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College Row

Verbatim

A compilation of recent remarks made at Amherst.

“It is morally, ethically outrageous if we impose high-stakes exams on children who haven’t been given the same opportunities as other children to develop their skills. There’s something deeply hypocritical in a society that holds a child responsible.”

Teacher and education activist Jonathan Kozol
In a talk titled “The Artificial Meritocracy: The Silence of Our Academic Leaders on the Savage Inequalities and Deepening Resegregation of the U.S. Public Schools”
Johnson Chapel, Nov. 17, 2004

 “Pratt will certainly be missed; there’s so much character and history to that place. However, it makes eerie noises at odd hours of the night.”

Geology major Charles Hoxie ’05
Talking about the conversion of the Charles Pratt building from a museum to a dorm
In The Amherst Student, Dec. 1, 2004

“There’s no obligation to buy one of our books. We realize that after forking over $37,000 it would be a hardship to fork over another $9.95.”

Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Lawrence Douglas
In a Family Weekend talk about his new book, Sense and Nonsensibility, co-authored with Professor of Philosophy Alexander George
Stirn Auditorium, Oct. 30, 2004

“The general view is that potentially our economy could grow between 3 and 4 percent per year. But we haven’t grown that fast in the last few years. If you [compare] how we’ve actually grown to [the mid-point of] that potential, which would be 3.5 percent, the cumulative gap over the last four years is equal to approximately $1.7 trillion. I don’t know how you feel about that, but to me that’s a lot of money.”

Economist Joseph Stiglitz ’64, Nobel laureate and University Professor at Columbia University
In a talk titled “America’s Recent Economic Experiences: Lessons for the Future”
Alumni House, Oct. 21, 2004

“You say Mayan temple, I say abandoned train trestle in Newark, N.J.”

Photographer Jan Staller, explaining one of his surrealistic landscape photographs
In a gallery talk
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Jan. 27, 2005

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