September 6, 2000 GENEVA, NY-David N. Dinkins, an advocate for children, education, compassionate urban policy, and tolerance, will travel to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to give a talk titled “The Silence of Good People” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, in Albright Auditorium. The 106th mayor of New York City is the first speaker to visit the HWS campus this academic year as part of the President's Forum lecture series sponsored by President Mark D. Gearan. The public is invited to attend.
Dinkins is a professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, many of which assist children and young people, such as the Children's Health Fund and Hope for Infants. Naming just two of his other roles, Dinkins is the national chairman of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and chairman emeritus of the board of the Constituency for Africa. Dinkins holds a B.S. in mathematics from Howard University, and an LL.B from Brooklyn Law School. He maintained a private law practice from 1956 though 1975.
Dinkins began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly. He served as president of New York City Board of Elections from 1972 through 1973. He was appointed City Clerk in 1975, elected President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985, and as Mayor of the City of New York in 1989, where he served a four-year term.
President Gearan is honored to welcome Dinkins to the Hobart and William Smith community. “Mr. Dinkins shares a passion for public service and will bring a message of service that many of our students embrace.” Hobart junior Nico Howie, of New York City, urged President Gearan to incorporate Dinkins into his lecture series. Howie has heard Dinkins speak on several occasions.
“Mr. Dinkins is one of the most powerful speakers I have ever heard. I look forward to hearing him talk more about the roles of social justice,” says Howie, the president of the Colleges' Refuse & Resist! national chapter.
President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the Winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors.
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