The college hosted Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, executive director of the Massachusetts branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, for an event about Islamophobia on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Noor Rahman '25
A coalition of student groups organized a panel of experts on the Middle East and Palestine as counter-programming to a talk by Bret Stephens. The panelists discussed the history of Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip and the racism of the modern Zionist movement.
As part of the Freedom Talks series, writer Mohammed El-Kurd spoke about the circumstances around Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip, arguing that the Oct. 7 attacks cannot be viewed as the genesis of the current situation.
In the second installment of the Freedom Talks speaker series, Grammy-award winning musician and professor Vijay Iyer spoke about the Western conception of music as something that can be owned and argued for the need to historicize concepts like improvisation and freedom.
At a keynote address in Johnson Chapel, Emory University historian Carol Anderson used powerful storytelling to outline the history of voter suppression, from the Reconstruction period to the present day.
Managing News Editor Noor Rahman ’25, Editor-in-Chief Sam Spratford ’24, Contributing Writer Caden Stockwell ’25, and Staff Writer Cole Warren ’24 peel back the layers of silencing and dehumanization that have enabled Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.
Students can once again attend Amherst Cinema showings at zero cost after the college reinstated the free ticket program on Oct. 6. The program’s hours are reduced from last spring, when it was cut for being financially unsustainable.