• Michael Fitzgerald, recently retired commissioner at the Madison County Department of Social Services (DSS), has been appointed to serve as Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in regional studies for the 2024–25 academic year. Fitzgerald brings a wealth of practitioner experience, a deep commitment to community, and a strong relationship with the Upstate Institute and Colgate University. 
    May 24, 2024
  • Dark Skies Symposium logo
    The Upstate Institute is among the Colgate sponsors supporting the upcoming “Dark Skies in Appalachian Identity, Culture, and Sense of Place” symposium in April. The symposium will bring writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, scholars, and scientists to Colgate April 4–6 to explore the human connection to the dark night sky.
    April 3, 2024
  • The MAD Ideas lecture series continues this spring, offering free events for the Madison County community presented by local experts from area colleges and universities, through Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison County. The lecture series is supported by funding from the Upstate Institute, and brings top thinkers to share their ideas and research topics, and spans a wide variety of topics, including agriculture, health, youth development, and ecological sustainability.
    January 24, 2024
  • Jorge stands in front of his research poster about the Young Scholars program
    Jorge Parada Cisneros '25: During my time at Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program, I met the incredible staff and students to get a better understanding of the program and its goals. My research provided tools, techniques, and resources for the program and its staff to help assist the students in the program and set them up for success.
    September 12, 2023
  • Eli Watson stands with Tom Guiler outside the Mandsion House and reviews a document
    The Mansion House museum tells the living history of this remarkable place and Community, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the Mansion House this summer as an Upstate Institute Fellow. Collaborating most closely with Tom Guiler, Director of Museum Affairs, and Theresa Batty for graphic design, I have been researching and designing a museum exhibit about four lesser-known Oneida Community members. We are investigating how their stories contribute to a more multi-dimensional and personal understanding of the Oneida Community and its history.
    August 30, 2023