In the last movement of her dance performance titled Wires, April Bailey ’14 (pictured in pink) breaks free from the group and moves independently — just as she’s demonstrated academically. Read more
Colgate University and Hamilton College jointly announced today their partnership as new contributing members in the nonprofit online learning platform edX.
Founded by Harvard University and MIT, edX currently offers more than 150 courses in many areas of study, including the arts and humanities, public health, law, math, and computer science. Its focus is to to open up access to the world’s best education globally, improve on-campus education, and conduct research to enhance teaching and learning.
Colgate and Hamilton are joining edX along with several major foundations and other global organizations. Among those are Osaka University (Japan), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), International Monetary Fund, Learning by Giving Foundation (Buffet family philanthropy), The Linux Foundation, and The Smithsonian Institution.
Colgate University has joined the online learning platform edX as a contributing member, through a unique partnership with our liberal arts neighbor, Hamilton College. Colgate’s Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of faculty, and Kevin Lynch, chief information officer, discuss how this collaboration places Colgate at the forefront of utilizing online technologies to enhance our residential liberal arts mission. Read more
When Neal Barsch ’14 found out he would be representing Sierra Leone at the National Model African Union in Washington, D.C., he knew he would need to make some fast friends to accomplish his small country’s diplomatic goals.
“If I wrote a resolution based on just what was just good for Sierra Leone, it wouldn’t have passed,” said Barsch, an economics major from Colorado who earned two top honors awarded by his peers at the event.
For Mary Moran, professor of anthropology and Africana and Latin American studies, it is that kind of interaction that makes the Model AU simulation an enriching experience for students of all academic majors.
In the lead-up to this week’s national elections in Afghanistan, democracy advocate and former Afghan government official Nargis Nehan visited campus last month to deliver two Project Afghanistan lectures. Before addressing students, Nehan sat down with President Jeffrey Herbst to discuss the current state of Afghan politics, drug policy, the country’s position as a buffer between rival powers, America’s post-conflict role in Afghan redevelopment, and more.
The former lobby of James B. Colgate Hall has undergone a major transformation in becoming The Hurwitz Admission Center, and the doors to this contemporary and informative welcome space are now open.
Entirely donor-funded and a year-and-a-half in the making, the renovation was possible thanks to a lead gift from Dan ’86 and Ellie Hurwitz P’17, and the generosity of a number of alumni, parents, grandparents, and other friends of Colgate.
“When Ellie and I think about Colgate, we think of an unparalleled standard of excellence. The introduction point for prospective students should appropriately highlight the extraordinary opportunities that are uniquely Colgate. It is an honor for our family to partner with Colgate to achieve this goal,” said Dan Hurwitz.
As events in Ukraine unfold at a rapid pace, Colgate faculty members with expertise in the region are bringing the latest issues to the forefront in the classroom and special panel discussions.
The video above is from a session held February 26 titled Conflagration in Ukraine.
After winning an Oscar, that golden statuette can turn into real gold in the pockets of some, but not all. It’s another case of the gender gap in Hollywood. Read more
Gloria Borger ’74, P’10, chief political analyst for CNN and a member of the first coeducational class to graduate from Colgate, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 193rd commencement on Sunday, May 18, in Sanford Field House.
Borger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing daily on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Lead with Jake Tapper, and across CNN’s prime time programs.
Since joining the network in 2007, she has reported on a variety of political and breaking news topics ranging from the death of Osama bin Laden to the 2013 government shutdown. She was a prominent analyst during CNN’s election night coverage. She writes a regular column for CNN.com. Read more
With so many exciting events and activities going on at Colgate, sometimes it’s hard to choose what to go to. Here are some events you won’t want to miss this week!
On Monday, stop by 101 Ho Science Center at 7 p.m. for a Native American Studies lecture by Dennis Banks.
“We are truly exploring new territory,” wrote Kara Vadman ’14 and Mikhaila Redovian ’15 after the research vessel they boarded in January headed into uncharted waters near Totten Glacier, Antarctica. Read more
For many Colgate students and professors, breaks offer a chance to travel and learn. Join professors Lesleigh Cushing and Eliza Kent on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for a brown bag lunch featuring their travels over winter break.
A tale of three cities unfolded in Boston last Wednesday as Colgate launched its newest professional network for alumni and students: the Health and Wellness Network.
More than 75 graduates working in a wide variety of health-related fields attended the event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and it was up to Colgate staff members to link them with their alma mater in Hamilton, N.Y. — city number one. Michael Sciola, director of career services, did so by reminding everyone of why they were there.
“Most institutions have a legacy of connecting alumni either by professions, geographic locations, or nostalgia. Instead, we are finding complementary professions so we can bring alumni together in mutually beneficial ways,” Sciola said. “What you see tonight is an example of how we’re starting to think differently about how we interact with alumni and how we can continue a 70-year dialogue after graduation.”
Twenty years ago, Susan Thomson, now a Colgate professor, was in Rwanda during the genocide that still shapes the narrative of that country. Her book — “Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda” (University of Wisconsin Press) — examines grassroots resistance to the postgenocide policies established by Rwandan government officials.
She discussed her book and her experiences in Rwanda during the height of the violence at one of several events organized by the Peace and Conflict Studies and the Africana and Latin American Studies programs.
Colgate senior co-captain Hannah Fitton has not once let Usher syndrome stand in the way of pursuing her dreams. The sociology and anthropology major is rounding out her final season swimming for the Division I Raiders.
The senior swimmer lives by a simple motto, swim fast, have fun. Fitton is a go-getter who not only spends her time in the pool, but also studied forensic anthropology in the Balkans as an Alumni Memorial Scholar and is a cellist with the Colgate University Orchestra. She has been playing the cello since she was in the fourth grade.
There’s a new series examining the U.S. criminal justice system, and award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger ’83 is perfectly suited for the role of director and executive producer. Read more
Applications are now being accepted for the first round of awards. The fund was established to grow and advance for-profit and not-for-profit ventures that “have the potential to solve big problems.” The fund’s mission is also to keep such entrepreneurial activity in Hamilton and central New York. Read more
From fun activities to thought-provoking lectures, there’s plenty going on at Colgate this week! Here’s a
few events to check out.
While it’s not surprising that accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have emerged as contradicting
narratives of the violent events as told by historians from different parties, they still raise questions
regarding historians’ motivations.
During winter break I discovered that working on an interdisciplinary research project in a foreign country is one of the most interesting ways to learn about a new culture.
Research that combines natural science, social science, and humanities is rare to find, but Colgate is a university where collaborations like this happen, and I was lucky enough to get involved. Using the Alumni Memorial Scholarship granted to me upon admission, I spent three weeks of my winter break in Ethiopia working with Professors Catherine Cardelus and Carrie Woods from the Department of Biology, Peter Klepeis and Peter Scull from the Department of Geography, and Eliza Kent from the Department of Religion, studying the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests.