Baseball team to tour Japan with reading list, professors, to play historic games

Submitted on Friday, 8/1/2014, at 7:01 AM

By Peter Rooney

Amherst College played Williams College in the first intercollegiate baseball game 155 years ago. In August, the team travels to Japan to make history again, playing a series of games against Doshisha University,  a private college in Kyoto founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870. 

Reinventing Tokyo: Ambitious Exhibition at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum Chronicles Tokyo’s Many Transformations

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/9/2012, at 5:04 PM

October 4, 2012

By Peter Rooney

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Night in Shinjuku (Shinjuku yakei), from the series Fifteen Scenes of Last Tokyo in Original Woodcut (Tokyo kaiko zue), by Maekawa Senpan (1888–1960), is one of the images featured in the Mead Art Museum's exhibition Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination.

AMHERST, Mass.—Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination, on view through December, is the most ambitious exhibition in the history of Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum. It is the first exhibition in the United States, and perhaps the Western Hemisphere, to artistically examine Tokyo and its various transformations—by fire in the 19th century, the catastrophic earthquake of 1923, the firebombing in World War II and modern industrialization and development—over the past 145 years.

Tekla Harms and Samuel Morse on Mass Appeal

The Springfield-area NBC News affiliate’s hour-long morning show tapped geology professor Tekla Harms and art and the history of art professor Samuel Morse to discuss the science of earthquakes and tsunamis and the art and culture of Japan, respectively, for a March 22 program focusing on Japan and the aftermath of its recent earthquake.