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News from 2013-2014
Spring Faculty Book Party
Please join us Tuesday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room to celebrate recent publications by Amherst College faculty. Discussions will focus on Ellen Boucher’s (History) pioneering study of the rise and fall of child emigration to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Rhodesia in Empire's Children: Child Emigration, Welfare, and the Decline of the British World, 1869-1967; Catherine Ciepiela’s (Russian) poetry anthology Relocations, featuring three contemporary Russian women poets in translation; and Maria Heim’s (Religion) Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency, which reveals distinctively Buddhist ways of systematizing and theorizing moral action and intention. 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.
Rehearsing Catastrophe in Revolutionary Russia
On Tuesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room please join Cathy Ciepiela, Boris Wolfson, and Bryn Geffert for reflections on and conversation about the 1917 revolution as catastrophe.
Professor Ciepiela will reflect on the 19th-century radical intelligentsia's embrace of revolution as catastrophe, with attention to Mikhail Bakunin's observation that "the urge to destroy is also a creative urge." Librarian of the College Geffert will ruminate on the Orthodox community's understandings of the revolution as an apocalyptic, eschatological catastrophe. And Assistant Professor Wolfson will consider the aftershocks of 1917—the spectacles of destruction on the early Soviet stage that transformed the ideology of permanent revolution into a cultural sensibility of perpetual catastrophe. This is the fourth of five in a series related to this year’s Copeland Colloquium theme “Catastrophe and the Catastrophic.” This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
LAST CALL! Want to work in the Library?
We are currently accepting applications for Frost Library Student Assistants for Summer and Fall 2014. Come join a dedicated and talented group of Amherst College students and staff to provide excellent service to the campus community. Applications are due Monday, April 14th.
A nearly life-size replica of the famous 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the Beyond Words Gallery on the second floor of Frost Library as part of the "World of Medieval Europe" history class.
Bayeux Tapestry presentations
A nearly life-size replica of the famous 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the Beyond Words Gallery on the second floor of Frost Library as part of the "World of Medieval Europe" history class. On Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., groups from the class will present research on specific segments of the tapestry. Open to all.
Avoid an error message when connecting to library resources
As of January 1, 2014, we are using a new proxy system for off-campus connections that no longer requires you to pre-configure your browser. If you see the message “Error: Use of this proxy server has been discontinued,” be sure you have removed references to "http://autoproxy.amherst.edu/proxy.pac" in your browser’s network settings. IT's instructions about browser configuration may be useful for reversing your settings. Check our current off-campus connection instructions or contact us for more information.
Met Opera on Demand
Through a generous donor, Amherst has been given access to the Met Opera on Demand. This is a digital library resource that can connect students, faculty and staff to on-demand streaming of more than 450 Met performances spanning the Met’s 75+ year broadcast history, including audio, video and its award-winning Live in HD series.
In Translation: An evening with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
On Wednesday, March 5th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room the renowned, prize-winning translators of Russian literary classics return to Amherst College to discuss their work and read from their most recent translations of 19th- and 20th-century works, from Dostoevsky to Pasternak and Tolstoy to Bulgakov. This event is part of the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by Amherst's Departments of Russian and English, the Creative Writing Center and the Program in European Studies. Free and open the public, light refreshments will be served.
Creative Reckonings: Catastrophe and the Arts
How have creative works provided public and private spaces for healing, testimony, memorial, and advocacy in the wake of catastrophic events? Can art created out of this place be evaluated in terms of its artistic merit in the same manner as other artwork? Does art centered on catastrophe encourage critical engagement with the prospect and prevention of future disaster? Join Charlotte Brathwaite (Theater & Dance), Jenny Kallick (Music), and Samuel Morse (Art & the History of Art), for a look at historical and contemporary artistic explorations and imaginings of catastrophe and their implications. Tuesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room.