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:

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

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


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.


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 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:

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



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



Written & Performed by Evan Specter '92
Direction & Dramaturgy by Corey Fischer
Music by Lucas Ward '93

Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual adventure, this disarming and theatrical solo takes us from Venice, California to Kathmandu, as an Amherst religion major looks for the real thing via esoteric teachings, near-death experiences, giant Komodo lizards and doomed romance.  Evan Specter's post-post-modern embodied storytelling introduces us to a psychic pool-cleaner, a Tibetan secret-agent, a German past-life coach, an array of Axis power and Australian hotties, and various Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi and self-taught spiritual guides.   

laying at The Marshon
July 30th , 7:30p.m.
1062 Valencia Street (near 22nd), San Francisco  

more info at   

Questions?  Answers?
Evan Specter

Putting Passion to Work: The Purpose Prize for Social Innovators

Submitted by Alexandra Kent on Thursday, 3/5/2009, at 9:16 AM

Know someone over 60 who is putting passion to work?

The Purpose Prize® is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, at until March 5th.

The Purpose Prize® provides ten awards of up to $100, 000 to social entrepreneurs, 60 years and older, who are solving some of our most pressing social issues – from health care to the environment, poverty to education.  

Winners are leading a national movement of people in encore careers utilizing their skill and experience for the greater good.  See who's won the prize:  

·          Catalino Tapia, an immigrant who built a gardening business and decided to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to seed the American dream for Latino youth. 

·          Joe James left his career in government to create the Greening of Black America Intitiative, linking African American farmers in the rural south with new "green" technologies.

·          Michele McRae, a former teacher, is engaging hundreds of older adults in the plains of North Dakota and Minnesota to serve as mentors for resettled refugees trying to assimilate.

Nominate today:

Please help us spread the word by posting information about the prize in newsletters, list serves, blogs, or by emailing your friends and colleagues.


Alexandra Kent '01
Director, The Purpose Prize

Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid book release

Submitted by Alissa S. Wilson [d] on Thursday, 3/5/2009, at 9:16 AM

The Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) and the Fletcher Alumni Club of Washington DC, together with John Hammock and Alissa Wilson invite you to celebrate the release of

Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid

                    Thursday, October 9th
                    6pm - 8pm
                    1822 R St., NW
                    Washington DC 20009
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring friends.
(RSVPs are greatly appreciated)

Davis House is on R St between 18th and 19th, NW.  The closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle (Red Line) // Exit via the Dupont Circle North Exit (Connecticut Ave. & Q St., NW). At the top of the escalators make a right, cross Connecticut Ave., walk one block to 19th St., make a left onto 19th St., walk two blocks to R St., make a right and walk about half a block.  Davis House is on the right side of the street. 

The party is up a flight of stairs, please let us know if you will need some assistance.


About the book...

Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid
by Alissa Wilson, Ann Barham, John Hammock

Can you work for a better world without taking a vow of poverty?

The authors' answer is a resounding, "Yes!" This book draws on interviews with over forty practical idealists whose stories will inspire the reader and provide tools for making the choices necessary to succeed as a practical idealist. Through examples and exercises, Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid explores how to clarify your values and passions, gain relevant skills, find work, use college and graduate school effectively, manage finances, and build a community of support. Practical idealists understand that personal change and social change are connected. They know that choices matter. This book will help you make the choices that matter and live your life as a practical idealist.

About the host...

Alissa S. Wilson is a policy associate at American Friends Service Committee.  During the writing of Practical Idealists, she was Researcher in Ethics and Human Development at Tufts University and an affiliate at the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University. As the Practical Idealism Project's resident twenty-something, she traveled the United States interviewing people engaged in social change work. Alissa has served as a Long-term Election Observer with the National Democratic Institute in Nigeria and a Jane Addams–Andrew Carnegie Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She has also conducted research at the United Nations and the Carter Center, facilitated peace education trainings in the United States and Nigeria, and worked at arts organizations in New York City. Alissa is an avid dancer and choreographer. She holds a BA from Amherst College in Political Science and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Book Ordering Info
- Buy one at the party (cash or check of $15) - that way we can write fun things in it.
- Ask your local independent bookseller!
- Harvard University Press
  (800) 405-1619 fax:(800) 406-9145

Paul Rieckhoff to address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Orlando, FL.

This Tuesday, August 19, Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest nonpartisan Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group, will address the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Orlando, FL. As part of his major speech on veterans' issues, Rieckhoff will announce the launch of an extensive outreach campaign to help veterans take advantage of their new GI Bill benefits. President Bush and Presidential hopefuls Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will also speak at the national gathering. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) will accept the VFW Gold Medal and Citation of Merit for his leadership on the GI Bill.

"I am honored to address the thousands of VFW members assembled. The VFW has demonstrated a clear commitment to our country's newest generation of veterans," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). "This gathering is about showing appreciation for all of the men and women who have proudly served our country and IAVA is thrilled to be a part of it." 

The VFW convention takes place from August 16-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Paul Rieckhoff will deliver his address on Tuesday, August 19 at 10:30am. Additional speakers include Senators Obama and McCain and President Bush. For more information, please visit The convention is open to registered and credentialed media. To inquire about covering the convention or arranging an interview with IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff or any other IAVA veterans, please contact Kara Horowitz at (212) 982-9699 or


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.