January 2, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Six major American public intellectuals will take part in a series of three open discussions of the American Empire, immigration and public education at Amherst College in January.

Historians Andrew Bacevich and Ronald Steel will discuss American Empire at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.

Mexican-American journalist Richard Rodriguez and classicist and historian Victor Davis Hanson will consider immigration at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.

Public school advocate Wendy Puriefoy and educational theorist William Howell will take on public education at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.

Free and open to the public, each of these events will culminate an Interterm Colloquium at Amherst College. New at the college this January, the Interterm Colloquia provide students with an opportunity to engage more deeply in interdisciplinary work, while connecting intellectual theories and ideas to complex, real-world problems, and to explore pressing societal concerns in depth. Interterm at Amherst College is a three-week period during the January break where students are given the opportunity to: take informal non-credit courses, work on a senior thesis, take part in an internship or take a course at one of the other Five College campuses.