Friday, April 25, 2008

Hamilton alumnus, Government major, visits campus

Stuart Ingis '93 gave a talk titled "The Policy of Privacy" concerning Internet law and privacy protection on Thursday, April 24. Ingis, a partner in the law firm of Venable LLP, discussed current topics of debate around Internet policy and the possible implications that shaping Internet policy has for democracy in the near and distant future.

Green Party Wins Mock Election Debate

The Green Party, led by Sam Dwyer, won a mock parliamentary debate sponsored by the students in Government 112: Introduction to Comparative Politics. The debate was held in the fictitious country of West Europa on April 17 and was the capstone of a semester-long project in the course taught by Assistant Professor of Government Sharon Werning Rivera.

Six party leaders faced a lively and enthusiastic audience as they debated issues pertinent to real European countries, such as immigration policy, unemployment, regional separatism, and the war in Iraq. In addition to Dwyer, debate participants included Heather Prigg, Ricky Bottini, Steve Mello, Sophie Boehm, and Joe Buicko. Parties ran the gamut of Western Europe's political spectrum, from neo-fascist to communist, and included—aside from the Green Party—the Conservative Revolutionist Party, Progressive Economic Party, United Socialist Party, New Workers’ Party, and Cultural Preservation Party.

The panel of expert judges, which decided the winner based on the content and delivery of the presentations, included Professor of Communication Catherine Phelan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Shelley McConnell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, Oral Communication Lab Peer Tutor Ntokozo Xaba '08, and David R. Foster '10.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bitter beer face

The image the Clinton campaign should have used to capitalize on "bittergate" in Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Seniors dissect politics

Don't miss your colleagues speaking about their research for senior theses. Reception in Little Pub follows each set of presentations.

Monday April 21 7PM

Matt D'Amico, "Digital Pluralism: The Internet and Interest Groups"
Jack Prior, "Don't Tase Me Bro, but Vote for Me: Youtube and Campaigns"
Sarah Bryant, "Money and Politics: Assessing BCRA in 2006 and 2008"
Reid Snyder, "The Selling of the President 1968-2008: The Changing Role of Campaign Consultants"

Location Science G041

Tuesday, April 22 7PM
Richard Bryan, "Before Steroids: The Political History of Congress and Baseball"
Jon Glusband, "Magnum Force: Gun Control as a Campaign Issue"
Katie Plummer, "We are the Change:The Electoral Significance of Generation Y"

Location Science G041

Wednesday April 23 7PM

Garrett Reeb, "Barack Obama and the Politics of Racial Identity"
Ann Bickerton, "Is a Woman's Place in the White House? Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Gender"
Emanuel Rosario, "Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Disaster Preparedness and Planning: The Case of Katrina" Location: Kirner-Johnson 223

Who Killed the Electric Car?

On Wednesday, April 16, Democracy Matters is showing the documentary film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" at 8pm in the KJ Red Pit (109). The showing is free and open to the public, and will include a discussion at the end of the film about its political implications, and those of alternative energy, climate change, and the environment more broadly.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

John Hewko '79 visits campus

John Hewko '79, Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, was on campus on April 9 and 10th, giving a public talk, meeting with students at the Career Center, and visiting Professor Orvis's class. Hewko was a Government major and lacrosse player at Hamilton. To see a summary of his distinguished career, click on title.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mock Trial

From Wenxi Li :
Hamilton College Mock Trial (HCMT), started by Alex Kaufman '06 and Adam Gordon '06, is now in its sixth year of competition. This past March, one of Hamilton's competitiong teams qualified for the American Mock Trial Association National Tournament in Hamilton, Ohio. This is the second consecutive year that a Hamilton team has qualified for the national tournament. The eight person team who traveled to Ohio included Andrew Bjorkman '10, Megha Hoon '11, Caitlin Fitzsimons '11, Eddie Ajaeb '11, Liz Farrington '10, Tim Kubarych '10, Ngoc Nguyen '11, and Wenxi Li '10. Liz Farrington was awarded an Outstanding Witness Award.
The Mock Trial team travels to compete in a few invitational tournaments each year, such as at Lafayette College and Cornell Univeristy, and attends the regional competition at Syracuse University in February. Comprised of students who play lawyer and witness roles, the team is given one civil or criminal case to prepare each year for competition. The team practices a few times each week, and is always looking for new memebers. If you are interested in joining, please be sure to look out for our e-mails!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008