Amherst College’s Cabaret to Open Jan. 31

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 18, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music presents the musical theater classic Cabaret for its fifth annual interterm production. The show opens on Thursday, Jan. 31 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 2 with performances at 8 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 2. All performances will be held in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is loosely based on The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Cabaret is one of the great triumphs of both the stage and cinema, having won 12 Tony awards on Broadway and eight Academy Awards for the 1972 film version.  

In Cabaret, a young American writer in the Berlin of the Weimar Republic falls under the spell of the charismatic but unpredictable club performer Sally Bowles. How their relationship, and that of their stoic landlady and her Jewish companion, develops in the shadow of economic instability and the rising Third Reich makes for a compelling drama as well as entertainment.

Cabaret is directed by A. Scott Parry (New York City Opera, Opera Pacific), with music direction by Mark Lane Swanson and choreography by Christopher Kane, and features the Amherst College Orchestra in the pit.  

Tickets are available to the general public for $8 and are free to Amherst College students. All tickets are for reserved seating and may be reserved only by e-mailing amherstcabaret@gmail.com.

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Amherst Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication Slated for Jan. 20

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 16, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College and the Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity will mark the completion of a new home in the region with a celebration on Sunday, Jan. 20. The event will start at 3 p.m. at the completed house near the corner of Southeast St. and Stanley St. in Amherst and will feature an open house with the new owner, Kathy Perry; tours of the new home; and a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The entire celebration is free and open to the public.

Amherst College donated a total of three acres of land for the construction of the home and three additional houses, which will all go to low-income residents of the town of Amherst. Construction of the finished house began in the fall of 2006. Students from Amherst, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and members of the Amherst community, among others, contributed their time and energy to the project.

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 and enabling the families to buy their houses through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information is available at www.pioneervalleyhabitat.org.

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Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat Edits New Book, Trauma and Memory

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 2, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, is editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about the different dimensions of trauma from a healing perspective. Sarat edited the book, titled Trauma and Memory ($60, 336 pp., Stanford University Press, 2008), with Nadav Davidovitch, senior lecturer in public health at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and Michal Alberstein, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Trauma and Memory reflects the ways in which, over the last several decades, a growing interest in the social and cultural contexts of law and medicine has transformed the study of both these professions. The authors provide new readings of social and political phenomena—such as immigration, public health, gender discrimination and transitional justice—in terms of trauma. They also address the therapeutic dimensions of trauma and their relationship to reconciliation via alternative processes such as mediation, truth committees and other new forms of justice.

Sarat, who has taught at Amherst since 1974, is author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, including Mercy on Trial (2005), When the State Kills (2001) and Law, Violence and the Possibility of Justice (2001). He is co-author of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering (2004) and co-editor of Law on the Screen (2005), with Amherst College’s James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Lawrence Douglas and Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Martha Merrill Umphrey. Winner of the James Boyd White Prize from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and co-recipient of the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, Sarat has also served as president of the Law and Society Association and of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.

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Amherst College Professors Sarat, Douglas and Umphrey Edit New Book, Law and Catastrophe

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

January 2, 2008
Contact: Emanuel Costache '09
Media Relations Intern
413/542-2321

Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations

413/542-8417

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College faculty members Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor; Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought; and Martha Merrill Umphrey, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, are the editors of Law and Catastrophe ($45, 184 pp., Stanford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays that describe law’s role in the definition, identification, prevention and amelioration of catastrophe. The new book is part of The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.

Anthony J. Sebok, Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, praised the book, saying, “Law and Catastrophe offers a diverse and fascinating set of essays. There has never been a more urgent need for such a work on catastrophe and law.” James R. Martel, associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University, was likewise enthusiastic: “This book is a must-read for any scholar interested in seeing the performance of law when its veneer of total control and stability have been stripped away.”

Sarat, who has taught at Amherst since 1974, is author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, including Mercy on Trial (2005), When the State Kills (2001) and Law, Violence and the Possibility of Justice (2001). He is co-author of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering (2004) and co-editor of Law on the Screen (2005), also with Douglas and Umphrey. Winner of the James Boyd White Prize by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities and the co-recipient of the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, Sarat has also served as president of the Law and Society Association and of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.

Douglas is author of the acclaimed book The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (2001). His current book project, Reflections on the Glass Booth: A Jurisprudence of Atrocity, will be published by Princeton University Press. His essays and commentary have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Times Literary Supplement.

A member of the Amherst faculty since 1993, Umphrey is currently completing a book on criminal responsibility in the Gilded Age trials of Harry K. Thaw and editing an anthology, Trials, for the International Library of Essays in Law and Society. She has also, with Sarat and Douglas, co-edited Lives in the Law (2002), Law’s Madness (2003) and The Place of Law (2003), previous volumes in The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought.

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