The History of Anti-Black Racism in America, Seminar and Lecture Series at Amherst College 2020-2021

The theme for the inaugural Provost and Dean of the Faculty’s Lecture Series is the history of anti-Black racism in America. As James Baldwin famously wrote, “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it…history is literally present in all that we do.” Underpinning and guiding this series is the conviction that history is a powerful and necessary tool for helping us deepen our understanding of racism in America today. The series will launch with a talk by Professor Mary Frances Berry on Wednesday, August 26.

The official event page for the lecture series and seminar can be found HERE

The lecture series is open to the general public

The mini-seminar is open to Amherst College students, staff, and faculty.

More information on the seminar is available in this video. Sign up for the seminar by August 30, 2020 HERE Questions? contact Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History at

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