The Code of Converse

By John B. Bennison ’74

When I arrived at Amherst in the fall of 1970, my first priority, after locating my dorm and the dining hall, was to stake out the route to my campus mailbox—a connection to the world outside. I found the mailroom in the basement of Converse Hall, a former library that was, by then, an administrative building.

Renowned New York Times Math Blogger Steven Strogatz to Speak at Amherst College Oct. 4

Submitted on Friday, 9/21/2012, at 12:01 PM

September 21, 2012                                      

AMHERST, Mass. – Steven Strogatz, Cornell University mathematics professor and New York Times math blogger, will give a talk titled “Bringing Math to the Masses” in the Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Gorbachev Aide, Interpreter to Speak at Amherst College on Wednesday, April 18

Submitted on Monday, 3/26/2012, at 1:22 PM

March 26, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. -- Pavel Palazhchenko, long-time foreign policy adviser and English-language interpreter for former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will be giving a public talk at Amherst College on Wednesday evening, April 18, at 8 pm, in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.

Princeton Philosopher Frank Jackson to Discuss “Perception, Representation, Language” at Amherst College April 11

Submitted on Thursday, 3/22/2012, at 12:06 PM

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, Frank Jackson, visiting professor of philosophy at Princeton University, will present the seventh annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. His talk, titled “Perception, Representation, Language,” and a reception following it are both free and open to the public.

University of Pittsburgh Professor John McDowell to Discuss “Intention in Action” at Amherst College April 28

April 7, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, University of Pittsburgh philosophy professor John McDowell will participate in the sixth Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. His talk, titled “Intention in Action,” and a reception following it are both free and open to the public.

Amherst College to celebrate poet Richard Wilbur’s 90th birthday with readings by students and faculty

February 16, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—In celebration of his 90th birthday, Richard Wilbur, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate who holds the same teaching position at Amherst College that Robert Frost once did, will be honored with a reading of his poems and translations on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., at Converse Hall’s Cole Assembly Room (his actual birthday is on March 1).

Mad About You Writer to Discuss Career and Craft at Amherst College Oct. 15

October 1, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — On Friday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, television writer and screenwriter Victor Levin, a member of Amherst’s Class of 1983 and the 2010 Robert Frost Library Fellow, will give a lecture titled “Hollywood from an Amherst Perspective.”

Eric Treene, Special Counsel for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, to Speak at Amherst College Oct. 28

September 30, 2010

Listen to an audio recording of Eric Treene’s talk at the bottom of this page.

AMHERST, Mass. – Eric Treene ’88, special counsel for religious discrimination in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will give a talk titled “Religious Liberty in a Religiously Diverse Society” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall.

Harvard Philosopher Christine M. Korsgaard to Discuss the Evolution of Morality at Amherst College April 8

March 23, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. — On Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, HarvardUniversity philosophy professor Christine M. Korsgaard will present the fifth Amherst Lecture in Philosophy.

Renowned Educator Carol Tomlinson Speaks at Amherst College March 31

March 23, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. —Renowned educator and University of Virginia (UVA) education professor Carol Ann Tomlinson will discuss “Teaching Today’s Students: A Case for Differentiated Instruction” on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Babbott of Amherst College’s Octagon. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Amherst’s Office of the President.

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