The front cover of the fall 2021 Amherst Magazine

Fall 2021

Nine Bicentennial Essays

For this special issue, we commissioned
nine essays from alumni writers about
the College’s influence on their lives.
Travel back in time to the seconds after
a hard row, to a Cuban meal cooked
with two professors, to a treasured
year in the land of open doors, and more.

Feature Articles

The Amherst College Glee Club 1880

People, Protest, Purpose: A College Timeline

Take a stroll through some significant moments in the 200-year history of Amherst College.

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steeple of Johnson Chapel with a flag on the top

Your Life In Amherst

Here’s what it was like to be a student during five critical years in College history: 1821, 1871, 1921, 1971 and 2021.

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A photo of Biddy Martin standing in front of the war memorial

Biddy Martin Takes Stock

A year before she’ll end her tenure, the College’s 19th president reflects on the job and assesses Amherst at this point in history.

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