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Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO commander, advocates use of ‘smart power’

March 14, 2015
Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Centering his presentation on the idea of “building bridges rather than walls,” retired Admiral James Stavridis spoke about current challenges to global security and opportunities for international collaboration during his recent visit to Colgate.
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Noh performance shows glimpse of ancient Japanese culture

February 26, 2015
Yamai Tsunao,

Yamai Tsunao leads a workshop in Noh theater, a Japanese drama that is one of the oldest theatrical forms in the world. Photo by Nick Gilbert

The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.

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Colgate Speaking Union offers students ways to learn and grow on a global stage

February 8, 2015
The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.

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Anna Kosa ’14 brings international relations background to UN job in Nepal

January 27, 2015
Anna Kosa '14

Anna Kosa ’14 is working for the United Nations in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Anna Kosa ’14, an international relations major, is again using her Colgate education as a springboard for travel and career opportunities. She is currently working for the United Nations Development Program in Kathmandu, Nepal. You can read about her newest adventure on her blog.
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Young alumnae in film and media careers talk about life after Colgate

April 10, 2014

“[A] cosmic Colgate connection is how I found myself working [in the film industry after college],” remarked Carolina van der Mensbrugghe ’10 during a Film and Media Studies Brown Bag luncheon last Friday. Read more

Arnoldas Pranckevicius ’02 discusses Ukrainian crisis

April 7, 2014
Pranckevicius at the Cambridge Baltic Conference 2013 last fall

Pranckevicius at the Cambridge Baltic Conference 2013 last fall

“So far, the reaction of [the international community] has been too slow and too timid and too little,” Arnoldas Pranckevicius ’02 asserted in his lecture “Ukrainian Crisis: A Key Challenge to the European Security Order.” Read more

Colgate faculty members share knowledge of Ukraine, Russia in timely panel discussion

March 4, 2014

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.

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Summer internship blog series: Students become advocates at the United Nations

August 23, 2013
(Left to right) Elise Van Gelder ’15, Sam Linnerooth ’14, and Charity Whyte ’16 at the United Nations in New York City.

(Left to right) Elise Van Gelder ’15, Sam Linnerooth ’14, and Charity Whyte ’16 at the United Nations in New York City.

Colgate students, interning this summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Charity Whyte ’16, with contributions from fellow interns Sam Linnerooth ’14 and Elise Van Gelder ’15 — they spent their summer at the United Nations.

Elise and I spent the summer in New York City, interning at the United Nations (UN). We worked for the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing to the UN under the coordination of Gray Panthers. This intergenerational education and advocacy organization, chaired by Jack Kupferman ’77, is dedicated to achieving social and economic justice and peace for all people.

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13 undergraduate summer research projects at Colgate

July 13, 2013
Research happens all year-round at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Research happens all year-round at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

In celebrating the Year of ‘13, we are posting a story or list that pertains to our lucky number on the 13th of each month. This month, we’ve compiled a list of summer research projects. There are more than 100 students on campus conducting research, including some who just finished their first year at Colgate, so this is only a small sampling of the academic work happening right now on campus. (See a complete list.)

1) Faith Benson ‘14, international relations major, is working with Bruce Rutherford, associate professor of political science.
Project: The Effect on Gender Roles in Human Trafficking in the Middle East

2) Joshua Hair ‘14, geography, is working with Peter Scull, associate professor of geography.
Project: Church Forests in Ethiopia: A Land Cover Change Analysis Using Historical Aerial Photography

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Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers Global Leaders lecture

May 20, 2013
Hillary Clinton

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York

Update: Click here for details on the speech.

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. She will address the university community on Friday, October 25, in Sanford Field House. For more information, visit colgate.edu/globalleaders.

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Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni talks about politics and innovation at Colgate

April 17, 2013

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel, visited campus recently to talk about his Middle East politics as well as his nation’s leadership in business innovation. At Colgate, both subjects always draw a crowd. Read more

Former Mexico President Felipe Calderón delivers Global Leaders lecture

April 13, 2013
Felipe Calderón

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón (right) answers a question from Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst at the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate keeps finding memorable and educational ways to mark the 13th.

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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

February 22, 2013
Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate on Saturday, April 13. His public remarks will begin at 5 p.m. in Colgate Memorial Chapel and serve as a capstone for Spring Family Weekend, which begins on April 12.

Calderón served as the 56th president of Mexico, holding office from 2006 until 2012. Today, he is the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Colgate first-year asks Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer about Mideast peace

October 25, 2012

When Jake Lightman ’16 attended a lunchtime talk with Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to both Israel and Egypt, he wanted to know why the Middle East peace process has stalled, and why the Arabs seem to suffer the blame.

“So I asked him,” Lightman said without a touch of irony.

Such a thing is de rigeur at Colgate. During Lightman’s first semester alone more than a dozen internationally known authors, historians, and diplomats have held small-group gatherings with students and addressed their questions directly. Next month, Salman Rushdie will speak with the English department’s International Living Writers class about his life and his new memoir Joseph Anton. Rushdie, the author of 16 books, lived in hiding for a decade after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced him to death.

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Professor Jacob Mundy on militia politics in Libya

September 13, 2012

Prof. Jacob Mundy in Zintan, Libya

Jacob Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate, called the Sept. 11 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi and the resulting death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens a “rude wake-up call to the coalition of states that was too-quick to say ‘mission accomplished’ following their humanitarian intervention last year.” Read more

Colgate helped prepare spy for the Cold War

March 30, 2012
Justin Jackson ’78

Justin Jackson ’78

Every day for 26 years, Justin Jackson ’78 may have been “someone else” — but he was still a Colgate alumnus.

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Fellowship applicants lauded for intellectual curiosity

May 6, 2011

Students who applied for nationally competitive fellowships this past academic year were recognized for their intellectual curiosity and global engagement at a recent celebration in the Ho Science Center.

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Colgate among top Fulbright producers

December 1, 2010

Every year, 600 colleges and universities submit applications for Fulbright fellowships. When the Chronicle of Higher Education published the program’s list of top producers this fall, Colgate tied for eighth place among bachelor’s institutions.

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President Bill Clinton offers wide-ranging address

October 29, 2010

video iconPresident Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of 5,000 students and their families, faculty and staff, and community members in Sanford Field House Friday night as part of The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

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President Bill Clinton to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

May 24, 2010

Clinton_BillJPG.jpg(Due to an overwhelming response, all tickets for the lecture have been reserved. Should tickets become available, they will be distributed the day of the lecture at will call, located at the entrance to Sanford Field House.)

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will visit campus in October for the next edition of The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

President Clinton is scheduled to give a public talk at 7 p.m. Friday, October 29, in Sanford Field House. More details about the lecture, including ticket information, will be released at a later date.

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Kasparov scolds Putin government in campus talk

April 12, 2010

video iconFormer world chess champion Garry Kasparov, in what he said was his first speech at an American university, lambasted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and spelled out his opposition coalition’s efforts to create a “true democracy” in Russia.

Kasparov spoke Friday in Memorial Chapel and took part in a panel discussion the next day called Chess Champion of the World vs. the Machine: The Inside Story.

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Tony Blair provides global perspective in campus visit

October 31, 2009

video iconMichelle Vatalaro ’10 had signed up for the Liberal Democracy and Its Limits course because she thought it sounded interesting.

What she didn’t know at the time was how being in the political science class was going to bring her face to face on Saturday night with Tony Blair, the former prime minister of Britain.

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Powell meets with students, delivers public lecture

April 6, 2009

Ret. Gen. Colin Powell — former U.S. secretary of state and one-time leader of 350,000 troops — knows how to make an entrance.

“Sit down, you’re making me nervous,” barked the general in the good-natured tone perfected over five decades of Army leadership, politics, and diplomacy.

Having stared down world leaders and stood up to the four American presidents he served, Powell could hardly have been intimidated by the 50 students who rose in unison as he entered Golden Auditorium Friday.

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Gingrich spurs lively dialogue in jam-packed Chapel

March 27, 2009

video icon Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, easily moved from lecturer to town hall host Thursday night as he initiated a rigorous dialogue with students and community members who filled every available seat and lined the aisles of Memorial Chapel.

Gingrich spoke without notes during his lecture, in which he said America is in a very dangerous place with an economic situation not seen in 80 years.

No one has a clue on how to address the crisis, he said, including members of Congress who are “culpable, not capable.”

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