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.
Reflecting on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the Hon. Jeffrey L. Amestoy '68, P'11, P'14, the 38th Chief Justice of Vermont's Supreme Court, said, "I think today...the Supreme Court caught up with the country, but I think the rest of the country caught up with Vermont." In 1999, Amestoy authored the Vermont Supreme Court's opinion in Baker v.... More >>
Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcomed stand-up comic and noted mental health activist Kevin Breel as a guest of the Calvin R. Carver Sr. Lecture series. Recently featured as a presenter on the widely-popular TEDx Talks, Breel's HWS lecture was held for a standing-room only crowd on Wednesday, April 22, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Blending humor and honesty to crea... More >>
Bringing together the HWS community and people from across the Finger Lakes to share in the common theme of "community," the sixth annual Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion & the Arts is currently underway and will continue until Friday, April 10. Facilitated through a partnership between HWS and the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, The Arts Experience is an opportunity for p... More >>
DUE TO ILLNESS, THE PRESIDENT'S FORUM EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A FUTURE DATE. A former U.S. Army officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and a fourth-generation U.S. Army combat veteran, Chris Marvin joins the President's Forum Series to discuss his work with Got Your 6, an organization that empowers veterans by bridging the civilian-military divide through creative par... More >>
To mark the Year of the Goat, the Asian Student Union will host a Lunar New Year Festival. The Lunar New Year Festival will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for HWS students and $7 for faculty and staff. The dress code is semi-formal. The event will include a variety of authentic foods, including: sushi, dumplings, Coke chicken wings, Bu... More >>