Conservative talk radio host Michael Graham, U.S. Army Reserve Major Robert Roughsedge and Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander for the State of Massachusetts Eric Segundo spoke at Amherst on Sept. 27 about America’s intervention in the Middle East after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001. The event, titled “Why U.S. Military Action After 9/11 Was Justified and Saved Lives,” was hosted by the Amherst College Republicans.

The college announced new staff hires over the summer. Some of the most significant additions include Chief Advancement Officer C.J. Menard and several members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, administered by the college, was awarded a grant in August by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $1.5 million to fund a four-year collaborative research project called “Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.”

Sophie Murguia isn’t usually on this side of an interview.

“I’m so nervous right now,” she said.

For the past four years, Murguia has been heavily and integrally involved in The Amherst Student. She was managing news editor as a first year and editor in chief from her sophomore year to the end of her junior fall semester, after which she served as executive advisor to the editing staff.

Marion Holmes Katz, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, spoke about the complicated relationship between law, ethics and Islamic studies on Wednesday, April 12.

Katz focused on the complexities between moral and enforceable law and specifically how they fit into the study of Islam and Islamic law. She spoke about domestic work and the questions posed by modern and ancient thinkers on the moral and legal obligations of women when it comes to fulfilling typical domestic duties.

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Wendy Ewald hosted a panel titled “A Sex and Education Handbook,” to unveil a project created by students in the first-year seminar “Representing Equality” which Ewald co-teaches with black studies and English Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander. The event took place on Dec. 1 in Frost Library.

The panel discussed the recent publication of “A Sex and Education Handbook,” which includes student essays and photography, as well as student-created sex contracts and a list of resources for students who have been sexually assaulted.

Professor Paul Schroeder Rodriguez received his B.S. in psychology from Georgetown University, M.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University and PhD in Spanish at Stanford University. His academic and research interests are in Latin American cinema and Hispanic literature.

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