Opera by Professors and Alumni Makes International Debut at Italian Film Festival

November 14, 2014
By Rachel Rogol

On a big screen in Milan last month, in front of an audience that totaled more than 18,000 people over the course of four days, an innovative Amherst chamber opera set to film made its international debut during the city’s Design Film Festival.

Rosbottom Reflects on the Success of "When Paris Went Dark"

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/21/2014, at 4:57 PM

“What was it like for the world’s most beloved city to be occupied by the world’s most heinous ideology?”

That, says Professor Ronald C. Rosbottom, is the question at the heart of his new book, When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940–1944, which has drawn critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, among other media outlets, and was longlisted for a 2014 National Book Award in the nonfiction category.

Sánchez-Eppler: Taking a New Look at Childhood

Submitted on Friday, 10/17/2014, at 11:03 AM

This year, Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler will delve into various archives to study a culture that’s often overlooked by scholars, though we all have at some point belonged to it: the culture of children.

Amherst Ambitious in Celebrating Schubert’s Cello Quintet

Submitted on Thursday, 12/22/2022, at 3:30 PM

Amherst College is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet, which many musicians consider the composer’s greatest and most profound work.


Listening to the Amherst Schubert Project Sound Installation,
in the Mead Art Museum’s Rotherwas Room.
Tags:  music  Schubert  Jenny Kallick  arts 

Professor’s Second Novel Gracefully Tackles Volatile Social and Political Issues

Submitted on Thursday, 9/4/2014, at 3:49 PM

Sept. 4, 2014


Fast Molecules: Amherst to House Sought-After Spectrometer

Submitted on Thursday, 9/4/2014, at 1:42 PM

by Bill Sweet

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elizabeth Young has received a $399,900 grant from the National Science Foundation that will establish Amherst College as a go-to destination for scientists on the forefront of energy research and other disciplines measuring ultrafast molecular dynamics.

NIH Grant for Graf to Continue Brain Circuitry Research

Submitted on Monday, 7/14/2014, at 11:36 AM

Here’s a humbling notion: the nervous system of a fruit fly larva and that of a human are remarkably similar.

Ethan Graf, assistant professor of biology at Amherst College, calls this similarity “evolutionary conservation,” and he’s been making full use of it since 2005. That’s when he first began studying the synapses, or connections, between neurons in the brain and nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.

Sarat to Receive Service Award from Law and Society Association

On May 29, Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and associate dean of the faculty, will receive the Ronald Pipkin Service Award from the Law and Society Association (LSA). The award recognizes Sarat, who has previously served as the LSA’s president and a member of its board of trustees, for having “demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to the Association.”

With Lectures, Books and Samovars, Center for Russian Culture Aims to keep U.S., Russia Ties Strong

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 1:29 PM

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Whether it’s a lecture by an Amherst alumnus who’s a top authority on Russia or a reading of poems by leading Russian poets, the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College has stuck to its mission despite sometimes chilly official relations between Russian and the United States.

“Our philosophy is to promote better understanding and establish more informed relations between the two countries,” said Stanley Rabinowitz, professor of Russian at Amherst and director of the Center.

That tradition continued on a recent Monday, with a lecture by Andrew Kuchins ’81, Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.

The Promise of Participation: "Civicness" Can Be Stimulated in Unlikely Areas, Prof and Alum's Book Argues

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:58 AM

March 6, 2014

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Laure Katsaros Receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship to Study Architectural Design

Associate Professor of French Laure Katsaros has received $262,500 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its New Directions Fellowship program, which exists to “assist faculty members in the humanities … who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.” Katsaros’ award will support her in earning a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2014–15, and in traveling around France to visit several distinctive architectural sites. Her goal is to produce a final project for the master’s program, and eventually a book, tentatively titled Glass Architectures: Utopian Surveillance from Fourier to the Surrealists.