In a light but thought-proving column published last week, Professor Ilan Stavans ponders the hit pop song “Despacito." "Has Justin Bieber stolen an artifact from one of America’s subcultures?" he asks. "Is this another case of appropriation?"
In a letter to the College community today, President Martin condemned the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va. "We highly value disagreement, critical thought, and passionate debate, and we actively seek to encourage differences of perspective," she wrote. "But bigotry, hate, and intimidation are not welcome on our campus. We will not countenance violence or incitements to violence from any quarter."
Amherst's Eleonora Mattiacci, an assistant professor of political science, commented on escalating tensions with North Korea in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper yesterday: “My sense is that the real key player here will be China,” she said.
Today's #SciFri feature takes a look at "the most significant construction project that the College has ever taken on," Amherst's new state-of-the-art science center. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
Science Center Update - Summer 2017
Amherst's new science center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The state-of-the-art building will be a home for teaching and research and offer additional ...
August 10 at 12:16 pm
Looking for a great beach read? Pick up these works by Amherst authors for everything from debunking sports myths to novels about wartime America.
Masha Gessen - "The Trump-Putin Connect: What We Imagine and Why"
Noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gessen has written about a range of topics, including LGBTQ rights, Russia's Jewish state and the ...
August 8 at 4:26 pm
Professor David Jones thought his work would help disprove a long-held extinction theory—but what he found may have provided the first solid evidence for it instead.
As the fall move-in period approaches, this The New York Times writer offers some solid advice for being a good roommate. (Hint: Compromise is key.)
What are your favorite tips for making living together easier?
#AmherstProud that Inside Higher Ed has named Professor Marisa Parham a rising star for her work "to lower barriers to both the digital humanities and black studies, which she synthesizes in her work with the 'black digital' — an understanding of digital as a figuration for the African-American experience."
What’s life been like under China’s one-child policy?
The findings by anthropology professor Vanessa Fong ’96 have been so remarkable, and so counterintuitive, that she has repeatedly surprised herself, her field and the world. #AmherstMag
Congratulations to Folger Shakespeare Library for this new award! The grant will help them mine underexplored collections and create new partnerships among scholars, librarians, conservators and digital humanists.
This model steam engine was recently rediscovered in Merrill as preparations for the new Science Center get underway. Any guesses as to its date of origin or provenance? #SciFri
Visit the new Amherst College Science Center page for a video of a modern engine created by James Kubasek, head of the Amherst machine shop, as a mind-bending demonstration for his intro class.