Amherst College Men's Glee Club Senior Concert Apr. 16

April 13, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Men's Glee Club will present its annual senior concert on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance, conducted by Mallorie Chernin, the director of the choral music program at Amherst, will be free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. Please call 413/542-2195. Chad Mills '04 is assistant director.

The music for the Senior Concert is chosen by the seniors who pick favorite songs from their four years of participation in the Glee Club. The singers will perform sacred and secular music, songs of other nations, and spirituals, including music by Franz Biebl, William Dawson, Vaughan Williams and many more. The concert will end with the traditional “Senior Song” by James S. Hamilton '06 and the passing of the historic senior chalice.

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Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble To Present Two Performances While in Residence at Amherst College April 18 to 21

April 8, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—A living library of traditional Russian music, the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble will be in residence at Amherst College from April 18 to 21, working with students and presenting free public performances in Buckley Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 and at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble will present a program at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. Russian musical traditions spanning millennia and countless ethnic regions were in danger of extinction until Dmitri Pokrovsky (1944-1996) set about preserving them in 1973. Dancing in colorful costumes and playing ancient instruments, this fascinating ensemble draws from agricultural, spiritual and social roots, playing such folk music as exuberant wedding tunes, doleful funeral tributes and buoyant planting songs. The Pokrovsky Ensemble's first trip to the United States was in 1988 with Sarah Caldwell 's “Making Music Together Festival,” which brought a distinguished group of performers and composers from the U.S.S.R. to Boston. The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble offers a window into the Russian soul.

The public also is invited to “Sing with Pokrovsky” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, and experience the rich history of Russian folk song and dance in an interactive event with the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble. Participants should come ready to sing and dance.

A discussion and reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (Webster 202) at the college. Members of the ensemble will also be taking part in classes at Amherst College during their stay. Free and open to the public, these events are sponsored by the Global Sound Project, part of the President's Initiative Fund for Interdisciplinary Curricular Projects, and the Department of Music.

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Women's Rights Activist Farida Shaheed To Speak on Muslim Women at Amherst College April 6

April 5, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—Pakistani women's rights activist Farida Shaheed will speak on “Women's Rights Activists in Muslim Contexts: Being the Other in State and Society” on Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College, the Department of Politics at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, is free and open to the public.

Shaheed, a sociologist by training and activist by choice, is senior coordinator of Shirkat Gah, the Women's Resource Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. She is a founding member of the Women's Action Forum that led women's resistance to martial law in Pakistan and is a coordinator of Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the international network for information, solidarity and support. She is the author of Women of Pakistan: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? and numerous articles and reports on women's rights, culture, law and politics in Pakistan.

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Amherst College Orchestra To Present Pops Program April 9

April 5, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Orchestra, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, will perform a two-act program of popular music on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The orchestra will play selections from composer John Williams's soundtracks for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter, as well as selections from the James Bond movies, Spiderman and Casablanca. The orchestra will also perform music from the filmed versions of the Broadway musicals that have won the Academy Award for best picture, including Oliver!, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Chicago. The program will conclude with a series of love ballads and Disney songs, many of which have won the Academy Award for best song, sung by Amherst students Kate Stayman-London '05, Julia Fox '06, Alex Brewer '06, Alison Wahl '08 and Daniel Curtis '08, among others.

The Amherst College Orchestra consists of 70 current students at Amherst College and as many as 10 additional students from Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It is one of the only liberal arts college orchestras comprised entirely of students and performs a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the twentieth century.

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Educational Reformer Theodore Sizer To Speak on “What Shall We Do with the American High School?” at Amherst College April 13

April 5, 2005
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413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Nationally prominent educational reformer Theodore Sizer, founder and chair emeritus of the Coalition of Essential Schools, will address the topic “What Shall We Do with the American High School?” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by Amherst TEACH, Sizer's lecture is free and open to the public.

Among his prolific writings about secondary education, Sizer is best known for Horace's Hope (1996), Horace's School (1992) and Horace's Compromise (1984), three novels that examine the character and professional compromises of a fictional high-school English teacher named Horace Smith. A historian by training, Sizer is professor emeritus at Brown University and was dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education from 1964 to 1972. He also has served as headmaster of Phillips Academy. During the early '80s, Sizer headed a study looking at the practices of American high schools. He is founder and chair emeritus of the Coalition of Essential Schools, an organization dedicated to making equitable, intellectually vibrant and personalized schools the norm in American public education. In 1998, with his wife, Nancy, he served as acting co-principal of the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Mass.

Amherst TEACH is a student group dedicated to helping interested students find opportunities in teaching both at Amherst and beyond.

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Congressman Barney Frank To Speak at Amherst College April 16

April 5, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—Congressman Barney Frank (Dem., Mass.) will give the keynote address at the sixth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Weekend at Amherst College on at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. The event is open to the public at no charge.

A member of Congress since 1981, Frank is the senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. Previously he was a Massachusetts State Representative and an assistant to the Mayor of Boston. He has also taught at several Boston area universities.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Weekend at Amherst College is held regularly to remember, honor and celebrate the experiences of LGBTQ students and alumni at Amherst College.

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Parables Conference to Be Held at Amherst College April 8 and 9

April 1, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—The Parables of Jesus Conference will be held Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in Stirn Auditorium, near the Mead Art Museum, at Amherst College. The conference, sponsored by the Amherst College religion department and the Willis D. Wood Fund, will feature six well-known scholars of parables, who will do close readings of several parables and facilitate audience discussion.

The events begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with a lecture by Bernard Brandon Scott, Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The morning session on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., will include talks with Jonathan Reed, professor of religion at the University of La Verne; Glenna Jackson, associate professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Otterbein College; and Mary Ann Beavis, associate professor of religious studies at St. Thomas More, University of Saskatchewan. The afternoon session, beginning at 2 p.m., will feature Steven Patterson, professor of New Testament, Eden Theological Seminary; Adela Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School; and a roundtable discussion. The day will close with a reception in Stirn Lobby at 5 p.m.

The latest information on the conference can be found on its Website. For more information or reservations please contact Diane Dix at 413/542-2181 or dldix@amherst.edu.

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Writer and Activist Marilyn Krysl to Read April 18 at Amherst Books

April 1, 2005
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AMHERST, Mass.—Poet, essayist, short story writer and peace activist Marilyn Krysl will give a reading on Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. at Amherst Books (8 Main St., Amherst, Mass.) Sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Language and Literature Fund of the Department of English at Amherst College, this event is free and open to the public.

The author of seven books of poetry; three collections of stories; pieces in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic and other journals; and in the collections Best American Short Stories 2000, O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Krysl is former director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “Krysl's potent, unflinching stories,” according to a New York Times reviewer, “confidently shifting between satire and lyricism, chart how conflict can become catharsis—and, happily, there's nothing accommodating about them.”

A founding editor of the literary journal Many Mountains Moving, Krysl has taught ESL in the People's Republic of China, served as artist in residence at the Center for Human Caring in Denver and worked as a volunteer for human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and Calcutta.

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