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James Bamford, author of A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of the Intelligence Agencies,, will speak on “Iraq, Torture, and Preemptive War — What Is Happening to Democracy in America?” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in 101 Campus Center.

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The first-ever police mutual aid agreement between the campus and the town of Amherst was approved Nov. 28 by the Amherst Select Board.

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Open forums have been scheduled with three candidates for the new post of associate vice chancellor for the Center for Student Development.

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A landscape improvement plan being developed by a Cambridge-based civil engineering company is focused on creating a more attractive and pedestrian-safe campus that is also welcoming to visitors.

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Shepherds, enchanted plants, a clock, a teapot and an armchair represent just a few of the fanciful roles cast recently for a February production being presented by the Five College Opera Project.

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When Shannon Enos was interviewed recently on CNN praising a new charity that seeks to help children like hers who have lost a soldier-parent to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, she also was unknowingly sending a warm thank you to the UMass Amherst community.

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The DEFA Film Library in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures was awarded a 5,000-euro Program Prize on Nov. 24 at the Kino Babylon: Mitte in Berlin, Germany. The award recognizes the library for “Rebels with a Cause: The Cinema of East Germany,” a retrospective of 22 films presented in October at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Lynne Rudder Baker, professor of Philosophy, will give the second of this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lectures on Monday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The talk, titled “When Do Persons Begin and End? A Philosopher Looks at Life, Death and What We Are,” is free and open to the public.

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Artist and essayist Barry Moser will present a lecture regarding his work on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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The exhibition, "The Miraculous in the Everyday," which explores the work of three renowned conceptual and installation artists -- Tom Friedman, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Gabriel Orozco -- will be on view at the University Gallery from Dec. 1 to March 12.

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