AMHERST — On the same page, the community reading program set up by the Jones Library, celebrates its 10th year with programs centered on “How to Make a Slave and Other Essays” by author Jerald Walker.
The book, which focuses on how a black professor at a predominantly white liberal arts college in Massachusetts lives and confronts racism in the workplace and in the community, was a 2020 National Book Award finalist and won the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction 2020.
Elements of the program being rolled out this month are aimed at enriching the reading experience and encouraging dialogue about the book’s themes, according to Janet Ryan, library programming and outreach manager.
A book discussion will be moderated by Jimmy Worthy, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, on March 28 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, moderated by Librarian Linda Wentworth. Three days later, at the same time and also via Zoom, the author, Walker, will host another virtual discussion about his book.
Earlier this month, the library hosted a talk by Alan Goodman, professor of biological anthropology at Hampshire College, reflecting on the myth of biological race and how human variation is neither described nor explained by idea of race.
For more information and to register for programs, visit joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage. The program is supported by Friends of Jones Libraries.
New companies have recently come before the Design Review Board seeking approval for signage and exterior treatments for the buildings that will house them.
At 51 North Pleasant St., the Amherst Oyster Bar restaurant will replace the main Judie’s restaurant, which opened in 1977, closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened. The exterior of the new restaurant will be predominantly blue with corn accents, with corn also being used on the lightweight covers.
Coronation Cafe arrives at 103 North Pleasant St., a location long known as the home of Bart’s, though more recently used as the site of the Powerhouse Nutrition restaurant.
Its signs will read “naturally healthy cuisine” and “served with a welcoming heart,” as well as listing some of its menu items, such as omelettes, parfaits, salads and smoothies.
An online petition has been started by UMass Students for Animal Liberation calling on Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to end animal research on campus.
The petition is the latest action regarding the use of marmosets in menopause research, following protests on and off campus, advertisements run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and harassment from the president of UMass, Marty Meehan, at a recent high school reunion in Florida.
PETA is asking UMass administrators to step in to meet with Meehan about the research. “Marty Meehan pledged to meet to discuss the scientifically flawed experiments that tarnish UMass’ reputation, and now he’s broken that promise,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement. .
The student-led petition against primate research is at https://chng.it/GJQ4Nyqzd5
The Conservation Commission is trying to resolve an issue on properties near the cul-de-sac where Kingman Road and Tuckerman Lane meet, after a stand of trees was removed to make way for two houses , in violation of the state wetland. the city’s Protection Act and Local Wetland Bylaw, officials said.
The Panel recently received a request for determination related to work carried out in the 100 foot buffer zone of a vegetated wetland and intermittent stream by Luis Builders of South Hadley.
Chair Jenn Fair explained that deforestation is a concern due to the proximity of a wetland resource area.
Neighbors said the clearing had caused erosion and had been done without their knowledge, and that there had been a loss of buffer on the railway tracks.
Dan Luis of Luis Builders is working with Erica Larner of Larner Consulting to address slope, drainage and plantings, and will return to the meeting on March 23 with an action plan after tensions emerged over whether the commission should have issued an enforcement order.
City Manager Paul Bockelman, Library Manager Sharon Sharry, Jones Library Administrator Austin Sarat and Communications Manager Brianna Sunryd will be part of a virtual community discussion about the Jones Library construction project at noon on March 25.
The event will take place via Zoom. Visit amherstma.zoom.us/j/524601364 to enter.