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

Environmental Leaders: The Next Generation

A new, $2 million Green Revolving Fund will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut campus energy use and help students develop real solutions to today’s environmental problems.

Amherst Forges Carbon-Neutral Future

solar array on rooftop Responding to a statement from the Board of Trustees, which acknowledged the grave threat of climate change, the College reported on its strategy and progress in achieving a carbon-neutral footprint on campus.

Young Alums in Inaugural Class for Elite Fellowship in China

The Schwarzman Scholarship, in part inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, is designed forge links between the future leaders of China and the West. Amherst alums are involved to effect global change in foster care, education, and governmental accountability. 

New Festival Illuminates Amherst's Extraordinary Literary Life

Michael Chabon autograph Celebrating the College's remarkable history of literary innovation and achievement, the inaugural LitFest brought to campus distinguished authors and editors to discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression, from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.

Professors Honored Among Country's Most Creative Thinkers

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Andrew Carnegie Fellowships to law, jurisprudence and social thought professor Lawrence Douglas and economics professor Katharine Sims. The awards enable them to pursue two years of research and writing.

Students Create their Own Special Topics Course

Brian Beaty ’17, Andrew Orozco ’17, Olivia Truax ’16, Anna Berglund ’16 and a colleague from Pomona College created their own special topics course titled “COP21 and Climate Politics.” The class resulted in extensive research on climate policy and a trip to Paris for the biggest U.N. climate summit of the last 20 years.

Amherst Recognized by Cooke Foundation

Amherst College seal The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recognized Amherst with a $1 million prize for the College’s excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Speaks to Packed Johnson Chapel

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke in Johnson Chapel, answered questions for more than an hour, and posed for a picture with “every student who’s brave enough to get up and ask a question.”

Reunion 2016: A Conversation with President Biddy Martin

What Makes this Place Special?

Michael Harmon '16 Michael Harmon ’16 created a six-part series in which longtime professors teach about Amherst’s past and defining characteristics.

Watch President Biddy Martin’s 2016 Commencement Address

Professor Amrita Basu Publishes Book

Political science and sexuality, women’s and gender studies professor Amrita Basu’s Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India examines when and why Hindu Nationalists have engaged in discrimination and violence against minorities in contemporary India.

Yvonne Green ’17 Named a Beinecke Scholar

Yvonne Green ’17 was named a Beinecke Scholar; she plans to use the scholarship to pursue her goal of becoming a history professor.