Who Knows: LJST Professor Lawrence Douglas on the International Criminal Court

With a new U.S. president moving into the White House in January, many around the world are hoping for increased American involvement in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The independent, permanent court, formed in 2002, tries people accused of the most serious crimes of international concern. Amherst’s Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and an expert on international courts and war crimes trials, spoke with Director of Media Relations Caroline Hanna about the organization and what he sees in its future.

Who Knows: Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, on Thanksgiving

Editor’s Update: Writer and editor Katherine Duke ’05 sat down with Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology just before Thanksgiving 2008 to get an anthropologist’s perspective on the biggest meal of the year.

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Who Knows: Astronomy Professor George Greenstein and the first photographic evidence of “Extrasolar Planets”

It was a discovery some thought might not occur for decades:  the first photos – blurry yes, but photos nonetheless – of planets orbiting stars other than the sun. Not surprisingly, the discovery has excited the astronomy community around the world. George Greenstein, the Sidney Dillon Professor of Astronomy at Amherst, happens to be teaching a course this semester titled The Unseen Universe. He spoke with Public Affairs Director Peter Rooney recently to offer insight on these no longer unseen planets.

Who Knows: Professor Adam Honig on Market Meltdowns

Adam Honig’s seminar this semester about financial crises in developing countries has an added dose of relevance, now that the United States is experiencing a financial crisis of its own that could impact the financial future and career prospects of many Amherst students.

Honig, assistant professor of economics and an expert on financial crises in developing countries, fielded some questions from Director of Public Affairs  Peter Rooney about his course, implications of the financial crisis in the United States, and his thoughts on where things are headed.

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Who Knows: Economics Professor Geoffrey Woglom

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Marjan Hajibandeh ’09E talks about downturns, gas prices and bubble phenomena, among other things, with economics department chair Geoffrey Woglom, the Richard S. Volpert ’56 Professor of Economics, for our new “Who Knows” series. Feel free to log and add comments.

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