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News from 2013-2014
Tiffany ... and Your Next Book
June 26, 2014 by Mark EdingtonSo you almost have that book contract in your grasp. You’ve had your most trusted colleagues drop a favorable hint about your work in the ear of the acquisitions editor at the best press in your field. You carefully (and, of course, unobtrusively) stalked said editor at the spring meeting of your disciplinary society, and managed to “accidentally” meet at the drinks reception. You wrote a follow-up e-mail — not too soon, not too late — with a general query describing your idea and how it fits into the broader publication program at Desirable University Press. And when you received back that warm response — Read more ...
Frost outdoor balcony is now open!
Spring is here – we think – and the Frost outdoor balcony adjacent to the Frost Café is now furnished and open. Stop by to check it out and enjoy a free cup of coffee on Thursday May 8th from 9 to 11 a.m.
Psst...Thesis Confidential is Tuesday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Come to the Friendly Reading Room for a panel discussion about writing (or choosing not to write) an honors thesis: Why write a thesis? What does the research and writing process look like? Which strategies lead to success? What are some alternatives to writing a thesis? How do theses differ by department? What support is available for writers? Current seniors Carlos Gonzales, Allison Merz, Devin Pence, Nancy Yun Tang, George Tepe, and Joshua Wren tell all, moderated by Jessica Gorman (Writing Center) with special guest Missy Roser (Frost Library). Refreshments will be served and secrets will be revealed!
Henry Folger and Amherst College
Please join us Friday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room for a talk by Stephen H. Grant, author of "Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger." Drawing heavily on Frost Library’s photo collection, the author will trace the academic career of Henry Clay Folger (Class of 1879), discuss his five decades with the Standard Oil Co., explore his relations with the college and chart his creation of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
ACV Appreciates: Research and Instruction Librarians
(Craig Campbell) – While racing to finish a term paper, consumed by the stress of last spring’s Finals Week, my citation engine crashed. I raced up from A-level to the reference desk, confronting the librarian on duty in a desperate state of distress. Missy accompanied me back to my computer where I watched in awe as she resolved my Zotero crisis in a matter of minutes. Many other Amherst students have equally melodramatic stories that involve our college’s outstanding reference librarians ... Read more
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.