Episode 2: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne
With the campus’ proximity to Seneca Lake, water has always been essential to the identity of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. When the academic year begins in the fall, HWS will be fully immersed in “The Year of Water,” a project envisioned by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne. She recently spoke with President-Elect Joyce P. Jacobsen about the project on the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen.”
In the interview, Kinne discusses the importance of Seneca Lake and the Seneca Lake watershed to the local community, environment and economy; how the protection and health of both are critical and require the efforts of the Colleges and the community; and the origins and goals of “The Year of Water.”
A former water rights municipal lawyer in Colorado who focused on municipal resources, watershed management and fracking, Kinne now serves as chair of the farm committee for Fribolin Farm and as the environmental studies chair for the Finger Lakes Institute, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. She joined the HWS faculty in 2008 after earning her B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia and her J.D. and LL.M in Asian and comparative law from the University of Washington.
Jacobsen is a renowned labor economist, award-winning teacher and experienced administrator with three decades of experience taking on increasingly complex roles in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and A.B. from Harvard University. She began her academic career at Rhodes College before joining the Wesleyan University faculty. There, she became a full professor in 2000 and was awarded an endowed chair as Andrews Professor of Economics in 2003. She began her work as an administrator in 2013 when she was appointed Dean of the Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives at Wesleyan, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015. She is the first woman president of HWS.
The first episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast featured Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
The music for the podcast series was created by Alex Kerai ’19.