August 28, 1998
Geneva, NY — President Richard Hersh has announced the establishment of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The new Fisher Center was endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993.
Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share a distinctive and historic coordinate relationship. The two private, liberal arts institutions share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, while maintaining separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions. The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith Colleges builds upon the Colleges' long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together. The Center will be an umbrella organization under whose auspices faculty, students, and experts in the field will have rigorous conversations and conduct research about the most important issues facing men and women in our time.
An inaugural event is planned for October, which will begin an agenda-setting year for the Center. At that event, well-known scholars from a variety of disciplines will come together to help define the most important and immediate issues the Center should consider. Participants will include Carol Gilligan, professor of psychology at Harvard and author of numerous volumes, including In A Different Voice (1993), and Michael Kimmel, author of many books and articles on the topic of masculinity, the most recent being Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996).
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