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In Memoriam: Joseph C. Benoit
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of of Joseph C. Benoit of Northampton. Benoit, who passed away Feb. 27, worked as a custodian for the college from 1966 until his retirement in 1988.

Amherst College Not-for-Profit and International Career Fair Feb. 29
The Amherst College Career Center invites all students interested in jobs or internships in the not-for-profit and/or international arenas to attend the annual Not-for-Profit and International Career Fair on Friday, Feb. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. Representatives from a broad range of non-profit, public service and international organizations will be on hand. Please bring copies of your résumé.

Come to the Weimar Cabaret Feb. 29
The German Theme House invites you to a provocative program of songs written during the Weimar Republic of Germany, 1919-1933. Adjunct voice faculty Ann Maggs, accompanied by orchestral director Mark Swanson on piano, and Joseph Silver on drums, will present songs (in English and German) full of cynicism, humor, hope and outrage by composers Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Mischa Spoliansky, Friedrich Hollaender and poet Bertolt Brecht. While German cabaret and theater were flourishing, the Nazi Party was increasing its power, with Adolf Hitler becoming chancellor of the country in 1933. The cabaret will take place in the Porter House Living Room on Friday, Feb. 29, at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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Feb. 29 Faculty Lunch Features Discussion about Having a Class Videotaped
On Friday, Feb. 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, the Teaching and Advising topic will be "Seeing Yourself Teach." Several colleagues, including Margaret Hunt, David Hansen, Scott Kaplan, Ethan Clotfelter and Austin Sarat, advised by a consultant from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard, had some of their classes videotaped last fall. Most of them will be present to describe the dismay and delight that this experience entails and its potential for making us all more mindful as teachers. A buffet lunch will be served. Questions about these lunches and suggestions for topics to consider in the future should be sent to Amrita Basu at

Educate! Broomball Tournament March 2
At Orr Rink on Sunday, March 2, Educate! will host a broomball tournament. The first round of games is 2 to 4 p.m., and the second round is 4 to 6 p.m. Sign up for two or four hours. The costs are $3/player while we're tabling and $4/player Sunday at the rink. No pads or skates are required; brooms, balls and helmets will be supplied (by Amherst club hockey); and we will teach you how to play. Hot cider and doughnuts will be sold. Proceeds help us sponsor students in Uganda. Faculty and students are invited. Contact Sarah Tracy for more info at

Four Amherst College Alumni in the Military in Panel Discussion on Feb. 29
Amherst College will host a panel discussion titled "From Campus to Country: Why We Chose to Serve in the Military after Amherst" with alumni and members of the armed forces Matt Flavin, Todd Nichols, Michael Proctor and Paul Rieckhoff on Friday, Feb. 29, in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst's Converse Hall at 4:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Amherst's ongoing effort to promote meaningful discussion of the complex issues associated with the nation's military, as well as honor those who serve.
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Five College Faculty Dance Concert Feb. 28-Mar. 1
The Five College Faculty Dance Concert will be performed Feb. 28 through March 1 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 of the Mendenhall Center at Smith College. Tickets are $9 for the general public and $5 for students/seniors. Call 413-585-ARTS (2787) or visit Once a year, faculty artists from the diverse and unique Five College Dance Department (FCDD) come together to showcase the best in dance from the Five Colleges, and the Smith College Department of Dance is pleased to host this year's event. The audience will be treated to new works from Rodger Blum, Smith College; Paul Dennis, UMass Amherst; Tim Early, Mount Holyoke College; Cathy Nicoli, Hampshire College; Fritha Pengelly, Hampshire College; Wendy Woodson, Amherst College; and Tom Vacanti, UMass Amherst. While the concert offers up an exciting variety of genres from ballet to jazz to modern, in at least one instance, Tim Early's dance "Distortion to Static" features a mix of all three set to the music of DJ Miss Kittin and Nine Inch Nails. But this is just one of many delightful surprises in the program. This year's concert will be dedicated in memory of Julius Robinson, Principal Pianist and Lecturer in the Smith College Department of Dance, who passed away on Feb. 3, 2008. A superb concert pianist and musician who made a career providing music for dance, Julius joined the department in 1981 and taught classes in ballet and Isadora Duncan technique for several years to Smith College and Five College dancers. Please join us for what promises to be a remarkable evening of dance. And don't forget to purchase tickets early by calling the box office or stopping by in person, Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and beginning at 7 p.m. on the night of a performance. Box office and theatre are on the second floor of the Mendenhall Center at Smith College.

NeuroLaw Conference March 1
This all-day conference will cover new developments in neuroscience and their application to different aspects of the legal system. It will speculate on how such developments pose fundamental challenges to law's ideas of responsibility and blameworthiness and open up new horizons for thinking about the causes of criminal behavior and ways to anticipate or respond to it. This conference is being sponsored by the President's Initiative Fund "Science in Law/Law in Science." It will take place on March 1 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis-Sebring Commons.
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Upcoming Deadline for the CCE's Citizen Summer Program March 2
The Citizen Summer Program (formerly known as the Abele Public Service Internship and the Fellowships for Action) is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to do a public service internship this summer and need help with funding. One of the ways to get fully funded is to participate in the Partnership Program. Choose from the list of partnering organizations (find them in Experience, "one-click searches," "CCE – Citizen Summer program") and apply directly to the organization by March 2. If you are selected by the organization, you will automatically receive funding that will include most living and travel expenses as well as a modest salary. If you are applying to an organization on your own, the application for funding has two deadlines: March 21 and April 18. To strengthen your application to a Partner organization, the Peer Career Advisors will be offering the following extra resume help: Monday (Feb. 25): 8-9 p.m. in the lobby of the Campus Center Tuesday (Feb. 26): 8-9 p.m. in the lobby of the Campus Center Wednesday (Feb. 27): 11-12 a.m. at the Career Center Thursday (Feb. 28): 11-12 a.m. at the Career Center Friday (Feb. 29): 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Not for Profit fair (in the Friedmann Room, 2nd floor of the Campus Center)
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Casino! The Royal Flush March 1
On March 1st, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Valentine, come to the 40th Anniversary of Casino! This elegant night of gambling, dancing, desserts and music will feature the Blue Nomads and DJ Music Mayhem, faculty dealers, a champagne room (with ID) and this year's all-new 2009 Toyota Matrix car giveaway! All proceeds go to support scholarships in the Dominican Republic. Tickets for AC students are $7 in advance, $10 at the door or $30 for a group of five. Casino! is sponsored by the Campus Center and Intercambio YA!

Anna Levesque: Champion Whitewater Kayaker Feb. 29
The Amherst College Outing Club in conjunction with the Five College Outdoor Festival is proud to present Anna Levesque at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, in the Cole Assembly Room. She will speak about how lessons learned from the river have influenced her career as one of the world's top female kayakers.
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Sierra Leone-Plymouth Partnership Information Session Feb. 29
At 2:15 pm on Friday, Feb. 29 in Campus Center 207, alum Jeff Hall '86 will present on opportunities with the Sierra Leone-Plymouth Partnership. These are summer internships paid through the CCE Citizen Summer Program. Jeff will also be holding interviews on Friday and Saturday.
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The Not-for-Profit Job Search with Bill Lienhard '90 Feb. 29
At 2:15 on Friday, Feb. 29 in the Career Center, come see alum Bill Lienhard '90 of the Mental Health Project at NYC's Urban Justice Center. Bill will present on "The Not-for-Profit Job Search" and talk about his work and opportunities at the Mental Health Project. Check out their Facebook group, "Mental Health Project," created by current Amherst student Greg Cuello '10, where they have a video posted called "Chronicles of Hell" about solitary confinement that explains some of their criminal justice work. For more information on the jobs they have posted, please see Experience.

Open Forums with Accreditation Evaluation Team March 3
The evaluation team for the college's 10-year accreditation review will hold open forums on Monday, March 3. All members of the campus community are invited to share their views. Students are invited to a session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Terrace Rooms of Valentine; staff members and trustee-appointees are invited to a session from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center; and faculty are invited to a session from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins-Faerber rooms of Lewis-Sebring. Buffet lunches will be served. The team of peer evaluators is chaired by President Alfred Bloom of Swarthmore College. As preparation for this review, the college has submitted a self-study report, which is available on the Reaccreditation Web site (below). For a printed copy, please contact Rick Griffiths at
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Peace Corps Information Session March 3
Seniors interested in working in public service, both domestic and international, are invited to attend this information session with the Peace Corps on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Student Forum on Library and IT March 3
As part of the college's 10-year accreditation review, students are invited to an open forum on information resources (library/information technology), 4:30-5:30 p.m., March 3, in the library of Alumni House. The meeting will be with Mara Saule, Dean of Library and Information Technology at the University of Vermont. For a survey of Amherst's resources and plans in this area, see the self-study report (Standard 7: Library and Other Information Resources), which is available on the reaccreditation Web site.
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In Memoriam: Gary Doherty
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Gary Doherty of Shelburne Falls, who passed away on Feb. 29. Doherty came to Amherst in 2000 and ultimately served the college as acting director of rental property. Before his time at Amherst, he worked in property management at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts and other local institutions.

Slide Presentation on Icons In Antiquity: The Symphony of the Gods March 3
Thomas F. Mathews, John Langeloth Loeb Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, will present a slide show on "Icons in Antiquity, The Symphony of the Gods" on Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117. Professor Mathews, a Byzantinist and historian of Early Christian art and architecture with degrees in classics and philosophy, studied under the Byzantinist Hugo Buchthal and wrote his dissertation on early churches in Constantinople under Richard Krautheimer. He also taught at Holy Cross, Brooklyn College and UCLA. He was Guest Curator for the Morgan Library (New York) "Treasures in Heaven" exhibit of Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts in 1994. He was a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. in 2001 and 2003. In 2003, he received a J. Paul Getty grant to research his "From Pagan to Byzantine Icons in Late Antique Egypt." His publications include "The Clash of the Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art," "Byzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance," and "Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Art, Religion and Society." The event is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Palestinian Poet and Author Suheir Hammad to Hold Reading at Amherst March 3
Palestinian poet and author Suheir Hammad, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, will gather several of her "breaking poems" into an evening reading at 7:30 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College on Monday, March 3. The fourth in a series of Copeland Fellow events on the theme of "Art and Identity in the Global Community," the reading is free and open to the public.
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Biology Department Lecture March 3
Laura F. Galloway, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Virginia, will present "Maternal Effects: Parental Care in Plants?" on Monday March 3, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Peter Brooks to Give Lecture March 3
Peter Brooks will be speaking on "The Derealization of Self: Rousseau, Freud, Proust" on Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). A preeminent literary critic and a scholar of international reputation, Brooks is Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of several revolutionary books on narrative theory, psychoanalysis and the 19th- and 20th-century novel, mainly French and English. His groundbreaking research into the interrelations between literature and law is a major contribution to the ongoing conversation between these fields of inquiry. His publications include Realist Vision (2005), Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt and Law in Literature (2000), Psychoanalysis and Storytelling (1994), Body Work (1993), Reading for the Plot (1984), The Melodramatic Imagination (1976) and The Novel of Worldliness (1969). He is also the author of a novel, World Elsewhere (1999). His latest book, Henry James Goes to Paris, was published in 2007. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of French and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund.

Take Action! Poverty and Homelessness in the Pioneer Valley March 3
Take action on Monday, March 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in O'Connor Commons (Charles Pratt basement) by making sandwiches and blankets, sorting donated clothes and sending letters to the Massachusetts state legislature. Learn more about the issues of poverty and homelessness that evening from Geraldine McCafferty, the City Homeless and Special Needs Director in Springfield and the Springfield Deputy Director of the Office of Housing; and M.J. Adams, Director of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. This event is sponsored by Homeless Connect, MassPIRG, Habitat for Humanity, the Center for Community Engagement and the Amherst Association of Students.

RecycleMania Week 2: Amherst College Among Top 10 in Nation
Week 2 RecycleMania results are in. Through the first two weeks of this 10- week competition, the per-capita recycling at Amherst is among the top 10 in the country, is tops in Massachusetts and is 2nd among the NESCAC schools. For more info and analysis, go to the RecycleMania link on the Amherst College Recycling Web site at ng/index.htm. Keep up the great work, everyone! We still have a long way to go before this competition ends on April 5. However, with your continued support, we have a chance to do something special in the history of the Amherst College Recycling Program.
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Mead Art Museum Shows The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today Feb. 28 through June 8
Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, June 8, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a new exhibition titled "The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today." The show, which will also feature a gallery talk and reception March 27 and artist talks April 3 and 7, considers cultural identity in a global society and explores the effects of displacement, alienation, exile, diaspora, transnationalism, hybridity and cosmopolitanism.
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Whistle-Blower Policy
Amherst College's Board of Trustees recently adopted a Whistle-Blower Policy. The College encourages employees to report concerns to their immediate supervisors; however, there may be times when an employee may feel it is necessary to report a concern of financial wrongdoing outside of the traditional reporting mechanism. This policy provides a means for employees to do so, allowing for a degree of confidentiality for the reporting person. The policy was mailed to all employees and is accessible on the Office of Human Resources, Ombudsperson's and Comptroller's Office Web pages. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact either Stephen Nigro, Comptroller, at 413-542-8553 or Kathryn Bryne, Director of Human Resources, at 413-542-2372.
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Diversity & Inclusion Blog Now Open; Share Thoughts on Be Heard
Have ideas you want to discuss regarding the issues raised at "Be Heard"? Do you have strategies for change that you would like to propose? Share your thoughts on the Diversity & Inclusion blog, available here:
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Jazz@Schwemm's Series Information
The Spring 2008 listing of performances affiliated with the Jazz@Schwemm's performance series is out. We will feature all six of our jazz combos, as well as Professor Dick Poccia and our venerable jazz voice instructor Ann Maggs. All performance will be on Tuesdays except for Ann Maggs, who will perform on Thursday, March 13. Upcoming performances include: March 4: Eclectic Jazz Quartet featuring Professor Poccia; March 13: Ann Maggs and Friends; April 1: AC Combos Jazzdrive and Harry Potter & Prisoners of Jazz Kaban; April 8: EJQ featuring Rob Faulkner on trumpet; and April 15: AC Combos Black Coffee and Sea Biscuits. All performances are free and open to the public.
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Alumnus Leaves Amherst $23 Million; Bequest Single Largest in School's
Dwight Goldthorpe, an Amherst College alumnus who died last year, has left his alma mater $23 million for the school's campus. Representing two-thirds of the donor's residuary estate, the bequest is the single largest in Amherst's history.
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Neuroscience Professor J.P. Baird Awarded Three-Year, $237,000 NIH Grant
Amherst College's J.P. Baird, professor of psychology in the school's neuroscience program, has been awarded a three-year, $237,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding will support Baird's studies of how the brain regulates food intake.
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(Date Change) Applying to Law School March 4
Students considering applying to law school should attend this workshop with Pre-law Advisor Dean Bekki Lee on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center. Learn about testing, application processes, time lines and more. This program will be repeated throughout the semester.

Economics Speaker March 5
On Wednesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Professor Hilary Williamson-Hoynes will be giving a talk on "Consumption Responses to In-Kind Transfers: Evidence from the Introduction of the Food Stamp Program." Hoynes is a Professor of Economics at the University of California at Davis. She specializes in labor and public economics and works primarily on issues related to welfare, the EITC and food stamps. Her visit is sponsored by the Economics Department.

What's New in Physics Talk March 5
On Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 2, Dr. Dan Greenberger of The City College of New York will speak on "What did Max Planck Actually do in 1900?" A reception will follow; the public is welcome.
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Internships - The Basics March 5
Are you just starting to think about a summer internship? Not even sure what that means? Join Dean Debra Krumholz for this info session on the basics of Finding an Internship. If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. The workshop will be held Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Immigration Debate: The Case for Welcoming Immigrants-- and Who is Hurt March 5
Rick Swartz '72, President of Strategic Solutions Washington, and Carol Swain, Professor of Law and Politics at Vanderbilt University, will discuss immigration on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. Mr. Swartz has spent much of his career building coalitions in support of immigrants. In 1981, he founded the National Immigration Forum, the nation's most influential advocacy organization on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Professor Swain is an award-winning author whose most recent book is Debating Immigration. She has been concerned with the problem of illegal immigration, especially how it may cut against the interests of African Americans. This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.

Steps to Study Abroad March 6
Students interested in studying abroad are invited to attend this informational session. Learn about application processes, deadlines and more. Join Director of International Experience Dean Janna Behrens on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. This program will be repeated throughout the semester.

Religious Nationalism & Democratic Politics in India, with Shabnam Hashmi March 6
On Thursday, March 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in Campus Center 174-176, Shabnam Hashmi will give a talk entitled "Religious Nationalism and Democratic Politics in India: Lessons from Gujarat." Hashmi, founder and director of ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) is amongst the foremost figures in the political battles around secularism and religious fundamentalism in India today. Her experiences in the Indian state of Gujarat have put her in a unique position to understand the continued statewide electoral success of the right-wing Hindu nationalist party, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). She will also share her experiences from her advocacy work, especially with women survivors of the violence in Gujarat.

Student Iron Chef Contest March 6
Stop by Valentine and watch four student teams compete for the Grand Prize--a $150 gift certificate to Judie's. The contest begins at 5 p.m. and judging will be at 6:15 p.m. in the Upper Terrace.

Physics Seminar March 6
On Thursday, March 6, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Dr. Dan Greenberger, City College of New York, will speak on "New Approaches to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) Paradox, Since John Bell." Tea/cookies will be served at 4:15 in Merrill 204.
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Philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt March 6
Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus in the department of philosophy at Princeton University, will give a talk titled "Inadvertence and Responsibility" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Organized by the Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, Frankfurt's talk and a reception afterwards are both free and open to the public.
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Human Rights Lunch March 6
Come learn about and discuss the future of human rights activism and women and human rights activism with Professor Sitze and Professor Saxton over lunch on Thursday, March 6, in the Friedman Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Author Adam Haslett To Read His Work March 6
Author Adam Haslett will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College's Fayerweather Hall. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
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Why AIDS Is a Feminist Issue March 6
Emily Rigmont from Massachusetts for Microbicides, a group working for the distribution of biotech anti-AIDS substances, will be speaking about why AIDS is a feminist issue at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium directly after the GROW video on Thursday, March 6.

2007-08 Faculty Colloquium Series: Whitey Hagadorn March 7
On Friday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m., Assistant Professor of Geology Whitey Hagadorn will present "Inside the First Animals." This 2007-08 Faculty Colloquium Series event will be held in the Faerber Room of Lewis-Sebring.
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Lacuna Park by Jonah Shepp '08 March 5-8
"Lacuna Park" by Jonah Shepp '08 is directed by Michael Birtwistle and will be performed March 5-8 at 8 p.m. in Studio 3 of Webster Hall. Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended; call the Box Office at 413-542-2278. A stranger arrives in Lacuna Park and discovers he is not the only "strange" one there. An assortment of lost souls, with pasts as obscure as his own, inhabit this place named for missing information: "lacuna." But in the park, nothing is as it seems, so even the revelation of a particularly dark secret leaves everyone with more questions than answers. The familiar is strange and the strange is unsettlingly familiar in this tale of odd couplings, romance, religious hysteria, vendetta and litigation. And, oh, there's a mermaid.

2008-09 Applications for the Russian House Now Accepted; Deadline March 7
The Russian Department is accepting applications to the Russian House (Porter) for 2008-09. The application deadline is March 7. Application forms and more information regarding the Russian Theme House are available on the Residential Life Web site at

Free Bus to NYC Not-for-Profit Fair at Columbia March 7
Amherst students are among a select group invited to attend the NYC Not-for-Profit & International Career Fair at Columbia on Friday, March 7. This is an excellent fair with lots of great organizations. The Amherst College Career Center will be providing bus service to the fair. The bus will depart from Converse at 7:30 a.m. Friday, arriving at Columbia by 11:30. The bus will leave New York at 3 p.m., returning to Amherst by 7 p.m., in time for dinner at Val. Sign-ups for the bus are in the Career Center, and students should give a $20 deposit when they sign up, returnable on the trip home. Please dress neatly--business casual is best. Bring your résumé!
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Spoken Word Artist Kelly Tsai Performs March 7
To celebrate the last day of Engagement Week, come see Kelly Tsai, a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based, Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist who has featured at over 250 performances worldwide, including three seasons of HBO's award-winning "Russell Simmons' Def Poetry," on Friday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Dessert will be served.
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America Reads Spring Semester Extensive Training Workshop March 8
For students working through the America Reads tutoring program, this is an extensive training workshop (ETW) offered once per semester. It is required of all tutors. Taught by faculty from the five colleges and area teachers, the ETW equips you as a tutor with detailed tutoring strategies, ideas for projects and lessons, a place to meet and share ideas with other tutors and an opportunity to ask questions related to the level of students you are tutoring. The training lasts for one four-hour session, and as with the Overview Training, you will be paid for participating. The ETW is March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Converse Hall, Porter Lounge. Please register online by e-mailing
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Mead Art Museum Presents The Chuck Close Assembly Line March 9
Sunday, March 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host a gallery talk titled "The Chuck Close Assembly Line," in conjunction with the current exhibit on display, Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000. The talk, which describes the behind-the-scenes work of three young artists who produced 22 woodblocks for one of Close's self-portrait prints, is free and open to the public.
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Engagement Week T-shirts in the Campus Center This Week
Pick up your Engagement Week Issue T-shirts in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while they last. Then write an issue you care about on it and send wear it on Friday, March 7! While you're picking up your T-shirt, learn more about Engagement Week issue days and events.
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Biology Department Lecture March 10
Charles E. Bullerwell, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University, will present "RNA Editing in Plants and Fungi" on Monday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Capitol Hill Panel March 10
Come listen to your peers' experiences on Capitol Hill! Learn how to get internships on Capitol Hill and get advice about where to live and what to do when you're in D.C. for the summer! A variety of fields will be represented. The panel will take place on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Amherst College Career Center (1st Floor, College Hall).

Castro the Second?: Change and Continuity in Post-Fidel Cuba March 10
We would like to invite you all to an interview/discussion with Professor Corrales entitled "Castro the Second?: Change and Continuity in post-Fidel Cuba". This discussion will take place in the Paino Lecture Room of the Earth Sciences building on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The event is co-organized by the International Students' Association and La Causa and sponsored by the Spanish Department. Light refreshments will be served.

Activities Culminating in Performance of War Requiem March 8; Tickets May Be Reserved Now
The Amherst College Department of Music will host a series of activities culminating in a rare performance of Benjamin Britten's powerful "War Requiem" on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in the school's Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert will have reserved seating, with tickets available for reservation beginning Feb. 25.
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Fall 2008 Campus Center Manager Positions Available; Apply by March 10
The Keefe Campus Center/Student Activities Office is accepting applications for fall 2008 Campus Center Manager positions. Campus Center Manager applications and job description can be found in Campus Center Room 107 from Feb. 25 to March 10. Please submit completed applications by noon on March 10 in Campus Center Room 107.

Amherst Regional Middle School is Seeking Volunteer Math Tutors
The Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) is seeking several Amherst College Students to help tutor 8th graders who are currently taking algebra. Amherst College math tutors will come to the school for a couple of hours each week during the school day to work alongside ARMS faculty in tutoring an enthusiastic group of 8th grade students. Scheduling is extremely flexible, and Federal Work Study is also available. All those interested are encouraged to contact Amherst Regional Middle School co-principal Mike Hayes at with your availability.

RecycleMania Week Four Results
The data for week four of RecycleMania 2008 has been posted. The good news is that Amherst continues to do well in this competition. (We participate in the Per-Capita Classic, the original RecycleMania competition.) Amherst is still #1 in Massachusetts (among the nine schools participating), leading such peers as Williams, Tufts, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Smith and UMass. We are still second among the NESCAC schools, trailing only Connecticut College. We are still within the top 10 percent of schools nationally (tied for 13th of 158 schools).
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Money Management and Your Future March 11
Students, do you ever ask yourself: Where does all my money go? Can credit card debt really haunt me for years? Am I ready for financial independence? It's your money and your future, so start off on the right foot! Come to a workshop to help you manage your money. "Money Management and Your Future" will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115). Come get the advice of Amy Jamrog, Financial Advisor and Managing Director of The Jamrog Group, part of the Northwest Mutual Financial Network.

Asian Culture House--Application Extension to March 11
Asian Culture House is still accepting online applications. The extended application date is Tuesday, March 11. Interviews will be conducted from 9 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. Those who have applied but not interviewed should please come sign up for a 15-minute slot within that period. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board of ACH (4th floor in Moore) shortly.
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Gender and the 2008 Democratic Primary March 11
On Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m., the Amherst Feminist Alliance and the Amherst College Democrats will be sponsoring a discussion on "Gender and the 2008 Democratic Primary" in the Friedmann Room. Professor Martha Saxton will be moderating the discussion. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Travel Immunizations for Amherst College Students
Amherst College students planning to travel abroad (other than in Canada or Europe), may update their immunizations before leaving. Immunity after vaccination may take up to four weeks, and some immunizations are in a series of three injections. Therefore, contact the Keefe Health Center at 413/542-2267 to schedule an appointment six to eight weeks in advance with Diane Norman, NP, to discuss needs.

Professor Leah D. Hewitt Publishes New Book on French Film
Leah D. Hewitt, professor of French at Amherst College, has just published "Remembering the Occupation in French Film: National Identity in Postwar Europe" ($75, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), as part of the Study in European Culture and History series.
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Noah Isserman '07 Named Gates Cambridge Scholar
Noah Isserman of Urbana, Ill., Amherst College Class of 2007, has been named a 2008 Gates Cambridge Scholar. Isserman numbers among just 45 students in the country and 100 students worldwide to receive the prestigious award, which will subsidize all of his expenses for a year of study toward a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Cambridge in England.
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Recyclemania—Week 5 Update
The data for week five of RecycleMania 2008 has been posted. Amherst continues to do well in this competition. (We participate in the Per- Capita Classic, the original RecycleMania competition). Amherst has once again cracked the top 10 (9th of 158 schools) nationally. Amherst is still #1 in Massachusetts (among the nine schools participating), leading such peers as Williams, Tufts, Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Smith and UMASS. We are still second among the NESCAC schools, and are closing the gap with Connecticut College.
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Law and Science, Science and Law Seminar Series: Michael J. Saks March 12
On Wednesday, March 12, in Clark House 100 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Law and Science, Science and Law seminar series is sponsoring Michael J. Saks, professor of law and psychology, and faculty fellow, Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, on the topic of "Questioning Forensic Science Evidence."
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Human Rights Activism: Hope for Children March 12
Pluralist photographer Eric Gottesman and filmmaker Daniel Negatu present their work with Hope for Children, a registered NGO in Ethiopia that houses and treats orphans with HIV/AIDS. These human rights activists and artists have given cameras to the Hope for Children orphans so that they may represent their own stories rather than submitting to representations of themselves that can deepen the stigma of their illness and/or represent them as victims. Please join us on Wednesday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 117. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and Spanish.
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Faculty Invited to Visit Open Classes Feb. 21, 26, 28 and March 13
The Open Classroom Program continues this spring. Professor O'Hara invites faculty visitors to attend a session of Biophysics 28, "Molecular and Cellular Basis of Biophysics," in Merrill 403 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. This is a new course, being taught by Professors O'Hara and Darnton, a one-year visiting faculty member in the Physics Department. Visitors are also welcome to attend one or more sessions of Professor Christian Rogowski's class, "The Joyful Apocalypse: Vienna around 1900," (German 51, taught in English), which meets in Barrett 102 at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, Thursday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 13. Rogowski also invites visitors to join him for lunch in Lewis-Sebring after one of the classes.
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German Film Series: Winnetou March 13
A legendary western done German-style, "Winnetou" follows noble Apache chief Winnetou (Pierre Brice) as he is helped by a German adventurer, Old Shatterhand (Lex Barker), in a fight against the criminal exploits of unscrupulous railroad tycoons. The film will be shown March 13 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.
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Author Victoria Redel to Read Her Work at Amherst Books March 13
Author Victoria Redel will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
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Susan Goldstine '93 to Discuss Topology March 13
"You have heard of Fortunatus's Purse, Miladi? Ah, so! Would you be surprised to hear that, with three of these leetle handerkerchiefs, you shall make the PUrse of Fortunatus, quite soon, quite easily?" -- Lewis Carroll. In the mathematical wonderland of topology, we can hold the entire world in a bottle or in a purse. We will assemble this purse, dissect it, rearrange it, and see what it has to tell us about how our world fits together. Susan Goldstine '93 of St. Mary's College of Maryland will deliver a lecture titled "Fortunatus's Purse and the Wealth of the World" on Thursday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, with refreshments beforehand at 3:30 in Seeley Mudd 208.
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Biology Department Lecture March 13 (Location Change)
Amy L. Springer, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College, will present "Sensing and Responding to the Host: Studies with African Sleeping Sickness and Malaria Parasites" on Thursday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in Merrill 131.

Florestan Trio to Perform March 13
The Music at Amherst Concert Series presents the Florestan Trio on Thursday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through the Amherst College Concert Office.
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CAO Chinese Banned Movie Series No.1 - Devils on the Door Step March 13
Joe McGovern of Premiere magazine calls this film "A wartime farce alternately comic and gut-wrenching." Winner of the Grand Jury Prizernat the Cannes Film Festival, and banned in its native country due to its ambiguous political stance, Jiang Wen's ravishingly photographed anti-war epic is set in 1945 in a Japanese-occupied rural Chinese village. The film's rich, bold cinematography is matched only by its approach to the subject matter, which, in turn, attracted the unwanted attention of the Chinese censors who ultimately banned it from Chinese screens. It will be shown March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 113, sponsored by the Chinese Awareness Oganization. Popcorn served!

Faculty Lunch: Teaching Student Research: A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration March 14
On Friday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, the subject of the Teaching and Advising Lunch for faculty will be Teaching Student Research: A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration. The topic will be presented by Jessica Reyes from the Economics Department and Susan Edwards from the Frost Library, who will discuss their experiences with this collaborative approach. They suggest that this process could be similarly productive in other disciplines. A buffet lunch will be served. Questions about these lunches and suggestions for topics to address in the future should be sent to Amrita Basu at
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Latham Internships; Apply by April 4
The Department of Political Science will be awarding stipends this spring for the Latham Summer Internship. These stipends are awarded each year to Amherst students who are seeking to spend the summer working as interns in Washington, D.C., in offices of the federal government, or in other positions in the public service. Submit a copy of your college transcript, along with a statement (no longer than two pages) describing the internship you are pursuing and your reasons for pursuing it. Applications should be sent to the office of the Department and directed to: Theresa Laizer, Latham Internships, Box 2259. Deadline for applications is April 4.
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Charles Hamilton Houston Prize for Seniors and E's; Deadline April 18
The Charles Hamilton Houston Prize is an annual monetary gift awarded to a 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 U.S. Candidates are required to 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?" In addition, each candidate is required to submit a list of activities and/or work experience that illustrates his or her commitment to this ideal. Essays should be submitted to the President's Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Apri1 18.

Write or Edit for the New CCE Publication!
Students involved (or interested in becoming involved) with the Center for Community Engagement are starting a new publication! Writing and editing positions are available to students interested in making a commitment. We are also looking for a few tech-savvy students for Web site development. The publication will likely include news from the CCE and the Community Engagement Leaders and Fellows; coverage of special service events on campus; updates on student group projects; student, faculty and alumni engagement narratives; and discussion threads for student feedback. If you are interested in being involved or have any questions, please contact Emily Shinay at

Stonewall Prize Competition Deadline April 18
The Stonewall Committee invites student submissions for the 2008 Stonewall Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the Amherst College student whose work offers substantial and exceptional commentary on some facet of bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, queer or transgendered experience. Submissions may take a number of forms: prose, poetry, fiction, drama, videos, films, art projects, photography or 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 18 and are to be mailed to the Stonewall Prize Committee, AC #2208, or delivered to the Office of the President.

Theater and Dance Department Deadline to Request Space Use March 30
Requests for student groups to use Kirby or Holden Theaters for fall 2008 are due in writing by March 30. Requests should be e-mailed to Linda Celi at In May, the Theater and Dance Department will review all requests received by the deadline date.

English Department Prize Submissions Due April 7
Submissions for the English Department prizes to be awarded this spring will be accepted in the Department office, Johnson Chapel 1, until April 7. For complete descriptions of the various prizes, please see the English Department's Web site.
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Student Life Fellow Position Available; Apply by March 17
The Dean of Students Office invites applications for the Student Life Fellow position. This Green Dean will serve as a liaison for community college transfer students and low- income students. The Student Life Fellow will work to develop and coordinate support services designed to ease these students' transition to Amherst and enhance the academic and social experience for all transfer students. Any interested applicant should submit a résumé, a cover letter and the names of three references to Dean Charri Boykin-East, Coordinator of Academic Support Services, AC #2206, or Applications are due on Monday, March 17.

Student Workers Needed for Commencement and Reunion
The Offices of Alumni and Parent Programs, Dining Services, Physical Plant and Public Affairs need student workers from May 18 to June 1. The departments must share a pool of workers, and many students can work in a variety of jobs for several departments. All student workers must file an I-9 form with the Financial Aid Office before May 18. All students hired as class assistants must complete an alcohol safety training course in the spring. Applications are available at as well as Valentine, Keefe Campus Center, the Public Affairs Office in Converse Hall, Physical Plant and Smith House. Questions? Contact Anthony Jack '07 at or 413-542-8226.
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Keefe Health Center's Hours during Spring Recess
The Keefe Health Center will close for the Spring Recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24. Amherst College students remaining in the local area who have a medical emergency should contact the Campus Police at 413/542-2111. Students who have urgent care needs should contact the University Health Services (UHS) at 413/577-5000. The Urgent Care Unit at the UHS will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight during the week of Spring Recess. They will be closed between midnight and 8 a.m. starting Friday, March 14, at midnight and continuing until Sunday, March 23, at 8 a.m. A telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 from midnight to 8 a.m., and a physician can be contacted if needed. UHS Pharmacy Hours during the Spring Recess are March 17 to 21, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Transportation to the UHS needs to be arranged with the Amherst College Campus Police at 413/542-2291.

Mead Art Museum Presents New Exhibition of Russian Art March 13-Jan. 4
The Mead Art Museum will present "Celebrating a Transforming Legacy: Russian Art from the Collection of Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937," a special installation of 11 highlights from the collection organized in memory of its namesake, an extraordinary benefactor to Amherst College. Opening March 13, the presentation will remain on view through January 4, 2009.
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Juniors: Apply Now to be a Peer Career Advisor; Deadline April 18
The Career Center is currently accepting applications for Peer Career Advisors. If you enjoy helping people, like to write, solve problems and host events while getting paid, this might be the perfect job for you! You will learn about various career paths, hear about job opportunities and learn best practices that may help you throughout your life. The application process and job descriptions are available on Experience. You must apply by April 18 through Experience.

Arts and Communication Fellowship Available – Application Deadline April 4
The Career Center will be giving out several small awards to help make it possible for students to do summer internships in the arts and/or communications. Examples of the fields that would fit the requirements for this fellowship are internships in advertising, marketing, writing for a magazine or newspaper, theatre, film, tv, art or history museum work. Applications will be available on the Career Center website on Monday, March 17. All current Amherst College students are eligible to apply.

Panel Discussion on the Psychology Thesis Experience March 24
Please join several current psychology thesis students and Professor Sanderson on Monday, March 24, from 8 to 9 p.m. in Merrill 309 for a panel discussion about the thesis experience. Topics addressed will include who should do a thesis, why one should (or should not) do a thesis and how to make the thesis experience a good one. Please check the psychology Web page for more information on available advisors and topics.
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James Ceaser to Discuss Foundational Ideas in the Life of American Political Parties March 24
James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, will give a lecture titled "Foundational Ideas in the Life of American Political Parties" on Monday, March 24, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room. Professor Ceaser has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development. He is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America. This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.

Biology Department Lecture March 24
Tanya G. Falbel, Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present "Cytokinesis and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Development: Learning from Arabidopsis Stomatal Cytokinesis Defective Mutants" on Monday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Doris Sommer to Speak on March 24
Doris Sommer will give a lecture titled "Becoming Bogota: A Program in Creative Civility" on Monday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115. Sommer is the Harvard University Ira Jewell Williams Professor Romance Languages and Literatures and director of graduate studies in Spanish. She is also the author of "Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education" (Duke University Press, 2004) and "Proceed with Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas" (Harvard University Press, 1999). This lecture is sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Amherst College Spanish Department and is free and open to the public. A short reception will follow the lecture.
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First Deadline for Summer Internship Funding Applications March 25
Apply for funding for your summer internship through the Center for Community Engagement's Public Service Internship Program: Fellowships for Action. Funding will cover some housing, food and travel expenses and a small stipend. Funding guidelines and the application are available on the CCE website under Fellowships for Action. Apply to the first application round by March 25 or to the second by April 18. Please contact Debra Krumholz (, 413-542-5140) with questions or to schedule an appointment.
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Junior Class Members Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
The following are members of the Class of 2009 have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa: John S. Barbieri, Michael D. Neff, Michael A. Solomon and Zandra E. Walton. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization.

Poetry Scholar Speaks March 25
The Emily Dickinson Museum's "Replenishing the Shelves" lecture series continues with guest speaker Vincent Petronella on March 25 at 7 p.m. Petronella will deliver a talk titled "Emily Dickinson and the Brownings: A Triad of Poets" at the Amherst's Woman's Club on Triangle Street. There is no charge for this program, but donations are appreciated.
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Research of Biology Professor Ethan Temeles in Permanent Smithsonian Exhibit
Scientists at the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History have chosen to feature the studies of Amherst College biology professor Ethan Temeles in an exhibition explaining co-adaptation in animals and plants. The exhibit, titled Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution, is a permanent one and will likely remain in its current location for at least 20 years, according to museum administrators.
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Emily Dickinson Museum Open for the 2008 Season
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has opened for its 2008 season with expanded hours and exciting new programming. The museum, which is made up of two homes-the Homestead, where the poet was born and lived for 40 years, and The Evergreens, where Emily Dickinson's brother Austin lived with his family-is open March through December from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. June through August, the museum is open for special expanded hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Amherst Biology Professor Michael Hood Receives $690,000 NSF CAREER Award
Amherst College's Michael Hood, professor of biology, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The five-year, $690,000 prize will enable Hood to continue his research on disease transmission and genomics-studies that may one day better explain how common illnesses function.
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Financial Aid Renewal for 2008-09; Deadline April 25
Applications for renewal of financial aid for 2008-09 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 If you have questions about financial aid at Amherst or the procedure for applying, contact the Office of Financial Aid, B-5 Converse Hall; Telephone 2781 from on campus or (413) 542-2296 from off campus.
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Financial Aid and Study Abroad/Study Away
Students who receive any form of financial aid and who are planning on studying away from Amherst this spring should set an appointment with Dean Kate Gentile in the Office of Financial Aid, B-5 Converse Hall, to discuss their plans. This applies to either study abroad or study at another U.S. institution. Students can use their financial aid for study elsewhere if the program is approved by the college for full credit. Note that even if you only receive an outside scholarship, student loan, or parent loan, you should set an appointment to arrange for transfer of these resources to the study-away program. Call the Office of Financial Aid at extension 2781 from on campus or (413)542- 2296 from off campus.
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Professor Ilán Stavans to Debut New Play, The Disappearance, This Month
Amherst College's Ilán Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five-College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, will debut his newest work, a play titled "The Disappearance," in workshop presentations at the Double Edge Theater in Ashfield, Mass., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 to Saturday, March 22, and Thursday, March 27 to Saturday, March 29, with an additional matinee on March 29 at 2 p.m. Immediately following the performances, Stavans and the cast will discuss the production with the audience and take questions. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors; group rates are available.
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Biology Department Lecture April 21 - CANCELED
The April 21 lecture by Farish A. Jenkins Jr. of Harvard University is canceled.

Greek Historian Paul Cartledge March 27
Professor Cartledge Speaks on "Herodotus: A Personal Odyssey." A professor of Greek History, Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge and Visiting Professor at New York University, Professor Cartledge has written widely on the ancient Greek world, including most recently "Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World" (Vintage Books). Following the talk in Stirn Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. there will be a reception in the Rotherwas Room of the Mead Art Museum. The lecture is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Five College Classics Departments and is free and open to the public.
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Mark Hansen of UCLA to Speak on Words to Look at: Statistics & Media Art March 26
This talk will first present a handful of artworks that are non-traditional data visualizations. They are art that take their energy from data and become almost portraits of people, processes and institutions. The main focus will be on an artwork recently completed in collaboration with Ben Rubin (EAR Studio) and installed in the lobby of the new New York Times building in Manhattan. For context, Hansen will discuss some student work from the Design|Media Art class he teaches and some upcoming work planned with Ben Rubin. The talk will end with a view of what these works mean in terms of the current divide between professional and non-professional practices of data collection and analysis. It will take place in Seeley Mudd 206 on Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m.
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Meeting for Amherst Review Literary Journal March 26
Help revive an Amherst literary tradition! For more than 30 years, writers and artists from all over the world have submitted poetry, fiction and photography to be published in "The Amherst Review." Unfortunately, for the past three academic years, the journal has not been published. But the submissions are still pouring in! Students who plan to be on campus for 2008-09 and who would like to help edit and publish an issue in 2009 are invited to a planning meeting in the Keefe Campus Center, Room 207, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26. Questions? E-mail Katherine Duke '05 (the last Editor-in-Chief of the "Review" and now a staff member in Public Affairs) at

Women's History Month Lecture March 26
In honor of Women's History Month, the library is pleased to announce the 2008 Amherst College Library Women's History Month Lecture in Archives and Special Collections on Wednesday, March 26, at 4 p.m. Come join us for a dynamic discussion with three extraordinary women of Amherst College. Professor Rose Olver, Professor Helen Von Schmidt '78 and Stephanie Gounder '08 will discuss their time here as students, faculty and alumni of the college. A reception will follow. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Library.

Economics Speaker March 26
On Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon, Professor Robert Boyer from the Paris School of Economics will be giving a lecture on "The Sub-Prime Lending Crisis: Implications for the European Union and the U.S." Boyer has written widely on financial evolution, institutional developments in Europe, macroeconomic theory and policy and technical change. His visit is sponsored by the UMass Political Economy Research Institute, the UMass Economics Theory Workshop, the Economics Departments of Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College and Five Colleges, Inc.

The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today Gallery Talk at Mead Art Museum March 27
On Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum, there will be a gallery talk by Exhibition Curator Carol Solomon Kiefer, Resident Artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Amherst College Copeland Fellows Daniel Kojo and Entang Wiharso. A reception will follow. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.
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Physics Seminar March 27
Thursday, March 27 at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Dr. Tatsu Takeuchi of Virginia Polytechnic Institute will speak. Tea/cookies will be served at 4:15 in Merrill 204.
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Author Stephanie Grant to Hold Reading at Amherst Books March 27
Author Stephanie Grant will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
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Philosopher David Owens Lecture March 27
David Owens, professor of philosophy at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, will give a talk titled "Freedom and Practical Judgment" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in Pruyne Lecture Hall. Organized by the Department of Philosophy and part of the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science Lecture Series on the Philosophy and Science of Freedom, Owens's talk is free and open to the public.
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Multicultural Resource Center Open Meeting March 27
What should the Multicultural Resource Center look like? What should it do? Learn more about the proposed Multicultural Resource Center and share your thoughts about the creation of the center. Join this historic conversation, Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall. A reception will follow.

Gandhi and His Religious Roots Lecture March 27
Professor Lawrence A. Babb of the Amherst College Department of Anthropology and Sociology will explore the influence of Hinduism and Jainism on Gandhi's life and work to secure India's independence. The interactive lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion, and will be held Thursday, March 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. This event is sponsored by the Multifaith Council.

Greek Historian Cartledge to Discuss "Herodotus: A Personal Odyssey" March 27
Paul Cartledge, professor of Greek history and fellow of Clare College at the University of Cambridge as well as visiting professor at New York University, will give a talk titled "Herodotus: A Personal Odyssey" in Amherst College's Stirn Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. A reception will follow in the Rotherwas Room of the Mead Art Museum. Both the talk and reception are free and open to the public.
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CBS News to Broadcast Live from the Quad March 28
CBS News' national morning program, The Early Show, will broadcast live from the main quad from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 28. The program will be on campus filming Amherst as we play Middlebury College in an earthbound game of "quidditch," the sport involving wizards and flying brooms made famous by the author J.K. Rowling in her popular Harry Potter novels. The event is free and open to all; costumes, signs and banners are encouraged. Stop by, cheer on the Amherst team, and appear on national television!

Northeast Intercollegiate Quidditch Tour Comes to Amherst March 28
On Friday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., members from the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association will be on the Freshman Quad to demonstrate how to play a game on the ground. Begun at Middlebury, Muggle Quidditch has become something of a phenomenon on college campuses around the country. If successful, this event could lead to a team being started at the College. So come and learn how to play the sport that originated from the Harry Potter series!

Grassroots Campaigns Info Session March 27, Interviews March 28
Grassroots Campaigns is an independent organization that does strategic consulting, fundraising and field organizing for good causes and candidates. We specialize in building and running face-to-face outreach operations in neighborhoods and in high-traffic public venues to build support for groups, issues and campaigns. Seniors interested in learning about opportunities with the organization are invited to come to this info session on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center. Interviews will take place the following day. Sign up in Experience.

Making a Difference While Making a Living Panel March 28
Please join members of the Class of '69 who have made their passion for social justice the foundation of their careers. Panelists include pediatrician and maternal and child health (MCH) leader Richard Aronson '69, currently the director of the Center for Humane Worlds for Child and Youth Health; Justin Grimes '69, who has found personal fulfillment in his more than 35-year law career by fighting for the disempowered and often desperate through immigration and disability law; and Daniel Goldstein '69, a founding partner of the firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, which has focused on combining high-impact public interest cases with earning a living. This event takes place in the Career Center on Friday, March 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Research Workshop for First-Year Students March 30
Panicked about your first research paper at college? Get started now! The Academic Peer Mentors invite all first-years to the Research Workshop on Sunday, March 30, from 8 to 9 p.m. in Frost Library's Barker Room. You will learn all you need to know about research. Bring your paper topic with you if you have one! The APMs and the librarians will brainstorm with you and guide you through the steps to conduct research. Even if you don't have a paper topic now, it's never too late to start learning how and where you can find the best resources to write a good research paper!

Register Now for Amherst College Spring Colloquia April 4 and 5
April 4 and 5 brings Boston University professor of international relations and former U.S. Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich to discuss the National Draft with 2004 presidential candidate and retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark. The colloquia includes two days of lectures and a free, public, open-forum debate. Sign-ups are first-come, first-served, and limited to 40 people. Register at the address below.
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Biology Professor Jill Miller Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Assistant Professor of Biology Jill Miller and Adjunct Assistant Professor Rachel Levin have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for travel to China in Summer 2008. The funding, which is a supplement to their current NSF grant, will allow travel for Miller, Levin and biology honors student Julian Damashek '09 and support ongoing studies of relationships within the tomato family and evolutionary genetics of mating system genes.
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Office of Admission Summer Intern Positions; Apply by April 2
The Office of Admission invites you to apply for a position as a summer office intern. All members of the Classes of '11, '10 and '09 are eligible for these positions. Summer office interns give daily tours, assist deans in group information sessions and perform general office duties, including filing, data entry and reception work. Positions begin on Monday, June 2, and end in late August. The salary is $8.50/hour for a 35-hour week, and campus housing is included. If interested, please complete an application form and attach a letter of interest and a resume and return these materials to the Office of Admission (Box 2231, attn. Tiffani Hooper) no later than Wednesday, April 2. Interviews will be held on the week of April 14.

Relay For Life + Luminaria!
If you would like to help the Five College Relay for Life raise money to fight back against cancer or have your loved one recognized at Relay this year, please visit narnl&fr_id=7252 to purchase a Luminaria. Luminaria, paper lanterns that hold candles and are decorated with the names and/or picture of loved ones, are the focus of the remembrance ceremony at Relay for Life. The lighted bags line the Amherst College track, where Relay takes place, and spell out HOPE and CURE on the bleachers surrounding the track.
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