Welcome to Amherst College’s virtual events series—live moderated lectures and conversations with audience members on a wide range of topics, from working and teaching through the pandemic to deepening our understanding of racism in America today. The series features faculty members, alumni, and invited guests, and will continue throughout the 2020–21 academic year.

See below for more information on upcoming events, including the inaugural Provost and Dean of the Faculty’s Lecture Series, The History of Anti-Black Racism in America, and the continuing Amherst Conversations.

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

Current Virtual Event Series

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The History of Anti-Black Racism in America Lecture Series and Seminar

In the inaugural Provost and Dean of the Faculty’s Lecture Series, four of the nation’s foremost scholars of African American history will explore the theme of the history of anti-Black racism in America.

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Amherst Conversations

A series of live moderated conversations featuring faculty members, alumni, and invited guests that address our current moment, in recognition of the complexity of these times, but that also address a wider range of subjects.

Upcoming Events

Learning to Jailcare: Anthropology, Medicine, and Reproduction Behind Bars

Part of the Amherst Conversations series

Monday, October 5, 2020
4:30 p.m. EDT

Two portrait photos of women smiling at the camera Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the U.S., despite a numerical narrative that the numbers of incarcerated people are declining—which is only true for men. Most of these women are mothers, and many will enter prison or jail pregnant. What happens at this intersection of mass incarceration and the controlling politics of reproduction, both shaped by racist policies?
Anthropologist, obstetrician-gynecologist, and author of Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars, Carolyn Sufrin '97 talks with her long-time Amherst mentor Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, about her path from Gewertz’s seminar room to jail clinic. Read more.


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.