Amherst Voices: Victor Levin 鈥83鈥檚 character Jack from Jack & Alice

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A man and an woman standing outside under the shade of trees engaged in a conversation.

鈥淚t鈥檚 exhausting, isn鈥檛 it? Being in love?鈥 The line is spoken by Jack (Domhnall Gleeson) in Alice & Jack, a PBS miniseries created by Victor Levin 鈥83. The show is reviewed by Josh Bell 鈥02.

Amherst Voices: Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson's Shawl.

鈥淚 tie my Hat - I crease my Shawl -
Life鈥檚 little duties do - precisely -
As the very least
Were infinite - to me 鈥斺
Emily Dickinson, from her poem Fr522. Her shawl, shown here, is one of over 8,000 Dickinson family artifacts newly archived at The Emily Dickinson Museum

Amherst Voices: President Michael A. Elliott

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Three student marshals leading the Commencement procession at 黑料.

鈥淲herever you go, whatever you do, do not allow the world to blunt your curiosity. Do not let cynicism and mistrust diminish your sense of hope.鈥 President Michael A. Elliott, speaking during 黑料鈥檚 203rd Commencement.

Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla 鈥05E

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Aparna Nancherla

鈥淚 like to call therapy 鈥榖aggage claim.鈥欌 Aparna Nancherla 鈥05E, comedian, actor and writer, 鈥The Laugh Track鈥 chronicles her career and time at Amherst. 

Amherst Voices: Professor Ilan Stavans

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Robert Brustein standing at a podidum in front of a chalk board.

鈥淚 have learned the value of having an antagonist, someone whose outlook is regularly testing mine.鈥 Professor Ilan Stavans on the controversial theater director and critic Robert Brustein 鈥47.

Amherst Congratulates:

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The 黑料 seal.

Congratulations to Susan Niditch, Samuel Green Professor of Religion, on her election to the .

Amehrst Voices: Greg Franklin 鈥20

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Greg Franklin participating in The Amazing Race.

鈥淲e鈥檇 watch The Amazing Race and think, 鈥業 could do that.鈥欌 Greg Franklin 鈥20 who, with his brother John Franklin, won the season 35 competition in 2023.

Amherst Contest

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A still life painting of a table covered with teacups, books, a teapot, and other daily objects..

Can you spot the nine differences between the top image and the bottom? We dare you to try!

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Holschuh

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A group of people walking from an airplane in Antarctica.

鈥淭he interesting frontiers that we鈥檙e pushing are happening here on campus with the data [I returned with] and the science that I can do with my students.鈥 Nicholas Holschuh, assistant professor of geology, on the research he conducted during a two-month trip he took to Antarctica this winter. 

Amherst Voices: Josh Bell 鈥02

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Poster from the show Muzzle.

鈥淯nlike some old-school cop thrillers, Muzzle doesn鈥檛 dismiss the value of therapy.鈥 Josh Bell 鈥02, on the film Muzzle, written by Carlyle Eubank 鈥10 and John Stalberg Jr. 

Amherst Voices: Rachel Edelman 鈥09

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Book cover Dear Memphis poetry by Rachel Edelman.

鈥淚t is important to live a good life, not to suffer for your art. 鈥 Rachel Edelman 鈥09, author of the poetry collection Dear Memphis.

Welcome to Amherst

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The Amherst Mammoth with some purple balloons.

A mammoth welcome to the newest members of the class of 2028! Our Community

Amherst Voices: Makena Onjerika 鈥10

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A bedside lamp illuminates a book.

鈥淚n 2024, I implore us to read more fiction, in order to see ourselves in others and to see others in ourselves.鈥 Makena Onjerika 鈥10, on the importance of fiction in 鈥Reading Lights.鈥

Amherst Voices: Josh Bell 鈥02

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Screenshot from the tv show Aporia.

鈥淲hat would you do if you could bring a loved one back with the push of a button?鈥 Josh Bell 鈥02 on the Well Go USA TV series Aporia, written and directed by Jared Mosh茅 鈥01

Amherst Voices: Sandy Rosenberg 鈥72

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Sandy Rosenberg walks a hallway of a high school flanked by two students.

鈥淵ou can make a big difference at the state level. The states are the laboratories of democracy.鈥  Sandy Rosenberg 鈥72, the longest-serving member of the Maryland House of Delegates, on why he hasn't run for Congress.

Amherst Voices: Natasha Threthewey

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Natasha Trethewey

鈥淚 was already a fan of hers, and knew I would love to meet a poet I really admire鈥攖hen I loved soaking in all of her wisdom.鈥  Willow Delp 鈥26, on taking a Litfest craft class with Natasha Trethewey, the 19th United States Poet Laureate 

Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla 鈥05E

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A collage of book covers.

鈥淐onstantly questioning why everything is the way it is and why any of us are here can be the seedy underbelly of figuring out what is funny about life.鈥 Comedian and actor Aparna Nancherla 鈥05E  from Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Imposter Syndrome.  She will be speaking at this year's Litfest.

Amherst Voices: Natasha Tretheway

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A line up of book covers by authors speaking at LitFest 2024.

鈥淲hat matters is the transformative power of metaphor and the stories we tell ourselves about the arc and meaning of our lives.鈥 Poet Natasha Trethewey, from Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir.  She will be speaking at this year's Litfest.

Amherst Voices: Alaina Daniels 鈥09

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Illustration of a face looking at the top of Johnson Chapel by Adam McCauley

 鈥淚 always thought of ADHD as the inability to pay attention. Now I understand it means you can鈥檛 control what you鈥檙e paying attention to.鈥 Alaina Daniels 鈥09, one of a dozen alums who share their stories in You Can鈥檛 Have ADHD. You Went to Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Horton

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A handwritten Parsons Paper Co.鈥檚 payroll register.

鈥淭his is what truly lies at the heart of statistics鈥攖o always think of the human element behind our quantitative work.鈥 As part of Professor Nicholas Horton's class, Stats 210: 鈥淢ining the History of Holyoke,鈥 students combed through the Parsons Paper Co.鈥檚 payroll register for data.

黑料 Celebrates

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Coach G.P. Gromacki and the 黑料 women's basketball team celebrate a win.

Congrats to wo尘别苍鈥檚 basketball coach G.P. Gromacki for winning 600 games faster than any other hoops coach in NCAA history!

Amherst Voices: Gerald Penny 鈥77

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Painting of Gerald Penny by William Utermohlen.

鈥淲hen change came to his Black community, he said, 鈥業 want to be in that number.鈥 鈥 Gerald Penny 鈥77, in his application to Amherst. Penny鈥檚 life and tragic death, 50 years ago, were recently commemorated on campus.

Amherst Voices: Ilan Stavans

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An illustration of a line of people walking to a building carrying books by Marc Rosenthal.

鈥淚mmigrant stories make us see particular corners of the world in a more nuanced and challenging way.鈥 Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture, on the kinds of books he seeks for Restless Books, his new publishing company in downtown Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Wes Dripps

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Two students stand in front of a truck on a field at Book and Plow farm.

鈥淧reparing students to tackle sustainability challenges鈥攁nd find viable solutions鈥攊s becoming an increasingly important component of the Amherst curriculum.鈥 Wes Dripps, director of the Office of Sustainability, on the creative ways faculty are integrating sustainability into their courses

Amherst Voices: Ana Devlin Gauthier

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A panoramic view of the town of Amherst in winter.

鈥淓ngagement is an act of care for the community.鈥 Ana Devlin Gauthier, learning and development facilitator, Human Resources, on why she chose to get involved as a district representative for the town of Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Geoffrey Giller 鈥10

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Illustration by Jam Dong of a two-lane road with wildlife and and trees.

鈥淩oads affect wildlife, the natural world and humans at nearly every conceivable scale.鈥 Geoffrey Giller 鈥10, in his review of a new book by Ben Goldfarb 鈥09 in Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Tess Taylor 鈥00

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Illustration of vegetables growing above and below ground by Helena Pallar茅s

鈥淕ardens and poems are places we go to excavate ourselves.鈥 Poet Tess Taylor 鈥00,  writing in the Fall issue of Amherst magazine.

Congratulations, Mammoths!

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The Amherst men's soccer team congratulate St. Olaf on their NCAA Division III win.

Congratulations to the 尘别苍鈥檚 soccer team on an outstanding season, collecting the national runner-up trophy for the third time in the last four seasons at the NCAA Division III Championship game. . (Photo credit: Dan Hunter: d3photography.com)

Go Mammoths!

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Men's soccer team celebrate their semi final victory.

Congratulations to the men's soccer team on their win over Washington & Lee in the NCAA Division III semi-final! They'll face St. Olaf for the final on Sunday, Dec. 3 at noon. . (Photo credit: Dan Hunter: d3photography.com)

Congratulations, Coach Paradis!

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Christine Parradis

鈥淚 do believe we are all bridges--as we link the past with the future through the span of our careers.鈥 Longtime women's lacrosse coach Christine Paradis, speaking at the Nov. 16 ceremony marking her induction into the .

Congratulations, Mammoths!

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The 黑料 men's soccer team poses for a group photo.

Congratulations to 尘别苍鈥檚 soccer for making it to the NCAA Final Four! The Mammoths will face Washington & Lee in the national semifinals on Dec. 1. Read the story:

Amherst Voices: Heid E. Erdrich

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鈥淭he future of Native art is being revealed.鈥 Heid E. Erdrich, guest curator for 鈥淏oundless,鈥 a Mead Art Museum exhibit, in the new Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Roxane Main 鈥25

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鈥淚鈥檓 trying to find a new way to help my community by finding a bridge between Western education and Indigenous values.鈥 Roxane Main 鈥25 the first Amherst student to win a Udall Scholarship to address environmental challenges affecting Native nations.

Amherst Celebrates

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Congratulations to the and soccer teams for capturing their second consecutive NESCAC championship wins!

Amherst Voices: President Michael A. Elliott 鈥92

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鈥 I can assure you that you will write subpar essays鈹I surely did. And on the other side of that experience will not be failure, but something else: learning.鈥 President Michael A. Elliott 鈥92, offering words of wisdom about college life to current students.

Amherst Voice: Ash Smith 鈥18

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鈥淚t matters to me that my work is meaningful and has some kind of impact.鈥 Ash Smith 鈥18, who is doing research for BREHA, Amherst鈥檚 new Black Feminist Reproductive Justice, Equity & HIV/AIDS Activism Collective.

Amherst Voice: Luke Herzog 鈥24

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鈥淭heater is the most collaborative art form. When you put on a play, it's really putting together a team.鈥 Luke Herzog 鈥24, winner of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 

Amherst Voices: Gabriel Echarte 鈥23

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鈥淭hrough teaching, I am reinforcing my commitment to an open and free world.鈥  Gabriel Echarte 鈥23 on being awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Amherst Voices: Matthew McGann

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The first year class gathered in Johnson Chapel.

鈥 I, for one, know 100 percent that they will make a difference in this world.鈥 Matthew McGann, dean of admission and financial aid, speaking of the incoming class of 488 students.

Amherst Voices: Edmund Phelps 鈥55

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鈥淚 had at long last used my creativity to build a new theory of a nation鈥檚 happiness.鈥 Nobel laureate in economics Edmund Phelps 鈥55, H鈥85 in his new memoir.

Amherst Remembers

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Close up of 9/11 memorial showing alumni Brock Joel Safronoff

鈥淭oday, we mourn, remember, and honor the lives lost on this day 22 years ago, including those of three Amherst alumni鈥擣rederick C. Rimmele III 鈥90, Brock Safronoff 鈥97 and Maurita Tam 鈥 01.鈥 Read 鈥9/11/01: A Dispatch from Campus.鈥

Amherst Voices: Laura Jarrett

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鈥淚 credit Amherst enormously for framing how I look at issues of racial justice and sexism, all of the things I care about deeply, and the things I end up covering on CNN every day.鈥 News anchor Laura Jarrett 鈥07 from the Black Women of 黑料 podcast series.

Amherst Voices: John Cho

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鈥淵ou learn to say, 鈥業t鈥檚 imperfect, but it works.鈥 People don鈥檛 come for perfection... Perfection is you placing yourself at center.鈥 Actor John Cho in a talk in Amherst鈥檚 Johnson Chapel

Amherst Voices: Bruce Becker 鈥80

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Quote by arhitect Bruce Becker about the Hotel Marcel

鈥淚t鈥檚 like walking into Mad Men.鈥 Architect Bruce Becker 鈥80 on his award-winning, environmentally innovative hotel, The Marcel.

Amherst Voices: Leo Kamin 鈥25

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Quote about Haoran Tong by Leo Kamin

鈥淗is time at Amherst is a testament to Tong鈥檚 belief that home is a verb, not a noun.鈥 Leo Kamin 鈥25 on Haoran Tong 鈥23, in 鈥The Pride of Amherst.鈥