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.
The institute supports intellectual inquiry in two principal areas:
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.
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.
The highly selective Lampert Scholars program is aimed at students 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.
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.
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. Fellows from the public and private sectors can participate in a variety of activities during their visits to campus: teach classes on their areas of expertise, give colloquia or public talks, and mentor Lampert Scholars as well as other Colgate students.
The institute hosts speakers at Colgate whose expertise illuminates issues central to its areas of inquiry.