President Biddy Martin

May 31, 2018

President Biddy Martin and the Annual Meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni 2018. (Length: 1:07:33)

Scenes and Stories in Music and Words: Songs by Composers Scott Wheeler ’73 and Paul Salerni ’73

May 31, 2018

Among the texts set to music are poems by David Ferry ’46 and Richard Wilbur ’42, P’73, G’14, as well as settings of old Italian lyrics. Featured performers: Jessica Bowers, Oren Fader, Gregory Hayes ’73, Paul Salerni and Scott Wheeler.

Arts and Creativity: From Amherst to a Career

May 31, 2018

A multi-class panel spanning 30 years shared stories from the worlds of dance, drawing, photography, curating and selling fine art, reflecting on whether and how their college experience set them on their professional journeys.

Winning by Losing, Starting by Quitting

May 31, 2018

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Baseball (and Amherst) Between Japan and the U.S.

May 31, 2018

Baseball has been the national pastime of both the U.S. and Japan since the late 19th century, but the game has developed differently in the two countries. As a cultural anthropologist who studies sport and society, Bill Kelly ’68 reflects on baseball’s place in the two countries.

Richard Wilbur: A Celebration of His Life and Work

May 31, 2018

Moderator David Sofield led a panel discussion in remembrance of former U.S. Poet Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur ’42, P’73, G’14. Panelists included Mary P’82, Robert Bagg ’57, P’82, William Pritchard ’53, and Ralph Hammann.

Amherst in War: The Stories of Four Generations

May 31, 2018

The Class of 1978 hosted a panel on the Amherst experience of war as lived by four generations of Amherst soldiers: Jim Hamilton ’78, Bob Brock ’68, P’00 and Paul Rieckhoff ’98.

Freedom, Property and the State: A Neglected Alternative

May 31, 2018

Achieving equality necessitates violating freedom, and a free society will be profoundly unequal. Rafeeq Hasan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, attempts to reconcile this conflict, drawing on the views of Immanuel Kant and, somewhat unexpectedly, F.A. Hayek.

The Meanings of Mobility: Leah Schmalzbauer

May 31, 2018

In The Meanings of Mobility: Family, Undocumented Immigration and the Rise of the New Latino Elite, Leah Schmalzbauer explored how Latino youth at Amherst are experiencing individual educational mobility as members of socially marginalized families and communities.

Ilan Stavens Reads From His New Book : The Wall

May 31, 2018

Ilan Stavans went to the U.S.-Mexico border to explore the juncture of aborted dreams and exacerbated realities. He came back with a polyphonic epic poem that explores the wall dividing the two civilizations.

Getting Our Hands Dirty: Studies of Wildlife to Understand Disease Transmission with Michael Hood, Professor of Biology

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Professor William Taubman on His New Book, Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Thursday, May 24, 2018

When Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1990, he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, after barely escaping a coup attempt, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, Professor Taubman examines Gorbachev’s evolution and portrays the many sides of Gorbachev’s unique character, extending to his marriage and family life. William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus. His 2003 book, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won both the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. Taubman’s new book, Gorbachev, was one of five finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. Presented by the Class of 1968.

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Amherst in the Amazon: Nature and People in the World's Biggest Rainforest

Friday, May 25, 2018

Despite alarming headlines, huge strides have been made in protecting the greatest rainforest on Earth, which is integral to preserving the planet’s biodiversity and climate stability. Tens of millions of acres of protected areas and indigenous reserves have been established, and a deeper understanding has emerged of people’s needs and interactions with nature. Foster Brown ’73 is a Senior Scientist with the Woods Hole Research Center and also a faculty member at the Federal University of Acre in Brazil. Jonathan Putnam ’88 works in the U.S. National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs, responsible for the Western Hemisphere and natural World Heritage sites. John Reid ’88, P’20 is founder and former President of Conservation Strategy Fund, an NGO that works extensively in the Amazon. The panel will be moderated by Katharine Sims, Associate Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies. Presented by the Classes of 1973 and 1988.

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Science for 2018 and Beyond

Friday, May 25, 2018

Following up on President Charlie Cole and Professor Arnold Arons, who boldly led us into Science 1, 2 in September 1954, we will present two cutting-edge scientific topics that we believe should be included in such a Science 1, 2 course for this fall’s entering first-year students at Amherst: (a) planets outside our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life, and (b) the application of genomics and immunotherapy to the treatment of cancer. Come and find out about these fields which our Science 1, 2 course could never have even imagined. Presenters include Kate Follette, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, and Richard Goldsby, the Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial Professor of Biology, Emeritus. Presented by the Class of 1958.

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