College Connection

Podcast, released monthly

The College Connection is lectures and panel talks from colleges and universities from Western New England, particularly from the Five Colleges in Western Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College. This forum provides an opportunity for listeners to engage with researchers, intellectuals, poets and authors active within our academic communities.

NOTE: The lectures recorded for the College Connection are designed to build a public audio library of the western New England experience, and are not intended as news content, or endorsements by NEPR’s staff or Board.

Nancy MacLean - Democracy In Chains

Jun 15, 2018

Nancy McLean is a professor of history and public policy at Duke University, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and the award-winning author of many books, most recently, the 2017 National Book Award Finalist Democracy In Chains, which Booklist called, “Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” 

In her talk at the University of Massachusetts on November 13th, 2017, McLean shared explores the subject of how the libertarian right has influenced American politics today. 

Roxane Gay on the Age of American Disgrace

Feb 21, 2018
Roxane Gay

Debating Gender and Body in the Epic Mahabharata

May 2, 2017
Lancaster University

Noam Chomsky Weighs Our Prospects for Survival

Apr 24, 2017
Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts

Patrice Rushen
Ben Alman / Creative Commons

Fighting Dialect Prejudice In Courtrooms And Beyond

Apr 11, 2017
John Rickford
L.A. Cicero / Stanford News

The Risk of Change vs. the Cost of Doing Nothing

Apr 3, 2017

Daniel Lieberman
UMass Amherst

Steve Waksman
Fred Contrada / MassLive