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.
Temple Grandin, a world-renowned animal behavior expert and one of the nation's most widely-recognized professionals with autism, caught her first big career break designing humane livestock corralling systems more than 40 years ago because she didn't give up on a narrow window of opportunity. Having already worked around cattle, Grandin had a familiarity with handling them, but didn't know all o... More >>
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 >>
The Office of Student Activities will promote an UPstander campaign across campus beginning on Monday, Sept. 7. Throughout the week, staff and students from the Division of Student Affairs, Residential Education, and the Office of Student Activities will table in the Scandling Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., asking members of the HWS community to sign the declaration and pledge to not be... More >>
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 >>
An ardent advocate for the humane treatment of animals and one of the most widely-recognized professionals with autism in the country, world-renowned animal behavior expert Temple Grandin will deliver a lecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, Sept. 17. In 2010, Grandin was acknowledged in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world, in the "Heroes" category. Sh... More >>