The annual DeMott lecture, a welcome address for incoming students, will be held on Sunday, September 3, at 4 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The DeMott Lecture will be delivered this year by Alena Smith, playwright, TV writer, and creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the streaming series Dickinson.
The DeMott lecture is open to first year students but available by live stream to the campus and alumni community. The DeMott Lecture was established in 2005 by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 in honor of Benjamin DeMott, a legendary and much-loved member of the Amherst English faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. The DeMott Lecture seeks to expose incoming students to an engagement with the world marked by originality of thought coupled with direct social action, and to inspire intellectual participation in issues of social and economic inequality, racial and gender bias and political activism.
Additional information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott lectures, including last year’s talk by Professor Catherine Sanderson, is available via the link below.