Ithaca Mayor To Speak at Hobart and William Smith

The Hobart and William Smith College's  President’s Forum Series for the Spring semester which includes four speakers whose breath of knowledge and experience spans a variety of disciplines from reproductive health to religious intolerance, higher education and municipal leadership.  The colleges have also announce the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture. This lecture is made possible by the generous support of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Rochester that values the importance of education and entrepreneurship and has deep consideration for religious and civic communities.


In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Department, we will kick off the semester’s President’s Forum with Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Richards will deliver her talk, titled “The Future of Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights,” on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. Since becoming president in 2006, Richards has expanded the organization's advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood has played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign to preserve access to Planned Parenthood's preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters has doubled, reaching more than six million.


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., political activist and author the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will give a talk as part of the President's Forum Speaker Series. His talk, titled "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Tri-Partite System of Oppression: A 21st Century Assessment," will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Geneva Room.

McMickle currently serves as president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., where he also serves as professor of church leadership and director of the Program of Black Church Studies. In a recent lecture in Rochester, McMickle connected King's vision of America with the current debate on immigration and the plight of undocumented people living in the U.S.



Award-winning writer and scholar James Carroll will present one of his widely acclaimed lectures, "No War is Holy: Saying No to God-sanctioned Violence," as the special guest of the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, Feb. 11.

Carroll, a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University in Boston and a columnist for The Boston Globe, lectures throughout the country and world about the subjects of religion, society, and history. His upcoming lecture at HWS, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.


The President of Hampden-Sydney College Christopher Howard will join the President's Forum Speaker Series on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The 24th President of the Virginia institution, Howard is one of the youngest U.S. college presidents to serve. Following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a distinguished military career, Howard earned his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Howard spent many years in various divisions of Bristol-Myers Squibb, working in marketing, sales, strategic planning, consulting and business development. Throughout his career, Howard has fostered leadership through organizations such as the Aspen Institute, where he serves as a Henry Crown fellow, and the International Speakers Bureau. He has also worked to support entrepreneurs in the developing world, and founded the Impact Young Lives Foundation, which provides scholarship and travel opportunities for South African University students of color.


Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca's youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Myrick was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell. He will join the President's Forum Series on March 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

In his first year in office Myrick has racked up accomplishments large and small. He's changed the way people in Ithaca view public space by turning his parking space into a park, after years without them he's brought fireworks back to the City on the 4th of July and he's moved Ithaca into the 21st century by embracing social media and overhauling the City's web presence.

Myrick's active advocacy in Albany and in Washington D.C. has resulted in over $20 million of grants and awards from the State and Federal government.


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