Students Getting Brighter: Light Bulb Exchange at Amherst College Sept. 21

September 18, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College students who want to be both brighter and cooler can exchange their old incandescent light bulbs for new compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) at no cost from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Keefe Campus Center at the college.

CFLs provide brighter light than conventional bulbs but use only a quarter of the energy and also run cooler, because they use a fraction of the power. They also last eight times as long. One CFL should last through all four years of a college career. Changing just one light bulb can save 130 pounds of greenhouse gas a year, enough to fill a small office. If all 1,600 Amherst students change a bulb, they will save enough CO2 to fill the college swimming pool 82 times.

The exchange is sponsored by the Amherst College Physical Plant and MassPIRG. The Amherst College Physical Plant will offer a free pizza party to the dormitory with the best participation rate.

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Walls Going Up at First Habitat for Humanity Home at Amherst College Saturday, Sept. 16

September 14, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.— The wall will be raised for the first of four new homes for low-income residents of the town of Amherst being built by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity and Amherst College at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 24 Stanley St., in Amherst. Kathryn Perry and her daughter, Rachel, the first partner family chosen to live in one of the homes, will be introduced at the wall-raising, which will also feature brief remarks.

The Perry family say they have found their dream house with Habitat’s Amherst College project. They had been hearing about Habitat for Humanity for many years, but when the project came to the community they’d been part of for 30 years, they applied for the Partner Family Program.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call that we were picked,” Kathryn Perry recalls. “We had just walked in the door, and I remember feeling so excited and relieved. What I am most looking forward to is having my own space, being able to do simple things like hanging a clothesline, planting flowers, and seeing the stars at night.” Perry is an avid gardener and is already planning a first garden filled with daffodils and snow drops.

Amherst College announced last year that it would provide the land for the construction of four new homes for low-income residents of the town of Amherst. Three acres of college land off South East Street in Amherst were donated to the local chapter of the internationally active group that has brought capital, rather than charity, to the poor since 1976. The community is invited to participate in the construction. The work will be regularly scheduled for Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Other days may be scheduled by arrangement. Amherst College students, faculty and staff will have first priority in scheduling work at the site, and all Saturdays are reserved for Amherst College groups.

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, the local chapter of the national group, serves the Hampshire and Franklin County area. Pioneer Valley Habitat is an ecumenical housing ministry dedicated to building homes in partnership with families in need. By the end of 2006, Pioneer Valley Habitat will have built 22 homes in the Pioneer Valley, working with homeowner families who live in the homes that they helped build. Homeowner families buy their homes through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information is available at Pioneer Valley Habitat's website.

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Biographer Debby Applegate ’89 To Speak on Henry Ward Beecher at Amherst College Sept. 25

September 11, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—Debby Applegate, a 1989 graduate of Amherst and the author of the The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, will speak on “Henry Ward Beecher and Victorian America” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the departments of American studies and history at Amherst, Applegate’s talk is free and open to the public.

Applegate’s biography of Beecher has been widely and exuberantly praised as a compelling story and an important history. USA Today wrote that “Beecher’s life, with its triumphs, struggles, public acclaim, private sexual temptations and scandal, created a pattern followed by other Americans such as JFK, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bill Clinton.” The paper noted that Applegate created a “drama of desire and betrayal that puts a human face on The Most Famous Man in America.”

The New York Times noted that “by illuminating Beecher’s position in history, Applegate has produced a biography worthy of its subject…. His career took place during what one scholar has called the Protestant Century, when an eloquent preacher could be a sexy celebrity, the leader of one or more reform movements and a popular philosopher—all at the same time.”

Applegate is a summa cum laude graduate in American studies from Amherst and was a Sterling Fellow at Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. She has written for publications ranging from the Journal of American History to The New York Times, and has taught at Yale and Wesleyan universities.

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China Expert Minxin Pei To Speak at Amherst College Sept. 20

September 11, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—Minxin Pei, the director of the China studies program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will speak on “China: Could Things Still Go Terribly Wrong?” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the department of political science at Amherst College, the department of Asian languages and civilizations and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, Pei’s talk is free and open to the public.

A senior associate and director of the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., Pei taught politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. His main interests are U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems and Chinese politics. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (2006). His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. His essays have appeared in the Financial Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other major newspapers.

Pei’s latest book is China’s Trapped Transition (2006), and he recently published an article, “The Dark Side of China’s Rise,” in Foreign Policy (March/April 2006). Pei has a B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University, an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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Journalist and Editor Bret Stephens To Speak on "After the War in Lebanon" at Amherst College Sept. 27

September 11, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—Bret Stephens, a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal and former editor of the Jerusalem Post, will give a talk titled “After the War in Lebanon: The Situation, for Israel and the United States” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The second lecture in the series sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding at Amherst, Stephens’ talk is free and open to the public.

Stephens writes the “Global View” column on foreign affairs that runs every Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal and is also published in its European and Asian editions. A member of the Journal’s editorial board, he previously worked for the paper as an op-ed editor in New York and as an editorial writer in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal Europe.

From 2002 to 2004, Stephens was editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, where he was responsible for the paper’s news and editorial divisions and wrote a weekly column. He took that position at age 28, and in 2004 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where he is also a media fellow.

Raised in Mexico City, Stephens was educated at The University of Chicago and the London School of Economics.

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Colloquium on “Imagining a New Constitution” at Amherst College Sept. 15 and 16

September 8, 2006
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AMHERST, Mass.—The Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will convene its semiannual meeting at Amherst College to discuss “Imagining a New Constitution for the United States in the 21st Century” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16. The guest speakers will be Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School; John Podesta, the director of the Center for American Progress; Kathleen Sullivan, professor of law at Stanford Law School; Nan Aron, the director of the Alliance for Justice; and Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University School of Law. Sponsored by the Amherst College Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America and by Smith College, all events will take place in the Amherst College Alumni House and are free and open to the public.

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, Martha Umphrey, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, will open the colloquium. At 4 p.m. Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst, will introduce Geoffrey Stone, who will speak on “Civil Liberties in Wartime: In Search of a 21st Century Constitution.”

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, Carleen Basler, assistant professor of American studies and sociology at Amherst, will introduce Kathleen Sullivan, who will speak on “Separating 21st Century Powers.” At 11 a.m. Tom Dumm, professor of political science at Amherst, will introduce Nan Aron, who will speak on “Judicial Selection in the 21st Century: Is the Advice and Consent Clause Working?” At 2 p.m. Catherine Ciepiela, professor of Russian, will introduce Jeffrey Rosen, who will speak on “Constitutional Futurology: How the Courts Can Serve America in 2025.” At 4 p.m. Dumm will moderate a roundtable among all the guests and participants on “Imagining a New Constitution for the 21st Century.”

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