A Big Question

A big question we want to take up in various forms throughout the week: In times of crisis, where is the writer? We’re interested in how writers in various genres respond to real-world crises. What’s the difference between art and journalism? Art and activism? Or is there any difference at all? How have the crises of the last few years (the pandemic, school shootings, police killings of Black people, January 6) affected our writing?

Opening Celebration

On a lighter note, we’ll open this year’s conference with a festive cocktail party in a tent on the Merrill House lawn.

Faculty & Participant Directory

We’re adding a completely optional directory of faculty and participants, for those who want to stay in touch after June 25.

COVID-19 Updates

We’ve made a number of changes in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These include private rooms with en suite bathrooms, free shuttle service and easy on-campus parking for those who wish to drive, access to green bikes, outdoor dining, and grab-n-go meal options. 

Barring religious or medical exemption, we expect all guests to be fully vaccinated prior to coming to campus, including vaccine boosters for all eligible individuals—no exceptions.

  • Guests should refer to colgate.edu/colgatetogether for current campus guidance for face coverings.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, we strongly recommend that all guests test for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.
  • Guests who are ill (including but not limited to symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases), regardless of vaccination status, must cancel their visit to campus.

 

Attendees should plan to present documentation at registration showing that they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, have recently recovered after a positive COVID-19 test, or have had a recent negative test. 

Acceptable documentation for individuals who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination must include proof of COVID-19 vaccination with the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of up-to-date vaccination must also include proof of a vaccine booster unless the individual:

  • is under twelve years of age,
  • completed the single-dose J&J vaccine less than two months prior to the start of the program,
  • completed the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine less than five months prior to the start of the program, or
  • provides proof of a positive COVID-19 test, dated less than 90 days prior to the start of the program.


Acceptable documentation for individuals who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including those with religious or medical exemptions, includes:

  • a positive COVID-19 test, dated between 14 and 90 days prior to the start of the program,
  • a negative PCR test, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the start of the program, or
  • a negative antigen test, taken no earlier than 24 hours prior to the start of the program.

 

Masking

We are maintaining the current mask-optional policy on campus, with the following important exceptions:

  • A faculty or staff member may require a student or colleague to wear masks within their classrooms or offices. Faculty or staff members may require masks for programs and events held inside classrooms or their private office space.
  • Masks must be worn when riding the Colgate Cruiser, in accordance with New York State regulations for public transit. New York State still requires masking on public transportation. 
  • When required by the event organizers, masks must be worn when attending large indoor gatherings.
  • Village or Town of Hamilton businesses may require masks at their discretion, and community members are expected to comply.
  • Faculty, staff, and students may continue to wear a mask if they choose.
  • All members of the Colgate community should carry a mask with them at all times in order to respond to these requests and requirements.