Nerd Nite Noho Part 2 – The End of Darkness

What do we lose, when we lose the night? With time-lapse imagery, animation, and excerpts from his Emmy-nominated documentary, filmmaker Ian Cheney reveals the surprising effects of excess illumination on human health, wildlife, and the human relationship to the stars.

Nerd Nite Noho Part 1 – The Birds Downtown

Many people see Holyoke and Springfield as cities racked by poverty, crime and drugs — but avid birder & photographer Greg Saulmon shows how their neighborhoods also offer some of the most unique birding opportunities you’ll find. Can that help change the conversation about our urban centers?

The American Missionaries and the Armenians

Successes and Limitations of Humanitarianism

Dr. Barbara Merguerian, Vice President of the Armenian Library & Museum of America, speaks about the role of American missionaries and the broad range of […]

Winged Words

One chapter in the history of a Homeric simile

Jessica Wolfe, professor of comparative literature, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, presents an informal talk, “Winged Words: one chapter in the history of a Homeric Trope.”

Ghosts in the Machine: the Autobiography of Pronoun

Poet Joan Houlihan delineates the use of pronouns in her work and selections by other poets

As part of her one-week residency at Northampton’s Smith College, Joan Houlihan delivered a craft lecture about the use of pronouns in poetry, including selections […]

The Million Dollar Arm

As a 25+ year veteran of the sports marketing industries, JB Bernstein ’90 knows what it takes to succeed. Bernstein, the co-founder and president of Access Group of Miami, has represented some of the greatest athletes of all time.


Racism, Surveillance, and Empire

In response to the events of 9/11, the Bush administration launched a “war on terror” ushering in an era of anti-Muslim racism, or Islamophobia. However, […]

The Berkshires and the Burghardts

The Interesting Story of the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite

UMass Amherst professor Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste talks about W. E. B. Du Bois’s early life in the home of the Burghardts in Great Barrington. This […]