Like students in many of Amherst's other "writing-attentive" courses, Sara Abrahams ’14 and her 12 classmates in Spanish 199: “Spanish Composition” have authored frequent essays and are completing final papers. But the students of lecturer Victoria Maillo's Spanish class have also contended with a different kind of assignment: reporting the news.**
Just in time for Halloween, I sat down with Natasha Staller, a professor of the history of art who is currently at work on a book called The Spanish Monster, to talk about her popular course “Witches, Vampires and Other Monsters.” Read on to find out how monsters—in different forms throughout history—have crept into disciplines ranging from art to women’s studies to medical science to political science, and why Staller finds Sharon Stone more terrifying than Nosferatu.
More than a dozen student performers were crowded around me, making some very catchy music together. They were stomping and clapping in rhythm, making doo-wop sounds and singing lyrics in at least two different languages. But this wasn’t an a cappella concert—at least, not a planned one. This was a lesson for students in the First-Year Seminar “Thinking Through Improvisation.”
For all the hand-wringing about “What’s on TV these days,” working for television—as a writer, for example, or director, producer, actor, or cinematographer—remains an alluring goal for many a liberal arts graduate contemplating his or her professional future.
A leading authority on U.S. military power and a renowned physicist are among the intellectual luminaries who will arrive at AmherstCollege in the coming academic year to teach courses that will allow students to benefit from their unparalleled expertise.
Last month, in Fayerweather, the students in “Comedy as Artistic Strategy” presented what they called their “persona projects”—each had been assigned to create a work of art that centered on a particular persona.