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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. 

Seminar 2019-20

List of Presentations
Fall 2019

Sept 12: Asheesh Siddique, UMass Amherst
Title: “How to Govern Indians: Language and Sovereignty in the Early Modern
British Empire”

Oct 17: Diana Becerra, Smith College
Title: chapter from manuscript, Insurgent Butterflies: Gender and Revolution in El

Nov 14: Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College
Title: “Three Roads to Spain” from a work in progress, Kitchen Table History: A
Family Memoir

Spring 2020
Feb 13: Sam Redman, UMass Amherst
Title: “Salvage Anthropology’s Emergence in the Nineteenth Century United States”

March 12: George Qiao, Amherst College
Title: “Creating a New Nexus of Power: Money and Banking on the Edge of the Qing

April 16: Lili M. Kim, Amherst College and Hampshire College
Title: TBA

Past Seminars

2018-2019 Five College Seminar
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