Research your options: Take a Mellon seminar
Information session on Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Periodicals Area
Attend an information session about the Mellon Seminars: a three-year pilot project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These small-group experimental tutorials involve students in original research with a faculty mentor. This information session will feature a conversation between faculty and students who worked together in last spring's colloquia: America's Death Penalty, Advanced Topics in Latin America's Political Economy, and Cities, Schools and Space. The new spring 2012 seminars will be announced. Come for pizza and conversation.

Is English the universal language? If so, what are the implications for language instruction?

At noon on Tuesday, October 25, in the Periodicals Area, three members of the faculty (Sara Brenneis, Spanish; Jay Caplan, French; Wako Tawa, Asian Languages and Civilizations) will participate in a panel discussion with the deliberately tendentious title “Is English the universal language? If so, what are the consequences for language learning?” They will make short presentations about the theoretical and practical implications of the desire for a universal language and the claim that (American) English has achieved universal status. Lunch will be provided.

Talent scouts or red pencils?: Top magazine editors talk about their work

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Thursday, October 20 at 7 pm, followed by a reception, Periodicals Area
What cultural, economic, and creative forces are driving content in today's best magazines? Editors Cullen Murphy (Vanity Fair), Ann Kjellberg (The New York Review of Books), and Wyatt Mason (Harper's) talk about soliciting material, working with authors, and shaping articles in the areas of cultural affairs and literature. Moderated by Jennifer Acker, founding editor of The Common and visiting lecturer at Amherst College.

Help choose new study furniture for the main floor of Frost

On Tuesday, October 18th facilities will be delivering furniture samples to Frost Library.  It will be displayed in either the future café area or near the reference desk.  Since these are samples, none of the items are upholstered in fabric from our color scheme.  Facilities staff members will be in the area 7:30-8 p.m. that evening to collect student feedback on the samples.  The furniture will be removed from Frost on Wednesday morning (October 19th).

American Indians and the United States: Prospects for peace -- a talk by 2011 Frost Fellow Frederick Hoxie

Sunday, October 16th @ 4 p.m. in the Periodicals Area

Native Americans and the United States have been at odds since the founding of the Republic.  In the past half-century, American Indian activism and changes in racial attitudes across the U.S. have enabled a new relationship to arise whereby tribes and governmental agencies have been able to coexist and even prosper. What does this development portend for the future? What are the possibilities—and the limits—of this apparent end of the “Indian wars?”

The Dhyani Buddhas, by Joan Bredin-Price

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 Join us on Friday, October 14th @ 7 p.m. to hear Joan Bredin-Price discuss her paintings depicting Dhyani Buddhas in this free public event marking the opening of the regional artist’s exhibition in the mezzanine gallery of Frost. The talk will take place in the Periodicals Area on the first floor. A public reception follows.

This exhibit is one of several events related to the Mead Museum's special exhibition of Buddhist Thangka scroll paintings, on display through June 3, 2012.

Native American Political Activists: A talk by 2011 Frost Fellow Frederick Hoxie

Friday, October 14th @ 4 p.m. in the Periodicals Area

From 1776 onward, American Indians confronted with the power and ambitions of the United States have resisted with words and ideas as well as with actions.  This talk will discuss the outlines of this legacy of political activism and opposition to U.S. national expansion, beginning with the early nineteenth century and continuing to the present. Native activists not only protected their communities, but they taught the American majority some of the true meaning of democracy. A selection of materials by and about Native Americans will be on display in the Archives & Special Collections.

Sand mandala in the library -- Come to the library or watch the live video

Used to advertise mandala event 10/13/11.In conjunction with the exhibition Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, monks from the Tibetan Buddhist Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y., will create a sand mandala on the first floor of Frost.

A ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 13, at approximately 10 a.m. will mark the start of the four-day project, which is being co-sponsored by the college’s departments of Religion and Asian Languages and Civilizations.

The team of monks will painstakingly arrange grains of colored sand into the form of a mandala. Individual elements of the design represent aspects of the deity and features of Buddhist philosophy, and the devout who meditate on the design are said to enter the home or the mind of the Buddha. The mandala that will be constructed in Frost will be of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

As carefully as the mandala is constructed, it is just as devoutly destroyed. On Sunday, Oct. 16, at approximately 2 p.m., there will be a dissolution ceremony at which the deity will be released by the dismantling of the mandala. This underlines the transient quality of life and the Buddhist emphasis on nonattachment. When the mandala is destroyed, the deity’s blessings are said to spread out to all.

The Book is Dead! Long Live the Book! Research, Technology, and the Future of Scholarly Publishing

Friday, September 16th @ 3 p.m., Periodicals Area

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Even as some critics and commentators herald the decline of reading and the death of the attention span, books are a bigger part of the cultural conversation than ever before.  Newspapers and magazines are filled with feature articles about the explosion of e-readers, the growth of Amazon, the decline of bookstores, the intersection of technology and learning, and the challenges facing “old media” industries.

In this talk, Niko Pfund (’87), President of Oxford University Press in the U.S., will go behind the headlines and provide an insider’s perspective on how these technology-fueled changes are affecting scholarship, reading and readers, and the publishing industry. 

New library photocopiers

Frost, Keefe Science and Morgan Music libraries have new photocopiers for public use. 

Changes you will see:  better quality copies, fewer copiers (2 on the main floor of Frost, none on Frost levels 3, 2, B, or C; 1 in Science; 1 in Music),  and payment via AC OneCard or cash only (no more pre-paid cards for non-Amherst users).*

No change in price:  still $0.10 per copy.   

* We know some people may still have money on their pre-paid cards.  Visit the library administrative office on the main floor of Frost if you wish reimbursement for unused cards.