Marisa Parham, English professor

Quote by Marisa Parham

“One of the arguments a lot of digital humanists make is: In x number of years, we won’t call it ‘the digital humanities.’ It will just be ‘the humanities.’” English professor Marisa Parham, in “Deconstructing the Game,” which explores her highly popular course, “Videogames and the Boundaries of Narrative.”

Wallace Minot Leonard Jr., Class of 1916

Quote by Wallace Minot Leonard Jr., Class of 1916

“I don't recall much that happened. We spent most of our time hanging onto Mother Earth.” 1st Lieutenant Wallace Minot Leonard Jr., Class of 1916, recalling how he and his men crawled 1,000 yards across a field in northern France, under merciless enemy fire, to reach and take out an enemy gun emplacement in World War I. For his heroism, Leonard was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre. He is one of 33 World War I servicemen honored on Amherst's War Memorial. The war ended 100 years ago this November 11th.

Hugo Ríos Cordero

Quote by Hugo Ríos Cordero

“The sand disappeared under the restless sea, in some cases permanently. By-the-shore establishments, which profited off the sea, were now swallowed by it.” Hugo Ríos Cordero. From Cordero's essay in the most recent issue of The Common literary magazine, which explores Puerto Rico a year after Hurricane Maria.

From a New York Times review of an exhibition devoted to Orra White Hitchcock

Orra White Hitchcock

“She was an artificer as much as an observer, imagining dramatic new ways to express the world's beauty and, as she saw it, its sacred order.” Hitchcock was one of the premier scientific illustrators of her time and the wife of Amherst’s third president. She is featured in the new Amherst magazine.

Gardner Watts ’35

"You know the truth better." Gardener Watts ’35

“You know the truth better.” Amherst’s oldest living graduate, Gardner Watts ‘35, on growing older and wiser.

Ilan Stavans, professor of Spanish

Quote by Ilan Stavans

“It made me think of the long chain of generations we all belong to and the ways past, present and future interact.” Professor  Ilan Stavans, offering a paean to his favorite building on campus. His essay appears in the new Amherst magazine.

Kiara Vigil, assistant professor of American Studies

Quote by Kiara Vigil, Assistant Professor of American Studies

“This is a place that now can be seen as a center—as a place to go to learn about Native history, culture, tradition, from Native peoples themselves.” Assistant Professor Kiara Vigil, speaking of the 2,600 volumes that brought scholars from around the country to study at Amherst this summer.

NOTE: The College’s Kim-Wait Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection is among the most comprehensive of its kind. 

Chelsea Cutler ’19

Chelsea Cutler

“Putting your team first is like putting your audience first.” Chelsea Cutler ’19, in “Songs Not Papers. Cutler's debut single, “You Make Me,” hit the Billboard viral chart last year. An Amherst soccer player, Cutler intentionally dresses like an athlete onstage, refusing to buy into the sexist stereotype of female performers in high heels and tight clothes.

Orin Hoffman ’01

Orin Hoffman

“We can suck the fish into the robot without killing it.” Orin Hoffman ’01 in “Send in the Robots.” Hoffman is the chief roboticist for the Lionfish Project, which helps fisherman by deploying robots to reach lionfish in deeper waters. Lionfish have no natural predators and are throwing off the ecological balance of coral reefs.

Min Cheng

Min Cheng

“Considering my chronically contentious relationship with the English language, it is no surprise that I came to realize my bilingualism in the midst of a fight.” Min Cheng, a staff therapist in the College’s Counseling Center. This essay is adapted from Confluences: Lost & Found in Translation, a new multilingual magazine conceived by Aqiil Gopee ’20, Hapshiba Kwon ’20 and Emily Merriam, a Writing Center advisor. You can read Cheng’s essay in Chinese, French, Korean and Urdu at confluences.wordpress.amherst.edu.

JinJin Xu ’17

Quote by JinJin Xu

“I went from introducing myself as a researcher, writer, student, to settling with and becoming a volunteer, and then in time, a friend.” JinJin Xu ’17, in “Real Lives of Refugees.” Traveling from China to India, Thailand to Germany, Xu interviewed a number of asylum seekers. She plans to transform those stories into a book about dislocated motherhood.

NOTE: In 2017, Amherst was distinguished for being the only school with three Watson Fellow winners, including JinJin Xu ’17. 

Rebecca Segal ’18

Rebecca Segal: "I hope that today helps normalize the process of going into the military while you're at school."

“I hope that today helps normalize the process of going into the military while you're at school. ”  U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Rebecca Segal ’18 in the new Amherst magazine.

Jeffrey Wright ’87

"Coming from theater, I try to grind down and polish, define and explore." Jeffrey Wright ’87

“Coming from the theater, I try to grind down and polish, define and explore.” Actor Jeffrey Wright ’87, speaking to Backstage about his role on HBO’s sci-fi thriller Westworld.

Jeffrey Suliveres ’20

Jeffrey Suliveres

“This documentary unexpectedly became one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.” Jeffrey Suliveres ’20 in the new Amherst magazine.

Katharine “Katie” Fretwell ’81

Quote by Katie Fretwell

“It is an accidental career. You won't find ‘admission officer’ on any of those career-pondering checklists. But as I was doing this work, I loved it.” Katharine “Katie” Fretwell ’81, former Dean of Admission, just retired after three decades of service to her alma mater. Read our interview.

Physics Professor David Hall ’91

Quote by David Hall ’91

“The experiment is conceptually simple, but the phenomenon is both beautiful and remarkably complex.” Physics Professor David Hall ’91, speaking of the rare electrical phenomenon of “ball lightning.” Hall and his students are among the only people in the world to have made and observed a microscopic simile of ball lightning in his Amherst lab.

Trent Maxey

Quote by Trent Maxey, associate professor of Asian languages & civilizations and history

“I was tired of intellectual historical ideas that float in ether. So I challenged myself to find out about how physical things shape how we experience ourselves.” Trent Maxey, associate professor of Asian languages & civilizations and history, speaking of his book in progress, Automotive Modernity: The Politics of Mobility in 20th-Century Japan.

Sabato Visconti ’09

Quote by Sabato Visconti ’09

“You find errors that happen seemingly randomly, and you create an environment in which they can happen at your wish.” Sabato Visconti ’09 is a “glitch artist,” who purposefully distorts images digitally. His art has been shown at many museums and festivals, including the Tate Britain.