Slideshow: A 1940s camera inspires an Interterm course

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/21/2012, at 1:37 PM

The vintage camera donated by Henry DeForest Webster ’48 allowed Mead Art Museum curatorial fellow Maggie Dethloff to inject some history into modern photography. See how images were made as students learned in the hands-on experience.

Accent on the news

Submitted on Tuesday, 12/6/2011, at 2:56 PM

By Adam Gerchick '13

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.**

“A Bouquet of Flowers of Evil”

Oct. 29, 2010

Interview by Katherine Duke ’05

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.

Free Your Mind

Nov. 24, 2010

By Katherine Duke '05

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.”

Giving, Under the Microscope

December 21, 2010

These days, as the national jobless rate continues to hover around 9 percent, it is clear that many in the country could use a helping hand.

But what does it really mean to give and, for that matter, to receive? Even more simply, what is a gift? Who gets to give?

Preaching—and Practicing—Energy Awareness

March 9, 2010

There’s solar, wind and hydro. Nuclear, biomass and geothermal. And don’t forget coal, oil  and natural gas.

With so many energy options out there, it’s hard for the normal, bill-paying homeowner or automobile driver or undergraduate to make sense of it all.

"Knowing Television"

By Peter Rooney

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.

Distinguished Visitors to Teach at Amherst

March 31, 2010

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.

“Comedy as Artistic Strategy”

By Katherine Duke '05

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.

Collaborative Art Project Brings ‘New Consciousness’ to Economy, Community

December 21, 2009

A conceptual project born out of an Amherst College art course could help fill the gaps for local elderly seeing in-home assistance programs previously subsidized by the state and town disappear.




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