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.
On the heels of offering the first transgender studies class at HWS last semester, a group of faculty has formed the Transgender Faculty Learning Community (TFLC) on campus with the express goal of considering how to make HWS better for transgender people. The collaborative reading and discussion group is facilitated by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Karen Frost-Arnold, Professor of Dance Donn... More >>
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Global Initiative on Disability (GID) was launched in January 2014 with the goal of increasing awareness and action surrounding disability across the world. "The decision to establish a Global Initiative on Disability was based on the desire to make HWS a leader in both the growing field of research on disability globally, as well as in the practice of inclu... More >>
Tim Wise, American anti-racism activist, will present a talk, "Colorblind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Great Retreat from Racial Equity" on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium. Wise will discuss the concept of "illuminated individualism," acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped perceptions on the role that race plays in the United States. The lectur... More >>
Now in its 15th year, the HWS Human Rights and Genocide Symposium is a semester-long series featuring presentations on a wide range of human rights issues from HWS students and alums. "It is astounding to us that in one brief semester we will have students present on topics ranging from the Holocaust to Nepalese refugees from Bhutan, to post-genocide Rwanda, to family stories of survival after Ar... More >>
Shantha Rau Barriga, the director of disability rights at Human Rights Watch (HRW), will present a talk, "Invisible and Abused: Perspectives from Women with Disabilities in Uganda, India and Ghana," on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Merritt 100. Barriga will discuss the experiences of women with disabilities and share the recommendations for change that emerged from HRW's work in these countries.... More >>