Amherst College Symphony Orchestra to Perform Hansel und Gretel in Concert on Saturday, Dec. 8

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

November 20, 2007
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Mark Lane Swanson, will present the fairy tale opera favorite Hansel und Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Hansel und Gretel
tells the familiar story of two disobedient children sent into the woods by their mother. There they encounter frightening apparitions, are guarded in sleep by 14 angels and outwit a witch who plans to turn them into gingerbread as she as done to so many children before them.

The opera will be performed in concert with two acts and an intermission. It will be sung in German with supertitles and projections throughout. The cast will feature University of Massachusetts voice professor Janna Baty (as the Witch and Mother), Amherst College alumna Julia Fox ’07 (Gretel) and Amherst College students Alison Wahl ’08 (Hansel), Marshall Nannes ’09 (Father) and Todd Fruth ’08 (Sandman). Complimentary gingerbread cookies and candy canes will be served at a reception following the concert.

Tickets are available to the public for $5 and can be reserved in advance by contacting mlswanson@amherst.edu. Admission is free to Five College students with ID.

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Paul Rice, Founding President and CEO of TransFair USA, to Discuss Fair Trade at Amherst College Nov. 26

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

November 19, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Paul Rice, founding president and CEO of TransFair USA, the only Fair Trade certification organization in the United States today, will deliver a lecture titled “Harnessing Markets for Social Change: The Case for Fair Trade” at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.

Since launching the Fair Trade-certified label eight years ago, Rice and TransFair have established Fair Trade as the fastest-growing segment of the $19 billion coffee industry. To date, TransFair has developed business partnerships with over 400 U.S. coffee companies (including such leading brands as Starbucks, P&G, Green Mountain and Dunkin’ Donuts), launched Fair Trade coffee into 30,000 retail outlets nationwide, certified over 75 million pounds of Fair Trade coffee and generated over $60 million in additional income for workers on small coffee farms around the world. At present, TransFair is rapidly expanding Fair Trade certification into tea, chocolate, rice, sugar, bananas and other fresh fruits. Fair Trade certification has helped open the American market to over 1.2 million family farm workers around the world who are now getting a fair price for their harvests and making dramatic gains in their living standards.

Prior to launching TransFair, Rice worked for 11 years as a rural development specialist in the mountainous Segovias region of Nicaragua, where he founded and led a highly successful organic coffee export cooperative called PRODECOOP. In 2000, he received the prestigious international Ashoka Fellowship for his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur in the Fair Trade movement. He was also honored by the Klaus Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as one of the world’s top 40 Social Entrepreneurs in 2002. More recently, in January 2004 and 2005, he spoke on Fair Trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Rice has authored several publications, including “Sustainable Coffee at the Crossroads” (Consumer Choice Council, 1999), which analyzes the emerging U.S. market for sustainable coffee. Rice holds economics and political science degrees from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

His talk is sponsored by the Amherst College President’s Office. 

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Annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers Service Slated for Sunday, Dec. 2

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

November 15, 2007
Contact: Mallorie Chernin
Director of Choral Music
413/542-2484
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols,” as it is called, is sponsored by the Amherst College Christian Fellowship, the Newman Club, the Protestant and Roman Catholic Religious Advisors and the Amherst College Choral Society. Admission to Christmas Vespers is free; the public is invited to attend.

Mallorie Chernin, director of choral music at Amherst, will direct the Amherst College Choral Society with assistance from Suraj Gopal ’07. Elly Jessop ’08 and Ben Vincent ’09 will direct the Amherst College Madrigal Singers. Other musicians will include organist James Maes, trumpeters Douglas Purcell and Benjamin Abelson ’08 and the Amherst College Flute Choir. Featured is guest choir Carmina, a children’s chorus from the Czech Republic.

The Choral Society will perform music of Handl, Desamours, Bach, Britten, Whalum and others. Members of the college community will read lessons from scripture. The congregation will be asked to join in the singing of traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

Admission is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

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Amherst College Names Megan Morey Chief Advancement Officer

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 5, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST
, Mass.—Amherst College is pleased to announce that Megan Morey has accepted the position of chief advancement officer (CAO). Morey, who currently serves as director of leadership giving at Williams College, will assume her new role at Amherst in early December.

“I have been impressed by Megan’s vision and leadership, as well as by her nearly 20 years of fund-raising experience in higher education,” said President Anthony W. Marx. “She brings with her a real passion and appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education today and for an academic environment steeped in tradition. I am truly thrilled at the prospect of working with her in the months and years to come.”

As CAO, Morey will provide leadership and direction for Amherst’s newly invigorated advancement efforts and will design and implement a fund-raising program that responds to the college’s ambitious plans for renewal and growth—plans that include a campaign initiative currently in its formative phase. She will also work to identify, cultivate and attract future volunteer leadership and help foster the alumni body’s engagement in the life of the college.

“Amherst’s compelling vision and ambition, combined with a very talented and experienced staff, make this a most exciting opportunity,” she said.

At Williams, Morey helms a staff of 23 that includes donor relations, development research, the 25th and 50th reunion programs, special events and a team of senior development officers. She serves in a strategic leadership role for the $400 million Williams Campaign—which she helped launch in 2003—and collaborates with the senior staff of the college to define and prioritize fund-raising objectives. As a direct result of her efforts, Williams has raised more than $20 million in gifts during the past four years.

Prior to her tenure at the school, Morey served as director of the annual fund, senior development officer and associate director of development at the University of Redlands. She also held positions at Barton College, Denison University and Ohio Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics management and French and began her career.

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Authors Nalini Jones and Shauna Seliy Will Read Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Amherst Books

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 8, 2007
Contact: Katherine Duke '05
Writer/Editor
413/542-2321
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

** Editor’s Note: The original text of this release listed the time of the reading as 6 p.m. It is actually 8 p.m. We regret any confusion this has caused.

Amherst, Mass.—Authors Nalini Jones and Shauna Seliy will read from their respective debut works of fiction at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Jones’ What You Call Winter is a collection of inter-connected stories set in a Catholic suburb of Mumbai. Brad Leithauser has praised it for “the familiar virtues for which we keep returning to short stories: empathy, breadth, the joys in paced concealment and revelation.” Seliy’s When We Get There, is an elegiac coming-of-age novel set in the Pennsylvania coal country of the 1970’s. Alexander Chee has called it “an exhilarating first novel about what is love and what is not love … [W]ith it, Seliy shows herself to be one of our country’s best new writers.”

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.

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Amherst College Professor William Taubman Elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 8, 2007
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
Media Relations Intern
413/542-2321
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, has been elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), a nonprofit, non-political scholarly society. Elected in 2007, Taubman will serve in 2008 as vice-president/president-elect of the AAASS and in 2009 as the association’s president.

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (2003) and several other books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, Taubman has been a member of the Amherst faculty since 1967 and regularly teaches courses on Russian politics, national identity, personality and political leadership and various topics relating to the Cold War. In 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support the research for a forthcoming biography of Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Taubman has served as an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard, chair of the Advisory Committee of the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations with the Department of State.

The AAASS is the world’s leading private organization for the study of former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe. Sponsor of The Slavic Review, the association supports teaching, research and publication relating to the peoples and territories within these areas.

The association is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies, and its representatives serve on such bodies as the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee for Studies of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union and the International Council for Central and East European Studies.

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Bosnia Revisited: Steve Horn Photography Exhibit at Amherst College Frost Library

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 8, 2007
Contact: Molly Brown
Robert Frost Library
413/542-5028
Caroline Jenkin Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Steve Horn ’72, photographer and author of Pictures Without Borders: Bosnia Revisited, will talk about his work and life experiences Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. Following his discussion, a reception will be held at the Robert Frost Library, where photographs of this collection will be on display in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Horn’s images of Bosnia, taken in 1970 and upon his return visit in 2003, illustrate the innocence of a country under the Communist regime followed by the triumph of the human spirit in the aftermath of civil war. His compelling photographs are an evocative portrait of a country and a people who have endured grievous hardships and found the will not only to survive, but to live.

The exhibition will remain on display in the gallery of the Frost Library until the end of January 2008. The lecture, reception and photographic display are being sponsored by Amherst’s Office of the President.

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Former Duke Lacrosse Coach Mike Pressler to Speak at Amherst College Nov. 13

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 6, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Former Duke University lacrosse coach Mike Pressler will discuss his new book, It’s Not About the Truth, and the relationship between an academic administration and its student athletes at Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. His lecture, also titled “It’s Not About The Truth,” is free and open to the public.

Pressler is currently entering his second year as head coach of the Bryant University men’s lacrosse team. Before starting at Bryant, he served as head coach of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team for 16 seasons, until he resigned amid a scandal that made national headlines. At Duke, he compiled a 153-82 overall record and led the Blue Devils to three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships, 10 NCAA tournament berths and an appearance in the 2005 Division I men’s lacrosse championship game. Prior to that, he held coaching positions at Ohio Wesleyan University, West Point and Virginia Military Institute. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year and recipient of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s F. Morris Touchstone Award as the National Coach of the Year in 2005, Pressler’s overall head coaching record stands at 229-102 in 22 seasons. He ranks among the nation’s top 10 active coaches in both career victories and overall winning percentage.

The lecture is sponsored by Amherst College Athletics.

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