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  • December’s news highlights include an essay co-authored by President David Wippman on whether college is too hard and a New York Times essay featuring the use of oral exams at Hamilton.

  • The Levitt (Center) Law & Justice Lab, a program designed for students interested in synthesizing perspectives on public policy issues, just concluded a semester focused on exploring policies affecting homelessness in Utica, N.Y. The experience was led by Professors Frank Anechiarico (government), Herman Lehman (biology), Philip Bean (history), and Gwendolyn Dordick (government).

  • Following up on a series of webinars held last year, the College-Community Partnership for Racial Justice hosted a discussion on Oct. 28 aimed at assessing the progress of local police reform measures. The earlier webinar series, which featured local experts and community leaders and focused on issues such as racial equity, criminal justice, and the prison industrial complex, was initiated in response to then-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order mandating reforms for all New York law enforcement agencies.

  • Three Hamilton students — Anokhi Manchanda ’22, Cole Kuczek ’23, and Henry Schwob ’22 — are working on summer research projects concerning police and court reforms and a potential human rights commission in the Utica area.

  • Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen recognized 10 faculty members with Dean’s Scholarly Achievement Awards in three categories at the May 19 faculty meeting.

  • “We have been building bridges,” says Professor of Government Frank Anechiarico, who has been leading the College/Community Partnership for Racial Justice since its inception last summer.

  • Last fall, the College-Community Partnership for Racial Justice assembled a series of eight webinars focused on racial equity and police reform, sponsored by the Levitt Center Law and Justice Lab. Since then, the Partnership has collected and organized data from multiple surveys aimed at gauging public opinion on these issues. The results of these surveys were discussed in a virtual town hall on Feb. 11.

  • Crafting Criminal Justice Reform in Response to Black Lives Matter, an experiential learning practicum in the government department, is a timely offering in this evolving environment.

  • Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law Frank Anechiarico is gaining a different perspective this year by swapping his classroom on College Hill with one in Sweden. Anechiarico and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Jonas Brodin, a faculty member of The Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics, have exchanged roles, with Brodin teaching courses in public policy at Hamilton and Anechiarico teaching comparative policy and justice studies in Stockholm.

  • “It's not too late to rein in government corruption,” an essay published by Albany’s Times-Union and co-authored by Professor of Government and Law Frank Anechiarico, precedes the Finding Our Way: Rebuilding Ethics in New York State conference which he is co-hosting this Wednesday in Albany and his interview on the Capitol Pressroom (locally WRVO 91.9 FM) Tuesday at 8 p.m. about the conference.


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