Department Announcements

Black Student Activism and the Struggle for Institutional Change in Higher Ed

Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm EST

November 12 marks the fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising, a weekend long occupation of Frost Library during which students of color, among others, gave testimony about their struggles and marginalization at Amherst.  In response to the Uprising, the College enacted several measures designed to foster a more inclusive campus environment.  Student activism continues through Black Amherst Speaks and the call to Reclaim Amherst.  This event, feature Stefan Bradley, author of Upending the Ivory Tower:  Civil Rights, Black Power and the Ivy League, in conversation with Amherst College student activists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Kyndall Ashe '18 will explore the history and impact of student activism at elite colleges. This discussion will kick-off several events commemorating the Fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising.

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Chi Salon:  Inequality as Comorbidity

Wednesday, May 6 at 4:30 PM

Please join us for a virtual CHI Salon! The American Studies research group will be facilitating a discussion on how different communities in our society have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Panelists: Kiara Vigil, Jallicia Jolly, Lloyd Barba, Lili Kim, and Sony Coráñez Bolton. This event is restricted to the Amherst College community.

Professor Pawan Dhingra has published a new book, Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades and Good Behavior Are Not Enough, with New York University Press. 

Natives in Transit: Indian Entertainment, Urban Life, Activism from the 1930s to the 1970s


5-College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Symposium: "Looking Back to the Future: 20 Years of A/P/A Studies in the 5 Colleges

Looking Back to the Future

Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves

Dr. Gonzalves will discuss the Smithsonian Institution's Ambitious Programming Challenge on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 2:30 pm in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather.