Speeches and Columns

President Gearan

Every year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Mark D. Gearan offers the valedictory address at Commencement. Throughout the year he provides the community with updates on the Colleges by way of his column "Lakeviews" in the Pulteney St. Survey.

Addresses Delivered by President Gearan

Columns Written by President Gearan

The Talloires Network Steering Committee: Updates from the Chair, President Mark Gearan

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Gearan Featured in RBJ

Not long after Mark Gearan was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he placed a call to George Stephanopoulos, an old friend and colleague from his days working in the White House... More >>


President's Forum to Host Brison

An expert on sexual violence, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dartmouth College Dr. Susan Brison will join the Colleges' ongoing dialogue about enhancing a culture of respect as she visits HWS as the next guest of the President's Forum Series. The forum will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Through he...  More >>

Carville and Matalin Offer Prelude to 2016

Following the 2014 midterm elections, political strategists James Carville L.H.D. '13, P'17 and Mary Matalin P'17 joined the Hobart and William Smith Colleges President's Forum Series for post-election commentary and their predictions for 2016. Carville and Matalin -- who have been married for more than 20 years and are prominent and influential voices in the Democratic and Republican parties, re...  More >>

Reform and Compromise in Partisan Politics

In her President's Forum Series talk, "Dysfunction in Washington and Bi-Partisan Politics," Victoria Reggie Kennedy urged the audience, regardless of personal political beliefs, to be open to other perspectives and to participate in the democratic process. "What does a government of the people require?" she asked. "People. The involvement of the people, the knowledge of the people, the participat...  More >>

President's Forum Welcomes Victoria Reggie Kennedy

As the construction of The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate moves toward completion, Victoria Reggie Kennedy -- legal strategist, financial attorney, and wife of the late Senator Kennedy -- joined the President's Forum Series with a lecture reflecting on governmental gridlock and bipartisanship. Kennedy's talk, "Dysfunction in Washington and Bi-Partisan Politics," arrived ...  More >>

Talking Politics at HWS President's Forum

With the midterm elections just around corner, a special HWS President's Forum Series program of the "Political Junkie Road Show" presented by "Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan and "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin was recently held during Homecoming and Family Weekend. The forum, which covered everything from current events to political history, featured a series of engaging conversations with the...  More >>

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