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Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski has been named the John Milton Potter Chair in the Humanities. A member of the Colleges’ faculty since 1976, Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski has been named the John Milton Potter Chair in the Humanities. Dobkowski is a scholar of the American Jewish experience, Holocaust Studies, religion and

A year after graduating, the Classes of 2020 returned to campus to celebrate their Commencement in person. Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. Curry, the Presiding Bishop and

“As Hobart and William Smith Colleges approach the Hobart bicentennial in 2022 and to honor the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment in 2020, we are taking stock of our history and the foundations — literal and figurative — from which the Colleges have emerged,” says President Joyce P. Jacobsen.

During Commencement weekend, graduating students, their families and members of the HWS community took time to celebrate, reflect and give thanks during the annual Baccalaureate ceremony. With prayer and music, the 2021 Baccalaureate ceremony highlighted the personal and spiritual journeys of members of the HWS community. In her keynote Baccalaureate Address, Associate Professor Emerita of

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the HWS community held a candlelight vigil on April 7.  Hobart and William Smith Colleges stood in solidarity with Jewish people around the world to observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. HWS Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life also held two events to honor lives lost

During the Kinghorn Fellowship last year, Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter ’86, P’15 explored the role of religion, education and public policy in the life of a global citizen. He recently shared the results of that work with the HWS community. On Thursday, March 18, Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter ’86, P’15 shared the

For her Honors project, anthropology major Carly Kelly ’21 studied the formation of Syrian Christians’ ethnoreligious identity in Geneva. Throughout her academic career, Carly Kelly ’21 has specialized in the geographic area of the Middle East with an aspiration to become an anthropologist. As an Honors project, she dove deeply into understanding the Syrian Christian

Jillian Crocetta ’21 explores her Jewish identity in an essay published by New Voices, a Jewish and justice-focused magazine written by and for college students. In an essay published by New Voices, Jillian Crocetta ’21 examines the Jewish identity she began to actively explore after attending a Shabbat dinner at the Abbe Center for Jewish

HWS students and alums will connect virtually to celebrate Hanukkah through a series of online events hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life. A series of virtual events will give Hobart and William Smith students and alums the chance to celebrate Hanukkah together beginning this weekend. Hanukkah started on the evening of Dec. 10

Love, self-care and healing relationships were the focus of a live virtual discussion with Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75 on Nov. 17. In conversation with Rev. Owen Thompson ’93 of the Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, N.Y., and Chaplain and Dean for Spiritual Engagement Nita Byrd, Curry discussed