David S. Reynolds '70 presents his new book, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

Thurs., Oct. 2 - Save the Date!

Author Appearance/Book Signing

David S. Reynolds presents his new book, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson
Thursday, October 2, 2008
7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE/Upper West Side
2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.),  New York, NY 10024

Advance Praise for Waking Giant:

“Offers a fine addition to the literature on pre-Civil War American history in this account of the years 1815-1848.”
                                        --Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable synthesis, impressive on many levels….Award-winning historian Reynolds charts the political, cultural, economic, artistic, scientific and religious currents roiling America from the Era of Good Feelings to the verge of the Civil War.”
                                           --starred review, Kirkus

“Highly recommended….Bancroft Prize winner Reynolds has produced a thorough chronicle of America from 1815 to 1848.”
                                                                 --Library Journal

David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  His previous books include John Brown, Abolitionist; Walt Whitman’s America; Beneath the American Renaissance; and Faith in Fiction.   He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and  runner-up National Book Critics Circle Award.

Amherst CASHMERE for the winter debuts

Submitted by Alan R. Goodman on Thursday, 3/5/2009, at 9:16 AM

Class of 1973 member Attorney Alan "Benny" Goodman

launched recently



which features a beautiful and expanding line of Amherst purple 100 % cashmere clothing

items and accessories.  Get decked out, layered, and wrapped in our school colors this winter.

Show your true colors!


Charles Patterson Discusses his book Eternal Treblinka

 Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Manhattan Library
The New York Public Library
40th Street and 5th Avenue, 6th floor
(elevators access the 6th floor after 6 p.m.) New York, NY 10016

Charles Patterson Discussing
Eternal Treblinka
Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust

Eternal Treblinka shows the common roots of Nazi genocide and modern society's enslavement and slaughter of animals. The title comes from Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, who wrote, "For the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." The book concludes with profiles of Jewish and German animal activists with links to the Holocaust.

"In his thoughts, Herman spoke a eulogy for the mouse who had shared a portion of her life with him and who because of him, had left this earth. 
"What do they know--all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world--about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."
--Isaac Bashevis Singer, "The Letter Writer"
I urge you to read Eternal Treblinka and think deeply about its important message.
--Dr. Jane Goodall
Compelling, controversial, iconoclastic...strongly recommended...a unique contribution.
--Midwest Book Review
Eternal Treblinka should be on every list of essential reading for an informed citizenry...for the compelling comprehensiveness of the life-and-death story it tells.
--National Jewish Post & Opinion
Charles Patterson, a social historian, Holocaust educator, editor, therapist, and author, is a graduate of Amherst College, Columbia University (Ph.D.), and the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Education in Jerusalem. For many years he has reviewed books and films for Martyrdom and Resistance, published by the International Society of Yad Vashem. He reviewed major histories of the Holocaust by Yehuda Bauer and Martin Gilbert and films such as The Partisans of Vilna and The Wannsee Conference.

Dr. Patterson’s review essay--Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka--was included in A Legacy Recorded: An Anthology of Martyrdom and Resistance (Harvey Rosenfeld and Eli Zborowski, editors), which was dedicated to "the survivors of the Holocaust, whose Spirit and Soul are embodied in this book."

Dr. Patterson, who grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, now lives in New York City. He is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.

All programs are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation.

Cliff Gallant '93 to speak on AIG

Submitted by Ryan O. O'Donnell on Thursday, 3/5/2009, at 9:16 AM

Cliff Gallant '93 will speak on behalf of Keefe Bruyette & Woods in an interview with Charles Gibson as a part of ABC's World News Tonight.

Cliff will be discussing the turmoil surrounding AIG.

Ryan O'Donnell '08



Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard


invite you to an exclusive screening and discussion of


Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
George Lucas Building, 108
850 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

6:30 p.m. reception with writer-director Ted Braun’82 and
executive producer Dean Schramm’84

The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Q&A immediately following

PRICE: Donation of $5 to the Amherst Association of Southern California, payable at the door.

RSVP & QUESTIONS: Please telephone or e-mail Gail A. Glick ’91 no later than July 18, 2008 at (310) 203-9983 or gail@gailglick.com to RSVP and to let us know how many guests will accompany you.

Please join us for a special screening of Darfur Now, written and directed by Ted Braun ’82 and produced by Dean Schramm ’84. This critically acclaimed documentary explores the ongoing Sudanese conflict through the experiences of six individuals trying to stop the atrocities. Featuring unprecedented access to the people of Darfur, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) and others, the film is a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity’s darkest hours - an urgent call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe in Darfur.

Darfur Now was produced by the Academy Award winning producer of Crash, Cathy Schulman, Academy Award nominated actor Don Cheadle, and three-time Academy Award winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris. The film was financed by Participant Productions and Warner Independent Pictures, who also released the film theatrically worldwide. 

Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007, was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for best documentary by the Broadcast Critics (Critics Choice Awards), the Chicago Film Critics Society, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the International Press Academy and by Cinema for Peace. For his work writing and directing the picture, The International Documentary Association awarded Ted Braun their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named Ted Braun, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and George Clooney as one of twenty-five filmmakers whose work has changed the world.
Ted Braun and Dean Schramm will join Amherst and Williams College alumni for a private reception prior to the film and will discuss Darfur Now and answer questions after the screening.

To park at USC on campus, parking passes can be purchased for $8 at the Gate 5 entrance to USC at McClintock & Jefferson. After purchasing your pass, drive past the gate, take a left onto 34th Street, and pull up to the stop sign in front of the George Lucas Building.  From there, make a left turn and park in either Lots M or V. If there are no parking spaces available, take 34th Street towards the far end of campus and parking in Structure D (“PSD”). Please note that Parking Structure D is not SUV accessible and, therefore, all cars of that size are recommended to park in Lot M or V. Also, parking meters are available along Jefferson and Hoover and are free after 6 p.m. The screening will take place in the George Lucas Building (LUC on the campus map), Room 108, on the ground floor. For a map of the USC campus, please access the following website: http://www.usc.edu/assets/maps/upc_map.pdf

Fred Lane '85 on The Court and the Cross

Greetings --

This is just a brief note to let you know that I will be giving a lecture on my book, The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right's Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court, at the Yale Club of New York City, 54 Vanderbilt Avenue, on Thursday, February 5, 2009 , from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be a reception from 6:30 to 7:00, and a booksigning will follow. Admission is free; business casual dress is required.

The lecture and Q&A will focus on how the composition of the Court will be affected by the outcome of the 2008 election, including both President Obama's new administration and the increased Democratic majority in the Senate. I will also be discussing several cases from the current term, including: the main church-state case, Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, Utah; a broadcast decency case, FCC v. Fox; and the Court's recent decision to let stand a 3rd Circuit decision declaring the 1998 Child Online Protection Act unconstitutional, Mukasey v. A.C.L.U.

If you know anyone in the New York City area who might be interested in this talk, please pass this on to them.

A couple of other pending book developments: The Court and the Cross will be available in paperback later this spring, and my next book, American Privacy: The 300-year History of Our Most Contested Right, is entering production early next month. It will be available in bookstores and online at the end of the year.

That's it for now. If anyone has any questions or needs additional information, please let me know, or visit my Web site at www.FrederickLane.com.



Keys to the Future: SPOTLIGHT on Four Hand Piano - Monday February 9 @8PM free concert

Submitted by Joseph A. Rubenstein on Thursday, 3/5/2009, at 9:16 AM

Keys to the Future and Mannes College present “SPOTLIGHT on Four Hand Piano”, an evening of contemporary duos and duets.

Six phenomenal pianists, including Keys regulars Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen, will present contemporary works for four hands, including the U.S. premiere of the duet version of Arvo Pärt’s “Pari Intervallo”, Steve Reich’s seminal “Piano Phase”, and the world premiere of Bruce Stark’s “Four”.

“Keys to the Future: SPOTLIGHT on Four Hand Piano” will take place Monday, February 9 at 8PM at Mannes College’s Concert Hall in New York City. For complete information about this concert and about our upcoming “SPOTLIGHT on Minimalism” concert (April 5) and our annual 3-day Festival of contemporary solo piano music (May 19-21), please check out our newly updated website: http://www.keystothefuture.org/

Admission to “SPOTLIGHT on Four Hand Piano” is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7:30PM. Mannes College is located at 150 W. 85th St., between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave.
Any questions can be directed to Mannes College: (212) 580-0210 or to info@keystothefuture.org

Pianists: Stephen Gosling, Blair McMillen, Gabriel Escudero, Karén Hakobian, Manon Hutton-DeWys and Evi Jundt

1. Mystical Journey (2005) Andrew List

2. Four (2008) (World Premiere!) Bruce Stark

3. Pari Intervallo (1988) (U.S. Premiere!) Arvo Pärt

4. Dilukkenjon (2002) Doug Opel

5. Piano Phase (1967) Steve Reich

6. Recuerdos No. 1 (1985) William Bolcom


Nalini Jones '93 presents her new book, What You Call Winter


Olympic Sailing & The America’s Cup

Naples Yacht Club

Special Speaker Series Event

Olympic Sailing & The America’s Cup

With Bob Billingham '79

Thursday, March 26, 2009-- 4:30 P.M.



Reservations/Questions: Please contact Alexandra Smith Gunderson ’79 at (239) 263-8511