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.


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’s Frost Library to Host Fall Book Party for Faculty Authors on Oct. 28

October 21, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the first-floor Periodicals Area, Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a fall book party recognizing new works by Amherst faculty in the humanities.


Historian’s new biography profiles a “Model Nazi”

August 11, 2010

Model Nazi, a new biography about Arthur Greiser and his cruel oversight of western Poland between 1939 and 1945, sheds light on a relatively unknown yet influential figure in Nazi Germany–the man who initiated the first mass gassing of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.

The book’s author, Amherst College history professor Catherine Epstein, says Greiser’s upbringing and personality has parallels to other individuals who ended up playing key roles in genocides throughout history.