The cover of the Fall Amherst Magazine, a black and white photo of an older man


Fall 2019

“I Have to Honor It All”

From soldier to Amherst chaplain to therapist: How Thayer Greene ’50 witnessed atrocity, rediscovered faith and still counsels others at age 93.

By Naomi Shulman

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The Sounds Behind Silence

What do the nervous systems of zebrafish sound like? Christianna Mariano ’21 turned neuroscience data into audible art.

by Katharine Whittemore


A photo of Deborah Williams

She Helps the State Fight Hate

The governor calls on an Amherst senior. Deborah “D.J.” Williams ’20 was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to be a part of the 17-person task force he revived in 2017 in response to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across New England.

by Caroline Hanna

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Letitia Johnson, Chief Investment Officer, Amherst College In August, Amherst named Letitia Johnson its new chief investment officer, succeeding Mauricia Geissler. Johnson comes to the College after 13 years at Cambridge Associates.

Statues commemorating the Stonewall uprising To reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, read an interview with history professor Jen Manion and an article about Marvin Bell ’19E, the latest winner of the David Kirp ’65 Stonewall Prize.

Staff examines recovered dinosaur tracks A 190-million-year-old set of dinosaur footprints has found a home at the Beneski Museum of Natural History, after being poached from a shale ledge in Gill, Mass., and recovered by police.


Lyndsey Scott Catch up with Lyndsey Scott ’06 in an Alumni in the Field video. She's put her Amherst education to versatile use as a fashion model, actor and software engineer.

German-made Amherst football doll from Amherst College archives Author Nancy Pick ’83 tells some Weird Amherst stories that have popped up in her research for a coffee-table book that will celebrate the College's upcoming bicentennial.

Gib Biddle '84 Watch Gib Biddle ’84 give a talk on “Netflix's Customer Obsession: How to Delight Inherently Unsatisfiable Customers.” Biddle has worked for the video service for 14 years as it's grown from 1 million subscribers to 140 million.

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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