Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

Levitt Center Speakers for 2006-2007:


"Inequality and Equity"

Fall 2006

Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Economics and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, spoke to the Hamilton community "In Defense of Oligarchy" on September 27th.  In addition to his role at IIE, Aslund has served as Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace since 2003 and as Co-director of the Carnegie Moscow Center's project on Economics of the Post-Soviet States.  Aslund has also served as an economic advisor to the governments of Russia and Ukraine and to President Askar Akaev of Kyrgyzstan.  He is the author of numerous books, including Building Capitalism: The Transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc (2001). Bio

Elizabeth Economy, CV Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and award-winning author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenges to China's Future (2004), spoke on October 16th.  Economy serves on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development and the advisory board for Issues and Studies, and international journal on China, Taiwan and East Asian affairs. Bio

Doug McAdam
, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and former Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBA), spoke on November 2.  The title of his lecture "The Civic Effects of Youth Service: The Surprising Case of Teach for America" is based on his most recent article on the subject.  McAdam is the author of several books and numerous articles, including the award-winning Freedom Summer (1988).  A renowned expert on social movements and contentious politics, McAdam's research includes a study of crime and social disorganization in Cincago and an examination of recent church burnings in the American South. Bio


Spring 2007

Roland G. Fryer, Jr., assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, spoke to the Hamilton community on January 31st.  Fryer, who has written extensively on topics such as affirmative action and racial inequality, is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a junior fellow in the prestigious Harvard Society of Fellows.  Fryer's most recent articles include "An empirical analysis of 'acting white'" and "An economic analysis of color-blind affirmative action" (both October, 2006).

Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, spoke about "Gender Inequality in the Labor Market" on March 29.  Ms. Albelda has worked as research director for the Massachusetts State Senate's Taxation Committee and the legislature's Special Commission on Tax Reform.  She is the author of numerous books, chapters and articles focusing on economic policies affecting low-income families.  Bio

Benjamin Bowser, Professor of Sociology and Social Services at California State University, East Bay, presented a lecture on the "African-American Middle Class" on April 10.  In addition to teaching, Professor Bowser is Director of CSUEB Urban Institute and also Research Director, Social Research, at the Evaluation and Training Network in Oakland, CA.  He is the author of many books, chapters and articles, most recently The Black Middle Class: Mobility and Vulnerabilities (2006).  Bio
Richard Wasserstrom, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of California, Santa Cruz presented the final lecture of this year's series, titled "Racism and Affirmative Action," on April 23.  Professor Wasserstrom specializes in the ethics of affirmative action and has written widely on the topic as well as on a broad range of ethical issues including the morality of law, war, and the right to die.  Dr. Wasserstom is a member of the California State Bar, and was appointed by the California Supreme Court as counsel in two capital appeals cases in the late 1980's.

Other Levitt-sponsored speakers

Minxin Pei
James Sasser
Minxin Pei, Senior Associate and Director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and James Sasser, former Ambassador to China, presented a panel discussion "Debating China's Future: Two Contrasting Perspectives" on September 11 about the ongoing transformation in China and its implications to the United States.  

Michael Klosson ‘71
, international affairs advisor and state department chair for the National Defense University in Washington, and current Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs at Hamilton, will serve as moderator. This event is funded by the Edwin Lee Fund.  Bio for PeiBio for Sasser.




Arthur Levitt, Jr.

Arthur Levitt, Jr. presented "The Paradox of an Ethical Society: Are Enrons Inevitable?" on October 20th.  Levitt, who established Hamilton's Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center in honor of his father, Arthur Levitt, Sr., was the 25th Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, appointed by President Clinton in 1993 and serving until February 2001 (longest serving chairman of the commission). Investor protection was Mr. Levittï top priority while Chairman of SEC. Currently he serves as a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group, a private global investment firm. Before becoming Chairman of SEC, Mr. Levitt owned Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill. Mr. Levitt served as Chairman of the American Stock Exchange from 1978-89.