June 3: Nicholas Bromell, UMass English Dept.

posted Jul 14, 2014, 10:46 AM by Amherst Club
Prof. Bromell is a member of the English department at the Univeristy. His research seeks to reconfigure conventional understanding of U.S.intellectual history. His latest book is: The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy.



President Ellen Kosmer called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, and welcomed us all. She reminded the Board that they would be meeting today after lunch.

Snapshot:

Dee Waterman shared happy memories of her time spent in a trash can under a stage at UMass as half of the immortal duo of Nagg and Nell in Beckett’s Endgame.

Speaker:

Arthur Kinney introduced his colleague Dr. Nick Bromell from the UMass English department. Nick’s research seeks to reconfigure conventional understanding of U.S. intellectual history.
His latest book is: "The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy". Nick intrigued the group with reflections on the importance of adding dignity as a basic concept to the civil rights duo of freedom and equality.

Raffle:  Barbara Schuman won the wine. Surinder Mehta won the $10 and generously donated it to the club. There was an unusual third raffle of two bottles of vintage soft drinks left over from Love Notes, and these were won by lucky grandmother Andrea Battle.

Announcements:

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Wine and Cheese Art Auction ~ "Fine Art at Your Price" – Friday June 6th  4:00 PM -  8:00 PM.  Silent Art Auction with accompanying wine and cheese and piano music.

A memorial service for Hub Smith is planned Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Amherst.

Sunday, June 8th – Youth Action Coalition Day (YACA) at Bertucci’s. Eat in or take out, 11 am – 9 pm.  Tell them it’s for YACA and 15% of the cost goes to the charity - Andrea Battle.

On Tuesday, June 10th, 15% of all purchases at the Blue Marble will be donated to the Friends of the Jones Library.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA and ROOSEVELT HOME AND LIBRARY – Amherst Senior Center tour.  DATE: Friday, July 11, 2014  LEAVE: 6 AM RETURN: 8-9 PM COST: $98 (Culinary Tour & Luncheon in the Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici , motor coach, admission to FDR Home and Library, gratuity) lunch will be pre-ordered for the group. “All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River" —FDR. This quote captures FDR's connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved & the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.

ONGOING Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s Sculptures at Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum through  June 8th, 2014.  The works are all constructed in Anatsui’s signature technique of joining the bands and caps of liquor bottles into broad expanses of flexible sculpture. Brightly colored and richly textured, these works engage a host of issues. Anatsui (born 1944) catapulted to international fame after his work was featured in the Venice Biennale of 2007.

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                  
Linda Honan



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