Amherst College to Honor Three Former Teachers of Graduating Seniors with Swift Moore Teaching Awards May 23

April 29, 2010           

AMHERST, Mass. — Three secondary school instructors who challenged, inspired and moved members of Amherst College’s Class of 2010 will be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards during the school’s 189thCommencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 23.

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Poet Mary Jo Salter, Nobel Laureate Paul Nurse Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst Commencement

April 20, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—South African activist Zackie Achmat, founder of the AIDS/HIV advocacy group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC); Joshua M. Epstein ’76, a pioneer in agent-based computational modeling; Walter Dean Myers, author of children’s and young adult literature; Sir Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University and Nobel laureate; advocate Harvey J. Rosenfield ’74, founder of Consumer Watchdog; Mary Jo Salter, an award-winning poet who is also a playwright, lyricist, essayist and reviewer; Dame Marjorie Scardino, CEO of the education and media company Pearson PLC; and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 189th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Live, from Amherst and Berkeley, in Real-Time

April 14, 2010

When visiting professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson takes the stage at Buckley Recital Hall for a concert with pianist Myra Melford April 25, he’ll have one very important issue on his mind that most musicians usually don’t: whether or not his Web stream will drop.

Amherst College Study Finds That Getting in Sync Hones Individual Abilities and Cooperation

April 14, 2010                       

AMHERST, Mass.—Groups who move together in time during an exercise (such as soldiers marching, sports teams warming up for a game or warriors performing a ritualistic dance prior to a hunt) don’t just strengthen their relationships with one another—they actually sharpen their individual skills and perform better as a unit as a result, according to new research conducted by Amherst College psychology professor Piercarlo Valdesolo; his student, Amherst senior Jennifer Ouyang; and Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno.

Amherst College Junior John Ware Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

April 9, 2010                                     

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College junior John Ware, a physics major from West Hartford, Conn., is one of just 278 sophomores and juniors from across the United States to receive Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Haiti Hunger Banquet to Highlight Diet Disparities

April 2, 2010

Most diners at the Hunger Banquet being held Wednesday at AmherstCollege will be eating rice and beans on the floor, but a select few will be served griot, a grilled pork dish, accompanied by other upscale Haitian delicacies.

The disparity highlights income and dietary differences in most of the developing world. And it’s the concept for a fundraiser being sponsored by various groups at AmherstCollege on Wednesday April 7, at 6 p.m. in Lewis Sebring Dining Hall. The suggested donation for the dinner is $5.

Music at Amherst Chamber Series Continues with Performance by Violinist Jennifer Koh and Pianist Shai Wosner April 1

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

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music will present a recital by Jennifer Koh, violin, and Shai Wosner, piano, on Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege.

Author Lizzie Simon to Discuss Bipolar Disorder at Amherst College April 1

March 8, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass.—Lizzie Simon, speaker and author of the book Detour: My Bipolar Trip in 4-D, will discuss her own experiences with mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder), its stigma and wellness at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Amherst College’s Keefe Campus Center on Wednesday, April 1.

Harvard Philosopher Christine M. Korsgaard to Discuss the Evolution of Morality at Amherst College April 8

March 23, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, HarvardUniversity philosophy professor Christine M. Korsgaard will present the fifth Amherst Lecture in Philosophy.

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College to Host the Get Smart with Art! Open House April 10

March 4, 2010
Contact: Pamela Russell
Coordinator of College Programs
413/542 8229

AMHERST, Mass.—On Saturday, April 10, from noon to 4 p.m., the MeadArt Museum at AmherstCollege will host a museum-wide open house showcasing its current exhibitions and latest projects at an event titled Get Smart with Art! The fun-filled afternoon of activities for all ages is free and open to the public.

Author Deanna Fei to Hold Reading at Amherst Books April 12

March 18, 2010                                             

AMHERST, Mass. —Author Deanna Fei, a member of Amherst College’s Class of 1999, will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 12, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.).

Amherst College Students to Direct Pros in George Bizet’s Carmen on April 17

March 24, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music presents a student-directed and student-designed production of George Bizet’s Carmen on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege.

Dave Holland Quintet Closes 2009-10 Music at Amherst Parallels Series April 18

March 24, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Music at Amherst Parallels Series closes its inaugural season with a performance by the Dave Holland Quintet on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege.

Temple University History Professor to Discuss U.S.-Russia Relationship at Amherst College April 19

March 12, 2010                                                        

AMHERST, Mass.—On Monday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in the reading room of Amherst College’s Center for Russian Culture (Webster Hall, room 202), Temple University history professor Vladislav Zubok will discuss “Russia and the U.S.: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”