May 5, 2010
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Associate Professor of Religion
November 17, 2010
Buddhist theories of emotions and mental experience treat love and friendship with great psychological subtlety. We’ll look closely at the 5th century Indian scholar Buddhaghosa, and his treatment of four kinds of love: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These are called the four “immeasurables” because one can cultivate and expand them to embrace larger and larger circles of concern. The talk sketches out an important part of human life, that is, how we are connected emotionally to others’ experience, which is of interest for both psychology and ethics.
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Phil de Picciotto '77
President, Octagon, Inc.
January 26, 2012
Listen to Phil discuss some of the topics that have made recent headlines in the world of sports, including the new NFL and NBA labor agreements, drug testing and anti-doping efforts, the NCAA and its role in collegiate athletics, and the evolution of our in-arena and home viewing experiences.
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Curator of American Art at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum
January 13, 2011
This presentation reveals new research on two of the Mead’s most popular and well-known works, Past and Present (1838) by Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole. Curator of American Art Randy Griffey discusses these memorable paintings in context of historical events of the day that may have shaped the artist’s vision, including the great New York fire of 1835 and the financial crash of 1837.
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Jan E. Dizard
Charles Hamilton Houston Professor in American Culture (Sociology) and Pick Reader
March 15, 2011
Many of our most cherished environmental achievements—the National Parks, the protection of designated Wilderness Areas, and the recovery of many wildlife species—are fast becoming threadbare. Changes in the science of ecology increasingly call into question the continuing relevance of the policies that led to the Parks, Wilderness Areas, and wildlife management. These changes in the underlying science began before awareness of climate change came to the fore. Taken together, these two changes are leading to a fundamental rethinking of our relationship to the natural world.
Monica M. Ringer
Associate Professor of History and Asian Languages and Civilizations
October 21, 2011
One of the most notable aspects of the Arab revolts that spread throughout the Middle East in the spring of 2011 was the innovative use of the internet and social networking. Almost exactly two years previously, the Iranian Green Movement was the first to deploy these new technologies against the government. What can we learn from the Iranian experience? Do these 'facebook' revolutions portend radical change for the future of democracy movements in the Middle East? This lecture examines the Arab revolts and the Iranian Green Movement in comparative perspective with particular reference to social networking, visual art, and the youth.
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Martha Merrill Umphrey
Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
May 4, 2011
Recent debates over same-sex marriage have made the issue a political football in election after election, a cultural touchstone for anxieties about the status of the American family, and a signal moment in the history of civil rights litigation in the United States. In this lecture, Professor Umphrey will review debates – particularly those internal to the gay rights community – about the value and meaning of pursuing the right to same-sex marriage, and will discuss the pros and cons of trials as a forum for public deliberation on the subject.
E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies
September 13, 2011
The talk combines my memories of 9/11, especially of my 20th-Century American History class on the day after the attack, and a consideration of the ways in which historians have interpreted the events of that day and the years immediately thereafter. As the readings show, they generally extend the time frame to more than a half-century of U.S. engagement in the Middle East.