Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla 05E

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Aparna Nancherla

I like to call therapy baggage claim. Aparna Nancherla 05E, comedian, actor and writer, The Laugh Track 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.

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

Amherst Congratulates:

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The 蹤獲扦 seal.

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

Amehrst Voices: Greg Franklin 20

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Greg Franklin participating in The Amazing Race.

Wed watch The Amazing Race and think, I could do that. Greg Franklin 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.

The interesting frontiers that were pushing are happening here on campus with the data [I returned with] and the science that I can do with my students. 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 02

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Poster from the show Muzzle.

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

Amherst Voices: Rachel Edelman 09

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Book cover Dear Memphis poetry by Rachel Edelman.

It is important to live a good life, not to suffer for your art. Rachel Edelman 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 10

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A bedside lamp illuminates a book.

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

Amherst Voices: Josh Bell 02

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Screenshot from the tv show Aporia.

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

Amherst Voices: Sandy Rosenberg 72

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

You can make a big difference at the state level. The states are the laboratories of democracy.  Sandy Rosenberg 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

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

Amherst Voices: Aparna Nancherla 05E

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A collage of book covers.

Constantly 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. Comedian and actor Aparna Nancherla 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.

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

Amherst Voices: Alaina Daniels 09

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

 I always thought of ADHD as the inability to pay attention. Now I understand it means you cant control what youre paying attention to. Alaina Daniels 09, one of a dozen alums who share their stories in You Cant Have ADHD. You Went to Amherst.

Amherst Voices: Nicholas Horton

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A handwritten Parsons Paper Co.s payroll register.

This is what truly lies at the heart of statisticsto always think of the human element behind our quantitative work. As part of Professor Nicholas Horton's class, Stats 210: Mining the History of Holyoke, students combed through the Parsons Paper Co.s payroll register for data.

蹤獲扦 Celebrates

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

Congrats to wo鳥梗紳s basketball coach G.P. Gromacki for winning 600 games faster than any other hoops coach in NCAA history!

Amherst Voices: Gerald Penny 77

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Painting of Gerald Penny by William Utermohlen.

When change came to his Black community, he said, I want to be in that number. Gerald Penny 77, in his application to Amherst. Pennys 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.

Immigrant stories make us see particular corners of the world in a more nuanced and challenging way. 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.

Preparing students to tackle sustainability challengesand find viable solutionsis becoming an increasingly important component of the Amherst curriculum. Wes Dripps, director of the Office of Sustainability, on the creative ways faculty are integrating sustainability into their courses

Amherst Voices: Geoffrey Giller 10

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

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

Amherst Voices: Tess Taylor 00

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

Gardens and poems are places we go to excavate ourselves. Poet Tess Taylor 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 鳥梗紳s 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

I do believe we are all bridges--as we link the past with the future through the span of our careers. 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 蹤獲扦 men's soccer team poses for a group photo.

Congratulations to 鳥梗紳s 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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The future of Native art is being revealed. Heid E. Erdrich, guest curator for Boundless, a Mead Art Museum exhibit, in the new Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Roxane Main 25

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Im trying to find a new way to help my community by finding a bridge between Western education and Indigenous values. Roxane Main 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 92

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

Amherst Voice: Ash Smith 18

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

Amherst Voice: Luke Herzog 24

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

Amherst Voices: Matthew McGann

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The first year class gathered in Johnson Chapel.

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

Amherst Voices: Edmund Phelps 55

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I had at long last used my creativity to build a new theory of a nations happiness. Nobel laureate in economics Edmund Phelps 55, H85 in his new memoir.

Amherst Remembers

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

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

Amherst Voices: Laura Jarrett

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I 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. News anchor Laura Jarrett 07 from the Black Women of 蹤獲扦 podcast series.

Amherst Voices: John Cho

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You learn to say, Its imperfect, but it works. People dont come for perfection... Perfection is you placing yourself at center. Actor John Cho in a talk in Amhersts Johnson Chapel

Amherst Voices: Bruce Becker 80

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Quote by arhitect Bruce Becker about the Hotel Marcel

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

Amherst Voices: Leo Kamin 25

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Quote about Haoran Tong by Leo Kamin

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

Amherst Voices: President Michael A. Elliott

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the 蹤獲扦 seal with a quote by President Elliott

We remain resolute in our commitment to recruit and support a diverse community of scholars within the bounds of the law. President Michael Elliott responds to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race-conscious admissions practices.

Amherst Voices: Ilan Stavans

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Quote by Ilan Stavans

In un placete de La Mancha of which nombre no quiero remembrearme, viv穩a, not so long ago, uno de esos gentlemen who always tienen una lanza in the rack, una buckler antigua, a skinny caballo y un greyhound para el chase. Professor Ilan Stavans, in his Spanglish translation of Don Quixote, from the new issue of Amherst magazine.

Amherst Voices: Niki Russ Federman 99

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Quote by Niki Russ Federman

I think I was drawn to it on some subconscious level, finding my own entryway to think about food on a more intellectual level. Niki Russ Federman 99, co-owner of the New York landmark Russ & Daughters, on her favorite Amherst class.