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Catherine Ferrara
Levitt Center Publishes 2011 Edition of Insights

The Levitt Center has recently published the spring 2011 edition of Insights, the academic journal that features the best undergraduate social science research papers written by Hamilton students.  More ...

Elizabeth Bilharz '12
Elizabeth Bilharz ’12 is Intern at N.H.Think Tank

For students interested in public policy, a think tank offers an ideal environment to begin exploring a range of policies, methods of research, and potential solutions to current issues. Elizabeth “Betsy” Bilharz ’12, an economics major with a public policy minor, plans to take full advantage of a think-tank environment; she will spend her summer as an intern for the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies in Concord, N. H.  More ...

Levitt Poll Presentation
Levitt Poll Shows Youth More Positive Toward Immigrants and Minorities

A new national survey of Americans’ attitudes on immigration, race, ethnicity and religion shows a large majority of Americans (60%) support allowing legal immigrants to vote in local elections, with the strongest support coming from young Americans and opposed only by a majority of those over age 60. The poll, funded by Hamilton's Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, found that almost half of all young people feel the government should focus more on integrating illegal immigrants into American society.  More ...

From left Russ Doubleday, Scott Hefferman, Evan Klondar, Kate Tummarello and Holly Donaldson.
Talking Heads or a Coin Flip?

Five students in the Hamilton College Public Policy department posed a question at the outset of their thesis presentation on May 2: are the columnists you read and talking heads you watch better than a coin flip?  More ...

Paul Krugman
Pundits predict no more accurately than a coin toss

Five seniors directed by Professor of Government Gary Wyckoff have analyzed the predictions of 26 prognosticators and have found that most of them were not significantly different, in a statistical sense, than a coin flip. Their findings were presented via webcast on Monday, May 2.  More ...

Obama's Health Care Reforms Debated by Wyckoff Class
The small Kirner-Johnson classroom was packed on Monday, May 3, for a debate regarding Obama’s healthcare reforms and how these policies might be bettered. Fourteen public policy majors, “armed only with a semester's worth of study of the economics, ethics and politics of health care,” engaged in the debate. More ...
Gary Wyckoff
Congress Follows Hamilton Students’ Lead
It has taken 17 years, but the president and Congress have finally accomplished what eight Hamilton students achieved as part of a public policy class: overhaul the health care system. More ...
Mark Bailey's students present to 9th graders
Hamilton Hosts Community-based Research Program
Hamilton hosted a Community-based Research (CBR) program on Friday, Nov. 6, arranged by New York Campus Compact, at which four CBR models currently in use as part of Hamilton courses were presented. Faculty members from Colgate and SUNY/IT as well Hamilton faculty and two Levitt Vista workers attended this roundtable which included discussions of best practices for student learning and community outcomes. More ...
Gary Wyckoff
Wyckoff Publishes Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect
Associate Professor of Government Gary Wyckoff has written a book titled Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, published in May by Urban Institute Press. Wyckoff directs Hamilton's Public Policy Program. More ...
Topics in Public Policy Students Propose Health Care Plans
The students of Professor Gary Wyckoff's Topics in Public Policy classes tackled the public health care system on Sunday, May 4. Students were divided into two groups and charged with the task of devising a plan to cover the nation's uninsured and growing medical costs. Both group's plan had to be specific, comprehensive, fiscally sound, ethically defensible and politically feasible.
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