The front cover of Amherst Magazine featuring a woman dressed in black with a pink shawl around her shoulders 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

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Table of Contents

A painting of a river landscape with a small boat on the water

American Stories

A new Amherst exhibition considers the role of art in creating, reinforcing and challenging our ideas about national identity.

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"So Find the Joy"

That’s what Kate Stayman-London ’05 says in this Q&A that lists Jane Austen, Jordan Peele and Connie Congdon—and explains the inspiration for her escapist, subversive debut novel, One to Watch.

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18 22 30

A psychology professor asked 58 members of the class of 2009 about race and class, as first-years, as seniors and again at age 30. The takeaway? Everyone has gained much deeper perspective.