Faculty Discussion Series on the History of Amherst College

"Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good." - Calvin Coolidge, Class of 1885

Michael Harmon ’16 created a six-part lecture series in spring of 2016. The Faculty Discussion Series looks at Amherst’s history and defining characteristics. The intimate setting for the talks—an Amherst residence hall—calls back to Frost.  

For Harmon, organizing the lecture series was a chance to learn from long-tenured professors and alumni.  “At Amherst, we're not in a history-less vacuum but instead are rooted in a tradition of discussion, inquiry, and progress," he says. "I hope this series helps us better understand what continues to make Amherst so special."


The Sixties: Amherst Activism Then and Now
Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

with Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus and
Richard Aronson '69, health professions advisor/assistant dean of students

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Memories of a Freshman
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
with William H. Pritchard '53, Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, Emeritus

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The Pioneer Faculty Women
Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
with Elizabeth J. Aries, Clarence Francis 1910 Professor in Social Sciences (Psychology) and Patricia B. O'Hara, Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry

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Amherst Poets
Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
with David R. Sofield, Samuel Williston Professor of English

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Amherst Before the 1960s Upheaval
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
with Hugh Hawkins, Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus

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Amherst from the Civil War to Civil Rights
Thursday, February 25, 2016
with Robert H. Romer '52, professor emeritus, introduction by Kannan Jagannathan, Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics

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