Amherst Class Explores the Theories, Realities of Growing Old

Submitted on Tuesday, 1/8/2013, at 11:13 AM

By Caroline Hanna

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Gigi Green and Kaitlyn McInnis '13 had lunch at Valentine Dining Hall recently.

To see them eating a meal together, you might think Kaitlyn McInnis ’13 and Amherst resident Gigi Green make an odd couple: McInnis is 21 and Green is 88.

But the pair has many things in common. Both women are regular exercisers: Green frequents the Planet Fitness Gym in nearby Hadley and McInnis is a forward on the college’s hockey team. Both enjoy meditating. And both have deep interests in history, particularly World War II.

A Chemical Conviction: Emily Dickinson and Science

Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:45 AM

“Your welcome letter found me all engrossed in the history of Sulphuric Acid!!!!!”

—Emily Dickinson, first-year student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, writing to her brother Austin, February 17, 1848.

Emily Dickinson, scientist?

Nighmarish Fantasy and Gruesome History: "Witches" Class Examines Folklore and Fact

Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:47 AM

By William Sweet

As Halloween approaches, witches fly through our imaginations, flitting through Western culture on a broomstick ride through children’s stories, TV sitcoms and movies. Witches are older than Christianity and as current as a Broadway musical hit. 

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Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:46 AM

Acting Like Animals

Ethan Clotfelter, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and chair of the Department of Biology, answers questions about his course Biology 281: “Animal Behavior.” He taught the course last semester and will offer it again in Fall 2013.

Interview and photos by Rob Mattson

"The Psychology of Good & Evil"

Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:46 AM

By Katherine Duke ’05

Last year, a 2-year-old in Foshan, China, wandered into the road, where vehicles repeatedly struck her, and for a full 10 minutes thereafter, not one of the many passersby stopped to help the child; she died of her injuries a week later. In Guyana in 1978, hundreds of members of the “Jonestown Cult” fatally poisoned themselves and their children at the urging of leader Jim Jones. In the 1930s and 1940s, more than 23,000 non-Jews in at least 45 countries risked their lives to aid, hide and protect Jewish people, even as the Nazis were committing systematic mass murder.

"Numbers Rule the World"

Submitted on Monday, 11/19/2012, at 11:46 AM

In 2010, Jerome Himmelstein, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology, launched “a numbers course that wasn’t about numbers.” With the Spring 2012 semester coming to a close, he discussed his Mellon Seminar, “Numbers Rule the World.”

Below are edited excerpts from an interview with Katherine Duke ’05.


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Making History Come Alive

Submitted on Saturday, 3/17/2012, at 9:57 AM

March 19, 2012

By Jenny Morgan, staff writer for the Center for Community Engagement; edited by the Public Affairs staff

Like any good history course, “Immigrant City”—which focuses on nearby Holyoke, Mass.—requires its participants to immerse themselves in their research. But this semester, the class is taking this directive to another level: Students are using what they’re learning to create an interactive computer game that allows users to explore simulations of the city throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Slideshow: A 1940s camera inspires an Interterm course

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/21/2012, at 1:37 PM

The vintage camera donated by Henry DeForest Webster ’48 allowed Mead Art Museum curatorial fellow Maggie Dethloff to inject some history into modern photography. See how images were made as students learned in the hands-on experience.

Accent on the news

Submitted on Tuesday, 12/6/2011, at 2:56 PM

By Adam Gerchick '13

Like students in many of Amherst's other "writing-attentive" courses, Sara Abrahams ’14 and her 12 classmates in Spanish 199: “Spanish Composition” have authored frequent essays and are completing final papers.  But the students of lecturer Victoria Maillo's Spanish class have also contended with a different kind of assignment: reporting the news.**

“A Bouquet of Flowers of Evil”

Oct. 29, 2010

Interview by Katherine Duke ’05

Just in time for Halloween, I sat down with Natasha Staller, a professor of the history of art who is currently at work on a book called The Spanish Monster, to talk about her popular course “Witches, Vampires and Other Monsters.” Read on to find out how monsters—in different forms throughout history—have crept into disciplines ranging from art to women’s studies to medical science to political science, and why Staller finds Sharon Stone more terrifying than Nosferatu.

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