Amherst Voices: Rand Richards Cooper ’80

Illustration of a man conducting surrounded by  musical scores floating in the air.

“His message: Good writers are never boring. Why should you be?” Rand Richards Cooper ’80 reviewing William H. Pritchard's new book, Ear Training.  

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Mancusi ’10

Illustration of a person standing in the center of an atom.

“The atom is a detective that can help us solve wide-ranging mysteries—like art forgeries, the provenance of ancient temples and the death of the dinosaurs.” Nicholas Mancusi ’10, reviewing The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom By Atom, by  David J. Helfand ’72.

Amherst Voices: Sonia Chajet Wides ’25

Pages from past issue of The Student, Amherst College's student-run newspaper.

I’m always amazed by how historical events tend to mirror things that are happening right now.” —Sonia Chajet Wides ’25, writer of the “Old News” feature in The Amherst Student, in which she analyzes an issue published between 1868 and 2010.

Amherst Voices: Seth T. Cohen ’94

Stanely Rabninowtz, surrounded by people at a reception, throws his head back and laughs.

We are students—his students—for life.” —Seth T. Cohen ’94, one of some 85 alumni who shared anecdotes about the late Stanley Rabinowitz, the Henry Steele Commager Professor of Russian Emeritus

Amherst Voices: Victor Levin ’83’s character Jack from Jack & Alice

A man and an woman standing outside under the shade of trees engaged in a conversation.

“It’s exhausting, isn’t it? Being in love?” The line is spoken by Jack (Domhnall Gleeson) in Alice & Jack, a PBS miniseries created by Victor Levin ’83. The show is reviewed by Josh Bell ’02.

Amherst Voices: Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson's Shawl.

“I tie my Hat - I crease my Shawl -
Life’s little duties do - precisely -
As the very least
Were infinite - to me —”
Emily Dickinson, from her poem Fr522. Her shawl, shown here, is one of over 8,000 Dickinson family artifacts newly archived at The Emily Dickinson Museum

Amherst Voices: President Michael A. Elliott

Three student marshals leading the Commencement procession at Amherst College.

“Wherever you go, whatever you do, do not allow the world to blunt your curiosity. Do not let cynicism and mistrust diminish your sense of hope.” President Michael A. Elliott, speaking during Amherst College’s 203rd Commencement.

Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla ’05E

Aparna Nancherla

“I like to call therapy ‘baggage claim.’” Aparna Nancherla ’05E, comedian, actor and writer, “The Laugh Track” chronicles her career and time at Amherst. 

Amherst Voices: Professor Ilan Stavans

Robert Brustein standing at a podidum in front of a chalk board.

“I have learned the value of having an antagonist, someone whose outlook is regularly testing mine.” Professor Ilan Stavans on the controversial theater director and critic Robert Brustein ’47.

Amehrst Voices: Greg Franklin ’20

Greg Franklin participating in The Amazing Race.

“We’d watch The Amazing Race and think, ‘I could do that.’” Greg Franklin ’20 who, with his brother John Franklin, won the season 35 competition in 2023.

Amherst Contest

A still life painting of a table covered with teacups, books, a teapot, and other daily objects..

Can you spot the nine differences between the top image and the bottom? We dare you to try!

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Holschuh

A group of people walking from an airplane in Antarctica.

“The interesting frontiers that we’re pushing are happening here on campus with the data [I returned with] and the science that I can do with my students.” Nicholas Holschuh, assistant professor of geology, on the research he conducted during a two-month trip he took to Antarctica this winter. 

Amherst Voices: Josh Bell ’02

Poster from the show Muzzle.

“Unlike some old-school cop thrillers, Muzzle doesn’t dismiss the value of therapy.” Josh Bell ’02, on the film Muzzle, written by Carlyle Eubank ’10 and John Stalberg Jr. 

Amherst Voices: Rachel Edelman ’09

Book cover Dear Memphis poetry by Rachel Edelman.

“It is important to live a good life, not to suffer for your art. ” Rachel Edelman ’09, author of the poetry collection Dear Memphis.

Welcome to Amherst

The Amherst Mammoth with some purple balloons.

A mammoth welcome to the newest members of the class of 2028! Our Community

Amherst Voices: Makena Onjerika ’10

A bedside lamp illuminates a book.

“In 2024, I implore us to read more fiction, in order to see ourselves in others and to see others in ourselves.” Makena Onjerika ’10, on the importance of fiction in “Reading Lights.”

Amherst Voices: Josh Bell ’02

Screenshot from the tv show Aporia.

“What would you do if you could bring a loved one back with the push of a button?” Josh Bell ’02 on the Well Go USA TV series Aporia, written and directed by Jared Moshé ’01

Amherst Voices: Sandy Rosenberg ’72

Sandy Rosenberg walks a hallway of a high school flanked by two students.

“You can make a big difference at the state level. The states are the laboratories of democracy.”  Sandy Rosenberg ’72, the longest-serving member of the Maryland House of Delegates, on why he hasn't run for Congress.

Amherst Voices: Natasha Threthewey

Natasha Trethewey

“I was already a fan of hers, and knew I would love to meet a poet I really admire—then I loved soaking in all of her wisdom.”  Willow Delp ’26, on taking a Litfest craft class with Natasha Trethewey, the 19th United States Poet Laureate 

Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla ’05E

A collage of book covers.

“Constantly questioning why everything is the way it is and why any of us are here can be the seedy underbelly of figuring out what is funny about life.” Comedian and actor Aparna Nancherla ’05E  from Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Imposter Syndrome.  She will be speaking at this year's Litfest.

Amherst Voices: Natasha Tretheway

A line up of book covers by authors speaking at LitFest 2024.

“What matters is the transformative power of metaphor and the stories we tell ourselves about the arc and meaning of our lives.” Poet Natasha Trethewey, from Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir.  She will be speaking at this year's Litfest.

Amherst Voices: Alaina Daniels ’09

Illustration of a face looking at the top of Johnson Chapel by Adam McCauley

 “I always thought of ADHD as the inability to pay attention. Now I understand it means you can’t control what you’re paying attention to.” Alaina Daniels ’09, one of a dozen alums who share their stories in You Can’t Have ADHD. You Went to Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Horton

A handwritten Parsons Paper Co.’s payroll register.

“This is what truly lies at the heart of statistics—to always think of the human element behind our quantitative work.” As part of Professor Nicholas Horton's class, Stats 210: “Mining the History of Holyoke,” students combed through the Parsons Paper Co.’s payroll register for data.

Amherst Voices: Gerald Penny ’77

Painting of Gerald Penny by William Utermohlen.

“When change came to his Black community, he said, ‘I want to be in that number.’ ” Gerald Penny ’77, in his application to Amherst. Penny’s life and tragic death, 50 years ago, were recently commemorated on campus.

Amherst Voices: Ilan Stavans

An illustration of a line of people walking to a building carrying books by Marc Rosenthal.

“Immigrant stories make us see particular corners of the world in a more nuanced and challenging way.” Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture, on the kinds of books he seeks for Restless Books, his new publishing company in downtown Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Wes Dripps

Two students stand in front of a truck on a field at Book and Plow farm.

“Preparing students to tackle sustainability challenges—and find viable solutions—is becoming an increasingly important component of the Amherst curriculum.” Wes Dripps, director of the Office of Sustainability, on the creative ways faculty are integrating sustainability into their courses

Amherst Voices: Ana Devlin Gauthier

A panoramic view of the town of Amherst in winter.

“Engagement is an act of care for the community.” Ana Devlin Gauthier, learning and development facilitator, Human Resources, on why she chose to get involved as a district representative for the town of Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Geoffrey Giller ’10

Illustration by Jam Dong of a two-lane road with wildlife and and trees.

“Roads affect wildlife, the natural world and humans at nearly every conceivable scale.” Geoffrey Giller ’10, in his review of a new book by Ben Goldfarb ’09 in Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Tess Taylor ’00

Illustration of vegetables growing above and below ground by Helena Pallarés

“Gardens and poems are places we go to excavate ourselves.” Poet Tess Taylor ’00,  writing in the Fall issue of Amherst magazine.

Congratulations, Mammoths!

The Amherst men's soccer team congratulate St. Olaf on their NCAA Division III win.

Congratulations to the men’s soccer team on an outstanding season, collecting the national runner-up trophy for the third time in the last four seasons at the NCAA Division III Championship game. Game Recap. (Photo credit: Dan Hunter:

Go Mammoths!

Men's soccer team celebrate their semi final victory.

Congratulations to the men's soccer team on their win over Washington & Lee in the NCAA Division III semi-final! They'll face St. Olaf for the final on Sunday, Dec. 3 at noon. Game Recap. (Photo credit: Dan Hunter:

Congratulations, Coach Paradis!

Christine Parradis

“I do believe we are all bridges--as we link the past with the future through the span of our careers.” Longtime women's lacrosse coach Christine Paradis, speaking at the Nov. 16 ceremony marking her induction into the Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Amherst Voices: Heid E. Erdrich


“The future of Native art is being revealed.” Heid E. Erdrich, guest curator for “Boundless,” a Mead Art Museum exhibit, in the new Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Roxane Main ’25


“I’m trying to find a new way to help my community by finding a bridge between Western education and Indigenous values.” Roxane Main ’25 the first Amherst student to win a Udall Scholarship to address environmental challenges affecting Native nations.

Amherst Celebrates


Congratulations to the men’s and women’s soccer teams for capturing their second consecutive NESCAC championship wins! Go Mammoths!

Amherst Voices: President Michael A. Elliott ’92


“ I can assure you that you will write subpar essays─I surely did. And on the other side of that experience will not be failure, but something else: learning.” President Michael A. Elliott ’92, offering words of wisdom about college life to current students.

Amherst Voice: Ash Smith ’18


“It matters to me that my work is meaningful and has some kind of impact.” Ash Smith ’18, who is doing research for BREHA, Amherst’s new Black Feminist Reproductive Justice, Equity & HIV/AIDS Activism Collective.

Amherst Voice: Luke Herzog ’24


“Theater is the most collaborative art form. When you put on a play, it's really putting together a team.” Luke Herzog ’24, winner of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 

Amherst Voices: Gabriel Echarte ’23


“Through teaching, I am reinforcing my commitment to an open and free world.”  Gabriel Echarte ’23 on being awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Amherst Voices: Matthew McGann

The first year class gathered in Johnson Chapel.

“ I, for one, know 100 percent that they will make a difference in this world.” Matthew McGann, dean of admission and financial aid, speaking of the incoming class of 488 students.

Amherst Voices: Edmund Phelps ’55

An illustration with a chart indicating  various years.

“I had at long last used my creativity to build a new theory of a nation’s happiness.” Nobel laureate in economics Edmund Phelps ’55, H’85 in his new memoir.

Amherst Remembers

Close up of 9/11 memorial showing alumni Brock Joel Safronoff

“Today, we mourn, remember, and honor the lives lost on this day 22 years ago, including those of three Amherst alumni—Frederick C. Rimmele III ’90, Brock Safronoff ’97 and Maurita Tam ’ 01.” Read “9/11/01: A Dispatch from Campus.”