Amherst Magazine

College Row


“We have to make this issue our generation’s civil rights issue.”

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp
In a talk on educational inequity
Cole Assembly Room, Dec. 4, 2006

“Speakers always say they’re delighted to be here, but since I did just have this experience last week being held up by gunpoint in the Central African Republic, considering the alternatives I really am delighted to be here.”

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof
In a speech on genocide and rape in Darfur
Johnson Chapel, Oct. 3, 2006

“Long before Jane Fonda, long before Vietnam, long before Cindy Sheehan, there’s been a tradition: if you want to call off this Western juggernaut, you can appeal to the people themselves.”

Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
In a speech on Western military superiority, sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding
Cole Assembly Room, Oct. 13, 2006

“I went to medical school thinking I wanted to be a pediatrician and thinking I wanted to be a rural pediatrician. I had sort of a vision of myself in northern Maine with a red Toyota pickup truck, not in downtown Boston, where I actually practice.”

Dr. Paula Rauch ’77, Amherst trustee and director of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital
In a lecture on helping children cope with serious illness in the family
Cole Assembly Room, Nov. 8, 2006

“‘Friends with benefits’—you care deeply about each other, and sometimes you hook up. That is great on paper, but so is Communism.”

“Dr. Drew” Pinsky ’80, host of nationally syndicated radio advice show Loveline
In a talk, styled after his show, to students and alumni over Homecoming weekend
Johnson Chapel, Nov. 11, 2006

Hear audio of some of these, and other, speeches.