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David S. Reynolds '70 presents his new book, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

Thurs., Oct. 2 - Save the Date!

Author Appearance/Book Signing

David S. Reynolds presents his new book, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson
Thursday, October 2, 2008
7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE/Upper West Side
2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.),  New York, NY 10024

Advance Praise for Waking Giant:

“Offers a fine addition to the literature on pre-Civil War American history in this account of the years 1815-1848.”
                                        --Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable synthesis, impressive on many levels….Award-winning historian Reynolds charts the political, cultural, economic, artistic, scientific and religious currents roiling America from the Era of Good Feelings to the verge of the Civil War.”
                                           --starred review, Kirkus

“Highly recommended….Bancroft Prize winner Reynolds has produced a thorough chronicle of America from 1815 to 1848.”
                                                                 --Library Journal

David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  His previous books include John Brown, Abolitionist; Walt Whitman’s America; Beneath the American Renaissance; and Faith in Fiction.   He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and  runner-up National Book Critics Circle Award.

Cliff Gallant '93 to speak on AIG

Submitted by Ryan O. O'Donnell on Tuesday, 9/16/2008, at 2:52 PM

Cliff Gallant '93 will speak on behalf of Keefe Bruyette & Woods in an interview with Charles Gibson as a part of ABC's World News Tonight.

Cliff will be discussing the turmoil surrounding AIG.

Ryan O'Donnell '08


Dick Todd '62 Presents his new book

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard on Friday, 9/5/2008, at 10:17 AM

Dick Todd '62 will be presenting his new book, The Thing Itself at Broadside Books in Northampton, MA on Tuesday, September 9.

See Broadside's website for more details.

Paul Rieckhoff to address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Orlando, FL.

This Tuesday, August 19, Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group, will address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Orlando, FL. As part of his major speech on veterans' issues, Rieckhoff will announce the launch of an extensive outreach campaign to help veterans take advantage of their new GI Bill benefits. President Bush and Presidential hopefuls Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will also speak at the national gathering. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) will accept the VFW Gold Medal and Citation of Merit for his leadership on the GI Bill.

"I am honored to address the thousands of VFW members assembled. The VFW has demonstrated a clear commitment to our country's newest generation of veterans," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). "This gathering is about showing appreciation for all of the men and women who have proudly served our country and IAVA is thrilled to be a part of it." 

The VFW convention takes place from August 16-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Paul Rieckhoff will deliver his address on Tuesday, August 19 at 10:30am. Additional speakers include Senators Obama and McCain and President Bush. For more information, please visit The convention is open to registered and credentialed media. To inquire about covering the convention or arranging an interview with IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff or any other IAVA veterans, please contact Kara Horowitz at (212) 982-9699 or



Written & Performed by Evan Specter '92
Direction & Dramaturgy by Corey Fischer
Music by Lucas Ward '93

Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual adventure, this disarming and theatrical solo takes us from Venice, California to Kathmandu, as an Amherst religion major looks for the real thing via esoteric teachings, near-death experiences, giant Komodo lizards and doomed romance.  Evan Specter's post-post-modern embodied storytelling introduces us to a psychic pool-cleaner, a Tibetan secret-agent, a German past-life coach, an array of Axis power and Australian hotties, and various Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi and self-taught spiritual guides.   

laying at The Marshon
July 30th , 7:30p.m.
1062 Valencia Street (near 22nd), San Francisco  

more info at   

Questions?  Answers?
Evan Specter


Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard


invite you to an exclusive screening and discussion of


Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
George Lucas Building, 108
850 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

6:30 p.m. reception with writer-director Ted Braun’82 and
executive producer Dean Schramm’84

The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Q&A immediately following

PRICE: Donation of $5 to the Amherst Association of Southern California, payable at the door.

RSVP & QUESTIONS: Please telephone or e-mail Gail A. Glick ’91 no later than July 18, 2008 at (310) 203-9983 or to RSVP and to let us know how many guests will accompany you.

Please join us for a special screening of Darfur Now, written and directed by Ted Braun ’82 and produced by Dean Schramm ’84. This critically acclaimed documentary explores the ongoing Sudanese conflict through the experiences of six individuals trying to stop the atrocities. Featuring unprecedented access to the people of Darfur, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) and others, the film is a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity’s darkest hours - an urgent call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe in Darfur.

Darfur Now was produced by the Academy Award winning producer of Crash, Cathy Schulman, Academy Award nominated actor Don Cheadle, and three-time Academy Award winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris. The film was financed by Participant Productions and Warner Independent Pictures, who also released the film theatrically worldwide. 

Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007, was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for best documentary by the Broadcast Critics (Critics Choice Awards), the Chicago Film Critics Society, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the International Press Academy and by Cinema for Peace. For his work writing and directing the picture, The International Documentary Association awarded Ted Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named Ted Braun, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and George Clooney as one of twenty-five filmmakers whose work has changed the world.
Ted Braun and Dean Schramm will join Amherst and Williams College alumni for a private reception prior to the film and will discuss Darfur Now and answer questions after the screening.

To park at USC on campus, parking passes can be purchased for $8 at the Gate 5 entrance to USC at McClintock & Jefferson. After purchasing your pass, drive past the gate, take a left onto 34th Street, and pull up to the stop sign in front of the George Lucas Building.  From there, make a left turn and park in either Lots M or V. If there are no parking spaces available, take 34th Street towards the far end of campus and parking in Structure D (“PSD”). Please note that Parking Structure D is not SUV accessible and, therefore, all cars of that size are recommended to park in Lot M or V. Also, parking meters are available along Jefferson and Hoover and are free after 6 p.m. The screening will take place in the George Lucas Building (LUC on the campus map), Room 108, on the ground floor. For a map of the USC campus, please access the following website: