Coming in for a Landing

By Katherine Duke '05

If you happened to pass near the statue of Robert Frost on the First-Year Quad March 26, you may have noticed some unusual avian visitors to the Amherst campus: a flock of 30 white porcelain bird sculptures arranged on the ground. Artist Christy Hengst ’89—who made a guest appearance March 25 in the Theater and Dance course “Scripts and Scores” and delivered a public lecture in Paino Lecture Room—brought her traveling installation Birds in the Park to campus for a one-day showing; the flock appeared in the morning and “flew away” by early evening.

Bio Lab Provides Lessons for Students, Research for National Study

March 2, 2010

Research conducted as part of three intro biology labs last semester will become part of a national study. The research, conducted in sections of the course “Molecules, Genes and Cells,” will be contributed to the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP), a collaboration among more than 60 colleges and universities across the country and spearheaded by the Washington University in St. Louis’ biology department and Genome Sequencing Center. Other institutions involved in the GEP include California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obiospo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Georgetown and Duke Universities and Macalester and Pomona Colleges, to name a few.

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 Amherst College in the coming academic year to teach courses that will allow students to benefit from their unparalleled expertise.

Amherst College Biology Prof Links Darwin’s Theories of Natural and Sexual Selection to Hummingbird Discoveries

March 26, 2010                                 

AMHERST, Mass.—Explanations for the differences in appearance and behavior between males and females of many animal species may still elude scientists, but Amherst College biology professor Ethan Temeles and his colleagues are two steps closer to understanding how hummingbirds of both sexes eat and mate.

World-Renowned Russian Literature Translators to Speak at Amherst College March 3

February 17, 2010                                                    

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College will host a conversation with world-renowned Russian literature translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on Wednesday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the periodicals area of the school’s Frost Library.

Harvard Law, University of Illinois Professors to Discuss “Post Racialism: Fact or Fantasy?” at Amherst College March 3

February 15, 2010                                                    

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, March 3, Amherst College’s Houston Forum Lecture Series “Post Racialism: Fact or Fantasy?” will host a panel discussion at 4:15 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Fayerweather Hall featuring Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign history professor David Roediger.

Northwestern U. Philosopher Jennifer Lackey to Discuss “Testimony: Depending on Others” at Amherst College March 4

February 24, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—Jennifer Lackey, associate professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, will speak about “Testimony: Depending on Others” on Thursday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall.

Mead Art Museum to Host a Public Conversation with Scholar, Curator and Collector William H. Gerdts March 4

January 27, 2010
Contact: Karen Cardinal
Accounting, Web and Marketing Manager, Mead Art Museum

AMHERST, Mass.—The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will welcome back to campus William H. Gerdts, an eminent historian of American art and one of the college’s most distinguished alumni in the arts, in a free public program on Thursday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

Pianist Alissa Leiser to Perform Recital of Solo and Chamber Works at Amherst College on Mar. 7

February 9, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music presents a recital of solo and chamber music works by Alissa Leiser, piano instructor at Amherst since 1998, on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center on campus.

Amherst College Faultlines Festival to Feature Performance by the Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Duo March 7

February 18, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, the yearlong Amherst College music festival, continues Sunday, March 7, with a concert featuring genre-bending Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann and renowned jazz guitarist Ben Monder at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall on the college’s campus.

The Belle is Back: Emily Dickinson Museum Sponsors Benefit Performance Of The Belle of Amherst featuring Barbara Dana

February 25, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—The Emily Dickinson Museum presents a benefit performance of William Luce’s critically praised play, The Belle of Amherst, with acclaimed actress Barbara Dana at 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 11, at the Kirby Memorial Theater at Amherst College.

Argentine Photographer and Activist to Discuss Turning Terrorism into a Fotonovela at Amherst College March 25

March 8, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass.—Renowned Argentine photographer and human rights activist Marcelo Brodsky will have a public conversation with Amherst College’s Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, titled “Once @ 9:53: Turning Terrorism into a Fotonovela” on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Amherst’s Stirn Auditorium.