November 2, 2010

The Amherst Club

November 2, 2010


Lynn Pasquerella, the new President of Mount Holyoke College, gave a really interesting talk today about what it means to be a "public intellectual."  Since this is sometimes a term of polite contempt for talking heads and popularizers, it was useful to hear from someone to whom it means active engagement in the life of communities, using one's particular academic interests as tools for civic improvement and social justice.  President Pasquerella gave several examples from her own life where her work as a philosopher contributed to complex issues faced by hospitals and prisons, as well as communities in the Bahamas, Africa and Colombia.

She is leading Mount Holyoke College in a project of strategic planning in which community outreach will be a central theme.  (She also can be heard in conversation on WAMC.  (When asked why not WFCR, she said because they didn't ask.)

Mount Holyoke is lucky to have her.  And, oh yes, she grew up in Elsie Fetterman's hometown.

Joining us today were many guests:  Gale McClung, Jean Thompson, Trish Hartwell, Ann Dill, Lois Cackley, Ann Perkins, Ann Clark, Judy Brooks, Cori Ashworth, Diane Haydon, and Carol Cormare.  (If I made any mistakes in this list, my apologies to our guests.  Please let me know so I can correct the record. 

The Party Committee for Love Notes needs three members to solicit five or six Amherst stores for food donations.  In addition, the food needs to be picked up the day of the party and brought to Amherst College.  Talk or email Jean Miller if you can help or need more information.

Ruth Hooke wishes to correct her notes from last week.  The proper web address for the Odyssey Book Shop is

Valley Light Opera's Iolanthe opens this weekend.  Tickets are available at the door at Amherst Regional High School.

A film, "Iron Jawed Women" will be shown at Fayerweather Hall Room 115 on the Amherst College campus, on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:45.  This film celebrates the women who fought for the right to vote.  A short discussion will follow.

President Vivienne Carey welcomed new member Judy Smith into the Club.

Michael Greenebaum, Note-taker