Category: Alumni and Homecoming Events
Watch a variety of lectures, including Professor Carrie Palmquist (left) on “Children's Surprising Expectations about Pointing and Pointers,” Dr. Paul Rothman P’15 on “Changes in the American Health Care System,” and more. Sponsored by Alumni & Parent Programs. Watch videos.
Mike Kelly, head of the Archives and Special Collections in Frost Library, will present the story of Lord Jeff from the birth of the original Lord Jeffery Amherst in 1717 through his first appearance on campus down to the recent controversies on campus. This presentation is based on extensive historical documents held in the Archives, including the Lord Jeffery Amherst Collection, the Plimpton Collection of French and Indian War Materials, and the Music at Amherst Collection. This program was presented by the Native American Students Association and the Multicultural Resource Center.
Reflections on 40 Years of Teaching: A Conversation with Austin Sarat about Continuity and Change at Amherst College
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and associate dean of the faculty, has taught at Amherst for 40 years. He will reflect on what has remained constant and what has been altered in the way Amherst educates its students since he began teaching here. Are the experiences of Amherst students of today radically different from those of their predecessors? How, if at all, have the aspirations of Amherst's faculty changed? How has the life of the classroom changed? What inferences can we draw about the situation of American higher education from Amherst's experience? His latest book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, was co-authored with four Amherst students, a rather unique collaboration in the annals of academic book publishing. What about Amherst made this collaboration possible, and what does it tell us about the kind of education Amherst will provide to future generations of students?
Biddy Martin addresses alumni, families, students and friends at Homecoming.
Category: Commencement Speeches
Katherine C. Ponds ’15 addresses her classmates at Amherst’s 194th Commencement. “We are all connected and bound to one another,” she said, “because in these formative years every last one of us became who we’ve become and bore witness to the same transformation within others, whether we knew it at the time or not...” Watch video.
President Biddy Martin urged the 470 members of the class of 2015 to follow the example of famous alumnus and legal activist Charles Hamilton Houston and restore faith in our society’s institutions by remaking them. “Take your talents, your energy and your humane hearts and do your best to combine right meaning with deeds,” she said. “And while you are at it, cherish your families, your friends and, most of all, yourselves.” Watch video.
Category: Colloquia and Public Speakers
During his April 28, 2015, visit to Amherst College, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sat for an interview and answered questions about a range of topics, including understanding adversaries and holding civil dialogues. Watch video.