The Black Experience at Amherst: A Special Topics Presentation
Tuesday May 3rd – 4:00 p.m.
Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)
What does it mean to be black at Amherst College? Which students identify (or do not identify) as black? What about the black experience at a progressively more diverse Amherst College has changed (or not changed) over time? To what extent have administrative initiatives to promote and celebrate campus diversity succeeded in practically manifesting their promises? Above all, how have students of African descent shaped and been shaped by the character and history of the College?
Curious about these kinds of questions? Uncovering the past has become increasingly critical for Amherst as we approach the College's bicentenial in 2021 and attempt to understand who we were and who we want to be as a community. Come to the Multicultural Resource Center at 4:00pm on 05/03/16 to learn about four seniors' explorations for a special topics course on the history of the black experience at Amherst College with Professors Polk and Couvares. Short presentations will be given by Matt Randolph '16, Amira Lundy-Harris '16, Darienne Madlala '16, and Ajanae Bennett '16. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session, with a final dialogue between guests and presenters about future investigation into the topic of black identity at Amherst.
“An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe”
Benjamin Madley, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Friday April 29, 2016
Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library
On Friday, April 29th at 4:00 PM in the Friendly Reading Room of Frost Library (Amherst College), Professor Benjamin Madley from UCLA will be talking about his new book, An American Genocide The California Indian Catastrophe (Yale University Press, 2016). Ben's book is a groundbreaking account of an understudied tragedy in U.S. history. As historian Karl Jacoby (Columbia University) has remarked, “Benjamin Madley has changed the conversation on genocide and American Indians. After An American Genocide, it will no longer be possible to debate whether or not genocide took place. Instead we will need to confront the questions of how and why genocide against American Indians took place and what the United States owes its indigenous communities.”