2024: Summer

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Senior Editor  
Katharine Whittemore

Alumni Editor  
Betsy Cannon Smith ’84

Print Design Director  
Ronn Campisi

Assistant Editor  
Katherine Duke ’05

Communications Coordinator
Madeline Levine



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First Words & Voices

Creativity flows like a river, says Professor Ingrid Nelson; and readers respond to past issues’ features, reviews and illustrations.

Feature Articles

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Milky Day Is On His Way

Sung-Woo Baek ’20 began producing music in his Amherst dorm room. Now his songs are streaming around the world.

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Sea Change

Catherine Macdonald ’07E explains why she took the plunge into shark research—and how she’s guiding others out onto the water.

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“A Marvelous 
Little Anarchy”

A former resident of the Zü invites us to gather around the table for Group Living and Other Recipes.

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Amherst Creates

Q&A with a crossword creator nonfiction; David L. Roll ’62 on Harry S. Truman; The Winter House, by Keith Boynton ’05E; stories for kids

Amherst Magazine Accolades

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“A Glorious Woman,” an article written by Amherst magazine senior editor Katharine Whittemore, won a 2023 gold award in the profile writing category from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Amherst magazine won a 2021 CASE silver award for best general interest magazine, and Amherst magazine contributing writer Naomi Shulman’s article “His Biggest Fear Is We’ll Go Back to Normal” won a 2021 CASE silver award in the profile writing category. 

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