Five Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:57 AM

February 12, 2014

At its regular winter meeting in January, the Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to approve the recommendations of President Martin and the Committee of Six that each of these five faculty members be awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor, beginning July 1.

Professor Catherine Ciepiela Publishes Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 4:13 PM

when trees write                                                                                                     если деревья пишут,
it’s to the white flowers                                                                                           то белым цветам,
that walked the garden                                                                                           что ходили по саду. 

when birds do                                                                                                         если птицы,
it’s of what can’t be sung                                                                                       о том, чего спеть нельзя.

lumps do not speak,                                                                                              комья не говорят,
in flowerpots                                                                                                           по цветочным горшкам
they have buried silence.                                                                                      зарыли молчание.

 —Anna Glazova                                                                                                              —Анна Глазова

 

Economics professor calls for more mindfulness, contemplation, in new book

With his new book, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, co-authored with Mirabai Bush) Daniel Barbezat continues his mission to encourage colleges and universities to become centers of contemplation and self-reflection for students.

NEH Fellowships for Brenneis, Vogel

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:29 PM

This year will be a writing year for Sara J. Brenneis, assistant professor of Spanish, and Jonathan Vogel, the George Lyman Crosby 1896 Professor of Philosophy, thanks to fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Odes to Spoons and Stalin: Stavans Returns to Neruda

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:30 PM

by Bill Sweet

This year Chile marked the 40th anniversary of the death of poet-statesman-Nobel Prizewinner Pablo Neruda with celebrations of his work and the exhumation of his body.

Just in time for the former —and having nothing to do with the latter, he assures us— Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, is now celebrating the publication of a new volume of Neruda translations, All the Odes.

Writer, Activist, Amherst College Lecturer Tillie Olsen to Be Celebrated at Amherst Books Oct. 23

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:30 PM

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Amherst Books (8 Main St.), family members will read from and discuss Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works(University of Nebraska Press), a new edition of collected writings by the late author, activist and educator Tillie Olsen (1912–2007).

The event is free and open to the public, with sponsorship from Amherst Books and from the Department of English and Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, where Olsen was a pioneering faculty member.

Black German culture, history highlighted at Amherst-sponsored conference

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:31 PM

By Peter Rooney

As more African-Americans are realizing they have German roots, and as Germans expand the notion of what it means to be German, a new academic discipline dedicated to examining the Black German experience recently had its third International Conference at Amherst College.

Is DOMA Dead? An Amherst Expert Weighs in on the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

July 25, 2013

Professor Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Professor Martha Umphrey

On June 26 of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made landmark decisions in two cases related to same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

Anthropology Professor's New Book Explores a Possible Solution to World Hunger: Instant Noodles

Submitted on Tuesday, 7/16/2013, at 4:03 PM

July 16, 2013

Deborah Gewertz

Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology

Professor David Hanneke Wins NSF CAREER Grant for Physics Research with Amherst College Students

Submitted on Monday, 7/1/2013, at 4:58 PM

By Katherine Duke ’05

The research that takes place in David Hanneke’s lab in Merrill Science Center involves a lot of cool stuff: lasers, crystals, electromagnetic traps, the fundamental constants of the universe and Amherst College students. Now Hanneke, an assistant professor of physics, has a five-year, $600,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his team’s ongoing investigations into the properties of charged particles.  

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