2022-2023 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series

Presented by the UMass Amherst History Department in Collaboration with the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy and Partners

“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government…. I cannot be silent.”

— Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam,” April 4, 1967

Series Events

Free. Online / Hybrid. Open to All.

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Closed captions & Spanish interpretation available. All times are Eastern time. Events will be live and recorded.


U.S. Policy in the Global South

September 19, 7pm | Zoom

Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Vincent Bevins, and Amy Goodman (moderator)

The Imperialist Roots of the U.S.A.

October 3, 6pm | Hybrid

Manu Karuka

UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom and Zoom

U.S. Empire in Asia and the Pacific: Repression and Resistance

November 1, 7pm | Zoom

Nerissa S. Balce, Brian Hioe, Moon-Ho Jung, and Sigrid Schmalzer (moderator)


The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars

November 15, 7pm | Hybrid

Azmat Khan

UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom and Zoom

Vietnam Era Antiwar Movement: Successes, Failures, and Legacies

December 1, 7pm | Zoom

W. D. Ehrhart, Carolyn Eisenberg, Daniel Ellsberg, Ngo Vinh Long, and Judith Ehrlich (moderator)


None of Us Is Free Unless All Are Free: Anti-Imperialism and the Black Radical Tradition

February 23, 6pm | Hybrid

Bill Fletcher Jr.

UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium and Zoom

Feminists Against Empire:
Resistance to U.S. Sanctions and Embargoes

March 7, 7pm | Zoom

Liz Oliva Fernández, Alejandra Laprea, and Diana Sierra Becerra (moderator)

Resisting Imperial Memory:
Confronting the History of U.S. Aggression in Iraq

March 23, 4pm | Zoom

Dave Inder Comar, Kali Rubaii, Nazli Tarzi, and Ross Caputi (moderator)

The Poetry of War and Resistance

April 3, 7pm | Zoom

Carolyn Forché, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dunya Mikhail, Ocean Vuong, and Ru Freeman (moderator)

Teaching Empire

Ongoing | In Person

Brian Brown and Alison Russell

UMass Amherst Herter Hall