Amherst College “IT Index” Tracks Student, Campus Tech Use Over Time

September 26, 2008  

AMHERST, Mass.—It’s a new academic year at Amherst College, which means a new class of undergraduates with new attitudes and aptitudes about technology—and, of course, new gadgets. Peter Schilling, the college’s director of information technology, provides the following snapshot of how students use technology and how wired the college is. Modeled after the Harper’s Index feature in Harper’s Magazine, Schilling calls it his own Amherst IT Index.

Amherst College Professor Ilán Stavans Publishes Book on Reviving the Hebrew Language

September 22, 2008               
Contact: Emanuel Costache ’09
Media Relations Intern

AMHERST, Mass.—Ilán Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor at Amherst College, has just published Resurrecting Hebrew ($21, Schocken, 2008), the story of how Hebrew was rescued from extinction to become the living language of a modern nation.

Zipcar Program at Amherst College Open to the Community Starting Oct. 1

September 18, 2008                                               
Contact: Emanuel Costache ’09
Media Relations Intern

AMHERST, Mass.—As part of the school’s continued support of the community and commitment to green initiatives, Amherst College is opening its Zipcar car sharing program to off-campus participants.

It’s Easy Being Green: Continued Strides in Sustainability at Amherst College

September 8, 2008   

AMHERST, Mass. — When Amherst College students returned to their alma mater last week, they may have noticed what Jim Brassord, director of facilities and associate treasurer for campus services, calls a “big green reminder of our commitment to the environment”: Solar panels on Mayo-Smith House, one of the most visible residence halls on campus located at the corner of Route 9 and 116 in Amherst.

Four More Amherst College Students Receive Awards for Study and Teaching Abroad

September 3, 2008    

AMHERST, Mass. — Four more members of Amherst College’s Class of 2008 have received prestigious awards for study and teaching abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. Sarah Craver ’08, Robyn Pront ’08 and Erika Sams ’08 were awarded French Government Teaching Assistantships, while Amanda Gibson ’08 received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship.

Andrew McCarthy, Former Federal Prosecutor, to Discuss the War on Terrorism Sept. 16 at Amherst College

September 8, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. – Andrew McCarthy, director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) Center for Law and Counterterrorism, will deliver a talk titled “Willful Blindness: A Prosecutor Tells Why Terrorism Cannot Be Fought with Prosecutions and Prosecutors” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Committee for the American Founding, the talk is free and open to the public.

Flutist Alison Hale, Guitarist Stephen Procter to Perform at Amherst College Sept. 19

September 8, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College flute instructor Alison Hale and guitarist Stephen Procter will perform on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert will feature tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonatina and classical period works by Mauro Giuliani and Francesco Molino.

Frost Library to Host Talk on the Diaries of Orra White Hitchcock Sept. 24

September 19, 2008               

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., Robert L. Herbert, professor emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, will give a talk on the diaries of Orra White Hitchcock, a well-known resident of the Pioneer Valley in the 1800s, in the Archives and Special Collections of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. Herbert will read the diaries’ heart-rending accounts of slavery in Richmond, Va., and passages describing what the writer saw on the streets of London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris at the time.

Author Porochista Khakpour to Read Her Work at Amherst Books Sept. 25

September 5, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. — Author Porochista Khakpour will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

New Amherst College Music Festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, Kicks Off Sept. 25

September 9, 2008
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music will kick off its new yearlong festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, with a performance workshop lead by drummer Bobby Previte and pianist and bassist Jamie Saft from 2 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 212 of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College on Thursday, Sept. 25. The event and the Faultlines festival—which is curated by saxophonist Jason Robinson, visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst—will celebrate jazz pluralism and experimentalism and feature some of the most creative and provocative artists in American music.




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