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Winston Churchill once defined Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”  This May, students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will attempt to decipher part of that riddle when they embark on a month-long interdisciplinary seminar to Siberia as part of a competitive program, “Modern Siberia: Ecology and Culture.” The seminar

Discussing Disaster Politics, Democracy and Hurricane Katrina In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. has been faced with picking up the pieces of a devastated New Orleans and the resulting socio-political situation. To help rebuild these physical and ideological structures, the students and faculty of Politics of Disaster, taught by Cedric Johnson, associate professor

Described by the New York Times as one of the hardest working and most prolific actors in Hollywood, Christopher McDonald brings “legendary” characters to life with consistent acclaim. From “Thelma and Louise” to “Quiz Show” to “Happy Gilmore,” McDonald has worked opposite actors like Adam Sandler, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton, and for

Today it’s hard to imagine an American neighborhood without blue bins on the curb and at least one type of “green” product in each of its houses. Environmental assessments are first and significant elements in the construction of new neighborhoods and citizens expect no less. Thirty years ago, however, a small community in Upstate New

At HWS, students’ scholarly passions don’t end when they leave the classroom. In fact, they aren’t even limited to Geneva or the United States. Juniors Emma Kelly and Julie Isaacson have taken their passion for women’s studies to Mendoza, Argentina. While studying abroad this semester, Kelly and Isaacson presented the results of their independent study

Professor of Sociology Jack Harris and Linh Nguyen ’07 recently presented their research on “Vietnamese Masculinity and Gender Relations” at the Third International Conference on Vietnamese Studies on Dec. 6 in Hanoi. The BBC covered their presentation (transcript is in Vietnamese). Nguyen, who grew up in Vietnam, was a Freeman Fellow who earned a Salisbury

Lynn Hoffman ’65 is featured in The Chestnut Hill Local, a Philadelphia-area weekly newspaper. Hoffman is described as a “Renaissance man,” in the article, which notes his careers in a variety of fields and details his most recent work, the book “bang-BANG” (Kunati Books, 2007). “He has been a best-selling novelist, professional photographer, executive chef/owner

All graduating seniors know they spent four years honing their brains and their skills for what comes next – whether it’s grad school, service work or the start of a career. Not all, though, have a chance to see those skills in practice before they leave college. That’s exactly why Jack Harris, professor of anthropology

They say you can never go home again, but HWS alums often prove that not to be the case at all. From Oct. 1-3, Hobart College welcomes alumnus Michael J. Miller ’83 home as the 2008-2009 John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence for Ethics and Social Justice. Throughout his professional and scholarly work, Miller has

Political interest and activism are rising on the HWS campus as the 2008 presidential election approachs. The Vote Smart bus came to campus in November, and HWS Votes has been active, but individual students are making their marks as well. Over winter break, Vincent DeFabo ’08 volunteered with the Giuliani campaign in New Hampshire during