Feminist Majority President Ellie Smeal To Speak at Amherst College Oct. 21

October 15, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.- Activist Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will speak in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as part of an effort to promote the March for Choice next April. Her speech, sponsored by the Amherst Feminist Alliance, is free and open to the public. Smeal will speak instead of Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organization for Women, who had to cancel her appearance.

Smeal, the former president of NOW, led the drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the largest nationwide grassroots and lobbying campaign in the history of the modern women's movement. She is the author of How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President (1984), which predicted that women's votes would be decisive in presidential politics. For more than 30 years, Smeal has been active in such equal-rights victories as the integration of Little League, newspaper help-wanted ads and police departments. She worked for passage into law of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Equal Credit Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and Civil Rights Act of 1991. Since 1996 she has led the Feminist Majority Foundation (Website at www.feminist.org). In 2001, Smeal joined with activist Gloria Steinem to take over the publishing of Ms. magazine.

The March for Choice, which hopes to "demonstrate overwhelming majority support for a woman's right to choose safe, legal abortion and birth control," according to the march's Website (www.marchforchoice.org), will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 25. This year's march is the first to be "a collaborative effort," as it is being organized by the Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in addition to NOW. The presidents of these groups are promoting the event on college campuses this fall, according to Barbara Sieck '05, who chairs the Amherst Feminist Alliance.

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Gay Rights Activist Danny Roberts To Speak at Amherst College Nov. 6

October 15, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.- Danny Roberts, gay rights activist and former cast member of "The Real World: New Orleans" on MTV, will speak on "Real World, Real Life, Real Issues" in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. His talk, sponsored by the Amherst College Pride Alliance as part of Coming Out Week, is free and open to the public.

During his season on MTV, Roberts openly discussed his sexuality and relationship he was having with a military officer. His boyfriend, a captain in the U.S. Army, came to visit him on the reality television show, but his identity had to be hidden in order to prevent his being arrested as a military officer having homosexual relations.

Roberts now lectures regularly on college campuses and sponsors a Web site that encourages communication among young gay people throughout the country. He recently appeared on "Dawson's Creek" and "The Real World Road/Rules Challenge."

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Poet Lisa Chávez To Read in Amherst College Creative Writing Center Series Nov. 10

October 9, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass -Poet Lisa Chávez, will read from her work on Monday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in Porter Lounge in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The reading and refreshments, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, are free and open to the public.

Chávez is "a poet sensitive to the pulse of our times," according to Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Her second book of poems, In an Angry Season, is a poetic retelling of American history in four sections: "Captivity," "At the World's Fairs," "Surrender," and "The New World." With what Stavans describes as a "forceful voice that leaves a... mark in the reader's mind," Chávez, a Chicana Mestiza, weaves together histories of brutality and oppression, of creative passion and integrity. In narrative poems richly textured with her extensive research and political acuity, Chávez speaks in the voices of those who have been made captive-whether to racism or national policy, to bad marriages, alcoholism or poverty-and asks, ultimately, what it means to be civilized.

Born in Los Angeles, Chávez was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and now lives in Albuquerque where she teaches at the University of New Mexico. Her first book of poems was Destruction Bay, and her poetry has also appeared in such publications as The Americas Review, The Colorado Review and Prairie Schooner and the anthology American Poetry: The Next Generation. She is currently at work on a memoir.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. See the Center's website, www.amherst.edu/~cwc, for more information.

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Robert Frost Library Fellow Michael Mazur '57 To Speak at Amherst College Oct. 31

THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED

October 9, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.-Printmaker Michael Mazur '57, the 2003 Robert Frost Library Fellow, will speak on Friday, Oct. 31 at 4: p.m. in the Teaching Gallery of the Mead Art Museum,. Mazur's lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library, is free and open to the public. Mazur will be in residence at Amherst College the week of Oct. 27, working with Betsey Garand, visiting assistant professor in the Fine Arts Department, and students in fine arts.

A renowned printmaker and painter, Mazur graduated from Amherst in 1957 and received his M.F.A. from Yale. He has taught at RISD, Brown, U.C. Santa Barbara, Harvard and Brandeis University, and his work appears in major museums around the U.S. and abroad. A 1964 Guggenheim Fellowship is among the many awards he has garnered during his distinguished career.

The Friends of the Amherst College Library is a group of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends who support the library. For more information, visit www.amherst/edu/library/friends.

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Writer and Activist Daniel Ellsberg To Speak at Amherst College Nov. 10

October 9, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.-Daniel Ellsberg, the writer and activist who released the top-secret Pentagon Papers in 1971, will deliver a talk entitled "What Lies Ahead: Vietnam's Lessons for Iraq and the War on Terrorism" on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. The talk will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. All events are free and open to the public.

A Marine Corps veteran who became part of the U.S. Government's Defense and State Departments, Ellsberg worked on the RAND Corporation's 1967 McNamara study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam. He later distributed the report to the New York Times and Washington Post, among other newspapers. His book about the affair, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, was reissued in paperback this past September.

Ellsberg will also speak about "Secrets and Lies: Nuclear Threats, Iraq and the War on Terror" in Wright Hall at Smith College on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Introductory remarks will be made by Veterans Education Project member and Vietnam veteran Cherie Rankin.

These events are organized by the Veterans Education Project in observance of Veterans Day. They are sponsored by the Smith College Government Department; the Amherst College History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments; Five College Peace and World Security Studies; the Mount Holyoke Politics Department; the UMass-Amherst Women's Studies Program; the Amherst College Democrats; and the Association of Amherst Students.

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Amherst College Orchestra Homecoming Concert Oct. 18

October 8, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Orchestra will present its annual Homecoming concert at 8:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 18, in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center.

The orchestra, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, will perform Gustav Mahler's First Symphony, the "Titan," an oboe concerto by Mozart and the "Roses of the South" waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.

Tickets ($5 for general admission) are available at the door the night of the concert; the concert is free to faculty, staff and students with an Amherst I.D.

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Pianist Lars Vogt To Present Music at Amherst Oct. 20

October 8, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.- In the latest installment of the 2003-04 Music at Amherst Series, German pianist Lars Vogt will present works by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert on Monday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

Vogt first came to international attention by winning second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Competition. He has since appeared with the symphony orchestras across Europe and North America. Having toured Australia, North Africa, the Baltic States and Southeast Asia, Vogt returns this season to Tokyo for his third appearance with the NHK Symphony and a second recital at Kioi Hall. He is also an accomplished recording artist with 15 CDs to his credit, including solo recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky; his latest concerto release is Hindemith's Kammermusik No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado.

Praising Vogt's 2002 Carnegie Hall debut, The New York Times hailed him as "an imaginative and sensitive artist," writing, "Phrase after phrase came alive, always naturally, from a judicious molding of dynamics (down toward extremes of delicate pianissimo), an alert trill or a nice feel for color and texture. Mr. Vogt's own first-movement cadenza was assured, like his playing, and magnificent in its contrapuntal energy."

Admission to the concert is $21, senior citizens and Amherst College employees, $18, and students $4. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at http://www.amherst.edu/~concerts/.

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Amherst College Marks 40th Anniversary of JFK Visit Oct. 25

October 7, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.-On October 26, 1963, just a month before he was killed, John F. Kennedy spoke at the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. "Privilege is here, and with privilege goes responsibility," the president said. Speaking of the recently deceased poet Frost, he said, "When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at 3 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College, a program marking the 40th anniversary of that historic event will bring together people who were there to reminisce after viewing rare images of Kennedy's talk, and hearing it on tape.

Peter Czap, the Henry Winkley Professor of History; Hugh Hawkins, Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus; and Rose Olver, the L. Stanton Williams Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies, who were all young professors in 1963, will join Douglas C. Wilson, a member of the Amherst College Class of '62 who recently retired as college editor, and Dr. Edward Plimpton, a child psychologist and the son, who was 11 in 1963, of Amherst President Calvin Plimpton and his wife Ruth. Daria D'Arienzo, the head of archives and special collections at Amherst, will introduce the event with brief historical remarks. Susan Snively, associate dean of students and director of the Writing Center, will moderate the discussion. D'Arienzo and Snively put together this program.

Following the program, there will be a reception in the College Archives and Special Collections in Frost Library, where an exhibition about the 1963 visit is on display. The program will coincide with Amherst's inauguration weekend, welcoming new president Anthony W. Marx. Sponsored by the Amherst College Writing Center, the Amherst College Library, the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students, the talk and reception are free and open to the public.

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"Anonymous" Political Journalist Joe Klein To Speak at Amherst College Oct. 20

October 7, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.-Political journalist Joe Klein will speak about "The American Presidency Since 9/11" on Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Klein's talk, sponsored by the Office of the President at Amherst College, is free and open to the public.

As "Anonymous," Klein wrote Primary Colors (1996), a best-selling novel inspired by the 1992 presidential race. Klein more recently wrote The Natural: Bill Clinton's Misunderstood Presidency (2002). After Klein's second political novel The Running Mate (2000), New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani wrote, "Klein' s novels look at the moral compromises made by politicians and the changes wrought by the growing influence of consultants and negative campaigning. [The] books underscore the author's reportorial familiarity with the daily bump and grind of politics and his more tentative command of imaginative fiction." His other nonfiction books are Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam (1984) and Woody Guthrie: A Life (1980).

Klein, who was previously a columnist for Newsweek, has written "In the Arena," a column about national and international affairs, for Time since January. He also served as Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, commentator for CBS News, political columnist for New York magazine, reporter for WGBH-TV Boston and news editor at The Real Paper. He was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and served as its Washington bureau chief. He has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Life, and other publications. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Guggenheim fellow, Klein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American civilization.

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Journalist James Fahn To Speak about "A Land on Fire" at Amherst College Oct. 16

October 7, 2003
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AMHERST, Mass.- Writer and journalist James Fahn, a 1987 graduate of Amherst, will give a talk titled "A Land on Fire," about the environmental costs of economic growth in Southeast Asia, on Thursday, October 16 at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3 at Amherst College. Sponsored by the physics department, his talk is free and open to the public.

Fahn's talk will focus on his recently published book, A Land on Fire: The Environmental Consequences of the Southeast Asian Boom (Westview Press; 2003), which "explores Southeast Asia's environmental battles through the eyes of the people fighting them, and recounts Fahn's many adventures while covering them," according to the book's Website (www.alandonfire.com). A Land on Fire, the result of nine years' experience in Southeast Asia, is based on the premise that "the future of Earth's environment will be decided in Asia, home to 60 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest-growing economies." Fahn considers the relationship between sustainable development and democracy, the effects of corruption and universal environmental challenges. In his talk, he will discuss the discrepancy between the developing world and the West in viewing environmental issues, and how these issues are balanced between democracy and globalization.

A physics, astronomy and history triple-major at Amherst, Fahn received his master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. A former Watson fellow and TV journalist, he has worked for The Nation, Newsweek and The Economist, and currently works for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development.

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