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Amherst at 200: Celebrating Mind, Heart, and Community

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Since 1821, Amherst has prepared critical and creative thinkers for lives of purpose and discovery. Amherst at 200: Celebrating Mind, Heart, and Community, released as a part of our Bicentennial celebration and narrated by Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright ’87, showcases the stories of 10 graduates from 70 years ago until the present. Each story is both a snapshot of life on campus and a reflection of the richness of an Amherst education. Tony Jack ’07, through personal experience and social research, explores how race and class impact the academic experience. Kathy Chia ’88 shows how the liberal arts can inform the architectural design process. Bill Pritchard ’53 describes how the College can change and grow without sacrificing what makes it special. Plus, current Amherst president Biddy Martin and past presidents Tony Marx and Tom Gerety reflect on their experiences at the College and the importance of the liberal arts in higher education. Listen to the stories and voices that make up the 200-year history of Amherst. Produced by Cadence13, in collaboration with Amherst College.

Since 1821, Amherst has prepared critical and creative thinkers for lives of purpose and discovery. Amherst at 200: Celebrating Mind, Heart, and Community, released as a part of our Bicentennial celebration and narrated by Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright ’87, showcases the stories of 10 graduates from 70 years ago until the present. Each story is both a snapshot of life on campus and a reflection of the richness of an Amherst education. Tony Jack ’07, through personal experience and social research, explores how race and class impact the academic experience. Kathy Chia ’88 shows how the liberal arts can inform the architectural design process. Bill Pritchard ’53 describes how the College can change and grow without sacrificing what makes it special. Plus, current Amherst president Biddy Martin and past presidents Tony Marx and Tom Gerety reflect on their experiences at the College and the importance of the liberal arts in higher education. Listen to the stories and voices that make up the 200-year history of Amherst. Produced by Cadence13, in collaboration with Amherst College.

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Since 1821, Amherst has prepared critical and creative thinkers for lives of purpose and discovery. Amherst at 200: Celebrating Mind, Heart, and Community, released as a part of our Bicentennial celebration and narrated by Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright ’87, showcases the stories of 10 graduates from 70 years ago until the present. Each story is both a snapshot of life on campus and a reflection of the richness of an Amherst education. Tony Jack ’07, through personal experience and social research, explores how race and class impact the academic experience. Kathy Chia ’88 shows how the liberal arts can inform the architectural design process. Bill Pritchard ’53 describes how the College can change and grow without sacrificing what makes it special. Plus, current Amherst president Biddy Martin and past presidents Tony Marx and Tom Gerety reflect on their experiences at the College and the importance of the liberal arts in higher education. Listen to the stories and voices that make up the 200-year history of Amherst. Produced by Cadence13, in collaboration with Amherst College.

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English


Episodes

10 | Kirk Johnson

12/22/2021
Kirk Johnson ’82 is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He digs deep into his passion for paleontology and geology, as well as his memories of Amherst. And he takes a panoramic view of the future of the College and the planet. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstKirkJohnsonTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:26

9 | Meron Hirpa

12/17/2021
Dr. Meron Hirpa ’11 is a physician focused on public health and health equity in Cincinnati and Ethiopia. She recalls bidding an emotional farewell to her family and enrolling at Amherst as a first-generation college student, in pursuit of her longtime dream of becoming a doctor. Find out how the telementoring and QuestBridge programs, as well as faculty, staff and alumni, helped her blaze her path. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstMeronHirpaTranscript Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:23:46

8 | Bill Pritchard

12/15/2021
While still an undergraduate, William H. Pritchard ’53 “decided that there was nothing in the world that I would rather do than come back and teach at Amherst”—and that’s exactly what he did. Pritchard, now the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, Emeritus, looks back on more than 70 years of learning, teaching and institutional change. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstBillPritchardTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:32:42

7 | Chris Lehane

12/10/2021
Chris Lehane ’90 is currently a global policy and communications executive at Airbnb and previously served as special assistant counsel in the Clinton White House. As a college student, he got the chance to have pizza with another future U.S. president. Lehane shares this story and other memories and insights from his days as a political activist and athlete at Amherst. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstChrisLehaneTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:09

6 | Christine Croasdaile

12/8/2021
Now a J.D./M.B.A. candidate at Howard University, Christine Ayanna Croasdaile ’17 looks back to her many activities at Amherst: majoring in Black studies and Spanish, engaging with Black and Caribbean student organizations, and taking on a key role in the activist movement known as Amherst Uprising. Croasdaile also looks ahead, sharing her hopes for the College’s future. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstChristineCroasdaileTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:24:06

5 | Pat Fitzgerald

12/3/2021
As a federal prosecutor, Pat Fitzgerald ’82 has worked on multiple high-profile legal cases, including those related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in East Africa. Here, the former Amherst trustee looks back on the most indelible moments of his career and on the many lessons he learned when arrived at the College from a Catholic high school in Manhattan. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstPatrickFitzgeraldTranscript Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:24:06

4 | Becky Rwakabukoza

12/1/2021
Becky Rwakabukoza ’14 grew up in Mubende, Uganda, the youngest in a family of 10 children and the highest-ranking student in her district. In this episode, she describes her journey to and through Amherst as a Koenig Scholar and what she has learned about feminist advocacy in a Ugandan context. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstBeckyRwakabukozaTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:28

3 | Kathy Chia

11/19/2021
Math, fine arts, physics, drama, philosophy, travel, guidance from faculty: Kathy Chia ’88—co-principal of Desai Chia Architecture and a former Amherst trustee—outlines how every element of her liberal arts education has helped to shape her thinking as an architect. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstKathyChiaTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:33

2 | Freddie Bryant

11/17/2021
Jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader and professor Freddie Bryant ’87 takes us back to his childhood among artists and musicians in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Then he reflects on how his Amherst experience shaped his understanding of racial identity as well as his musical career. This episode features music performed by Bryant and his parents, Beatrice Rippy and Carroll Hollister, class of 1922. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstFreddieBryantTranscript Music, in order of appearance:...

Duration:00:30:08

1 | Tony Jack

11/12/2021
Sociologist Anthony Abraham “Tony” Jack ’07 is the author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. In this episode, he describes his own experience as a first-generation, low-income student at Amherst—and how he made it all the way to the front page of The New York Times and on to a Ph.D. and professorship at Harvard. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstTonyJackTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:29:30

Presidents in Conversation

11/12/2021
Amherst College President Biddy Martin convenes with two of her predecessors, Tony Marx and Tom Gerety, for a discussion moderated by Cullen Murphy ’74. The three presidents compare notes on the meaning and value of a liberal arts education, the surprises they found at Amherst, the challenges of their leadership roles and their advice to their successor for guiding the College into the future. Transcript: https://bit.ly/AmherstPresTranscript Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:37:41

Welcome to Amherst at 200: Celebrating Mind, Heart, and Community

10/28/2021
For 200 years, Amherst College has proven the value of the liberal arts. Beginning this fall, Amherst celebrates the stories of 10 alumni whose time at Amherst College spans seven decades. Listen to the stories and voices that make up the proud 200-year history of Amherst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:03:53