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Fall 2016

We All Get Captured

A former FDA commissioner says we’re wired for mental illness and emotional struggle. Understanding why we suffer may be the key to finding release.

Interview by Lisa Raskin



Before Dallas

A police officer remembers a friend and colleague.

By Ed Ducayet ’89

How to Spark Imagination and Inspire Debate

After two months of interior renovations, the Mead Art Museum has unveiled six new exhibitions and installations. Their purpose: to encourage deep contemplation of art across centuries, continents and media.

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Fall 2016 Online Extras


video  Providing greater access to higher education requires more than just financial aid, said President Biddy Martin during the Ford Foundation’s Sept. 12 panel discussion on "Funding Futures: Scholarships as Agents of Social Change."

video  Attorney and Amherst trustee Paul Smith ’76, who has argued 19 cases before the Supreme Court, delivered the annual DeMott Lecture on Sept. 8, urging the class of 2020 to “do more than tolerate diversity”—to “celebrate and embrace it in all its forms.”

More news

Lord Jeffery Amherst Frost Library’s Archives and Special Collections created an online guide on the history of Lord Jeffery Amherst and the Anglo-American colonies during the French and Indian War (the Seven Years’ War) and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763 (Pontiac’s Rebellion).

Emily Jones Emily Jones, a physician with deep roots in the local community and extensive experience in sports medicine, is the College's new director of Student Health Services

Angie Tissi-Gassoway Angie Tissi-Gassoway, director of the Queer Resource Center, talks about its move to a larger and more welcoming space in Keefe Campus Center: “What that comes down to is having visibility for our community and also accessibility.”

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