Lisa Brooks on "Raising Questions and Reclaiming History"

Submitted on Thursday, 2/15/2018, at 2:21 PM

“I don’t want this to be a definitive history of King Philip’s War. What I really want is for this book to raise questions for people,” Lisa Brooks, associate professor of English and American Studies, told the Daily Hampshire Gazette in a recent article on her new book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press).

"Our Beloved Kin draws on written letters and other materials written by … Indians, who were thought to have been illiterate. Her creative, readable telling doubles as a relevant and timely interpretation of their history,” writes Gazette columnist Richie Davis.

A Dangerous Year For Women's Studies

Submitted on Thursday, 2/15/2018, at 2:05 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently spoke with Amrita Basu, chair of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, for an article about how women's’ studies scholars have increasingly become a target of the conservative backlash against #MeToo and other feminist causes.

“They were sad more than anything," Basu said about hate mail sent to her when right-wing pundits reported on her course "Women and Right-Wing Populism.”

 “[There is] a great deal of fear and paranoia about what feminists believe and what they teach,” she told the Chronicle.

Amherst Tops Survey of Black Admissions

Submitted on Friday, 1/26/2018, at 1:13 PM

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported in their 2017 survey that Amherst College is once again top-ranked in percentage of black first-year students among elite liberal arts colleges. Black first-year students, some 78 in number, make up 16.6 percent of the entering class.

Amherst broke the Journal's 24-year record two years ago, reporting a population of Black first-year students exceeding 18 percent.

In Praise of Darkness

Submitted on Friday, 1/26/2018, at 12:52 PM

“I decided to become an airline pilot in part because I believed that aviators might enjoy a particularly pure experience of night,” writes Mark Vanhoenacker ’96 in a New York Times essay that may change the way you think of the dark.

Rolling Stone Features ’95 Alumna

Submitted on Thursday, 12/21/2017, at 11:06 AM

Geologist Andrea Dutton ’95 is one of the magazine’s 25 People Shaping the Future. As the magazine explains, “Dutton is investigating one of the most important scientific questions of our time, one upon which millions of lives, and trillions of dollars in real estate and other investments, depend.”

’15 Alum Wins Spot on Forbes List

Submitted on Thursday, 12/21/2017, at 11:04 AM

The business magazine named Eli Harris ’15, co-founder and CEO of EcoFlow Tech, as one of its “30 Under 30 in Energy 2018.”

Visiting Professor Wins National Book Award

Submitted on Thursday, 12/21/2017, at 11:02 AM

Masha Gessen, the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy, won the nonfiction prize this week for The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Next semester she’ll teach two Amherst courses, “Americans Writing Russia, 100 Years On,” and “The Media and the 2016 Campaign.” Read the NPR Story

A Transfer Essay That Worked

Submitted on Thursday, 12/21/2017, at 10:58 AM

What does a successful transfer application essay look like? In an article for U.S. News & World Report, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Katharine Fretwell ’81 examined what made one submission so effective.

Amherst Student Appointed to State Task Force

Submitted on Thursday, 12/21/2017, at 10:57 AM

Deborah “D.J.” Williams ’20 is one of 17 people (and the only student) named to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s new task force on hate crimes.

Masha Gessen on Russian Totalitarianism

Submitted on Tuesday, 11/7/2017, at 10:59 AM

Every year Amherst sees an influx of visiting faculty members who add their unique perspectives to the important discussions that take place inside—and outside—classrooms and labs. This semester, journalist Masha Gessen is one such professor. She recently spoke to WBEZ in Chicago about the resurgence of Russian totalitarianism.