Aparna Nancherla

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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Rabinowitz Recollections

Special Commemorative Sections

Since Stanley Rabinowitz, the Henry Steele Commager Professor of Russian, Emeritus, died in January, the Amherst community has generated a veritable steppe’s worth of “Stanecdotes” about his classroom charisma, blunt charm, sustained kindness and support—plus his photographic memory. We’ve dedicated our Voices section to these recollections of Professor Rabinowitz’s from generations of his students and have added a separate page with all 80-plus hilarious memories we received in their (mostly) unedited form.

Feature Articles

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The Critical Stage

Legendary critic and director Robert Brustein ’47 died last fall, but his provocative ideas about theater and culture live on.

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The Laugh Track

Despite what her anxieties tell her, Aparna Nancherla ’05E is no impostor. Find out how she forged—but did not fake—her path into comedy.

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The Fairest Home 
I Ever Knew

Get a glimpse into an archive of artifacts owned by Emily Dickinson and her family.

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Community News

Environmental sustainability, journalistic history, palindromic poetry and more

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Amherst Creates

Collected criticism by Professor William H. Pritchard ’53; a love story from Victor Levin ’83; David J. Helfand ’72’s Universal Timekeepers; and Tales of New York, Paris and Las Vegas