Top 15 Amherst College News Stories of 2014–15

Now that the academic year is done, let's take a look back at some of the most clicked, tweeted, liked and shared bits of Amherst-related news. Here, in chronological order, are the year's highlights:

1. Meet the Class of 2018, by the Numbers
Amherst's class of 2018 includes an internationally ranked table tennis player, a Morse Code enthusiast, a U.S. military veteran, a blacksmith and someone who wears size 16 shoes.

The Class of 2015 and Commencement, by the Numbers

May 22, 2015


AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst will celebrate its 194th Commencement on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. on the school’s Main Quadrangle. The day’s exercises will feature addresses from College President Biddy Martin and senior Katherine C. Ponds, as well as the awarding of bachelor of arts degrees to 470 graduates and honorary doctorates to six distinguished guests. (The event will also be webcast for friends and family members unable to make it to campus.)

History Professor Debunks Common Misconceptions about Nazi Germany in New Book

May 7, 2015


Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein is the author of a new textbook, Nazi Germany: Confronting the Myths (Wiley-Blackwell). An expert in modern German and Central European history, she earlier wrote a book on the Nazi occupation of Western Poland. As Epstein worked on the textbook, she tested a draft on Amherst students. Their suggestions informed the final version.

Amherst College President Biddy Martin to 2015 Graduates: “Restore Faith in Our Institutions By Remaking Them”

May 24, 2015


The members of the class of 2015 process to their seats

AMHERST, Mass. — Under cloudless blue skies today, Amherst College 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.”

Top 10 Amherst College Instagram Photos

Those who follow Amherst College on Instagram may recognize some of the photos below. With the 2014–15 academic year behind us, we're taking a look back at the College's top 10 most-liked Instagram photos of the year.

#10. The canopy above the Wildlife Sanctuary Trails:


Film & Feminism: Amherst Scholar To Deliver Distinguished Lecture at International Women’s Film Festival

May 21, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Ida Lupino
Actress and filmmaker Ida Lupino (1918–1995)

“I am not exaggerating when I say that women have been publicly calling for better roles behind the camera for a hundred years—almost since the inauguration of film itself,” writes Amelie Hastie in the most recent issue of "The Vulnerable Spectator," her recurring column in the academic journal Film Quarterly.

Amherst Signs Partnership with Prince Albert II ’81 of Monaco Foundation

May 18, 2015


Jerome de Bontin ’81, P’06. U.S. board member of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F); Erika Shelburne, senior philanthropic adviser and director of international giving at Amherst; His Serene Highness Prince Albert Grimaldi ’81; and Bernard Fautrier, vice president and CEO of the PA2F

Amherst College has signed a partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F), the official environmental charity of Prince Albert Grimaldi ’81, to create a summer internship for a current Amherst undergraduate. The internship, which will be based in Monaco, will give students a chance to work with a foundation known for its success in shaping environmental understanding and action on the international stage.