Inside-Out: Students and Inmates Learn as Peers

Amherst students and Hampshire County inmates share an educational experience unlike any other

By Rachel Rogol
January 6, 2016

Inside Out prison exchange

Amherst students Sylvia Hickman ’16 and Teresa Frenzel ’17 with inside students Phillip and Tyler, chatting after their last class together at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction

Last semester, Sylvia Hickman ’16 enrolled in the Amherst course “Equality and Violence,” which met every week at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton, Mass.

Organized as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the course brought 10 Amherst and Hampshire College undergraduates (“outside students”) and eight incarcerated men (“inside students”) together as peers. The course focused on gender, racial and class inequality, and how these disparities are linked to violence and sexual assault on college campuses, in prisons and in the wider world. 

Lost for Words

By Adam Gerchick ’13

“You sound terrible,” my friend Josh advised me, smirking.

“Thass,” I whispered.

“I mean, you sound really, really bad.”

My Life: Allen Guttmann, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies

Lazerowitz Lecturer Jeffrey Ferguson To Speak on “Satire in the Bedroom” at Amherst College April 23

April 23, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Jeffrey Brown Ferguson, assistant professor of black studies and American studies at Amherst College, will give the annual Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lecture, on “Satire in the Bedroom: George Schuyler’s Racial Transgressions,” on Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. The talk, and a reception immediately following, are free and open to the public.

Guttmann To Receive Olympic Award for Sports Studies

November 3, 2000Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass. - Allen Guttmann, the Emily C. Jordan Folger professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, has been awarded the first annual Sport Science Award of the IOC President, given by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Council of Sport Studies and the Physical Education (ICSSPE).

Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Course Catalog

The information below is taken from the printed catalog the college produces each year. For more up to date information, including links to course websites, faculty homepages, reserve readings, and more, use the 'courses' or semester specific link to your left.

Amherst College Professor Martha Sandweiss Receives William P. Clements Prize

Amherst College Historian Kevin Sweeney Looks at 1704 Deerfield Raid in New Book

Amherst College Professor Martha Sandweiss Receives Billington Prize

Amherst College Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler is Author of Book on Childhood in 19th-Century American Culture

February 17, 2006 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417