Category: Colloquia and Public Speakers
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.
Writer and Amherst parent Elizabeth Kolbert addressed some 460 new Amherst College students, telling them that they already have changed the world, more specifically the environment, through their very existence on the planet, and they “have an obligation to try to change the world.” Watch video.
Category: President's Speeches
Biddy Martin addresses alumni, families, students and friends at Homecoming. Watch video.
In her Convocation address, President Biddy Martin took on those who question the value of a liberal arts education by sharing her own story and citing the role Amherst plays in reducing prejudice and ignorance by educating students through their coursework and their relationships with each other. Watch video.
During the annual meeting of the Society of the Alumni and the Alumni Council, President Biddy Martin spoke about the state of the college and answered questions from alumni who were on campus for Reunion 2013. Watch video.
Category: Academic Lectures and Discussions
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: Authors and Books
A 1986 graduate of Amherst, Dan Brown spoke at Amherst on September 26, 2013. Brown is the author, most recently, of Inferno, his sixth novel and the fourth to feature protagonist Robert Langdon. In the new book, the Harvard symbologist is drawn into a mystery surrounding the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem The Divine Comedy. Watch video.