Mathematics’ Robert Benedetto received a Research at Undergraduate Institutions National Science Foundation award of $178,745 for his project “Galois Action and Entropy in Non-Archimedean Dynamics.”
Visiting writer Amity Gaige was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the fiction category.
Award-winning Nigerian author Chris Abani spoke on campus about the various roles that race, culture and language play in fashioning our sense of self and our perceptions of others in a lecture titled “My Face & Ours: Views of Today’s America.”
Amherst College welcomed Stavros Lambrinidis ‘84, the European Union (EU) Special Representative for Human Rights on April 19, 2016 where he presented a keynote address titled: “Rights without Borders? Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Today’s European Union.”
Ashley Montgomery ’16 played the culmination of her independent study, an audio documentary titled “What does a Superhero Sound Like? An Audio Analysis of Gender, Media, and Technology,” during a radio show on WAMH 89.3 FM.
Professors Christopher Dole of anthropology and sociology; Robert Hayashi of American studies; Andrew Poe of anthropology and sociology; Austin Sarat of law, jurisprudence and social thought; and Boris Wolfson of European studies, Russian and film and media studies, co-edited The Time of Catastrophe: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Age of Catastrophe.
Martín Medina Elizalde of geology received an NSF award of $162,805 for “A Speleothem Study of the Paleoclimatology of the Yucatán Peninsula: Testing Modes and Causes of Variability in the North American Tropics,” along with with co-researcher and geosciences professor Stephen Burns of the University of Massachusetts.
English and American studies professor Lisa Brooks received a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for work on an ambitious, public-facing humanities project.
Religion professor Tariq Jaffer published Rāzī: Master of Qurʾānic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning. The monograph delves into the life and work of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī, a Muslim intellectual in the 13th century whose writings mark a momentous turning point in the Islamic tradition.
Edward Dallam Melillo of the history and environmental studies departments published Strangers on Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection, exploring the origin and history of the relationship between the U.S. state and the South American country, and the unrecognized, enduring linkages between the two.
Physics’ Larry Hunter and David Hall both had existing NSF grants renewed. Hunter was awarded $224,532 for a project titled “A Search for Long-Range Spin-Spin Interactions and Thallium-Fluoride Investigations,” while Hall received $475,000 for “Experiments with Topological Excitations in Bose-Einstein Condensates.”
The Fulbright Scholar Program presented teaching scholarships to Johnathan Appel ’16 in Taiwan, Claire Castellano ’16 in Malaysia, Jesse Chou ’15 in Rwanda, Jennifer Cullen ’16 in Germany, Eugene Lee ’16 in South Korea and Caroline Rose ’16 in Indonesia.
Religion’s Susan Niditch published The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods. Using the body of literature preserved in the Hebrew Bible, The Responsive Self looks at the ways in which followers of Yahweh are shown to privatize and personalize religion.
Plagiarama!, by English professor Geoffrey Sanborn, was published. This book about known plagiarist William Wells Brown examines the man’s work, pilfering and legacy, and argues that Brown’s plagiarism was a means of capitalizing on the energies of mass-cultural entertainments popularized by showmen such as P.T. Barnum.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, several of the Bard’s original 1623 First Folios embarked on a cross-country tour, including a stop at Amherst College.