Thayer Greene ’50

Veteran's Day Quote

“He staggered up and fell to his knees before me, uttering, ‘Freiheit. Freiheit.’—Freedom. Freedom. Thayer Greene ’50. For Veterans Day, we honor Amherst College military veterans, including Green, an infantryman in World War II who helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp

NOTE: Photo by Jens Meyer, from “Nazi ‘V-2 rocket’ concentration camp liberation remembered.”

Thomas Boswell ’69

Quote by Thomas Boswell '69 about the Washington Nationals winning the world series

“For decades and into future generations, when the doings of this team are recalled, hearts will dance and race and scream in joy.” Thomas Boswell ’69, Washington Post sports columnist, on the Washington Nationals World Series win.

The Amherst Student

Quote from The Amherst Student about Ralph Ellison

“We are victims in the present of a false portrayal of the past.”  From an editorial in The Amherst Student. In 1969, novelist and scholar Ralph Ellison spoke on campus during one of two campus moratoriums featured recently in Amherst magazine.

President Biddy Martin

Quote by President Biddy Martin

“Our society depends for its well being on the identification and development of talent wherever it exists. It exists in every community and group.” President Biddy Martin.

Amherst welcomes and applauds the decision in the Harvard University admissions lawsuit, which affirms the importance and constitutionality of race-conscious admissions as part of a holistic review of applicants to our colleges and universities.

Andrea Hutton ’95

Andrea Hutton Quote

“We are looking for individuals on the precipice of great discovery or a game-changing idea.” The MacArthur Foundation, describing its “genius” grant. Andrea Dutton ’95 is among the newest winners. Her work focuses on climate change.

NOTE:  Art historian and curator Kellie Jones ’81 received a MacArthur fellowship in 2017. 

Photo of Dutton: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Jason Seto ’19

Quote by Jason Seto

“Empathy is a habit that can be cultivated.” Jason Seto ’19 one of six young alumni to be offered a 2019-20 Fulbright grant, one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world.

Marietta Pritchard

Marietta Pritchard

“Almost all battles can be boiled down to the irritable question: ‘Why can’t you be more like me?’” Author Marietta Pritchard in “Scenics from a Marriage,” which chronicles a lifetime of travel with her husband, English professor William Pritchard