Behind the Glowing Screen

What is the Internet? Andrew Blum ’99—a journalist who writes about architecture and technology—stepped away from his computer and traveled cross-country and across the Atlantic “to understand what is behind the glowing screens.” Among the many places he visited were Facebook’s data center in Oregon and, in Lower Manhattan, a former Western Union building where the cables of different networks physically connect to one another. The result of these travels is his critically acclaimed book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet.

Deene D. Clark (1931–2012)

Amherst College notes the passing of The Rev. Dr. Deene D. Clark on Sept. 5, 2012. After 20 years in parish ministry, Clark came to the college on Aug. 25, 1985, as the assistant dean of students and assistant director of the Career Center. In August of 1986, he became the assistant director of career counseling and the Protestant religious advisor. In 1989, the former title was updated to Associate Director of Career Counseling, and in 1994, the latter title became Coordinator of Religious Affairs. Clark retired from the college on Jan. 1, 2000.


A Cannon for the Confederacy: The Legacy of Frazar Stearns

Submitted on Thursday, 3/15/2012, at 3:28 PM

By William Sweet

A century and a half ago, a member of the Amherst College Class of 1863 followed his chemistry professor into this country’s bloodiest conflict and returned in a coffin. After the body of Frazar Stearns—the son of the college’s fourth president, William Augustus Stearns—came back to Amherst, so did a cannon that he had helped reclaim from Confederate forces. It was a pale substitute for a 21-year-old with a promising future, but the “Amherst Cannon” would become a boon for historians.

Mead Art Museum Presents Lecture by Textile Artist Sonya Clark ’89 Oct. 11

October 1, 2001 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass. – In conjunction with the exhibition “18 Alumni Artists,” the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present a lecture by Sonya Clark ’89, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment, Textiles and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk, “From Hair to There: Cultural Roots as Artistic Inspiration,” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. A reception to mark the opening of the exhibition will follow.