Professor Writes Book on Yoruba Art

Submitted on Thursday, 7/2/2015, at 11:47 AM

Yoruba Art and Language (cover detail)In his 2014 book, Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art, Amherst Professor Rowland Abiodun uses the metaphor of a point-and-shoot camera to describe why western art history principles are not applicable to the study of African art.

A rape roils India, and two Amherst experts weigh in

Professor's Course Takes Students "Inside Iran"

Inside Iran, a seminar course being taught this semester by Monica Ringer, associate professor of history and Asian languages and civilizations, explores contemporary Iran from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective.

Amherst Drives Conversation on Improvisation and Interdisciplinarity in the Liberal Arts

Submitted on Wednesday, 12/10/2014, at 2:00 PM

Faculty Workshop


“Improvisation, Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts,” a three-day faculty workshop at Amherst, brought together professors and researchers from leading liberal arts institutions across the country with the goal of building collaborative networks among faculty whose research and teaching explore the burgeoning field of improvisation studies.

Organized primarily by Jason Robinson, assistant professor of music at Amherst, and sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges, the workshop hosted scholars from Amherst, Barnard, Hampshire, Oberlin, Pomona, Reed, Smith, Swarthmore and Wellesley Colleges; Columbia, Denison, Furman, Harvard and Wesleyan Universities; and the University of Guelph in Ontario. The attendees’ departmental affiliations ranged from art, theater, dance and music, to biology, comparative literature, American studies and computer science.

Justice at the Movies: Top Ten Trial Films

Submitted on Monday, 11/24/2014, at 1:55 PM

Opera by Professors and Alumni Makes International Debut at Italian Film Festival

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/4/2014, at 12:00 PM

On a big screen in Milan last month, in front of an audience that totaled more than 18,000 people over the course of four days, an innovative Amherst chamber opera set to film made its international debut during the city’s Design Film Festival.

Rosbottom Reflects on the Success of "When Paris Went Dark"

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/21/2014, at 4:57 PM

“What was it like for the world’s most beloved city to be occupied by the world’s most heinous ideology?”

That, says Professor Ronald C. Rosbottom, is the question at the heart of his new book, When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940–1944, which has drawn critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, among other media outlets, and was longlisted for a 2014 National Book Award in the nonfiction category.

Sánchez-Eppler: Taking a New Look at Childhood

Submitted on Friday, 10/17/2014, at 11:03 AM

This year, Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler will delve into various archives to study a culture that’s often overlooked by scholars, though we all have at some point belonged to it: the culture of children.

Amherst Ambitious in Celebrating Schubert’s Cello Quintet

Submitted on Friday, 9/12/2014, at 12:00 PM

Amherst College is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet, which many musicians consider the composer’s greatest and most profound work.

Music class in Rotherwas Room listening to Schubert Sound Installation
Listening to the Amherst Schubert Project Sound Installation,
in the Mead Art Museum’s Rotherwas Room.

Professor’s Second Novel Gracefully Tackles Volatile Social and Political Issues

Submitted on Thursday, 9/4/2014, at 3:49 PM

Sept. 4, 2014

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Terrorism in the Middle East. The shocking loss of a beloved sibling. Deep grief and mourning. Unexpected parenthood.

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