Amherst College to Honor Three Former Teachers of Graduating Seniors with Swift Moore Teaching Awards May 23

April 29, 2010           

AMHERST, Mass. — Three secondary school instructors who challenged, inspired and moved members of Amherst College’s Class of 2010 will be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards during the school’s 189thCommencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 23.

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Poet Mary Jo Salter, Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst Commencement

April 20, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—South African activist Zackie Achmat, founder of the AIDS/HIV advocacy group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC); Joshua M. Epstein ’76, a pioneer in agent-based computational modeling; Walter Dean Myers, author of children’s and young adult literature; Sir Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University and Nobel laureate; advocate Harvey J. Rosenfield ’74, founder of Consumer Watchdog; Mary Jo Salter, an award-winning poet who is also a playwright, lyricist, essayist and reviewer; Dame Marjorie Scardino, CEO of the education and media company Pearson PLC; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 189th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Christine Noyer Seaver ’81 to Receive Medal for Eminent Service at Amherst College’s Commencement May 23

April 20, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. – Christine Noyer Seaver, a graduate of Amherst’s Class of 1981, will receive the school’s Medal for Eminent Service during its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23.

Live, from Amherst and Berkeley, in Real-Time

April 14, 2010

When visiting professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson takes the stage at Buckley Recital Hall for a concert with pianist Myra Melford April 25, he’ll have one very important issue on his mind that most musicians usually don’t: whether or not his Web stream will drop.

Amherst College Study Finds That Getting in Sync Hones Individual Abilities and Cooperation

April 14, 2010                       

AMHERST, Mass.—Groups who move together in time during an exercise (such as soldiers marching, sports teams warming up for a game or warriors performing a ritualistic dance prior to a hunt) don’t just strengthen their relationships with one another—they actually sharpen their individual skills and perform better as a unit as a result, according to new research conducted by Amherst College psychology professor Piercarlo Valdesolo; his student, Amherst senior Jennifer Ouyang; and Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno.

Amherst College Junior John Ware Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

April 9, 2010                                     

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College junior John Ware, a physics major from West Hartford, Conn., is one of just 278 sophomores and juniors from across the United States to receive Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Haiti Hunger Banquet to Highlight Diet Disparities

April 2, 2010

Most diners at the Hunger Banquet being held Wednesday at AmherstCollege will be eating rice and beans on the floor, but a select few will be served griot, a grilled pork dish, accompanied by other upscale Haitian delicacies.

The disparity highlights income and dietary differences in most of the developing world. And it’s the concept for a fundraiser being sponsored by various groups at AmherstCollege on Wednesday April 7, at 6 p.m. in Lewis Sebring Dining Hall. The suggested donation for the dinner is $5.

Music at Amherst Chamber Series Continues with Performance by Violinist Jennifer Koh and Pianist Shai Wosner April 1

March 9, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music will present a recital by Jennifer Koh, violin, and Shai Wosner, piano, on Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege.

Author Lizzie Simon to Discuss Bipolar Disorder at Amherst College April 1

March 8, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass.—Lizzie Simon, speaker and author of the book Detour: My Bipolar Trip in 4-D, will discuss her own experiences with mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder), its stigma and wellness at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Amherst College’s Keefe Campus Center on Wednesday, April 1.

Harvard Philosopher Christine M. Korsgaard to Discuss the Evolution of Morality at Amherst College April 8

March 23, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, HarvardUniversity philosophy professor Christine M. Korsgaard will present the fifth Amherst Lecture in Philosophy.

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