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Hamilton College student Juliet Miller '18 tutors Thailand native May Say through Project SHINE.
Students Volunteer in Community Through SHINE, VITA

 Among the Levitt Center’s programs aimed at connecting Hamilton students with the Utica community are Project SHINE and VITA. SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) is a service learning program in which Hamilton students tutor refugees and immigrants learning English. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free tax help to families who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Hamilton students become certified volunteer tax preparers through the IRS.  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 ...

Environmental sociologist Dorceta Taylor speaks in the Red Pit.
The Quest for Environmental Justice in Communities of Color

In introducing guest speaker Dorceta Taylor, Associate Professor of Government Peter Cannavo referred to her as someone who “utterly changed my thinking on the environmental movement.” Taylor, environmental sociologist at the University of Michigan, was on campus March 3 to give a lecture titled “Food Insecurity, Resistance, and the Quest for Environmental Justice in Communities of Color.”  More ...

James Jacobs
NYU's James Jacobs on Gun Control

James Jacobs, a New York University School of Law professor, gave his first of four lectures about gun control at Hamilton on Feb. 24. These lectures, sponsored by the Levitt Center and the Dean of Faculty’s Office, serve to inaugurate the Levitt Center’s ongoing series of lectures on Justice and Security. This lecture focused on the question about what problems gun control can solve.   More ...

Participants discuss their ideas at the workshop.
Former U.S. Ambassador Bushnell Leads Women Exercising Leadership Workshop

Former U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell led a workshop focused on helping women discover their leadership skills and learn strategies on how to be heard on Feb. 20. Sponsored by the Dean of Faculty's Office, this was an opportunity for female students, faculty members, and community partners to learn from Bushnell's rich experiences as a diplomat, leader and educator.  More ...

James Jacobs
NYU Gun Control and Crime Expert to Lecture

James Jacobs, the Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts and director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at the New York University School of Law, will present a series of lectures on the topic “Dissecting Gun Control” from Feb. 24 through March 1.  More ...

Levitt Public Health Program Presents Series on Health Care/Hospitals in Utica

The Levitt Center's Public Health Program will present a three-part series of lectures on the topic “Examining Health Care and Hospitals in Utica.” The Levitt series is in conjunction with Professor of Biology Herm Lehman’s Introduction to Public Health course in which students are given a specific issue or problem and spend the semester conducting research on it. This semester's topic is "Do we need to build a new hospital in Utica?"  The series begins on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with Scott Perra, president and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System, discussing “The Future of Utica, NY, Hospitals.” His talk will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Events Barn.  More ...

Lisa Consiglio
Narrative4 Visits Hamilton to Create Partnership

Narrative4 (N4), a nonprofit founded by author Colum McCann, returned to Hamilton on Feb. 11 to create a partnership between the organization and the College. More than 20 students, faculty members, Levitt Center administrators discussed how to take N4’s mission — fostering empathy through profound “story exchange exercises” — and affect deep-rooted change to campus culture.  More ...

Claudia Rankine speaks in the Chapel.
Claudia Rankine: An American Lyricist

Claudia Rankine, award-winning poet and essayist, read from her nationally acclaimed book, Citizen: An American Lyric, in the Chapel on Feb.  8. This work is a collection of stories conveyed mainly as prose poems and mixed media images.  Rankine explained that she had asked her friends to tell her a story about a time “where you were doing something ordinary […] and suddenly somebody said something that reduced you to your race” in order to explore the “white supremacist foundations inside this culture.  More ...

Former Lost Boy of Sudan John Dau speaks in the Hamilton Chapel on Feb. 3.
Former "Lost Boy of Sudan" John Dau Describes Journey to U.S.

Human rights activist John Dau, a former “Lost Boy of Sudan,” spoke on Feb. 3 about his life experiences and his successful career in the United States. The talk was presented by the Levitt Center Speaker Series.  More ...

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