January 28, 2011

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor periodicals area, Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a spring book party recognizing new works by Amherst faculty in the social sciences. Free and open to the public, the event will feature readings and presentations on books published by two of the college’s professors in the past year.

The event is not the first of its kind. Last October, Frost hosted a book party for eight faculty members in the humanities.

“The goal of that gathering was to create a fun and meaningful way to share with colleagues, students and the public at large the incredible research and creative work conducted at Amherst,” said Bryn Geffert, librarian of the college. “It was such a success that we decided to do it again.”

During the event, a colleague selected by the author will offer a 15-minute presentation about the book and address questions such as “Why is this an important work?,” “What contributions does it make to its field?” and “What makes it interesting?” The faculty member will then have 15 minutes either to read a short passage from the book or to offer some thoughts on its creation.

The two featured authors and their books are as follows:

  • Javier Corrales, professor of political science,  The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
  • Amrita Basu, Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science And Women's and Gender Studies and chair of political science, Women's Movements in the Global Era: the Power of Local Feminisms