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Farash Scholar Desbois on ‘60 Minutes'

An international leader in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations, fighting anti-Semitism and Holocaust research, Father Patrick Desbois, who recently visited HWS as a Farash Scholar to discuss his life's work, will be featured on the acclaimed CBS news program, "60 Minutes," on Sunday, Oct. 4. The show airs at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Check local listings. A Roman Catholic priest and consultan...  More >>

Award-winning Writer Balakian on the Armenian Genocide

In his talk -- the first speaker of the 2015 Human Rights and Genocide Symposium -- best-selling poet and prose writer Peter Balakian read from his memoir, "Black Dog of Fate," and reflected on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the mass killings and deportations by the Ottoman government. As a teenager, Balakian said, he wondered where Armenia had gone, as the country wasn't memoria...  More >>

Witbeck '10 Launches "SWAK"

Inspired by her experiences as an HWS student, Liz Witbeck '10 recently launched Sealed With a Kiss (SWAK), a care-package delivery service for college students from low-income families. The first and only care package delivery service of its kind, Witbeck sent nearly 100 care packages to HWS students who come from low-income backgrounds during the first week of classes. "HWS helped me realize th...  More >>

2015 Human Rights and Genocide Symposium

Now in its 16th year, the Hobart and William Smith Human Rights and Genocide Symposium will offer a semester-long series of lectures and dialogues surrounding human rights issues facing the international community. "The speakers for this semester are unified by the theme of intergenerational transmission of trauma and ways in which the search for forensic justice and witness might address those i...  More >>

Three New Leaders Join HWS

Hobart and William Smith will commence the new academic year welcoming three individuals to leadership positions at the Colleges: Chaplain of the Colleges, Title IX Coordinator, and Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The Rev. D. Maurice Charles, who previously served in the Religious Life office at Stanford University, has begun his role as HWS Chaplain, following the retirem...  More >>

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