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Andrew Fiala
Fiala Explains Just War Theory

Since gaining nationhood in the 18th century, the United States has been directly involved in dozens of armed military conflicts. The standard that the government has used and still uses to justify military engagements is the just war theory, which posits that a nation can, morally, only become involved in a military conflict that adheres to a set of ethical criteria. Andrew Fiala, professor of philosophy and director of the Ethics Center at California State University, Fresno, discussed the theory on March 1.  More ...

Jacob Hacker
Hacker Illustrates Rise of Economic Inequality in Lecture

“With the backdrop of the Occupy Wall Street Protests, it’s not as hard to draw people into a discussion of inequality,” said Jacob Hacker in his lecture on Nov. 14.  Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University and director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, gave a lecture for the Levitt Center’s Inequality and Equity Series.  More ...

Panel to Discuss Creating Sustainable Communities

A panel discussion, “Creating Sustainable Urban Communities in Syracuse and Utica,” will be hosted by the Levitt Center on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public.  More ...

Ronald Ferguson
Harvard Scholar Discusses Educational Achievement Gap

Ronald Ferguson, one of the foremost scholars on the racial achievement gap, spoke to the Hamilton community as part of the Levitt Center Program on Inequality and Equity. The senior lecturer for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School discussed “Educational Excellence with Equity: a Social Movement for the 21st Century.”  More ...

Valerie Bunce
Levitt Speaker Gives Insight Into U.S. Involvement in Post-Soviet Countries

The U. S. has been involved in many debates about the merits and detriments of its involvement in overseas democracies. Currently, this subject is coming to a head with regard to Libya. On Sept. 27, Cornell University Professor Valerie Bunce  gave a lecture titled “When U.S. Democracy Assistance Works,” which provided insight into the complex world of U.S. involvement in the color revolutions in post-Soviet countries.  More ...

Colgate Professor Bruce Selleck and former DEC deputy commissioner Stuart Gruskin spoke in the Chapel on hydrofracking. Hamilton Professor Eugene Domack moderated.
Panel Explains Hydrofracking in New York State

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” New York State has taken a “think first, drill later” approach. To engage the Hamilton community in the thinking and learning phase of this process, two panelists explained the basics of hydrofracking in New York at a discussion sponsored by the Levitt Public Affairs Center on Sept. 23.  More ...

Attica Symposium Revisits 1971 Uprising

“It is the one of the toughest and, at times, most brutal prisons in America,” said Doran Larson, professor of English, in introducing the Attica symposium on Sept. 16.  The symposium detailed the uprising of 1971 that left 39 dead and led to major prison reform.  More ...

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