Category: President's Speeches
During her first Homecoming Weekend as president, Biddy Martin conversed with alumni and other visitors in Johnson Chapel about, among other topics, Amherst’s planned new science center, the rising costs of higher education and her own visions for the future of the college. Watch video.
On Sunday, October 16, 2011 Amherst College inaugurated its 19th president, Carolyn “Biddy” Martin. After receiving her honorary degree and symbolic gifts from the college, President Martin spoke. Watch video.
Category: Alumni and Homecoming Events
Whether you attended or missed Homecoming 2011, watch video of President Biddy Martin’s talk and a time-lapse video of the Amherst vs. Wesleyan game, hear audio of Professor Monica Ringer’s talk, “The Arab Spring: Lessons from Iran,” and see photos of the weekend events. Go to multimedia.
Category: Academic Lectures and Discussions
One of the notable aspects of the Arab revolts that spread throughout the Middle East in 2011 was the use of the internet and social networking. Do ‘facebook’ revolutions portend radical change for the future of democracy movements in the Middle East? Hear audio.
2012 will mark 50 years since Rose Olver became the first tenure-track woman to join Amherst’s faculty. For early women faculty members, Amherst was a challenging place. Hear former and current women faculty examine this critical period in the history of the college. Watch videos.
Dan Chiasson ’93, David Sofield, Professor of English, David Ferry ’46 and Richard Wilbur ’42, P’73, GP ’13, John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer, read selections from their own work and that of the late James Merrill ’47, as a part of the Amherst Today program. Watch videos.
Professor of History and American Studies Frank Couvares discusses his memories of 9/11, especially of his 20th-Century American History class on the day after the attack, and considers how historians have interpreted the events of that day. Hear audio.
Category: Colloquia and Public Speakers
In this Inauguration panel moderated by trustee Andrew J. Nussbaum ’85, hear discussion of “What Artists, Humanists and Scientists Actually Do,” “The Opportunity for Equality” and “The Liberal Arts and Civil Society.” Watch video.