The Answer Is Always Another Question

By Eric Goldscheider

If there is a common theme running through the work of this year’s crop of senior thesis writers, it is this: lessons rarely arise suddenly from any kind of research. Without constant critical inquiry, knowledge remains stagnant and begins to atrophy.

Two Micro-Stories

Foreign (olive) oil and “sleeping with the enemy”

Dependence on Foreign Oil: A Study of Baetican Olive Oil in the Roman Economy is one of many past thesis titles that the classics department lists on its website. Here are three others: Sleeping with the Enemy: “Foreign” Wives in the Hippolytus and the Medea; Three Latin Love Poets and the Objects of Their Desire; and Ancient Greek Quarrying: A Provenance Study of Limestone from the Palace of Nestor with a Historical
Survey of Ancient Techniques.

Finishing Strong

Photographs by Rob Mattson

Text by Emily Gold Boutilier, with reporting by Rob Mattson, Adam Gerchick ’13, William Sweet and Katherine Duke ’05

For his 2012 senior thesis, Richard Galluzzi wrote a novella, while Dana Kaufman composed an opera and Brian Kim figured out exactly how to throw a  curveball. Portraits of 10 of this year’s thesis writers.


Honors Theses of the Class of 2010

May 20, 2010

Although it may be optional for many academic departments, researching and writing an honors thesis has become a rite of passage for many an Amherst College graduate.

Amherst College Senior Marshall Nannes to Perform Vocal Recital on Nov. 15

October 29, 2008
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College student Marshall Nannes ’09, baritone, will perform his senior honors thesis recital on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.