1999 Commencement Speaker – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

1999 Commencement Speaker

Geneva, NY — Professor Emeritus of History Marvin Bram, a brilliant scholar whose gifted teaching, sensitivity, and wide range of intellectual interests made him an invaluable asset to Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than 24 years, will once again bring his wisdom to the Colleges community. Bram has been selected as the Commencement speaker for the HWS Class of 1999 Commencement ceremony, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 13, on the Colleges Quadrangle.

Approximately 370 seniors from the two colleges are expected to receive Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The occasion is Hobart College’s 174th Commencement and the 88th for William Smith College.

For nearly a decade the Colleges have selected a Commencement speaker from within the Colleges community of alumni/ae, parents, and faculty. Bram, who retired from the faculty in 1997, taught courses in comparative civilization, topics in the history of science, and the history of psychoanalysis. Within the Colleges community Bram is known for sharing his heartfelt feelings as they connect to the legal and social system, to technological capitalism, and to state-sponsored schooling. His conversations with the campus community, and his reflections about troubles and aspirations, became part of his intellectualizing about his expertise, the course of human civilization.

He is the author of several books including A World History for science research associates, and Sources in 20th Century Intellectual History, Elements of Symbolic History, Semiotica, The West: A Symbolic History, and others. He initially joined the Colleges faculty in 1970 after teaching at the University of Hawaii and the University of Rochester. Bram served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and then earned a B.A. degree at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in intellectual history from the University of Rochester.

For more information contact Mary LeClair at ext. 3540.

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