Breaking the Language Barrier

by Katharine Whittemore

“Translation is the art of failure,” said Umberto Eco. But these two students found success and connection by gathering resonant, hard-to-translate phrases from around campus.


Carrying Each Other

by Caroline Hanna

One evening after school, Amir Denzel Hall ’17 fell asleep in the back seat of the car among bags of groceries, his parents up front. Back home, his father carried him inside in one arm, grocery bag in the other. “My baby tired?” he asked, tucking his son into bed as his mother watched from the doorway. Hall was 14.


Debunking the Bunker

by Katharine Whittemore

As headlines mounted from North Korea, a history class toured the College's bunker, and explored myths around nuclear survival.


Expert Advice

by William Taubman

Books on Soviet and Russian History: I’m always looking for books that teach me new things about Russia. Here are five that treat different phases of Soviet and Russian history and that I’ve found particularly instructive.


Mr. Mammoth and the New (Old) Bebu

by Rachael Hanley

In the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the student guides were particularly excited about the College’s new mascot.


Now There Are 40

by Bill Sweet

The creation of Latinx and Latin American studies—one of two new Amherst majors—is a development both long in the works and especially timely. The second new major, called classical civilization, dates back to the Greek and Roman cultures of antiquity.


Q&A with Eleonora Mattiacci

by Katharine Whittemore

Mattiacci studies the link between food scarcity and a nation’s vulnerability to conflict or collapse. Her recent paper in the Journal of Peace Research was covered by UPI, allAfrica, Science Daily and many other news outlets.


Three Join Board 

On July 1, Jeffrey L. Bleich ’83, Phillip A. Jackson ’85 and Sarah Bloom Raskin ’83 began six-year terms as College trustees. 



What's American?

by Katherine Duke ’05

The field of American studies is changing, and at Amherst, new courses are accelerating that change.