Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum Launches New Episodes of Museum Audio Tours

February 18, 2009     
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.— Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum has launched a series of new episodes of its Museum Audio Tours podcast. Recorded by students in the museum’s volunteer docent program, the episodes explore works of art that are currently on display.

Amherst College Prof Martha Sandweiss Publishes Passing Strange, the Tale of a 19th-Century Man Who Crossed the Color Line

February 2, 2009               

AMHERST, Mass.—Martha Sandweiss, professor of American studies and history at Amherst College, has just published Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line ($27.95, The Penguin Press, 2009), the extraordinary story of Clarence King, a 19th-century white explorer, geologist and writer who, for 13 years, lived a double life as a black Pullman porter and steel worker named James Todd.

Amherst College Faultlines Festival Announces Spring Lineup; Kickoff to Feature Workshops by Acclaimed Pianists Curtis Clark and Connie Crothers

January 29, 2009
For immediate release

Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—The yearlong Amherst College music festival Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century has unveiled its Spring 2009 schedule. 

Former N.J. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Environmentalist Bill McKibben to Discuss “Containing Carbon: Markets, Morals and Mobilization” at Amherst College Feb. 4

January 14, 2008   

AMHERST, Mass.—Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Bill McKibben, environmentalist and writer, will participate in a discussion titled “Containing Carbon: Markets, Morals and Mobilization” at a forum at Amherst College on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Museum Forum, an Open Discussion about Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, Slated for Feb. 4

January 28, 2009     
For Immediate Release                    

Elizabeth Barker
Director and Chief Curator, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass. — Art-loving residents of the Pioneer Valley, in addition to Amherst College faculty, students and staff, are invited to attend the second Museum Forum of the 2008-2009 academic year on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum on the college’s campus.

Frost Library to Host Book Launch of Amherst Professor Marni Sandweiss’ Passing Strange Feb. 5

January 29, 2008  

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a book launch of Professor of American Studies and History Marni Sandweiss’ new book, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line ($27.95, The Penguin Press, 2009), in the periodicals area on the main floor of the building at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Former Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy to Speak at Amherst College’s Martin Luther King Day Multifaith Service Feb. 6

January 14, 2008   

Listen to an audio recording of Rev. Fauntroy's address below.

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AMHERST, Mass.—Veteran civil rights activist the Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and former U.S. Congressman, will lead the annual multifaith service in celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include music performed by Amherst students, readings from Dr. King’s writings and an address by Fauntroy, a good friend and confidante of Dr. King himself before his assassination.

Orion String Quartet to Perform at Amherst College Feb. 7

January 29, 2009
For immediate release

Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—The Music at Amherst Series will open the second half of its 2008-09 season with the acclaimed Orion String Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Emily Dickinson Museum Begins Hedge Restoration Project Early February; Public Information Meeting about Initiative Slated for Feb. 7

Feb. 4, 2009
Contact: Jane H. Wald
Executive Director

AMHERST, Mass—In its continuing efforts to maintain the most historically accurate landmark possible, the Emily Dickinson Museum will replace its hemlock hedge and reconstruct the fences, gates and gateposts spanning the southern border of the Dickinson property starting the week of Feb. 9.

Amherst College Religion Department to Host Four-Part Lecture Series on “Paul, Judaism and the Roman Empire” Feb. 10, 24 and March 10, 24

February 5, 2009

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College’s Department of Religion and Willis D. Wood Fund will host and sponsor a lecture series titled “Paul, Judaism, and the Roman Empire” at 8 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Pruyne Lecture Hall on the Tuesday evenings of Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 24.

Prominent Economist Ron Ferguson to Discuss Education and Economics at Amherst College Feb. 11

February 5, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – Ron Ferguson, lecturer in public policy at Harvard University and economist and senior research associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, will give a talk titled “Toward Excellence with Equity: Helping ALL Children Reach their Full Potential” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Amherst College’s Alumni House.