October 18, 2002
Power of Religion Frances Perkins Scholars Karen Johanns '03
and Nancy Hutton '03 were the only undergraduates to give
presentations at the annual meeting of the Communal Studies Association
September 2628 in Oneida, New York. Johanns's presentation
was titled "Be Ye Therefore Perfect: A Single Dream, Two
Failures," and Hutton's paper was called "The Spiritual
Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Shaker Communities." Also giving
a paper at the event was Glendyne Beemer Wergland, who taught
in MHC's history department last year.
Under Advisement The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
has appointed College librarian Gail G. Scanlon '95, director
of MHC access services, to a three-year term on the State Advisory
Council on Libraries. Scanlon will represent academic libraries.
The council is a sixteen-member board of representatives from
all types of libraries, as well as individuals who use them. It
acts as an advisory board to the Massachusetts Board of Library
Commissioners board. A trustee of the South Hadley Free Library,
Scanlon is also a member of the American Library Association and
its division of college and research libraries.
Meetings The New England chapter of the American Musicological
Society met at MHC September 28. It was the second time MHC has
hosted the group and the first meeting in the newly renovated
Pratt Hall, which received very positive responses from participants.
The New England chapter of the Music Library Association met in
Pratt October 4. The group's first biannual meeting at the
College was sponsored by Library, Information, and Technology
Services and hosted by the music department. Robert Eisenstein,
director of the Five College Early Music Collegium and visiting
lecturer, and Margaret Switten, Class of 1926 Professor of Medieval
and Eighteenth-Century French Language and Literature, presented
their work on the medieval lyric. Linda Laderach, professor of
music and chair of the department, and Larry Schipull, associate
professor of music and College organist, gave a presentation on
historically informed performance.
Banned in Texas, Discussed in Florence Mount Holyoke history
professor Daniel Czitrom will give a presentation on the controversy
over Out of Many: A History of the American People, the
textbook he coauthored, at Florence's Lilly Library on Wednesday,
October 23, at 7 pm. The Texas Board of Education objected to
the book's unvarnished descriptions of life in nineteenth-century
cattle towns, effectively barring it from use in Texas schools.
For more information, call 587-1500.
Benefit A concert featuring the work of Beethoven, Prokofiev,
Brahms, Churchill, Ushioda, Adcock, Ou, and Thompson, will be
held to benefit Musicorda's scholarship fund November 1 at
8 pm in Amherst College's Buckley Recital Hall. For ticket
and other information, call 538-2590.