Beginning in fall 2020, Amherst Conversations will offer a series of talks, lectures and dialogues involving a wide variety of noted experts, alumni, faculty and others that address current issues and aim to engage and connect the Amherst community through a shared intellectual experience. Four primary types of events comprise the Amherst Conversations: the Spotlight Series, the President’s Colloquium on Race and Racism, the Provost’s Lecture Series and Faculty Focus. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate.

You can also watch video recordings of the spring 2020 series, COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic.


Amherst Conversations Events

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The History of Anti-Black Racism in America Provost Lecture Series

This series brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni for lectures by distinguished historians so that we can deepen our understanding of racism in America today.

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Spotlight Series

This series presents recognized and engaging alumni and experts from within and outside the Amherst community discussing and debating important issues of our time. The events are hosted by President Biddy Martin.

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President's Colloquium on Race and Racism

This series centers the voices of scholars studying intersections of race and American democracy. The series will be hosted by President Biddy Martin.

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Faculty Focus

This series takes participants inside the classrooms of our esteemed faculty, looking at their expertise and fields of research, their campus collaboration, their students’ work and their experiences teaching at Amherst.

Past Virtual Events

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COVID Conversations

In a series of conversations addressing different facets of the pandemic, alumni experts and friends of the College shared their insights concerning this cataclysmic event and its ramifications for our society and ourselves.