"Noah Webster and His Obsessions": A talk by Joshua Kendall on April 4

Joshua Kendall, author of the new book The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture, will discuss the famous educator, lexicographer and co-founder of Amherst College who, Kendall argues, essentially invented American nationalism long before the American nation came into existence. Please join us on Monday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room.

The Common makes the Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interview with editor Jennifer Acker in anticipation of the Common's debut issue in early April. The print-centric (though web-present) literary magazine, based in Frost Library, explores “a modern sense of place.”

Information about the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Our East Asian Studies Librarian and Cataloger, Sharon Domier, has put together a guide for resources about the recent earthquake and tsunami. It includes links for news in Japanese and English, scientific sources on the earthquake and the nuclear plants, and official updates.

JSTOR database access for alumni

The Library is pleased to announce that alumni can now log in to access JSTOR, an online scholarly database. Our JSTOR subscription includes the digitized archives of hundreds of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences from the earliest issues up to a “moving wall” of a few years ago. PDFs are full-text searchable, or you can browse by journal title or discipline. Reference librarians are always happy to answer questions about research or offer technical assistance.

Bottlenecks & Breakthroughs: A Romp Through 500 Years of Bookbinding History

Used to announce 4/1/11 Ellenport talk.

Join us  on Friday, April 1st at 4:30 p.m. in Periodicals Area on the main level of the Robert Frost Library for a lively and fascinating talk on bookbinding history by Samuel Ellenport ‘65, Chairman Emeritus of the Friends of the Amherst College Library. The talk is being given in conjunction with the annual spring meeting of the Friends.

This event is free and open to the public.

Women's daily life in rural Sierra Leone

Used to announce Becky Dago '11 photo exhibit 1/11.

Come see an exhibit of photos by Becky Dago '11 from her internship in Sierra Leone. During her internship, arranged through the CCE, Becky led an ongoing effort to improve water and sanitation in the villages of Jokibu, Pujehan and Foindu.

"During my time there I became aware of how gender inequality pervaded many aspects of daily life... As I got to know these women better I learned of their hardships, achievements, and dreams... I tried to capture the women's spirit and resilience in the photos in the exhibit."

The photos are on display on the 2nd floor of the library. Go up the center staircase from the 1st floor and take a right through the double doors.


Book party in the library today!

Join us in the Periodicals Area on Thursday, February 17th @ 4:30 p.m.  to celebrate recently published books by social sciences faculty members Amrita Basu & Javier Corrales. Free and open to the public, the event will include readings and comments by the authors with introductions by Rick Griffiths and Pavel Machala.

Used to announce 2/17/11 book party
Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science,  The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender RightsUsed to announce 2/17/11 book party

Amrita Basu, Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science And Women's and Gender Studies and chair of political science, Women's Movements in the Global Era: the Power of Local Feminisms

College History Online

Dozens of publications that document the history of Amherst College are now available online. Titles range from Student Life at Amherst (1871) to "The Consecrated Eminence" The Story of the Campus and Buildings of Amherst College (1951). See the full list here: College History Online.

Literary Magazine The Common Launches

Used in the news announcement of the launch of The Common.The Common is a new literary magazine based at Amherst that publishes fiction, essays, poetry, and images that embody a modern sense of place. Founded by Jennifer Acker ’00 and housed in Frost, the magazine will publish in print twice a year and maintain a vibrant website with a frequently updated blog and multimedia content.  

This spring The Common published a sleek, ambitious prototype, Issue 00 (read it here online). Highlights include poetry by Mary Jo Salter and Honor Moore, an essay by Ted Conover, fiction by Sabina Murray and Jim Shepard, and an image gallery of moonscapes curated by Amherst’s head archivist Michael Kelly. 

The magazine has just begun accepting submissions from writers and artists around the world. The Common’s official debut, Issue 01, will be published in April 2011. To support, subscribe, submit, or learn more, visit www.thecommononline.org, email editor@thecommononline.org, or write to The Common, Frost Library, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002. [9/21/10]

Book Party for Humanities Faculty -- TODAY!

Please join us on Thursday, October 28th @ 4 p.m. in the Periodicals Area to celebrate recently (or soon-to-be-) published books by faculty in the humanities. 

For each book, a faculty colleague  selected by the author will offer a brief presentation addressing the importance of the work. Each author will then read a short passage from the book or offer some thoughts on its creation. The eight authors/editors and books are:

  • Laure Katsaros -- Un Nouveau Monde Amoureux: Célibataires et prostituées au dix-neuvième siècle [A New World of Love : Bachelors and Prostitutes in Nineteenth-Century France] introduced by Jay Caplan
  • Carol Clark -- Charles Deas and 1840s America introduction and reading by Frank Couvares
  • Andrew Dole -- Schleiermacher on Religion and the Natural Order introduced by David Wills
  • Rick Lopez -- Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans, and the State After the Revolution introduced by Margaret Hunt
  • Hilary Moss -- Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America introduced by Martha Saxton
  • Christian Rogowski -- The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema: Rediscovering Germany’s Filmic Legacy introduced by Jim Maraniss
  • Paola Zamperini -- Lost Bodies: Prostitution and Masculinity in Chinese Fiction introduced by Martha Saxton
  • Catherine Epstein -- Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Occupation of Western Poland introduced by Lawrence Douglas

Copies will be available for purchase (courtesy of Amherst Books), and light refreshments will be served.

The full news release can be read here.