Free Speech and Institutional Responsibility
Submitted on Tuesday, 10/1/2013, at 7:02 PM
Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing a “point-counterpoint discussion” between two Amherst alumni, both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court in landmark civil rights cases. Paul Smith ’76 and Bert Rein ’61 explained the differences in their theories of the Constitution, gave their interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment, and respectfully but also firmly disagreed about the wisdom of affirmative action policies in college admissions.
Amherst President Biddy Martin Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Submitted on Monday, 10/8/2012, at 5:22 PM
This weekend, Amherst College President Biddy Martin—joining a diverse group of academics, politicians and international celebrities—was inducted into one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.