VIP VISITORS TO THE HAMILTON CAMPUS IN 1997-98
* Branford Marsalis, national recording artist and noted saxophonistand composer, conducted an informal rap session with students in earlySeptember. Marsalis and his band "Buckshot LeFonque" performed in Utica thatevening.
* Albert Murray, distinguished American novelist, cultural critic andblues scholar, spoke on Faulkner's legacy as part of the Faulkner centenaryobservance in September.
* Ping Chong, a former Guggenheim Fellow and multi-media artist openedthe 1997-98 Performing Arts Series in October, with After Sorrow, adance theatre work in which he and fellow performer Muna Tseng probe what itmeans to be Chinese in America.
* Oliver North, decorated combat Marine, member of the NationalSecurity Council Staff under Ronald Reagan and prominent Iran-Contra figure,spoke on Conservatism in the 21st Century in November.
* Morris Dees, civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the SouthernPoverty Law Center lectured on hate speech in America and his educationalproject "Teaching Tolerance" in November.
* Urvashi Vaid, director of the Policy Institute of the National Gayand Lesbian Task Force and author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming ofGay and Lesbian Liberation visited in December. She met with students andlectured on the conditional acceptance of gay, lesbian and bisexual people inthe U.S.
* Peter Edelman, former assistant secretary for planning and evaluationat the Department of Health and Human Services and professor of law atGeorgetown University shared some of his thoughts on the current welfare lawand the connection between welfare and poverty in February.
* Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author ofThe Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance,visited in February and conducted a slide presentation and spoke on the mostsignificant public health issues in the newly independent states of the formerSoviet Union.
* Kathryn Edin, professor of sociology at the University ofPennsylvania and co-author of Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers SurviveWelfare and Low-Wage Work met with students and lectured on how the currentwelfare law impacts on the daily lives of single mothers on welfare.
* Yevgeny Yevtushenko, renowned Russian poet, former member of theSoviet parliament and author of 18 books, including Don't Die Before You'reDead, read from his many works in English and Russian to a captivatedaudience in March.
* F.W. De Klerk, South Africa's last president under apartheid andco-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 was the Great Names Speaker inApril. De Klerk, along with Nelson Mandela, played a major role in initiatingthe reforms that marked the end of apartheid and white minority rule in SouthAfrica.
* Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author ofAngels in America spoke on The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide toCapitalism and Socialism in April. Kushner was the guest of the Tolleslecture series.
* Frank Foster, well-known jazz saxophonist, composer/arranger andformer member of The Count Basie Orchestra, conducted a master class and playedwith students in an informal concert in early April.
* Kathryn Sullivan, former shuttle astronaut, first woman to walk inspace and president and CEO of the Ohio Center for Science and Industrydelivered the 1997-98 James Plant lecture, The Ups and Downs of anOceanographer Astronaut, in April.
* Octavia Butler, science fiction novelist and recipient of theMacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 1995, read from her new fiction at theend of April.
* Terrence Brooks `66, New York Times best-selling authorreturned to his alma mater in early May to speak and meet with students andfaculty. His first book, The Sword of Shannara, was started while he wasa student at Hamilton, and he is currently working on "novelization" of StarWars IV.
* Edward C. Taylor `46, widely celebrated organic chemist, author ofmore than 450 scientific papers and holder of 48 U.S. patents returned toCollege Hill for a talk in early May.
* Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment forInternational Peace, the organization founded by Hamilton statesman Elihu Root,delivered the Commencement address in May.