Crazy Nights In

It’s late, but I’m still pretty hyped up from the awesome night that I just had! Tonight, Amherst Christian Fellowship (ACF) just had its second “Text-a-Toastie” event of the year. The idea, I believe, first came up at university fellowships in the UK (hence the use of the word “toastie” for toasted or grilled sandwich) and has since been brought to different schools at the U.S. — for us, it was a recent alumnus who had studied abroad in the UK.

Sarat Receives Lasting Contribution Award for 1980 Article on Legal Disputes

Austin D. Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, has been selected to receive the Lasting Contribution Award from the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts section for his scholarly article “The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming.”

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.”

What They Are Reading

We asked Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm what he has been reading lately. Here’s what he told us:

I can’t distinguish between reading for leisure and reading for work any more. These days, everything feels like it has the potential to be a subject for political thinking. I even read the National Enquirer occasionally, trying to solve a mystery: what keeps Britney Spears in the news as much as Hillary Clinton?

Work in Progress

By Emily Gold Boutilier After spending 20 years on his book Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, which won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize, William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, had to decide what—if any—major work to tackle next. The Khrushchev project had been “frustrating and maddening,” he says, “but, ultimately, very satisfying.” So he decided to write another biography—on another Soviet leader.