Fall 2022 Issue

The cover of Amherst Magazine with Michael Elliott on the front cover Editor
Emily Gold Boutilier

Alumni Editor
Betsy Cannon Smith ’84

Print Design Director
Ronn Campisi

Assistant Editor
Katherine Duke ’05

Senior Writer
Katharine Whittemore

Online Designer
Michael Reid

Email us at: magazine@amherst.edu


Featured Articles

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A Magician Among the Refugees

Bill Herz ’79 and his family logged a thousand miles across Poland to entertain a thousand Ukrainians. A writer came along for the ride.

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 Q&A With Michael A. Elliott ’92

A one-time editor of The Amherst Student is now president of his alma mater. Michael A. Elliott ’92 answers our questions about who he is, what he believes and why he came back.

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Getting to Know Gorbachev

In eight interviews over 14 years, this biographer sought to understand an optimistic, vulnerable, complicated man.

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Community News

Two Mead Art Museum acquisitions, five lessons from psychology, 485 new students and more.

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Amherst Creates

A profile of Gustavo Dudamel; David Quinn ’82’s take on Doctor Strange; two Amherst alumni act in Dark Winds; Imagine a City with Mark Vanhoenacker ’96

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