In an underground storage facility that is about as far a cry as you can get from the excitement and glamour of live theater, a huge and largely undiscovered treasure trove of history of the American stage has been growing steadily over the past half-century.
In February, March and April, four Amherst seniors-- Pepper Dee, Valerie Rodriguez, Daejione Jones and Bryce Monroe --are bringing four distinctively original productions to the stage as part of their final projects in theater and dance.
Discussions about race and racism can be painful, acrimonious or, perhaps worse, avoided all together. However, sensing the need to bring the national discussion here, Amherst College recently stopped everything to thoughtfully consider how this issue plays out on campus.
When Blair Kamin ’79, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, recently returned to Amherst College to teach an interterm class, the subject was, naturally enough, architecture. The lessons, however, were in journalism.
The Fall 2014 course 'Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice,' offered by Amherst’s Department of Art and the History of Art and open to students from all Five Colleges, provided hands-on curatorial experience using the collection and facilities at the college’s Mead Art Museum.
Last September, after years of watching, a team of scientists led by Amherst College astronomy professor Daryl Haggard observed and recorded the largest-ever flare in X-rays from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
When then-Professor of American Studies John William Ward was named president of Amherst College in 1971, he inherited an institution alight with many of the controversies that the country was experiencing...