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. 


Kickoff to Litfest

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Lauren Groff '01 and Angela Flournoy
Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Kickoff to Litfest and reading by Lauren Groff '01 and Angela Flournoy followed by conversation with The New Yorker's Deborah Treisman.

This event marked the debut of the National Book Award on Campus program, a partnership between the National Book Foundation, the College and its literary magazine The Common.


Students and Sustainability

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[2014-2015 Amherst Virtual Lecture Series] Laura Draucker
Director of Sustainability
Friday, November 6, 2015

Come hear how students are serving as change agents to make Amherst College, and the planet, more sustainable. Led by Laura Draucker, director of sustainability, in the Office of Environmental Sustainability, this talk will feature students discussing projects and experiences that have improved not only the ecological impacts of the campus, but their own understanding of the role we all can play in preserving our environment.


Changes in the American Health Care System

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Dr. Paul Rothman P'15
Dean and CEO of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

October 24, 2014

Dr. Paul Rothman P'15, dean and CEO of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will discuss the current state of our nation's health care and the changes  in the health care industry with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  He will project how these changes may affect the both the delivery of care in the future and the careers of future health care providers. Finally, he will describe the training of physicians and how changes in health care may affect this training and careers.


Jazz Legend Archie Shepp Interviewed by Professor Jason Robinson

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Watch an interview with Professor Jason Robinson and jazz legend Archie Shepp in advance of Shepp's Music At Amherst performance with the Dar Gnawa of Tangier on night, Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

The discussion focused on Shepp's work with Dar Gnawa and his long, influential career.


Expanding Amherst’s Scholarly Impact: Establishing the Amherst College Press

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[2014-2015 Amherst Virtual Lecture Series]

Mark Edington
Director of the Amherst College Press

Friday, January 30, 2015

Why should Amherst College launch a new scholarly press? Does a liberal arts college have any business entering a field typically the domain of large research universities? What change might come in the world of scholarship by committing ourselves to this mission — and how can it expand the impact of the college in the years ahead? Mark Edington, the director of the newly launched Amherst College Press, will offer a presentation addressing these questions and the future of the Press.

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Children's Surprising Expectations about Pointing and Pointers

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Professor Carrie Palmquist
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Friday, November 21, 2014

Many cognitive developmentalists believe that humans are uniquely adapted to teach and learn from others. One way we go about doing this is by paying close attention to the information that others provide us. Interestingly, even very young children are sensitive to certain cues that humans use to indicate that they are sharing important information (e.g., child-directed speech, pointing, eye contact, etc.). This talk will focus specifically on children's sensitivity to one cue in particular: pointing, and how this gesture affects children's learning and interactions with others. 

Interested in learning more prior to the lecture? Prof. Palmquist explored these topics in a recent upper-level Amherst seminar on "Development of Nonverbal Communiciation."