Amherst Magazine: Spring 2014
Interview by Alexander George
Jonathon Keats ’94, an artist and author, makes the case that forgeries are the great art of our time.
Amherst has 22,000 living alumni. A new survey reveals who you are and what you think of your alma mater.
The Prince of Bipartisan Politics
By Roger M. Williams ’56
Despite running in a solidly purple area of Virginia, U.S. Rep. Tom Davis ’71 never came close to losing a race for re-election. “I retired,” he says, “undefeated and unindicted.”
By Mary Jo Curtis
One Mother’s Day Adrie Kusserow ’88 knocked on a door in Vermont, hoping to meet some of Sudan’s “lost boys.” That knock continues to echo.
Serving in Iraq, then going to Amherst—A magnet like no other you’ve seen—Happiness: Do’s and don’ts based on research—And more
Swimmer: Sarah Conklin ’16 had a lot to prove at nationals
Hockey: Christopher Finch ’14 researched concussions
Coding: Runway model Lyndsey Scott ’06 is also a computer programmer
Pediatrics: Urgent care, just for kids
Farming: Helen Whybrow ’90 raises Icelandic sheep
Energy: Can solar power thrive in Somaliland?
Social action: Helping girls navigate the pressures of growing up
Point of View
In Aunt Helen’s class, there was no room for false drama, false conclusions, falseness of any kind
Film: Sarah Bird ’87 produced and co-wrote HairBrained
TV: Writers for Parenthood and New Girl
Nonfiction: Christine Bader ’93’s The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist
Poetry: New work by poet-physician Rafael Campo ’87
Music: George Mathew ’91 conducted Shostakovich for the Children of Syria
Going to the president’s house was like entering a Currier and Ives print
Now and Then
Covered in Paint
There’s more than one way to ruin your clothes in a painting class. Decades ago, one student’s tool of choice was a paintbrush. This spring students experimented with a more contemporary device, a paintball marker, as they helped Visiting Artist in Residence Markus Wirthmann create a new installation, titled mural.
Archival photo by Hanson Carroll; new photo in Eli Marsh Gallery by Rob Mattson