Film and Media Studies Program Expands with New Faculty, Courses and Events

October 13, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Students in Adam Levine's Experimental Cinema course gathered together under a tree on Valentine Quad.
Students in Prof. Levine's spring 2015 Cinema Experiments
course meet under a tree near Chapin Chapel.

Now in its sixth year, Amherst’s Film and Media Studies (FAMS) Program recently appointed two new faculty members and is offering more courses (24 this academic year) and public film screenings (with internationally renowned artists and scholars) than ever before.

The FAMS program originated at Amherst in 2009 and officially launched as a major in fall 2010. Since then, the program has steadily gained momentum. Nine students have graduated as majors and nearly two dozen filmmakers and scholars have shown their work on campus. In fall 2014, Adam Levine, assistant professor of art, film and media studies, oversaw the installation of a black box studio in Fayerweather Hall; students majoring in film and media studies, as well as art and the history of art, can access it any time, day or night.

Last fall, Professor Amelie Hastie—the first FAMS faculty member and current chair of the program—oversaw the hires of new faculty members Pooja Rangan and Joshua Guilford.

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A New Room for Emily Dickinson: Amherst Poet’s Bedroom Undergoes Historic Renovation

October 6, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Emily's mantel

Plans for restoring the home of Amherst-born poet Emily Dickinson have been underway since 2003, when Amherst College acquired the house next door (owned by Emily’s brother Austin) and merged the two historic homes to create the Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens.

Now the renovation of Emily’s bedroom—where she composed nearly all 1,789 of her poems—is not only complete, but historically accurate, from the books on her mantel to the reproduction wallpaper created from pieces discovered above her ceiling.

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