Finding Inspiration: Studio Art Majors Share the Stories Behind Works on View

May 4, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Darrow and Brathwaite in the studioDarrow and Brathwaite in the art studio they share with Blackmore and Rothkopf in Fayerweather Hall

After a year spent sharing an art studio on the bottom floor of Fayerweather Hall, Natasha Blackmore, Shannon Brathwaite, María Darrow and Emma Rothkopf are slowly beginning to pack and clear the space for next year’s studio art seniors.

Senior Thesis Performance Highlights Racial Injustices

Bryce Monroe '15
Bryce Monroe '15 rehearses his senior thesis performance The Lower Frequecies.
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“This is me telling a story based on my experience as a young black man in America,” says Bryce Monroe '15 of his senior thesis performance in theater and dance. Titled The Lower Frequencies and inspired by Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man, Monroe's one-man play aims to shed light on the realities of racism in America through a series of powerful, witty and tragic vignettes.

Student Life Takes Center Stage in Thesis Play

February 20, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Grow Up
Four student actors embrace during a rehearsal for "Grow Up, Already!"

Living with roommates, choosing classes, forming new friendships, studying for exams—these are things you might expect to see in a play about student life in a college setting. But Grow Up, Already!—a senior honors project by Valerie Rodriguez ’15—dives deeper, tackling harder themes, including mental health, issues of identity, suicide and more.

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.

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 David Marenberg to Present California Symphony, Thesis in Music Composition, in April 26 Concert

April 14, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College senior David Marenberg will present California Symphony, his senior thesis in music composition on Sunday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center on the school’s campus. The concert is free open to the public.

Amherst College Senior’s Thesis in Music Composition to Address Coming of Age in Post-9/11 America April 4

March 20, 2009
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College Senior Scott Smith will present his senior thesis in music composition on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.