Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs

Making the Liberal Arts Real

The Lampert Institute engages Colgate students and faculty with the most pressing public policy issues shaping the trajectory of the 21st century.

It aims to foster an intellectual community of students, faculty, experts, and practitioners from the policy world to analyze significant problems and advance discussions in a balanced, rigorous, and public-minded way.



About the Institute

The Institute supports intellectual inquiry in two principal areas:

Michael O'Hanlon

The Changing World Order Initiative examines geopolitical and economic developments taking place in developing regions of the world such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. These encompass issues such as trade relations, the rise of populism, and global production patterns, among others, that are shaping a changing world order.

Avi Goldfarb

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Initiative tackles the economic, political, and social consequences of advances in science and technology. Topics of interest range from the ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence to the impact of technology diffusion and cyber networks upon labor markets and global competition.

Lampert Scholars Program

Group shot of 2023-24 Lampert Scholars

The highly selective Lampert Scholars program is aimed at rising seniors (current juniors) who have demonstrated strong academic records and serious interest in issues related to the institute’s areas of inquiry. The Scholars, who are chosen in the junior year, will participate in a program of academic and professional experiences that begin in the summer between the junior and senior year and continue throughout the senior year.

Learn more about becoming a Lampert Scholar

Lampert Scholars

Faculty Research

The Lampert Institute provides support to faculty research that substantively engages in issues related to the Changing World Order and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Initiatives.

Lampert Grants for Faculty

Visiting Fellows Program

The institute seeks to bridge the University to a global community of practitioners and policy experts whose interests converge with the institute's areas of inquiry. Towards that end, it invites a select number of Visiting Fellows every year to engage with students and faculty on campus.

Learn more about the Visiting Fellows Program

Events and Recordings

The institute hosts speakers at Colgate whose expertise illuminates issues central to its areas of inquiry.