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Our next CHI Salon is with our CHI Fellow, Samantha Presnal! Join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30 PM EDT for a fascina...
04/08/2021
CHI Salon: "Cooking Between the Lines: What Can We Learn from Rereading and Recreating Recipes of the Past?" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Our next CHI Salon is with our CHI Fellow, Samantha Presnal! Join us on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30 PM EDT for a fascinating talk and demonstration on the social and cultural history of food and the culinary arts.
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777482

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are." This aphorism of famed French gastronome Brillat-Savarin is oft cited by scholars working in the sundry field of "food studies." In this salon, CHI Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in French Samantha Presnal will flip the script, asking not what p...

Join Professor Yael Rice for a virtual Lazerowitz Lecture titled Books That Bind: The Persianate Album and Its Widesprea...
04/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Virtual Lazerowitz Lecture with Yael Rice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join Professor Yael Rice for a virtual Lazerowitz Lecture titled Books That Bind: The Persianate Album and Its Widespread Circulation. Tuesday, April 6 at 4:00 PM EDT!

Between the late sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, manuscript workshops across South Asia created an astonishing number of albums known as muraqqa‘s, from the Arabic for “patched” or “mended.” In conception and organization, these stitched books drew from earlier album-making traditions associated with the Persian-speaking, or Persianate, courts of Iran and Central Asia, but their contents-encompassing drawings, paintings, calligraphies, and European prints—were far more global in orientation. This talk will trace the peregrinations of Persianate albums across South Asia as well as to eighteenth-century London, where these highly prized objects found new owners and meanings.

https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItce2przwpHdNB-IhgS7W_pyUJamOOOvjD

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Virtual Lazerowitz Lecture with Yael Rice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join the Amherst College Press TODAY at 4:30 PM EDT in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's ne...
04/01/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Letter Writing Lab with ACP and Frost Library. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join the Amherst College Press TODAY at 4:30 PM EDT in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Amherst faculty member Benigno Sánchez Eppler will be joined by archivist Rachel Jirka to introduce key concepts in the history of epistolarity and the material life of letters. Pick up your own postcard designed by ACP interns from Frost library, sharpen your pencils, uncap your pens, and get ready to write. Co-hosted by the Frost Library Programming Committee. https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcufuqpqjgpGdDFbSZ-dNA4VGJno1AoObxW

Next week, Marta Werner will be discussing her new book at our CHI Salon on April 7 at 4:30 PM EDT.

Join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Amherst faculty member Benigno Sánchez Eppler will be joined by archivist Rachel Jirka to introduce key concepts in the history of e...

Please join us at 4:30 PM EDT today for our CHI Salon with our CHI fellow, Ashlie Sandoval! Sandoval will be thinking th...
03/31/2021
CHI Salon: "Engaging with the Failures of Racial Empathy" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Please join us at 4:30 PM EDT today for our CHI Salon with our CHI fellow, Ashlie Sandoval! Sandoval will be thinking through the limitations of racial empathy. Register for the Zoom link.

In this talk, CHI Fellow Ashlie Sandoval examines the limitations of empathy to think through its role in struggles for racial justice. Scholars, tech entrepreneurs and media pundits are calling for an increase in empathy, in the face of media attention that has recently spotlighted police brutality...

There is still time to apply for the Faculty of Color Working Group symposium, "Politics, Pedagogy, and Public Humanitie...
03/31/2021
2021 Symposium

There is still time to apply for the Faculty of Color Working Group symposium, "Politics, Pedagogy, and Public Humanities" (deadline March 31) https://nehc.edu/focwg/symposium/2021-symposium/

Politics, Pedagogy, and the Public Humanities Virtual Symposium | May 26–28, 2021 Applications due March 31 Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), …

Our CHI Salon featuring all five of our fellows begins in just 1 hour! Please join us for a special salon celebrating th...
03/17/2021
CHI Salon: “Hidden Drives: The Scene and Unseen of Home” | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Our CHI Salon featuring all five of our fellows begins in just 1 hour! Please join us for a special salon celebrating the opening of Hidden Drives, a virtual exhibit with the Mead Art Museum!

Join us at 4:30 PM EDT today. All are welcome!

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/783061

A panel discussion with CHI Fellows Stephen Dillon, Lili Kim, Samantha Presnal, Ashlie Sandoval, and Ashley Smith discussing the culminating project for their research fellowship at the college. The CHI Fellows have come together under the guidance of the Mead Art Museum’s Dwight and Kristen Poler...

The University/College Podcasting Institute is a new 5-day virtual program brought to us by the National Humanities Cent...
03/15/2021
Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public | National Humanities Center

The University/College Podcasting Institute is a new 5-day virtual program brought to us by the National Humanities Center. This program aims to provide support for professors to create public-facing scholarship in the form of podcasts. Tuition per participant is $975, which includes all equipment.

June 14-18, 2021. Limited to 50 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/education-programs/podcasting-humanities-faculty-institute/

This five-day virtual institute will provide hands-on training for college and university faculty to translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.

Don't forget to register for our CHI Salon today with our talented Folger Fellows! Our fellows took part in an intensive...
03/10/2021
CHI Salon: "Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Don't forget to register for our CHI Salon today with our talented Folger Fellows! Our fellows took part in an intensive seminar during January term to work in close collaboration with Folger staff and with a group of postdoctoral researchers to engage in a 360-degree investigation of an 18th-century manuscript recipe book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. Students examined how the book was put together; investigated its users, contributors and sources; and identified seasonal ingredients, preservation methods and ingredients made available through trade routes and institutionalized slavery. They transcribed, edited and adapted recipes, uncovered implicit knowledge and hidden labor encoded in the recipes, and even recreated selected recipes.

All are welcome to join us and discover their research! 4:30 EST today over Zoom!

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/790202

This salon features a presentation by five students selected this past fall as Folger Undergraduate Fellows. The Fellows took part in an intensive seminar during January term to work in close collaboration with Folger staff and with a group of postdoctoral researchers to engage in a 360-degree inves...

03/04/2021

AC Faculty: Editors from Amherst College Press, Cornell University Press and NYU Press will present on key aspects of the book publishing process in order to give faculty the best opportunities to successfully publish their manuscripts in ways that they find fulfilling. Friday, March 5, 11am-12pm.

It is not too late to register for our virtual CHI Salon that begins in less than an hour! The Mead Art Museum's Head of...
03/03/2021
CHI Salon: "From Student to Explainer: The Public-Facing Work of Students in the Arts and Sciences" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

It is not too late to register for our virtual CHI Salon that begins in less than an hour! The Mead Art Museum's Head of Education Emily Potter-Ndiaye will moderate a discussion on public-facing writing with Professors Chris Durr (Chemistry) and Dwight Carey (Architectural Studies and Art History). Join us at 4:30 PM EST today, March 3rd!
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/790155

Writing museum labels or web content for a public audience requires a mastery of the ideas that permit the author to be both brief and dense, specific but jargon-free. So what about teaching students to do it? What does it look like to teach students to communicate complex topics in art and science....

Register for our virtual CHI Salon today at 4:30 PM EST with Sara Brenneis and Gina Herrmann as they discuss the new pub...
02/24/2021
CHI Salon: "Spain, the Second World War and the Holocaust" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Register for our virtual CHI Salon today at 4:30 PM EST with Sara Brenneis and Gina Herrmann as they discuss the new publication Spain, the Second World War and the Holocaust: History and Representation!

Herrmann and Brenneis brought together over 30 international experts around the topic of Spain's involvement in World War II, combining the vantage point of Jews who fled Nazi persecution through the Iberian Peninsula, Spaniards who were directly involved in the war and/or imprisoned in Nazi camps, and artists who have created representations of this historical period and its actors. The waves of people-- Jewish refugees and Spanish antifascists alike --who moved across borders, through concentration camps and into exile press us to consider what "home" meant during a moment of unparalleled global strife.

The editors will speak about this collection as the first volume to take this kind of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural view of the period, consider how the volume came together, and discuss some of the more extraordinary takeaways from the book.

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/780037

Join editors Gina Herrmann and Sara J. Brenneis in a discussion of the new publication Spain, the Second World War and the Holocaust: History and Representation (University of Toronto Press, 2020). Herrmann and Brenneis brought together over 30 international experts around the topic of Spain's invol...

LitFest begins on Thursday! This year’s festival features 2020 National Book Award for Fiction winner Charles Yu and nom...
02/23/2021
LitFest: Illuminating Great Writing and Amherst College’s Literary Life | Literary Amherst | Amherst College

LitFest begins on Thursday! This year’s festival features 2020 National Book Award for Fiction winner Charles Yu and nominee Megha Majumdar, National Book Award for Poetry finalists Natalie Diaz and Tommye Blount, and Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum, among many others.

A full schedule of events can be found on the LitFest 2021 website. Be sure to register!
https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/literary-amherst/litfest

Annual Literary Festival Thursday, February 25–Sunday, February 28, 2021 Now in its sixth year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by inviting distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expr...

02/22/2021

AC Faculty: Editors from Amherst College Press, Cornell University Press and NYU Press will present on key aspects of the book publishing process in order to give faculty the best opportunities to successfully publish their manuscripts in ways that they find fulfilling. Friday, March 5, 11am-12pm.

Our CHI Salon with Jennifer Hamilton starts in just a half hour, at 4:30 EST! Please make sure to register for the Zoom ...
02/17/2021
CHI Salon: "The Indian in the Freezer: The Genomic Quest for Indigeneity" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

Our CHI Salon with Jennifer Hamilton starts in just a half hour, at 4:30 EST! Please make sure to register for the Zoom link to attend. Professor Hamilton will be presenting her new manuscript, The Indian in the Freezer: The Genomic Quest for Indigeneity. See you soon!

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777464

Visiting Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Jennifer Hamilton will present her new book manuscript, The Indian in the Freezer: The Genomic Quest for Indigeneity (under contract with the University of Washington Press). The book explores what she terms “the genomic quest for indigen...

It's not too late to register for our CHI Salon, TODAY at 4:30 PM EST! We're welcoming back former CHI Fellow, Allison F...
02/10/2021
CHI Salon: "Worthless: An Ethnography of Devaluation and Domecide in a Midwestern Trailer Park" | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

It's not too late to register for our CHI Salon, TODAY at 4:30 PM EST! We're welcoming back former CHI Fellow, Allison Formanack, who will be speaking about her research on trailer park life, and the symbolic value of mobile homes to people who reside in these communities.

Free and open to all!

https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/777463

Manufactured homes (MHs), better known as “mobile homes” or “trailers,” house an estimated 22 million Americans; however, fewer than 25 percent of all manufactured homes are titled as real estate. Classifying their homes as personal property is the only option for the estimated 7 million res...

5C Faculty considering applying for an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship! Upcoming webinar: "NEH Fellowsh...
02/04/2021

5C Faculty considering applying for an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship! Upcoming webinar: "NEH Fellowships: Advice from Liberal Arts College Faculty." 11:00-12:30 (EST) February 17 . Register Five College Consortium https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Amherst College Pres...
02/03/2021
Amherst Faculty in the Public Arena in the Trump Era and Beyond | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Amherst College Press invites the Amherst College community to a panel discussion moderated by Professor Austin Sarat, with faculty members who will explore the motives that led them to take on a public role in their writing. Presenters will be professors: Lawrence Douglas, Javier Corrales, Catherine Sanderson, Eleonora Mattiacci, Pawan Dhingra and Ilan Stavans.

Monday, February 8th at 4:00 PM EST. Please register in advance:
https://www.amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/792272

The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Amherst College Press invites the Amherst College community to a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Austin Sarat, with faculty members who will explore the motives that led them to take on a public ro...

ICYMI: 2021 Creative Capital Awards. 35 projects, 42 individual artists. Each project receives up to $50,000 in project ...
01/29/2021

ICYMI: 2021 Creative Capital Awards. 35 projects, 42 individual artists. Each project receives up to $50,000 in project funding supplemented by additional career development services. Creative Capital http://ow.ly/K5TU50DgJyE

01/28/2021
The Gregory S. Call Undergraduate Research Program | Funding for Students | Amherst College

Amherst students: Schupf Fellows engage in intensive research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences over the summer months. Applications due March 1, 2021. http://ow.ly/mnhj50DgI3p

Fall and Spring Semester Funding for Research This program provides grants of up to $500 for students to conduct research during the fall and spring semesters and during Interterm, often to support research related to senior honors theses. The sponsorship of an Amherst faculty member is required. Al...

Nice to see New Yorker featuring the CHI's theme of "Home" in its recent archive edition. http://ow.ly/rPJB50DgHwF
01/26/2021

Nice to see New Yorker featuring the CHI's theme of "Home" in its recent archive edition. http://ow.ly/rPJB50DgHwF

The CHI is looking forward to LitFest 2021...
01/25/2021

The CHI is looking forward to LitFest 2021...

LitFest goes virtual!

This year, from Feb. 25 to 28, the 6th annual LitFest, Amherst's literary festival, will be hosted virtually and feature award-winning authors including Charles Yu, Anne Applebaum, Megha Majumdar, Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz. LitFest celebrates fiction, nonfiction, poetry and spoken-word performance, as well as the College's extraordinary literary life. https://bit.ly/3sKNMOe

Appreciating last week's staff pick from the "Writers on Writing" series @TheCommonMag: an interview with A. Kendra Gree...
01/25/2021
Writers on Writing: A. Kendra Greene

Appreciating last week's staff pick from the "Writers on Writing" series @TheCommonMag: an interview with A. Kendra Greene in which she discusses the museum as storyteller. https://www.thecommononline.org/writers-on-writing-a-kendra-greene/

A. KENDRA GREENE Certainly, it was irresistible to try to write about becoming an “upright member in good standing,” but it dawned on me slowly that this was an essay leveraging foreignness and transition to talk about the weirdness of the domestic sphere.

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