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Henry Clay Folger’s Greatest Honor

Guest post by Stephen H. Grant

A century ago, in 1914, Henry Folger received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Amherst College. The citation read: “Henry Clay Folger, a graduate of this college in 1879, called to the bar in due course, called by ability, by character, by efficiency, integrity and the confidence of men in his judgment to the widest fields and the highest posts in leading and guiding the industrial development of the land; a collector of the largest assemblage yet known of the editions and the literature of the greatest dramatist, gathered with learning, watchful care and studious pains; owner of 49 copies of the first folio edition of the plays of Shakespeare, a priceless and unexampled field for comparative research. 622 more words

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Imitation of Life

(Katherine Stanton)– English 105, Engaging Literature: Close Reading with Professor Sanborn is turning me into a prospective English major. Every class is entirely relevant to what I’m thinking about outside of the classroom, especially our discussion last week of the 1959 movie… 819 more words


What's In a Name? Columbus Day, the Washington Team, and Lord Jeffrey Amherst

In the Italian-American community, Christopher Columbus is our guy, the one we get to celebrate, the way Irish-Americans go crazy for St. Patrick.  He’s our guy.     1,310 more words

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Live-blogging Patrick Moore's "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout"

(Ethan Corey)– You may have heard that the Amherst College Republicans have invited Patrick Moore, a man who (contrary to what the Amherst website… 2,511 more words

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Battle of Algiers (1966)

Just watched Battle of Algiers for class. Here are some notes for later.

-Documentary feel (end reminded me of Waltz with Bashir)

-“Hearts and Minds” parallel — line about reporting; Vietnam is even mentioned — Dien Bien Phu

-Obvious language differences

"A Short Rhetoric For Leaving the Family"

Just finished A Short Rhetoic For Leaving the Family by Peter Dimock for one of my classes at Amherst. A pretty confusing read on the whole, but at the same time it has a lot to say on the subjects of war crimes, guilt and American society. I would highly recommend it.