Difficult Dialogues: Voices from the Valley is a public affairs show originating at Amherst Media which aims to tackle some of the most pressing matters facing contemporary society. Since its inception in 2013, it has drawn on expert voices from the Fives Colleges, from Amherst, and from surrounding communities to explore issues including the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, challenges in the Middle East, and gender identity.
Initiated and hosted through 2015 by former Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, the show is now hosted by Amilcar Shabazz, professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass/Amherst, and Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her work focuses on race and gender in media, and youth and civic engagement through the arts.
Lynn Pasquerella has moved on to become president of the American Associaton of Colleges and Universities, which bills itself as "the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education." We at Amherst Media wish her well and look forward to the expertise and insights that Amilcar and Demetria Shabazz bring to the table in furthering Difficult Dialogues.
Watch episodes of Difficult Dialogues online here.