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Spring 2017

Can Europe Be Saved?

A Nobel Prize-winning economist argues that the region’s shared currency, rather than bringing nations together, has done the exact opposite. 

An interview with Joseph E. Stiglitz ’64 by Cullen Murphy ’74



Amy Speace, photo by Mark Savage

Famous is Not the Point

For Amy Speace ’90, making it as a singer/songwriter has involved opera and Shakespeare, New York and Nashville, breakups and collaborations, and even marinara sauce.

by Katharine Whittemore

Poetry Contest

A Writer's Surprise

Writer Kirun Kapur challenges Amherst magazine readers to a poetry contest. Six specific words. Any form, style, mood or subject matter. 

by Kirun Kapur ’97


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With three, Amherst is number one in the nation for 2017 winners of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The College is also a top producer of Fulbright Scholar Program recipients.

The Powerhouse has won three recent awards for architectural excellence. Take a look back at how a coal-fired plant became a postindustrial student event and arts space.

Students in the course “Women and Art in Early Modern Europe” joined an international initiative to bridge the gap between academia and Wikipedia, highlighting women in art along the way, including 17th-century painter Lavinia Fontana. 

Video & Audio 

Amherst did not have a class on Judaism, so Peter Rubinstein ’64 took a theology class with Professor Pemberton instead. He was hooked. Hear about Rabbi Rubinstein’s career path and the lessons he learned along the way.

Brooke Kamin Rapaport ’84 oversees the selection, production and realization of vast outdoor installations in New York City’s Madison Square Park. “Public art is shown in the context of complete democracy,” she says. 

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