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Virtual Lecture February 2014: Deborah Gewertz

Monday, 4/21/2014, at 1:08 PM

The anthropology of food does far more than celebrate the world’s various foodways.  In this lecture, Deborah Gewertz will show that anthropologists study food because of its cross-cultural significance in, for example, creating groups, building kinship, defining the holy, verifying personal and moral value, and shaping relations of equality and inequality.

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Amherst Reads April 2014: Melissa Kantor '91 and Nancy Updike '91

Monday, 4/21/2014, at 1:06 PM

In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

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Amherst Reads March 2014: Michael Gorra ’79 and Alicia Christoff

Monday, 4/21/2014, at 1:05 PM

Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American progenitor of the modern novel, combining elements of biography, criticism, and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady (1881). Gorra, an eminent literary critic, shows how this novel—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place.

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Amherst Reads February 2014: Jonathon Keats '94 andAlexander George

Monday, 4/21/2014, at 12:15 PM

According to Vasari, the young Michelangelo often borrowed drawings of past masters, which he copied, returning his imitations to the owners and keeping originals. Half a millennium later, Andy Warhol made a game of "forging" the Mona Lisa, questioning the entire concept of originality.

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Amherst Reads February 2014: Jonathon Keats '94 and Alexander George

Wednesday, 2/12/2014, at 10:40 AM

According to Vasari, the young Michelangelo often borrowed drawings of past masters, which he copied, returning his imitations to the owners and keeping originals. Half a millennium later, Andy Warhol made a game of "forging" the Mona Lisa, questioning the entire concept of originality. Forged explores art forgery from ancient times to the present. In chapters combining lively biography with insightful art criticism, Jonathon Keats profiles individual art forgers and connects their stories to broader themes about the role of forgeries in society.

Keats-George AR interview FINAL.mp3

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Amherst Reads January 2014: Mark Gerchick '73, P'13 and Al Checchi '70

Wednesday, 2/12/2014, at 10:36 AM

"Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight," our pilots still intone. But who are they kidding? In Full Upright and Locked Position, former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001.


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Amherst Reads December 2013: Fred Hoxie '69 and Kiara Vigil

Wednesday, 2/12/2014, at 10:34 AM

In this bold and sweeping counter narrative to our conventional understanding of Native American history, celebrated academic historian Frederick E. Hoxie presents the story of Native American political activism—a chronicle that spans more than two hundred years. Highlighting the activists—some famous and some unknown beyond their own communities—who have sought to bridge the distance between indigenous cultures and the U.S. republic through legal and political campaigns, Hoxie weaves a powerful narrative that connects the individual to the tribe, the tribe to the nation, and the nation to broader historical processes and progressive movements.


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Amherst Reads November 2013: Helen Wan '95 and Michele Barale

Tuesday, 2/11/2014, at 3:08 PM

In the eyes of her corporate law firm, Ingrid Yung is a "two-fer." As a Chinese-American woman about to be ushered into the elite rank of partner, she's the face of Parsons Valentine & Hunt LLP's recruiting brochures - their treasured "Golden Girl." But behind the firm's welcoming façade lies the scotch-sipping, cigar-smoking old-boy network that shuts out lawyers like Ingrid. To compensate, Ingrid gamely plays in the softball league, schmoozes in the corporate cafeteria, and puts in the billable hours - until a horrifically offensive performance at the law firm's annual summer outing throws the carefully constructed image way out of equilibrium. Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new "Diversity Initiative" and commands a reluctant Ingrid to spearhead the effort, taking her priority away from the enormous deal that was to be the final step in securing partnership. For the first time, Ingrid finds herself at odds with her colleagues - including her handsome, golden-boy boyfriend--in a clash of class, race, and sexual politics.


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Amherst Reads October 2013: Tess Taylor '99 and Erica Ehrenberg '00

Tuesday, 11/5/2013, at 3:38 PM

In The Forage House, the speaker unravels a rich and troubling history. Some of her ancestors were the Randolph Jeffersons, one of Virginia's most prominent slaveholding families. Some were New England missionaries. Some were dirt-poor Appalachians. And one was the brilliant, controversial Thomas Jefferson.

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Amherst Reads September 2013: Dan Brown ’86 and Prof. Rick Griffiths

Tuesday, 11/5/2013, at 2:18 PM

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante's Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

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David Mayhew '58

David Mayhew
 David Mayhew '58 speaks at Amherst College on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Henry Steele Commager: Celebrating One of Amherst’s Legends

On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115), Amherst College honored the life and career of one of America’s most important historians and teachers with a symposium on “Henry Steele Commager: Celebrating One of Amherst’s Legends.” Featuring prominent historians, lawyers and others who knew Commager well, the event marks the end of a year-long special project by the Amherst College Library’s Archives and Special Collections to arrange and describe Commager’s papers, making them available for the public.

Charles Butterworth, "Islamic Political Philosophy"

Charles Butterworth, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, gave a talk titled "Islamic Political Philosophy and its Significance Today" on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room. Butterworth specializes in medieval Arabic and Islamic political philosophy.

Simon Schama, "Righteous Uproar or Deafening Silence," April 25, 2007

Simon Schama
Simon Schama speaks in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

Historian Simon Schama gave a talk titled “Righteous Uproar or Deafening Silence: Remembering the

Strobe Talbott, "A Consequential Aberration: George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy—and Beyond," April 19, 2007

Strobe Talbott
Strobe Talbott speaks in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, at Amherst College on Thursday, April 19, 2007.
Strobe Talbott, the John J.

Heidi Brayman Hackel, "Dumb Eloquence: Chirology on the Shakespearean Stage," April 17, 2007

Renaissance scholar Heidi Brayman Hackel of Oregon State University spoke on “Dumb Eloquence: Chirology on the Shakespearean Stage” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the English Department at Amherst College and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund, the event was free and open to the public.

Harold Varmus '61, "The Future of Science in the 21st Century," April 16, 2007

Harold Varmus '61
Harold Varmus '61 speaks in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College on Monday, April 16, 2007.

Richard Carmona, “Parting Words from a Surgeon General: Addressing Public Health Concerns,” April 1, 2007

Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, recently retired Surgeon General of the United States, delivered a lecture titled “Parting Words from a Surgeon General: Addressing Public Health Concerns” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Carmona spoke on his role as Surgeon General in eliminating health disparities and increasing health literacy in underserved communities. Sponsored by the Schwemm Lecture Fund, the Association of Amherst Students, the Office of the President, the Martin Luther, Jr.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, "Healing Communities Torn by Racism and Violence," March 29, 2007

Rigoberta Menchu Tum
Rigoberta Menchú Tum speaks in Johnson Chapel on Thursday, March 29, 2007.