's chess champion in 2002 and 2004 and author of the book "Chess Bitch," will be at the college on Saturday, April 8. She will give a talk about women in chess at 1 p.m., and at 2 p.m. she will play anyone who would like to play her. (These events will take place in Seeley Mudd; exact room number TBA.) At 8 p.m. Saturday, she will read and sign her book at Amherst Books downtown. All are invited!

Shop Downtown Saturday and Support Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday, April 8, six local businesses will donate 15% of the day's proceeds to Habitat for Humanity in order to help build four new, low-cost housing units on land recently donated by Amherst College. The businesses are Panda East, Baku's African Restaurant, Mom's Chinese Food Market, Monkey Business, Postal Connections and Bart's Homemade. Please support these businesses today, and make a lasting impact on our community!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~aas/clubs/habitat_for_humanity/

Artists’ Talk about “Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions” at Mead Art Museum April 8
The artists June Ahrens, Elisa D’Arrigo, Carol Hepper, Nene Humphrey and Rebecca Smith will talk about “Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions,” an exhibition of their sculptural assemblages, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in the Fairchild Gallery in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. A reception will follow in the Rotherwas Room. The talk and reception are co-sponsored by the Amherst College Departments of Fine Art and Women’s and Gender Studies. The Mead Museum is presenting “Some Assembly Required” until May 7. Support for the exhibition is provided in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04visions.html

Amherst College Orchestra Celebrates the Class of ’06 and Mozart April 8
The Amherst College Orchestra will celebrate its graduating class of 2006 and the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in its annual senior concerto concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are $5 and are free to Amherst College students. Reservations can be made at amherstorchestra@gmail.com.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04orchestra.html

LiNK Benefit Concert on April 8
On Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. in the Octagon, LiNK will be holding a benefit concert and dinner for North Korean refugees. The suggested donation is $5.

Director Werner Herzog To Preview and Discuss New Film at Amherst April 9
Werner Herzog, the director of Grizzly Man (2005), will show some of his new work and discuss “Seeking Images—Making Movies” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, in Stirn Auditorium. Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund and the Department of German at Amherst College, this event is free and open to the public. Grizzly Man will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in Stirn Auditorium as part of the Department of German film series. The film is also free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03herzog.html

Bi-Semester Worship Series: Service on April 9
The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series comprises four non- denominational Christian church services, incorporating some traditional aspects of the African- American style of worship. The final service of the 2005-06 academic year will take place on Sunday, April 9, at 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. During the service, active seniors will be honored and the Amherst College Gospel Choir will perform. Ms. Hermenia T. Gardner, emerita advisor to Bi- Semester Worship and emerita affirmative action officer at Amherst College will be speaking. A reception in Chapin Lounge will immediately follow the service. Bi-Semester is sponsored by Religious Life, the Black Studies Deptartment and the President's Office.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~reladvisors/Events.php

Slavic Soul Party! April 9
Slavic Soul Party! will perform their “Balkan soul Gypsy funk” on Sunday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College. A workshop and discussion will take place in the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Global Sound Project of the President’s Initiative Fund at Amherst College, the show and discussion are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03slavicsoul.html

The Americas: Integration or Disintegration? on April 10
V. Manuel Rocha, Former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia (2000-02), will speak on Monday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Earth Sciences and Natural History Museum Building's Paino Lecture Hall. Rocha began his career as a desk officer for Honduras in November 1981. In January 1983, he was appointed as a political officer for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. He has also served in Cuba, Argentina, and in the National Security Council. This event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund.

Creative Writing Center Sponsors Family Outreach Benefit April 10
Family Outreach of Amherst’s Fourth Annual “Salute to Families” on April 10 will bring together three acclaimed authors to address the theme Ties That Bind: Valuing Families in Today’s World. George Howe Colt, author of "The Big House: A Century in the Life of An American Summer Home," and his wife, Anne Fadiman, author of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures," will each read from two of their novels. Award-winning author and journalist Madeleine Blais will moderate the evening. General admission is $10; Seniors are $5; students are free. Reservations may be made by calling 413/549-5999. The readings, discussion and a reception to follow will be held Monday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center.

Archaeologist Simon James To Speak April 10
Simon James, a reader in archaeology at the University of Leicester, will deliver a lecture titled “Desert Fortress: Life and Violent Death in Roman Dura-Europos, Syria” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, his talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03james.html

IT Department Seeks Kermes Fellow “Green Dean”; Deadline April 10
The Amherst IT department is now accepting applications for the 2006-07 Kermes Fellowship. Open to seniors and recent graduates, the Kermes Fellowship begins on July 1, 2006, and runs for one year. The Kermes Fellow works within the Amherst IT department to help support the use of computer technology by faculty, staff and students. For more information, including application deadlines, please visit the Amherst IT Website.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it/news/kermes07.html

Francis Deng To Speak on “New Sudan” April 10
Francis Deng, the director of the Center for Displacement Studies and a research professor of international law, politics and society at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, will speak on “New Sudan in the Making” at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 10, in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the President’s Office at Amherst College, Deng’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03deng.html

Run for a Class Senator or Judiciary Council Seat on the 2006-07 AAS; meeting April 10
We encourage all freshmen, sophomores and juniors to run for a position as a class senator or judiciary council member on the Association of Amherst Students (AAS). For more information about the positions see http://www.amherst.edu/~aas/constitution/. All candidates must write a statement of no more than 100 words to be submitted to the Amherst Student and prepare a petition of at least 25 constituents who believe that the candidate is qualified to run in the election. All candidates must attend a meeting where the Elections Committee will explain the rules of campaigning, held on Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room. Candidate statements and petitions are due at this time.

Pictures Needed by April 10 for the Amherst College Students in Action Slide Show
On Monday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, the Community Outreach Program will be hosting "Portraits of Action: A Community Engagement Celebration." The event will be to celebrate the service, activism and social change work of Amherst College students during the 2005-06 year. During this celebration, a slide show featuring pictures of students will be presented. We would appreciate it if you could send pictures of yourselves or your peers working or simply having fun while being engaged in the community. Please send your pictures by Monday, April 10, to outreach@amherst.edu or drop them off at the Community Outreach Office. For more information, contact Karen Lee-Roberts at kleeroberts@amherst.edu.

The Ambitious Calvinist: Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864) April 10
On Monday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Archives and Special Collections in the Library, Jason Opal will give a talk on "The Ambitious Calvinist: Edward Hitchcock and the Study of Cultural Change in the Early National Hinterlands, 1800-1835." Long considered a dangerous, un-Christian and anti-republican "passion," ambition gained a positive moral and social charge during the 1780s and 90s, when certain elements and interests in early national society made cultural war on local customs, priorities and values. Edward Hitchcock lived in the middle of the ensuing struggles. He was a teacher, scientist, moral reformer and professor at Amherst College. The talk is co-sponsored by the Library and the History Department.

Class Dynamics Workshop April 10
How does your social class background affect your experience as an Amherst College student? How does it come into play when working in the community? Come explore these and other related issues in an interactive workshop on exploring social change on Monday, April 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Sponsored by the Community Outreach Program. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Karen Lee-Roberts at kleeroberts@amherst.edu for more information.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~outreach/socialchange.html

Commencement/Reunion Catering Jobs Available
Applications will be available starting March 2 to work for Catering/Dining Services during the Commencement/Reunion weeks, May 21 - June 4. Housing and Meals are provided to students working for Dining Services. Applications can be picked up in the Valentine main office or on the Dining Services Webpage under student jobs.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dining/

Seniors: Commencement Information Is Online
Congratulations, seniors, on your upcoming graduation. A reminder that Commencement information -- including a schedule for the weekend and information about planning Commencement parties -- is online. As you make your end-of-year travel plans, please remember that all dorm rooms must be vacated by 5 p.m. Sunday, May 28. You'll receive information about student Commencement speakers and honorary class members after Spring Break.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement

Commencement Housing Still Available
Seniors: Housing is still available in the dormitories for your family members for the Friday and Saturday evenings of Commencement Weekend. If you or your parents need a room reservation form please contact Maryann Wood in the Office of Public Affairs, Converse 306, ext. 2322.

Amherst IT Student Computer Specialist Job Openings
The Amherst IT department is now accepting applications for several open student Computer Specialist (CompSpec) positions for the 2006-07 academic year. ComSpecs provide in-depth technical support to fellow Amherst students, focusing on network connectivity, data recovery and virus and spyware cleanup. CompSpecs also participate in special projects such as testing new software, drafting documentation and creating posters, signs and table tents to advertise IT services and issues. For more information and to fill out an on-line application please visit: http://www.amherst.edu/it/students/jobs/compspecapp.html
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it

Seniors: Watch Your E-mail
Graduating seniors should watch their e- mail Tuesday for important info on nominating student Commencement speakers and honorary class members!

Information Environmentalism with Prof. David Levy April 11 Canceled
This event has been canceled. For all their evident value, our newest information sources and technologies are clearly contributing to a sense of overload. Forty years ago, the environmental movement emerged to restore the earth’s precious natural balance. Today, the torrent of 24/7 media and information is upsetting our balance. Could we be on the verge of a new environmental movement called information environmentalism? Prof. David Levy, University of Washington, will argue that recovering the contemplative dimension of life--which lies at the root of academic lif--offers us a way to begin rectifying the current state of affairs. Sponsored by Mayo-Smith-Read Trans-Disciplinary Fund and the Math/Computer Science Department, this event will be held on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill Science Center Lecture Room 4.

Pianist Leon Fleisher Presents Music at Amherst April 11
Pianist Leon Fleisher will return to Amherst for the final concert in the 2005-06 Music at Amherst Series on Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. The program will include solo pieces and a couple of duets with pianist Katherine Jacobson. Tickets are available only to subscribers and students.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03fleischer.html

Valentine Forum April 11
On April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valentine Dining Hall will be collecting student input. Those students who submit input will be invited to participate in an ice-cream bar with mix-ins. Valentine is working hard to gauge student satisfaction. If you want to see changes, make sure to come and suggest them.

Junior Symposium Dinner April 11
The Junior Symposium is an event for members of the Class of 2007 to preview important resources and opportunities in order to make the most of their senior year. Held on Tuesday, April 11, in the Alumni House, the seminar will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a panel discussing national merit-based fellowships. A catered dinner will be served while we discuss graduate school application. Following dinner there will be a panel of alumni discussing employer relations, on- and off-campus recruiting and interviewing during your senior year. RSVP by Thursday, April 6, in Experience or by emailing crsharick@amherst.edu. Prepare yourself for the busy and exciting year ahead! We hope to see you on April 11.

Cedric Jennings To Talk on Education, Race and Class April 11
On April 11 at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Cedric Jennings will speak on education, race and class. Jennings is best known as the protagonist of Ron Suskind's "A Hope in the Unseen" (1998). Having grown up in the inner-city, he experienced "culture shock" upon arriving at Brown University, where he found himself underprepared in comparison with his more privileged classmates. Jennings graduated from Brown in 1999 and hopes that his talk will "bring the book to life." Sponsored by the Community Outreach Partnership Leader Program, the President's Office, the Eastman Lecture Fund, English Department, President's Initiative Fund on Education and Social Justice, Office of Diversity Inclusion and the History Department.

Become an Academic Peer Mentor - Deadline Extended to April 11
The Academic Peer Mentors Pilot Program is a new upperclassmen peer mentoring program for next year’s first-year class. As a pilot program, we are seeking 10 juniors or seniors to conduct office hours in Stearns Hall and James Hall. Students will be paid a yearly stipend of $1,000 to work with first-year students on developing study skills, navigating the advising system and providing general advice on the making the most of the liberal arts education by connecting with academic resources. Please note that those who plan to study abroad in the spring are welcomed to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 11.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/peermentors

The Black Maria Film Festival April 11
On Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College, and Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Dwight Hall 101, Mount Holyoke College, The Black Maria Film Festival will present two different programs of the latest works in avant garde film and video. Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and videomakers. The festival is known for its national public exhibition program, which features a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 award winning films and videos. For more information, contact Jenny Perlin, Five College Visiting Artist in Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College, at jperlin@mtholyoke.edu.
For more information: www.blackmariafilmfestival.org

Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat Receives Award
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, has been awarded the James Boyd White Prize by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities for “distinguished scholarly achievement” and in recognition of “outstanding and innovative” contributions to the humanistic study of law. The award recognized Sarat’s most recent work, Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution (2005).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04sarat.html

Elizabeth Carr Elected Vice President of National Organization
Elizabeth E. Carr, Catholic religious advisor at Amherst College, was recently elected vice president for 2006-07 of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) upon returning from the group’s annual meeting last month. The NACUC is a multifaith professional community, founded in 1948, concerned with religious life in the nation’s college and university communities. Following NACUC tradition, Carr will automatically rise to association president in 2007-08. In addition, Paul V. Sorrentino, coordinator for religious life and advisor to the Christian Fellowship, and Shamshad Sheikh, Muslim religious advisor, are at-large members of the NACUC Executive Board.

Six Amherst Students Win National Awards
Six Amherst students have won national awards: Elizabeth Kuperberg '07 and Laura Strickman '07 received Goldwater Scholarships; Andrew Dekcrow '06, Sarang Gopalakrishan '06 and Denise Twum '06 were awarded Watson Fellowships; and Jamilia Trindle '02 was awarded a Luce Scholarship. For details on each award, visit http://www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04studentawards.html
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04studentawards.html

Senior Sydney Smith Is Finalist for Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
Sydney Smith of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., wrote an essay titled The Construction of Suffering that was chosen as one of 13 finalists for the 2006 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. Smith is the daughter of Mr. Oscar R. Smith and Ms. Paula R. Smith of Bloomfield Hills.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03smith.html

Nasser Hussain To Give Lazerowitz Lecture April 12
Nasser Hussain, assistant professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, will give the annual Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lecture, on “Guantanamo: It is No State of Emergency; Matters are Much Worse” on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. The talk is free and open to the public, as is a reception immediately following.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03hussain.html

Holy Week Christian Coffeehouse April 12
All are welcome for an evening of snacks, songs, poetry and drinks as we prepare for Easter through art and fellowship. If you’re interested in performing or reading please write to acf@amherst.edu. Sponsored by the Amherst Christian Fellowship. This event will be held Wednesday, April 12, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Friedmann Room.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~acf

Stanley Fish To Speak on “Liberalism, Identity and Religion” April 13
Literary theorist Stanley Fish, the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law at the Florida International University College of Law, will speak on “Is It Good for the Jews: Liberalism, Identity and Religion” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by Re-Think, the Office of the President, the English Department and the Willis Wood Fund at Amherst College, Fish’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04fish.html

Jennifer Hornsby To Speak on “Knowing How To and Knowing Why To” April 13
Jennifer Hornsby, a professor in the School of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, will lecture on “Knowing How To And Knowing Why To” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Organized by the Amherst College Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, Hornsby’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04hornsby.html

Moseley Prize Competition; Deadline April 14
A first and second prize will be awarded for essays by seniors dealing in a scholarly manner with religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the essay should be on religious subject matter or on patterns of religious thought, sensibility and conduct. Though the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April 14, 2006, to the Religion Department Office. Interested students are invited to consult Professor David Wills, chairman of the Moseley Committee, for further information regarding the terms of this competition.

Road Closure Between Charles Pratt & Stearns Dorm Extended Through April 14
Installation of underground utilities will require the temporary closure of Mead Drive between Stearns Dorm and the Charles Pratt construction site. The road will be closed to vehicular traffic during normal work hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but will be open in the evening and at night (4 p.m. through 7 a.m.). Traffic approaching from the Quad will be redirected east along Quadrangle Road in front of James and Stearns. A path for pedestrian circulation will be maintained. Temporary barriers will be placed around the work zone, but pedestrians are urged to remain alert and exercise caution as they pass through this area. Please see the map at the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/photos/CharlesPrattRoadClosure%20map%20032806.pdf

Online Catalog Is Live; Pre-Registration Begins Monday, April 10
Between Monday, April 10, and Friday, April 14, all students who plan to enroll in the 2006 fall semester will be expected to pre-register. The Registrar's Office will have all packets of information in student post boxes on Thursday, April 6. The on-line catalog is now live at the URL below. The Committee on Educational Policy has asked that both students and faculty be made aware of the following statement: We encourage students and faculty to avoid the crush of the last days of pre-registration week. We ask faculty to post a sign-up sheet, listing times they are available to meet with advisees. We encourage students to think about their next semester schedule as soon as possible so that they can meet with their advisors before the final day. Committee on Educational Policy, May 5, 1982. Please note that you may have to meet with your advisor(s) early in the week beginning April 10. Passover will begin at sundown on April 12 and Good Friday will be on April 14. Advisors may not be available due to religious observances.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/catalog

Senior Projects by Nicholas Brentley '06 and Taela Brooks '06 Will Be Performed April 13-15
Senior projects "Soul Restriction" by Nicholas Brentley '06 and "Awakening" by Taela Brooks '06 will be performed Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. Nick Brentley '06 will be choreographing and performing original works in a dual thesis concert with fellow Theater/Dance major Taela Brooks '06. Works will range from athletic hip-hop to contemporary floorwork to explosive Afro-fusion. Included will be a duet between the two dancers choreographed by Smith artist-in-residence Mark Allan Davis. Led by an intense, dynamic drive, this will truly be an energetic concert with a heavy emphasis on the juxtaposition of music and movement. Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office, 413/542-2277.

Alumni Fellow Position Available; Deadline April 15
The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs seeks a recent graduate to serve in the position of Alumni Fellow. The primary responsibility is to plan and implement new initiatives to educate and engage undergraduates about life at the college and their future roles as alumni. The ideal applicant should be energetic and have exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. For more information, contact the current fellow, Barbara Sieck ’05, at bcsieck@amherst.edu or ext. 8226. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé and the names of three references to Kevin E. Graber (kegraber@amherst.edu) in the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs, AC #2220, by April 15, 2006. The expected start date for the position is July 1, 2006.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/alumni/fellow/description.html

Fine Arts Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition April 10 - 15
"Found within the Veil: a Photographic Study of Race in New York City" by Tiffani Hooper '06, showing with Caroline Wheller '06, will be exhibited April 10 - 15 in the Eli Marsh Gallery. There will also be an opening reception on Monday, April 10, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/finearts/Calendar05-06.htm

Students: Going Away Next Year? Note April 15 Deadline
If you’ll be off campus for any reason during the 2005-06 academic year, you must inform the Dean of Students’ Office before a strictly enforced pair of deadlines. If you plan to be away in the fall or for the entire year, you must inform the Dean of Students’ Office by March 15. If you’re planning to be away for the spring only, you need to let the dean’s office know by April 15. You need to fill out a form and get the appropriate dean to sign it. If you’re thinking of studying at another U.S. school or just taking time off, see your class dean. If you’re considering study in another country, see William Hoffa, the Study Abroad Advisor, in the Career Center. If you want to apply for the Twelve-College Exchange program, see Dean Frances Tuleja. Even if you don’t know exactly where you’ll be in the fall, you must let the appropriate dean/advisor know, by the March 15 or April 15 deadlines, that you’re thinking of being away.

Mead Art Museum Open Easter Weekend (April 15 and 16)
The Mead Art Museum will be open on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will also be open Easter Sunday, April 16, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/info/info.html

Holy Week Events April 9 to 16
The Newman Club presents the following Holy Week events from April 9 to 16. Tuesday, April 11: Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m., Chapin Chapel; Wednesday, April 12: Lecture by Fr. Andres Nino on St. Augustine’s Confessions, 7 p.m., Chapin Chapel; Thursday, April 13: Holy Thursday mass, 7 p.m., Chapin Chapel; Friday, April 14: Good Friday Service, 3 p.m.,Chapin Chapel; Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday Mass, Johnson Chapel, 5 p.m.

Music Honors Thesis Performance by Tamina Park '06 April 16
Tamina Park '06 will perform her senior honors piano recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, in Buckley Recital Hall. She will be joined by clarinettist Paul Park '06 and cellist Nina Lee of the Brentano Quartet. The concert will include works by Brahms, Schubert, Chopin and Domenico Scarlatti. Funding is provided in part by the Alpha Delta Phi fund. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music/Events.htm

Stonewall Prize Deadline April 17
The Stonewall Committee invites student submissions for the 2006 Stonewall Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the Amherst College student whose work offers substantial and exceptional commentary on some facet of queer, lesbian, bi-sexual, gay or trans-sexual experience. Submissions may take a number of forms including prose, poetry, fiction, drama, videos, films, art projects, photography and performance art. They may be created as part of a classroom assignment or honors project, or they may be original for this competition. All submissions are due no later than April 17 and are to be mailed to the Stonewall Prize Committee, Box 2208.

Portraits of Action: A Community Engagement Celebration April 17
Join us for this celebration on Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. The event will be to celebrate the service, activism, and social change work of Amherst College Students during the 2005-06 year and will feature student speakers, the Community Partner of the Year award, a gourmet dessert buffet and a slideshow of Students in Action.

Eastman Lecture April 17
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Alexandra Lahav, University of Connecticut School of Law, to give a talk on Monday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. Her talk is entitled “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Dead Souls and the Autonomy Objection to Class Actions.” Copies of Lahav’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 542-2380 or klunderwood@amherst.edu. This event is being sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund. All members of the Five College Community are invited to attend.

Biology Department Lecture April 17
Andrew R. Marks '76, professor and chair, Dept. of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, and director, Center for Molecular Cardiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, will present "Causes and Cures for Heart Disease" on Monday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Stem Cell Lecture April 18
Amherst College Presents a lecture on cancer stem cells by Dr. Robert A. Weinberg, professor of biology, MIT, and member of the Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Mass., at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium on April 18.

Poet Joy Harjo To Perform at Amherst College April 19
Poet, performer, writer and musician Joy Harjo will speak at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the English Department at Amherst College, Harjo’s performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_03harjo.html

Law and the Stranger April 19
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Professor Leora Bilsky, faculty of law, Tel Aviv University, to give a talk at Amherst College on Wednesday, April 19, at 4:45 p.m. in Clark 100. Her talk is entitled "Criminal Law and the Other: The Barghouti and Bashara Trials." Copies of Professor Bilsky’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 542-2380 or klunderwood@amherst.edu. This event is part of a series of seminars on Law and the Stranger which is being sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund.

AIDS Activist Stephen Lewis To Speak at Amherst College Apr. 19
Stephen Lewis, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for AIDS in Africa, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Lewis’s talk is free and open to the public; a book signing will follow the lecture.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04lewis.html

“The Ethics of War and the Ethics of Peace” April 20
The Nostoi Project will present a symposium on “The Ethics of War and the Ethics of Peace” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The symposium is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04nostoi.html

Patricia Williams To Speak April 20
Patricia Williams, the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations at Amherst College and a professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, will give a talk titled “‘Fundamentally Speaking: Re-inscribing Stereotypes,” on Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The talk will be free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04williams.html

Rebels with a Cause April 20
"Rebels with a Cause" is a documentary film by Helen Garvy detailing the history of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the leading student protest group of social activists during the Vietnam War period. Carl Oglesby, president of SDS from 1965 to 1966, will comment and lead a discussion of the film. Tom Fels, another former member of SDS and Amherst College graduate, will also participate. Sponsored by the Anthropology-Sociology Department, Amherst College, The Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force (Franklin/Hampshire Chapter of CPPAX) and the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq. This event will be held Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Merrill Science Center Lecture Room 4.

The Square-Peg Problem April 20
On a Jordan curve one can prove that there are four points that comprise a rectangle. Is there always a square? This is an open question that offers an opportunity for some fascinating geometric and topological speculation. The talk, led by John McCleary, Vassar College, will be held Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207 with refreshments preceeding the talk in Seeley Mudd 208.

Volunteers Needed for Emergency Preparedness Drill April 20
For many years, area organizations (including the local colleges) have participated in emergency preparedness drills, “practice drills” designed to help prepare local health and emergency services personnel for health or safety emergencies. This year, for the first time, a portion of the local emergency preparedness drill will take place on the Amherst College campus. On Thursday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., volunteers from across campus are invited to participate in a Faux Flu training. Volunteers are needed to serve as “patients” interested in receiving a Faux Flu shot. Note that no actual shots will be given; this is only a practice. Note, too, that this drill should not be interpreted as cause for concern about a flu emergency; this is an annual, regularly scheduled event. This will be most successful if participation is high; your participation and feedback are welcome. (Staff members can participate at the supervisor's discretion.) Interested in volunteering? Come to the Keefe Health Center between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20. Questions? Call Ed McGlynn at the Keefe Health Center, x2728.

Can There Be Anything That Surpasses Human Understanding? Find Out April 20
Nancy Frankenberry, John Phillips Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, will speak on “Can There Be Anything That Surpasses Human Understanding?” on Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. She is the author of Religion and Radical Empiricism (1987); co-editor of Interpreting Neville (1999) and of Language, Truth, and Religious Belief (1999); and editor of Radical Interpretation in Religion (2002). She is currently editing a book on the religious views of key scientists, historical and contemporary. Frankenberry specializes in philosophy of religion and teaches courses having to do with modern religious and anti-religious thought; reason and religious belief; science and religion; and gender and religion. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Teaching in Public Education Today: Commitment to Teaching Awardees Panel April 20
Young alumni employed in urban schools or other areas where students may be considered “at risk” or are socio-economically disadvantaged have a unique opportunity. The Class of ‘54 has established the Commitment to Teaching Fund that awards several stipends per year to young Amherst graduates who are currently teaching in these communities. At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in Alumni House, there will be a presentation by this year's awardees: Travis Bristol '03, High School English, Manhattan; Courtney Dowd '04, Middle School Special Education, Bronx; Melanie Livingston '99, Middle School Bi-Lingual Education, Boston Public Schools; Megan Stelmach '97, High School AP Art, English Richmond CA. Please join us and be insprired!

Truman Scholarship Info Session April 20
There will be an information session for sophomores who are interested in applying for the Truman Scholarships on Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Converse 209. If you are interested in a career in public service or government service at a federal, state or local level, you may be eligible to apply for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. These scholarships provide up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The foundation provides assistance with internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development. For more information, contact Denise Gagnon in 213 Converse, or at dmgagnon@amherst.edu.

Belief Amended, Faith Revealed: A Film on Judaism and Buddhism April 20
Join Hillel and the Asian Students' Association in an evening of film and desserts galore. The screening of this film will take place Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in Barrett 3.

German Film Series Presents Des Teufels General on April 20
On Thursday, April 20, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. the film Des Teufels General (The Devil’s General, directed by Helmut Käutner, 1955, 117 min.) will be shown in Stirn Auditorium. Based on the famous play by Carl Zuckmayer, this drama features Curd Jürgens as a leading Luftwaffe officer during World War II whose traditional political convictions bring him into conflict with the Nazi leadership. The movie is in German with English subtitles. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/_events.html

Nuyorican Poets Louis Reyes Rivera and Magdalena Gomez To Deliver Poetry Reading April 19
On Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in Merril 4, Nuyorican poet elders Louis Reyes Rivera and Magdalena Gomez will deliver a poetry concert and talk on the issue of Puerto Rican sovereignty. Magdalena and Louis will also be addressing the current immigrants rights mobilization happening across the country. It is a great honor to host both Louis Reyes Rivera and Magdalena Gomez; we hope you can come to show your support.

Help by Donating New Pens/Pencils for Public Schools in Pretoria, South Africa
Nine Five College students will be traveling to South Africa from May 19 to June 12. We will be teaching in public schools and working in an AIDS research facility. These facilities are all lacking adequate school supplies. Most students don’t even have a pencil. We are asking for donations of new, unused number 2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, blue and black ball point pens, erasers, colored pencils and crayons. Anything you can give will be more than they have. Please place your donations in marked boxes around the campus (Frost Library, mailroom, campus center entrance and Valentine coatroom).

Mead/Fine Arts Summer Fellowship in History of Art and the Practice of Art; Deadline April 21
Two fellowships of $1,000 each are available in the history and/or practice of art for the summer of 2006. This award is intended to encourage and support proposals for programs of summer study in fine arts. Students may propose participation in an established summer program or museum internship or may present a proposal for individual study without restriction as to state or country. Proposals are invited from students with at least one remaining semester at Amherst after the completion of the fellowship. For details about the fellowship and application, please contact the Mead Art Museum at 413/542-2335 or see its Website. Applications are due by April 21, 2006. Recipients will be notified by April 30, 2006.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/education/internship_fellowship.html

Relay for Life Survivorship Committee Invites Area Survivors to April 21 Reception
The Relay for Life survivorship committee invites cancer survivors in the Amherst area to walk a special survivor lap and attend a reception in order to honor their bravery and strength. The lap and reception will be help during the relay on Friday, April 21. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Jeanne Nishimoto at jnishimoto08@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=124882

5-College Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate Program; Applications Due April 21
The Five College Council offers a Latin American and Caribbean 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. Certificates will be sent to all recipients during Commencement week. The program description, application and requirements are available in the Spanish Department (Barrett 5). Completed applications must be returned to the Spanish Department no later than Friday, April 21. Questions should be directed to Javier Corrales at jcorrales@amherst.edu.

Friday Series: Conversations with Ad Executive and Trustee Ed Ney on April 21
Edward N. Ney was the US Ambassador to Canada from 1989 to 1992 and currently is the chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam Advertising (the world’s largest independent advertising communications company), where he formerly served as chairman, president and chief executive officer. A graduate and life trustee of Amherst College, he is also a trustee of both the Bush Presidential Library Foundation at Texas A&M, and James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, Houston. Ney will be with us on Friday, April 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. All are invited to join him for informal conversation here at the Career Center to discuss his multifaceted careers in business, politics and public policy.

Relay for Life April 21 - 22; Be a Participant or Team Captain
Relay for Life is a charity event raising money for cancer research. Participants get sponsors to donate money as they walk around Pratt Field for up to 20 hours. Participants enter the relay in teams that walk together and earn money as a unit; team captains are responsible for organizing their teams and making sure everyone shows up and pays the registration fee. The relay will be held April 21-22. To Register, go to www.acsevents.org/relay/mafivecollege. For more information, e-mail relayforlife@amherst.edu
For more information: www.acsevents.org/relay/mafivecollege

Jones Prize for Seniors and Es--Deadline April 21
Each year, the Black Studies Department awards the Edward Jones Prize in honor of the first black alumnus of Amherst College. Competition for the prize is open to any graduating Amherst College senior (or E) who has written an honors thesis that addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora. Submissions for the Jones Prize will be accepted by the Black Studies Department from all other Amherst College academic departments. In order to be considered, one unbound copy of a student's thesis must be received in the Black Studies Department Office at 108 Cooper House no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21. The Jones Prize will be awarded at Senior Assembly.

Houston Prize for Seniors and Es--Deadline April 21
The Charles Hamilton Houston Prize is an annual monetary gift awarded to an Amherst graduating senior (or E) who best personifies a commitment to realizing his or her humane ideals, much in the way that Charles Houston '15 devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African Americans in the United States. Candidates must write an essay of no more than 10 pages on the question: "In What Area of Social Involvement Do You Feel That You Can Best Effect Your Humanitarian Ideals?" Candidates must also submit a list of activities and/or work experience that illustrates their commitment to this ideal. Essays should be submitted to the President's Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Marsh FaculTea Looking for Faculty Members to Perform April 21
Marsh Arts House is having its bi-monthly coffee house Friday, April 21, and would like faculty members to perform. If you have a special talent you would like to show off such as singing, playing an instrument or reading poetry, there are plenty of students who would love to see you. As always, refreshments will be provided. Please email Marcella (mmcclatchey08@amherst.edu) or Jason (jsanders08@amherst.edu) to sign up.

Italian Club Screening of The Godfather April 21
Join the Amherst College Italian Club for a screening of "The Godfather" on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. The film will be introduced by Professor Couvares, and espresso and Italian treats will be provided.

The Heavy Price of Unsustainable Development: China's Environmental Challenge April 21
Zhou Xizhou, candidate for the master of environmental management degree at Yale University, will give a lecture about the impact of China's rapid growth on the environment and how those environmental factors will affect future development. The event will be held Friday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115.

“A little Madness in the Spring" at the Emily Dickinson Museum April 21 and 22
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens will sponsor the third annual “A little Madness in the Spring” event in honor of National Poetry Month with a varied program of Dickinsonian revelry. Highlights include a reading by poet Mary Jo Salter; an all-day, all-night marathon reading of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems led by a number of prominent poets and writers; and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the landmark play The Belle of Amherst. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04dickinsonmadness.html

“Pop!” Art at Mead Art Museum April 20 through Aug. 21
The Mead Art Museum will present an exhibition called Pop! from April 20 to Aug. 21, featuring prints from the 1960s and 1970s from its permanent collection, as well as additional works from the Smith College Museum of Art.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04pop.html

Darfur National Speaking Tour April 22
A panel of Darfur experts will talk in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m., followed by refreshments. The group of speakers is touring the major cities on the east coast, making one stop inland at Amherst. The featured speaker is Salih Mahmoud Osman, a human- rights lawyer recently arrived in the U.S. from Sudan and recipient of the Human Rights Watch's highest honor for his often dangerous advocacy work. This event is sponsored by STAND, The College Democrats, and the Western Mass. Darfur Coalition.

Glee Club Senior Concert April 22
Come see the Glee Club run down stairs! Come see Steve Stewart use his inhaler! Come see Ben Softness in his crew tights! The Glee Club Senior Concert will be held Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Real music. Seriously. Mallorie Chernin, Director Rachel Dunham '05, Assistant Director and accompanist. Music of Jacob Handl, Ludwig van Beethoven, Randall Thompson, Billy Joel, William Dawson and many others will be performed.

Amherst College Political Science Professor William Taubman Named 2006 Guggenheim Fellow
William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, is among the 187 artists, scholars and scientists awarded 2006 fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Taubman will use this award to support the research he is undertaking for a biography of Mikhail S. Gorbachev, which will be the first full scholarly biography utilizing the wealth of new information that has become available since 1991.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04taubman%20guggen.html

Admission Office Transfer Fellowship; Applications Due April 24
The Admission Office Transfer Fellowship provides a recent Amherst graduate the opportunity to be an integral part of the Admission Office professional staff. The fellow serves as one of 10 members of the Admission Committee and assumes full duties in the office, including making public presentations on campus, traveling to high schools and community colleges across the country, evaluating first- year and transfer applications and contributing to admission decisions. The fellow is also responsible for assisting in all new recruitment initiatives and the development of a specific recruitment plan for community college and low-income students in connection with the Jack Kent Cooke Community College Transfer Initiative Grant.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/admission/employment

Candidate Presentation: Athletic Director Search Committee April 24
On Monday evening, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Paino Lecture Hall, Geology Building, there will be an open meeting with Peter P. Roby, the director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society and associate athletic director at Northeastern University. Roby will share his views on the relationship between athletics and education in our ongoing series of "town meetings" with final candidates for the position of director of athletics at the college. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Faculty, students and staff are urged to attend and are welcome to submit comments on the candidates to the Search Committee, care of Dale Peterson, chair, Box 2234.

Financial Aid Renewal for 2006-07; Deadline April 25
Applications for renewal of financial aid for 2006-07 are now being received. Any student may apply for financial aid regardless of whether he or she now receives assistance. The application deadline is April 25. Information about applying is posted on the Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.amherst.edu/~finaid/renewal/. If you have questions about financial aid at Amherst or the procedure for applying, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 202 Converse Hall, at ext. 2781 from on campus or 413/542-2296 from off campus.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~finaid/renewal/

The Amherst Speaking Competition April 25
On Tuesday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, the Amherst Debate Society will be holding its annual Speaking Competition. Both extemporaneous and prepared speakers are welcome. Significant cash prizes will be offered to the best prepared speakers in the freshman/sophomore, junior and senior categories, as well as to the best extemporaneous speakers of the college. Contestants in the extemporaneous category will draw two topics, choose one of them, and receive five minutes’ preparation time. Speeches in the prepared category should be no more than 10 minutes long; all topics are allowed. Please register by sending an e-mail to debateteam@amherst.edu; be sure to indicate if you want to do extemp, prepared or both.
For more information: debateteam@amherst.edu

Sexual Assault Awareness Week T-Shirt Making Workshops April 25 and 27
T-shirt making workshops will be held April 25 and 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Campus Center Room 207. Come and make a t-shirt for the Five College Clothesline Project. Materials provided. Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be available.

Cap and Gown Distribution April 24 - 25
Caps and gowns for the Class of 2006 will be distributed on April 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall. These are the only times the distribution will occur. The regalia will be worn on May 12 and again on May 28. If there are questions, please call Patricia Allen at 413/542-2321.

Walker Prize Exam for First Year Students and Sophomores April 25
The Walker Prize Examination will be held on Tuesday, April 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206. The Walker Prize Examination is open to first year students and sophomores, and there are two prizes in each category (approximately $1,320 for first prize and $880 for second prize). The examination is designed to emphasize mathematical ingenuity rather than possession of specific background material. No mathematics beyond those covered in Mathematics 11 and 12 will be assumed.

Class of 2006 Dessert Reception and Alumni Class Officer Elections April 26
The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs invites all members of the Class of 2006 to a dessert reception in the lobby of Converse Hall on Wednesday, April 26, immediately following the Senior Speak-Off (around 9:15 p.m.) Seniors will have the opportunity to vie for one of six Alumni Class Officer positions (president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, reunion chair and Webmaster). Interested candidates should e-mail their name, position sought and a brief paragraph describing interests and experience to Barbara Sieck '05, Alumni Fellow. The deadline for declaring candidacy is Friday, April 21. Also, representatives from IT will discuss the transition from student to alumni e-mail and provide complimentary CDs for file storage.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/srdessert/index.html

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: Supporting Survivors Workshop April 26
"Supporting Survivors" will be held April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Bruss Room, Johnson Chapel. How to support a friend, family member or loved one who has experienced sexual violence will be discussed. Facilitated by the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect.

Beyond the CAP Report: Privilege, Opportunity and Responsibility April 26
On Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, the Amherst College Diversity Coalition. (ACDC) and Amherst TEACH will co-sponsor a panel discussion with faculty and students entitled “Beyond the CAP Report: Privilege, Opportunity and Responsibility.” We will discuss issues and concerns that have arisen out of the recommendations made by the CAP, focusing on the academic and social ramifications of these changes, both inside and outside the Amherst community.

Jhankaar and ISA Arts Night April 26
This event will be held Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Friedmann Room and will feature traditional and Bollywood dances, live musical performances and free catered food from Paradise of India.

Public School Activist Jonathan Kozol To Speak April 27
Jonathan Kozol, public school teacher, award-winning writer and educational activist, will speak about “Invitations to Resistance: Strategies for the Defense and Transformation of Our Public Schools” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Victor S. Johnson 1882-1943 Lectureship Fund, Kozol’s talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04kozol.html

Physics Senior Honors Talk April 27
On Thursday, April 27,at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 with tea in Merrill 204 at 4:15 p.m., Dan Guest David Stein will present Senior Honors Talks.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colschedule.html

The Politics of Pornography April 27
On Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, three scholars will engage in a panel discussion on "The Politics of Pornography." The panel will host Dr. Joseph Slade, a professor at Ohio University who has served as a guest curator of pornographic materials for the Museum of Sex in New York City; Ms. Annalise Fonza, a Ph.D student at UMass Amherst with a background in ministry work who has previously written on pornography in relation to white feminist movements; and Assistant Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies Martha Saxton. The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Chinese Culture Paola Zamperini. Sponsored by Amherst Feminist Alliance, Health Education and AAS.

sarah-marie belcastro: Topological Graph Theory and YOU April 27
This presentation will introduce the field of topological graph theory. Along the way, you will get to work on some elementary problems and present your insights, so that you will acquire a sense of how mathematicians approach topological graph theory questions. This event will be held Thursday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 207 with refreshements preceeding the talk in Seeley Mudd 208.

French Archaeologist Isabelle Catteddu To Speak April 28
Isabelle Catteddu, research director at the French National Institute for Rescue Archaeology, will speak in Fayerweather 113 on Friday, April 28, at 4 p.m. on "What rescue archaeology has taught us about early medieval settlements over the last twenty years." Catteddu has directed a number of large-scale excavations in northern and eastern France that have substantially changed historians' ideas about the early development of medieval villages. The lecture is sponsored by the History and Classics departments and 5-College medieval studies. It is open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Dean Onawumi Jean Moss Will Read in South Hadley April 28
Award-winning children’s authors Onawumi Jean Moss and Patricia C. McKissack will read from Precious and the Boo Hag on Friday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop, across the street from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. Paired with spirited, folksy illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker, this funny – and not- too-scary – story has been named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book and a Notable Children’s Book by the ALA, among other honors. Onawumi Jean Moss is retiring this year as associate dean of students, after 21 years of service to Amherst College. The Odyssey reading is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: www.odysseybks.com

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: Healing Fire April 28
A healing fire will be held April 28 from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the War Memorial. In many cultures, fire is used as a purifier with smoke symbolizing cleansing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Survivors and supporters are invited to make an offering to the fire (words on paper, etc). Materials will be provided. Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be available for support.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: Healing Vigil April 28
A healing vigil will be held April 28 at 6:30 p.m. on the War Memorial. Survivors, supporters and alliess are all invited to come together at the healing fire to share, listen and support each other. The Bluestockings will sing.

 
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