September 6, 2019

Momentous Facts About the Class of ’23

Read about the number of military veterans, the percentage of students who are the first in their families to go to college, the importance of Nov. 15 and other vital information about this year’s new students.

To All the Other “New Kids”

As a window into history, acclaimed author and Amherst writer-in-residence Min Jin Lee told incoming students her own real-life love story.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Speak in Johnson Chapel

On Oct. 3, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, will join President Biddy Martin for a conversation in Johnson Chapel. This will be Ginsburg’s second visit to Amherst.

17 Views of Move-In Day

See photos of new students and their families as they arrived in dorms on the first-year quad, and read about the winding paths that brought some of these exemplary young people to Amherst.

How to Turn Knowledge On Its Head

Ambika Kamath ’11 talked with the San Jose Mercury News about the concept of “feminist science” and why it’s so important to embrace in biological research.

The Enduring Message of La Résistance

In an article for Time, Ronald C. Rosbottom, the Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies, wrote about the letters of young French resisters captured by the Nazis during World War II. Rosbottom is author of the new book Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940–1945.

Watch Biddy Martin’s Convocation Address

The president offered not a defense but a celebration of the liberal arts: “We could say that it’s not a matter of spreading or bringing light,” she said, referring to the College’s motto, Terras Irradient, “but having students, graduates and faculty be one of its sources—and be people who can see the light in others.”

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