Amherst Live premiered at the Eric Carle Museum on September 19th, 2013. Talkers included: Martha Umphrey, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College talking about the Rintala trial, and what it can tell us about the future of same-sex marriage; Gabriel Arboleda, Professor of Environmental Design at Hampshire College, talking about a hidden subculture of composting toilet aficionados in the area; and Corwin Ericson, the author of the novel Swell, and the poetry collection Checked Out OK, sharing a story about how he found a dead moose one day in the woods.
The winter, 2014 edition of Amherst Live took place on January 25, 2014, at the Kirby Theater at Amherst College. Talkers included Lisa dePiano, who spoke about our oddly conservative approach to road design; and Dan Kaplan, who spoke about his long, strange journey from a Long Island kid to an organic farmer in Western Mass.
The Fall, 2014 edition of Amherst Live took place on September 13, 2014, at Bowker Auditorium at UMass-Amherst. Talkers included Trevor Baptiste, who shared what he learned about power and community from growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn; and Lisa Amato, who spoke about liberal good intentions in a wrenching talk about the challenges of working with gang members and ex-felons as a white woman in Holyoke.