Canes Amherst Earns Nod for "Quirky" Commencement Tradition

Submitted on Tuesday, 5/24/2016, at 2:28 PM

A Boston Globe article on quirky commencements describes Amherst's practice of giving each graduate a Conway Cane—a symbol of "how a college education can support students' lives long after they leave school." The tradition dates to the 1800s and was revived and reshaped by the class of 2003.

95-Year-Old Alumnus Flies Again

Submitted on Tuesday, 5/10/2016, at 2:09 PM

He studied mathematics, law and business during his long career, but for Bob Ellis '43, one passion he never thought he'd experience again was flying. Then, this month, the 95-year-old former U.S. Navy airman found himself once again in the cockpit.

Alumna Explores "Catastrophic Happiness" of Parenting

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/27/2016, at 11:40 AM

The April 8 New York Times Book Review features a new memoir by Catherine Newman '90. "As she sees it," the reviewer notes, "the categories of together and apart are woefully insufficient to describe the sometimes sublime, sometimes claustrophobic relationship between mother and child."

Professors' Opera Honored Again

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/27/2016, at 11:38 AM

Life is a Dream, by composer and music professor Lewis Spratlan and librettist and Spanish professor James Maraniss, has a long and unusual history. Completed in 1978, it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 but was never fully staged until 2010. Now it has won the Charles Ives Opera Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A Tribute to His Father

Submitted on Thursday, 4/14/2016, at 11:46 AM

A son of English professor William H. Pritchard '53 published an essay about teaching the same book, in the same week, as his dad.

A Haggadah for the Modern World

Submitted on Thursday, 4/14/2016, at 11:45 AM

In an interview with Jewish Journal about his New World Haggadah, Spanish professor Ilan Stavans said the diversity of the Jewish experience should be reflected in the Passover seder: "As a Mexican Jew who immigrated to the United States, for years I have felt a more diverse, more pluralistic, inclusive delivery was needed."

Virtual Reality for All

Submitted on Thursday, 4/14/2016, at 11:44 AM

If Marisa Parham has her way, future students won't just study Gettysburg, they'll be there for the battle. Parham, professor of English and director of the Five College Digital Humanities Project, told New England Public Radio how virtual reality could make that happen, and what she's doing to help.

History Professor Offers Thoughts on Next President’s First Year

Submitted on Thursday, 3/24/2016, at 1:58 PM

“[H]uman rights would be the key to securing U.S. interests and recapturing American ideals,” wrote Vanessa Walker in an essay for the Miller Center of Public Affairs’ First Year 2017 project, which is designed to influence the national conversation during the first year of the new presidential administration.