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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel
PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel to Give Commencement Address

American entrepreneur Peter Thiel, co-founder of  worldwide online payments system PayPal, will deliver the Commencement address at Hamilton College on Sunday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

Those who are unable to attend baccalaureate or commencement are invited to watch a live webcast from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.  More ...

Sharif Shrestha '17
Sharif Shrestha ’17 Chosen to Present Project at CGI U

Sharif Shrestha ’17 is one of five students who will be recognized at the opening plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), April 1 through 3, at the University of California, Berkeley. Shrestha will present a brief summary of his Commitment to Action project Herbs Cooperative for Economic Empowerment.  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Isserman Compares 1968 Campaign with 2016 in Reuters Essay

“There is rare agreement, on left and the right, that the 2016 presidential election season is looking to be a repeat of Democratic Party’s 1968 race,” began Maurice Isserman’s essay published by Reuters news service on March 7. The Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History and co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, Isserman observed, “This time around, however, it is Republicans who seem most vulnerable to splintering after a fevered primary season."  More ...

Deanna Nappi '15 on baritone sax
Rowe's Jazz Session Reaches 600+ Around the World

“I'm playing this out the window to the monkeys... The monkeys are still there...so you didn't scare them off. I thought they only liked classical music,” exclaimed a Costa Rican listener to the livestreamed jazz program delivered by Fillius Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe as part of his edX course on March 6. More than 600 listeners from dozens of countries and states joined in with those in the college’s packed Little Pub to hear Rowe and his fellow musicians play and talk about jazz.  More ...

NY Times Publishes Williams' Letter on Monarch's Challenges

The New York Times published a letter to the editor written by Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus, titled Challenges Facing the Monarch Butterfly on March 7. In response to a Feb. 28 article titled Monarch Butterfly Migration Rebounds Easing Some Fears, Williams pointed out that, “...this year’s measurement remains less than a quarter of what it was 20 years ago.”  More ...

Ambassador Hull with, at left,   Nevis service trip co-leader Emily Rubinstein '16, and at right President Joan HInde Stewart and COOP's Amy James.
Nevis Comes North

The Hamilton community this week welcomed Dr. Everson Hull, ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Organization of American States, to meet with students and faculty involved with the upcoming spring break service trip to the island of Nevis, birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. The trip will be led by a Hamilton student service organization with support from Amy James and the Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP).    More ...

#LeapForHamilton Day Breaks All Records

Leaping up to, catapulting over and exploding through records, the Feb. 29 #LeapForHamilton challenge was a monumentally successful fundraising effort with the support of alumni, students, parents, friends and employees. The challenge, to reach 1,812 gifts, was met at 5:23 p.m., but enthusiasm and generosity continued to mount. By day’s end, 2,868 gifts totaled $900,313, representing 158 percent of the original 1,812 donor goal. This marks a single-day giving record by a factor of more than four and exceeds the total number of gifts in any single month in Hamilton’s history.  More ...

Dick Bedient
NY Times Publishes Bedient's Defense of Liberal Arts

Richard Bedient, the William R. Kenan Professor of Mathematics, penned a letter to the editor that was published in The New York Times on Feb. 29 in response to an article titled A Rising Call to Promote STEM Education and Cut Liberal Arts Funding. In his submission, Bedient proposed that “what we really need are graduates who have a working knowledge of the way the physical world works, who understand the equally complex world of human endeavor, and who have the ability to transmit that knowledge in written, spoken and artistic form. That is what the liberal arts are really about.”  More ...

Angela Davis autographs a copy of her book for Marquis Palmer '18 in the Hub.
Angela Davis: Redefining American Attitudes

Dr. Angela Davis, academic and civil rights advocate, spoke in the Chapel on Feb. 26 as part of the Voices of Color Lecture Series. Her discussion focused on how student activists can follow in the footsteps of older generations to develop and execute their own revolutionary ideology and to promote crucial socio-political change.   More ...

From left Mike Berrios, Mariani German, Kwasi Amoako, Rey Camacho, Phinix Knight-Jacks.
Posse Plus Retreat Discusses Power of Language

Posse Scholars, Hamilton students and faculty gathered on Feb. 5-7 at the Radisson Hotel in Utica to better understand the influence of language in contemporary society at the annual Posse Plus Retreat.  More ...

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