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Mission: Terras irradient “LET THEM GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD.” 1821 Amherst College looks, above all, for students of intellectual promise who have demonstrated qualities of mind and character that will enable them to take full advantage of our curriculum. We seek qualified applicants from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds – students whose several perspectives might contribute significantly to a process of mutual education within and beyond the curriculum. We aim to select from among the many qualified applicants those possessing the intellectual talent, discipline and imagination that will allow them most fully to benefit from our curriculum and contribute to the life of the college and society. Grades, standardized test scores, essays, recommendations, independent work, the quality of the secondary school program and achievements outside the classroom are among the factors used to evaluate this promise, but no one of these measures is considered determinative.

Operating as usual

Amherst College experienced service outages this morning due to an overnight power surge. Services are coming back, but ...
11/04/2020

Amherst College experienced service outages this morning due to an overnight power surge. Services are coming back, but the root of the issue has not yet been identified.

Students, faculty, and staff may see instability in services today. IT is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

It's Election Day, and at Amherst, we encourage every member of our community to vote. What motivates our students to vo...
11/03/2020

It's Election Day, and at Amherst, we encourage every member of our community to vote.

What motivates our students to vote? ⬇️

Could 10,000 carnations at the Science Center save the world?Professor of Biology Michael Hood recently received a Natio...
11/02/2020

Could 10,000 carnations at the Science Center save the world?

Professor of Biology Michael Hood recently received a National Institutes of Health grant to understand resistance to new diseases, by studying the wild carnations in the Italian Alps and his Amherst lab. http://ow.ly/ruzy50C977e

On October 24, 2020, students at Amherst College enjoyed food, music, and pumpkin carving at the annual Fall Festival.
11/02/2020

On October 24, 2020, students at Amherst College enjoyed food, music, and pumpkin carving at the annual Fall Festival.

Is mind-reading possible over the internet? Alexander George, Rachel and Michael Deutch Professor of Philosophy at Amher...
10/30/2020
Mind reading from a remote location: Amherst College philosophy professor move his mentalist performances to Zoom

Is mind-reading possible over the internet?

Alexander George, Rachel and Michael Deutch Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College, recently spoke to Daily Hampshire Gazette about his new live and virtual mind-reading show, "Strange Powers."

Starting a few years ago, Alexander George made a splash when he began hosting small shows at which he demonstrated his ability as a “mentalist”: a performer who can read people’s minds through careful observation of their body language, tone of voice...

President Biddy Martin has announced Amherst College's preliminary plans for spring 2021. Read the full plan: http://ow....
10/29/2020

President Biddy Martin has announced Amherst College's preliminary plans for spring 2021.

Read the full plan: http://ow.ly/CSIR50C5Zxf

In his book "Free Speech and Its Relation to Self-Government," Alexander Meiklejohn asserted the importance of voting. M...
10/28/2020

In his book "Free Speech and Its Relation to Self-Government," Alexander Meiklejohn asserted the importance of voting. Meiklejohn was president of Amherst College from 1912 to 1924.

"We want to do our part to enable every student, regardless of where they come from, who they are or whether they are li...
10/27/2020

"We want to do our part to enable every student, regardless of where they come from, who they are or whether they are living on or off campus, to have the ability to vote." - Ben Gilsdorf '21

Read more about the members of AC Votes and how they have been working overtime this fall to make sure their classmates exercise their civic duty: https://bit.ly/3ovhsNl

10/26/2020

It's Virtual Homecoming and Family Week!

Join us online this year as we celebrate through programs for students, alumni, and families, including class tent virtual meetups.

View the full schedule: https://bit.ly/2J88Tb7

"This last spring, for the first time, I taught a class called Native Futures, and I thought that it would make sense to...
10/24/2020
A Professor On Why It Is Important To Highlight Roles Of Native Americans In History

"This last spring, for the first time, I taught a class called Native Futures, and I thought that it would make sense to teach a class where Native people themselves not only are part of the past and the present, but they're going to be part of the future."

Associate professor of American studies Kiara Vigil recently spoke to NPR about the importance of highlighting roles of Native Americans in U.S. history. https://n.pr/37nVeqp

A growing number of history and civics educators are trying to highlight the roles of Native Americans in U.S. history. For one professor in Massachusetts, that effort is personal.

A new initiative at Amherst College, the Incubator Program, aims to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds w...
10/22/2020

A new initiative at Amherst College, the Incubator Program, aims to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds with the tools to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2HiYcSe

How do we support Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy? "Our job is to build the culture that fosters gender justice," writes La...
10/21/2020
Guest columnist Laurie Frankl: A letter to Ruthie, age 9.5. From Mom.

How do we support Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy?

"Our job is to build the culture that fosters gender justice," writes Laurie Frankl, Amherst College Title IX Coordinator, in a letter addressed to her daughter Ruthie (via Daily Hampshire Gazette).

Dear Ruthie, Last night I joined a panel of women discussing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, work and what her death means to many of us. Towards the end, a student asked the good question of what she can do to support RBG’s legacy. A smart Smith...

From outdoor classes to music rehearsals and museum visits, here is a photographic glimpse into life on campus this seme...
10/20/2020

From outdoor classes to music rehearsals and museum visits, here is a photographic glimpse into life on campus this semester. https://bit.ly/31qzlD5

"Thinking of hiring a tutor for your child? Get educated first." With so many concerns around remote instruction, parent...
10/19/2020
Opinion: The difficult choice about hiring a tutor for your children

"Thinking of hiring a tutor for your child? Get educated first."

With so many concerns around remote instruction, parents may want to understandably supplement their children's learning with tutoring. But there may be drawbacks, writes Professor of American Studies Pawan Dhingra for CNN Opinion.

Pawan Dhingra writes that in the face of extended hybrid or remote schooling, many parents are entertaining the idea of hiring a tutor to ensure their children do not fall behind in classes. But, parents need to consider if this is the right decision for their child.

Ben Gundersheimer '89, best known as children's musician and songwriter Mister G, is finding a new rhythm due to the pan...
10/16/2020
Mister G’s musical tour: Children’s songwriter releases new album made with musicians from around the globe

Ben Gundersheimer '89, best known as children's musician and songwriter Mister G, is finding a new rhythm due to the pandemic.

In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, he shares more about his new album "Children of the World" which he produced with musicians around the globe almost entirely digitally.

Like any number of musicians across the country — around the world, really — Mister G has had to find a new rhythm due to the pandemic. The longtime children’s musician and songwriter, whose real name is Ben Gundersheimer, had a busy touring schedule...

Led by Biology Laboratory Coordinator Thea Kristensen, student researchers at Amherst College are reaching out to "citiz...
10/15/2020
Black Bears: Student Researchers Count Mammals in Western MA

Led by Biology Laboratory Coordinator Thea Kristensen, student researchers at Amherst College are reaching out to "citizen scientists" to help them count the bears, bobcats, foxes and other mammals of Western Massachusetts.

Amherst student researchers are reaching out to “citizen scientists” to help them count the bears, bobcats, foxes and other mammals of Western Massachusetts.

It's official: Happy Mammoth Day!Classes are canceled today, Oct. 14, to give students a much-needed break before the we...
10/14/2020

It's official: Happy Mammoth Day!

Classes are canceled today, Oct. 14, to give students a much-needed break before the weather turns cold. Organized activities on this first-ever Mammoth Day include hikes on the sanctuary trails, music and games on the Quad, and games and entertainment for remote students, all produced within the College's health and safety protocols.

"I feel like I have already lost a home, which is Syria. I would call Revere home, but it’s really difficult to build th...
10/13/2020
'I Feel Like I Have Already Lost A Home': Young Environmentalists On Why They're Fighting For Change

"I feel like I have already lost a home, which is Syria. I would call Revere home, but it’s really difficult to build that attachment to a place I know I might lose as well." - Dania Hallak '24

In an interview with WBUR 90.9 FM, Amherst College's Dania Hallak '24 and UMass Amherst graduate Andrea Nyamkeye discuss how their experiences as immigrants and women of color inspired them to take action on climate change.

These young environmental activists got involved in the movement after seeing the effects of climate change -- and climate injustice -- firsthand.

In honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we recognize that Amherst College stands on Nonotuck land.Today and every day, we mus...
10/12/2020

In honor of #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we recognize that Amherst College stands on Nonotuck land.

Today and every day, we must celebrate and honor their history. Take an opportunity to learn more about the Nonotuck: https://bit.ly/3nEVmYd

UPDATE: Amherst College has moved to Level 2: "Heightened Awareness" on the Campus Operating Status scale in response to...
10/09/2020

UPDATE: Amherst College has moved to Level 2: "Heightened Awareness" on the Campus Operating Status scale in response to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health moving the Town of Amherst, MA from yellow status ("moderate risk") to red status ("higher risk") in its weekly COVID-19 Health Report.

Level 2 status primarily calls for increased vigilance on behalf of our community members. Learn more: https://bit.ly/36PgCV6

"Our community has pulled together in response to the challenges of this moment."In a letter to the campus community, Am...
10/07/2020

"Our community has pulled together in response to the challenges of this moment."

In a letter to the campus community, Amherst College President Biddy Martin provides updates on the fall 2020 semester: https://bit.ly/30Id7wa

Congratulations to Thomas Wilson Mitchell '87, who was named a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellow! 👏A property law scholar...
10/07/2020

Congratulations to Thomas Wilson Mitchell '87, who was named a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellow! 👏

A property law scholar, Thomas reforms longstanding legal doctrines that historically deprive Black and other disadvantaged American families of their property and real estate wealth. https://bit.ly/2SxEGDH

Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the U.S., and many are already mothers or will e...
10/05/2020
Amherst Conversations | Virtual Events | Amherst College

Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the U.S., and many are already mothers or will enter prison or jail pregnant. What happens at this intersection of mass incarceration and the controlling politics of reproduction, both shaped by racist policies? Anthropologist, obstetrician-gynecologist, and author of Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars, Carolyn Sufrin '97 will talk about this today at 4:30 p.m. with her long-time Amherst mentor Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, about her path from Gewertz’s seminar room to jail clinic. Register now! https://www.amherst.edu/news/campus_community_events/virtual/amherst-conversationshttps://engage.amherst.edu/event/registrations/index/1060

This spring’s COVID Conversations series, featuring alumni experts and friends of the College, was so well received that a second lecture series, Amherst Conversations, launched in July and will continue into the fall. Watch live moderated conversations with audience questions submitted both in ad...

It's not hyperbole: Amherst's own Sydney Ireland is changing the world! The sophomore was one of the first two females E...
10/02/2020
NYC Teens Among First To Become Female Eagle Scouts

It's not hyperbole: Amherst's own Sydney Ireland is changing the world! The sophomore was one of the first two females EVER to be awarded the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout in the 110-year history of the Boy Scouts of America! Congrats, Sydney! #AmherstProud #Amherststudentschangetheworld

Both girls, based on the Lower East Side, say they were inspired by their brothers.

Amherst's Board of Trustees committed to permanently protect 96 acres of College-owned land on the nearby Mount Holyoke ...
09/30/2020
Critical Habitat, Trails, and a Cherished Farm Conserved on the Mount Holyoke Range | Kestrel Land Trust

Amherst's Board of Trustees committed to permanently protect 96 acres of College-owned land on the nearby Mount Holyoke Range, the Kestrel Land Trust announced yesterday in a release about 583 total acres that have been forever conserved. The Board's decision to protect the land will helps preserve its scenic views of the Valley, conserve its forests as a natural climate change solution, continue the use of the land for outdoor education and research, and guarantee public access to its network of trails that are popular for mountain biking and hiking.

Kestrel Land Trust announced today the permanent conservation of 583 acres of land on the Mount Holyoke Range, with six landowners, as part of a second Landscape Partnership Project in partnership with the Towns of Hadley, South Hadley, Amherst, and…

A MassLive article last week described the evolution of the College’s Spanish program in recent years, with remarks from...
09/29/2020
Amherst College Spanish program connects words with culture

A MassLive article last week described the evolution of the College’s Spanish program in recent years, with remarks from Professor Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez and Professor Sara Brenneis, who chairs the department.

Linguistics reflect the diversity of the Spanish-speaking society

An article in the Des Moines Register highlights the collaboration between executive producer Romen Borsellino ’12 and a...
09/26/2020
'Harold & Kumar' star partners with Des Moines native on new political comedy show

An article in the Des Moines Register highlights the collaboration between executive producer Romen Borsellino ’12 and actor Kal Penn on a new political comedy TV series aimed at young voters. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/entertainment/television/2020/09/21/des-moines-native-co-creates-political-show-kal-penn-approves-message/5853676002/

Romen Borsellino is the co-creator and executive producer of "Kal Penn Approves This Message," a political comedy series for young voters.

What do author Dan Brown '86 and Edward Melillo, associate professor of history and environmental studies, have in commo...
09/25/2020
Schedule  | 2020 National Book Festival  | Events at the Library of Congress  | Library of Congress

What do author Dan Brown '86 and Edward Melillo, associate professor of history and environmental studies, have in common? They are both being featured during the virtual National Book Festival this weekend! A video on demand presentation by Brown went live today, and Melillo will participate in a live Q&A at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Check them out! https://www.loc.gov/events/2020-national-book-festival/schedule/

All National Book Festival events on Sept. 25-27 will take place online, culminating in a program on PBS television on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. ET (check local listings).

09/24/2020
Amherst, Wesleyan Presidents Lead Coalition Of Higher Ed Leaders In Urging U.S Department Of Education To Abandon Civil Rights Investigation Of Princeton University | Press Releases | Amherst College

Today, more than 80 college and university leaders have signed onto a statement co-authored by Amherst President Biddy Martin and President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to abandon its announced civil rights investigation into Princeton University.
https://www.amherst.edu/news/press-releases/node/780623

(September 24, 2020) —Today, more than 80 college and university leaders have signed onto a statement co-authored by Presidents Biddy Martin of Amherst College and Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to abandon its announced civil rights investigati...

Andrew Nussbaum '85, the chair of Amherst's board of trustees, had a close working relationship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg...
09/24/2020
Amherst College Trustee Andrew Nussbaum On Clerking For Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Andrew Nussbaum '85, the chair of Amherst's board of trustees, had a close working relationship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a clerk for her in the early 1990s. (He also clerked in the early 1990s for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.) He spoke about his late boss and mentor on WBUR 90.9 FM on Sunday.

Nussbaum joined WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about the late Justice Ginsburg's life and legacy, and her indomitable will to keep working towards her goals — no matter the obstacles in her way.

We're pretty #AmherstProud of how great the members of our campus community have been about following the widely accepte...
09/23/2020

We're pretty #AmherstProud of how great the members of our campus community have been about following the widely accepted guidance regarding the transmission of COVID-19. But it doesn't hurt to remind everyone of what works, in a Mammoth kind of way... #protecttheherd #herdimmunity #WeAreAmherst

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Amherst College educates young people of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst searches for exceptional students from across the country and around the world, including from places and populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our financial aid policies are among the most generous in the nation. A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace our open curriculum, engage our talented faculty and actively contribute to a student body that is diverse in both background and perspective. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

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