15 Things to Do at Amherst in 2015

By William Harvey ’18


The Amherst campus from above (© 2015 AboveSummit)

This year, make it your goal to do the unexpected and break the habits of your everyday life. Whether you’re visiting Amherst for the first time or hoping to find something new on campus, here are 15 things you should do in 2015 at Amherst.

Drama in the Bunker, and Romantic Comedy, Too

Submitted on Monday, 2/9/2015, at 1:34 PM

The Samuel French Collection

click for a peek inside the Samuel French collection

by Bill Sweet

In an underground storage facility that is about as far a cry as you can get from the excitement and glamour of live theater, a huge and largely undiscovered treasure trove of history of the American stage has been growing steadily over the past half-century.

Day of Dialogue on Race and Racism

Submitted on Wednesday, 1/28/2015, at 9:10 AM

by Bill Sweet

Discussions about race and racism can be painful, acrimonious or, perhaps worse, avoided all together. However, sensing the need to bring the national discussion here, Amherst College recently stopped everything to thoughtfully consider how this issue plays out on campus.

Studying Amherst's Houses with Blair Kamin

Submitted on Friday, 1/23/2015, at 5:19 PM

by Bill Sweet

When Blair Kamin ’79, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, recently returned to Amherst College to teach an interterm class, the subject was, naturally enough, architecture. The lessons, however, were in journalism.

“You can do all the research in the world, you can have the most fascinating information, but if you don’t compel the reader to read, you’re dead meat,” Kamin told a group of students who joined him in unpacking the design and history of the campus’s former fraternity houses.

The Moose Abides

Submitted on Thursday, 12/4/2014, at 4:11 PM

The moose in Frost Library

by Bill Sweet

A mysterious moose has taken up residence at Frost Library, and no one is asking him to leave.

Ebola: Amherst Responds

Submitted on Wednesday, 11/5/2014, at 2:34 PM

by Bill Sweet

As the world watches West Africa and beyond for the increasingly concerning news about the outbreak of Ebola, Amherst College does what it always has done: thoughtfully examine the problem, and offer help.

Making Discoveries at the Mead

Submitted on Tuesday, 9/16/2014, at 11:30 AM

A new school year means new works, new classes and new discoveries being made at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, starting with an exhibition that simultaneously occupies the gallery space and cyberspace.

Innovative Program Helps Students Tackle Science, Math

Submitted on Thursday, 8/14/2014, at 9:52 AM

By Peter Rooney

On a summer afternoon in an Amherst College chemistry lab, new friends and incoming first-year students Natalia Dyer of Queens, N.Y., and Alejandra Possu of Houston take a break from writing a lab report.

They’re part of a group of admitted Amherst students selected to participate in an innovative science and math program that introduces them to some of the toughest calculus and chemistry problems they’ll face during their first year at Amherst.

Playing Where Brahms Once Played

Submitted on Tuesday, 8/12/2014, at 2:59 PM

By William Sweet for Amherst magazine

If you spend the bulk of the summer in Professor Larry Hunter’s lab breaking new ground in the field of physics, what do you do to take a break? If you’re Daniel Ang ’15, you hop on a jet to Vienna to perform your prize-winning piano composition for an international audience.




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