Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

December 12, 2007
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


AMHERST, Mass. Former Amherst College President Tom Gerety has just published The Freshman Who Hated Socrates: A College President Reflects on Life in the Liberal Arts (Amherst College Press, 2007). The book is a collection of speeches on topics ranging from teaching to residential life, from Shakespeare to the liberal arts, from war to love and loss. Together, the essays offer insight into one of our nation’s leading thinkers and into the lives of college students today.

Gerety spent 14 years as a college president, first at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and then at Amherst, where he served from 1994 to 2003. At present, he serves as Collegiate Professor at New York University, where he formerly led the Brennan Center for Justice at the School of Law. He was also the Dean and Nippert Professor at the College of Law of the University of Cincinnati, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a visiting professor of constitutional law and jurisprudence at Stanford Law School. As a law professor, he taught and wrote on constitutional law and political philosophy with a special emphasis on First Amendment freedoms, including speech, privacy and religious freedom. With Judy Woodruff, he wrote and narrated the PBS series Visions of the Constitution.

During his tenure as the 17th president of Amherst, Gerety taught philosophy courses, including a first-year seminar. He received a bachelor’s from Yale, where he also earned a master’s and doctorate, both in philosophy, as well as a degree in law.

Gerety lives in New York City with his wife, Adelia Moore. The Freshman Who Hated Socrates is available for $25. To place an order, call 413/542-2321 or e-mail