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Fall 2019 Lectures & Events

9/11 in History and Memory: A Roundtable Discussion

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Dec. 5, 2019
7:00 p.m.: Reception; 7:30 p.m.: Discussion
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

What was it like on September 11, 2001 on Amherst's campus? In New York City? At the Pentagon? How did that day change the United States and the world you grew up in? What does it mean for today and the future? Will this all change as memories fade? Join us for a discussion with three members of the Amherst Community: Frank Couvares, Sandy Genelius, and Mark Jacobson, who will speak about their respective experiences on campus, in New York City, and at the Pentagon on that day.

This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Democrats, the Amherst College Republicans, the Amherst Political Union, and the Amherst Center for Diversity and Student Leadership.

Free and open to the public.

Spring 2020 Lectures and Events

Heather Stur: Saigon at War

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Professor Heather Stur
University of Southern Mississippi

February 19, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Fayerweather 115

Professor Heather Stur will offer a lecture based on her forthcoming book Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global 1960s. Stur investigates South Vietnamese political activism during the Vietnam War and focuses on a wide range of actors including South Vietnamese students, Catholics, anticommunists, peace activists, journalists, and diplomats. Her groundbreaking work aims to incorporate South Vietnamese voices, so often overlooked by US historians, more fully into the Vietnam War narrative. 

Read more about Professor Stur's work here.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


The Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice  

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Professor Alan McPherson
Temple University

March 23, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Fayerweather 115

Professor McPherson's lecture is based on his new book about the 1976 car bombing of Chilean exile Orlando Letelier and his US colleague, Ronni Moffitt, in the heart of the US capital. The crime sparked an international investigation, a diplomatic impasse, and several courtroom dramas, all shaping one of the most consequential political thrillers of our time. The Letelier assassination changed the history of human rights, democracy and counterterrorism, and helped end Chile’s murderous dictatorship.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


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