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Each year, the institute supports an interdisciplinary, international speaker series focused on a theme of global importance. The series complements the Colgate curriculum, providing students and faculty with opportunities to work with the speakers in the classroom and in informal discussion.

Fall 2018 Events

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Past Lampert Institute and PPE Events

Spring 2018 Lampert Events

"Reproductive Rights as Human Rights"

Loretta Ross, Visiting Associate Professor, Women's Studies, Hampshire College
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:30pm, Golden Auditorium
Abstract
Reproductive Justice moves beyond choice and access to abortion. The term was coined by African American women, including Ross, in 1994, following the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. It is a broader term that uses a human rights framework and also looks at reproductive oppression, sterilization abuse, immigration restrictions, gun culture, rape culture, the prison-to-school pipeline, etc. This presentation covers all aspects of Reproductive Justice which is becoming the primary framework new voices in the movement are using to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.
Part of the Lampert Speaker Series and Co-sponsored by The ALANA Cultural Center, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Women’s Studies Program.
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"Religious Rights in Contemporary America: A Colgate Faculty Panel"

Timothy Byrnes (Political Science), David Dudrick (Philosophy), Jenna Reinbold (Religion)
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
With a growing emphasis on equality in recent decades, questions concerning the extent and nature of religious rights have taken on particular importance. The protections for freedom and autonomy provided by such rights are often seen to be coming into conflict with other central human rights. In this panel, three distinguished Colgate faculty members address central questions concerning the status of religious rights in a contemporary context.
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"The Human Right to a Healthy Environment"

John H. Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law, Wake Forest University United Nations
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
The 2016 election has brought to light a longstanding hostility among many Americans toward the ideals of international governance and universal human rights. Given the widespread tendency to associate human rights with the values and legacies of nations such as the Britain and The United States, how do we make sense of this hostility? Reinbold explores today's American anti-human-rights discourse and highlights some of its deep religious dynamics. Ultimately, Reinbold reveals the ways in which some of the very features of human rights that were designed to create global accord are also features that have inflamed nativist resistance to such rights in the United States.
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"Race and the Right to Education in America"

Derrick Darby '88, Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
Article 26 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that everyone has the right to education, that education should develop human personality, promote respect for human rights, and that it should promote racial tolerance. This talk will examine the role of race in American education to argue that K-12 schools—contaminated with the poison of the nation's racist history—are rigged in ways that assail the dignity of black students and undermine the realization of these human rights ideals.
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"On God's Authority? Religious Liberty in a Marriage Equality World"

John Corvino, Professor of Philosophy, Wayne State University
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
Now that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the U.S., conflicts are emerging among objectors who do not wish to facilitate same-sex weddings: clerks who do not wish to issue marriage licenses; bakers, florists, and caterers who do not wish to provide services for the receptions, and so on. Is it possible to oppose discrimination while also respecting religious liberty? In this talk, John draws on the research for his new book, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, to provide a thoughtful response.
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Fall 2017 Lampert Events

"Genetic Privacy: Fifty Years of Erosion"

Philip Reilly, PhD; Third Rock Ventures
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
The Idea that Genetic Privacy is a right that should be vigorously protected has been an important theme in bioethics and law for many decades. While much effort has gone into trying to protect one's privacy, several trends suggest that it will soon be a routine part of health care to acquire and interrogate individual genomes. While there may be some success in limiting access to one's personal genetic data, technological trends are strongly eroding this possibility. What is the best path to take to protect our personal interest in privacy in the Century of the Genome?

"Five Freedoms for the Middle East"

Micheline Ishay, International Human Rights Program, University of Denver
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 4pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
In his 1941 State of the Union speech, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed America's commitment to four pillars of freedom to which all humans are entitled: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Following the allied victory over Fascism, these ideals would find tangible expression in the comprehensive post-world war effort, inclduing the establishment of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Marshall Plan and NATO. Eleanor Roosevelt lent considerable influence to the improvement of women's rights, and freedom from sexual discriminaton. Drawing on the legacy of the Roosevelts, how can these five freedoms be realized in today's Middle East?

"Human Rights in the Era of the Alt-Right"

Jenna Reinbold, Assistant Professor of Religion, Colgate University
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
The 2016 election has brought to light a longstanding hostility among many Americans toward the ideals of international governance and universal human rights. Given the widespread tendency to associate human rights with the values and legacies of nations such as the Britain and The United States, how do we make sense of this hostility? Reinbold explores today's American anti-human-rights discourse and highlights some of its deep religious dynamics. Ultimately, Reinbold reveals the ways in which some of the very features of human rights that were designed to create global accord are also features that have inflamed nativist resistance to such rights in the United States.
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"Indigenous Peoples in Global Organizations: Human Rights and the Politics of Difference"

Ronald Niezen, Faculty of Law and Department of Anthropology, McGill University
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract
Since their first appearance in the UN in the late 1970's, the advocates and organizations working on behalf of indigenous peoples have made significant changes to international law and opened new spaces for participation in the United Nations. How might (or might not) these new conditions of visibility contribute to human rights compliance by states? This question leads us to a wider consideration of the leverage points of public dissent and diplomacy in global organizations, how activists can sometimes bring about recognition and restitution in institutions built upon the privilege of the very powerful.
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Spring 2017 Lampert Events

"America’s Changing International Role Under the Trump Administration"

Panel Discussion Featuring: Ellen Kraly (GEOG), Andy Pattison (ENST) and Rishi Sharma (ECON)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract The incoming Trump administration has suggested that it will depart significantly from past administrations with respect to many key aspects of American foreign policy. These changes have the potential to radically re-shape the United States’ international role. This panel will explore some of these potential changes and their implications, with a focus on issues of immigration, trade, and climate change.
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"Doing Well By Doing Good: A Panel Discussion About Careers in International Relief Work"

• Tim LaRose, communications specialist with UNICEF during the Ebola outbreak in 2014-16. • Tracey Hansel, doctor who served with Indian Health Services and Doctors without Borders. • Christina Hawley, policy advocate for several international aid organizations. • Susan Thomson, Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate.
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall Co-Sponsored by Career Services, the COVE, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Off-Campus Study
Abstract This panel will provide the audience an opportunity to learn from persons with practical experience in the field of international relief work. Each participant will speak about his/her experiences and offer advice for those considering a career in international relief work; this will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience.

"Immigration Reform: Perspectives from the Front Lines of Our Broken Immigration System"

Todd Schulte, President, FWD.us
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:15pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract Todd Schulte is the president of FWD.us, an organization started by key leaders from the technology community — including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Reid Hoffman — to promote policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform. He will discuss immigration policy and its impact on the science and technology fields.
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"International Migration and Human Mobility: Opportunity or Threat in an Interconnected and Insecure World"

Michele Klein Solomon (’83), Director of the Migration Policy, Research and Communications Department, International Organization for Migration
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract International migration is at the top of national and international policy and political agendas. With 244 million international migrants in the world today, some 23 million of whom are refugees fleeing conflict and persecution, the numbers are at the highest recorded levels ever, yet represent just some 3.2 percent of the global population. Beyond sending back money, migrants foster skills, educational and investment flows into their countries of origin, and fill critical jobs and provide essential skills to their host countries, often resulting in entrepreneurship, business and job creation in their host societies.
At the same time, global security concerns make it all the more essential that governments know which non-nationals are entering their countries, and manage the potential security and economic implications of migration. Rising xenophobia and discrimination in many parts of the world, combined with security fears, have made the debate around migration toxic, making it difficult to have a rational, evidence-based discussion and approach to policy formulation. Is international migration an opportunity or threat in an interconnected and insecure world? How can national and global policies harness the positive potential of migration while reducing both the incidence and impact of forced and irregular migration?

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"Environmental Refugees: The Coming Tide"

Dr. Robert McLeman, Department of Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center Department of Geography Gould Lecture, Co-Sponsored by the Lampert Institute
Abstract Dr. McLeman will review recent examples from around the world to explain how environmental events trigger large scale displacements and migration, and what happens to those who leave and those left behind. The vulnerability of people to particular types of environmental hazards and the potential for building adaptive communities will be explored. While the future impacts of climate change will almost certainly lead to increased migration flows, Dr. McLeman will outline opportunities for reducing future risks through proactive planning, sound policymaking, and renewed commitment to environmental sustainability.
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"In Safe Hands? Refugee Children and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Kenya"

Dr. Rosalind Raddatz, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Monday, April 17, 2017, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center Co-Sponsored by Africana and Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Women’s Studies
Abstract The vast majority of unaccompanied minor refugees have experienced multiple forms of sexual and gender based violence in their countries of origin. Refugee children perceive Kenya as a safe haven. Instead, they face additional abuse. SGBV is widely acknowledged to exist and be widespread against refugees residing in Kenya, including unaccompanied refugee children, but until now there has been no empirical data to support the claim. With results from the only mixed methods study to consider the topic in Kenya, this presentation will shed light on the existence and prevalence of SGBV among refugee children residing in the country's urban areas.

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Fall 2016 Lampert Events

"Transnational Human Trafficking and Efforts to End It"

Dr. Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract In this lecture, Dr. Foot will explain how transnational human trafficking is enabled by many of the same aspects of the global infrastructure on which interconnected governments, economies, and societies depend. The scale and complexity of the crime requires coordinated action in every country and sector of society to counter it-- but collaborating across sectors and borders is challenging. Findings from Dr. Foot’s research on what it takes to build and sustain collaborations to combat human trafficking will spark discussions about how to develop and scale up the counter-trafficking movement.

"Lost in Translation? The Journey of Indian Food in the 19th Century Colonial World"

Dr. Lizzie Collingham, Independent Writer and Associate Fellow in History, University of Warwick
Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
Abstract In 1851, the author of a popular English cookbook informed her readers that few dinners were thought complete unless a curry was on the table. But, an Indian visiting England in 1835 did not recognise as Indian food the ‘hash flavoured with turmeric and cayenne’ which the British regarded as an Indian curry. Something appeared to have been lost in translation. Surprisingly, a bush curry Afro-Guyanese diamond miners cooked up in Georgetown in 1993 bore more resemblance to British curries of the 19th century than any Indian dish. And yet, Indian food was transported to Guyana by indentured labourers, enticed into working on Britain’s Caribbean sugar plantations for the promise of Rs 5 a month, and a daily ration of rice, dhal, and curry stuff. In the course of the talk, Dr. Collingham will show how this could have come about.
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"Bits and Borders: Rethinking Internet Freedom in the Age of Global Cyber Governance"

Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor of Internet Architecture and Governance, American University
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract Questions about the control and security of the Internet now rank in global importance alongside topics such as terrorism, climate change and human rights. The Internet is high on the policy agendas of governments from Russia and China to the United States and Brazil because it has become a strategic resource with unprecedented economic, political, and social implications. Many geopolitical conflicts over Internet governance involve incommensurability between ideologies of national sovereignty and the cross-border topology and transnational characteristics of private Internet infrastructure. Internet freedom is no longer merely about content and communication rights but about infrastructure and security. This talk discusses how cross-border arrangements of technical architecture and governance are arrangements of power shaping civil liberties and human security.
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"Strangers Drowning: Altruism at Home and Far Away"

Larissa MacFarquhar, New Yorker Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract Charity may begin at home, but where should it end? The refugee crisis makes this question more urgent than ever. Should we help the worst off, wherever they may be, or should we take care of our family and our own people first? Is need more vital than loyalty? How important are the ties of place and community? Should we help strangers even at the expense of people we love? Larissa MacFarquhar will consider these questions by telling the stories of people who live lives of extraordinary moral commitment—for whom these issues are not theoretical but deeply, acutely real.

"The Politics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis"

Dr. Lamis Abdelaaty, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Syracuse University
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract In this talk Dr. Abdelaaty will explore and analyze the ways that various countries have responded to Syrian refugees, and will draw upon her research to help to explain these dynamics and vastly differing receptions.

Spring 2016 Lampert Events

"The New American Farmer: Agrarian Questions, Race, and Immigration"

Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor, Food Studies, Syracuse University
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
Abstract As white farmers in the United States retire en masse, the racial and the ethnic composition of U.S. farmers is shifting towards a larger population of immigrants. Yet this population of new farmers, who bring specific technologies and expertise across borders, is poorly understood. This presentation will draw on interview-based research conducted in California, Virginia, and New York, where significant numbers of Latino farmworkers aspire to be small-scale farmers. I argue that these immigrant farmers are pushing the racial and ethnic boundaries of U.S. farming, and in doing so, creating new understandings of agrarian labor, race, and migration. In this talk I discuss immigrants’ food and farming practices, as they result from their struggle to redefine their relationship to land and labor in a country where the process of racialization has relegated them to the working class.

"Fighting Hunger in America: From Food Charity to Structural Change"

Dr. Janet Poppendieck, Professor, Sociology, Hunter College Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract Every year the official government hunger numbers come out in the Fall, and every year we learn that about one American in seven is “food insecure.”  That is, about 14 per cent of Americans lack secure access to sufficient food to ensure an active, healthy life for all household members.  And every year, we contribute cans to a food drive or send a check to the local food bank or take our turn serving meals at a soup kitchen.  What has become of the anti- hunger movement in the US that once succeeded in securing a right to food for impoverished Americans?  What trends are reshaping anti-hunger efforts, from food banks to policy advocacy?  What can we expect in the future?
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"High Seas Fishing and its Impacts on the Citizens of Developing Nations"

Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia
Monday, March 21, 2016, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
Abstract The increasing exploitation of fish on the high seas has caused concern among natural and social scientists.  The fisheries exploiting the high seas have been associated with by-catch of threatened species and habitat destruction. Many commercially important, highly migratory pelagic species commonly targeted by high-seas fisheries are also at risk. Stocks of many tunas are either fully or overexploited. Importantly, fishing by high-seas fleets can influence the availability of fish to coastal fleets because many ‘high-seas’ species are straddling stocks, i.e., they spend time in coastal country waters during part of their life. Hence, mismanaging the high seas can have far-ranging repercussions. My talk explores the economic and equity implications of high-seas fishing, with particular emphasis on its effects on the citizens of developing nations.
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"Understanding Urban Food Issues: Sources, Policies, and Ways Forward"

An Alumni Panel featuring Cortney Ahern '10 (Feeding America), Jen Rusciano '10 (Detroit Food Academy), and Mark Von Topel '01 (DC Department of Human Services)
Monday, April 11, 2016, 4:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center
Abstract Three distinguished Colgate alumni draw upon their diverse and extensive experiences to explore and address central food issues facing urban areas and populations.
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Fall 2015 Lampert Events "Edible Memory: How Tomatoes Became Heirlooms and Apples Became Antiques"
Dr. Jennifer Jordan, Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7pm, 101 Ho Science Center (Meyerhoff Auditorium)
Abstract How do the stories we tell each other about the past shape the food we eat? Even as countless varieties of edible plants have vanished permanently from the face of the earth, people are working hard to preserve the biodiversity and “genetic heritage” not only of rare panda bears or singular orchids, but also the plants of the backyard vegetable garden. A major consequence of this work is the emergence of heirloom food—varieties of fruit, vegetables, grains and livestock left behind by modern agriculture, but now experiencing a striking resurgence. Through a close examination of apples and tomatoes, this talk reveals the phenomenon of edible memory—the infusing of food, heirloom and otherwise, with connections to the past, in ways both deeply personal and inherently social. Paying attention to edible memory reveals deep connections between food and memory, social and physical landscapes, pleasures and possibilities. Sponsored by The Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, The Upstate Institute, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology


Local Food Cultures: Traditions and Futures Series With the Upstate Institute
Panel Discussion, "Experiences and Perspectives from Local Food Producers"
Featuring three local local food producers discussing their work in our region.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:15pm, ALANA Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, The Upstate Institute,
and Environmental Studies. Part of the ENST Brownbag Series.

Local Food Cultures: Traditions and Futures Series With the Upstate Institute
"Climate Change: Resilience and the Future of Food"
Dr. Laura Lengnick, Former Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Environmental Studies, Warren Wilson College; founder of “Cultivating Resilience”.
Friday, September 18, 2015, 3:30pm, 101 Ho Science Center (Meyerhoff Auditorium)
Abstract Climate change is upon us and agriculture is inextricably involved. Fundamental to our identity as a species, crucial to the health and well-being of our communities, the way that we eat fuels the 21st century challenges that threaten our way of life. How do we resolve this dilemma? The geographic concentration and specialization of agricultural production in the U.S. create unprecedented challenges to agriculture, particularly in Pacific west, Midwest and southern states where much of the U.S food supply is produced. A review of food systems research converges on two key changes that together would enhance the resilience of U.S. food supply to climate change and other 21st century challenges. We must transform production methods (from industrial to sustainable) and geography (from regional specialization to regional diversity). Leading sustainable farmers and ranchers across the country offer proof of concept – they have been resilient during a period of intense concentration and consolidation of the food system, manage impressive diversity, and sell high quality foods into direct local and regional markets. For more than 40 years, these farmers and ranchers, with the help of sustainable agriculture researchers and educators, food activists and consumers, have been busy laying the foundation for a New American Food System that has the capacity to produce abundant, high quality food, enhance community health and well-being, and provide critical climate protection services. Sponsored by The Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, The Upstate Institute, NASC, and CORE SP. Part of the NASC Colloquium Series.

"Agricultural Biotechnology and the Challenge of Global Food Security"
Dr. Kathleen Hefferon, Food Science, Cornell University
Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
Abstract This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops. To date, over 180 million hectares of GM crops have been planted by farmers. In 2012, the number of hectares used for growth of GM crops in developing countries surpassed the number used for industrial countries. With the advent of a burgeoning global population and increased environmental stress due to climate change, advances in the field of agricultural biotechnology are welcomed by many. However, there are few issues as contentious today as the incorporation of GM crops into the world food system. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the most recent innovations in agricultural biotechnology and the potential of these technologies to improve both food production and the livelihoods of those who live in developing countries. The question of what drives the passion of individuals regarding GM crops and how this passion impacts international trade, policy and the social dimension of sustainability will also be addressed. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some of the challenges that will come into the forefront as these technologies mature in the not too distant future. Sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs and the Wolk Fund.


“Controversies over the Religious Slaughter of Animals: A Product of European Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia?”
Dr. Joe Regenstein, Professor Emeritus of Food Science, Cornell University
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
AbstractCertain traditional practices of Jews and Muslims seem to attract political attention in Europe from secular liberal idealists and right-wing, culturally conservative Christians. The activities in key European countries and the EU central government will be discussed along with Australia and New Zealand to give a current picture of the situation in Europe along with efforts in the US and elsewhere to improve the religious slaughter of animals so it can reach its full potential. Ironically the focus on the religious slaughter of animals is having two unintended consequences: (1) a greater awareness by Muslims that the meat they are buying as halal may not meet their needs, and (2) it is providing an opportunity for Muslims and Jews to work together to deal with common challenges.


"Dietary Dogma: Have Beliefs about Nutrition Become Religious?"
Dr. Alan Levinovitz, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, James Madison University
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:30pm, 105 Lawrence Hall

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  • "You Are What You Don't Eat", Part of the Heretic's Club Lunch
    Dr. Lesleigh Cushing, Professor of Religion, Colgate University
    Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:15pm, Memorial Chapel

  • "Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Geographies of Bodily Nourishment"
    The Department of Geography's Annual Gamma Theta Upsilon Lecture
    Co-sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
    Dr. Jessica Hayes-Conroy, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:15pm, 101 Ho Science Center
  • "Slavery and the U.S. Constitution: The Origins of Antislavery Politics:
    Dr. Sean Wilentz, Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History, Princeton University
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 4:30pm, 27 Persson (Persson Auditorium)
    Sponsored by the Department of History and the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
  • "Famine in Ukraine (1932-33) and Its Implications"
    Dr. Timothy Snyder, Professor of History, Yale University
    Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:30pm, Persson Auditorium

Spring 2015 Lampert Events “The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness,”
February 23, 2015, 4:14, 105 Lawrence Hall
David G. Myers, John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology, Hope College

“Traditional Roots of Happiness and What Public Policy can do to Enhance it”
March 26, 2015, 4:15, 105 Lawrence Hall
Ronald Inglehart, Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies and a Professor of Political Science from the University of Michigan,

The Myth of Happiness: What Should Make you Happy, but Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make you Happy, but Does
April 10, 2015, 4:15, 101 Meyerhoff Auditorium
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Co-sponsored by the Division of Natural Sciences

Related Events

Heretics Lunch Series
Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Memorial Chapel, Garden Level
Everyone is welcome.
  • Does Religion Make People Happier?
    Thursday, January 29
    Moderator, Mark Shiner

  • Is Being Happy Always Better Than Not Being Happy?
    Thursday, February 2
    Moderator, Rebecca Shiner

  • How are Suffering and Happiness Related?
    Thursday, February 12
    Moderator, Georgia Frank

  • How Have International Development Efforts Made People Happier
    Thursday, February 19,
    Moderator, Faculty Panel

  • Would You be Happier in a More Diverse Community?
    Thursday, February 26
    Moderators, Melanie Harris and Jennifer Hardy

  • What is the Relationship Between Wealth and Happiness?
    Thursday, March 5
    Moderator, Doug Hicks

  • What Is The Role of Relationships In The Pursuit Of A Happy Life?
    Thursday, March 26
    Moderator, Jen Tomlinson

  • Do People Need Beauty To Be Happy? Why?
    Thursday, April 9,
    Moderator, Mary Ann Calo

  • Do We Need To Be Good To Be Happy?
    Thursday, April 16
    Moderator, Jason Kawall

  • How Are Physical And Emotional Wellbeing Connected?
    Thursday, April 23,
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Fall 2014 Lampert Events
“Just How Legal Should Marijuana Be?”
September 10, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
AbstractMark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA, author of “Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control” among other recent titles, will give a lecture entitled “Just How Legal Should Marijuana Be?” He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis, on imperfectly rational decision-making at the individual and social level, and on drug abuse and crime control policy. His current focus is on reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically. Recent projects include studies of the HOPE probation system and of the relationship between drug policy and violence in Afghanistan and Mexico.


“The Limits of Freedom”
September 23, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
AbstractThe Lampert Institute of Civic and Global Affairs, as part of the Arts and Humanities Division Colloquium, present Sarah Conly, Associate Professor of Philosophy from Bowdoin College who will speak about “The Limits of Freedom.” She has written books such as “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism,” Cambridge University Press, 2013;” and “Three Cheers for the Nanny State,” Op-ed, New York Times, March 25, 2013, “Coercive Paternalism in Health Care: Against Freedom of Choice,” in Public Health Ethics. Please join us.


“Beyond the Gross National Product: What the New “Science” of Happiness can Contribute to Economics and to Policy”
September 25, 2014, 4:15 p.m., Persson Auditorium
AbstractProfessor Carol Graham is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior fellow and a research fellow in the study of labor (IZA) at the Brookings Institute. She has written a book titled “The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being” and will discuss some of her research issues such as poverty, inequality, public health, and novel measures of well-being.


“Religious Convictions and Public Policy”
October 9, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 207 Lathrop
AbstractKent Greenawalt, university professor of the Columbia Law School, interests include constitutional law and jurisprudence, with special emphasis on church and state, freedom of speech, legal interpretation, and criminal responsibility will come to Colgate to lecture about religious conviction and public policy. Editor-in-chief, Columbia Law Review, before joining the Columbia faculty in 1965, he was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan and subsequently spent part of a summer as an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Jackson, Mississippi. From 1966 to 1969, he served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


“Snoop Dreams: The Expression of Personality in Everyday Contexts”
October 27, 2014, 4:15 p.m., 27 Perrson Hall
AbstractSamuel D. Gosling is a personality/social psychologist who has three main areas of interest: Connections between people and the physical spaces in which they live, personality in nonhuman animals, and new methods for obtaining data useful for research in the social sciences. More information will follow.


Related Events

“Revaluing Communities: Local Environmental Preservation for Equity and Happiness”
October 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m., 27 Perrson Hall
AbstractHiroyuki Torigoe, Professor of Environmental Sociology and Environmental Folk-culture, Waseda University, Japan will give a public lecture on the examination of the critical roles of local communities in bridging environmental sustainability and social well-being in post Fuluhisma, Japan.


“Happiness and International Migration”
October 16, 2014, 12:15 p.m., 108 Persson Hall

Spring 2014 Lampert Events “Discovered Pasts: Revisiting the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902-1934″
February 6, 2014, 4:15-6:15 p.m., 209 Lathrop Hall
AbstractProfessor Susan Burch’s talk explores the expansive meanings and implications of western biomedical diagnoses through the lived histories of people incarcerated at South Dakota’s Canton Asylum, the only federal psychiatric hospital for American Indians. Her talk explores contested cultural understandings of institutionalization, community, communication, madness, gender, race, and power. — Catherine Bagwell, Professor of Psychology; Alan Cooper, Associate Professor of History; and Max Rayneard, Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Africana and Latin American Studies — will discuss different perspectives on psychological trauma. —

“Genomics and Personalized Medicine”
March 5, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Persson Auditorium
Dr. Michael Snyder, Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, will discuss genomics and personalized medicine
“A Time to Die, Religion, Bioethics, and the Assisted Suicide Movement”
April 3, 2014, 4:15 – 6:00 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
AbstractA lecture by Ann Neumann, a visiting scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, and contributing editor for “The Revealer” where she writes the column “The Patient Body.” —

“Religious Freedoms and the Obama Health Care Plan”
April 9, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., 105 Lawrence Hall
Kent Greenawalt, University Professor at Columbia Law,
AbstractKent Greenawalt's primary interests involve constitutional law, especially First Amendment jurisprudence, and legal philosophy, will speak about religious and legal issues in health and health care.

“Polio Eradication in Nigeria: Saving a Million Lives”
April 17, 2014, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Persson Auditorium
AbstractMuhammad Ali Pate is the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. His appointment follows his success as the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria. He resigned as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health effective 24th July, 2013 to take up the position of Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute, USA. He also serves on the agenda committee of the World Economic Forum. Dr Pate is an American Board-Certified MD in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration) from Duke University. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Global Health of the Duke University Global Health Institute. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Vaccination and Humanitarian Emergencies at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. —

Fall 2013 Lampert Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that will be sponsored by the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs during the fall semester of 2013.

“Socioeconomic Status, Health, and Public Policy”
September 3, 4:00 pm, 27 Persson Hall
AbstractA lecture by Professor Adriana Lleras-Muney, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University. “Socioeconomic Status, Health, and Public Policy” –


“Mountain Removal Coal Mining and Public Health in Appalachia”
September 20, 4:00 pm, 101 Ho Science Center
AbstractMichael Hendryx, Professor, Department of Applied Health Science, will lecture on “Mountain Removal Coal Mining and Public Health in Appalachia”. This lecture is also part of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by Arts Council, Art & Art History, Lampert Institute, Geography, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences & Mathematics Division, Peace and Conflict Studies, Film and Media Studies, Women’s Studies, CORE SP. Reception to follow in Cunniff Commons. –


“Medical Humanitarianism: New Approaches to Culture, Health, and Humanitarian Practice”
September 26, 4:15 pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
AbstractSharon Abramowitz’ research focuses on mental health, trauma healing, and post-conflict reconstruction in several West African countries. Part of that research involves ethnographic fieldwork which explores the multi-scalar forces that shape collective and individual experience in conditions of crisis and recovery, including NGO action, local appropriation, and national and international health politics and policy. –


“Public Health and Private Choice: Obesity, Tobacco, and Government Policy”
October 4, 4:00 pm, 300 Olin Hall
AbstractDavid Aaron Kessler is former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (1990-97). He has also served as the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California–San Francisco. He holds both a JD degree from the University of Chicago and an MD from Harvard. He was widely known for arguing that the government should be more involved in regulating threats to its citizens’ health, most famously with respect to cigarettes. –


“When Hell Froze Over: How Philip Morris Changed the Debate and Supported Tobacco Regulation”
October 17, 4:00 pm, 27 Persson Hall
AbstractSteven C. Parrish is former Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Altria Group Inc., the parent company of Philip Morris. He oversees government relations, communications, and corporate contributions, and he has led efforts to build bridges to a range of constituencies, including health organizations, antismoking groups, civic bodies, the media, and government. He previously served as senior vice president for worldwide regulatory affairs for Philip Morris Companies Inc., senior vice president for external affairs, and general counsel for Philip Morris USA. He also served in numerous positions covering a range of legal, regulatory, and public affairs issues after first joining the company in 1990. –

“Katherine Boo Reading from Her Work – Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
October 24, 4:00 pm, 300 Olin Hall

AbstractKatherine Boo will read from her first book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the result of a decade of research in India. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur “genius” grant. Boo grew up near Washington, D.C. and is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. –

Spring 2013 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2013.
Just War Theory in the 21st Century
February 14 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson

Lecture by Jeff McMahan, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, with commentary by David McCabe, Professor of Philosophy, and Valerie Morkevicius, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
AbstractJeff McMahan began his doctoral work at Oxford under the supervision of Jonathan Glover and Derek Parfit, and then completed his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Bernard Williams. He is the author of The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life (Oxford, 2002), and Killing in War(Oxford, 2009). His forthcoming books from Oxford include a collection of essays, The Values of Lives; a book on warfare, The Right Way to Fight; and a sequel to his 2002 book, The Ethics of Killing: Self-Defense, War, and Punishment.


The Betrayal of Liberal Education”
February 21 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson
Lecture by Peter Berkowitz, Tad & Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution,Stanford University; Chair, National Security & Law Task Force; & Co-Chair, Virtues of a Free Society Task Force.
AbstractIn addition to his Senior Fellowship, Peter Berkowitz is co-founder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government; a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; and has served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Among his works are Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard, 1995); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton, 1999); and Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War(Hoover, 2012), and forthcoming in 2013, Constitutional Conservatism. He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

“Does Affirmative Action Hurt Those it Intends to Help?”
March 27 @ 4:15 pm, Love Auditorium
Lecture by Richard Sander, UCLA Professor of Law, with commentary by Rhonda Levine, Professor of Sociology. Co-sponsored with The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization and the Arnold Sio Chair on Diversity and Community.
AbstractAfter earning a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard, Richard Sander joined Vista and worked for a small neighborhood-housing group on Chicago’s south side. He continued to work on issues of fair housing and integration as he pursued degrees in law (J.D., 1988) and economics (M.A. 1985, Ph.D., 1990) at Northwestern University. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. After California voters approved Proposition 209 in 1996 – banning the use of race as a criterion of judgment in various government programs, including admissions at UCLA – Sander successfully argued for the adoption of class-based preferences in the Law School’s admissions. In 1998-99, Sander helped the Empirical Research Group (ERG) to assist faculty members in developing greater quantitative and methodological sophistication in their policy-related work. In a series of articles in Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and North Carolina Law Review, Sander argues that race preferences impose unexpected but substantial costs on their intended beneficiaries. In 2012, he, with Stuart Taylor, co-authored Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (Basic Books, 2012).


What did the American Founders Learn from Rome?”
April 1 @ 6 pm, 207 Lathrop
Lecture by Paul Rahe, Charles O. Lee & Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and Professor of History, Hillsdale College. Co-sponsored with Core 151.
AbstractAfter reading Litterae Humaniores at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Paul A. Rahe completed a Ph.D. in ancient history at Yale in 1977 under the direction of Donald Kagan. He has since taught at Cornell, Franklin and Marshall, and the University of Tulsa. He is now Professor of History at Hillsdale College. His scholarship has focused on the origins and evolution of Western self-government, and his three-volume, Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution (North Carolina, 1992), surveys the origins and development of self-government in ancient Greece and Rome, its re-emergence in the Middle Ages, and the transformations it underwent at the hands of the political philosophers of early modernity and of the American Founding Fathers. Recent publications include Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory under the English Republic, (Cambridge, 2008); Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty and Soft Despotism; Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville on the Modern Prospect, (both Yale, 2009).


Leadership, Democracy, and the End of History”
April 9 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson
Lecture by William A. Galston
AbstractWilliam Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. He has also served as Saul I. Stern Professor of Civic Engagement and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the Univ. Maryland, College Park. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates Albert Gore and Walter Mondale, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract, and the implications of political polarization. His many works include Kant and the Problem of History (Chicago, 1975);Justice and the Human Good (Chicago, 1980); Liberal Purposes: Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the Liberal State (Cambridge, 1991); Liberal Pluralism: The Implications of Value Pluralism for Political Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2002); Public Matters: Essays on Politics, Policy and Religion(Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). He is a frequent contributor to The New Republic.

“The Ideas of Peace in the Hebrew Bible”
April 22 @ 4:15 pm, Love Auditorium

Lecture by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science, IAS School of Social Science,
Abstract Michael Walzer is one of America’s foremost political thinkers. He has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His books include Just and Unjust Wars (Basic Books, 1977); On Toleration (Yale, 1997); Arguing About War (Yale, 2004); and In God’s Shadow (Yale, 2012). For more than three decades he has served as Editor of the political journal Dissent. Currently, he is working on issues concerning international justice and on new forms of welfare as well as on a project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

Fall 2012 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2012.

September 6 @ 4:15 pm, 105 Lawrence Hall
PPE Lampert Fellows present their summer research.

September 17 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Constitution Day Debate with College Democrats Andrew Philipson ’14 and Benjamin Krempley ’14 and College Republicans Taylor Hollen ’13 and Kyle Gavin ’13. Moderator: Stanley Brubaker. Co-sponsored with the Center for Freedom & Western Civilization.
“Obamacare Before the Court: Was the Roberts’ Decision Right?”

October 2 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
The Edgar L. Shor Memorial Lecture featuring Alan S. Frumin, U.S. Senate parliamentarian emeritus, who will discuss 35 years on the front lines of the Senate. Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science.
“The Senate Today: Would the Founders Approve? Should You?”

October 11 @ 4:30 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Debate between Colin Kahl, Assistant Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Sarah Kreps, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University, Co-sponsored with The Kulla Lecture Fund, and The International Relations & Foreign Policy Lecture Series.
“The Next Four Years of U.S. Foreign Policy: A Debate”

October 15 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Lecture by Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Ann L. & Lawrence B. Buttenweiser Professor, and the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago.
“Why Rome?”

October 17 @ 11:30 am, Alana Cultural Center
Lunchtime lecture by Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to both Egypt (1997-2001) and to Israel (2001-2005). Co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Program.
“A Discussion about Contemporary Israel”

October 17 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Evening lecture by Daniel C. Kurtzer. Co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Program.
“The Arab Spring and the Future of the Middle East”

October 31 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Lecture by Joshua Stacher, assistant professor of political science at Kent University.
“Muhammad Mursi, the Military, and the Future of Democracy in Egypt”

November 7 @ 4:15 pm, 27 Persson Hall Auditorium
Post-election panel discussion with faculty.
“The Day After the 2012 Elections: What Happened?”

November 29 @ 4:30 pm, Colgate Memorial Chapel
Lecture by Salman Rushdie, author of the novel Midnight’s Children, which won the Booker Prize as well as the Best of the Booker Prize. Co-sponsored with Living Writers.
“Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World”

Spring 2012 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2012.

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves
Sheldon Garon, Nissan professor in Japanese Studies, professor of History & East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Abraham Becomes a Philosopher, Or, Jerusalem Answers Athens
Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University

Innovative Approaches To Irregular Warfare and Counterinsurgency
Major Fernando Lujan, Visiting International Affairs Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Inner-City Citizen: The Limits of Liberal Democracy
(A Symposium in Honor of the Late Arnie Sio)
Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stolz Professor of Social Sciences, Dept. of Economics, Brown University

Problems in Establishing Political Legitimacy in Afghanistan: 1500-2012
Thomas Barfield, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University and President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies

Co-sponsored with The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization, Peace & Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern & Islamic Civilization Studies, and the Sociology and Anthropology Department

Fall 2011 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2011.

Constitution Day Lecture: Democracy for the Rich? Corporations and Electoral Speech. May the law deny corporations the right to participate in election contests?
Debate with Brad Smith, Former Commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission and Michael Waldman, Executive Director of the Brennan Center, New York University Law School

Afghanistan: What Happened, What’s Next
Kim Barker, Reporter for ProPublica
Co-sponsored with Project Afghanistan, The Center for Freedom & Western Civilization

Lampert Fellows Presentations
  • Srikar Gullapalli and Bharadwaj Obula Reddy
  • Anh Le
  • Dan Li
  • Andrew Livingston
  • Wangshu Tai
  • Nian Yi Xu
  • Jillian Anderson
Learn more about the Lampert Fellows Presentations

Spring 2011 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the spring semester of 2011.

The Reception and Refraction of Moses
Michael Zank, Department of Religion, Boston University

Philosophy as a Way of Life: Philosophical Traditions
John Cooper, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University

Leadership: Lessons from Homer
Jonathan Shay, staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston
Video from the event.

Why Study Thymos
Jonathan Shay, staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston
Video from the event.

PPE Panel Discussion: “EGYPT: What Happened? What’s Next?”
Bruce Rutherford, Doug Macdonald, and Nady Abdal-Ghaffar; moderated by Stanley C. Brubaker
Video from the event

Fall 2010 PPE Events
The following is a listing of the events on campus that were sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics during the fall semester of 2010.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Future of U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Daniel Kurtzer, former US Ambassador to Egypt and Israel

Citizenship & Immigration: What Does the Constitution Say?
Peter Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale University, Emeritus