Playwright and Actor Anna Deavere Smith to Speak on Campus on April 13

March 22, 2016

Anna Deavere Smith Amherst College will welcome acclaimed playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith for a program titled “Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition” at Buckley Recital Hall on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Inside-Out: Students and Inmates Learn as Peers

Amherst students and Hampshire County inmates share an educational experience unlike any other

By Rachel Rogol
January 6, 2016

Inside Out prison exchange

Amherst students Sylvia Hickman ’16 and Teresa Frenzel ’17 with inside students Phillip and Tyler, chatting after their last class together at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction

Last semester, Sylvia Hickman ’16 enrolled in the Amherst course “Equality and Violence,” which met every week at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton, Mass.

Organized as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the course brought 10 Amherst and Hampshire College undergraduates (“outside students”) and eight incarcerated men (“inside students”) together as peers. The course focused on gender, racial and class inequality, and how these disparities are linked to violence and sexual assault on college campuses, in prisons and in the wider world. 

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Video: Mead exhibit and accompanying catalogue celebrate 20th-century American artist Josef Albers

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On view at the Mead Art Museum through Jan. 3, Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries celebrates the juncture of art and science in the work of 20th-century American artist, teacher and color practitioner Josef Albers. Watch the video to see footage from the exhibit and peek inside pages of the accompanying catalogue, available now from Amherst College Press.

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Theater and Dance Presents Bittersweet Chekhov Comedy

Kirby Theater transforms into pre-revolutionary Russia for 8 p.m. performances ThursdaySaturday and a Sunday matinee.

October 28, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

The Cherry Orchard
In Amherst's production of The Cherry Orchard, acting and
design work by students and faculty takes center stage.

In the early morning hours of a crisp spring day, at the turn of the 20th century, sunlight creeps across the branches of blossoming cherry trees in the orchard of the Ranevskaya family’s estate.

So begins Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, a four-act play about one family’s effort to save their home and celebrated orchard, presented by Amherst’s Theater and Dance department Thursday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1.

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Original Play by Professor Wendy Woodson Connects Imagery, Memory and More

October 13, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Dora  

Ecology. Resistance fighters. A case study by Sigmund Freud. These are the underlying themes of Dora, an original performance about two people who meet and lose one another repeatedly against continually shifting landscapes of history and memory.

Written and performed by Wendy Woodson, Amherst's Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and DanceDora simultaneously explores the relationship between its two characters and the many possible connections between images and human memory. "Dora is not a naturalistic or realistic play," Woodson says, "but rather a series of encounters."

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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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