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University of Massachusetts Amherst

History Department

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Contact us:

History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137


Five-College Faculty Seminar in History

The Five-College History Seminar meets several times during the semester at the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall, Amherst College (here is a map) to discuss the work-in-progress of Valley 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, but most of our time will focus on 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 or 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 be added to the mailing list, visit  The seminar is supported by a generous grant from Five Colleges, Inc.

The Fall 2015 Seminars will be held on September 10, October 8, and November 12. The Spring 2016 Seminars will be held February 11, March 10, and April 14.

The 2015-2016 schedule is available here.

Past Seminars
2013-2014 schedule is available here.
2011-2012 schedule is available here.