The Gift at Campaign's Launch

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/25/2018, at 2:05 PM

Amherst College’s new comprehensive campaign, Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century, since launching publicly on April 7, was noted in a recent piece by Inside Higher Ed, both in a roundup of current capital campaigns, and a special note concerning the inclusion of a $100 million anonymous gift. The gift was announced as part of the campaign launch, to raise $625 million over five years.

UPDATE: The gift and the campaign were written up April 21 in Philanthropy News Digest, which quoted Suzanne Newby-Estes, the College's executive director of advancement and campaign operations. "We are just expanding the faculty, and it's important to recognize that the needs of the institution change over time, so it's not only just for STEM, it's just what the institution needs right now," she said.  "One hundred years from now it could be completely different."

Self-Immolation, Suicide and Protest

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/25/2018, at 1:54 PM

Following the April 14 suicide-by-immolation in Brooklyn of LGBT-rights advocate David Buckel, WBEZ-FM’s On the Media spoke with Andrew Poe, Amherst College professor of political science, on how this destructive act has evolved in the public eye as a manner of protest.

“I don’t think it’s an effective mode of protest in itself,” Poe told On the Media’s Bob Garfield. “It really is rare that such an act would provoke political transformation.” 

How Big Forests Solve Global Problems

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/25/2018, at 1:51 PM

In a New York Times op-ed, John Reid ’88 P’20 makes a case that while forest conservation solutions are necessary, they can be practical and affordable too.

Rabbi Seltzer receives Milestone Award

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/25/2018, at 1:50 PM

Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer, Jewish advisor and Hillel director at Amherst College, recently received a Milestone Award from Hillel International for 20 years of service to Jewish campus communities. 

Rabbi Seltzer received the award at Hillel International’s fourth annual Global Assembly, held in December at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the Massachusetts Jewish Ledger reported. He was one of three Milestone Award recipients at the conference, which drew more than 1,000 attendees.

Photos: The Zumbyes Take Darien

Submitted on Thursday, 4/19/2018, at 12:16 PM

The Zumbyes —Amherst College’s oldest a cappella group—recently performed at the Darien (Conn.) Library, and their performance became the subject of a photo feature in the Darien News.

“I think we bring an energy that crowds can really connect with, and we have some really tight harmonies that are enjoyable as well,” singer David Green ’19E told reporter Jarret Liotta.

CBS: Sanderson Applauds Alum's Journey to Happiness

Submitted on Thursday, 4/19/2018, at 12:15 PM

A recent broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment on Cristian Hinojosa ’00 and his search for happiness, which saw him leaving a six-figure investment banking job to become a firefighter for the Dallas Fire Department.

For the piece, the program spoke with Catherine Sanderson, Amherst’s Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), not just because she is a go-to on the topic of studying happiness, but also because she was Hinojosa’s advisor at Amherst. Sanderson said she feels proud of him for leaving a job that, while much more lucrative, was making him miserable. Because, she said, money can’t buy happiness.

"When you talk to people who love their jobs, overwhelmingly what they say is not, 'I love my paycheck,'" Sanderson told CBS Sunday Morning. "What they say is, 'I find the job meaningful.'"

Jack: Changing Classes After College

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:30 PM

Success does not require rejecting your roots, said Anthony Abraham Jack ’07, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, quoted in a recent article  by the Christian Science Monitor dealing with the career challenges of low-income first generation students from Ivy League colleges. The article spoke with several experts about the issue of low-income students making the transition to a different socioeconomic class as they entered their post-college careers.

“It’s really important that we don’t perpetuate this myth that if you are poor or black or Latino that you must go through racial erasure or socioeconomic erasure, that you must be cleansed by white wealth to make it in America,” said Jack, himself a low-income first generation student.

John Arena '18 Seeks Office

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:29 PM

John W. Arena ’18 of Gill has announced that he will run as a Democrat for the fall ballot in the 2nd Franklin District (MA), which includes Athol, part of Belchertown, Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick and Wendell. He was the subject of articles in The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Republican. He plans to go up against Massachusetts Rep. Susannah M. Whipps, an Athol Independent, who will be seeking a third term.

Douglas on Trump and the FBI

Submitted on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 12:27 PM

Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought wrote an editorial for The Guardian about the FBI’s recent raid on the office and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. The editorial, in which Douglas discusses Trump’s “diatribe of extravagant narcissism” in response to the raid, was picked up by several news outlets.

“We knew this day was coming. Whatever else we might say about Richard Nixon, he went quietly into the night,” Douglas wrote.

Inside Out: Shakespeare in Jail

Submitted on Thursday, 4/5/2018, at 3:24 PM

“The Amherst College Inside-Out Program aims to give inmates a chance to earn college credit and to let visiting college students learn alongside inmates in a different kind of classroom setting — behind bars,” The Daily Hampshire Gazette wrote in a recent editorial about the program.

“It’s a program that’s still going strong,” The Gazette writes, taking a peek at a Shakespeare class taught by Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture. The program was the subject of a March 9 article by Gazette reporter Steve Pfarrer.