The front cover of the fall 2021 Amherst Magazine Editor
Emily Gold Boutilier

Alumni Editor
Betsy Cannon Smith ’84

Print Design Director
Ronn Campisi

Assistant Editor
Katherine Duke ’05

Senior Writer
Katharine Whittemore

Online Designer
Michael Reid

Email us at: magazine@amherst.edu


The Bicentennial: A Special Issue

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People, Protest, Purpose

A timeline of some of the people, happenings and milestones in the College's 200-year history.

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Your Life in Amherst

Here’s what it was like to be a student during five critical eras in College’s history.

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Biddy Martin Takes Stock

The College’s 19th president reflects on the job and assesses Amherst at this point in history.

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Bicentennial Poem

Haoran Tong ’23 explores the balance between past and future in his Bicentennial poem.

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Nine Writers on What Amherst Means to Them

We commissioned nine essays from alumni authors 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.

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To See Amherst Feeling at Its Flood-Tide

The story behind Amherst’s 1921 centennial celebration—an event that saw half of Amherst’s then 5,000 living graduates—including representatives from 37 classes dating back to 1856—turned up “to see Amherst feeling at its flood-tide.”

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Amherst Creates

A rock ’n’ roll icon, fictional figures portrayed by Amherst alumni actors and two unique book reviews highlight this special installment of our arts section.