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Colgate Professor Jacob Mundy looks for ‘crisis’ to save Western Sahara

September 18, 2014
Jacob Mundy

Jacob Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies

Writing about Western Sahara and Morocco in a feature article online at World Politics Review, Professor Jacob Mundy asserted that “a web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo.”

Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, looks for a disruptive event to “unbalance the deadlock,” though, he wrote, the likeliest events — the Arab Spring, the 2012 Mali crisis, and renewed oil and gas interest in the area – all have failed to do so, at least thus far.

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Living Writers brings renowned authors to classroom and to campus

September 18, 2014
The Colgate Community enjoys the Living Writers series together

Members of the Colgate community enjoy the Living Writers series together.

The university’s signature Living Writers course brings 10 highly regarded authors to campus every year. The Colgate community is invited to attend their public readings in person or via the web at colgate.edu/livingwriters.
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Freedom on My Mind screening builds on yearlong theme of civil rights

September 17, 2014
It was a brisk evening on the Quad for the free barbecue.

It was a brisk evening on the Quad for the free barbecue. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Last Friday, hundreds of first-year students gathered on the Academic Quad to watch a screening of Freedom on My Mind, a 1994 Academy Award-nominated documentary directed by Connie Field.

The film was presented as part of a campuswide initiative called “Civil Rights: Then and Now.”

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

September 16, 2014
Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, will deliver the next address in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate, October 25.

Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel, will deliver the next address in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate, October 25.

Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate on Saturday, October 25. Peres will address parents, students, alumni, and friends in Sanford Field House beginning at 6 p.m. His speech will be followed by an onstage interview with journalist Bob Woodruff ’83, P’13.

Ticket information will be released at colgate.edu/globalleaders as it becomes available — for those unable to attend in person, the event will also be broadcast live here.

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Exhibitions featuring works by Arbus and Serra mark reopening of Picker Art Gallery

September 15, 2014
The Colgate Picker Art Gallery reopens Thursday.

Picker Art Gallery, located in Colgate’s Dana Arts Center, reopens Thursday.

Two exhibitions of work by American art legends, Diane Arbus and Richard Serra, mark the first public Picker Art Gallery opening in the Dana Arts Center since staff closed the space in 2012 to embark on a major inventory of Colgate’s collection of 11,000 works of art.

The exhibitions, which open at 5 p.m. Thursday and run through January 10, 2015, feature 27 Arbus photographs from the collection of John Pelosi ’85 and Susan Manly Pelosi ’85, and 23 Serra prints from the collection of Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf ’58. Read more


Video: Colgate students lend a hand during COVE day of service

September 14, 2014

Giving back to the community often involves application of old-fashioned elbow grease, but sometimes it’s also a good game of kickball accompanied by a big smile and laughter.

A new video captures a few moments during an August 21 day of service in Utica in which nearly 40 first-year students pitched in to help nonprofit organizations through participation in the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) pre-orientation program.

Students painted rooms, cleaned out garages, and played games with children during the daylong outing at six local groups: Hope House, Johnson Park Center, the Thea Bowman House, Emmaus House, the Utica Rescue Mission, and the Neighborhood Center.


New Picker exhibitions and Homecoming fill busy calendar

September 12, 2014

This post is by Jessica Rice ’16

As students are concluding their second full week of school, there are tons of events happening around campus. It’s going to be a busy week at Colgate with Homecoming Weekend around the corner, so here are some of the events you don’t want to miss.

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National Science Foundation grants foster faculty research

September 12, 2014
Professor Michael Loranty was among several Colgate professors in Siberia photo by Logan Burner I've also included a photo of thawing permafrost (which is relevant to the proposal), the person under the bug jacket is me and the photo was taken in Siberia by Logan Berner. studies permafrost

Geography professor Michael Loranty studies permafrost in Siberia. Loranty was one of several Colgate professors who recently received an NSF grant. Photo by Logan Berner

Professors researching a wide array of subjects — from privacy software to fieldwork in the Galapagos — recently received National Science Foundation grant awards totaling $1,328,055. Read more


Addressing race relations in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting

September 11, 2014
Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson. Photo by Salote Tenisi '15

Colgate community members collectively put their hands up in a demonstration of their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. Photos by Salote Tenisi ’15

Editor’s note: This report was co-authored by Hannah O’Malley ’17 and Kellyann Hayes ’16

Colgate has been participating in the nationwide conversation about race relations in response to the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American who was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Read more


Mellon grant to assist Colgate’s investigation of online learning technologies

September 11, 2014
Douglas Hicks (left), Colgate provost and dean of faculty, and Pat Reynolds, Hamilton vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, are helping spearhead the schools' edX partnership.

Douglas Hicks (left), Colgate provost and dean of faculty, and Pat Reynolds, Hamilton vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, spearheaded the schools’ edX partnership.

Colgate University and Hamilton College, who last year forged a unique partnership as contributing members in edX, recently received a $91,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further their exploration of online learning technologies within the residential liberal arts context.

The two schools also will use the grant to foster collaborative ties with two other liberal arts institutions that are edX charter members — Wellesley and Davidson.

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Memorial Chapel service to remember Colgate victims of 9/11 attacks

September 10, 2014

Colgate will hold a service of remembrance and interfaith prayer at noon Thursday in Memorial Chapel to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Seven alumni were among the 2,977 people killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks. An untold number were, and still are, deeply affected by the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
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New faculty scholars enrich campus culture

September 10, 2014

Colgate campus
As the fall semester kicks into gear with this first full week of classes, the first-year students are not the only new faces in Colgate classrooms. Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of the faculty, recently introduced the campus to new faculty scholars whose “dynamism and enthusiasm” will help to enrich the Colgate experience for students and faculty colleagues alike.

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Professor Michael Johnston, Bertram Levine ’63 co-write Washington Post op-ed about corruption

September 9, 2014
Michael Johnston collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli

Michael Johnston is seen collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli ’13.

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana professor of political science, has been collaborating with Bertram Levine ’63, now a political science professor at Rutgers, for decades. The two scholars recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post called “Making campaign contributions anonymous.

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Natasha Torres ’15 assesses study abroad experiences of students of color

September 8, 2014
Natasha Torres '15

Based on her own experiences studying abroad, Natasha Torres ’15 developed her research project about how other students of color navigated their experiences.

Colgate students are reflecting on their summer research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Natasha Torres ’15, an educational studies major and women’s studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio, who was given an award for outstanding research at the fall student poster session.

My study abroad experience, which included a semester in Italy and extended study to South Africa, was life changing — in far more complicated ways than I had expected. My two experiences were drastically different, but both informed the reasons for conducting my research and are deeply embedded within my project. Read more


Academic year begins with strong message of sexual respect and safety

September 4, 2014
Yes Means Yes training has been held on campus for several years.

Yes Means Yes program training has been held on campus for several years.

The expectations for 2014–2015 are crystal clear: Sexual violence will not be tolerated at Colgate.

As stated in a September 3 campus-wide e-mail signed by President Jeffrey Herbst, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks, and Dean of the College Suzy Nelson, the administration is “especially keen to bring the issue out in the open … during the first several weeks of the semester, when new students are proven to be most at risk.” Read more