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Live from Amherst! talks are primarily held during the academic year and feature Amherst College professors and alumni discussing their area of expertise and research. These events often coincide with events happening on campus and feature an in-person audience.
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Live from Amherst with Rev. Phillip Jackson ’85

September 6, 2017

Rev. Phillip Jackson ’85, this year's DeMott lecturer, pointed to a painting of Charles Hamilton Houston hanging on the wall of Johnson Chapel and said “He is the finest that we have produced—and no one knows about him.”

Trump and Putin in Historical Perspective: How We Got into the New Cold War

May 24, 2017

Talk by William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus

Resistance and Opposition During World War II: Germany, France and the United States

May 26, 2017

Catherine Epstein, Dean of the Faculty, Winkley Professor of History, Ronald Rosbottom, Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies, and David Roll ’62 discuss topics related to World War II.

Cornell Brooks at Amherst College

March 24, 2017

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, began his talk (presented here in full)—a talk that would end with a prolonged standing ovation—with a self-deprecating anecdote about being a young, naïve, preacher.

Hanan Ashrawi on “Palestine in Context: The Prospects of Peace”

December 8, 2016

Amherst welcomed legislator, activist and scholar Hanan Ashrawi to campus for a talk and Q&A. An influential Palestinian leader, Ashrawi is a former professor of English literature known for her advocacy of Palestinian self-determination and peace in the Middle East.

Tales from the Trail: Journalists' Insights from the 2016 Campaign

October 10, 2016

Five well-known political journalists -- Julia Ioffe, Politico Magazine, Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Jessica Taylor, National Public Radio, Byron Tau, The Wall Street Journal -- take a break from the campaign trail to share insights with the Amherst community. Moderated by Tim Murphy of Mother Jones.

Diversifying the Faculty: Women and Racial Minorities

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Friday, May 27, 2016

A lecture with Elizabeth Aries, the Clarence Francis 1910 Professor in Social Sciences (Psychology). In the wake of the Amherst Uprising in November 2015, pressure has intensified to recruit more faculty of color to tenure-track positions at the College. A look back at the issues the first women faculty confronted in joining a mostly male faculty in the 1960s and 1970s has many parallels to the issues confronted today by colleagues from ethnic and racial minority groups who are joining a predominantly white faculty. As Amherst College approached coeducation in 1972, only five tenure-track women were teaching at the College. President J. William Ward argued that women should have equal opportunity not only to attend Amherst but to serve on its faculty. Over the next decade, 45 more women faculty were hired. However, many of these pioneer women found Amherst a difficult place to work and lead their professional lives, and few remained on the faculty long-term. What challenges did the pioneer women face at Amherst, and what lessons can be learned from their experiences for further diversifying the faculty?

Replacing the Irreplaceable: When to Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy, and Does it Matter?

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Wednesday, March 16
A live-streamed panel discussion with:

Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Associate Dean of the Faculty;

Martha Umphrey, Bertrand H. Snell 1894 Professor in American Government in the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought;

Jeff Bleich '83, former clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Special Counsel to President Obama, former ambassador to Australia; and

Andy Nussbaum '85, Amherst trustee, former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and previously for then-judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg while on the Court of Appeals, and partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The panel was be moderated by Warren Tolman '82, P'13, former State Senator, 2014 candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General and Political commentator on Fox, New England Cable News and WGBH.