Testing Prejudice

Interview by Peter Rooney

In 2008, Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Aries published Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, about 58 white and black students, half of them affluent, half of them lower-income, during their first year at Amherst. Her new book, Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College, written with Richard Berman, reconnects with 55 of these students in their senior year.

Professor’s new book explores race and class at Amherst College

Submitted on Sunday, 10/14/2012, at 10:00 PM

With a student body that’s close to 50 percent non-white, and with more than 60 percent of its students receiving financial aid, Amherst College is an ideal environment to explore whether  people of different races and economic backgrounds—who live, study and socialize together—will learn about each other and therefore become less prejudiced over time.