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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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A recent article in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle is just the latest signal that Geneva is developing a big reputation in the region as a culinary destination. Many of the restaurants in Geneva take advantage of the Finger Lakes’ agricultural bounty. When you sit down to a meal, you’re often no far from where some of the ingredients were grown. At four local restaurants, you might be dining on produce that was grown by the chef who prepared it.

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The President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down at the end of the current academic year. Mark Gearan says his decision to end his time as president was a hard one, but he believes the timing is right for the institution and for himself and his family.

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Kevin Coltron / Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have hosted multiple dance workshops since last week. Around 150 educators and artists have been exchanging ideas and practices, collaborating and working together. Among the visitors to the Geneva campus is Bill Evans. The celebrated choreographer and dancer has offered a summer institute since 1977.

The art exhibition opening this week at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Davis Gallery in Houghton House comes from works owned by an alumnus. Ed Pollack graduated from Hobart in 1955 with an English and philosophy split major. He pursued a career in the law. One day, he expressed an interest in the pictures hanging on the office wall of one of his colleagues. 

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