Political science professor Javier Corrales was an expert source for this piece on gay tourism in Latin America. “[The area] currently has some of the most gay-friendly cities in the developing world,” he said in an interview.
The latest book by Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions, was featured in this favorable review. “Judges could benefit from Mr. Arkes’s subtle and meticulous arguments if only by incorporating a few of his ideas into their own broad views—not least the principle of prudence that he defends throughout Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths,” wrote reviewer John O. McGinnis.
Opera News investigated the lengthy gestation of emeritus music professor Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Life Is a Dream, for which Spanish professor James Maraniss wrote the English-language libretto. In addition, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star all reviewed the opera once it premiered and Spratlan penned a column about it for The Los Angeles Times.
In a piece featuring Spanish professor James Maraniss and his brother David, the longtime Amherst faculty member had this to say about the much-anticipated production of the opera Life is a Dream, for which he wrote the libretto: “Not to sound pompous, but I feel now like I’ve been involved in something of lasting significance.”
“This could very well be a turning point in the direction of authoritarianism,” political science professor Javier Corrales was quoted as saying in this column about recent attempts by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to squelch opposition in the country. “At this point, Venezuela could become much more militarized and its political system more autocratic.”
Biology professor Ethan Temeles and his colleagues published two papers that offer new knowledge about how hummingbirds function and also provide strong support for Charles Darwin’s famous theories of natural and sexual selection. Their discoveries were featured in several media outlets, including Life Science Weekly, Physorg.com, RedOrbit.com, Terra Daily, ABCNews.com, Defenders magazine, the Medill news service and the Springfield Republican.
In a piece for the Chronicle Review and a segment for the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Ilan Stavans discusses why writers of former Spanish colonies haven’t turned today’s left-wing strongmen—such as Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez—into “novelistic ogres.”
The Mead Art Museum’s conservation of several thankgas, cloth paintings depicting Buddhist deities and saints, were the focus of several articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper (registration required).