How Amherst students respond to their world
In the first quarter of its run, the literature and humor magazine Touchstone (1936-1950) faced major opposition from students and alumni. After a period of evaluation, administration and student government reached a conclusion:
Touchstone and other publications were all too “sophomoric.”
Dotting the history of Amherst College’s literary magazines are the alternative, or “experimental,” publications. Learn about Io, a little magazine that would live past Amherst to become not just a publishing company, but also one of the most influential magazines of the school of New American Poetry.
Throughout college history, students have made their opinions known in very loud, powerful ways. But how can we measure and understand the way that protests evolved at Amherst? How do we remember protests that were voices shouted in the air, not recorded on paper?