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

American Talent Initiative

Class of 2020 Amherst College is among 30 leading colleges and universities forming a new initiative to substantially increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.

A Fuller Picture of Diversity on College Campuses

Dr. Anthony Jack '07 Anthony Jack ’07, a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and this year’s Wade Fellow at Amherst, returned to campus to talk about his research on low-income college students.

Biology Professor Michael Hood Awarded Grant to Track Diseases

Silene acaulis When it comes to gaining new understandings of how diseases like Zika and Ebola spread, the key may lie with a tiny pink flower. Associate Professor of Biology Michael E. Hood (and his fellow researchers at UC Berkley and U Virginia) won a $1.7 million grant to track plant diseases—research that could lead to understanding a range of pathogens and how they spread.

Allen Hart: Amherst Then and Now

Allen Hart A professor of psychology at Amherst for 20 years, Allen Hart ’82 has seen the college from three angles—as a student, a professor and an administrator. Read our Q&A with Professor Hart.

Listening Through History

David Schneider As he marks 20 years of teaching at Amherst, music professor David Schneider discusses his love of music, the decision that led to his career as a musicologist and how his classes at Amherst have evolved over the decades.

The Joy in Social Justice

Bulaong Ramiz-Hall Bulaong Ramiz-Hall, the Multicultural Resource Center’s new director, brings a strong background as an activist to her Amherst role. Read the news story.

American Conservatisim at its Brightest—and Darkest

Ross Douthat In his recent talkNew York Times columnist Ross Douthat spoke about the ideals and pitfalls of conservatism in the United States.

Harnessing the Power of the Sun

Professor Elizabeth Young Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elizabeth Young won an NSF award for research that could one day help us use less energy to heat our homes and power our cars.

Digital Africas

Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander Students taking the course “Digital Africas,” taught by Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander and cross-listed in English and black studies, examine how African writers incorporate digital technologies into their work.

Teacher-Student Team Publishes in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Carrie Palmquist Psychology professor Carrie Palmquist and Ashleigh Rutherford ’16 found that when young kids experience “illusory success” related to a particular task, their ability to formulate and act on judgments they make about their own performance suffers. The research team published their study in a major science journal.

New Residence Halls Integrate Academic, Social Life

Combining learning and living in fresh new ways, four interconnected dorms opened for the first time this fall. They feature seminar rooms, study spaces and many places for fun and relaxation, both outdoors and inside. They are drawing students from all over campus.


Amherst Brings Together Experts for Year-Long Study of Guns in Society

To some, the gun is a symbol of a society crumbling into violence and chaos. To others, it’s a necessary tool to protect society from crime and disorder. It’s a subject that invites fierce debate, and, at Amherst this year, close scholarly scrutiny.

Flint Lead Crisis Renews Attention in Professor's Research

A widely lauded study by economics professor Jessica Wolpaw Reyes ’94 links the Clean Air Act’s removal of lead from gasoline in the 1970s to the dramatic nationwide drop in violent crime in the 1990s. This spring she's teaching a course on health economics and policy.

In Campus Talk, National Book Award Winner Reframes American Dream

In a talk to 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates reframed the American dream and said the mission of his life is confronting racism. Prior to this presentation, Coates met with a small group of students for an informal conversation, question and answer session, and a book-signing.

Strategic Leader in Diversity, Inclusion Starts Work at Amherst

Norm Jones arrived this fall as the College’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. He brings “experience and sophistication,” said President Biddy Martin, to the ongoing work of “building an intellectual community that embraces diversity of people and points of view.”

Supreme Court Lawyer Shares Lessons in Tolerance, Friendship

Paul Smith '76, who has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, talked to the class of 2020 about what he learned, and what they can learn, from the friendship of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. 

Amherst Uses $1.5 Million Grant to Strengthen Teaching, Community

Amherst College seal The College was awarded$1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to adapt residential liberal arts education to a new population of students and changing circumstances.

Grant Bolsters Trapani Lab’s Student-Driven Mission

A student looks through a microscope Prof. Josef Trapani receives close to $440k from the National Institutes of Health to continue his good work—and that of the undergraduate students he mentors—in understanding auditory systems.