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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.

May’s news topics included varied subjects from twin co-valedictorians to communism to the consumer price index. 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.

Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People of 2024” – Washingtonian, May 2
Elias Law Group founding partner and Democracy Docket founder Marc Elias ’90, New Civil Liberties Alliance Senior Litigation Counsel John Vecchione ’86, and Reinsurance Association of America Senior Vice President and Director of Federal Affairs Nicole Austin ’01 were included in this list.

Campus Protests; Undocumented Deportation; TikTok” – Ivory Tower, WCNY-TV (Syracuse public media), May 3
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Aaron Strong was a panelist.

5 books to help you better understand today’s campus protests” – The Conversation, May 9
Professor of History Maurice Isserman’s America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s was listed first in this article that also appeared on Yahoo.com and in outlets across the country and world.

Wippman Named Presidents-in-Residence” – Harvard Graduate School of Education, May 9
Harvard announced President Wippman’s appointment.

Why isn’t the cost of borrowing money included in the consumer price index?” – Marketplace, American Public Media, May 15
Professor of Economics Ann Owen discussed the consumer price index. The segment was broadcast on more than 800 stations nationwide.

I spent years studying American communism. Here’s what I learned” – The Guardian, May 16
Professor of History Maurice Isserman reviewed the history of American communism.

Dolly Parton Explores Wales Ancestry” - Radio Wales Drive, BBC, May 15 (1:22:45 - 1:28:42)
Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley discussed Dolly Parton’s music, her connections to Ireland and Wales, and how those countries influenced her music.

Opinion: What’s in a name? Everything, if it honors treason and slavery.” – The Washington Post, May 17
Visiting Professor of History Ty Seidule penned this essay-length letter in response to a Virginia School Board’s decision to restore the names of Stonewall Jackson High School and Ashby Lee Elementary School, which had previously been changed during the national racial reckoning sparked by George Floyd’s killing.

Putin prepares Russia for indefinite war” – Daily Mail, May 18
Professor of Government Alan Cafruny commented on President Putin’s selection of a new defense minister.

A Many-Splendored Self-Portrait of the Artist” – The New York Times, May 21
In a review of the Wellin Museum’s current exhibition, critic Seph Rodney wrote, “René Treviño creates a survey-as-party and invites all the aspects of himself.”

 “An ancient manuscript up for sale gives a glimpse into the history of early Christianity” – The Conversation, Yahoo, and Religion News Service, May 22
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies Ian Mills wrote this essay that appeared in outlets around the world.

Evidence for 'Planet Nine' lurking on the fringes of the Solar System is building. So why can't astronomers spot it?” – Australian Broadcasting Corporation, May 23
Associate Professor of Physics Kate Brown’s research was included in this report.

 “Opinion: Integration of immigrants starts from the ground up. Just ask Lewiston.” – Portland Herald (Maine), May 27
Meredith Brubaker ’26 wrote this essay, an outgrowth of her Politics of Asylum course this semester.


Chloe and Olivia Chiota ’24 at commencement
Photo: Adam J. Brockway
Commencement 2024

Identical twin co-valedictorians Chloe and Olivia Chiota were celebrated in publications throughout the Mohawk Valley as well in and around the twins’ hometown, Southborough, Massachusetts. They were also highlighted in the national news in NBC affiliate broadcasts across the country from Seattle to Tampa. Here are a few examples.

Identical twin sisters named co-valedictorians at a New York college” – NBC News, May 21-24
Dozens of NBC-affiliate stations across the country featured the College’s identical twin co-valedictorians.

Identical Twins – with Matching 4.0 GPAs – Graduate College as Co-Valedictorians: 'It Meant So Much'” – People Magazine, May 25
The Chiota twins’ accomplishments were highlighted.

Mass. teens named co-valedictorians at New York school” – Boston Globe, May 26
The Chiota twins’ accomplishments were highlighted.

More Hamilton in the News

Darkness during totality at the Burke Library watch party.

Faculty, Student and Alumni in the News – April 2024

April’s news topics included varied subjects from the eclipse to the NFL draft. 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.

"Ivory Tower - On the Road" (WCNY) with Visiting History Professor Ty Seidule and Dave Chanatry '80

Faculty, Student and Alumni in the News – March 2024

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. March’s news topics included varied subjects from the eclipse to awkwardness to politics.

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