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  Poet John Ashbery died on September 3rd. He was born in Rochester and raised in Sodus. His impact on American letters was wide-ranging and the acclaim for his work included the Pulitzer and many, many other awards. We asked Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor and poet James McCorkle to offer some perspective on John Ashbery.


Higher Education leaders from around the state are expressing their support for those with DACA status and their concerns over President Trump's decision to end the program. The presidents of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, including Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent, issued a statement as well as Cornell University’s President Martha Pollack. The complete texts of those statements are below.

Letter from the Presidents of the New York Six

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Students arriving at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the first time this week received advice from NPR’s Laura Sydell including a charge to take advantage of the Colleges’ study abroad program.

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NPR’s Laura Sydell was the keynote speaker at Hobart and William Smith’s annual Convocation yesterday. The event marks the official beginning of the academic year. The keynote speaker’s remarks are generally directed to incoming first-year students. Sydell reflected on changes in the media landscape.

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The last time we spoke with Hobart and William Smith President Gregory Vincent, he was in his first week with the Colleges. Since that time, events off campus have given him reason the address the campus community via email over issues of affirmative action in higher education and larger issues of equality and justice after the events in Charlottesville. We asked President Vincent back into the studio to talk about those issues and to look ahead a bit to the upcoming start to his first academic year.

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Dr. Gregory Vincent officially assumed his duties as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Monday. I spoke with President Vincent in his office yesterday. As is often the case in a radio interview, I asked him to give me his name and his title at the beginning of the recording. I could not help but ask how it felt to introduce himself as the 27th president of Hobart College and 16th president of William Smith College.

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges held their commencements on Sunday. This year’s speaker was former President Bill Clinton. But, much of the morning’s ceremony celebrated outgoing President of the Colleges Mark Gearan. Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Bozzuto praised the success and growth of the Colleges under Gearan’s leadership before announcing an honor unprecedented in the history of the institutions.

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The Kate Weare Company began their residency at Hobart and William Smith Colleges last Friday. I visited the dancer and choreographer Sunday afternoon as she was working with two of her dancers in advance of an open rehearsal that evening.

The company’s residency gives them an opportunity to explore their own work. The residency at the Colleges also bring the company into the classroom.

 

Geneva 2020

Geneva 2020 issued a Community Report at a breakfast Thursday morning. Geneva 2020 is a coalition of local businesses, nonprofits and individuals working to support city schools. It was formed in 2011 when Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan gathered a group to address challenges facing the district, which was under a New York State watch. At that time as many as one in four students were not graduating. Superintendent Trina Newton said that significant progress has been made toward a goal of 90 percent, with much work yet to be done.

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Michael Bogin didn’t travel to the Galapagos Islands seeking inspiration. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor was teaching as part of study abroad programs in Peru and Ecaudor.

“It was a course, which talked about the relationship of the environment to cultural production, to artistic production. We used the Galapagos, or in fact evolution, as a model to think about the way in which cultures adapt and survive or fail to survive.”

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