Winter 2017 cover of Amherst magazine


Winter 2017

Breaking the Frame

MacArthur Fellow Kellie Jones ’81 has spent her career challenging the traditions that have kept artists of color out of the picture. In doing so, she’s expanded the range of what is written about, shown, noticed and taught in the art world—even what is thought about as art.

by Rand Richards Cooper '80


Patricia O'Hara New Arrivals

Professors teaching new courses describe the inspiration they found in jumping ants, presidential ballots, a beloved colleague and more.

by Katherine Duke '05; photos by Maria Stenzel

Monumentally Wrong Monumentally Wrong (Cont.)

A year ago in this magazine, a seasoned political journalist had a message for reporters covering the presidential primaries: We blew it.

by James Warren '74



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Winter 2017 Online Extras

Video & Audio

video  Dan Cluchey ’08 discusses his novel, The Life of the World to Come (St. Martin's) with Bree Barton ’07 in an interview for the Amherst Reads book club. The book explores responsibility and loss through the eyes of a young lawyer. 

video  Coach Michelle Morgan moderates a homecoming-weekend panel celebrating 40 years of Amherst women's athletics.

video  Go behind the scenes at Sidehill Farm and learn what led Amy Klippenstein 89 and Paul Lacinski 89 from their liberal arts roots (English and American studies, respectively) to becoming owners of an organic farm.

More news

Requested by students during the planning process for the Greenway Residence Halls, the demonstration kitchen in Greenway A accommodates a variety of events, including, in January, three interterm cooking classes

Now in its pilot phase, the Teaching and Learning Center aims to be a place that sparks creativity for faculty. 

Allen Hart 82 has experienced Amherst College from three distinct angles—as a student, a psychology professor and an administrator. In a Q&A, he talks about major changes that have taken place at the College since his student days. 

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