Spring 2010


The Midwife
Saraswathi Vedam '78 never meant to be a spokeswoman for home birth. But the medical establishment—and popular opinion—insists that hospital births are safer. Someone, she decided, had to correct the record. By Sarah Auerbach '96


A Loss of Faith
A Nobel Prize-winning economist on how the world became disillusioned with the U.S. model of capitalism—and why the Lehman Brothers collapse could mark the end of American triumphalism. By Joseph E. Stiglitz '64

High on Habeas
Two classmates have taken part in the legal battle over the treatment of accused terrorists. These lawyers' greatest interest: that prosecutors honor the concept of habeas corpus. But who deserves this protection?
By Roger M. Williams '56  
The Black Cats of Amherst
In 1917, a group of Amherst students and alumni signed up to drive ambulances for the French army. A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer—the son of one of the drivers—tells the World War I story of Section Sanitaire 539. By William S. McFeely '52

How to stop a terrorist—Football's perfect season—The real story of the Ulysses bathroom—And more

College Row
Unusual visitors to the First-Year Quad—After the earthquake in Haiti—"It was colder than we expected, yes"—The way to a female's heart—And more

The novelists of Amherst

My Life
Ben Lieber, longtime dean of students, starts a new job

At Amherst, March Madness was all about two extraordinary teams: women's ice hockey and women's basketball

Amherst Creates
U.S. history by Joel Richard Paul '77—Fiction by Margaret Stohl '89—Record producer Jim Rooney '60—Waterbirds, by Theodore Cross '46—Blog excerpt: Speed Dating Girl

What They Are Reading
Hilary Moss, assistant professor of history and Black studies

Lives of Consequence

Back Cover

A Clock with a Mind of Its Own

Some clocks can automatically set themselves to the official time based on a government radio signal from Fort Collins, Colo. This particular clock, in the college's Design and Construction office, has a time zone setting that doesn't work, so no matter how many times it's set to Eastern Time, it stubbornly returns to believing it's in Denver. For an office full of designers, the solution was fairly simple.

Photo by Samuel Masinter '04