“The More Thoughtful We Are, the Better Our World Will Be,” Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx Tells Class of 2011

May 23, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. — In his annual address at Amherst College’s 190th Commencement Exercises this morning, President Anthony W. Marx reminded the school’s graduates of the investment of “hope and effort” that their alma mater has made in them, and charged the new alumni to apply their intellectual skills to moral problems and pursue their passions in ways that contribute to the greater good.

Gail Kern Paster

Gail Kern Paster
Doctor of Letters

Gail Kern Paster has been director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., since 2002 and will retire from the position on July 1, 2011.

Folger Shakespeare Library Names New Director

April 27, 2011

Washington, D.C.—Michael Witmore, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature as well as a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts, has been named director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the sixth in the library’s 79-year history.

Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, Chef and Restaurateur Alice Waters and France Finance Minister Christine Lagarde Among Eight to Be Honored at Amherst College Commencement May 22

May 3, 2011

** Editor’s Note: Christine Lagarde, who had been invited as an Honored Guest for Commencement Weekend, regrettably had to cancel her visit to the College. All other Commencement events will take place as scheduled. **

AMHERST, Mass.—John Abele ’59, founder of the Boston Scientific Corporation; Adam Falk, president of Williams College; Andrew Kendall ’83, president of the nonprofit Trustees of Reservations; Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry for France; Gail Kern Paster, outgoing director of the Folger Shakespeare Library; Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank; Alice Waters, chef and restaurateur; and Kimmie Weeks ’05, founder and director of Youth Action International, will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 190th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. on the school’s campus.

The Folger’s own Ariel

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imageWashington, D.C., students in the Julius Caesar cast
By Gail Kern Paster

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imageAt the bottom of her copy of Titles of Honor, Lady Anne Clifford noted that she finished reading the book on March 1, 1638.By Gail Kern Paster

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Students perform scenes from Macbeth at the
Folger's Children's Shakespeare Festival.

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