Levitt Center Announces Fall Speakers Series

Christina Romer
Christina Romer

Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is offering another series of lectures this fall focused on issues of sustainability, security, and inequality and equity. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Attica! 1971-2011- Reflection, Re-Assessment and the Prison Today
Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. - Chapel

This one-day symposium will feature two prison historians, Theresa Lynch and Scott Christianson; Melvin Marshall, an inmate-survivor of the 1971 Attica prison uprising; and Brian Fischer, the current commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections, to reconsider and reflect on the legacy of Attica, and the state of the prison system today.


Hydrofracking Panel Discussion
Sept. 23, 2 p.m. - Chapel

Bruce Selleck, Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology at Colgate University, and Stuart Gruskin, former executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will provide an informative overview of the science and policy of gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales in Central New York.  The talk will be moderated by Hamilton geologist Eugene Domack,  the J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies.

Valerie J. Bunce
"When U.S. Democracy Assistance Works"
Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. - Fillius Events Barn

Valerie Bunce, the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, will present “When U.S. Democracy Assistance Works.” Bunce's fields are comparative politics and international relations. Her research and teaching address comparative democratization, international democracy promotion and inter-ethnic cooperation and conflict, with a geographical focus primarily in east-central Europe, the Balkans and the Soviet successor states. She is the author of Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Collapse of Socialism and the State and she is co-authoring a book tentatively titled American Democracy Promotion and Electoral Change in Postcommunist Europe and Eurasia.


Ronald Ferguson
Inequality and Equity Topic - TBA
Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. - Fillius Events Barn

Ronald Ferguson, senior lecturer in education and public policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, will present a lecture related to his research and writing focused on racial achievement gaps.  Ferguson is also an economist and senior research associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. His research and writing for the past decade has focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in a variety of publications. His most recent book, Toward the Excellence with Equity: An emerging vision for closing the achievement gap, was published by Harvard Education Press. Ferguson is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and is also the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. 

Christina D. Romer
"What Do We Know about the Effects of Fiscal Policy?   Separating Evidence from Ideology"
Nov. 7,  7:30 p.m. – Chapel

Christina Romer is the Class of 1957 Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration (2009-2010).   Romer joined the Berkeley faculty in 1988. She is the co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee. Romer has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship. Romer’s research interests include the effects of fiscal policy, identification of monetary shocks, the determinants of American macroeconomic policy, changes in short-run fluctuations over the 20th century and the cause of the Great Depression.


Jacob Hacker
"Winner Take All Politics"
Nov.14, 4:15 p.m. - Chapel

Jacob Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University and director at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, will present a lecture titled “Winner Take All Politics.”  Hacker’s research and writing focuses on the areas of healthcare, social welfare and economic opportunity; particularly how the institutions of social protection work, practically and economically.  He is the author of Winner-Take-All Politics and The Great Risk Shift.

For additional information on any Levitt programs, contact Sharon Topi at 315-859-4451.

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