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John Emerson '75 Mentioned in Bill Clinton's Book
John Emerson '75 is among Californians mentioned in former president Bill Clinton's book My Life. Emerson, chief deputy to James Hahn when Hahn was city attorney of L.A., became Clinton's point person ensuring his economic development initiatives and other programs succeeded in California. Clinton wrote of Emerson: "He was so unrelenting in doing so that he became known around the White House as the Secretary of California." Emerson is president, personal investment management, at Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles. More ...
Andrew Conway '04 Presents Paper at Computational Science Conference
Andrew Conway '04 presented a paper at the North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Science (NAACSOS) Conference, held June 27-29 in Pittsburgh. Conway, the only undergraduate invited to present at the conference, gave a paper titled "Collapsing the al-Qaeda Network." It was based upon his senior honors thesis for government, an interdisciplinary approach to assessing terrorist networks and creating policies to combat them. Conway's idea was to view terrorist networks like computer networks and attack terrorists in equivalent ways. More ...
Mason Ashe '85 Named to Sports Illustrated's Most Influential Minorities in Sports
Mason Ashe, a 1985 graduate of Hamilton, is included in the Sports Illustrated "101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports" (6/28/04). Besides representing entertainers and athletes, Ashe is the executive producer and marketing agent for "Soul Spectacular on Ice," the first touring ice show featuring African-American figure skaters. More ...
Couper Scholars Program to Fund Scholars' Visits

A $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation has been awarded to the Couper Scholars program, named in honor of Hamilton alumnus and trustee Richard Couper ’44. Couper was formerly president of the Public Library of New York City and a past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows.  More ...

NPR Soundprint Airs "Voices of the Dust Bowl"
The National Public Radio program Soundprint aired "Voices of the Dust Bowl"  about migrant farm workers from the '30s and '40s. The segment includes the work of Charles "Lafe" Todd '33, professor of speech, emeritus, who recorded "dance tunes, cowboy songs, traditional ballads, square dance and play party calls, camp council meetings, camp court proceedings, conversations, storytelling sessions and personal-experience narratives of the Dust Bowl refugees who inhabited the camps." More ...
An Early American Love Story
As Americans remember Alexander Hamilton on the anniversary of his death, John Romano '49 contributed an article about the romance between Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton. In "An Early American Love Story," Romano points out that Alexander loved Elizabeth dearly, calling her "best of wives and best of women" and proclaiming, "the real goodness of your heart place you in my estimation far above all your sex."
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Emerson Gallery Exhibit Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education
The Emerson Gallery exhibit, "Paintings by Elihu Root, Jr.: Prominent Attorney and Accomplished Artist," was the focus of the article, "Pleasures of Amateur Art," in the Chronicle of Higher Education (7/9/2004). More ...
Kamila Shamsie '94 Featured in The Hindu Business Line
Kamila Shamsie '94, an author and visiting assistant professor of English, was featured in an article in The Hindu Business Line (7/02/04). The article discussed her success as a writer. Shamsie has written three books: In The City by The Sea, Salt and Saffron and Kartography. Last year, In The City by The Sea was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Kartography is an exploration of Pakistani cultural life in the 1970s. Set in Karachi, Shamsie's birthplace, the book revolves around the lives of Raheen and Karim, whose parents are not only best friends but actually swapped fiancés in the 1970s.
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Hamilton Alumnus Now Potential Kerry Running Mate
While a student at Hamilton College in the '70s,  Tom Vilsack lost his bid for Hamilton College class president. He reportedly decided then that he would never run for any office again. Now as a two-term governor of Iowa, Vilsack is on the short list of possible running mates for John Kerry.  More ...
The Vilsacks
Iowa's First Couple Returns to the Hill
During commencement exercises last spring, Tom Vilsack 72 and Christie Bell Vilsack K’72 watched their son, Jess, walk across the stage to receive his Hamilton diploma. Anyone who didn’t know them would never suspect that the tall, quietly confident "dad" is the governor of Iowa and "mom" the driving force behind the governor’s political career, as well as a pioneer in reshaping the role of the first lady of Iowa. The occasion brought back memories. More ...
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