President Martin at Convocation: Colleges “Protect the Free Pursuit of Knowledge for the Good of Society”

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September 7, 2015

The purpose of the liberal arts is to search for truth—no matter where such a quest leads—and it is the role of colleges to provide a safe place for students and faculty to do so, Amherst College President Biddy Martin reminded a standing-room-only crowd of faculty, staff and this year’s 477 new students in her annual Convocation address on Sept. 7.

Move-In Day 2015: A Journey Begins for New Students

September 2, 2015

Under a cloudless sky Sept. 1, the 497 newest members of the student body marked the start of the 2015-16 school year when they and their families and friends descended on the College for Orientation. The first-years and transfers were met by an enthusiastic team of faculty, staff and students, who volunteered to lug boxes and furnishings, answer questions and generally help make the newcomers feel at home. One talented group of upperclass students even surprised everyone on the quad with a celebratory dance performance. What follows are just a few photos from the day.

Welcome to Amherst, new students!

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Speak at Amherst College on Sept. 8

September 2, 2015


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Amherst College will welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. for remarks and a question-and-answer session. Though the schedule for her visit to Massachusetts is very tight, she has generously included the College in her itinerary. The event will last for one hour and will be open on a first-come, first-served basis for Amherst College students, faculty and staff with a College ID. Please note: This event will start promptly at 7 p.m. and conclude promptly at 8 p.m.