Campus Buzz: Celebrating the Liberal Arts

Publishing, researching, holding intensive dialogues, pushing the boundaries of new ways to teach and learn: Join us in celebrating the many ways that Amherst College students, faculty and alumni are redefining the liberal-arts residential experience.

The Latest

Remembering Michael Mazur

Remembering Michael Mazur A new exhibition at the Mead Art Museum honors the memory of one of the most distinguished artists to have graduated from Amherst, during what would have been his 60th reunion year.

Going to Hawaii to Learn About Nantucket

Professor ted Melillo With a prestigious New Directions fellowship, history professor Edward “Ted” Melillo will study the Hawaiian language—and then use that skill to research myriad connections between Massachusetts and the Pacific Ocean.

From Coal to Soul

The Powerhouse at Amherst College The Powerhouse has just won three awards for excellence. Here’s an energetic look back at how this old coal-fired plant became a student event space.

Susannah Grant ’84: Comfort With Discomfort

Susannah Grant The most important job for a screenwriter, said Susannah Grant ’84, speaking on campus, is to reject certainty even as the world celebrates it.

Curated By Thieves

Kota Ezawa Exhibit Assistant Professor Niko Vicario interviews artist Kota Ezawa about how an FBI database sparked his interest in the still unsolved Gardner Museum art heist of 1990 and led him to recreate 13 lost artworks.

Math Professor Studies Internal Clocks in “Hibernating” Grizzlies

Tanya Liese Associate Professor of Mathematics Tanya Leise co-authored a study on whether the circadian clocks of grizzlies “keep ticking” during their winter dormancy period.

Conversations with Literary Luminaries

LitFest During Amherst’s second annual literary festival, four distinguished authors shared sentiments on friendship, history and hallmarks of great writing.

Professor’s Career in Research and Outreach Earns $500,000 Grant

Ashley Carter In awarding the grant, the National Science Foundation noted that Ashley Carter’s work was notable both for its investigation of DNA folding and for her efforts to recruit women into STEM fields.

Amherst College Hires New Chief Communications Officer

Sandra Genelius, Chief Communications Officer Sandra “Sandy” Genelius, who has served as a top executive at Sony Corp. and CBS News, has been named Amherst College’s chief communications officer, effective March 1.

A Scrap of Poetry and the Book of a Beloved Friend: Two New Dickinson Items Rediscovered

Emily Dickinson writing rediscovered Amherst College has acquired two previously unknown Dickinson items.