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Thursday, April 24 - Friday, April 25, 2014

On the Amherst Campus

It’s no secret – it’s almost impossible to have secrets anymore. Surveillance techniques from drones to NSA data mining to internet profiling threaten to lay bare the minutest details of our everyday lives. Paradoxically, the legal right to privacy has never been more robust even as its contours remain debatable.What balance should we strike between an individual right to privacy and national security concerns?  Between the ownership of personal information and economic innovation?

Join Martha Umphrey, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought; Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science; Nicole Ozer ’97, director of the Technology and Civil Liberties Project at the ACLU of Northern California, Marcy Wheeler '90, an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties; Laure Katsaros, professor of French and others for a closer look at what privacy means today.

Schedule | General Information | Readings | Open Classes | Faculty 

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, Amherst Today provides alumni and parents the opportunity to experience a two-day on-campus program designed just for them, providing intellectual exploration and discussion on a single topic. Advance reading assignments prepare participants to be fully engaged, both in the classroom and during the more informal events and meals provided. Each Amherst Today showcases Amherst faculty and, in some cases, alumni who are experts in their fields. Group size is limited to about 50 people, and the cost for most programs is $75, so these programs are both intimate and affordable. Time to join in on regular Amherst College classes is also part of the schedule. Amherst Today is a unique way to reconnect with the Amherst experience.

Questions? Contact Marcy Larmon at
or (413) 542-8235.