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Jen Kleindienst ’09
Jen Kleindienst ’09 to Lecture About Campus Sustainabililty

Jen Kleindienst ’09, sustainability coordinator at Wesleyan University, will present a lecture titled “Challenges and Successes of Promoting Campus Sustainability,” on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Red Pit, KJ.  Her lecture, part of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center Fall 2013 speaker series, is free and open to the public.  More ...

Meghan O'Sullivan '15, center, works with refugees Hnin Ko, from Thailand, left, and Pawser Soe, from Burma, in Kirner-Johnson.
Meghan O’Sullivan ’15 Helps Give Voice to Refugee Women

For Meghan O’Sullivan ’15, immigration is not just an abstract policy issue. This summer, as part of the Kirkland Summer Associates Program, she is pursuing a research project, “Oral Expression of Refugee Women.” Her goal is to create a podcast that gives some insight into the first-hand experience of the refugee women who have come to Utica, N.Y.  More ...

Eleanor Fausold '13
New York Times Publishes Fausold '13 Letter

Eleanor Fausold ’13 penned a letter to the editor that was published in The New York Times in response to an op-ed titled “Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?” Referencing her senior thesis research on the costs and benefits of charging a fee for both paper and plastic bags in New York City, Fausold answered the article’s title question with, “The answer is overwhelmingly yes!” The letter appeared on the publication’s website on the day she graduated from Hamilton, May 26, and in print on the following day.  More ...

Alumni panelists Jared Fox '03, Kecia Hayes '89 and Rob Banzer '88
Students Tackle Public Policy Issues in Education Reform “Smackdown”

Professor Gary Wyckoff’s public policy students worked in teams this semester to meet the challenge of devising effective yet feasible policy proposals for education reform. They presented and defended their projects to a panel of alumni who work in education on May 12.  More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
Wyckoff Essay Published in InsideHigherEd

Using examples from today’s political landscape, Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff examined elements of critical thinking in an essay titled “What Exactly Is Critical Thinking,” published by InsideHigherEd in its Oct. 11 edition. “As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical thinking skills I really want my students to learn,” wrote Wyckoff.  “And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again.”  More ...

Jose Vazquez '15 (blue shirt) paints a mural at a school in Baltimore with his group.
Heart of America Internship Inspires Jose Vazquez ’15 to Seek Education Reform

A Levitt Public Service internship this summer has solidified Jose Vazquez’s ’15 desire to pursue a career in education policy and reform. Vazquez is in Washington D.C. as an intern for The Heart of America Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds libraries for under-resourced schools across the nation.  The organization partners with Target and embarks on their 15th year anniversary building 150+ libraries nationwide.  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Dissent Magazine Publishes Isserman Article

Dissent Magazine published an article titled 50 Years Later: Poverty and The Other America by Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History Maurice Isserman in its winter 2012 issue. The article is an adaptation of the prologue of The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, the biography Isserman wrote in 2000. The article included updated statistics and observations.  More ...

Root Glen tornado damage
USA Today Reports on Economists' Study

An article titled “Study: Does enduring extreme weather make you vote liberal?,” appearing on the USA Today website on Dec. 30, reported on a study written by four Hamilton economists. Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics Ann Owen, Assistant Professor of Economics Emily Conover and Associate Professors of Economics Julio Videras and Stephen Wu co-authored the study, “Heat Waves, Droughts, and Preferences for Environmental Policy.” The Weather Channel also reported on the study on Jan. 2.   More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
New York Times Publishes Wyckoff Letter

The New York Times published a letter to the editor written by Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff as the leadoff response to “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?” in its Dec. 22 editorial section titled “Reducing Inequality in Our Schools.” He compared our current educational policies as being “like a requirement that all children clear the same height in the high jump, regardless of their stature.”  More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
WAMC Features Wyckoff on Educational Policies

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature P. Gary Wyckoff, professor of government and the director of the Public Policy Program , on Wednesday, Oct. 12, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. During his reading, Wyckoff explains why holding teachers and students responsible for poor school performance ignores the single greatest factor that determines individual educational outcomes.  More ...

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