A compilation of recent remarks made at Amherst.

“The divine gift of life must not be used selfishly. It must be used to feel, emotionally—to push out into the world.”

Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop of Hong Kong
Celebrating Mass before Commencement
Johnson Chapel, May 27, 2007

“In the United States, you have much fewer rights in the workplace than you do outside of the workplace. You give up the right to speak freely. You have some rights around freedom of association, but they’re limited.”

Stephanie Luce, assistant professor of labor studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
At the Summer Institute on Civic Engagement and Political Activism, a Ford Foundation project
Alumni House, June 22, 2007

“You don’t want the banker mixing up your dimes and your pennies.”

Roger Wallace, a sixth-grade teacher in Amherst
Explaining to incoming seventh graders why it’s important to understand decimals, as part of the summer Pipeline Project for local students
Seeley Mudd, July 16, 2007

“In 1590, it was still so nearly unthinkable that someone deaf could be eloquent, vocally or gesturally, that a deaf character onstage would have been even more bizarre than someone unable to speak because their tongue had been ripped out.”

Renaissance scholar Heidi Brayman Hackel
In a lecture on deafness, muteness and chirology—the language of the hand—in Shakespeare
The Octagon, April 17, 2007