The cover of the Spring 2019 Amherst Magazine


Spring 2019

Think Happy Thoughts

Anyone can learn to adopt a rosier outlook. It will make you feel better—and help other people, too.

By Catherine A. Sanderson

An asteroid in space

Strange New Worlds

What can a Mars rover teach us about space? What can it teach us about humanity? In conversation with her former professor, a “planetary evangelist” explains.

Interview by Tekla Harms

Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi '20


How a Mellon fellowship is recruiting and mentoring Amherst students to become college professors.

by Catherine Newman ’90


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The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Amherst’s Climate Action Plan, which provides a roadmap for the College to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

A dinner on campus last fall brought together many of the nearly 100 Amherst alumni awarded Watson Fellowships for international travel over the past 50 years.

Major fellowships went to three young Mammoths this winter: Mohamed Ramy ’18 landed a Schwarzman Scholarship, Itai Muzhingi ’18 is a Rhodes Scholar, and Jamie Tucker-Foltz ’19 won funding through the Churchill Foundation.

Listen to conversations with Howard Michael Gould ’84, Lauren Groff ’01, JM Holmes ’12 and other authors recently featured by the Amherst Reads book club.


For Amherst Today, novelist and English professor Judith Frank talked about the College’s Creative Writing Program, the rigorous and supportive community it forms, and what it takes for students to succeed as authors.

Chris Lehane ’90, head of global policy and communications for Airbnb, linked his college education to his company’s mission in an Amherst Alumni in the Field video.

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