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Five College History Seminar

The Five College History Seminar meets several times during the semester at the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall, Amherst College (map) to discuss the works-in-progress of Five College historians. 

We begin with an open wine bar at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 and discussion of the paper at 7:00. Participants who do not wish to have dinner are welcome to arrive at 7:00 for the discussion! Presenters will begin the discussion with very brief comments about the broader context of their work. Most of our time will be dedicated to an exchange of ideas about the paper. 

Please remember to reserve your dinner by 3pm on Monday of each seminar week by contacting Mary Lashway at UMass (413-545-6755, ). Please indicate any dietary restrictions; we will try to accommodate them. If you order dinner and do not cancel by 3pm on the Monday preceding the seminar, you may be charged: we have to place the dinner order with Amherst College on Monday afternoon, we are billed for the dinners we order regardless of whether they are eaten, and we have a small budget! 

If you would like to stay in the loop abut upcoming seminars, please join our mailing list by contacting Mary Lashway at UMass (413-545-6755, ). The seminar is supported by a generous grant from Five Colleges, Inc. 

2018-2019 Seminar 

List of Presentations

Fall 2018

Sept 12: Kathryn Schwartz, UMass Amherst
Title: “Reforming the Subject”

Oct 4: Holly Hanson, Mount Holyoke College
Title: “A Modernity that Might Have Been: The Moral Economy of the Ugandan Crowd and the 1945 ‘Riots’”

Nov 15: Jim Wald, Hampshire College
Title: TBA

Spring 2019

Feb 21: Liz Pryor, Smith College
Title: “’The N-word’: Black Activism in the 1990s and the Subversion of Not Saying”

March 7: Jen Manion, Amherst College
Title: “Female Husbands & Gender Expression in the U.S., 1880-1910”

April 18: Richard Chu, UMass Amherst
Title: TBA

Past Seminars

2017-2018 Five College Seminar
2016-2017 Five College Seminar 
2015-2016 Five College Seminar 
2014-2015 Five College Seminar
2013-2014 Five College Seminar 
2012-2013 Five College Seminar
2011-2012 Five College Seminar