Learning takes place where there are opportunities to become more informed about other cultures and religions, hear other peoples' viewpoints on national and international relations, discuss current events and pop culture and debate public policy and human rights issues.
To foster Hobart and William Smith's inclusive identity, the campus community offers a wide variety of academic and social events which reflect and promote the cultural diversity of our campus Cultural Clubs and Events- (Hobart and William Smith is home to more than 15 cultural clubs, including Pride Alliance representing the LBGT community, Hillel, Asian Student Union and Latin American Organization. Each of these clubs celebrates their unique cultural identity with annual campus events, like Take Back the Night, the Caribbean Student Association's Celebrate Diversity Dinner and the Black Student Union Charity Ball.
Speaker Series and Symposia-HWS also regularly hosts a variety of speaker series and symposia, which bring prominent visitors to campus. Through series like The President's Forum, The Fisher Center and Human Rights and Genocide, students have a chance to meet and engage leading thinkers, like Madeleine Albright and Ralph Nader, on topics of national and cultural significance.
In addition to her work with William Smith students, Associate Dean of William Smith Lisa Kaenzig has focused one of her scholarly pursuits on understanding introverted learners - those who may be quieter in the classroom or prefer to work on their own. A frequent invited speaker on issues relating to gifted and introverted learners, Kaenzig's research particularly centers on the inclusion of int... More >>
If you had to pack your life into a single suitcase, what you would you bring? With "The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic" (2008), authors Darby Penney and Peter Stastny, along with photographer Lisa Rinzler, brought to light a stark narrative of 20th century psychiatric care and gave voice to the stories of 10 people committed to the Willard State Hospital, as told t... More >>
Five decades ago, Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., then an active participant in the civil rights movement and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., faced significant obstacles on a course of action set forth to attain justice and equality. As distinguished guest of the President's Forum Speaker Series at HWS, Sellers, a lifelong educator who has been president of Voorhees College since 2008, shared ... More >>
Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., president of Voorhees College, will join the President's Forum Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Active in the civil rights movement, Sellers worked as an advocate for justice and human rights and has been a lifelong educator. He was named president of Voorhees College in April of 2008. The title of hi... More >>