Whipscars and Tattoos - Fall Book Party

Fall Faculty Book Party
Please join us Tuesday, November 27, at 4 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room to celebrate recent publications by Amherst College faculty. Discussions will focus on Robert Doran’s recent commentary on 2 Maccabees, Luca Grillo’s The Art of Caesar’s Bellum Civile, and Geoffrey Sanborn’s Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby Dick and the Maori. The authors will each be introduced by a colleague, followed by a presentation about their work, including comments on their research and writing process. This event is free and open to the public; light snacks will be provided.


Going Into the Field with the Right Research Tools
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. in the Barker Room. Are you planning to do interviews for your thesis? Are you going abroad and want to capture audio, video, notes and other media from your experience? Learn more about Amherst College resources to help you capture and organize your research: digital recording, video editing, GIS mapping, and more. Food will be provided. Topics will be tailored to your projects, so be prepared to describe the kind of work you are planning! Co-sponsored by Academic Technology Services and the Library. RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/intothefield

Campus Challenge: Food and School Supplies Drive
Amherst College is participating for a second year in the President’s Community Service and Interfaith Campus Challenge. This year's goal is $10,000 dollars and 10,000 pounds of food and educational supplies by April 2013. Frost Library has a collection site across from the Circulation/Reference Desk. For a list of items that are most needed please visit the Campus Challenge website.


What Better Place: The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Future of the Humanities
4:30 pm, Friday November 2, 2012.  Pruyne Auditorium, Fayerweather Hall.  Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., will present the keynote address of the Amherst-Folger Summit, a gathering of faculty, students, deans, librarians and trustees from Amherst College and the Folger. Witmore is a scholar of Renaissance literature and a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts. Before his appointment as the Folger's seventh director in 2011, he was Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin. The public is welcome at his lecture.


Dressing Characters: Designing for the Stage: an exhibit by Javier Chacon '12
This exhibition on the first floor of Frost showcases the design work of Theater & Dance graduate Javier Chacon '12. It features a dress from 2 Washington Square, the play that premiered in Fall 2012 that re-imagined the 19th-century Henry James novel for 1960s America, and a dress inspired by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' Dangerous Liaisons that combines 18th-century French fashion with a futuristic flourish. These works will be displayed by the Frost Cafe through October.

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sign up for Fall Zotero workshops
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching. We recommend Zotero highly for thesis writers. It is a great all-around tool for getting your digital desk in order. Sign up to attend a one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. All workshops are held in the Lane Room on level A of the Frost library.

Splendor by Marlene Rye for Amherst Biennial

Amherst Biennial 2012 Artists' Reception: "Art in Expected & Unexpected Places"
Come join local artists and community members in Frost Library on Saturday, October 6, from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Amherst Biennial 2012. Works by over a dozen Western Massachusetts artists are featured in the Mezzanine Gallery at Frost as part of this community-wide artist endeavor sponsored by the Amherst Public Arts Commission. Light refreshments will be served.

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Art in Research / The Place of Research in Art
Monday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room. Fall semester Copeland Fellows and guest artists reflect on the use of various modes of "research" in their creative work and describe how their creative process shapes the works they produce. Panelists include choreographers and cyberperformance makers James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks, and visual artist and scenic designer Alice Hoult. Moderated by Ivone Barriga, the Five College Fellow in Theater and Dance. Co-sponsored by Frost Library and the Copeland Colloquium, this is part of a yearlong series exploring the intersections of research and the arts.


"Six Favorite Library Books": An Address by Michael Kasper
Join us on Friday, October 5, at 4 p.m. to hear an address by Michael Kasper, Frost’s head of collection development. Michael is a leading authority on (and creator of) artists' books, and his talk, “Six Favorite Library Books,” will serve as a valedictory of sorts: a celebration of his upcoming retirement in January. The event is part of the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Amherst College Library and will take place in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room, on the main level of Frost Library.

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Tuesday, September 25 at 4:30 pm - panel discussion
"Where the Hell is Matt?" and the Theory and Practice of Working with and Learning from Communities
Matt Harding traveled around the world, enlisting local residents to dance with him and participate in the making of his videos, which have since gone viral. Join Amherst College professors Ana M. Araujo (Anthropology and Sociology), Jeffers Engelhardt (Music), Wendy Ewald (Art and the History of Art) and Wendy Woodson (Theater and Dance) for a conversation about the issues involved in working with communities and how these relate to the Where the Hell is Matt? videos and their own work and fields of study. Refreshments will be served. Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library.