This Monday, Feb. 8, Claudia Rankine, award-winning author of the 2014 book Citizen, An American Lyric, visited campus to give an enlightening discussion and reading of her work and the circumstances surrounding it.
As our article on faculty hiring this week (“Emphasis on faculty hiring”) notes, 25 percent of Hamilton’s faculty is expected to retire in the next five years with another 19 percent within 10 years. Combined, that’s almost half in just a decade. Entire departments are changing radically, and many of the professors who have long been the core of them will be handing the reins to academics with new perspectives and priorities. This is a time of major change for the College.
Students have the opportunity to significantly shape this change as it occurs. Last semester, a number of students voiced their support for Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya. They temporarily occupied Buttrick Hall, calling for the professor’s contract to be extended. While students became involved at a point when they could not influence his hiring, this action sets a standard for how seriously students should take their opportunity to influence the make-up of faculty. ...
What is racism? Though seemingly straightforward, this question has sparked debate and subsequent movements across college campuses nationwide. On Monday Feb. 8 the poet Claudia Rankine graced the Hamilton College Chapel and attempted to answer this question.
This past weekend from Feb. 5-7, more than 5,000 college students at 50 colleges and universities from all over the country participated in a dialogue about a pressing issue that affects personal lives, college campuses, and the nation as a whole at the annual PossePlus Retreat (PPR). In the fall, Posse Scholars across the U.S. voted for the topic, “Sticks + Stones: Language and Speech in a Diverse Society.”
This weekend the Hamilton College Choir delivered a vibrant tribute to musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. The piece, Sondheim on Sondheim, is a melange of performances highlighting Sondheim’s greatest hits with interview snippets projected onto a screen above the performers. Performances of Sondheim’s musical numbers were distributed among the interview footage, forming an exciting give-and-take of Sondheim’s own words with his stellar compositions.
The Hamilton men’s basketball team enters the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to earn a NESCAC playoff spot after failing to reach the playoffs last season. The Continentals look to pick up two victories against conference opponents to close out a season in which conference victories have been at a premium.