Bessie Young ’11 was the subject of this glowing feature in the local newspaper that focused on her service to the Amherst Senior Center. “Each year we have 50 students that we supervise,” commented the organization’s director, Nancy Pagano. “In my 38 years here I have never seen a student leader who, through her public service, has made such a varied and long-term significant difference to our elder and college community and endeared herself to so many.”
Physics professor Arthur Zajonc blogged about a program sponsored by the Mead Art Museum that encourages the practice of contemplative engagement with paintings. “Contemplative beholding of art - indeed of anything - can lead to the animation of whatever is before us,” he wrote. “New eyes, ‘the right eyes,’ suddenly open, waking us up, and consequently awakening everything around us.”
Poli sci professor Javier Corrales commented on the state of Venezuela’s economy in this piece that ran in the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets. “As the government’s popularity declines, quite significantly, its institutional control has risen,” he said. “In terms of a functioning economic market, this is a market in decline. It’s remarkable how much capital flight there has been. And it’s because of the arbitrary policies of the government.”
After a semester’s worth of research, students in music professor Klara Moricz’s “Music and Culture” class have deduced that two pieces of sheet music in the Mead Art Museum’s collection are actually manuscripts for 14th century Gregorian chants. Their work was the focus of lengthy stories in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper and on WFCR-FM
“It’s kind of a magic realist moment. They decide that 2 of 29 letters will disappear,” Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture, told the New York Times of the development. “All the dictionaries will have to be remade, which is good for selling the Royal Academy’s dictionary, which they keep producing as though it’s the Bible.” Stavans also spoke about the revision with Public Radio International’s The World program.
One of music professor Jason Robinson’s music albums, The Two Faces of Janus, was reviewed by web magazine Audiophile Audition, as well as online publication All About Jazz, which dubbed it “one of the year’s most compelling modern jazz recordings.” A second release, Cerulean Landscape, was the subject of a short but glowing item in The Bay Area Reporter; in it, the newspaper raved that Robinson and his collaborator “create a multi-hued, high-flying lyricism for the 21st century.”