Pindar Field Dinner Series 2013-2014
The Pindar Field Dinner Series started a new school year with a new name and a new effort to include all ages. Eleven dinners are planned for 2013-14 with six of the dinners being held for the under-21 students and some of the dinners planned for “themed” gatherings.
December 6, 2013
Cullen Murphy ’74, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Amherst College, free-lance writer and editor at Vanity Fair spoke at Lewis Sebring on this dark and rainy night. We had a fulll house as Murphy recounted his early days at Amherst with his initial goal of pre-med and the steps he encountered on his way to being a writer.
November 15, 2013
Lewis Sebring was the dinner location for this event, and virgin cosmos and venison were the features on the menu. The students had the opportunity to hear Kim Townsend, the Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus speak about his new manuscript. The students were regaled with comments on the years of President William Ward. Townsend commented that it was okay for a professor to be arrested on a “sit-in,” but it was not so acceptable to have the president arrested.
October 25, 2013
Frank Couvares, the E. Dwight Salmon Professor of American Studies, addressed the Alumni House gathering on Oct. 25.Couvares spoke about the early days of Chapel Talks and how the college has changed. His final message encouraged the students to find their personal passion.
October 4, 2013
The Fieldhouse at Pratt Field was the location for the second dinner, and the first dinner for the “under 21” students here at Amherst College. Economics Professor Jun Ishii spoke about the 2002 Donald Rumsfeld speech including the famous quote...“there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns—there are things we do not know we don't know.” Ishii brought the quote into an everyday context with a variety of modern illustrations. Amherst College Executive Chef Jeremy Roush spent time talking about the menu and visited with all of the students to take questions.
September 20, 2013
The first dinner was held on the Roof Top Terrace of the Lord Jeffery Inn with Professor Frederick Griffiths, the Class of 1880 Professor in Greek and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Professor Griffiths addressing the students on “Rejection.” His talk focused on a manuscript that he and a colleague submitted for publishing and he detailed the trials of publication. Lord Jeffery Inn General Manager Robert Reeves spoke about the local food sourcing and the wines that were selected to go with each course. See photos.