Steven Simon

Decisions Points

by Katharine Whittemore

Students role-played how to handle terrifying scenarios—with a professor who was on the National Security Council.


The ceremony leader, dressed in a kimono, hands a cup of tea to a student Reading Tea Leaves

by Katharine Whittemore

Imagine spending an entire semester on a single ritual: the Japanese tea ceremony.



New "green" freezers being moved into the new Science Center When Freezers Go Green

by Rachael Hanley

Jess Martin, the administrative director of the new science building, and Laura Draucker, director of sustainability, spent the summer quietly replacing aging, electricity-hogging science fridges and freezers



Illustration by Franziska Barczyk We'll Always Have Paris

by Bill Sweet

Amherst has acquired the archives of the small but influential Paris Press, which published groundbreaking, overlooked literature by women.



Rare Book School in  Frost Library A Pilgrimage to Frost

by Bill Sweet

2,600 volumes have established the library as a destination for scholars of Native American history, culture and tradition.



Jane Kim ’20 conducting research over the summer at Amherst College Their Summer Vacation

by Bill Sweet

Without leaving campus, undergraduate fellows earned $440 a week plus housing to study everything from dining hall lines to exoplanets to post-election Kenya.



Illustration by Rosie Scott The Taste of Resilience

by Chipo Dendere

Dendere, visiting assistant professor of political science, reflects upon what she loves about Zimbabwe, her homeland.




Soviet invasion of Prague Czechoslovakia, 1968

by Katharine Whittemore

Fifty years ago, Professor Pavel Machala lived through the reformist Prague Spring, and watched the Soviet tanks come in to crush it.




Katie Fretwell Q&A: Katharine Fretwell ’81

by Katharine Whittemore

Katharine Whittemore interviewed Katharine Fretwell who retired this summer after 30 years in admission at Amherst.