November 3

posted Nov 30, 2015, 9:22 PM by Amherst Club
President Andrea Battle called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, and welcomed us all.

Andrea reminded the Board that there would be a meeting today after lunch.

Andrea congratulated the Club’s Amherst Trivia Bee team, who once again won the prize for Best Costume, thanks to Ruth Miller’s fertile imagination and nimble fingers. This year their theme was “Lord of the Things”, with members representing the Lord of the Stings (Bees!), Lord of the Strings, and other rhyming lordships.  Our team was acknowledged during the Bee as being one of the groups who have participated in the Bee each year it has been held. The team also came very close to the winning score – and has hopes of actually taking the major prize next year, with help from the younger generation – Philippe Galaski’s daughter!

New Members:

Andrea welcomed two new members, Nancy Beswick and Ruth Hazard. Nancy Brose introduced Nancy Beswick, an extremely active volunteer in several areas in and around Amherst.  Claude Tellier introduced his wife, Ruth Hazard, who is newly retired from UMass Extension and looking forward to the next phase of her life.


A couple of weeks ago, the Club welcomed Elsie Fetterman’s son as a guest. He is Dr. David Fetterman , Professor Emeritus, Stanford University.



November 7 French Renaissance Harvest Banquet 6 pm - 9 pm Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, *Student Discount* $35 per person. This banquet takes place at the Marriott Center, 11th Floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Come for a festive evening of juggling, music by Nota Bene, Second Wind Renaissance Ensemble, and The Harper and The Minstrel, authentic French Renaissance food featuring ingredients grown in the Renaissance Center's kitchen garden, theater performances by the Young Shakespeare Players' East, door prizes, and more! Call Sonia at 413-577-3603 for ticket information.

The Roger Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8th at Amherst College’s Valentine Hall from 5-7 p.m. Ms. Jasmine Robinson from Crocker Farm School will be honored. Tickets are $30 and may be had from Andrea Battle.

*November 11 Five College Renaissance Seminar 4:30 pm Martin Mueller, Professor Emeritus of Northwestern University, will present on Digital Humanities and Shakespeare. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. This event takes place at 202 Johnson Chapel on the Amherst College campus.

*November 12 Classical Legacy Lecture 4 pm Leah Whittington of Harvard University will be presenting the Renaissance Center’s annual Classical Legacy Lecture. No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 13 Renaissance Games Night 7 pm - 9 pm A family friendly event with Renaissance board games, door prizes, and light snacks courtesy of the Renaissance Center Reading Group. Reading Room.

Sunday, November 15 at 2PM - Delores Jones-Brown - The American Cop Out: Policing as the (Re) New(ed) form of Social Inequality.  Dr Jones-Brown is a Prof. in the Dept. of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice at the City Univ of NY, and founding director of the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice.  From slave patrols to suppressors of the civil rights movement, American police forces have been used as the mechanism to insure that Blacks and other people of color are prevented from enjoying the "blessings of liberty" guaranteed by the Nation's founders. Today, overt police oppression is hidden behind language about public safety and maintaining order. Funds that should go to education and public welfare are spent on expanding police budgets and the scope of police power. Using police data from NY City as an example, this discussion will demonstrate how public safety discourse has masked the continued social oppression of racial and ethnic political minorities in the United States.  Ms Halls School, Pittsfield, MA


Raffle:  Claude Tellier won the wine, and Ellen Kosmer won the $10.


Claude Tellier introduced our speaker, Chris Appy of the UMass History Department, speaking on his major research topic and the subject of his latest book, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. Ken Burns said of this, “Few people understand the centrality of the Vietnam War to our situation as much as Christian Appy." The critically acclaimed author of Patriots, Professor Appy offered insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image. How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Chris described how our national perceptions of our place in the world and in history have changed profoundly because of the Vietnam War, and during our lifetimes.


Your scribe,                 
Linda Honan