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. The seminar is supported by a generous grant from Five Colleges, Inc. 

2016-2017 Seminar 

Sept 15: Daniel Gordon, UMass Amherst, “Civilization and the Self-Critical Tradition”

Oct 20: Amy Jordan, Hampshire College, "The Roots of Welfare Rights Activism in Rural Mississippi”

Nov 17: Julio Capó, Jr., UMass Amherst, “A Seasonal Face Washing: Queers and Competing Tourist Markets in Miami and the Caribbean, 1920-1940”

Feb 9:  April Trask, Amherst College, “The Third Sex? Sexed Bodies in Histories of Medical Sexology”

March 9: Christine DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College, “Fugitive Collections in New England Indian Country: Indigenous Material Culture and Ezra Stiles’ Yale Museum”

April 13: Richard Lim, Smith College, “The First Official Contact between Rome and China?: a Roman Embassy to the Han Emperor’s Court in A.D. 166”

Past Seminars

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