German Writer Bernhard Schlink To Read at Amherst College April 16

April 8, 2002
Director of Media Relations
413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Bernhard Schlink, the author of The Reader (1995) and Flights of Love (2000), will read from his works on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. The reading, conducted in English, will be free and open to the public.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1944, Schlink studied law at the Universität Heidelberg and the Freie Universität Berlin. He taught law at universities in Bonn and Frankfurt am Main and at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Since 1988 he has been a justice of the constitutional court in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Schlink began his writing career as a popular detective novelist, dealing with criminal culpability. But with Der Vorleser (The Reader) in 1995, a novel about a young German man who must confront the Nazi past, Schlink began to consider a more serious kind of guilt, and became an international bestseller. Reviewing The Reader in The New York Times, Richard Bernstein called it “arresting, philosophically elegant, morally complex.”

Schlink’s lecture at Amherst College is sponsored by the departments of German and law, jurisprudence and social thought, the European studies program and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and Fund. His visit to the Five College Consortium is sponsored by the departments of German at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, the School of Social Sciences at Hampshire College, and the Five College Lecture Fund.

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Megan Lambert To Present The Painted Pig at Amherst College April 16

April 8, 2002
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AMHERST, Mass.—In conjunction with the exhibition Casa Manana: The Morrow Collection of Mexican Popular Arts, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present a special children’s story time with Megan Lambert, who will feature The Painted Pig, a story by Elizabeth Morrow, and other picture books, on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the museum. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of a collaborative effort between the Mead Art Museum and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where she leads story time activities, Lambert will help the children to talk about picture books, learn some songs relating to the art in the Casa Manana exhibition and, if weather permits, create an outdoor mural. Lambert is also the Youth Services Librarian at the Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley, and has led a yearlong outreach to children and educators at local schools on behalf of the Eric Carle Museum, scheduled to open in November.

The Casa Manana exhibition remains on view until April 21. The Mead Art Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays. More information can be obtained on the museum’s Website at http://www.amherst.edu/~mead or by calling 413/542-2335.

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Novelist Peter Carey To Read at Amherst College April 22

April 8, 2002
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AMHERST, Mass.—Australian writer Peter Carey, the author of The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), a novel about his country’s most famous folk hero that a reviewer there called “regrettably scintillating,” will read at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in Room 115 of Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, department of English, Scott Turow Foundation and the George Lurcy Lecture Series and Fund, is free and open to the public.

Carey wrote The True History of the Kelly Gang in the voice of the 19th-century “bushranger,” or highwayman, Ned Kelly, whom some consider an Australian Robin Hood. “In a spectacular feat of literary ventriloquism,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times, Carey “summons the rollicking, unschooled, hugely colorful voice of Australia’s best-known underdog.” It is, she wrote, “as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James.”

Born in Australia in 1943, Carey received a degree from Monash University in 1961. His first short fiction, collected in The Fat Man in History (1974) and War Crimes (1979), was published in the late ’70s; he supported himself writing advertising copy until 1988. His first novel, Bliss (1981), was followed by Illywhacker (1985), Oscar and Lucinda (1988), The Tax Inspector (1991), The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and Jack Maggs (1997). Both Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang won the Booker Prize, making Carey only the second writer so honored twice.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. The Center's Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~cwc.

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Paula Fredriksen To Discuss “Jesus and Paul” at Amherst College April 18

April 8, 2002
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AMHERST, Mass.—Paula Fredriksen, William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University, will speak on “Jesus, Paul and the Origins of Christianity” on Thursday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Fredriksen’s talk, the last in a series on Rethinking Jesus: His Intellectual, Spiritual and Material World, is sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Religion Department at Amherst College. The event is open to the public at no charge.

A specialist in the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity, from the late Second Temple period to the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Fredriksen received degrees from Wellesley College, Oxford University and Princeton University. She has taught at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pittsburgh and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

She has written books on Augustine—Augustine on Romans (1982)—and on Jesus and Christian tradition—From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (1988). Fredriksen has written extensively on conversion, apocalypticism, Paul and his interpreters and Jewish/Gentile relations in late antiquity. She received a national Jewish Book Award for her most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity (1999). She has also written reviews and essays for The New Republic and The National Review.

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Amherst College Hosts Keepers of the Word Storytellers April 27

April 4, 2002
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413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Storytellers from across the country will spin their tales at the 10th annual Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival, a day-long event on Saturday, April 27, in the Keefe Campus Center Frontroom at Amherst College. Performances are scheduled for 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This year’s nationally known storytellers are Onawumi Jean Moss, Diane Ferlatte, Catherine Conant, Tim Tingle, Eshu Bumpus and Motoko.

Onawumi Jean Moss, founder and director of the Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival, is associate dean of students at Amherst College. With original stories, fairy tales, cautionary tales, folk tales and personal narratives she encourages appreciation of cultural differences, pride of heritage, recognition of kinship, reflection and inquiry. Her soulful narration, a capella singing, dramatic facial expressions and animated movements bring to life the worlds of adventurous girls and women, charming creatures, scheming tricksters and wicked demons.

Diane Ferlatte of Oakland, Calif., draws listeners into the oral tradition with stories from traditional Southern and African American folk history, culture and values. Her resonant voice, dramatic gestures, intense emotions, vibrant singing, instrumental music and use of sign language have earned her many awards, including Parents Choice (Gold and Silver), American Library Association Booklist Editor's Choice and National Parenting Publications Gold Award.

Catherine Conant, from Chester, Conn., is an author, recording artist, consultant and founder and director of the Doggone Storytelling Festival. She performs, coaches and teaches the oral tradition for modern expression. In her interactive workshops, she helps non-profit organizations build stronger communities and develop resources.

Tim Tingle of Canyon Lake, Texas, named Contemporary Storyteller of the Year by the Woodcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, performing “echo and response” animal stories, spine-tingling and humorous Choctaw narratives, trickster tales as well as ghost stories of Texas. He often adds music to his stories, playing on the “bones,” harmonica, flute and drum.

Eshu Bumpus and Motoko of Amherst, Mass., are authors, recording artists and educators who personify the multicultural renaissance in storytelling. Their dynamic, harmonious performances draw on their African, African American and Japanese heritage. “Though diverse in style and culture, they present seamless performances. Absolutely charming, they bring humor, a sense of drama and a talent for singing,” according to Peg O Sullivan, a cofounder of the Connecticut Storytelling Festival.

There will be three ensemble performances at the festival: “Stories for Little Folk and the People Who Love Them” from 10 to 11:30 a.m., “Stories for Young Folk and the People Who Love Them” from 2 to 4 p.m., and “Stories for Older Folk and the People Who Love Them” from 8 to 10 p.m.

General admission for adults is $7 for the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. performances and $12 for the 8 p.m. performance. Tickets for children under 12 and senior citizens are $5 for morning or evening, and $7 for evening. A special rate of $11 for adults and $8 for children is available to those who wish to attend both the morning and afternoon performances. Advance tickets are available for each performance at the Keefe Campus Center Office. The performances are free to Amherst College students with I.D. For information call 413/542–2619.

Keepers of the Word is sponsored by the Amherst College Student Finance Committee, Office of the Dean of Students, academic departments and supporters throughout Amherst College.

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