Novelist Judith Frank To Read at Amherst College Nov. 15

November 8, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Judith Frank, author and associate professor of English at Amherst College, will read from her novel, Crybaby Butch, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, in the Alumni House at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public.

"Fearless and unflinching, Crybaby Butch rigorously explores butch/femme dynamics over two generations," says Claire Messud. "Judy Frank's debut novel is searing and memorable." Frank has published stories in other voices and The Massachusetts Review, which published a chapter of Crybaby Butch for which Frank was awarded the fiction prize of the Astraea Foundation's Emerging Lesbian Writer's Fund in 2000.
Frank received a Ph.D. in English literature and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Cornell University. Her published work includes the book Common Ground: Eighteenth Century English Satiric Fiction and the Poor.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. See the Center's Website,, for more information.


Goodwill Ambassador Kim Phuc To Speak At Amherst College Nov. 4

November 2, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Kim Phuc, subject of one of the most memorable photographs of the Vietnam War, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Phuc's lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Religion and supported by the Willis Wood Fund, is a part of "The Pain of War," an exhibition of more than 60 prints, photographs, videos and other media images that address the theme of suffering associated with war, at the Mead Art Museum from Oct. 28 until Dec. 19.

Phuc is currently a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At nine years old, Phuc was depicted fleeing from her village with burns from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. The recognition she received from Nick Ut's famous photograph helped her get her treatment at special burn clinics, where she survived 17 operations and underwent plastic surgery that effectively saved her life. Her lecture will address how she overcame pain, fear and death to give back to the community with a message of the power of humanity.


Lessons from Thucydides at Amherst College Nov. 17

November 1, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Classicists Barry Strauss, Paula Debnar and Alan Boegehold will present "Lessons from Ancient History:" A Panel on Thucydides, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Amherst Department of Classics, the discussion and reception to follow are free and open to the public.

Strauss, the author The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece-and Western Civilization (2004), is a professor of classics and history at Cornell University. Debnar is a professor of classics at Mount Holyoke College, and author of "Speaking the Same Language: Speech and Audience in Thucydides' Spartan Debates." Boegehold, a professor emeritus of classics at Brown University and author of the "The Lawcourts at Athens" and numerous studies of Greek history, archaeology, and literature, taught at Amherst College in 2002-03.





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