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 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.



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 http://therebedragons.weebly.com/and www.themarsh.org/rising.html   

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 www.purposeprize.org 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:  www.purposeprize.org.

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