Established in 1985 by Professor Morris Lazerowitz in honor of his parents. The income from this fund is used to provide for the annual appointment of the Lazerowitz Lecturer. Selected each year by the Faculty Lecture Committee with consultation with the Provost/ Dean of the Faculty, the Lazerowitz Lecturer will be a member of the Amherst College Faculty below the rank of full professor.

2022 - 2023 Lazerowitz Lecturer

November 2022


Dear Colleague,

I write to invite nominations for the 2022 – 2023 Lazerowitz Lecturer. The Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship provides a $1,000.00 honorarium each year for an assistant or associate professor from Amherst College to address the college community on a topic of the colleague’s choice.

Assistant professors may be nominated by departments or individual faculty, and self-nominations are welcome. The Faculty Lecture Committee, in consultation with the provost and the dean of the faculty, selects the Lazerowitz lecturer.

The committee welcomes new nominees and also encourages previous nominees who were not selected to update their proposals/projects and resubmit their applications. The nomination should be accompanied by a copy of the nominee’s C.V. and a brief description of the proposed lecture (not to exceed 250 to 300 words).

The Lazerowitz Lecture to be delivered sometime during the first two weeks of April. Please send in your nomination by Friday, January 13, 2023, at 5:00 P.M. Your nomination and supporting documents should be sent to the Faculty Lecture Committee, at


Please feel free to contact the Faculty Lecture Committee with questions and/or to discuss possible nominees.




Francis Couvares  (Chair)

Dwight Carey

Ren Wiscons   

2022 Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship

Sanam Nader-Esfahani, Assistant Professor of French, will present the 2022 Max and Etta Lazerowitz lecture titled "Lenses of Paper, Lenses of Power" on April 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM in Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, Science Center A011. 


2022 Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship
2022 Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship