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News from 2013-2014
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.
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.
A Journey into the the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories
A photo exhibit by photojournalist and longtime death penalty abolition activist Scott Langley is on display in the Beyond Words Gallery of Frost Library (2nd floor) from February 19 to 28. As part of the Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project, the exhibit includes photos from execution vigils, marches, rallies, portraits of exonerated death row prisoners, candid emotional and prayerful moments, and even celebrities who are outspoken on the issue.
Free Thought for Serious Thinkers: Building the Amherst College Press
How do scholars communicate with each other in the digital age? How will received conventions for assuring academic merit—peer review, the gatekeeping function of publishers, the problematic role of reputation—be carried forward into new means of connection and communication between scholars and the interested public of readers? Mark Edington, the newly appointed director of the Amherst College Press, will describe how this new venture is approaching the early challenges of creating a pathway for the development of digital-first, open-access scholarship in the liberal arts. Presentation with reception to follow on Tuesday, February 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room.
This Wednesday, February 19, at 7 p.m., in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room, photojournalist and longtime death penalty abolition activist Scott Langley will present an hour-by-hour walk-through of what happens on an execution night, taking the viewer from the prison deathwatch cell into the actual lethal injection chamber. His presentation, which is based on his work on the Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project, will also include photos from execution vigils, marches, rallies, portraits of exonerated death row prisoners, candid emotional and prayerful moments, and even celebrities who are outspoken on the issue. An accompanying exhibit of Mr. Langley's photographs will be on display in the Beyond Words Gallery of Frost Library (2nd floor) from February 19 to 28.
Join us on Wednesday, February 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Frost lobby and Archives to celebrate Native Voices/Native Books, an exhibition of printed books and ephemera documenting over 200 years of Native American intellectual tradition, from Samson Occom to Louise Erdrich and beyond. Mike Kelly, head of Archives and Special Collections, and Professors Lisa Brooks and Kiara Vigil will give brief remarks on the exhibition and the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg collection.
New mezzanine exhibit: Landscapes and Nature by Thomas Stratford
Come see the new photo exhibit on the Frost Library mezzanine by Amherst College staffer Thomas Stratford, featuring campus landscapes, local nature, and portrait-quality images of wildlife. Free and open to the public through June 2014.
Mass Extinctions and Other Catastrophes in Earth History
Please join us on Wednesday, December 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room as Assistant Professor of Geology David Jones presents how humans have emerged as powerful geological and evolutionary agents through our impacts on climate and biodiversity. The rock record provides abundant evidence for climate catastrophes and mass extinction events prior to human history. Investigating the causes and consequences, and rates and magnitudes of these episodes in deep time illuminates our current Earth historical moment and helps define what is presently at stake. This is the second 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.
Please join us as we celebrate the publication of two books written by members of the Amherst College community Tuesday, November 19, at 4 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room. Lisa Stoffer (Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations) and Michael Lesy (Professor of Literary Journalism, Hampshire College) will discuss their book, Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910. Professor Deborah Gewertz (G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology) will discuss The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.