Archived announcements for December, 2007
Annual Christmas Vespers Service Slated for Sunday, Dec. 2
The annual Amherst College Christmas
Vespers service will be held on Sunday,
Dec. 2, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson
Chapel. The "Festival of Lessons and
Carols," as it is called, is sponsored
by the Amherst College Christian
Fellowship, the Newman Club, the
Protestant and Roman Catholic Religious
Advisors and the Amherst College Choral
Society. Admission to Christmas Vespers
is free; the public is invited to attend.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/27628/
Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 1
Join members of the Amherst College
community in the 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 1, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
the O'Connor Commons of Charles Pratt
Dormitory. This fair highlights the
talent of students, staff and friends
with crafts that include jewelry,
knitted scarves, woven baskets,
candles, cards, woodwork, photography,
bags, etc. For location, go to
www.amherst.edu/map. The fair is sponsored by the
Campus Center/Student Activities.
French Filmmaker Christian Delage Presents Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes Nov. 30
French filmmaker Christian Delage will
show his movie "Nuremberg: The Nazis
Facing Their Crimes" and answer questions
about the film at on
Friday, Nov. 30. The viewing, which will
take place at 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture
Hall (Fayerweather 115), is free and
open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/28091
The Challenges of Religious Pluralism: Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Nov. 30
Come join ACF on Friday, Nov. 30, at
7 p.m. in Chapin Hall to hear Paul
Sorrentino, director of religious life,
talk about religious pluralism and
Christianity. A discussion will follow
the short talk so feel free to bring
your questions and opinions. There will
also be refreshments afterwards. Bring
Twelfth Night to be Performed Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
A student-run production of Twelfth
Night, Shakespeare's late romantic
comedy, will be performed Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
There's a shipwreck. A singing fool.
Drunken rogues. Swordfights. And
love, lost and found. Performances are
at 7:30 p.m. in Webster Studio 3.
Seating is on a first, come first served
basis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Departments Invited to Host a Visiting Scholar from Sweden
Lunch with Professor Anders Öberg, who
will discuss his experiences teaching at
Amherst this term, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms, Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. For two years, Amherst has participated in a program offered through the Swedish
Foundation for International Cooperation
in Research and Higher Education
(STINT) which provides opportunities
for Swedish academics to spend a
semester at an American liberal arts
college to teach and form research
collaborations. This year, our STINT
Fellow is Anders Öberg, a mathematician
from Uppsala University, who will talk
about his experiences and impressions
and will answer questions about the
STINT Program. Visitors in all
disciplines are possible in future years.
Fellowships for Summer Chinese Study in China Available; Deadline Dec. 3
The Department of Asian Languages and
Civilizations invites applications for
summer fellowships to study Chinese in
China. Two fellowships are available
thanks to the generosity of an Amherst
College family. Fellowships will cover
tuition, travel to and from China and
program expenses up to $6,000 for
language study at one of an approved
list of programs in the PRC or Taiwan.
Applications are due to the Department of
Asian Languages and Civilizations by
Monday, Dec. 3. Interested students
should contact Chris Williford at 413/542-5841 or
email@example.com for further
information on approved programs and
Filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno to Showcase His Work Dec. 3
Artist and filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno, a
Copeland fellow at Amherst College, will
present one of his short films along
with several clips from his other works
on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in
Amherst College's Merrill Science
Center, Lecture Room 2. A reception and
conversation with the artist will follow
at the Mead Art Museum. All of the
events are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/29013
Emily Dickinson Birthday Lecture: Nothing but a Sword Dec. 6
Polly Longsworth, Dickinson biographer,
will deliver the 2007 Emily Dickinson
Birthday Lecture on Thursday, Dec.
6, at 4 p.m. "'Nothing but a Sword':
Austin and Mabel and the Publication of
Emily Dickinson's Poems" will examine
the publication history of Emily
Dickinson's poems through the lens of
her brother Austin's long relationship
with Mabel Loomis Todd, one of the
first editors of Dickinson's poems.
The lecture is free and open to the
public and will take place at the Lord Jeffery Inn,
not at the Amherst College Alumni House
as previously announced. A reception and
booksigning will follow. The lecture is co-sponsored
by the Emily Dickinson Museum and the
Amherst College Archives and Special
For more information: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/events.html
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to Discuss Dealing with Rogue States After Iraq Dec. 3
Former United Nations Ambassador John R.
Bolton will deliver a lecture titled
"Dealing with Rogue States After Iraq"
at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of
Amherst College's Converse Hall on
Monday, Dec. 3. Sponsored by the
Committee for the American Founding, the
talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/27886
Law Without Nations Talk Dec. 3
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and
Social Thought has invited Suzanne Last
Stone to give a talk
on Monday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 in
Clark 100. Her talk is entitled "Law as
Nation; Law Against Nation; Law and
Nation: The Ongoing Jewish Argument."
Stone is Professor of Law at
Cardozo School of Law and Director of
its program in Jewish Law and
Interdisciplinary Studies. She writes
and lectures on the intersection of
Jewish legal thought and contemporary
legal theory. Her publications include:
"In Pursuit of the Countertext: The Turn
to the Jewish Legal Model in
Contemporary American Legal Theory"
(Harvard Law Review); "The Jewish
Conception of Civil Society" in
"Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society"
(Princeton University Press); and
"Justice, Mercy and Gender in Rabbinic
Thought." Professor Stone's work has
been translated into Italian, German,
Hebrew and Arabic. In 2004, she was
chosen, along with five other
path-breaking scholars in the field of
Jewish Studies, to reflect on her
scholarly career in the first edition of
the revised "Jewish Quarterly Review."
Copies of Professor Stone's paper will
be available prior to the lecture. To
obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood
at 542-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All members of the Five College
Community are invited to attend.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events/lectures
Biology Lecture Dec. 3
Wayne Korzan, PhD, NRSA Postdoctoral
Fellow, Russell Fernald Lab, Stanford
University, will present "Behavioral,
Hormonal and Genetic Influences on a
Highly Flexible Social and Reproductive
System" on Monday, Dec. 3, at
3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.
Auditions for Lacuna Park Dec. 3 and 4
Lacuna Park, by Jonah Shepp '08 and
directed by Michael Birtwistle, features
a stranger who arrives in Lacuna Park and
finds himself one among many mysteries.
He meets there a motley assortment of
lost souls whose pasts are as obscure
as his own. Dark secrets and
fantastical happenings abound in this
park, and nothing is ever as it seems.
In this unlikely world, where truth is
always beyond reach and where the
strange is entirely familiar, the
unexpected clashes continually with the
utterly banal. From this odd coupling
arise romance, religious hysteria,
vendetta and litigation. There's even
a mermaid. The play requires five male actors, three female
actors and two martial artists.
Auditions will be held Dec. 3 and 4 at
7 .p.m in Studio 3, Webster Hall. The
sign-up sheet and perusal script will be
available outside of the Theater and Dance
Office, Webster G27. Performances will be held March 6-8 at 8 p.m. in Webster Studio 3.
Auditions for The Illusion by Tony Kushner Dec. 3 and 4
"The Illusion" by Tony Kushner will be
directed by William Cranch '08 in
collaboration with set designer
Brendan Horton '08 and actor Chris
When a dying father calls upon a
mysterious magician to rediscover the son
he had abandoned years ago, the visions
that the sorcerer conjures blur the line
fact and fantasy. Tony Kushner's 1988
free adaptation of Pierre Corneille's
"L'Illusion Comique" breathes new life
into the 17th-century comedy.
The ensemble cast includes multiple roles for
both men and women.
Auditions will be held Dec. 3 and 4
at 7 p.m. in Webster Studio 2
with callbacks on Dec. 5.
Sign-up sheet and perusal script will be
available outside of the Theater and
Dance Office (Webster G27).
Performances will be Feb. 14-16,
2008, at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.
Gender Quotas in Latin America Lecture Dec. 4
The Department of Political Science at
Amherst College, with support from the
Lamont Funds, is sponsoring a lecture
by Lisa Baldez, associate professor of
government and Latin American, Latino
and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth
College on Tuesday, Dec. 4,from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115.Baldez will speak on "Gender Quotas in Latin
America." She is the author of "Why
Women Protest: Women's Movements in
Chile." Her work in gender and politics
has appeared in numerous journals,
including Comparative Politics,
Legislative Studies Quarterly and The
Journal of Legal Studies. She is one
of the founding editors, along with
Karen Beckwith, of Politics & Gender.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events
Want to to Become a Better Academic Tutor? Meeting Dec. 4
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the
Friedmann Room, veteran teacher
Claire Shea and elementary school
teacher Michael Morris '00 will lead
a workshop on academic tutoring. The
workshop will focus on learning
about young adolescents, the role of
the tutor, communication and
specific tutoring strategies.
Sponsored by the CCE. Food will be
Physics Senior Honors Talks Dec. 4
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. in Merrill 3, the following senior honors talks will take place: Don Kun Kim - Test of Local Lorentz Invarience and PeiDa Guo - The Hydrodynamics Model and Quantitative Experiments for Bacillus Swarming.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008
In Memoriam: Thomas Whitney '37
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Thomas Whitney '37. Whitney donated an extraordinary collection of books and manuscripts to found the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. He later donated to the college a large collection of Russian art, which has been described as one of the gems of the Mead Art Museum's holdings. Whitney is survived by son John H. Whitney ’59 and daughter Julia F. Whitney ’90, among other family and many friends.
Exam Monitors Needed for Self-Scheduled Exams Dec. 17-21
The Registrar's Office needs students to
serve as monitors for the self-scheduled
examinations this semester from Monday,
Dec. 17 to Friday, Dec. 21,
morning and afternoon sessions.
The monitor distributes the exams at the
beginning and collects them at the end
of the exam period and is not required
to stay during the exam itself.
However, we do need you to be at the
Registrar's Office 15 minutes before the
start of each exam to be able to start
the exams on time, and to later collect
the completed exams and deliver them to
the Registrar's Office.
You would receive a minimum of $8.50 for
each exam monitored.
Please stop by the Registrar's Office in
101 Converse Hall if you would like to
sign up or get more information about a
monitor's duties. Thanks!
Law and Science, Science and Law Seminar Series: Susan Haack Dec. 5
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 to
6 p.m. in Clark House 100, the Law
and Science, Science and Law series is sponsoring Susan
Haack, professor of law and philosophy,
University of Miami School of Law. Haack will speak on "Irreconcilable Differences: Query the Uneasy Marriage
of Science and Law."
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events/law-and-science
Mathematics Colloquium Dec. 5
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Anders
Oberg of Uppsala University and Amherst
College will speak on "Descartes and
the Problem of the Length of a Curve"
at 4 p.m. in SMudd 206. Refreshments will
be served before the talk at 3:30 p.m. in
SMudd 208. Oberg's talk is sponsored by the Department
of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Screening of Independent Feature Film "Late in the Game" Dec. 5
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium,
Visiting Lecturer Christopher Johnson
will screen his recently completed
feature film "Late in the Game." Johnson directed and co-wrote the film with Ishmael Chawla '94.
Five best friends in their late 20s face
the disintegration of their tight knit
urban tribe. Gay and straight, white and
brown, driven and aimless, this
disparate group lives and breathes New
York City with a vivid emotional realism
that captures the tenor of a new
generation. As the war in Iraq smolders
in the background, these melancholy if
well-paid young adults suffer from, as
loner Felix puts it, "a touch of
existential malaise courtesy of late
capitalism - you know, the usual."
Long Term Care Benefit Meetings Dec. 4 and 5
Please attend one of the upcoming
information meetings to learn more
about the new voluntary long term care
insurance benefit being offered to
employees of Amherst College.
Meetings will be conducted in Alumni
House on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at
12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m.; and on
Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. No pre-registration is required.
Each meeting will last approximately
45 minutes. Enrollment and premium
information will be available.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~hr/Announcement/longtermcare.html
German Film Series: Berlin is in Germany Dec. 6
This film includes subtle character study and understated
satire about a man wrongfully imprisoned
in East Germany: after eleven years
Martin is released from prison and
struggles to cope with the dizzying new
realities of post-unification Germany.
The film will be shown Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
in Stirn Auditorium (in
German, with English Subtitles).
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series
Philosopher Daniel Dennett to Lecture on The Evolution of Evitability Dec. 6
Philosopher Daniel Dennett, Tufts University, will deliver a lecture titled "The Evolution of Evitability: What Is Determined Is Not Inevitable" on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. Dennett's lecture, the second in a series on "The Philosophy and Science and Freedom," is sponsored by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/philosophy/events
Emily Dickinson Birthday Lecture and Dinner Scheduled for Dec. 6
Biographer Polly Longsworth will deliver
the 2007 Emily Dickinson Birthday
Lecture and participate in a reception
and booksigning Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4
p.m. at the Lord Jeffery Inn. Longsworth's talk, titled
"'Nothing but a Sword': Austin and Mabel
and the Publication of Emily Dickinson's
Poems," will examine the publication
history of Emily Dickinson's work
through the lens of her brother Austin's
long relationship with Mabel Loomis
Todd, one of the first editors of
Dickinson's poems. The event is
co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson
Museum and the Amherst College Archives
and Special Collections and is free and
open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/28143
Dr. Josh Dudman '00 To Give Neuroscience Lecture Dec. 6
Dr. Josh Dudman '00, post-doctorate research fellow at Columbia University, will present a lecture
titled "Compartmentalized Dendritic
Integration in Synaptic Plasticity and
Behavior" on Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in
Merrill Science Center Room 4. For more information on Dudman's
research, see https://www.hhmi.org/research/fellows/dudman_bio.html
For more information: https://www.hhmi.org/research/fellows/dudman_bio.html
Gallery Talk by Anne Monahan Dec. 6
This afternoon at 4:30, there will be a gallery talk in the Mead Art Museum Arms Gallery by exhibition curator Anne Monahan, in
conjunction with the "Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio,
2000" exhibition with a reception to follow.
The talk is free, fully accessible and open to the public.
Chuck Close has been making self-portraits since the late 1960s. He
bases these efforts on photographs that he takes of himself and then
methodically, laboriously, repeatedly-and always inventively-translates into
other media: paintings, drawings, textiles and prints.
This exhibition is made possible at the Mead Art Museum with generous support from the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/exhibitions/index.html#close
Physics Senior Honors Talks Dec. 6
Join us on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in Merrill 3 for the following senior honors talks: Jesse Rasowsky - Quantifying
Entanglement; and Kyle Virgien - Applied Magnetization
Even Effects in a Solid-State Electron
Electric Dipole Moment Measurement.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008
Performance Project Dec. 7-8
Performance Project will be presented
Dec. 7-8 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. Performance Project is
an evening of original choreography and performance
works developed by students. The work
incorporates original choreography, text, music,
sound and/or visual design.
Tickets are free and reservations recommended. To make a reservation, call the box office at 413/542-2277.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~theater/
Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to Perform Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 7
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under
the direction of Bruce Diehl, will
perform their winter concert Friday,
Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall
in the Arms Music Center.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/28087
Symphony Orchestra to Perform Hansel und Gretel on Sat. Dec. 8
The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra,
led by Music Director Mark Lane Swanson,
will present the fairy tale opera
favorite "Hansel und Gretel" by Englebert
Humperdinck on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8
p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/28085
Emily Dickinson Museum to Celebrate Poet's Birthday Dec. 8
The Emily Dickinson Museum will host its
annual open house on Saturday, Dec. 8,
from 1 to 4 p.m. in honor of the 177th
birthday of its namesake, who was born
Dec. 10, 1830. The "At Home"
celebration, which is free and open to
the public, will once again feature
self-guided tours of the Homestead (the
poet's birthplace and home), and The
Evergreens (the home next door of her
brother Austin's family). Throughout the
afternoon, visitors will be able to
sample Dickinsonian refreshments, listen
to poetry readings and make a bookmark
to take home in honor of BookMarks, the
Museums10 celebration of the art of the
book. The first 177 visitors will
receive a rose, courtesy of an anonymous
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/28144
Voices for the Voiceless Diaspora Poetry Concert Dec. 8
Amherst College La Causa presents the
Tenth Annual Voices for the Voiceless
Diaspora Poetry Concert Saturday, Dec.
8. Dinner from La Veracruzana will be
served at 5:45 p.m. and the concert
begins at 6:30. This event will take
place in the Friedmann Room in Keefe
Campus Center. The eight world renowned
poets include: Louis Reyes Rivera, Tony
Medina, Talaam Acey, Shaggy Flores, Fay
Chiang, Jahipster, Bao Phi and Mariposa.
This is one the largest annual ALANA
spoken word poetry events in the
Northeast and is free and open to the
Bluestockings Cancer Benefit Show Dec. 7
The Bluestockings will perform a fun,
informal a cappella show on Friday, Dec.
7, at 8 p.m. in the common room of
Hamilton Dorm. We'll be selling cookies
and brownies to raise money for cancer
research, and there will be a guest
appearance by the Zumbyes. Admission is
free, but donations are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Program Board and the Social Council.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Dec. 8
A Roman Catholic Mass for the Feast of
the Immaculate Conception will be
celebrated in Chapin Chapel at 1 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Director of NIAID to Discuss the Fight Against AIDS on Dec. 7
In an effort to inform students about
the treatment, care and prevention of
the AIDS pandemic in Africa and to
inspire and empower them to get involved
in relief efforts, Anthony Fauci,
director of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID),
will show portions of the new film Give
Us Hope: Making a Difference in the
Fight Against AIDS and deliver a lecture
of the same title at 4:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 7 in Pruyne Lecture Hall
(Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College.
The talk and viewing-both of which
feature Amherst first-year student Jaime
Cohen-are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/29638/
Voice Students of Ann Maggs Present a Recital Dec. 10
An enjoyable mix of jazz, pop, Broadway
and film songs will be performed by the
students of Ann Maggs on Monday, Dec.
10 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Arms
Music Center. The concert is free and
open to the public.
Holiday Food Drive Dec. 8 & 9
Kyle Schoppel '08 with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announces a holiday food drive. SAAC will be collecting donations during both the women's basketball game at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the women's ice hockey game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All donations will go to the Amherst Survival Center and will help them meet
the needs of those less fortunate in our community this holiday season.
Biology Department Lecture Dec. 10
On Monday, Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4, Rebecca Holberton,
Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology in the
Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Maine, will present "Glucose, goals
and gonads: Understanding the basis of
seasonal interactions and their links to
survivorship and reproduction in
migratory songbirds." The host is Assistant
Professor Ethan D. Clotfelter.
Physics Senior Honors Talks Dec. 11
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill 3, the following senior honors talks will take place: Elizabeth Petrik - Vortices in an
Optically Trapped Bose-Einstein
Condensate; Michael Goldman - Spin BECs Through
Landau-Zener Transitions; and Eduardo H. Da Silva - Abrupt Changes in the Tunneling Levels for Mn12-tBuAc
Induced by a Transverse Magnetic Field.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2007-2008
Celebrate Hannukah with Hillel Dec. 7-12
Join us at the Hillel Hannukah Party Friday,
Dec. 7, for latkes, gelt,
dreidels and dinner in Lewis-Sebring
Commons. Shabbat services will be held
at 5:30 p.m., and the party begins at 6:30.
If services aren't your thing, feel
free to just come for the 6:30
festivities. All are welcome to join Hillel as we light
candles every night of Hannukah
in Morris Pratt Common Room at 7 p.m. Hannukah continues until the night of Dec. 12.
Design the First Ever "Spirited Sportsmanship" T-Shirt; Submissions Due Dec. 14
Do you think you have school spirit?
Then prove it!
Design this year's "Spirited-
Submit designs to email@example.com no later than
Friday, Dec. 14.
The winner will receive a gift
certificate to Antonio's Pizza.
The winning design will be printed on
t-shirts to be sold to the entire
student body at cost.
Rules: The t-shirt must contain one
phrase: "Be Loud, Be Proud, Be
Positive!"; You can use any t-shirt design
software, just make sure to attach the
image(s) to the e-mail!; You can have designs on the front
and back of the t-shirt!; The design needs to be applicable
to all Amherst College sports, so that
anybody attending any athletic event
can show support for their team.
Chuck Close Exhibition on Display at Mead Art Museum Through March of 2008
The Mead Art Museum is now showing
Portfolio, 2000," a presentation of more
than 35 self-portrait prints made by the
celebrated American artist Chuck Close
over the past three decades. The
exhibition, organized in conjunction
with the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate
University and the Colby College Museum
of Art, is accompanied by a full-color
catalogue featuring a new interview with
the artist and an essay that sheds fresh
light on Close's creative process and
methods of work.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/11/node/29012
Lunch for Staff Members on Reaccreditation Dec. 12
In 2007-08, Amherst is undergoing the
10-year review for accreditation by the
New England Association of Schools and
Colleges (NEASC). All members of the
staff are invited to a meeting on the
self-study process to be held on
Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus
Center. A buffet lunch will be served.
President Marx and members of the
Reaccreditation Steering Committee will
attend to hear questions and concerns
about the self-study report, which is
posted on the reaccreditation Web site
(https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/reaccreditation), along with information
about NEASC and the self-study process.
Members of the college community are
also invited to send their comments and
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/reaccreditation
Computer Center Open Until at Least 3 a.m. Through Finals
Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 9, the
Seeley Mudd Computer Center will be open
until 3 a.m. every night through the end
of finals period. During open hours, a
student supervisor will be available to
answer computing questions in person or
over the phone at 413/542-7921. If you'd
like to keep the Computer Center open
even longer, come by before 4:30 p.m. on
a weekday and speak to a staff member.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/facilities/smudd
Jazz Combo Concert Dec. 12
A Jazz Combo Concert in the Friedmann Room on
Wednesday, Dec. 12 will feature Jazzdrive and Harry
Potter and the Prisoners of Jazz Kaban at 7:30 p.m.
Members of Music 35 will also perform on this
night. All concerts are free and will be followed by
light refreshments. Contact Bruce Diehl with any
questions at email@example.com or 413/542-8308.
Sponsored by the Music Department and
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz
Tom Gerety Publishes New Book
Former Amherst College President Tom Gerety has just published a book
titled "The Freshman Who Hated Socrates:
A College President Reflects on Life in
the Liberal Arts" (Amherst College Press,
2007). The book is a collection of
speeches on topics ranging from teaching
to residential life, from Shakespeare to
the liberal arts, from war to love and
loss. Together, these essays offer
insight into one of our nation's leading
college presidents and into the lives
of college students in America.
Gerety was president of Amherst College
from 1994 to 2003. The book can be
obtained through Amherst College Press
at the Office of Public Affairs, 306
Science Library Open 24 Hours for Exam Studying
The Keefe Science Library will be open
24 hours a day from Thursday, Dec. 13, at 9
a.m. through Friday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m. Your
AC ID card will allow access during
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/hours/fall2007.html#fallexams
Announcing "The Big Turnoff" Over Winter Break
As part of the college's sustainability
efforts, students are required to unplug
all their electrical appliances when
they leave for winter break.
Physical Plant staff will be verifying
compliance with this important
Shut off your lights, unplug your refrigerator and prop its
door open, unplug all your appliances and
computer, close your windows, shades and leave your room's thermostat at its setting .
These measures will save 70,000 kWh of
electricity an reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 35 tons. For more
information on The Big Turn Off and
other ways you can support
sustainability efforts, contact the Green
Campus Action Committee at GCAC@Amherst.edu.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/awareness
Douglas C. Wilson '62 Publishes History of Amherst College
Amherst College Press has just released "Passages of Time, Narratives in the
History of Amherst College," edited and
with several selections by Douglas C.
Wilson '62, former college editor. A collection of chapters
portrays the college from its first
decades through the present; essays
describe memorable teaching, portraits
of prominent educators, student
anti-slavery efforts, Civil War
casualties, college dealings with
Frederick Law Olmstead, baseball
glories, faculty deliberations and a
black student's view of his
undergraduate experience in the 1970s.
Wilson, who contributed several of the
articles, worked for 27 years in the
publications office at Amherst, retiring
The book is available through Amherst
College Press, 306 Converse Hall.
Amherst College Museums Extend Opening Hours During Holiday Break
The Amherst College Museum of Natural
History, the Emily Dickinson Museum and
the Mead Art Museum will have extended
public hours during the winter academic
recess. The Museum of Natural History will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 30. The Emily Dickinson Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. The Mead will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays until 9 p.m. (though closed from Dec. 25, 2007 to Jan. 1, 2008). "Museums
offer such a wonderful range of family
experiences-places for people of all
ages to look together, laugh together
and explore," commented Elizabeth
Barker, director of the Mead. "I'd love
for Amherst College's museums to enter a
few family memories this holiday season."
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30225
Professor Ilán Stavans Publishes New Book
Ilán Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of
Latin American and Latino culture at
Amherst College and Five College
Fortieth Anniversary Professor, and
collaborator Verónica Albin have
published Love and Language ($25, 261
pp., Yale University Press, 2007), a
series of Socratic dialogues on the
nature and expression of love.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/29636/
Second Amherst Lecture in Philosophy Now Available Online
The second issue of The Amherst Lecture
in Philosophy-- which features Stanford
University's John Perry, the Henry
Waldgrave Stuart Professor of
Philosophy --has been published at
www.amherstlecture.org. Each year, The
Amherst Lecture in Philosophy invites a
distinguished philosopher to Amherst
College for a public lecture that is
then fully archived and catalogued and
available online at no cost.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30224
All Faculty Invited to Dec. 14 Teaching and Advising Lunch
What to Do When a Student is Seriously
Distressed? We've all experienced times when
students are overwhelmed, distraught
and severely anxious. What are our
responsibilities as faculty to help
them? What are the appropriate
boundaries we should maintain? Share
your thoughts with one another and with
members of the Counseling Center.
A buffet lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
Questions about these lunches and
suggestions for topics we might address
in the spring should be sent to Amrita
Basu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Center Study Break Postponed Until Dec. 17
Due to inclement weather, the Campus Center's Study Break for this evening has been postponed until Monday, Dec. 17, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Former Amherst College President Tom Gerety Publishes New Book of Speeches
Former Amherst College President Tom
Gerety has just published The Freshman
Who Hated Socrates: A College President
Reflects on Life in the Liberal Arts
(Amherst College Press, 2007). The book
is a collection of speeches on topics
ranging from teaching to residential
life, from Shakespeare to the liberal
arts, from war to love and loss.
Together, the essays offer insight into
one of our nation's leading thinkers and
into the lives of college students today.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30575
Douglas C. Wilson '62 Publishes Writings on Amherst College History
Longtime Amherst College editor Douglas
C. Wilson '62 is the editor of the new
book Passages of Time: Narratives in the
History of Amherst College ($25, 298
pp., Amherst College Press, 2007). The
book chronicles the history of an
institution described as "unsightly"
during the first decades of its
existence and-more than a century
later-the tree-shaded campus that alumni
know as "the fairest college."
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30576
Holiday Giving Tree in Valentine; Return Gifts by Dec. 19
Dining Services is sponsoring its annual
Giving Tree to support the local community
through the Amherst Survival Center.
Please stop in Valentine and take a dove and
return the needed item by Dec. 19.
Many items still needed! Happy Holidays!