Office Space: Rick Griffiths

Professor of Classics and Women's and Gender Studies Rick Griffiths has been a bit of a nomad over the past few years. After having offices in Grosvenor House and Converse Hall, he's settled into a new space tucked between geology professors' offices in the Earth Sciences and Natural History Building. "I don't have tools or rocks like they do ... I have tchotchkes." Explore his puppets, books, stand-in parents and total lack of classical pottery (there's a reason) below. 


Office Space: Design and Construction

Located in the Physical Plant building next to Campus Police, the Design and Construction Department is responsible for the "oversight and management of facilities, planning and design at Amherst College." As the college's physical form has evolved, the department has collected the souvenirs of a growing institution: construction scraps, hidden treasures uncovered by countless renovations and even a pair of postmodern mistakes. Tom Davies, the director of design and construction, shows us around.


Office Space: Deborah Gewertz

Italianate in style, Morgan Hall was constructed in 1853 as the college’s first library. Nowadays, it’s home to the Departments of American Studies and Anthropology and Sociology. On the second floor—where college trustees were infamously locked in their boardroom during student protests of the ’70s—is the office of Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology. Here’s a look at some of the things she’s collected over the years.

Office Space: Alexander George

In a large French Second Empire building off College Street live the departments of Black Studies and Philosophy. Cooper House, a place actress Uma Thurman once called home, was renovated in 2002 to accommodate additional office and classroom space. One of those newly renovated offices belongs to Professor of Philosophy Alexander George. Here is a brief look into some of the odds and ends of his Amherst abode. 

Office Space

Welcome to Office Space, an online-only Amherst magazine feature, with guided, virtual tours of campus offices. From bones and lie detectors to pieces of the RMS Titanic, strange and wonderful things are just a few clicks away.

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