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Examining the history of the Holocaust through art

February 25, 2014
Gabriella Nikolic

Figure 4 from the One Day, One Woman, One Child exhibition

Striking images of Holocaust victims overlaid with paint and text stare back at viewers as they encounter the pieces in the exhibition One Day, One Woman, One Child — which will be in the Longyear Museum of Anthropology until this Friday.  Read more

Colgate celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy

December 13, 2013

“This is an important moment for us to reflect both on his life and the lessons he’s taught us,” President Jeffrey Herbst said at Colgate’s celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela. Photo by Erica Hasenjager

Yesterday, the Colgate community joined South Africans and people across the world in honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Read more

Caitlin Sackrison ’15 explores French political cartoons as part of summer research

August 23, 2013
Caitlin Sackrison '15 used the university archives for her research of  19th-century French political cartoons. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Caitlin Sackrison ’15 used the university archives for her research of 19th-century French political cartoons. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by history major Caitlin Sackrison ’15, of Minnetonka, Minn.

This summer I conducted research on over 75 19th-century French political cartoons found in the Colgate archives. I was funded through a grant from the Division of Social Sciences and advised by Professor Jill Harsin of the History Department, who helped me as I translated, identified, and analyzed each cartoon.

My initial goal for the summer was to study these cartoons, since they had yet to be thoroughly analyzed.

The Colgate archives contain over 200 political cartoons that were created during the Second Empire in France (1850-1870), and I chose to analyze only those cartoons containing depictions of women to narrow my focus.

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Colgate experts offer insight on Egypt uprising

July 3, 2013

As events rapidly unfold in Egypt, experts at Colgate are discussing the groundswell of public dissatisfaction with that country’s democratically elected government, and how the Egyptian population now appears largely in favor of a military coup.

Bruce Rutherford, Colgate associate professor of political science and director of Middle Eastern and Islamic civilization studies, is intimately familiar with the political situation in Egypt, and was in the country to observe the 2012 elections that resulted in a narrow victory by Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi.

Now that the military says they have followed through in ousting Morsi, Rutherford said Egypt’s first experiment with democracy has failed.

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Students on Colgate’s London Study Group take a turn at oratory tradition

April 22, 2013

Orator Anthony Tamburro ’14 was one of five London Study Group students to talk to a crowd at Hyde Park’s famous Speakers’ Corner.

Karl Marx reportedly did it. So did George Orwell, or so the story goes. But it’s definitely 100 percent true that Anthony Tamburro ’14, Caroline Kraeutler ’14, and three of their classmates on Colgate’s London Study Group made their positions heard at the Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, near the Marble Arch tube station. Read more

Interfaith trip to Turkey informs and inspires

April 10, 2013
Interfaith trip

Students on a recent interfaith trip to Turkey listen to a lecture from Noor Khan, Colgate associate professor of history, with the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in the background.

Beyond ancient ruins, temples, mosques, and historic churches of Istanbul, participants in a recent interfaith trip to Turkey explored their own religious beliefs and perceptions. Only traditional Turkish cuisine was on the menu and trips to McDonalds were forbidden.

Led by Rabbi Dena Bodian, associate university chaplain and director of Jewish life, and Noor Khan, associate professor of history, the trip brought students from a wide spectrum of personal beliefs to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of Turkey. The students chronicled their travels on the blog, Reflections from Turkey. Read more

Colgate receives $700,000 Mellon grant to fund new Sophomore Residential Seminars

December 17, 2012
David Dudrick,  associate professor of philosophy and director of the new Mellon Sophomore Residential Seminars program, will teach Existentialism in Drake Hall.

David Dudrick,  associate professor of philosophy and director of the new Mellon Sophomore Residential Seminars program, will teach Existentialism in Drake Hall. A week-long academic travel experience to Paris is part of the course.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $700,000 grant to Colgate for use over four years, to support a new program of Mellon Sophomore Residential Seminars.

The initiative will create a series of courses — to be offered every year for a substantial number of sophomores — in which students will live and study together, meet regularly with the seminar professors and guest speakers in their designated residence hall, and engage in an embedded academic travel experience related to the course. Each spring, all Mellon seminar students will continue the dialog with a one-quarter-credit course with their professor. Read more

Historian discusses President Lincoln’s role in ending slavery

November 19, 2012

Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, visited campus last week to talk about the U.S. president that America can’t seem to get enough of — Abraham Lincoln.

Though his Nov. 14 lecture was on historical events, it could not have been more timely. With the comparisons being drawn between President Obama and Lincoln, and Hollywood’s renewed interest in the president through Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president is alive in the American imagination right now.

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George Reid Andrews, professor of history, in conversation with President Jeffrey Herbst

November 1, 2012

Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst sat down with George Reid Andrews, distinguished professor and chair of the department of history at the University of Pittsburgh, for another conversation from the World Affairs With Jeffrey Herbst series.

Professor Andrews is the preeminent authority on the African diaspora in Latin America, from slavery and emancipation, to race relations in the present day. He was at Colgate to deliver the Shirley Graham and W.E.B. DuBois Lecture on the subject of “Racial Inequality in Brazil and The United States.” His visit is sponsored in part by the university’s Africana and Latin American studies program.

Here is their conversation.

Enjoy more World Affairs conversations.

Book by Prof. Ray Douglas looks at post-WWII expulsions

June 11, 2012

Colgate professor and author R.M. (Ray) DouglasIn his latest book, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War (Yale University Press), Colgate professor R.M. (Ray) Douglas examines “one of the most significant examples of the mass violation of human rights in recent history.” His related essay appears in the Review section of today’s Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more

Author calls Berlin standoff critical Cold War moment

November 9, 2011

kempe.jpgOn a rainy October night in 1961, Soviet and American tanks sat muzzle to muzzle at Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous boundary between East and West Berlin. Fifty years later, Frederick Kempe, chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council and author of Berlin: 1961, stood before an audience in Persson Auditorium to discuss the issues that brought two superpowers to the brink of World War III.

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