National and regional news organizations regularly interview Hamilton faculty, staff, alumni, and students for their expertise and perspectives on current events, and to feature programs and activities on campus.

  • August’s news highlights ranged from Confederate memorials to town hall protocols.  Links are provided, but some may require subscriptions to access content. Please contact Vige Barrie if you cannot open a link or do not have a subscription.
  • The 15 Colleges with the Best Alumni Networks” – Town & Country, Aug. 3
    Hamilton was included in this article that observed that, “Intimate liberal arts colleges have great alumni networks, too, their small sizes and quirky traditions facilitating the formation of tight, lifelong affiliations among students.”
  • The Wellin Museum of Art to Present RHONA BITNER: RESOUND” – Broadway World, Aug. 3
    This performance-oriented publication noted that, “Much of Bitner's photographic practice focuses on the spaces, people, and objects related to performance - from popular music and the circus to ballet and classical theater, among other subjects-to create images that evoke personal and collective memory.”
  • Removing Relics of “The Lost Cause” – NPR’s On the Media, Aug. 4
    Visiting Professor of History Ty Seidule, vice chair of the U.S. Naming Commission, was interviewed about the names selected by the commission for the Army bases named after Confederates. He also spoke about his book, Robert E. Lee and Me – A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.
  • Suit aims to halt removal of Arlington Cemetery’s Confederate Memorial” – The Washington Post, Aug. 7
    Commenting about the memorial, Ty Seidule said, “I think it’s the cruelest monument in the country. The statue represents all the terrible lies of the Lost Cause.”
  • Let’s Get Back to the Town Halls of Yesteryear” – Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 9
    Vice President of Marketing and Communications Melissa Richards wrote this essay chronicling the history of town hall meetings and offering suggestions on how they might be conducted more successfully in the present. “Designed for true collaboration, these meetings work best when all parties have equal ownership.”
  • “‘A huge human drama’: how the revolt that began on the Gladstone plantation led to emancipation” – The Guardian, Aug. 19
    Associate Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas commented on this event that led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. “To have anything from 9,000 to 13,000 people rise up in plantations, given the conditions, was a tremendous feat of planning and endurance.”
  • The Confederate Memorial Celebrates Racism” – The Wall Street Journal – Aug. 25
    Ty Seidule wrote a letter to the editor countering a recent essay supporting the Arlington Cemetery Confederate Memorial. “Removing the monument doesn’t change history. It changes commemoration, which reflects our values.”
  • College interns share valuable lessons they learned this summer” – New York Post, Aug. 27
    Interviewed for this article, Gianni Esposito ’24 said, “I have learned that listening is not only hearing what someone is saying but using what you hear to form questions that can be used to extract the information you are looking for from the speaker.” 
  • Seeing Our Policy Choices Clearly” – Forbes, Aug. 31
    Professor of Government Emeritus P. Gary Wyckoff was interviewed about his book, Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, published 14 years ago. He observed that, “The empirical literature on policy take-up of research suggests that methodological sophistication is not the key to reaching these practitioners. Instead, the scholars with the greatest policy impact are those who make a concerted effort to connect with those practitioners.”

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Hamilton News Highlights – Second Quarter

National and regional news organizations regularly interview Hamilton faculty, staff, and students for their expertise and perspectives on current events, and to feature programs and activities on campus. Here are the second quarter’s national news coverage highlights. The articles include expert commentary on wars in Ukraine and Sudan, opinions on civic education, and an explanation of how the concept of race evolved in the Renaissance, among others.

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