Amherst Reads' February Pick: Loneliness as a Way of Life by Thomas Dumm

February 19, 2009 e-News

“What does it mean to be lonely?” asks Dumm, a professor of political science at Amherst, in this month’s book club selection. His inquiry, documented in Loneliness, takes the reader beyond social circumstances and into the deeper forces that shape our very existence as modern individuals. Weigh in with your thoughts on the Amherst Reads Web site.

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Times Reviewer: Emeritus Music Prof's "Amazing," if "Overlooked"

February 19, 2009 e-News

In the “Talk to the Newsroom” question-and-answer feature with readers, Anthony Tommasini, the New York Times chief classical music critic, mentions Lewis Spratlan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Life is a Dream as one he considers particularly deserving of more attention.

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Need an Amherst Sports Fix?

February 19, 2009 e-News

Catch the live video JeffCasts of the men’s and women’s basketball games Feb. 21 or check out photos from various athletics contests this year on Flickr.

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Staring at the Sun

February 4, 2009 e-News

For centuries before the advent of computers or GPS navigation, sailors used the stars, sun and moon to determine their own locations in the vastness of the sea. That’s what 12 students began learning to do in Henry Parker Hirschel’s interterm course, “Celestial Navigation.

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"We Don't Need Tickets-Let's Just Go"

February 4, 2009 e-News

Alain Hunkins ’90 joined the thousands on the National Mall for the inauguration of Barack Obama Jan. 20. He described the day in an online extra for Amherst magazine.

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Russian Professor's Book Gets a Review to Dance For

February 4, 2009 e-News

“This is a fantastic book,” reads a Jan. 25 New York Times Sunday Book Review piece on Ballet’s Magic Kingdom: Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925, a collection of essays on Russian ballet edited and translated by Henry Steele Commager Professor and Professor of Russian Stanley J. Rabinowitz. “[It] is a must for anyone claiming a love of ballet.”

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