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

Amherst Fact: Orientation 2019

A fact about the incoming class of 2023, Amherst College

Welcome to Amherst College, Jack and Sarah! These two names appear most often on the 470 new IDs created for the class of 2023.

Link: Orientation concludes on Monday, Sept. 2 with Convocation. See the full schedule.

Kristin Ogdon ’00

Quote by Kristin Ogdon

“It was like we unleashed the magic of Amherst athletics. ” Kristin Ogdon ’00, who, 20 years ago, helped bring home the College’s first-ever NCAA team championship.

Richard Aronson ’69

Quote by Richard Aronson: Amherst College was doing community engagement long before it actually was a phrase.

“Amherst College was doing ‘community engagement’ long before it actually was a phrase.”  Richard Aronson ’69 on the College’s deep ties to the town of Amherst’s A Better Chance House, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Catherine Epstein, provost and dean of the faculty

Quote by Catherine Epstein

“Each course is amazing in and of itself, with obvious intellectual benefits. But, for me, it is actually the social part that is most compelling.” Catherine Epstein, provost and dean of the faculty, on course-specific trips that take students around the globe.

Vanja Malloy, Curator of American Art, the Mead Art Museum

Quote by Vanja Malloy

“The micro, the macro, everything’s so different from what people had imagined.”  Malloy’s groundbreaking “Dimensionism” show in the Mead's Art Museum, which includes Capricious Forms by Wassily Kandinsky, closes on July 28.

Christine Bader ’93

Quote by Christine Bader

“What if we could redefine work so that instead of determining the lives we have, it enables the lives we want?” Christine Bader ’93, on picking up and moving to Bali with her family in order to live more sustainably

Brendan Seto ’18

Quote by Brendan Seto

“Tutoring at the ABC House helped me break out of the ‘Amherst bubble.’ It also helped me realize the importance of doing things with meaning rather than for yourself.” Brendan Seto ’18 is one of 109 alumni tutors, over 50 years, who have mentored the teen scholars of color at the A Better Chance House in the town of Amherst. 

Chimaway Lopez ’20

Chimaway Lopez '20

“To be honest, I didn't really know about being an academic until the Mellon Mays. It's made me understand exactly the topography of that world.” Chimaway Lopez ’20 is one of five Amherst juniors in a program that helps today’s students become tomorrow’s professors

NOTE: Detail from ‘View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm — The Oxbow’ (1836) by Thomas Cole. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Sheila Jaswal

Quote by Sheila Jaswal: Two heads are not just better than one. They're actually like three.

“Two heads are not just better than one. They're actually like three.” Sheila Jaswal, associate professor of chemistry speaking of her weekly consultations with Amy S. Wagaman, associate professor of statistics.

Cristian Hinojosa ’00

Cristian Hinojosa

“A lot of those milestones were set by the constructs of the system, not the constructs of my heart.” Cristian Hinojosa ’00 on starting over as a firefighter.

Amherst Fact: Reunion 2019

Reunion Fact; More than 100 events are scheduled for over the weekend, a record number of events for Reunion

Reunion is here! Alumni from the classes of 1949 through 2014 are returning to campus to take part in more than 100 programs—a record number for this annual event.  Reunion Schedule and more.

Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98

Quote by Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98: I am the luckiest unlucky person.

“I am the luckiest unlucky person.” After an accident, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98, a software engineer became a disability rights activist.

Jénine Shepherd ’20

Jenine Sheperd receiving an award

“You make a commitment to these kids, you stick with it.” Jénine Shepherd ’20, winner of the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence.

William Taubman

Quote by William Taubman

 “When you think about it, having your books stolen is a huge compliment.” Professor Emeritus William Taubman, on his acclaimed biography of Gorbachev.

John Michael Higgins ’85

Quote by John Michael Higgins

“The best thing Amherst ever taught me was curiosity.” John Michael Higgins ’85 is one of the most accomplished character actors of our time.

 

Emily Lakdawalla ’96

Quote by Emily Lakdawalla

“This mission is at the limit of what humans are capable of doing—remotely and even, possibly, beyond that limit.” What can a Mars rover teach us about space? What can it teach us about humanity? Emily Lakdawalla ‘96 explores these questions in the new Amherst magazine

Alexis Chavez-Salinas ’22

Quote by Alexis Chavez-Salinas

“It allowed me to look at myself completely differently. Classes like this are why I chose to come to Amherst.” Alexis Chavez-Salinas ’22 on his First-Year Seminar “ Finding Your Roots,” taught by Professor Rick A. Lopez ’93.

Amherst Fact: Pooja Rangan

Pooja Rangan receives the Harry Levin Prize for outstanding first book

Assistant Professor Pooja Rangan’s Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary has won the 2019 Harry Levin Prize for outstanding first book.

NOTE: Read a review of the book by her former student. 

Adrienne White-Faines ’82

Quote by Adrienne White-Faines

“Wade Fellows helped show us how to reconcile the blessing and burden of our education, to take it and do something for our communities.” Adrienne White-Faines ’82 speaking about a program that for decades has introduced Amherst students to the successful and rewarding careers of notable black alumni. 

Note: Neuroradiologist Nadia Biassou ’88, the newest Wade Fellow, has been appointed for the 2019-21 academic years.

Arianne Abela

Quote by Arianne Abela

“Why not take music one step further? Why not use it to help others, or to comment on injustices, or to speak up for people?” Arianne Abela, Amherst's choral director,  on leveraging the power of music.

Jennifer Egan

Quote by Jennifer Eagan

“There are a lot of writers who find a groove and spend a career mining that vein. I seem to be exactly the opposite.” Novelist Jennifer Egan in an interview with The Economist. She will keynote Amherst’s 4th annual LitFest this weekend. 

Andreas Georgiou ’83

Quote by Andreas Georgiou

“If you asked me what are the big loves of my life, as top three I would put my country, my daughter and my mother. So for me, this was very painful.”  Andreas Georgiou ’83, who faces life in prison for recalculating the Greek deficit

NOTE: After you read the article, let us know what you think. Submit a letter to the editor to magazine@amherst.edu

Breaking News

Amherst College plans to go carbon-neutral by 2030

College Plans to Go Carbon-Neutral by 2030. The College’s Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap for the College to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Doug Lowy ’64

Doug Lowy Quote: "I had a big growing up moment senior year."

“I had a big growing-up moment senior year.”  Doug Lowy ’64, a former art-history major, went on to pioneer the HPV vaccine

Note: After you read the article, let us know what you think. Submit a letter to the editor to magazine@amherst.edu.

Jakina Debnam

Quote by Jakina Debnam

“I found that economics was underlying a lot of things that I thought were wrong in the world.” Jakina Debnam, assistant professor of economics, studies the impact of economic policies and events on human thriving in this Amherst magazine Q&A

 

Amelie Hastie

Quote by Amelie Hastie

“All my plots for the future seemed equally out of reach and equally possible.” Amelie Hastie, professor of English in film and media studies, writing in Amherst magazine about a movie that haunts her.

Mohamed Ramy ’18

Quote by Mohamed Ramy '18

“I want to inspire people to be in awe of being alive—and to critically assess the direction of our generation.” Mohamed Ramy ’18 is a current Watson Fellow and future Schwarzman Scholar.

David Chen ’06

Quote by David Chen

“There’s something really interesting about this asymmetrical connection you have with people.” David Chen, in “Screen Talk,” speaking about the relationship between the podcaster and the audience. Chen created the podcast “The Watchers” with Devindra Hardawar ’05, and a number of other podcasts including “A Cast of Kings,” about the TV series Game of Thrones.

Steven Simon, visiting professor of history

Steve Simon quote

“I expect you all to put these recommendations in a combined memo for the president.” Steven Simon, visiting professor of history. In Steven Simon's class, “National Security Decision Making,” students role-played as the secretary of defense or head of homeland security, creating strategies to handle national security disaster scenarios. Simon himself was a member of the National Security Council in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

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.