Past Events

Fourth Annual Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium

Apr. 5, 2018 7:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2018 7:00 pm
Amherst College

RESIST! Pushing back against shifting forms of colonialism to affirm sovereignties, forms of expression and sustenance, and futures.

Symposium Schedule

Symposium events are free and open to the public.

Christine DeLucia Book Event at the Odyssey

Mar. 28, 2018 7:00 pm
Odyssey Bookshop, 7 College Street, South Hadley, MA

Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, will read from her recently published book, Memory Lands: King Philip's War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast. This event will be held at the Odyssey Bookshop on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00pm.

Spring 2018 History Department Tea

Mar. 21, 2018 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
202 Skinner Hall

Are you interested in History? 

Please come for tea and conversation on Wednesday, March 21 in 202 Skinner Hall. Learn about fall courses, meet current history majors and faculty, and enjoy snacks and refreshments--including Chef Jeff cookies--with fellow lovers of history!

“Democracy in Chains” author Nancy MacLean to speak at Mount Holyoke College

Feb. 28, 2018 7:15 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, will be speaking about her book on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:15pm in Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College. This event is presented by the Mount Holyoke College Department of History and the Odyssey Bookshop, and is co-sponsored by the department of Politics and the Program in Critical Social Thought.

Pedagogy Roundtable: Anti-Slavery Literature and Its Legacies

Feb. 23, 2018 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
102 Shattuck Hall, the Cassani Room

Join our distinguished panelists for a conversation about classroom approaches to 19th-century anti-slavery literature in the current era of the Black Lives Matter movement at 1:00 pm. Registration required for the luncheon from 12:30-1:00 only.

Presented by the Five Colleges Seminar on Global Cultures of the Long 19th Century, panelists on the pedagogy roundtable include: Frances Botkin (English, Towson University); Kimberly Juanita Brown (English & Africana Studies, Mount Holyoke College); Sean Gordon (English, UMass Amherst)
; and Patricia Matthew (English, Montclair State University)

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Did Cash Crops Alleviate Social Distress?

Feb. 22, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
102 Skinner Hall

"Weather Shocks and Agricultural Commercialization in Colonial Tropical Africa: Did Cash Crops Alleviate Social Distress?"

A talk by economic historian Dr. Michiel de Haas, Wageningen University.

Branko Milanovic: "Global Inequality: Cases and Socio-political Implications"

Feb. 8, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Branko Milanovic, former world bank economist and author of "Global Inequality" was hosted by Mount Holyoke College on February 2018. Branko Milanovic served as lead economist in the World Bank’s Research Department for almost 20 years, leaving to write his seminal book on global income inequality, Worlds Apart (2005). His main area of work is income inequality in individual countries and globally, including in pre-industrial societies. Branko’s new book, Global Inequality (2016), was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the best political book of 2016 and was translated into twelve languages. 

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017

Dec. 2, 2017 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Mount Holyoke's History Department and Office of the Dean of Faculty will host "A Celebration of the Life and Work of Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017" this coming Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in Dwight 101, located on the north end of Mount Holyoke's campus (Church Street).

After a brief opening, Professors Amrita Basu, Barbara Metcalf, Manan Ahmed, David Lelyveld, and Joan Cocks will discuss Kavita's scholarship, followed by a program of tributes in word and song. A reception will follow in the Stimson Room in the Williston Library from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Parking: Visitors attending an event on campus on Saturday/Sunday may park in faculty/staff spaces.

A map of the Mount Holyoke Campus, indicating Dwight Hall and campus parking, can be found at,-72.575&place=dwight&options=parking.

"Stability and Change in the Land of Opportunity over the Twentieth Century."

Nov. 7, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dwight Hall, 101

Geography Department Annual Speaker: Dylan Shane Connor

As part of the Geography Department's Annual Speaker series, population geographer Dr. Dylan Shane Connor, research associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss the malleability or historical evolution of places with respect to mobility outcomes

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History Department Tea

Nov. 1, 2017 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Third Floor Skinner Hall

Are you interested in History? 

Please come for tea and conversation on the third floor of Skinner Hall. Hear about spring courses, get advice from current history majors, learn about the MA in teaching program and enjoy refreshments and snacks, including Chef Jeff cookies!

Judy Dow, Executive Director of Saba, Abenaki activist and educator

Oct. 30, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Cleveland L2

Please join us welcoming Judy Dow, Executive Director of Saba, Abenenaki activist and educator
Is our future really our history? eugenics of the past and today

2017 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Oct. 26, 2017 4:15 pm
The New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Please join us in welcoming Jean Allman, J.H. Hexter Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, who will deliver the 2017 John Lax Memorial Lecture. The title of her lecture is "A Post-Mortem of the African Revolution: Rethinking the Global Sixties." The event is free and open to the public.

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2017 Hortense Parker Celebration: Collective Concern, Collective Power

Oct. 4, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Please join us for this year's Hortense Parker Celebration featuring keynote speakers are Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Kymberly Newberry, class of 2015. A reception will follow.

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