Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

Levitt Speaker Series 2009-2010

"Crisis:  Danger and Opportunity"

Fall 2009

September 16, 7:30 pm, Chapel

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, presented a lecture titled "The Origins of the Economic Crisis and the Ways Out" on September 16th.  Baker is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio.  He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.  His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News.  Dean has written several books, his latest being Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (PoliPoint Press, 2009).  His book Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index (editor, M.E. Sharpe, 1997) was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year. Bio

October 2, 4:00 pm, KJ Aud
Arthur Levitt, Jr.Arthur Levitt Jr., former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), discussed financial regulation on Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in the KJ Auditorium. Currently Levitt serves as a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group, a private global investment firm. He is also author of the best-selling book Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know. Before becoming chairman of the SEC, he owned Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill. Levitt served as chairman of the American Stock Exchange from 1978-89. 

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is named for Levitt's father, Arthur Levitt, Sr., who was elected comptroller of New York six times -- the last time by the largest plurality ever recorded in a New York election. Levitt, Sr., was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Hamilton College in 1979 for his "peerless reputation and efficiency in an office where corruption and confusion had been known to flourish." Arthur Levitt, Jr., received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Hamilton in 1981. In 1980, the family of the late Arthur Levitt, to honor him as a long-time New York State public servant, made a significant commitment to Hamilton to establish the Arthur Levitt Public Policy Center.

October 21, 7:30 pm, Red Pit
Eric Klinenberg
, Professor of Sociology at New York University, lectured about "Urban Crises" on October 21st.  Klinenberg's first book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago won 6 scholarly and literary prizes.  He is also the author of Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media as well as many scholarly articles.  In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Klinenberg runs the NYU Urban Studies seminar.  Bio

October 29, 7:30 pm, Events Barn
Michael T. Klare
,  the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), presented "Oil, Obama, and American Foreign Policy" on October 29th.  Klare is Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).  Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. He is the author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (Metropolitan Books, 2004).  Bio 

November 11, 7:30 pm, Chapel
Tariq Ali
 spoke about "Obama's War: Afghanistan/Pakistan" on November 11th.  Ali is a historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator.  He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.  He is the author of several books, including Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of Hope (2006), Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), and The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (2008).  Bio

November 12, noon, Events Barn
On November 12th, Tariq Ali and novelist Kamila Shamsie '95 held a panel discussion moderated by Tina Hall on "Art, History and Politics of the Novel."  Shamsie's first novel, In the City by the Sea, was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and her second, Salt and Saffron, won her a place on Orange's list of '21 Writers for the 21st Century'. In 1999 Kamila received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan. She also writes for The Guardian, The New Statesman, Index on Censorship and Prospect magazine, and broadcasts on radio.  Shamsie's most recent novel, Burnt Shadows, was short listed for the Orange Prize.  Bio

Spring 2010

January 26, 7:30 pm, Events Barn
Andrew C. McCarthy, Co-Chair, Center for Law and Counterterrorism, will discuss "A New Legal Framework for National Security" on January 26, 2010. McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor and a Contributing Editor with National Review Online. He co-chairs the Center for Law and Counterterrorism, where he also serves as a senior fellow. Following the September 11 attacks, Mr. McCarthy supervised the U.S. Attorney's Anti-Terrorism Command Post in New York City. From 1999 through 2003, he was the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District's satellite office, responsible for federal law enforcement in six counties north of New York City. Mr. McCarthy is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award (1996) and Distinguished Service Award (1988). He has served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and as an Associate Independent Counsel in the investigation of a former cabinet official. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law both at the Fordham University School of Law and at New York Law School. He writes extensively on a variety of legal, social and political issues for National Review and Commentary, among other publications, as well as providing commentary for various television and radio broadcasts. (http://www.defenddemocracy.org)
February 11, 7:30 pm, Chapel
Jonathan Skinner
, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, will speak about "What You Need to Know about Health Care Reform" on February 11th.  As an expert in the economics of health care, Skinner also teaches in the department of Family and Community Medicine.  He is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Public Economics and Health Affairs, and has also written several chapters of edited books.  bio

March 2, 7:30 pm, Events Barn
Amos Kiewe
, Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University, will be on campus March 2nd to speak about the "Crisis: A Rhetorical Entity."  Dr. Kiewe's areas of research are in rhetorical theory and criticism, political communication, presidential studies, argumentation, and persuasion.  He has published in journals such as Communication Studies, Legal Studies Forum, Journal of American Culture, and Argumentation and Advocacy; and is the author of several books, including FDR's First Fireside Chat: Public Confidence and the Banking Crisis (Texas A&M Press, 2007).  Bio

April 5, 7:30 pm, Events Barn
Chris Hedges
, Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute, will speak on April 5th.  The topic of his lecture will be his latest book, published in 2009:  Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.  Hedges is also the author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (Free Press, 2003) and Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians, co-authored with Laila Al-Arian (2008).  Chris Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was a war correspondent writing for the Christian Science Monitor, the Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent 15 years and was on the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism.  Also in 2002, Chris Hedges received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.  He currently writes for numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, and Mother Jones.  His weekly Truthdig column is published every Monday.  Bio