President John F. Kennedy

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." President John F. Kennedy

“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Amherst on Oct. 26, 1963. The College will honor the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth at an Oct. 28 symposium. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III will give the keynote address.

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Richard Wilbur ’42

"Outside the open window/The morning air is all awash with angels." Richard Wilbur ’42

“Outside the open window/The morning air is all awash with angels.” Richard Wilbur ’42 in his poem “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World.”Wilbur, an elder statesman of American poetry, died on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at age 96.

Ha Ram Hwang ’17

Ha Ram Hwang: People not only shared vocabulary with us, but emotions, sensations and stories."

People not only shared vocabulary with us, but emotions, sensations and stories. Ha Ram Hwang ’17. For a culminating project in English 490, she teamed up with a fellow student to collect hard-to-translate phrases from people around campus. 

Katerina Von Campe ’17

"No writing is ever wasted." Katerina Von Campe

“No writing is ever wasted.” Katerina Von Campe ’17, giving pointers on thesis writing to current students.students.

Vanessa Fong ’96

Quote by Vanessa Fong '96

“If parents favored the sons over the daughters, what happens to the families with only a daughter? This is a burning question, and could change everything about what we know about gender in China.” Vanessa Fong ’96, associate professor of anthropology at the College, on why she began her longitudinal study of China’s one-child policy.

Melvil Dewey, Class of 1874

"Reading is a mighty engine, beside which steam and electricity sink into insignificance." Melvil Dewey, Class of 1874

“Reading is a mighty engine, beside which steam and electricity sink into insignificance.” Melvil Dewey, Class of 1874, Dewey was an Amherst student when he devised the decimal classification system that bears his name. 

NOTE: In 2014, a turn-of-the-century building on the Amherst College campus that once provided power to the campus was repurposed to provide space on campus for student activities including live performances, rehearsals, pub nights, panel discussions, art exhibits, food truck nights, cookouts and more. Photo by David Lamb Photography, courtesy of Bruner/Cott.

Emily Dickinson

"The brain is wider than the sky." Emily Dickinson

“The brain is wider than the sky.” Emily Dickison, poet. The fifth annual Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon takes place Sept. 14-17. On Friday, poets will read in Bassett Planetarium as the starscapes of the evening of Emily Dickinson’s birth and death are projected. On Saturday, fans will read all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Amherst Remembers

Today, Amherst remembers those lost on 9/11, including the three alumni.

Today, Amherst remembers those lost on 9/11, including the three alumni victims: Frederick C. Rimmele III ’90, Brock Safronoff ’97 and Maurita Tam ’01. [Learn more]

Gavin Grimm

“Bad news is bad news, but it was like I didn’t even feel it, because I heard how hard it was for him to tell me.”  Gavin Grimm

“Bad news is bad news, but it was like I didn’t even feel it, because I heard how hard it was for him to tell me.” Gavin Grimm, speaking about his lawyer Josh Block ‘01, in an Amherst magazine interview.

Christopher Lewis '19

“If you sit down and talk to someone you thought you have nothing in common with, in two minutes you’ll find a similarity.”

“If you sit down and talk to someone you thought you have nothing in common with, in two minutes you’ll find a similarity.” Christopher Lewis ’19, one of the students featured in #AmherstIBelong, an exhibit sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. All are invited to the opening reception on Sept. 5 from 4-6 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center atrium.

Amherst Fact

The class of 2021 is known as the bicentennial class, because it will graduate in the College’s bicentennial year.

The class of 2021 is known as the bicentennial class, because it will graduate in the College’s bicentennial year. Its 473 members were chosen from a record 9,285 applicants.

Read more about the incoming class: Welcome, New Students

Jim Steinman ’69

"Nothing I can say/ A total eclipse of the heart" by Jim Steinman '69

“Nothing I can say/A total eclipse of the heart.” Jim Steinman ’69 Steinman wrote and produced the 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Find it on the playlist that NASA interns put together for today’s total solar eclipse. 

Note: Read about David Peck Todd, class of 1875, in the latest issue of Amherst magazine: “The Star-Crossed Astronomer” by Julie Dobrow.

Nelson Mandela

"All institutions of higher education have the obligation to open the door more widely." Nelson Mandela

“All institutions of higher education have the obligation to open the door more widely.” Nelson Mandela in his 2005 address to Amherst College, when he was awarded an honorary degree

NOTE: Mandela would have turned 99 this summer.

Richard Wilbur ’42

Quote by Richard Wilbur

“If a stranger said in sport / ‘I see you're prepared for snow,’/ Our shovel might retort / ‘Out here, you never know.’ ” Richard Wilbur ’42, in a poem about a snow shovel still leaning against a house in July. 

NOTE: Wilbur is the subject of a new biography by Robert Bagg ‘57 and Mary Bagg that is this month’s Amherst Reads featured book

Jeffrey Hoffman ’66

"You're surrounded by the universe." Jeffrey Hoffman '66

“You′re surrounded by the universe.” Jeffrey Hoffman ’66 on his 1985 spacewalk.