Amherst Conversations

The live-streamed conversations this spring featuring alumni experts and friends of the College addressing different facets of the COVID-19 pandemic were so well received that a new lecture series, Amherst Conversations, is launching in July and will continue into the fall. The format remains the same - live moderated conversations with audience questions submitted both in advance and in real time. The series features faculty members in the mix of speakers along with alumni and invited guests. The topics will address our current moment, in recognition of the complexity of these times, but will also address a wider range of subjects.

Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation. Please register below and contact us with any questions.  Check back often to view new events as they are added. This series is sponsored by the Office of the President.

Watch the live events here


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A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones: 1619 and the Legacy that Built America

Thursday, July 9, 2020
7 p.m. EDT

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and the creator of the landmark The 1619 Project. Moderated by Khary Oronde Polk, associate professor of Black Studies and Sexuality and Women's and Gender Studies, “1619 and the Legacy that Built America” will address the legacy of slavery in our nation’s history and in our understanding of ourselves as a nation.

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Register for July 9


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COVID-19, Civil Unrest, and Communitas: Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in the Summer of 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
7 p.m. EDT

Amherst trustee Kimberlyn Leary '82, senior vice president at the Urban Institute, professor of psychology and associate professor of health policy and management at Harvard University, and lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will talk with Paula Rauch '77 M.D., Timothy C. Davidson Chair of Psychiatry and founding director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor of Psychology Julia D. McQuade.

Register for July 22