- The Mead Art Museum received $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the use of its art collection for teaching and research.
- Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, was awarded the Law and Society Association’s inaugural Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award for distinguished work as a teacher and mentor.
- Japanese, Arabic, Chinese and Korean are among the most difficult languages for native English speakers to master. Wako Tawa, professor of Asian languages and civilizations, received a $150,000 Arthur Vining Davis Foundations grant to strengthen the teaching of these “category four” languages.
- The Medieval Academy of America recognized Howell D. Chickering, the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature, as “one of the most impressive teaching collaborators in medieval studies.”
- Professor of Russian Jane A. Taubman was cited for “extraordinary pedagogical achievement” as a teacher, mentor and adviser by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.
- William H. Pritchard ’53, Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, was a featured speaker at a June tribute to John Updike held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
- Amherst is now the official home of the Anacapa Society, a professional organization that promotes research in theoretical and computational physics.