Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amherst College President Biddy Martin seated on stage

Justic Ruth Bader Ginsburg Addresses Campus

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation.

John Michael Higgins '85

Amherst Alumni in the Field: John Michael Higgins ’85

John Michael Higgins ’85 talks about what he learned at Amherst College and how those lessons have helped him to succeed as a professional actor.

A photo of Min Jin Lee

The DeMott Lecture 2019

The 2019 DeMott Lecture was given by distinguished author, National Book Award finalist, and writer-in-residence, Min Jin Lee.

Professor Marc Edwards in a biology lab with a student

Meet Professor Marc Edwards

Assistant Professor of Biology Marc Edwards discusses why he became a scientist and a teacher, and the best advice he's ever received.

Opening screen of video about the Department of Environmental Studies at Amherst College

Major Exploration: Environmental Studies

Professors and students talk about the field of environmental studies, the major at Amherst College, courses that environmental studies majors can take, and available research opportunities.

Lyndsey Scott

Amherst Alumni in the Field : Lyndsey Scott '06

Lyndsey Scott ’06, actress and software engineer, embodies the driving curiosity and deep versatility of Amherst alumni.

Karu Kozuma

Walking a Mile in Your Shoes:

What happened when Karu Kozuma, chief student affairs officer at Amherst College, and senior Megan Root ’19, shadowed each other for a week? Find out what they learned from this experiment.

Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson

LitFest 2019 Videos

Videos featuring talks by Jennifer Egan, Jamel Brinkley, Brandon Hobson, Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert are available to the Amherst community until May 4, 2019.

Close-up of a hand holding a pen to paper.

Creative Writing at Amherst

Judith Frank, Professor of English, talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the creative writing program at Amherst College.

Chris Lehane ’90 giving a presentation about Airbnb

Amherst Alumni in the Field

Chris Lehane ’90, head of global policy and communications for Airbnb, believes the company's home sharing mission is using technology to create community-wide economic benefits.

Students walk on a greenway pathway to the science center

Science Center Celebration

Hear remarks by Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College, during a celebration on October 20, 2018, of Amherst’s new Science Center.

Amartya Sen and Ilan Stavans

Amartya Sen: “Globalism and Its Discontents”

Amartya Sen, economist and Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, joined Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans for a Point/Counterpoint discussion.

The Mentalist

The Mentalist

Watch as Amherst Philosophy Professor Alexander George conducts a "little experiment in imagination and influence" on Katherine Duke ’05, assistant editor, Office of Communications.

Joseph Stiglitz and Ilan Stavans

Joseph Stiglitz ’64: “Globalism and Its Discontents”

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University joined Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans for a Point/Counterpoint discussion.

Three members of the Alumni Panel from the Science Center opening

Alumni Panel: Science Center Celebration

The Science Center opening celebration kicked off with a panel of alumni reflecting on their time at Amherst College. 

Aatish Taseer speaking at Amherst College

We Shall Be A Country With No History: A Lecture by Aatish Taseer ’03

Author and contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times, Taseer discussed his experiences at Amherst,  and how they gave him a new perspective on his country of origin, India.

Aatish Taseer ’03

An Interview with Aatish Taseeer ’03

Before arriving in Cole Assembly Room to deliver a speech, Aatish Taseer ’03 stopped by Alumni House to answer questions about his work as a journalist and an author of fiction and nonfiction.

Daryll Harper

Alumni in the Field

Darryl Harper ’90 discusses how he entered Amherst College as a psychology major but graduated with a commitment to pursuing a career as a professional musician.

President Biddy Martin at Homecoming 2018, Amherst College

Homecoming 2018

President Carolyn "Biddy" Martin addressed homecoming visitors on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Johnson Chapel.

Sue Everden

Meet Head Volleyball Coach Sue Everden

Head Volleyball Coach Sue Everden reflects on her storied career and what keeps her motivated as a coach.

Saskia Sassen

Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University,  joined Amherst's Ilan Stavans, Spanish professor, for "Globalism and Its Discontents," part of this year's Point/Counterpoint series.

George Will speaking at Point/Counterpoint

Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with George Will

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Will joined Professor Ilan Stavans the first installment of this year's Point/Counterpoint series.

Danielle Allen

The DeMott Lecture 2018

Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University & Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, delivered this year’s lecture. 

Students and staff welcoming the Class of 2022

Orientation 2018 Recap

All 492 of them participated in six days of Orientation activities designed to introduce them to the campus, the faculty and staff, and to each other, the members of the Class of ’22. Go Mammoths!

Amherst College students building a soccer-playing robot

Summer Robotics with Professor Ashley Carter

A team of six students from across several fields of study spent part of the summer assembling Eugene, a soccer-playing robot.

Eboo Patel speaking at Amherst College

Building a Diverse Democracy: Interfaith Engagement in Times of Crisis

Eboo Patel visited Amherst College on February 27, 2018. His presentation explained why diversity and pluralism are more important now than ever before.

Students learning about entrepreneurship from Matt Glickman

Amherst in the Field: Matt Glickman ’87

For Matt Glickman ’87, entrepreneurship is not about creating something new, but about taking the best ideas from a wide range of disciplines and apply them in new places.

HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland

An Interview with Art Collector John Wieland ’58

Wieland's unique art collection engages with the idea of the house as a fundamental element of people’s lives, an interest driven by John’s professional life as a home-builder.

Senior Speaker Noor Meloy Qasim

Senior Class Speech

Noor Meloy Qasim ’18 was chosen by her class to speak at Commencement.

President Biddy Martin addressing the Class of 2018 during Commencement

Presidential Address: Commencement 2018

Watch the video and read a transcript of President Biddy Martin’s address to the Class of 2018.

Kevin Moss

Russia and Its Others: Kevin Moss ’77

This talk explored Russian gay identity through two literary works, a scene from Mikhail Kuzmin’s 1906 coming out novel, Wings, and Evgeny Kharitonov’s “Leaflet.”

Sergey Glebov Kathleen Kelly Smith ’87

Historical and Political Context - Sergey Glebov Kathleen Kelly Smith ’87

Sergey Glebov, Associate Professor of History and Kathleen Smith ’87, Professor of Teaching, Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies (Georgetown), discuss Russian politics and culture.

Bryn Geffert and Catherine Ciepiela ’83 giving a galk about Russian politics

Putin, Poets and Patriarchy

Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College and Catherine Ciepiela ’83, Professor of Russian and Director of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture discuss Russian politics and culture.

Luciana Duarte ’93

Amherst Alumni in the Field: Luciana Duarte ’93

Luciana Duarte ’93, currently the VP and Global Head of Employee Experience at HP,  discusses how her liberal arts degree from Amherst College prepared her perfectly for her career.

Point / Counterpoint

Trump Point/Counterpoint

Interviews with the speakers in the "Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series" as well as full presentations by two of the speakers.

Petina Gappah

Writing Africa Today: On the Intersection Between Truth, Justice and Reality in Contested Spaces

Zimbabwean writer and international lawyer Petina Gappah spoke at Amherst on Feb. 14, 2018: “ Writing Africa Today: On The Intersection Between Truth, Justice and Reality in Contested Spaces." 

Kirk Johnson: Amherst Alumni in the Field

Amherst Alumni in the Field: Kirk Johnson ’82

Kirk Johnson ’82 discusses his journey from Amherst College to Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Poet and activist Sonia Sanchez speaking in Johnson Chapel

Sonia Sanchez: “Beloved Community”

Honoring the theme of “Beloved Community,” poet and activist Sonia Sanchez delivered the keynote address at the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Symposium on January 27th.

Wesley Lowry

Trump: Point/Counterpoint Speakers

As part of its interdisciplinary exploration of the Trump Administration, an Amherst course featured a conversation series with four guest speakers.

Sebastian Junger

A Video Interview with Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and co-director of the documentary Restrepo visited Amherst College on Nov. 14, 2017.

Kwame Anthony Appiah videos

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah's talk, “How Not to Think About Race, Culture and Class,” available to the campus community (password protected) until Jan. 29, 2018, and an interview by Stefan Yong ’18.

Richard Wilbur and Biddy Martin

Remembering Richard Wilbur

A celebration of the life and poetry of Richard Wilbur, includeding poems, songs, images, memories and conversation.

Mscot preview

Mascot Sneak Preview

On October 20, 2017, the new mammoth mascot will make its debut at 8:00 p.m. on the Valentine Quad.

Amherst Alumni in the Field: Catherine Brownstein '97

Amherst Alumni in the Field: Catherine Brownstein '97

Catherine Brownstein ’97 discusses how her liberal arts education prepared her for a profession that didn't even exist when she started her undergraduate journey.

Book signing reception for author Bill Taubman

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times"

Pulitzer Prize Winner William Taubman discusses his newly released book, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, with Pavel Machala, the Charles E. Merrill 1908 Professor of Political Science.

William Taubman discusses his new book about Gorbachev

Taubman on Gorbachev

An interview with William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, the author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

Purple and white balloons at the entrance of campus

Orientation 2017 Recap

The 489 newest Amherst students arrived on campus Aug. 29, many with families in tow. These first-year and transfer students graduated from 388 secondary schools and speak more than 45 languages.

Biddy Martin speaking at the podium at Convocation 2017, Amherst College.

Convocation Sept. 4, 2017

“We have to dedicate ourselves as strongly as ever, perhaps more strongly than ever, to truth-seeking.” Watch President Martin’s full Convocation address.

Science Center under construction

Science Center Update - Summer 2017

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, the state-of-the-art Science Center will be a home for teaching and research and offer additional classrooms and gathering spaces for the entire campus. 

Reading in Virtual Reality video

Reading in the Virtual World

Professor Andrew Dole talks about his efforts to create spaces for students and professors to read without distractions, and about using virtual reality to enhance academic focus.

Peter Rubinstein ’64: Alumni in the Field Video

Amherst Alumni in the Field : Peter Rubinstein ’64

Amherst didn’t have a department of Jewish studies, or even a class on Judaism, so Rabbi Peter Rubinstein ’64 took a theology class with Professor Pemberton instead.