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Pulteney Street Podcast
29 minutes | May 13, 2021
Pulteney Street Podcast: Geoffrey Herd and the Geneva Music Festival
The founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival Geoffrey Herd reflects on musical education, the festival’s 10th anniversary and his 300+ year old violin. For 10 years, the Geneva Music Festival has presented acclaimed international artists in venues throughout the Finger Lakes and brought culturally diverse programming and educational concerts to local school districts. Ahead of the festival’s 10th season, which begins later this month, founder and artistic director Geoffrey Herd discusses its origins, impact and this year’s festival program on the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen. The accompanying music, Brahms G Major Sextet, was recorded live by Herd at the 2019 Geneva Music Festival. Herd, who grew up in Geneva, is an accomplished violinist who has performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. A soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, as well as an innovative artistic director and dedicated instructor, Herd studied at Rice University, Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has collaborated with many of the finest contemporary classical musicians, including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham, Laurie Smukler, Ettore Causa and Jinjoo Cho. Herd has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony. In 2016, Herd joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he built a thriving studio, attracting students from around the globe who frequently participate in some of the nation’s top music festivals. He was recently appointed to the University of Louisville faculty as Assistant Professor of Violin. He is co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy, director of the University of Tennessee String Project and president-elect of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. He plays on a Francesco Rugeri “ex-Ernst” violin made in Cremona in 1673. Since 2011, the Geneva Music Festival has gathered many of the nation’s best classical and jazz performers each summer and is regularly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as other competitive granting organizations. The festival has been lauded as a leader in innovative programming and promotion of diversity and inclusivity in the arts, championing composers and musicians who have often been neglected on the concert stage. The 2021 season runs from May 10 through June 12. Click for tickets or more information.
36 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Pulteney Street Podcast: From Elizabeth Blackwell to the ERA
On the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer delve into key figures, moments and policies in women’s history in the Finger Lakes and the U.S. https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/https://www2.hws.edu/audio/s2e4b.mp3 Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer joins the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the suffrage movement, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the role of the Finger Lakes region and the women who lived here in shaping women’s rights through the present. Bayer, who joined the HWS faculty in 1992, is an expert in women’s studies, working at the intersection of women’s history, psychology, science, religion and spirituality. She has explored the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, and their common history in central New York. From 2017 to 2019, she served as president of the board of directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. From 2013 to 2015, she was a senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Chicago. Recognized for her outstanding work as an educator and leader, Bayer received the HWS Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She served as the chair of the Women’s Studies Program for more than a decade and directed what is now the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice from 2002 to 2009. A social psychologist, Bayer has directed her research in the areas of science, subjectivity and the body in psychology. She co-edited the books Reconstructing the Psychological Subject and Challenges to Theoretical Psychology. She has served on the editorial boards of the journals International Journal of Critical Psychology, Theory & Psychology, The History of Psychology and Psychology and Sexuality and has given dozens of conference presentations internationally. This February, on Elizabeth Blackwell’s 200th birthday, Bayer moderated a conversation about the remarkable life of the first woman doctor in the United States with historian Janice P. Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine.
28 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Pulteney Street Podcast: Meet Admissions Director Alan Paynter
President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Director of Admissions Alan Paynter discuss the higher education landscape, enrollment goals and initial impressions of HWS on the first Pulteney Street Podcast episode of 2021. https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/https://www2.hws.edu/audio/psp-s2e2.mp3 Alan Paynter, who joined HWS as director of admissions in September 2020, is the first guest of 2021 on the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen. In the HWS Office of Admissions, he is responsible for planning and directing the personnel and operations functions, including the design, implementation and evaluation of marketing and recruitment programs. In the episode, Paynter discusses changes in the field of college admissions, creative ways of reaching prospective students, challenges of recruiting during the pandemic, and the personal touch of the HWS Admissions staff. Paynter came to HWS after spending the past 20 years at Dickinson College and Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, where he led diversity recruitment initiatives, served as an athletics liaison and coordinated social media and admissions strategies. A sought-after speaker on college admissions as well as motivational topics, Paynter currently serves as the admissions counselor for prospective HWS students from Greater Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania; Montgomery County, Maryland; the District of Columbia; Florida and Tennessee. Hailing from New Jersey, Paynter is a first-generation college student and graduate of the Federal Trio Programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kutztown University and master’s from Duquesne University. A diehard college sports fan, Paynter himself played football in college and has also been a high school and club track and field head coach for more than 20 years.
31 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Worden ’87 Talks COVID Vaccine Distribution Strategies on Pulteney St. Podcast
A new season of the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen launches this week, featuring an interview with Alan Worden ’87, whose data analytics firm Community Data Platforms (CDP) is developing distribution infrastructure for COVID-19 vaccines. https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/https://www2.hws.edu/audio/psp-s2e01b.mp3 A successful serial entrepreneur, Worden discusses his wide-ranging business background, CDP’s work, including the goals and challenges of its COVID project, as well as his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, his interdisciplinary education at HWS and his adventures sailing a sloop halfway around the world. Worden is founder and CEO of CDP, which “is on a mission to help leaders in nonprofits, government, and small businesses build smarter and stronger communities by harnessing the power of data analytics.” CDP is based on the Nantucket Data Platform, a prototype community data platform Worden developed for ReMain Nantucket, a subsidiary of Wendy and Eric Schmidt’s Schmidt Family Foundation (Eric was formerly CEO of Google). Worden has served as a Senior Advisor to ReMain for 10 years. While CDP works on a range of issues affecting businesses and local municipalities, from economic development to climate change, the coronavirus response effort has taken center stage. Harnessing data analytics to develop a national distribution strategy for COVID-19 vaccines, CDP has devised an interdisciplinary approach to building a product that will enable local health departments not only to allocate the vaccines efficiently to those who need it but to instill confidence in the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness. Read more about Worden and CDP’s COVID-related work. As a student, Worden was the founder of the Entrepreneur Club and a member of Kappa Alpha. He created his own interdisciplinary major — integrating architectural studies with art history, furniture design and off-campus study in Paris and at Columbia University in New York — which led to a career in real estate development, sales and hospitality.
28 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
HWS Basketball on the Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 13: HWS Basketball On the latest edition of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen talks Statesmen and Herons basketball with Hobart Head Coach Stefan Thompson ’13 and William Smith Head Coach Lindsay Sharman, discussing the success of Hobart’s defensive strategy, William Smith’s perseverance through illness and injury to a winning record, and each coach’s philosophy on the game. Thompson was named the 20th head coach of the Hobart basketball program during the summer of 2019, after five seasons as an assistant coach at Wilkes University and Hobart. During his tenure on the coaching staff, the Statesmen have captured a Liberty League regular season championship and advanced to the 2019 Liberty League Tournament Championship game. Thompson and his colleagues were voted the 2017-18 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after the Statesmen posted a 21-5 record that included a program record 15-game winning streak. Thompson holds a master’s degree in education from Wilkes University. A native of Syracuse, he graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology. He is the first NABC All-American in Hobart basketball history and led the team to an 82-31 record over four seasons. He and his classmates were the first class of Hobart basketball players to produce four consecutive winning seasons in over 55 years and the first to make four consecutive postseason appearances. Sharman was named head coach of the William Smith basketball program prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, and over the subsequent 14 seasons, she has directed her Heron teams to three Liberty League regular season championships, two 20-win seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances, a Liberty League tournament title and an ECAC Upstate tournament championship. Her players have earned 36 All-Liberty League awards as well as seven Liberty League All-Rookie Team selections. Sharman and her coaching team have earned Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year recognition five times. Sharman, who also spent two seasons as the William Smith golf team’s head coach and one as an assistant coach, is a 2001 graduate of Kalamazoo College. She was an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection and one of the top players in Kalamazoo history.
21 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Mission to Mars on the Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 12: John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13 While on campus for a public lecture, geologist and project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory John Grotzinger ’79, Sc.D. ’13 sat down for a Pulteney Street Podcast interview with President Joyce P. Jacobsen. Grotzinger shared the highlights of the NASA Curiosity rover mission and reflected on the summer research he undertook as an HWS student, the co-evolution of Earth’s biology and environment, and whether or not humans might one day live on Mars. As the mission leader and project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory, Grotzinger guided the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover, discovering organic molecules and evidence of an ancient Martian lake, and made history when he confirmed the presence of an environment that could have supported microbial life. Continuing his involvement with the NASA mission, Grotzinger currently serves as the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology at the California Institute of Technology, where he also is the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Leadership Chair for the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. An eminent geologist with wide-ranging interests in sedimentary processes, geobiology and Earth’s early history, Grotzinger has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist. Read more about Grotzinger’s career and Life of Consequence.
32 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Pulteney Street Podcast: Astrophysics and the Observable Universe
Episode 11: Steven Penn In the final episode of the fall semester, President Joyce P. Jacobsen sits down with Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn on the Pulteney Street Podcast to discuss black holes, the origins of the universe and Penn’s decades-long research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which has made some of the most exciting physics discoveries of the century. An MIT-trained physicist, Penn joined the HWS Physics Department in 2002 following postdoctoral fellowships at University of Washington and Syracuse University. It was at Syracuse, in 1998, that he became a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), an international group of more than 1,300 researchers focused on the direct detection of gravitational waves as a means to explore the fundamental physics of gravity and to advance astronomical discovery. Hobart and William Smith became one of the first small colleges to join the LSC when Penn joined the faculty. Penn was a co-author of the Physical Review Letters article announcing the 2015 detection of gravitational waves by LIGO, confirming for the first time ripples in the fabric of spacetime, a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity. In 2017, for his work pioneering the discovery of gravitational waves, Penn was among the international team of scientists recognized with the prestigious and highly selective Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, through which Penn was awarded a “Breakthrough Prize: Scientists Changing the World” medal. Later in 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss of MIT, and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of California Institute of Technology for the discovery of gravitational waves, a scientific breakthrough made possible thanks to the global LSC research team, including Penn. Penn’s original LSC research was on the mirror design for Advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). He discovered how to significantly reduce the thermal noise in the material fused silica, which led to the selection of fused silica for the Advanced LIGO mirror substrates and suspensions. With that upgrade, scientists will be able to increase the amount of the universe that can be probed by a thousandfold. In 2019, Penn was elected Chair of the LSC Council. In the LSC organizational structure, akin to a parliamentary body, the position of Chair corresponds to the Speaker of Parliament, a central role in the management and execution of the group’s mission and goals. The LSC spokesperson is the position that, like the Prime Minister, is the leader of the collaboration. Penn has previously chaired the LSC Coating Working Group, a subcommittee of the Optics Working Group, which is developing coatings for future detectors.
20 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Language, Diversity and Spirituality on Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 9: Kay Payne ’73 Kay Payne ’73, professor emerita at Howard University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the latest guest on the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen. During their conversation, Payne and Jacobsen discuss HWS during the Civil Rights and Vietnam era, Payne’s achievements in applied sociolinguistics and the experiences that led her recently to study divinity and become a lay minister. Payne is internationally renowned for her unique specializations in sociolinguistics and cultural anthropology, with expertise on communication disorders including diagnosis, treatment and bilingual issues. An authority on test-taking skills and cultural diversity, she has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship twice to conduct research in Egypt and India, exchange fellowships in Brazil and China, a Ford Foundation Research Fellowship in Namibia, and a travel fellowship in Russia and Ukraine. Payne’s desire to uncover truth has led to many groundbreaking innovations, including the creation of the first software program to improve the scores of minority students on the PRAXIS examinations, which evaluates individuals for entry into teacher education programs. She is the author of three best-selling books and two CD ROMs related to PRAXIS and has also developed two distance-learning courses for PRAXIS delivered via the Blackboard course management system. Many users of these materials attribute their passing scores to Payne. Payne began teaching at Howard in 1977 as a graduate assistant, specializing in sociolinguistics and cultural diversity. In 1993, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and more recently received the prestigious Scholar-Mentor Award from the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The award is given to an outstanding professional who has been involved in the mentoring of black students in speech-language pathology, audiology and/or speech-hearing sciences through research, clinical, administrative and/or academic activities. In 2016, ASHA honored Payne, whose contributions and impact have been of such great magnitude as to alter the course of the profession. During the Colleges’ first Multicultural Career and Networking Conference in 2016, at which she served as keynote speaker, Payne was presented with the Alumna Achievement Award, the William Smith Alumnae Association’s highest honor. Payne earned her bachelor’s in psychology from William Smith and her Ph.D. from Howard University in Communication Sciences with cognate areas in sociolinguistics and special education. She recently earned her master’s degree from Howard’s School of Divinity. Read more about Payne’s Life of Consequence.
30 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Pulteney Street Podcast with Jodi Dean
Episode 8: Jodi Dean Jodi Dean, professor of political science and director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice, joins President Joyce P. Jacobsen on the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast, discussing Dean’s newest book Comrade, published this month, as well as her other work around politics, technology, democratic society and extraterrestrial life. Dean, who held the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professorship of the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2018, is the author or editor of 13 books, including Blog Theory, The Communist Horizon and Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies. An expert in contemporary political theory, she published Crowds and Party in 2016, arguing for a vision of leftist politics with a renewed focus on the political party as a vehicle for lasting change. In Comrade, she offers a theory of the comrade as a mode of address, figure of belonging, and carrier of expectations for action. The latest book analyzes the tensions and challenges among the contemporary left that arise from the substitution of political identity for a relation of political belonging that must be built, sustained and defended. Dean, who holds a Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. from Columbia University, and B.A. from Princeton, joined the HWS faculty in 1993. A recipient of the Colleges’ 1998 faculty award for scholarship, she has presented her work at conferences and universities around the world and published dozens of articles in renowned scholarly journals and periodicals. She was a 2013-14 fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, where she continued research around crowds and the implications of a collective desire for collectivity. In 2017, she served as the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Birkbeck College of Law in London. Against the backdrop of political theory, her courses engage students in everything from climate change to feminism. In addition to her teaching duties, Dean has served as director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice since 2012.
30 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Pulteney Street Podcast with AJ Hassan ’96
Episode 7: AJ Hassan ’96 On the newest episode of the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen,” President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Ayesha “AJ” Hassan ’96, the Emmy award-winner vice president and executive creative director for R/GA Chicago, discuss equity in the workplace, problem-solving and the creative process, and the ways advertising can empower its audience. Hassan has worked on groundbreaking campaigns that have made significant impacts on the advertising world and beyond. She won an Emmy for her work on the #LikeAGirl commercial and campaign, which achieved 100 million views worldwide. Launched by the Always feminine products brand, the campaign empowered young women to reclaim the phrase “like a girl.” Most recently, Hassan led development for the LIFEWTR #ArtByAWoman campaign. She also led #EqualDreams for Esurance that championed marriage equality and worked on the award-winning Mean Stinks anti-bullying campaign for Secret. She is a 2018 “ADCOLOR One Club Creative” honoree, a “Campaign Us” 2017 Digital 40 over 40, featured in the AdAge “Creatives You Should Know,” and was named most awarded copywriter by AdAge. In addition, R/GA Chicago launched a campaign with Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures organization titled Equality Can’t Wait. In 2019, Hassan returned to campus to discuss careers in advertising as part of the HWS Career Journey’s Series. She also served as the keynote speaker for the William Smith Athletics Peak Performance series, a comprehensive educational initiative to enhance the lives of Heron student-athletes through personal and athletic development. Hassan, who was a student-athlete on the William Smith soccer team, shared how she pivoted experience on the field into a successful career in the advertising industry. At William Smith, Hassan majored in political science, minored in sociology and studied abroad in Hanoi, Vietnam. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
17 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Geneva City Manager on Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 6: Sage Gerling For nearly 200 years, the histories of HWS and the City of Geneva have been intertwined. On the newest episode of the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen,” President Joyce P. Jacobsen discusses Geneva’s identity, diversity, strengths and future development, as well as the legacy of collaboration between the Colleges and their hometown, with Geneva City Manager Sage Gerling. Gerling is an urban planner who holds a master’s degree from Cornell University. As the former head of the Geneva’s Neighborhood Initiatives, Gerling helped establish the associations representing each of the 11 distinct neighborhoods within city limits and has been involved in every major grant the city has been awarded during the past decade, including the $10 million downtown revitalization and economic development grant and the $5 million grant for the Finger Lakes Welcome Center from the state in 2017. A leader with the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva at the Geneva Community Center, and organizer of the Geneva Green Schools initiative, Gerling has also worked on behalf of the Girls Scouts and the Presbyterian Church in Geneva. She received the Agnes Slosson Lewis Award in recognition of her leadership and inspiration in the community and government. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
40 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Digging for Dinosaurs on Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 5: Matt Lamanna ’97 Matt Lamanna ’97, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, shares the excitement and insights of his career as a paleontologist on the latest episode of the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen.” Lamanna, who will give the keynote address during the Colleges’ 2019 Convocation ceremony, discusses with President Joyce P. Jacobsen his lifelong passion for dinosaurs, the discoveries he has made on his expeditions to all seven continents, and his ongoing research. At the Carnegie Museum, Lamanna serves as the museum’s principal dinosaur researcher, studying dinosaurs, birds and crocodilians from the Cretaceous Period, the third and final time period of the Mesozoic Era, or the “Age of Dinosaurs.” He is the lead scientific adviser for the museum’s “Dinosaurs in Their Time” exhibit, which includes the nation’s third largest display of mounted original dinosaur skeletons. A pivotal contributor to the understanding of how dinosaurs and their environments evolved through time, Lamanna is one of the very few paleontologists in history to have found fossils of these animals on all seven continents. His research has received coverage in many major national and international publications and programs, including CNN, The New York Times, NPR, the BBC, National Geographic, the Associated Press and the journal Science. After graduating with High Honors and a B.S. in geoscience and biology, Lamanna studied dinosaur paleontology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. While pursuing his Ph.D., Lamanna went on an expedition to Egypt in search of a lost dinosaur site first found in 1911. It was there that Lamanna and collaborators discovered Paralititan stromeri (“tidal giant”), a gigantic new species of sauropod, or long-necked plant-eating dinosaur. The discovery in 2000 was the first of many and led to a study 18 years later that detailed the 2013 find of another new sauropod from the Egyptian Western Desert, Mansourasaurus shahinae. Lamanna and coauthors wrote that Mansourasaurus is the most completely known dinosaur from the last 30 million years of the Mesozoic Era in Africa. He told USA Today that “the discovery was ‘the culmination of a search that’s occupied almost half my life.’” Originally from Waterloo, N.Y., where he still has many family and friends, Lamanna has visited campus for public lectures, was featured on WEOS and gave a presentation in the President’s Forum Series to share his global expeditions and discoveries. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed
24 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Lavin ’81 on Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 4: Christopher Lavin ’81 On the most recent installment of “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen,” Executive Director of the Geneva Community Center and Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Christopher Lavin ’81 joins President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss operating and financing youth education programs and the impact of the HWS Tutor Corps on the lives of Geneva’s school children. As a native of Geneva, N.Y., Lavin also speaks with Jacobsen about his evolving relationship to his community – as a child, college student and professional. Under his leadership at the Boys and Girls Club and in partnership with HWS’ Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Lavin oversaw the formation of the HWS Tutor Corps in 2017. Today, the Tutor Corps includes more than 40 HWS students who serve as tutors and mentors for the Boys & Girls Club afterschool program. “…We’ve been able to harness and partner with these Colleges,” Lavin tells Jacobsen. In his observations of Hobart and William Smith students serving as tutors at the club, Lavin says they have “jumped right in” and “come back term after term.” “The idea of ‘flooding the zone’ of these kids’ lives with young people that they can relate to, has been a great thing,” he says. Lavin joined the Geneva Community Center and the Boys & Girls Club in 2015. Previously, he served as director of communications for the La Jolla Country Day School, in La Jolla, Calif. As a student, Lavin majored in anthropology and was a Geneva Scholarship Associates award recipient. He has worked at the Finger Lakes Times, the Rochester Times-Union, St. Petersburg Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. For more information on President Jacobsen, visit her webpage. The first episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast featured Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed. The music for the podcast series was created by Alex Kerai ’19.
32 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Lax ’66, L.H.D. ’93 on Pulteney Street Podcast
Episode 3: Author Lax ’66, L.H.D. ’93 On the newest episode of the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen,” author Eric Lax ’66, L.H.D. ’93 joins President Joyce P. Jacobsen to discuss his wide-ranging books, his service in the Peace Corps and the impact of HWS on his career. After graduating with a degree in English, Lax joined the Peace Corps, serving in Truk and the Caroline Islands in the Western Pacific. After completing his two-year placement, he worked in Washington, D.C., first as a Peace Corps Fellow, then as Overseas Director of the Peace Corps School Partnership Program, which allowed him to travel to 43 countries. He left the Peace Corps in 1970 to pursue writing fulltime. Lax’s longtime passion for comedy resulted in his first book, On Being Funny (1975), in which he used the work and thoughts of Woody Allen as a means of writing about comedy in general. In 1984, Lax authored Life and Death on 10 West, about the bone marrow transplantation ward at the UCLA Medical Center, which was headed at the time by classmate Dr. Robert Peter Gale ’66, L.H.D.’87. Lax’s work was recognized by The New York Times Book Review as one of the Notable Books of the Year and received an award from the American Leukemia Society. In 1991, Lax published the bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Woody Allen: A Biography, which was translated into 17 languages. Five years later, Lax wrote Paul Newman: A Celebration, followed by 1997’s Bogart, co-authored with A.M. Sperber. His other books include The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat, about the development of penicillin; Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies and Moviemaking; Faith: Interrupted; and Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking. Lax has contributed to many magazines, including The Atlantic, Life, Washington Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Esquire, where he was a contributing editor. He has been a board member and past president of PEN Center USA West, a member of the International PEN Board and chair of the trustees of the International PEN Foundation. For more information on President Jacobsen, visit her webpage. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed.
20 minutes | Jun 19, 2019
Jacobsen and Kinne Discuss “The Year of Water”
Episode 2: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne With the campus’ proximity to Seneca Lake, water has always been essential to the identity of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. When the academic year begins in the fall, HWS will be fully immersed in “The Year of Water,” a project envisioned by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Beth Kinne. She recently spoke with President-Elect Joyce P. Jacobsen about the project on the “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen.” In the interview, Kinne discusses the importance of Seneca Lake and the Seneca Lake watershed to the local community, environment and economy; how the protection and health of both are critical and require the efforts of the Colleges and the community; and the origins and goals of “The Year of Water.” A former water rights municipal lawyer in Colorado who focused on municipal resources, watershed management and fracking, Kinne now serves as chair of the farm committee for Fribolin Farm and as the environmental studies chair for the Finger Lakes Institute, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. She joined the HWS faculty in 2008 after earning her B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in resource management and environmental studies from the University of British Columbia and her J.D. and LL.M in Asian and comparative law from the University of Washington. Jacobsen is a renowned labor economist, award-winning teacher and experienced administrator with three decades of experience taking on increasingly complex roles in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and A.B. from Harvard University. She began her academic career at Rhodes College before joining the Wesleyan University faculty. There, she became a full professor in 2000 and was awarded an endowed chair as Andrews Professor of Economics in 2003. She began her work as an administrator in 2013 when she was appointed Dean of the Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives at Wesleyan, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015. She is the first woman president of HWS. The first episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast featured Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed. The music for the podcast series was created by Alex Kerai ’19.
25 minutes | May 15, 2019
President Jacobsen Launches Podcast with First Guest Wickenden
Episode 1: Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 Throughout her first year at the Colleges, Hobart and William Smith Colleges President-Elect Joyce P. Jacobsen will get to know the community with “Pulteney Street Podcast: Inside HWS with Joyce Jacobsen.” “A vital part of this year will be learning all I can about the Colleges and beginning to develop connections with the people who make this place so special,” says Jacobsen, who begins her tenure as President on July 1, 2019. “As I explore HWS in a variety of ways, meeting with individuals and groups across the breadth of the community, I’ll be interviewing faculty, staff, students, alums, and Geneva residents to learn about and share the history, values, stories and aspirations that have defined the Colleges and will shape their future.” In the first episode, which is posted below and will broadcast on Saturday on WEOS at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on WHWS at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jacobsen interviews Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former HWS Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14, who will deliver the 2019 Commencement address. Jacobsen is a renowned labor economist, award-winning teacher and experienced administrator with three decades of experience taking on increasingly complex roles in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and A.B. from Harvard University. She began her academic career at Rhodes College before joining the Wesleyan University faculty. There, she became a full professor in 2000 and was awarded an endowed chair as Andrews Professor of Economics in 2003. She began her work as an administrator in 2013 when she was appointed Dean of the Social Sciences and Director of Global Initiatives at Wesleyan, and then Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015. She is the first woman president of HWS. Subscribe to the Pulteney Street Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice with the RSS feed. The music for the podcast series was created by Alex Kerai ’19.
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