Anthony Jack on the cover of Amherst magazine, summer 2019


Summer 2019

The Road to Access

Sociologist Anthony Abraham Jack ’07 has bold ideas about how colleges can better respond to disadvantaged students. It starts with facing hard truths.

Interview by Lola Fadulu ’17

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Dream House

A house for teen scholars of color was partly launched by the senior class of 1969. It's accomplished more than anyone could have imagined.

by Katharine Whittemore

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Scenics From a Marriage

What’s it been like to travel with English professor Bill Pritchard ’53? His journalist wife answers with affection—and candor.

by Marietta Pritchard

Table of Contents

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1999 ncaa champions holding their trophy Amherst won its first NCAA team title in any sport in 1999
, when women’s tennis, led by coach Jackie Bagwell, took home the crown. Twenty years later, members of the team look back on that milestone.

Ariella Goldberg Four new graduates and two other young alumni won 2019 Fulbright grants. Ariella Goldberg ’19 will research plankton in the coming year. The others will teach English abroad.

Patrick Frenett As Amherst’s latest Watson Fellow, Patrick Frenett ’19 will travel to Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Kenya, Uganda, India and Japan to investigate issues related to artificial intelligence and automation in the workplace.


The three winners of the speaking competition hold their certificates Truth: Amherst College’s Speaking Competition took place for the first time this year, with 10 students orating in Johnson Chapel. The event revives a public speaking tradition that dates back to Calvin Coolidge’s days on campus.

Two women sit at a table together speaking to an audience Watch alumni give Reunion Weekend talks on weird Amherst history, civic engagement on climate policy, Captain Marvel’s origin story, the European Parliament elections and more.

The Zumbeyes performing The Zumbyes raised their voices against other a cappella groups on this season of Sing That Thing!, the PBS answer to American Idol. But did they make it all the way to the finale?

Amherst Magazine Accolades

Cover of Winter 2019 Amherst magazine Amherst magazine won a 2019 gold award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and was a finalist for the prestigious 2019 Sibley Award. Senior Writer Katharine Whittemore's article His Black History won a 2019 CASE bronze award.  

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