Amherst Magazine

Spring 2012


Finishing Strong
For his 2012 senior thesis, Richard Galluzzi wrote a novella, while Dana Kaufman composed an opera and Brian Kim figured out exactly how to throw a curveball. Portraits of 10 of this year’s thesis writers.


Medical Sleuthing
Until Brian Smith ’12 picked up his phone and began calling strangers, no one had reexamined the Red Wing studies of 1943. Now, a more complete story of these troubling, influential experiments is finally being told. By Caroline J. Hanna


Enlightening the Earth
The new science center, cased in glass and embedded in the hillside, will look like nothing Amherst has ever seen before. By Rand Richards Cooper ’80

Eating Their Research
Three students. Two professors. One extraordinary Spanish meal—for credit. By Nina M. Scott

Greek drama—More on the 100th anniversary issue—Veterans at Amherst

College Row
Proof that the Civil War is over—Flooding in Johnson Chapel—Picking a new board chair—And more

24 hours in LeFrak

All they can say is “no”

Amherst Creates
Fiction: Arcadia, by Lauren Groff ’01—Nonfiction: God’s Jury, by Cullen Murphy ’74; Hitlerland, by Andrew Nagorski ’69—Profile: Herb Coursen ’54 wrote 104 books during his lifetime—What Deborah Gewertz is reading—Short Takes

Little white houses at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Class Notes
Class Notes and In Memory pieces (password required)



Going Public
Inspired by a controversial database that ranks public school teachers based on the standardized test scores of their students, Elias Johansson-Miller ’12 wrote a play that explores public education through the real stories of teachers and administrators. Going Public, his senior thesis, was performed at Amherst’s Kirby Theater in April. 


Photo by Alec Jacobson ’12