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New Sudan in the MakingFrancis Deng · April 10, 2006
Francis Deng, the director of the Center for Displacement Studies at John Hopkins and a former Sudanese minister of state, speaks to the College about the new Sudan. more...
Liberty in North Korea DiscussionJoon Oh and Adrian Hong · April 6, 2006
Joon Oh, Korean Ambassador to the United Nations, and Adrian Hong, founder of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) discuss North Korea's nuclear program, human rights situation, refugee crisis and food shortage. more...
We All Know What Sex IsAlan Soble · March 31, 2006
Professor Alan Soble of the University of New Orleans and one of the nation's foremost authorities on the philosophy of sex and love speaks on the difficulties of defining sex. more...
The Politics of AdaptationRobert Brustein · March 31, 2006
Robert Brustein '47, founding director of the Yale Repertory Theater and the American Repertory Theater, speaks on "Territorial Art: The Politics of Adaptation." He describes the history of western theater and adaptation, the modern phenomenon of intellectual property and modern theater in general. more...
So It GoesJ. David Velleman · March 9, 2006
In the inaugural annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy, David Velleman describes how "Parfit meets the Buddha" and uses the novel Slaughterhouse Five to draw out a theory that certain human suffering can be resolved by giving up the twin illusions of the enduring self and the passage of time. more...
Whose Flag Is It?Todd Gitlin · March 6, 2006
Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, political activist and one of the nation’s leading thinkers about the media, speaks on “Whose Flag Is It? Liberal Patriotism in a Conservative Age”. more...
The Economic Costs of the Iraq WarJoseph Stiglitz '64 · March 2, 2006
Alumnus and nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz speaks to a packed Red Room about a recent study he completed with Linda Blimes, estimating that the true costs of war on Iraq might be over two trillion dollars. more...
21st Century Slavery: Living ProofFrancis Bok · February 23, 2006
Francis Bok, an escaped slave from the Sudan, tells his personal story of being enslaved, escaping from slavery and creating a new life. more...
Photography and RealityDuane Michals · February 10, 2006
To open an exhibit of his photography in the Mead Art Museum, Duane Michals speaks about working as a photographer and about a number of his own photographs. more...
Exhibition by Wendy EwaldWendy Ewald · February 6, 2006
In conjunction with an exhibition of her work in the Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall, Wendy Ewald, resident artist at Amherst College, talks about photography and shows examples from many of her photographic projects -- including pictures taken by children in various communities. more...
The Dialectical Progress of Modern AtheismMichael J. Buckley, S.J. · February 2, 2006
Michael Buckley speaks on the causes of modern atheism and the history of arguments for atheism since the 18th century. more...
A Reading by Sarah SchulmanSarah Schulman · November 10, 2005
Professor of English at the City University of New York and co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project Sarah Schulman reads from her book Empathy as a part of the Creative Writing Center series. more...
From Angels to NeuronsJ. Allan Hobson · November 3, 2005
Noted sleep researcher J. Allan Hobson gives a talk entitled “From Angels to Neurons: Art and the New Science of Dreaming” as an exciting introduction to the study of the mind. more...
How Neurons Do IntegralsMark Goldman · October 27, 2005
Professor Mark Goldman of Wellesley College speaks to Physics and Neuroscience students and professors about the integration that neurons do and the eye movements of goldfish. more...
Patriot Act ForumRobert O'Neil, Deborah Caldwell-Stone & Daniel Lyons · October 27, 2005
Robert O'Neil, the director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and former president of the University of Virginia; Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom; and Daniel Lyons, an associate division counsel at the Federal Bureau of Investigation discuss the Patriot Act. more...
Reading from Skeptic TravelerSusan Snively · October 24, 2005
Susan Snively, the Director of the Writing Center at Amherst College, reads from her fourth book of poetry, Skeptic Traveler, a book, Professor Pritchard writes, "graced by intelligence, wit, and also by a feeling heart." more...
Opening Convocation 2005Anthony W. Marx · September 5, 2005
President of Amherst College Anthony W. Marx addressed faculty, students and guests at Opening Convocation on Monday, Sept. 5, 2005. more...
Same-Sex Marriage: Where We Stand TodayMartha Umphrey, Jessica Keimowitz & Rabbi Jonathan Blake · May 28, 2005
Sean Kelly ’95 moderates a panel including Martha Merrill Umphrey, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, Jessica Keimowitz ’95 and Rabbi Jonathan Blake ’95 as they examine the progress and problems encountered in the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Sponsored by the Class of 1995. more...
Economic Inequality and College AccessAnthony W. Marx & Bob Woodbury · May 27, 2005
President of Amherst College Anthony W. Marx and former University of Maine Chancellor Bob Woodbury '60 discuss the growing stratification within American society and within public and private institutions of higher education. A Reunion lecture sponsored by the Class of 1960. more...
Critical Issues in EducationJohn Esty, Bill Woehrlin & Paul Bragdon · May 27, 2005
Paul Bragdon '50, former president of Reed College; John Esty '50, former headmaster of the Taft School; and Bill Woehrlin '50, professor emeritus of history at Carleton College, discuss the issues in education when they graduated from Amherst, how they see them now, and what's ahead. more...
Commencement 2005Anthony W. Marx & John D. Pourciau '05 · May 22, 2005
President Anthony W. Marx speaks on Noah Webster and the history of Amherst for the 184th Commencement of the College. John D. Pourciau '05 gives the student address. Congratulations class of 2005! more...
Honorary Degree Recipient Talks2005 Honorary Degree Recipients · May 21, 2005
Shigeru Ban, Natalie Zemon Davis, John Glenn, Amy Rosenzweig, Robert Stone and William Julius Wilson, honorary degree recipients of the class of 2005, present talks on their various specialties around campus. more...
Senior Class ExercisesPaul E. Farmer & Students · May 21, 2005
Paul E. Farmer, a leading authority on infectious diseases, and students Ali Hassan, Gabe Mattera, Kate Stayman-London speak to the class of 2005. more...
Baccalaureate ServicesRev. Earl Kooperkamp · May 21, 2005
The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Harlem, N.Y. delivers the Baccalaureate address in Johnson Chapel, a farewell to the Class of 2005. more...
Class of 2005 Senior AssemblyKim Townsend · May 6, 2005
Professor of English Kim Townsend speaks to the graduating class of 2005 about liberal arts education. Townsend is preceeded by Dean of the Faculty Gregory S. Call and introduced by Jin-Young Kim '05. more...
Creative Writing Thesis ReadingsCreative Writing Thesis Writers · May 4, 2005
Edward Farmer, Elizabeth Galoozis, Michael Hogan, Evan Klavon, Saul Lelchuk, Megan McDonald-Walsh, David Molina and Jennifer Salcido of the class of 2005 read from their Creative Writing theses. more...
Happiness and Well-BeingPeter Railton · April 28, 2005
Peter Railton, professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan and renowned ethicist, gives the final lecture in the Philosophy department's series on "Well-Being." more...
Death and Indifference in DarfurMohamed Yahya · April 21, 2005
Mohamed Yahya, a refugee from the Darfur region of Sudan and chairman of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, gives a talk entitled "Death and Indifference in Darfur: A Survivor Speaks." World- renowned Darfur expert Eric Reeves of Smith College also speaks. more...
A Tribute to Richard WilburRichard Wilbur · April 16, 2005
In celebration of the publication of Collected Poems, a gathering of poets, teachers and students read and discuss favorite poems. Readings by Anthony Marx, Andrew Parker, William Pritchard, Susan Snively, David Sofield, Tess Taylor and Richard Wilbur. more...
What is Truth?Michael Pakaluk · April 2, 2005
Michael Pakaluk, professor of philosophy at Clark University, gives a talk to the Colloquium for the American Founding about the nature of truth and the question of abortion. more...
From Surfer to ScholarRon Takaki · March 9, 2005
Ronald Takaki, a pioneer of contemporary ethnic and racial studies programs in the United States, and a professor of Asian American and ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, tells his story of "From Surfer to Scholar: The Making of a Historian of Multicultural America". more...
Slavery and Its LegacyAnthony Marx · February 16, 2005
Anthony W. Marx, president of Amherst College, speaks on "Making Race and Nation" to kick off the series of symposia on "Slavery and Its Legacy". He is preceded by a short talk from State Representative Swan and introductions from Five College Learning in Retirement. more...
Ishle Yi Park performs at Amherst CollegeIshle Yi Park · February 8, 2005
Ishle Yi Park, the poet laureate of Queens, performs a mix of poems, spoken-word raps and songs. The New York Times described her as "an operatic 26-year-old who seems to delight in flouting people's expectations" who combines "an angelic face and the soul of a rock star." more...
The Urban ImaginationRem Koolhaas · December 8, 2004
World-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is a professor of architecture and urban design at Harvard University. Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in London in 1975 and received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000. Mr. Koolhaas is introduced by Professor Heidi Gilpin. more...
Deceit and Self-Deception in Human AffairsRobert Trivers · December 3, 2004
Robert Trivers, an influential scholar of evolutionary biology, discusses the biological causes and results of deception, both of others and of ourselves. Trivers received an honorary degree from Amherst College in 2004. more...
Lessons from ThucydidesBarry Strauss, Paula Debnar, and Alan Boegehold · November 17, 2004
Three renowned classics scholars present "Lessons from Ancient History: A Panel on Thucydides". Strauss is a professor of classics and history at Cornell University. Debnar is a professor of classics at Mount Holyoke College. Boegehold, who taught at Amherst in 2002-03, is professor emeritus of classics at Brown University. more...
Reading by Novelist Chris BohjalianChris Bohjalian · November 8, 2004
Chris Bohjalian '82 reads from his new novel and discusses the writing profession, his own beginnings, and the creative genesis of his new work. Mr. Bohjalian is the author of nine novels, including Midwives, a New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. more...
Democracy, Constitutionalism and the War on TerrorMichael Ratner · November 6, 2004
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, gives a talk as part of the Constitution and the Imagining of America Colloquium. Professor Dumm introduces Mr. Ratner. more...
Fugitive ResourcesSamuel Bowles · November 3, 2004
Samuel Bowles of the Santa Fe Institute gives a talk on "The Weightless Economy and the Communism of Ideas" discussing the various economic issues concerning intellectual property and copyright. more...
Log Cabin RepublicanismPatrick Guerriero · October 28, 2004
Executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans Patrick Guerriero gives the keynote speech for Coming Out Week. Guerriero discusses his position as a leader of homosexual Republicans, and his thoughts on the future of gay and lesbian rights in America. more...
America in the World: Hard vs. Soft PowerWilliam Kristol & Joseph Nye · October 27, 2004
William Kristol, conservative, editor of The Weekly Standard and Joseph Nye, liberal, of the JFK School of Government, debate the place of America in the world today. President Marx moderates the debate. more...
Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11John Dower · October 26, 2004
John Dower '59, professor of history at MIT, renowned scholar of modern Japanese history and this year's John J. McCloy professor, compares modern and historical treatments of, and reactions to, war. Professor Dower received an honorary degree from Amherst in 2002. more...
America's Recent Economic Experiences: Lessons for the FutureJoseph Stiglitz · October 21, 2004
Joseph Stiglitz '64, trustee of Amherst College, Nobel laureate and former Chief Economist of the World Bank, details what he believes are the many economic mistakes made by the current administration. more...
Force, Justice and TerrorismDavid Little · October 21, 2004
David Little of the Harvard Divinity School, and a former professor of Amherst College, speaks on "Force, Justice and Terrorism: Some Reflections on US Policy" based on his studies of morality and the concept of just war. The talk was sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood fund. more...
The Changing Idea of American FreedomEric Foner · October 20, 2004
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University, gives the first in the Democracy in Crisis lecture series with a historical analysis of the various uses and meanings of "freedom" in America. more...
The Hunt for Osama Bin LadenSteve Coll · April 27, 2004
Steve Coll, managing editor of the Washington Post, speaks on some background concerning Osama Bin Laden with stories from his book "Ghost Wars". President Marx introduces Mr. Coll. more...
Unfree SpeechBradley A. Smith · April 24, 2004
Bradley A. Smith, chairman of the Federal Election Commission, speaks to the Colloquium on the American Founding about the difficulties and complexities of federal campaign law. more...
Same-Sex Marriage and the LawsMaggie Gallagher · April 13, 2004
A nationally syndicated columnist, author of The Case for Marriage, and a leader in the fight to preserve traditional marriage, Maggie Gallagher gives her views, and some sociological evidence, for why traditional marriage between a man and a woman ought to be maintained. more...
Threats to Civil LibertiesAnthony Romero · March 29, 2004
Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, gives a talk on the increased threats to civil liberties, especially after the events of September 11th. President Marx introduces Mr Romero. more...