Nicola Courtright: Reflections on Hybrid Teaching
Nicola Courtright, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art at Amherst College reflects on how she adapted to hybrid-teaching during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Videos from Black Alumni Week
Videos from Virtual Black Alumni Week, April 12 -18, 2021. A conversation with Kellie Jones ’81, H’18, Thomas Mitchell ’87, hosted by Ayo Lewis ’21, and conversation with Dr. Angela Y. Davis, moderated by Dr. Kimberly Bain '14.
Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series
This virtual lecture series examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.
LitFest 2021 Videos
Relive a bit of LitFest 2021 with these videos of some of the fiction and poetry readings and discussions by our invited guest speakers.
AC Votes goes above and beyond to get students engaged in voting, as well as post-elections reflections by members of the Amherst community.
Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration
Our senior celebration included video messages from the community, photo highlights from the past four years, an appearance by the student commencement speaker and the Choral Society, and a surprise special guest.
A Mammoth Graduation
As part of our unprecedented virtual celebration for the class of 2020, our Mammoth processed across the main quad and received an Amherst College diploma. A mammoth congratulations to the class of 2020!
COVID Conversation: Zeke Emanuel and Biddy Martin
Oncologist and bioethicist Zeke Emanuel ’79, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress joins President Biddy Martin.
COVID Conversation with Arthur Brooks and Phillip Jackson
Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School in conversation with Trustee Phil Jackson ’85, Priest-in-Charge and Vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street in NYC.
COVID Conversation with Harold Varmus and David Kessler
Nobel Prize-winner Harold Varmus ’61 joins Trustee Emeritus David Kessler ’73, for a discussion hosted by Trustee Shirley Tilghman H’08.
COVID Conversation: Joseph Stiglitz and David Novak
Trustee Emeritus Joseph Stiglitz ’64 H’74, Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor of economics at Columbia University, talks with private equity executive and Amherst trustee David Novak ’91.
2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition
Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, ten thesis students, nominated by their departments, competed to communicate the significance of their research in three minutes or less.
2020 Speaking Competition
Speaking contests and prizes have a long history at Amherst. The tradition continued on Feb. 18, 2020. Presented here are eight student speeches on the theme of "Justice."
Amherst Alumni in the Field: Alden Booth ’83, P’12 and Lissa Greenough ’83, P’12
When Booth and Greenough opened beloved brewpub The People’s Pint in Greenfield more than 20 years ago, area farmers weren’t accustomed to selling directly to restaurants.
Is Truth Doomed in the Age of Trump? And is Free Speech in Peril?
Stanley Fish, Yeshiva University, in conversation with Ilan Stavans, Amherst College, discussing free speech on college campuses.
Point/Counterpoint with Elizabeth Kolbert: Progressing Our Way to Mass Extinction?
Environmentalist author Elizabeth Kolbert joined Professor Lawrence Douglas for a discussion on "Progressing Our Way to Mass Extinction?" as part of the Point/Counterpoint series.
An Amherst education doesn’t end with graduation. Here are five videos from the Alumni Colloquium - Amherst College History: Post-World War II to the Present held on November 15 - 16, 2019.
A Conversation with President Biddy Martin: Family Weekend 2019
During Family Weekend, President Biddy Martin welcomed visiting families, answered questions from the audience, and shared anecdotes about recent events on campus.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Addresses Campus
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: “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.
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 ’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.
Alumni Panel: Science Center Celebration
The Science Center opening celebration kicked off with a panel of alumni reflecting on their time 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the 2018 lecture.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Senior Class Speech
Noor Meloy Qasim ’18 was chosen by her class to speak at Commencement.
Presidential Address: Commencement 2018
Watch the video and read a transcript of President Biddy Martin’s address to the Class of 2018.
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.
Interviews with the speakers in the "Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series" as well as full presentations by two of the speakers.
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."
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.
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.
"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.
Taubman on Gorbachev
An interview with William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, the author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times.
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.
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 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 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.
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.