October 21, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the first-floor Periodicals Area, Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a fall book party recognizing new works by Amherst faculty in the humanities. Free and open to the public, the event will feature readings and presentations on books published by eight of the college’s professors in the past year.

“We hope this will be a fun and meaningful way to share with colleagues, students and the public at large the incredible research and creative work conducted at Amherst,” said Bryn Geffert, librarian of the college, adding that the library plans to host similar book parties for faculty in the social sciences and science in future semesters. “They really represent the amazing research and writing on campus and in this community.”

A colleague from any department on campus, selected by the author, will offer a 10-minute presentation about the book and address questions such as “Why is this an important work?,” “What contributions does it make to its field?” and “What makes it interesting?” The author will then have five minutes either to read a short passage from the book or to offer some thoughts on its creation. The eight authors and books are as follows:

• Laure Katsaros, assistant professor of French, Un Nouveau Monde Amoureux: Célibataires et prostituées au dix-neuvième siècle [A New World of Love: Bachelors and Prostitutes in Nineteenth-Century France]

• Carol Clark, the William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and American Studies, Charles Deas and 1840s America

• Andrew Dole, assistant professor of religion, Schleiermacher on Religion and the Natural Order

• Rick López, associate professor of history, Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans, and the State After the Revolution

• Hilary Moss, assistant professor of black studies and history, Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America

• Christian Rogowski, professor of German, The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema: Rediscovering Germany’s Filmic Legacy

• Paola Zamperini, associate professor of Asian languages and civilizations, Lost Bodies: Prostitution and Masculinity in Chinese Fiction

• Catherine Epstein, associate professor of history, Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Occupation of Western Poland