Hamilton's Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is one of the College's most active and important resources. Government majors and other students engage in the civic life of the region through the center's Community Outreach Office, service learning projects, and numerous field trips and conferences. Students and faculty members collaborate on community-based research directed by the Levitt Center, while the Levitt Scholars Program sends Hamilton students to high schools to speak on a variety of civic topics. And the center's Think Tank, a student-led discussion group, provides an informal forum for students and faculty members to discuss current issues.
The department's Linowitz Professorship in International Affairs — named for the late Sol Linowitz, a Hamilton alumnus, presidential advisor and ambassador — brings a series of eminent diplomats to Hamilton as visiting professors. Recent Linowitz Professors include Edward S. "Ned" Walker Jr., former ambassador to Israel, former assistant secretary of state and a Hamilton alumnus; Brandon H. Grove, former ambassador to Zaire and 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service; and Bernard Kalb, former assistant secretary of state and a veteran diplomatic journalist for The New York Times, CNN, NBC and CBS.
The Levitt Center Lecture Series also brings well-known civic servants and public-affairs scholars to Hamilton each semester. Recent visitors include Alice Rivlin, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board; Nobel Prize recipient in economics Joseph E. Stiglitz; Lawrence J. Korb, former assistant secretary of defense; Catholic and feminist scholar Elizabeth Fox-Genovese; former Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt; and former presidential advisor, author and conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.