Five College Consortium

Value of Asian American studies subject of symposium

An interdisciplinary group will gather to discuss “The State of Asian/Pacific/American Studies at the Five Colleges” all day Saturday, March 8, at the Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College. The symposium will feature roundtable discussions and a keynote on “Why Asian American Studies Matters Now” by George Lipsitz, professor of Black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The event is free and open to the public.

The Five College Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program is hosting this symposium to showcase the interdisciplinary work happening within A/P/A and other critical ethnic studies at the five institutions. Symposium planners say this forum will help shape the future of the program and provide opportunities for collaboration among scholars in different fields.

The symposium will kick off with a reception and check-in at 8:30 a.m. at Gamble Auditorium in the Mount Holyoke Art Building. The morning roundtable discussions will address “Empire and Colonial Afterlives” and “Asian American Inheritance and Invention.” After lunch, panelists will discuss “Queer and Feminist Embodiments” and “Critical Ethnic Studies Futures” at the two afternoon roundtable discussions.

This event is sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc.; the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute and English department at UMass; the Department of American Studies and Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College; the Inclusiveness Initiative Fund, and departments of English and Spanish, Latin American and Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke.