Category: Colloquia and Public Speakers
Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., Kuchins discussed U.S.-Russian relations. Watch video.
In this webinar, Sarah Greenspan '02 will address how to navigate conversations with students who are still early in the process of defining their goals, or who are still trying to place professional goals within a context of larger life questions. She will offer a few straightforward strategies around how to understand your role as a mentor and how to offer your experience and knowledge in ways that will be helpful to students. Sarah is an active mentor in the Pathways mentoring program.
Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, the floor leaders of Maryland’s recent legislation abolishing its death penalty, and Austin Sarat, Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, discuss the considerations that are changing people's minds about the death penalty. Watch video.
Charles C. Mann ’76 delivered Amherst College’s annual Hugh Hawkins lecture. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, Mann has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad. Watch video.
Category: Academic Lectures and Discussions
Professor Hastie's talk combines the central themes of two classes she regularly teaches at Amherst, "Cinephilia" and "Cinema and Everyday Life," and draws on examples from contemporary global cinema. One of the biggest challenges in teaching film as a medium and as a discipline to be studied is the sense of familiarity students already have with the form. One central disciplinary thrust is to defamiliarize ourselves from film in order to introduce "critical thinking." For students new to film studies, this approach often means, as famous film theorist Christian Metz once put it, of "no longer loving the cinema." Watch video.
The Amherst Political Union sponsored a debate on NSA Surveillance between Georgetown Professor David Cole and Texas Public Policy Foundation Chief Counsel Mario Loyola. Watch video.
Category: President's Speeches
Biddy Martin addressed parents and answered questions during her annual Family Weekend Conversation with the President. She was introduced by George Tepe, president of the Association of Amherst Students. Watch video.