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Susan Page
Susan Page

In the fast-paced political wars of the Trump era, it’s easy to forget the hyperpartisanship that marked the past two administrations. Two veterans of the White House will discuss the current political landscape on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove and Barack Obama advisor David Axelrod will speak in what the college calls an attempt at “respectful dialogue.” Moderating the discussion is Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief.

Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe is currently on display at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

The show is the Beijing-born artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the United States, featuring a selection of work from 2006 to the present, including new scrolls, sculptures, and drawings never before exhibited.

Taking on the thousand-year-old practice of Chinese scroll painting, Yun-Fei Ji employs ink on paper as his primary medium and landscape as his central subject. However, rather than adopting the idealism characteristic of traditional scroll painting, Ji’s work presents the gritty reality of life in China today.

Tracy Adler is the Director of The Wellin Museum and she joins us now.

The U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement this week that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill brought a sigh of relief on one central New York campus.

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People have an affinity for things.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, examines how objects can have a rich personal significance.

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The president of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York was among the leaders of higher education from across the nation who were at the White House yesterday for a conference hosted by the president and first lady on getting low-income students into college. Hamilton president Joan Hinde-Stewart says the discussion involved getting these students into college, helping them pay tuition, and giving them the help and guidance they need to graduate. She says it was a deeply personal issue for her.

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On Friday Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator of New York Hillary Clinton spoke at Hamilton College before a crowd of nearly 6,000. WAMC’s Lucas Willard caught up with Keshia Clukey, Education Reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch, who attended the event.

Photos from Hillary Clinton's speech at Hamilton College can be seen here.

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The Clintons are delivering speeches in New York this evening, though in separate places. Former President Bill Clinton will be in Dutchess County.

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living at Rhinebeck-based Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is hosting a conference this weekend entitled “Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World.”  Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address Friday evening to kick off a weekend-long discussion about a holistic approach to sustainability. It is the first time he is speaking at Omega.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ernest Williams of Hamilton College reveals the importance weeds play in the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly. 

Ernest Williams is the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology at Hamilton College where his research is focused on the population biology, chemical ecology, and conservation of butterflies. His research has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

About Dr. Williams


  The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College presents “Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field,” the artist’s first solo museum exhibition - through July 28th.

The exhibition features new works created specifically for the Wellin, including a site-specific, 70-foot wall painting installation; a 4 x 10 foot, glass and metal mobile; and a series of large-scale paintings and drawings.

Museum director Tracy Adler curated the show and she joins us to tell us more about it and about other upcoming exhibitions at The Wellin.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Ragosta of Hamilton College explores the historical roots of the National Day of Prayer.

John Ragosta is a visiting assistant professor of history at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. As a historian and lawyer, he has been widely published in both legal and historical journals in the areas of early American history, constitutional law and international relations. He is currently completing work on his latest book, Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed.

Forty years ago, Richard Burns was a high school senior, getting ready to begin college at Hamilton in the fall. Today, he is the executive director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. This afternoon, Richard Burns returns to Hamilton to speak on “LGBTQ Rights, Past and Present” at the Red Room in the Kirner-Johnson building. He spoke to WAMC about what it was like 40 years ago to be gay and in college

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carl Rubino of Hamilton College explains why the Star Wars series is attracting a whole new generation of fans.

Carl Rubino is the Winslow Professor of Classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where his teaching and research interests include ancient Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature and literary theory.  In 2011 he published the article, Long Ago, But Not So Far Away: Another Look at Star Wars and the Ancient World. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.