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You get water from the College well. You saw wood for your own fireplace. At night you study by firelight. There is no d...
05/10/2021

You get water from the College well. You saw wood for your own fireplace. At night you study by firelight. There is no dining hall. All you do is study.

A look at life at Amherst in 1821: https://bit.ly/3vEngXu

You get water from the College well. You saw wood for your own fireplace. At night you study by firelight. There is no dining hall. All you do is study.

A look at life at Amherst in 1821: https://bit.ly/3vEngXu

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Mammoth moms! 💜
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Mammoth moms! 💜

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Mammoth moms! 💜

Soaking in spring 🌸📸: Haoran Tong '23
05/07/2021

Soaking in spring 🌸

📸: Haoran Tong '23

Soaking in spring 🌸

📸: Haoran Tong '23

Six Amherst students recently reimagined the Merrill Courtyard as a canvas for a collaborative art installation, Project...
05/06/2021

Six Amherst students recently reimagined the Merrill Courtyard as a canvas for a collaborative art installation, Project 2020. Surrounding themes of quarantine, isolation and other COVID-19 experiences, the project included short films, interactive projections and light sculptures that responded to viewers' movements and participation.

📸: Hantong Wu '23

In a recent CNN opinion piece, professor of American studies and president-elect of the Association for Asian American S...
05/05/2021

In a recent CNN opinion piece, professor of American studies and president-elect of the Association for Asian American Studies Pawan Dhingra wrote about the most effective way to fight back against anti-Asian racism: education. https://cnn.it/3bmK72n

In a recent CNN opinion piece, professor of American studies and president-elect of the Association for Asian American Studies Pawan Dhingra wrote about the most effective way to fight back against anti-Asian racism: education. https://cnn.it/3bmK72n

Congratulations to professors Khary Polk and Jen Manion, who were recently selected as finalists for the Organization of...
05/04/2021

Congratulations to professors Khary Polk and Jen Manion, who were recently selected as finalists for the Organization of American Historians's Lawrence W. Levine Award! 👏

The award annually recognizes the author of the best book in American cultural history.

Congratulations to professors Khary Polk and Jen Manion, who were recently selected as finalists for the Organization of American Historians's Lawrence W. Levine Award! 👏

The award annually recognizes the author of the best book in American cultural history.

Kiara Vigil, associate professor of American studies and co-founder of the College's Native American and Indigenous Stud...
05/03/2021

Kiara Vigil, associate professor of American studies and co-founder of the College's Native American and Indigenous Studies program, has been awarded The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship to learn, practice and preserve the endangered language of her ancestors, Dakota. https://bit.ly/2RmOzXG

Kiara Vigil, associate professor of American studies and co-founder of the College's Native American and Indigenous Studies program, has been awarded The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship to learn, practice and preserve the endangered language of her ancestors, Dakota. https://bit.ly/2RmOzXG

Today marks the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At Amherst, the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect (PAs) and the D...
04/30/2021

Today marks the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

At Amherst, the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect (PAs) and the Department of Health Education raised awareness with "Lights On For #SAAMherst," a campaign encouraging the community to light a candle on campus or on their social media accounts to show support for survivors and represent how we "shine a light" on the topic of sexual assault awareness and issues of sexual violence.

On Wednesday, April 28, the PAs also organized a self-guided, reflective walking route and a lighted display on the First-Year Quad that showcased responses from students and others about why they shine a light. Over 300 people joined the day of reflection, community and support.

📸: Harufumi Nakazawa '24

Talk about keeping the Herd healthy! 💉As part of the nationwide push to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Amherst held a vacc...
04/30/2021

Talk about keeping the Herd healthy! 💉

As part of the nationwide push to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Amherst held a vaccine clinic Wednesday, April 28, in the Coolidge Cage for unvaccinated on-campus students and employees. The College provided the first dose of the vaccine, administered by staff from the Health Center, Testing Center and Pelmeds Pharmacy. The second dose will be administered on May 19.

Congratulations to Reid Dodson '24, who has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to stu...
04/29/2021

Congratulations to Reid Dodson '24, who has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian! 👏

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity - now virtual - for students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world.

Congratulations to Reid Dodson '24, who has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian! 👏

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity - now virtual - for students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world.

"When this 15-foot portrait went up, I was proud. Proud because I've spilled blood, sweat, and tears responding to emerg...
04/28/2021

"When this 15-foot portrait went up, I was proud. Proud because I've spilled blood, sweat, and tears responding to emergency after emergency in my community during a pandemic. Proud because as president of the EMS Union, it highlights the work of paramedics all the time. And then a man murdered 6 women of Asian descent. Although hate crimes against people of Asian descent - and mostly elderly people - has been rising due to language like "Kung Flu" or "China Virus," these murders particularly and deeply affected me. After Atlanta, I became scared - thinking about what it means to be a visible Asian woman right now. I wondered if I would become a symbol for all people who share my black hair and almond eyes and if I would become a target for those wishing to hurt Asian people. And I am reminded often, as footage surfaces almost daily of a new beating. Each horrific event strips me of feeling American and reminds me that no amount of service to or love for my community will change how some see me. I am reminded that our struggles are only one of many marginalized communities, so I paraphrase my brilliant friend Ashley Cheng when I say that our struggle serves as one more reason why we stand in solidarity with all marginalized communities to end all hate. I hope you stand with us. #BlackLivesMatter while we #StopAAPIHate." - Selena Xie '09, a paramedic working as a Captain for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, a surgical ICU nurse at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, and President of Austin EMS Association. Her portrait is in Austin, Texas.

"When this 15-foot portrait went up, I was proud. Proud because I've spilled blood, sweat, and tears responding to emergency after emergency in my community during a pandemic. Proud because as president of the EMS Union, it highlights the work of paramedics all the time. And then a man murdered 6 women of Asian descent. Although hate crimes against people of Asian descent - and mostly elderly people - has been rising due to language like "Kung Flu" or "China Virus," these murders particularly and deeply affected me. After Atlanta, I became scared - thinking about what it means to be a visible Asian woman right now. I wondered if I would become a symbol for all people who share my black hair and almond eyes and if I would become a target for those wishing to hurt Asian people. And I am reminded often, as footage surfaces almost daily of a new beating. Each horrific event strips me of feeling American and reminds me that no amount of service to or love for my community will change how some see me. I am reminded that our struggles are only one of many marginalized communities, so I paraphrase my brilliant friend Ashley Cheng when I say that our struggle serves as one more reason why we stand in solidarity with all marginalized communities to end all hate. I hope you stand with us. #BlackLivesMatter while we #StopAAPIHate." - Selena Xie '09, a paramedic working as a Captain for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, a surgical ICU nurse at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, and President of Austin EMS Association. Her portrait is in Austin, Texas.

04/27/2021
#AmherstTogether

Always #AmherstTogether in our hearts 💜

Tomorrow, April 28, come together with fellow alumni, families, students, faculty, staff and friends to support the Amherst Fund and strengthen the Amherst community. Join Amherst College Alumni to share in the fun, earn additional donations for your Amherst Fund bucket of choice and celebrate all of the ways we're #AmherstTogether in spirit, wherever we are. https://bit.ly/3veYgGe

Thanks to an instrument designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a project led by Jeffrey Hoffman '6...
04/26/2021
Aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, MOXIE creates oxygen on Mars

Thanks to an instrument designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a project led by Jeffrey Hoffman '66, a NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration mission has produced oxygen on another planet for the first time.

The new Bicentennial book "Eye Mind Heart" by Nancy Pick '83 features an interview with Hoffman. https://bit.ly/32KvJfk

The MIT-designed MOXIE instrument aboard the NASA Perseverance Mars rover has produced oxygen on Mars for the first time from the carbon dioxide atmosphere.

Fall 2021 update: Amherst College will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to ...
04/24/2021

Fall 2021 update: Amherst College will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3sN9AI2

Fall 2021 update: Amherst College will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3sN9AI2

Happy Friday, Mammoths! May this weekend be as joyous and fun as Monday's Mammoth Meet-Up. ✨
04/23/2021

Happy Friday, Mammoths!

May this weekend be as joyous and fun as Monday's Mammoth Meet-Up. ✨

For #EarthDay, a look into a Bicentennial project: Mammoth Trails 🌱Proposed by economics professor Kate Sims, the initia...
04/22/2021

For #EarthDay, a look into a Bicentennial project: Mammoth Trails 🌱

Proposed by economics professor Kate Sims, the initiative involves the renewal of part of the Amherst College sanctuary trail system into two well-marked, named trails - the "1821 Loop" (1.03 miles, or 1,821 yards) and the "Mammoth Loop" (a two mile running/walking trail). The aim is to enhance the accessibility of the trails and better promote the use of this local resource by the College and in the region, in support of sustainability and wellness.

Students from the Outing Club, including Max Kurke '23E, Sawyer Pollard '24, Noah Solomon '22 and Rufus Taylor '24, recently worked on the trails with a tree removal contractor.

Then and now: College Row.
04/21/2021

Then and now: College Row.

Then and now: College Row.

A statement from President Biddy Martin regarding the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Flo...
04/21/2021

A statement from President Biddy Martin regarding the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd: https://bit.ly/32xjdjf

A statement from President Biddy Martin regarding the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd: https://bit.ly/32xjdjf

Congratulations to Stephany Flores Ramos '17, who has been awarded The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans!...
04/20/2021

Congratulations to Stephany Flores Ramos '17, who has been awarded The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans! 👏

The fellowship, which supports outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate education in the U.S., will support Stephany's work towards a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Diego. https://bit.ly/2Q5ZwfL

Congratulations to Stephany Flores Ramos '17, who has been awarded The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans! 👏

The fellowship, which supports outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate education in the U.S., will support Stephany's work towards a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Diego. https://bit.ly/2Q5ZwfL

04/19/2021
Mammoth Meet-Up: April 19, 2021

Scenes from today's Mammoth Meet-Up, starring a little Bicentennial celebration. ✨

Amherst students celebrated a break from classes (and a much-needed long weekend!) with a Zoom-free event featuring local food vendors, live music and Bicentennial gifts.

When people opt to communicate without words, what possibilities open up? And how do communities recover and reconnect t...
04/16/2021

When people opt to communicate without words, what possibilities open up? And how do communities recover and reconnect to their land after extractive industries shut down?

Watson Fellows Eniola Ajao '21 and Margot Lurie '21 will spend a year traveling abroad to explore these questions. https://bit.ly/3wODW07

When people opt to communicate without words, what possibilities open up? And how do communities recover and reconnect to their land after extractive industries shut down?

Watson Fellows Eniola Ajao '21 and Margot Lurie '21 will spend a year traveling abroad to explore these questions. https://bit.ly/3wODW07

Go, Amherst Mammoths!After nearly 400 days of a pandemic-induced sports hiatus, the New England Small College Athletic C...
04/15/2021

Go, Amherst Mammoths!

After nearly 400 days of a pandemic-induced sports hiatus, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) competition recently resumed at Amherst with COVID-19 safety protocols, returning a bit of normalcy. https://bit.ly/3d2aWtJ

Yesterday, Apr. 13, students held a #BlackMindsMatter Walkout in front of Frost Library to call attention to the importa...
04/14/2021

Yesterday, Apr. 13, students held a #BlackMindsMatter Walkout in front of Frost Library to call attention to the importance of mental health among Black students at Amherst, in light of the murders of 20-year-old Daunte Wright and other Black Americans. Organized by the Amherst College Black Student Union, the walkout called for institutional changes within the college to better support the mental health of students of color, as well as encouraged both on- and off-campus students, faculty and staff to stand in community and solidarity.

To our students, thank you for your continued efforts to make the college a more inclusive place. https://bit.ly/32guxQE

Angela Davis, renowned activist, author and scholar, will join Dr. Kimberly Bain '14 in a moderated conversation on Apr....
04/10/2021

Angela Davis, renowned activist, author and scholar, will join Dr. Kimberly Bain '14 in a moderated conversation on Apr. 15 at 8 pm ET, as part of Black Alumni Week.

The event is open to the Amherst College community. Register to attend: https://bit.ly/3t42dgj

Angela Davis, renowned activist, author and scholar, will join Dr. Kimberly Bain '14 in a moderated conversation on Apr. 15 at 8 pm ET, as part of Black Alumni Week.

The event is open to the Amherst College community. Register to attend: https://bit.ly/3t42dgj

Celebrating the Bicentennial in style.
04/09/2021

Celebrating the Bicentennial in style.

04/08/2021
Black Women of Amherst

Introducing Black Women of Amherst, a new multimedia project illuminating the distinctive and influential contributions of Amherst's Black alumnae, students, faculty and staff.

Inspired by the book "Black Women of Amherst College" by the late Mavis C. Campbell, the project invites Black women of Amherst to share their stories and experiences at the College and beyond, as well as calls on allies to share how a Black woman of Amherst has influenced or changed their life. A vision of a team of producers led by Nichelle S. Carr '98 and Jason Gill '97, the project will culminate in the fall with live online conversations and a podcast series. https://bit.ly/3uvn0tt

President Biddy Martin wrote to the campus community with an update about the fall 2021 semester. The college plans a re...
04/07/2021

President Biddy Martin wrote to the campus community with an update about the fall 2021 semester.

The college plans a return to fully in-person teaching and learning but anticipates health and safety measures may continue to be necessary.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2RhlKf9

President Biddy Martin wrote to the campus community with an update about the fall 2021 semester.

The college plans a return to fully in-person teaching and learning but anticipates health and safety measures may continue to be necessary.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2RhlKf9

In the lab of one chemistry professor, students engage in hands-on work with artificial photosynthesis. https://bit.ly/3...
04/06/2021

In the lab of one chemistry professor, students engage in hands-on work with artificial photosynthesis. https://bit.ly/3wdCzHX

In the lab of one chemistry professor, students engage in hands-on work with artificial photosynthesis. https://bit.ly/3wdCzHX

Marking a milestone: 100,000 tests! 🎊Today, the Testing Center administered its 100,000th COVID-19 test to Melissa Marti...
04/05/2021

Marking a milestone: 100,000 tests! 🎊

Today, the Testing Center administered its 100,000th COVID-19 test to Melissa Martin '15, Interim Director of Amherst Mammoths Communications. We surprised Melissa with a few Amherst goodies, including Bicentennial books, a beanie and a lunch box.

We are proud to have reached this milestone, and we extend a Mammoth thank you to our incredible staff for their tremendous work the past year creating and running a smooth and safe testing center on campus, and to our students and faculty for their continued effort and cooperation in abiding by the College's protocols.

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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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