The Witch Craze in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Lecture by Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz

Monday, November 7, 2011

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“Little Magazine” Panel Discussion with Cullen Murphy

Watch a panel discussion with Amherst trustee Cullen Murphy ’74, editor-at-large for Vanity Fair magazine; Wyatt Mason of Harper’s Magazine; and Ann Kjellberg  of the New York Review of Books and Little Star. Jennifer Acker ’00 organized the panel as a supplement to her English class, “Little Magazines,” on the history of literary magazines and the art and practice of editing. The event was part of the Copeland Colloquium in the Humanities and was hosted by Bryn Geffert and the Frost Library.

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#occupyRedRoom with New York Times Columnist Joe Nocera

November 30, 2011

The Amherst Political Union invited New York Times columnist Joe Nocera to speak in the Cole Assembly Room (the “Red Room”) about the financial issues underlying Occupy Wall Street and to discuss a path forward. Watch video below, and read an interview with Nocera at the Hampshire Gazette.

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Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?

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On April 12, 2011, the Amherst Political Union presented its second debate of the year: “Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?”

To help explore this question, four of the nation’s most prominent legal scholars were brought together for the first time to debate the constitutionality of the individual mandate—the central provision of the Affordable Care Act. These are the voices shaping the public debate on this topic:

  • Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. As the author of several award-winning books on the Constitution, his legal analysis has been invoked by the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Ilya Somin is an associate professor at George Mason University School of Law. Somin has testified before Congress, writes regularly for the popular Volokh Conspiracy blog and has written amicus briefs in two of the cases involving the mandate.
  • Roderick M. Hills, Jr., is William T. Comfort III Professor of Law at New York University Law School. His articles have been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review and many other prominent journals. Hills was also a co-counsel for the respondents in the widely known Supreme Court case Romer v. Evans.
  • Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He has contributed to a variety of prominent publications and is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court.

This debate was sponsored by the AAS, Committee for the American Founding, President’s Office, Student Activities Office, Social Council, Program Board, Interdepartmental Student Fund and History and Political Science Departments.