Geneva, N.Y. – Clifton Hood, associate professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the prestigious New York Council for the Humanities (NYCH). Hood joins two others accepting positions on the board at this time, and his connections to both upstate and downstate academics and programs will make him a great asset for the organization, which is currently trying to broaden and enhance its programming more comprehensively into the upstate area.
A professor at the Hobart and William Smith since 1992, Hood received his B.A. at Washington University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is the author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, and is frequently cited in national and international media on urban history topics. Most recently he was a guest on a History Channel show about the subway. Hood is currently at work on two projects: an historical atlas of New York City and a study of the City's economic leadership from the 1750s through the present.
Like its counterpart the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Council for the Humanities is an organization devoted to ensuring the presence of the humanities in the state's cultural and intellectual life and to guaranteeing the future of the humanities among young people. The Council has established and runs several programs to
1.) forge relationships between young people, their families, and humanities institutions in the state;
2.) train teachers;
3.) encourage excellence in student scholarship; and
4.) bring insights from the humanities to the general public.
“I am looking forward to my tenure on this board,” said Hood. “It's a great honor to be selected, of course, and I genuinely hope I can assist the board in its many important endeavors, especially in the area of expanding its presence upstate.”
Hood joins a stellar group on the board serving this organization. Among them: Alan Brinkley, professor of history at Columbia University; Lorraine Bracco, actress on the Sopranos series; William Kennedy, novelist; and Diane Ravitch, senior research scholar at New York University.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.
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