Testing Prejudice

Interview by Peter Rooney

In 2008, Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Aries published Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, about 58 white and black students, half of them affluent, half of them lower-income, during their first year at Amherst. Her new book, Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College, written with Richard Berman, reconnects with 55 of these students in their senior year.

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The Amherst Student Articles on Faculty Women

The reporters at the Amherst Student actively covered faculty women at Amherst College. Their first piece, titled Women Professors at Amherst, a Survey of the Professional Difficulties and Perceptions of Women on the College Faculty, was published May 5, 1980 and included interviews with 17 faculty women.

The October 29, 1984 edition published an article Assessing the Conditions of Women Faculty and cited a number of issues  with hiring, tenure and general attitudes at Amherst.

Half a Century of Women Teaching at Amherst: Gender Matters

Symposium Schedule for Saturday, October 1, 2011

8:30-9:00 a.m.      Breakfast. Lobby of Converse Hall.

9:00-9:10 a.m.       Welcome and memorial minute.  Buffy Aries (Psychology) and Pat O’Hara (Chemistry).

9:10-9:15 a.m.        Brief history of the arrival of the pioneer women. Jane Taubman (Russian)

9:15-10:30 a.m.    Round table discussion: The Early Years  

The Pioneer Women of Amherst College 1962-83

The women noted below were hired during the years 1962-83 as full time instructors and many were on the track for tenure. During that same period, there were a number of other women on the faculty as visiting lecturers at the college. Information on the visitors can be found in the archives of Amherst College.