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Magdalena Stawkowski
Life on a Nuclear Test Site

For many Americans, radiation exposure is often linked to cancer treatment or atomic fallout. For villagers living in and around Semipalatinsk, however, exposure to radioactivity is a part of everyday life. Semipalatinsk, nicknamed “the Polygon” due to its cartographic shape, is located in east Kazakhstan and is the world’s largest nuclear test site.  Medical Anthropologist Magdalena Stawkowski, the MacArthur Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, spent 20 months living just outside of the “official” borders of the Polygon. She spoke at Hamilton on Oct. 7 about the lifestyle and health of residents in the Polygon.  More ...

Levitt Panel Addresses Sexual Abuse Myths

Hamilton’s Levitt Center hosted two experts on March 4 for a lecture and discussion on the sexual abuse of minors. Ross Cheit, Brown University professor and author of the new book The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children, and Barry Anechiarico of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Newton, Mass., discussed themes including the stigmatization of the survivors of sexual assault, the effects of punishment versus treatment of convicted sex offenders, and the psychological motivations behind sexual predators.  More ...

Ross Cheit and Barry Anechiarico
Brown University Professor and Clinical Social Worker to Lecture

Ross Cheit, the author of  The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children, and  licensed clinical social worker Barry Anechiarico will present a lecture, “Politics, Psychology and the Sexual Abuse of Children: Dynamic Risk Factors Related to Sex Offending,” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:15 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.  More ...

Janet Halley
Harvard Law Professor Discusses Rape Law Through a Realist Perspective

Janet Halley, the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard, discussed a realist analysis of rape law on Feb. 12. Halley has an extensive curriculum vitae and has also published several books and articles including: Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism, and Don't: A Reader's Guide to the Military Anti-Gay Policy. The lecture was sponsored by the Levitt Center.  More ...

Janet Halley
Harvard Law Professor, Author to Lecture

Harvard Law School professor and author Janet Halley will give a lecture, “A Legal Realist Analysis of Rape Law: The Case of Rusk v. State,” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4:15 p.m., in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Bradford Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.  More ...

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee Gives Levitt Lecture on Cancer Research

The Levitt Center on Nov. 10 hosted Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, a world-renowned oncologist, scientist, and writer, who gave a lecture on the history of cancer research and its most recent strides.  More ...

Capital Punishment is Topic of Panel Discussion

Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law School, and Sarah Turberville, senior counsel at The Constitution Project, traveled to the Hill on Nov. 6 for a panel discussion of perspectives on capital punishment in the U.S. The Levitt Center event was moderated by Hamilton’s Frank Anechiarico, the Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law.  More ...

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Discuss A Biography of Cancer

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, in a lecture on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel. The award-winning book details the history of cancer ranging from ancient Egyptian treatments to modern chemotherapy and targeted therapy. The lecture is free and open to the public.  More ...

Robert Blecker and Sarah Turberville
Panel to Analyze the Role of Capital Punishment

Hamilton will host a panel discussion, “Perspectives on Capital Punishment: A Discussion of the Death Penalty,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ. The panel discussion will feature two experts in the field, law school professor Robert Blecker and The Constitution Project counsel Sarah Turberville, who offer differing perspectives on the controversial issue. The discussion, which will be moderated by Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law Frank Anechiarico, is free and open to the public.  More ...

Sendhil Mullainathan
Economist Mullainathan Discusses Scarcity of Time and Money in Levitt Lecture

Whether tight on cash or short on time, many us understand the concept of scarcity. Although scarcity is often analyzed through the lens of economics, Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of economics at Harvard University, has added the lens of psychology to his work. Co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, he explained the major concepts of his work to an overflowing Chapel audience on Oct. 23.  More ...

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