These persistent and complicated challenges require a deep understanding of the issues, specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge, wide-ranging skill sets, and sophisticated leadership capacities.
The Levitt Center’s programs recognize this complexity, and encourage cooperation between disciplines, invite dialogue between theory and practice, prize knowledge as well as skills, and leverage the strengths of the academic and the co-curricular. The programs listed below may be of particular interest to faculty and include experiential learning courses, course development grants, research and study group opportunities, and speakers and workshops. These programs are open to faculty in all departments and divisions of the College.
Levitt Research Group Grants support groups of faculty and students working collaboratively on research projects over the summer. The grants are intended to encourage faculty and student publications. Fieldwork or original analysis of existing data is generally required, with preference given to teams doing research in the local community. Projects that will be useful for policy makers and other researchers are also encouraged. Stipends: $4000 for each student and $2500-$4000 for faculty members depending on the number of students supervised. Faculty members from all divisions in the college are encouraged to apply. Learn More
Faculty research and innovation awards are intended to support faculty-initiated work that engages with contemporary issues, problems, or challenges and that is not narrowly disciplinary. This work should engage with contemporary social issues or make connections between theory and practice. It may be done in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Specifically, the Levitt Center invites applications from faculty for research and related projects not currently supported by existing research funding programs at Hamilton such as Emerson, Levitt, Science grants, etc. Examples of proposals could include developing online academic or public interest journals, research that is focused on a non-traditional research outcome, hosting conferences or workshops, or projects focused on the local community.
The Levitt Public Philosophy Seminars empower Hamilton faculty to host discussions, workshops, and lectures to highlight the intersection of academic knowledge and public engagement. These events, involving Hamilton faculty and speakers invited to campus, serve as supplements to faculty-led initiatives that address value-laden questions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Levitt Center hosts a Faculty Workshop each year, as well as Faculty Talks that offer faculty members the opportunity to present and discuss research on topics relevant to public affairs.
The Levitt Center Speaker Series enhances the academic experience of Hamilton students by introducing them to a wide array of intellectually challenging speakers organized around four program areas: Inequality and Equity, Public Health and Well-Being, Justice and Security, and Sustainability. The Series features many speakers with substantial academic and policy experience, and students and other audience members have the opportunity to engage speakers in thoughtful discussion following each lecture. Many faculty members either require or strongly encourage their students to attend these lectures.