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Known as the "Singing College," Amherst has six student-run a cappella groups, plus the Choral Society, which is made up of four ensembles. Here, Mammastu Fall ’21 and the Blue Stockings perform at the Black Student Union’s Harlem Renaissance event during Family Weekend. (Performance opportunities)
The Book & Plow Farm has a threefold mission: 1) engage students in collaborative and productive farm activities; 2) provide quality produce to the Amherst College community; and 3) offer people space on campus to connect with food, land, and each other. Pictured here, members of the Amherst College community celebrate the harvest at Farm Fest, which featured music, games, and of course, amazing food from the farm. (Related Content: Better Know a Farmer)
Fans get serious about cheering for the Mammoths during a game.
Competitive rowing, or crew, has a long and storied history at Amherst College. The team got its start in the 1860s and soon emerged as one of the most powerful programs in the young world of collegiate rowing, winning a national championship in 1872. Designated as a club sport at Amherst, it's one of the few sports students can join without needing any previous rowing experience. (Meet former crew captain Jana Barber ’19 and her teammates.)
The Main Quad (also known as the First-Year Quad), flanked by first-year residence halls, Frost Library and Johnson Chapel, and with a view of the Mt. Holyoke Range, is a favorite place to play, read and relax.
For three weeks in January, students can enroll in a variety of challenging classes or workshops, like this intensive seminar for Folger Undergraduate Fellows. “Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures” did a deep dive into an 18th-century manuscript recipe book and culminated in the class attempting to replicate the recipes in a kitchen. See more photos: The 2020 Interterm Experience and learn more about Interterm.
Students at Amherst College have the opportunity to hear many prominent speakers, such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who spoke on campus in October 2019. (Related Reading: The Power of Listening)
The Powerhouse was converted into an event space in 2014. Since then, it's been used for poetry slams, musical performances, movie screenings, club meetings, panel discussions, pub nights, outdoor picnics and more. (Learn more)
Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC ) is a student dance group that choreographs their own routines and performs in the Powerhouse and other local venues, showcasing their talent in hip-hop, break, step and street jazz. (Meet Shikha Jha ’22, one of DASAC's artistic directors, and the other dancers, in this Instagram video post.)
Ok, so it's not all fun and games on the First-Year Quad. Seeing professors relocate their classes outside is also a common sight at Amherst College.
Exhibits at the Mead Art Museum are often intricately connected to current courses. Pictured here, curator Vanja Malloy gives a tour of “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” to students in Professor Natasha Staller's class, "The Modern World." The Mead is also a rich educational resource for the local community. (The Mead Art Museum)
Each year, students showcase the research they've conducted as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, an eight-week-long program that pairs fellows with a SURF mentor to conduct research in the humanities, the physical sciences, natural sciences, or social sciences. (Related content: The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)
Each fall, all SURF Fellows participate in a poster session. Jea Adams ’21 presented the research she did working with Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy. (In April 2020, Adams received a Goldwater Scholarship.)