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The HWS Update

During his Commencement address to graduates, Dr. Christopher Beyrer ’81, Sc.D. ’22 emphasized the vital role of education and critical thinking in fostering democracy, validating truth and combatting disinformation. An epidemiologist and HIV/AIDS expert recently named Director of the Duke University Global Health Institute, Beyrer noted “the stark inequalities in health care access and the

Mentorship at HWS leads to a career in social justice.  Dylan Morris ’19 developed a passion for social justice and creating change while studying sociology at HWS. He’s now one step closer to making that a career. Morris recently learned that he is a Law, Equity and Race Scholarship recipient at Northeastern University School of

“When we plant trees, we plant seeds of peace and hope.” The United Nations Postal Administration has honored Dr. Wangari Matthai P’94, P’96, L.H.D. ’94 on a stamp in remembrance of her birthday. Issued in Germany, the stamp reads “When we plant trees, we plant seeds of peace and hope.” Matthai was the first female

Program focuses on student identity, social justice and change    With a focus on systematic change and social justice, a new Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership program will begin in the fall. Building off Hobart and William Smith’s robust Educational Studies major and Teacher Education Program, the two-year master’s program analyzes and critiques the

A livestreamed production of Memories of Overdevelopment grapples with autocracy, global politics and truth.  Hobart and William Smith’s Theatre Department will be among the first theatres in the United States to produce a fully staged developmental production of Memories of Overdevelopment, a searing insight to life under autocratic rule. OBIE award-winning playwright Caridad Svich describes

Zahra Arabzada ’19 returns to campus to discuss being a refugee while helping her family navigate immigration processes and exile. Recent graduate Zahra Arabzada ’19 will offer a public talk about refugee escape, diaspora and exile from Afghanistan to the United States, Germany and elsewhere at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21 in the Sanford

A gift from Dr. Edward Franks ’72 endows a permanent fund in memory of Professor of Religious Studies Richard Heaton, in recognition of the late professor’s contributions to awareness of human rights. The Heaton/Franks Endowed Professorship in Human Rights and Genocide has been established by Dr. Edward Franks ’72 in memory of his former mentor,

Correctional Officer William “Billy” Quinn was the first casualty of the Attica Prison Riot; his daughter visits HWS to discuss justice for Attica’s victims and their survivors. As part of an ongoing series of discussions that examine crime, victimization, and justice, Associate Professor of Sociology James Sutton invites author Deanne Quinn Miller and investigative reporter

HWS Theatre presents a history-based theatrical walking tour based on the real lives of past Genevans. During Homecoming and Family Weekend, catch the world premiere of “From Beyond: Geneva’s Unheard Voices,” a theatrical walking tour depicting the lives of un- and under-represented African American people who lived in Geneva, N.Y. The production will be performed

Based in Geneva, three recent graduates will join an impressive cohort of alums serving AmeriCorps. The alums will dedicate a year to supporting underserved people in Geneva in collaboration with local schools and community-building projects through the one-year federal anti-poverty service program. Shannon Drew ’21, Faith Hicks ’21 and Emma Ibbotson ’21 landed one-year AmeriCorps