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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. 

2017-2018 Seminar 

List of Presentations

Fall 2017

Sept 14: Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, Mount Holyoke College
Topic: “History of Land Preservation in Nineteenth-Century England

Oct 12: Laura Lovett, UMass Amherst
Title: “With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Untold Story of the Women’s Movement”

Nov 16: Jutta Sperling, Hampshire College
Title: “Interplay between Visuality and Materiality in Representations of the Nursing Madonna”

Spring 2017

Feb 8: Sergey Glebov, Smith College
Title: “Beyond Dersu Uzala: Towards a History of Early Soviet Ethnic Cleansing”

March 8: Mary Hicks, Amherst College
Title: “Port of Sanctuary: Maritime Marronage, Imperial Law and the Judicial Imaginary of Enslaved Mariners in the South Atlantic”

April 12: Garrett Washington, UMass Amherst
Title: TBA

Past Seminars

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