Hailing the College as "a national leader in expanding access to college for low-income students," the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation named Amherst the 2016 recipient of a prize that will be used to close what President Biddy Martin calls "invisible opportunity gaps." In a New York Times column about the award, Frank Bruni described Amherst as an "exemplar" and "way, way ahead of most of its peers" in enrolling low-income students.
"I think that, in our society, the idea of motherhood is pathologically ill, and even well-meaning people assume martyrdom in a mother," says the best-selling novelist in a recent New Yorker interview.
Travis Bristol '03, a former high school English teacher and now a research and policy fellow at Stanford, argues in The Washington Post that public schools should focus more on recruiting and retaining teachers of color. Many other publications, including Amherst magazine, have covered Bristol's research.
Jamie Horowitz '98, president of Fox Sports National Networks, is garnering national attention for his plan to transform FS1, the cable sports network of 21st Century Fox. "This is the mission," Horowitz told The New York Times: "Two thoughtful guys in a format that allows them to say incisive things that other people hadn't considered or weren't exposed to."
A Boston Globe article on quirky commencements describes Amherst's practice of giving each graduate a Conway Cane—a symbol of "how a college education can support students' lives long after they leave school." The tradition dates to the 1800s and was revived and reshaped by the class of 2003.
He studied mathematics, law and business during his long career, but for Bob Ellis '43, one passion he never thought he'd experience again was flying. Then, this month, the 95-year-old former U.S. Navy airman found himself once again in the cockpit.
Ronald C. Rosbottom, the Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and professor of French and European studies, will serve as a judge on the nonfiction panel for the 2016 National Book Awards. He is the author of When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944, which was long-listed in that same category in 2014.
The April 8 New York Times Book Review features a new memoir by Catherine Newman '90. "As she sees it," the reviewer notes, "the categories of together and apart are woefully insufficient to describe the sometimes sublime, sometimes claustrophobic relationship between mother and child."
Life is a Dream, by composer and music professor Lewis Spratlan and librettist and Spanish professor James Maraniss, has a long and unusual history. Completed in 1978, it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 but was never fully staged until 2010. Now it has won the Charles Ives Opera Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.