One of Amherst College’s biggest departments is undergoing a big change. In the past four years, nine out of the 10 most senior faculty members in the Department of English have retired or entered phased retirement. On Oct. 25 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, the department held a panel discussion in honor of these professors’ combined “421 Years of Teaching English at Amherst.”
A Cannon for the Confederacy: The Legacy of Frazar Stearns
Submitted on Thursday, 3/15/2012, at 3:28 PM
By William Sweet
A century and a half ago, a member of the Amherst College Class of 1863 followed his chemistry professor into this country’s bloodiest conflict and returned in a coffin. After the body of Frazar Stearns—the son of the college’s fourth president, William Augustus Stearns—came back to Amherst, so did a cannon that he had helped reclaim from Confederate forces. It was a pale substitute for a 21-year-old with a promising future, but the “Amherst Cannon” would become a boon for historians.
The first editor, John Franklin Genung, came to Amherst in 1882 to teach English and biblical literature. In addition to his teaching duties, he edited the Amherst Graduates’ Quarterly until his death in 1919.