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BICENTENNIAL COLLEGES AND TOURS


Thursday, September 22

3 p.m.

Bicentennial History of the College
In the vision of its founders in 1812, the education of Hamilton College students was to be systematic, invariable and unchanging. Nevertheless dramatic changes came to the Hill affecting the curriculum, admission, social life and identity. Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History and author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, will discuss the contest between the forces of change and continuity in Hamilton’s second century.
Also presented Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027

4 p.m.

The Contributions of Edward Robinson
Jay Williams ’54, the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religious Studies, will discuss the contributions of Edward Robinson, Hamilton’s first valedictorian and the founder of  Biblical archaeology.
Taylor Science Center G041

4 p.m.

The Friendship of Kirkland and Skenandoa
Kandice Watson, Oneida Nation historian, will discuss Samuel Kirkland's relationship with Chief Skenandoa and the history of the Oneida Nation in the early 1800s.
Taylor Science Center G042

7 p.m.

The Last Minstrel Show
Attend rehearsal in progress as Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Cryer and students work to perfect the performance of the award-winning musical.
Filllius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village

   

Friday, September 23

10:30 a.m.   

Hamilton Leaders Live Their Passions Through New Ventures
Generations of Hamilton alumni have made important contributions to society through their establishment of and dedicated service to new ventures in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  In this session, you will learn how passion for an idea, or compelling cause, became the motivation for the panelists' achievements.
Panelists:
K. Blake Darcy '78 -Chief Executive Officer, Gotham Asset Management, LLC.
Gretchen Grad '85 - Founder of the non-profit organization Hands of Peace
Joe Rowbottom '99 - Chief Executive Officer, All Things Marketing
John Werner '92 - Chief Mobilizing Officer & Managing Director, Citizen Schools
Moderated by George Nehme '79, Senior Vice President for Client Relations, Innovative Resources Group, Inc.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125

11 a.m.

Bicentennial College: The Legacy of Trees on the Hamilton Campus
The College Arboretum consists of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants for scientific and educational study. Plants are cultivated, labeled, catalogued and mapped, providing ample opportunities for exploration. Arboretum Director Terry Hawkridge P'01 will lead a tour along flat ground.
Meet at the Gazebo behind Anderson-Connell Alumni Center

1:30 p.m.

Bicentennial History of the College
In the vision of its founders in 1812, the education of Hamilton College students was to be systematic, invariable and unchanging. Nevertheless dramatic changes came to the Hill affecting the curriculum, admission, social life and identity. Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History and author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, will discuss the contest between the forces of change and continuity in Hamilton’s second century.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027
Also presented Saturday at 9 a.m.

2 p.m.

Alcohol on Campus: Should the Drinking Age be 21?
Vice President and Dean of Students Nancy Thompson and Hamilton Trustee Barry Seaman '67 will discuss student drinking on college campuses. Barry Seaman is the author of BINGE: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess
Kirner-Johnson 201

2 p.m.

Levitt Center Lecture: Hydrofracking
Bruce Selleck, the Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology at Colgate University, and Stuart Gruskin, former Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. will provide an informative overview of the science and policy of gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales in Central New York. Moderated by Gene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Geosciences
Chapel

2 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour
Tour of campus led by history students
Meet in lobby of Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall
Also presented Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

3 p.m.

Comedy Then and Now
What do Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin and Aristophanes have in common? What makes comedy funny? Why has Western comedy focused particularly on women?  Why did Woody Allen say that he wanted his comedy to make people both think and laugh? Greek and Roman comedy focused mainly on obstacles between young lovers; this comedy developed into contemporary romantic comedy and TV sitcoms. Typical plots feature sex, domestic conspiracies, mistaken identities, generational battles and romance. Watch some scenes from ancient and modern comedy, talk about comedy as a social document, and discuss what we can learn from comedy about the age-old battles between men and women with Edward North Professor of Classics Barbara Gold. And you'll also hear about how a bunch of Hamilton students wrote, produced and directed their own plays based on ancient comedies - plays that were put on for the whole community (one of them even featured President Joan Stewart joining a fraternity!). 
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

3 p.m.

An Illustrated History of Hamilton College Fraternity Houses, 1872-2010
A slideshow presentation by Clarence E. Aldridge '45.
Kirner-Johnson 101

3 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour: Archaeology of Hamilton College
Hamilton College is an archaeological canvas and an important cultural resource with oral tradition, historical documents, and a fascinating archaeological past. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale will be conducting an archaeological excavation at a site potentially associated with Samuel Kirkland. Goodale and the students of Archaeology 251: Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding will provide a site tour, demonstrate the techniques used to learn about the past and discuss their findings. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking to the site.
Meet in Wellin Atrium, Taylor Science Center
Also presented Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

The Life and Legacy of Ezra Pound
Among the many distinguished alumni of Hamilton College, the poet Ezra Pound stands out as arguably the most (in)famous. Like others of great ability, Pound stubbornly alternated throughout his life and career between scandal and innovation. In this discussion, we’ll review a few different examples of each in Pound’s career, and consider whether and how these two aspects of his legacy might in fact be intimately connected.  A talk by Professor of English Steve Yao.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027

4 p.m.

Alexander Hamilton: The Education of a Self-Made Man
The circumstances of his birth made Hamilton's formal education far less extensive than that of men like Jefferson and Adams, but his formidable intelligence and industry made him their equal. The hardships Hamilton endured as a child and his personal awareness of the inhumanity of slavery made him a lifelong opponent of oppression and cruelty. For him, learning was far more than a mark of gentility and a key to social advancement. He read the great classical texts as living witnesses that provided him with a means to articulate his notion of a just society and a framework for achieving it. A talk by Carl Rubino, Winslow Professor of Classics.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

4 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour: Tour of campus led by history students
Meet in lobby of Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall
Also presented Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

4 p.m.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Today
Former U.S. Ambassador and Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory Edward Walker Jr. '62 and Professor of History Shoshana Keller will discuss the history, implications for American foreign policy and stability of the Middle East.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125

4 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour: Giants in the Earth
A Guided Tour of Hamilton’s Cemetery led by Frank Lorenz, Hamilton Alumni Review Editor Emeritus.
Meet at the College Cemetery entrance between Bristol Center and Minor Theatre

   

Saturday, September 24

9 a.m. Bicentennial History of the College
In the vision of its founders in 1812, the education of Hamilton College students was to be systematic, invariable and unchanging. Nevertheless dramatic changes came to the Hill affecting the curriculum, admission, social life and identity. Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History and author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, will discuss the contest between the forces of change and continuity in Hamilton’s second century.
Sitting Room, Sadove Student Center

9 a.m.

Bicentennial Tour: Tour of campus led by history students
Meet in lobby of Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall
Also presented Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.

10 a.m.

Hamilton Faculty Libertas Americana Project: "The Once and Future Empire State"
John Giardino, co-founder of the New York Policy Forum, will speak about the past, present, and future of the economy of New York State. In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Giardino chronicled the engine of innovation and growth that Upstate once was, identified the causes of current malaise, and suggested policies for revival, including encouragement of entrepreneurship and the responsible development of New York's substantial energy resources.
Alexander Hamilton Institute, 21 West Park Row

1-4 p.m.

Multiple Impressions
Professors Bruce Muirhead and Bill Salzillo with alumni Amy Buchholz ’80 and Jake Muirhead '86 will present a hands-on workshop on intaglio printmaking and discuss the formation of Atelier Four and recent exhibitions. After a brief introduction to the art of printmaking and its traditions, each participant will execute a dry point print. (Workshop is full). All are invited to art reception at 4 p.m. at Cafe Opus I and List Hall, 2nd floor Atrium.
List Hall 226

1 p.m.

The Life and Legacy of Alexander Hamilton
Professor of History Douglas Ambrose and Associate Professor of Government Robert Martin will discuss the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. The speakers are co-editors of The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father, published by New York University Press. They will address perennial questions about Hamilton, including "Was Hamilton a closet monarchist or a sincere republican? A victim of partisan politics or one of its most active promoters? A lackey for British interests or a foreign policy mastermind? In what ways did Hamilton influence the course of American history?"
Chapel

1:30 p.m.  

Google Earth and Desert Eyes: A Tale of Enigmatic (and Beautiful!) Structures in the Western Desert of Egypt
Google Earth has the potential to revolutionize geological research in remote areas of the world. In this illustrated talk, Barbara Tewksbury, the Upson Professor of Public Discourse, will show the extraordinary, beautiful, and previously unrecognized structures that can be seen in Google Earth in the Western Desert of Egypt and will discuss her NSF-funded research involving Hamilton students, Egyptian faculty and students, and a NASA astronaut or two.
Taylor Science Center G041

1:30 p.m.

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: Text and Film
First published in 1811, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility remains fascinating to twenty-first century readers and has been adapted several times to film.  In this Bicentennial College, Professor John O’Neill will lead an examination of passages from the novel and of corresponding scenes in film adaptations to see how several filmmakers have interpreted Austen’s classic novel.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027

1-2 p.m.

The 1812 Garden Open House
Celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of the first college garden on the Hill. Come explore our reconstruction of this early-19th c. kitchen garden, which is an ongoing laboratory project of College Seminar 235 "Food for Thought: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Food." Meet some of the students of the seminar and help harvest heirloom potatoes and Iroquois flint corn with them. (rain or shine--unless it's really pouring.)
1812 Garden in the Community Farm (behind Woollcott and Ferguson Houses)... look for the Star-Spangled Banner

2 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour
Tour of campus led by history students
Meet in lobby of Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall
Also presented Sunday at 11 a.m.

2 p.m.

Music of 1812 through the Civil War
Join Jeffrey Stockham, leader of the Excelsior Cornet Band and Hamilton lecturer in music, who will play music clips and demonstrate a variety of instruments used from the time of the College's founding in 1812 through the Civil War.
Taylor Science Center G042

2:30 p.m.

Bicentennial Tour: Archaeology of Hamilton College
Hamilton College is an archaeological canvas and an important cultural resource with oral tradition, historical documents, and a fascinating archaeological past.  Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nathan Goodale will be conducting an archaeological excavation at a site potentially associated with Samuel Kirkland. Goodale and the students of Archaeology 251: Archaeology of Hamilton’s Founding will provide a site tour, demonstrate the techniques used to learn about the past and discuss their findings. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking to the site.
Meet in Wellin Atrium, Taylor Science Center

2:30 p.m.

Happiness
The Declaration of Independence promises the citizens of the United States rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Enlightenment taught that a liberal arts education such as the one provided at Hamilton College plus the rights to life and liberty would allow individuals to pursue their own conception of happiness and thereby increase their opportunity to lead a happy life. Recent work in positive psychology and philosophy begins to cast doubt on the truth of the implicit assumptions of these Enlightenment ideas. Join Professor Richard Werner, the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy, as he  discusses these issues and the studies that support them.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125

2:30 p.m.

The Year Without a Summer – 1816
The summer weather four years after Hamilton’s founding was, to say the least, very unusual. Fluctuating temperature extremes, unusual snowfalls, widespread frosts, and ice on lakes and ponds were common throughout Upstate New York as the U.S. Northeast experienced the “Year without a Summer”. The unusually cool summer of 1816 is a relatively little known seasonal extreme of 19th century near the end of what is known as the Little Ice Age.  The “Year Without a Summer” had its origins in a volcanic eruption the year before and half a world away.   That eruption had far flung effects in world and Northern American history and was part of the early years of Hamilton’s history.   References from local accounts and from letters of Azel Backus indicate that Clinton and environs were subjected to many of the weather extremes that afflicted the northeast.  In this talk, David Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology, will discuss the impact of the “Year Without a Summer” on the local scene, the country and around the world.
Taylor Science Center G041

3:30 p.m.

How Hamilton Works:  What Students Gain from College – and How
For the past 12 years, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dan Chambliss and a team of faculty and student researchers have studied what students actually gain from attending a liberal arts college, and how those benefits occur. Following a cohort of 100 students every year through their college education as well as for five years afterward, the research provides a host of answers, some of them obvious, others rather surprising.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027

3:30 p.m.

Fiction and Poetry Readings
Faculty and student writing prize winners read from their fiction and poetry, hosted by The English and Creative Writing Department. Readers will include: William Billiter, Taylor Coe, Naomi Guttman, Molly Haughey, Hoa Ngo, Jane Springer, and Kina Viola.
Filllius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village

5 p.m.

Talk and Discussion with playwright Rajiv Joseph and Brad Fleischer '00
Join Rajiv Joseph and Brad Fleischer '00 and a Hamilton student for a discussion about theater and a reading from Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The play, written by Joseph, received three Tony nominations. Fleischer costared with Robin Williams in the show when it ran on Broadway earlier this year. Joseph, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, teaches Essay Writing at New York University and writes for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.
Reception to follow in Cafe Opus I
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125

   

Sunday, September 25

11 a.m.  

Bicentennial Tour: Tour of campus led by history students
Meet in lobby of Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall

2 p.m.

The History of Land Development and Buildings of Hamilton
Associate Vice President for Facilities and Planning Steve Bellona will give an overview of the history of the development of the lands and buildings at Hamilton College. His discussion will cover progress from 1812 until present day.
Clinton Historical Society, One Fountain Street, Clinton, NY

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