Category: Colloquia and Public Speakers
Richard J. Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at U. Wisconson-Madison, presents an overview of studies conducted in the laboratory on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions are made between three major forms of meditation practice: Focused Attention, Open Monitoring and Positive Affect Training. Watch video.
Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, spoke on U.S.-Pakistani Relations and the Global Political Economy. Watch video.
What is the future of the Republican Party? Can our republic survive a two-party system? How can our leaders put politics aside and create an environment in Washington, D.C., that allows for bipartisanship and practical solutions to the serious issues we face? Watch video.
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of On Our Own Ground: The Collected Works of William Apess, a Pequot, edited by Professor Barry O’Connell. Since the publication, Apess has emerged as “an intellectual beacon” for the 21st century, an indigenous intellectual and political visionary enabling scholars, students, tribal leaders and activists to envision strategies for revitalization, resistance and survival. Watch video of the symposium.
Category: President's Speeches
Biddy Martin spoke with alumni, families and friends on Saturday morning over Homecoming Weekend. This extended conversation was an opportunity to respond to recent events and, more broadly, to discuss student life at Amherst. Watch video.
Category: Academic Lectures and Discussions
Justin Kimball, Associate Professor of Art & the History of Art, showed and discussed photos from his book Pieces of String. Justin had traveled with his brother Doug, an auctioneer, to the homes of people who had died, photographing furniture, clothing, religious items and other possessions. Watch an audio-slideshow of his lecture.
Category: Community Events
Biddy Martin and Gina Maisto Smith—a nationally recognized expert on sexual misconduct—discuss sexual respect and answer questions submitted by members of the college community. Watch video.
Category: Authors and Books
Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Aries discusses her new book, Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College, in this interview with Director of Public Affairs Peter Rooney. Hear audio.