The launch of The Common, as well as a companion publishing internship program and literary publishing course, drew the attention of Inside Higher Ed, which said the Amherst is taking “the road less traveled” in supporting it. The piece explored the current environment for literary journals and quoted Gregory Call, dean of the faculty, and The Common founder and editor Jennifer Acker ’00.
In a letter to the editor on the Wall Street Journal’s website, Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions, argued that President Abraham Lincoln had more than enough qualifications for office, contrary to what the writer of an earlier Journal piece had asserted. “In the measuring of statecraft, the capacity of a leader to articulate the moral and political ends of the regime he would preserve, would indeed be counted as experience most relevant,” Arkes wrote. “And contrary to Mr. Tofel, it was not at the end of eight weeks in office that Lincoln ‘found his voice.’ That was the voice that led the American people to put him there.”
According to a piece that ran in the national newspaper, music professor Jason Robinson has “honed a capaciously creative body of work largely inspired by seminal, decade-defining conceptualists such as pianist Anthony Davis and trombonist George Lewis.” The story focused on Robinson and his work with his various musical ensembles.
Swimmer Kendra Stern ’11 and her in-the-pool successes were the focus of this feature on the nationally syndicated program produced by the Boston-area NPR affiliate. Also quoted were some of Stern’s teammates and coach Nick Nichols.
Physics professor Arthur Zajonc and a colleague and co-author of the The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal responded to questions about their new publication in a Q&A with an editor of the Inside Higher Ed website.
Music professor Jason Robinson was the subject of features in the San Diego Tribune and Los Angeles Times. “My motto is: ‘I compose for improvisers,’” he told the Trib. “Jazz is a tradition based on improvisation, and if we canonize it and don’t continue to expand that tradition, it will die.” Online publication All About Jazz, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity and North County Times also reviewed his latest releases.