Amherst Magazine, Fall 2007

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FEATURES

Living Up to the Enlightenment Living Up to the Enlightenment
This year's Convocation address.
By President Anthony W. Marx

image The Dirtiest Game
Edwin Macharia ’01 has come home to Kenya to try to change his country’s future. But can a young idealist get elected in one of the most corrupt nations on earth?
By Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne ’01

An Unlikely Love Affair An Unlikely Love Affair
The Puritans had a thing against Shakespeare, but with time, the American people fell for him—hard. To a surprising extent, Amherst has shaped the long romance.
By Eric Goldscheider

Chasing the Solana Chasing the Solana
Find out what happens when four aging Zumbyes relive a Spring Break road trip.
By Peter Bellows ’62, Jeffrey Gutcheon ’62, William Slights ’61 and Roger Tarpy ’63

 
DEPARTMENTS

College Row
The governor visits—The new Charles Pratt—The Class of ’11 arrives—A book by former President Tom Gerety—Actor Jeffrey Wright ’87—Alum wins Liberia’s top prize—Faculty awards and activities—New Koenig scholars—Verbatim.

From the Folger
The Folger fellows.

My Life
Constance Congdon, playwright-in-residence.

Sports
Bottling energy.

Amherst Creates
Cullen Murphy ’74 on the U.S. and Rome—a translation by Adrian Althoff ’04—Baseball history from Cait Murphy ’83—Philosophers take your questions.

What They Are Reading
Geoffrey Woglom, the Richard S. Volpert ’56 Professor of Economics.

Letters