Aims & Scope

"A vehicle for the presentation of scholarship in Black Studies by students and faculty of the five colleges, with a particular focus on work presented in the five college seminars in African and Afro-American Studies. Because participation in these seminars extends beyond the five college community the work generated by the seminars is not limited to that of members of this community."
--from The Editors in the 1977 inaugural issue

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N.B.: The Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, which include four private, liberal arts colleges and the Amherst campus of the state university. The consortium is an outgrowth of a highly successful collaboration in the 1950s among Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which resulted in the founding of a fifth institution, Hampshire College, in 1970.