Levitt Center Announces 2010-11 Speakers

Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center will sponsor a series of evening lectures for the 2010-11 academic year focused on three thematically based programs: Security, Sustainability, and Inequality and Equity. All lectures are free and open to the public.

“Sustainability” lectures will focus on sustainable practices and the necessary policies to achieve them, including issues related to environmental conservation as well as poverty reduction and health.

Hamilton alumnus Matthew Kahn ’88 will address the economics of and future adaptation to climate change on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel.
He is the author of Climatopolis, described by Publishers Weekly as “…a sanguine look at how cities will fare under climate change.” Kahn is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the UCLA Department of Economics, and the UCLA Department of Public Policy.

Steven Hayward, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, will discuss environmental policy. Hayward is the coauthor of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators. His talk is Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fillius Events Barn.

Sean Safford, University of Pennsylvania professor, will discuss Rust Belt development on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Events Barn. Author of Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown: The Transformation of the Rust Belt, Safford researches social, economic and technological change, particularly in mature industrial economies.

Paul Wapner, director of the Global Environmental Politics Program at American University and author of Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics, will discuss environmental politics on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Events Barn.

“Security” lectures will address issues including national security, banking and security regulation, cultural preservation, cyber security and local law enforcement.

James C. Cobey ’65, Hamilton alumnus and orthopedic surgeon at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., will present "The International Campaign to Ban Landmines” on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Events Barn. Cobey’s research has resulted in bringing attention to the issue of landmines and helped galvanize support leading to the creation of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines,a group responsible for the 40-nation Mine Ban treaty calling for the destruction of stockpiled mines.

Margaret Stock is a nationally renowned expert on immigration, borders and national security who has taught at the United States Military Academy. She is a lieutenant colonel, Military Police Corps, U.S. Army Reserve, and an attorney. She will address issues related to immigration on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Events Barn.

University of South Carolina Professor of Political Science Gordon Smith and U.S. Military Academy Professor of Law Mark Welton will present "Foreign Corruption, Regime Stability, and U.S. National Security”  on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 4:10 p.m. in the Dwight Lounge. Smith, director of the Walker Center on International Relations at the University of South Carolina, is a recognized expert on law and regime politics in Russia. Welton is an expert on Islamic law and national security.

Inequality and Equity lectures will address factors that affect the distribution of income, distribution of health outcomes, impact of policy on intergenerational equity, welfare analysis, discrimination, access to the legal system and the role of incentives, race, gender and immigration.

Hamilton alumnus Robert Moses ’56 was a leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the creator of the Algebra Project, a foundation devoted to improving minority education in math. He will lecture on Monday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Edward (Ted) Miguel is professor of economics and director of the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley. His talk will take place on Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. in the Events Barn.

The Levitt Center Speaker Series, which is free and open to the public, features many speakers with substantial policy experience who are invaluable in helping students make the connection between the classroom and policies enacted in the real world. Students and other audience members have the opportunity to engage speakers in thoughtful discussion following each lecture.
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