Celebrate the donation of Jerry Cohen ’63 papers

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7, the College will celebrate the donation of the papers of labor lawyer and social activist Jerry Cohen ’63 with several events on campus:

Chávez and Cohen
Monday at noon
"Activism and Scholarship: Using the Jerry Cohen Papers for Research." The event will feature a poetry reading by Martin Espada followed by a discussion by Jerry Cohen and student perspectives.   In Archives and Special Collections.  Refreshments.Monday at 7 p.m.
"Activism in 21st-century America," Jerry Cohen and Marshall Ganz in conversation with Ilan Stavans.  Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.  Catered reception afterward.Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Screening of the film "Fighting for Our Lives: The United Farm Workers' 1973 Grape Strike." Merrill 4.See the digital collection of documents and images from the Cohen Papers.

Presidential Debate #2

The Presidential Town Hall Debate between McCain and Obama will air live tonight, Tuesday October 7th at 9 pm.  Tom Brokaw from NBC will moderate.  The debate will take place at Belmont University, Nashville, TN and can be viewed in the New Book area of the Frost Library. (10/07/08)

"Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas"
Banned Books Week, Sept. 27th - Oct. 4th

The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007:

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
  2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  10. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Learn more here. (10/04/08)

Tonight at 9 p.m.: Vice Presidential debate

The  debate can be viewed in the New Book area on the main floor of the Frost Library. Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware (D)  and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska (R), will debate each other at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  The moderator will be Gwen Ifill, who serves as moderator and managing editor of PBS' "Washington Week". (10/02/08)

Antequam: Images for Teaching & Learning Classics

Need images for teaching & learning classics? Antequam is a new 5-College shared-images group in ARTstor.

The Antequam collection features art, archaeology, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world. The collection includes photography by art historians Bettina Bergmann (Mount Holyoke College), Barbara Kellum (Smith College), and Laetitia La Follette (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). In addition, Classics professor Scott Bradbury (Smith College) has provided access to the "Caverno Collection," a collection of antiquities under the auspices of the Smith College Classics Department. The Antequam contributors have agreed to share these images for teaching and learning across the Five Colleges. (09/30/08)

A Woman of Amherst: The Travel Diaries of Orra White Hitchcock, 1847 and 1850

At 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24th, Professor Robert L. Herbert will give a talk on the diaries of Orra White Hitchcock, wife of Edward Hitchcock, President of Amherst College 1845-1854.

The talk will be given in Archives and Special Collections and will be followed by a reception.  All are welcome. (09/24/08)

Preserving electronic government documents

The library is a founding member of a new LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) private network to help preserve US documents distributed only in electronic form.  The library has been a LOCKSS member since early 2004, helping to ensure availability of many electronic journals. (9/24/08)

Drowning in citations?

Come learn how Zotero can help you organize your research. Find out how you can keep track of all those articles, cite sources in your paper and create a bibliography. We'll hold several training sessions over the upcoming months. The next one is Wednesday. (~09/22/08)

Today is Software Freedom Day!

Saturday September 20th is Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of free and open source software (FOSS). Software freedom means the freedom to run, modify, copy, improve and share programs.

Do you use free and open source software? Probably!

The college website and webservers run on free and open source software. Amherst recommends several free and open source software packages, among the software used on campus computers. Two of the most popular:

Special community tea September 18

Please come to the community tea in Frost Library on Thursday, September 18, celebrating the grand opening of the Multicultural Resource Center.  We will be showcasing a number of our materials relating to multicultural and diversity issues, including books, DVDs, and links to useful websites.  The library hosts the community tea every Thursday 3:30-4:30pm. (09/18/08)