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Black Alumni Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

Return to campus for a weekend with alumni and students. Register and view the schedule for the weekend.

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Flags of Our Fathers

By William Sweet


Robert Romer ’52 knows what an odd thing it is to be a historian. It may lead you to stroll in a cemetery, looking for people you never knew, as if they were old friends. In Romer’s case, a cemetery stroll inspired him to correct an inadvertent slight against some black soldiers from the Town of Amherst who fought in the Civil War.

The Impact of Black Soldiers and Amherst College on the Civil Rights Movement

Submitted on Thursday, 3/1/2012, at 10:51 AM

Khary Polk, the Robert E. Keiter 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow and visiting assistant professor of black studies at Amherst completed his doctoral dissertation on the African-American soldier at New York University last summer and is currently adapting the dissertation into book form. We recently spoke with Polk about the upcoming work, which he said will examine “how discourses of race and sexuality intersected within the figure of the African American soldier in the 20th century, and how black soldiers, in particular, found senses of embattled agency through their military travels outside of the United States.”

The Off-Brand Conservative

Social Experiments

Prom Night

By Emily Gold Boutilier Well after dark on the Friday after Valentine’s Day, a handful of students mill about in the lobby of Charles Pratt, the new first-year dorm. A band is playing, but no one is on the dance floor. Still, it’s early—only 10 p.m. And Katherine Black ’10, who organized the night’s Pratt Prom with her fellow RCs, isn’t worried. She doesn’t expect a crowd until 11 or 11:30.

Black Alumni Weekend
April 4 - 6, 2008

The cost for the weekend is $75 per person, or for those who graduated in 1997 - 2007, just $50. This includes Friday and Saturday night dinners, Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday brunch.

Local lodging fills quickly. We recommend you make reservations as soon as possible.