Faculty Lecture Series

Faculty Lecture

The Hartwick Faculty Lecture Series was established to highlight and share the scholarly work of our faculty with their peers, students, and community members.

The series consists of lectures given during the academic year. Faculty presenters discuss research conducted with students and colleagues across the globe.

2018 Fall Semester Dates:

October 3, 12:20-1:15 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
Dr. Jim Buthman
Facilitating Renewal Energy Development in the US: The Role of State and Local Governments

The federal government directs the approval and installation of utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands. However, there are many obstacles to continued development of these types of projects. State and local governments can assist the long term development of renewable energy by acting as network facilitators, bringing stakeholders together to build consensus and support for the burgeoning renewable electricity sector in the United States. This talk will explain the findings of a study analyzing the role states and local governments can play as network facilitators.


October 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
Dr. Doug Zullo
Kehinde Wiley and the Presidential Portrait

Earlier this year, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley. Some critics were puzzled by the painting’s style while others hailed it as a definitive portrait of Obama and his two terms, for varying reasons. Still others focused on the artist’s identity and personality. This talk will explore the answers to several questions. What makes any painting the official presidential portrait? How are the portraitists chosen? What do these portraits communicate to viewers about their subjects? How does the Obama portrait compare to other official portraits? How might we understand the Obama portrait in the context of Wiley’s other work and his ideas about race, power, masculinity, and the history of art?


November 7, 12:20-1:15 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
Leah Frankel
The Infinite in our Everyday

My art practice deals with our mortal existence in the presence of the great forces that enable it. I research how these immense concepts and unique situations can be brought to human scale and explored through everyday objects. With a jump of scale and thought, these ordinary objects show us that they are governed by the same laws of physics that govern the celestial bodies on which we rely.


2019 Spring Semester Dates:

April 5, 2019 – CANCELLED (to be rescheduled in the Fall)
Dr. Robert Gann
Fermi’s Paradox

Fermi’s Paradox is the contradiction between the apparent high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of contact with them. In 1950, Nobel Prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi, following an informal lunchtime discussion on possible UFO sightings, exclaimed, “Where is everybody?” Fermi, a gifted theoretical physicist who made significant contributions to statistical mechanics, postulated the existence of the neutrino, and built the first nuclear reactor, reasoned that the Milky Way contained hundreds of billions of stars, many like the sun and billions of years older. If we assume, as the Copernican principle suggests, that the Earth is not special, many intelligent life-forms should have developed advanced technology for communication or even interstellar travel. If this is so why, after decades of searching, haven’t we seen any trace of aliens? Where is everybody?


April 24, 12:20 – 1:15 p.m., Eaton Lounge
Professor Katharine Kreisher
Hekate and Beyond

The traditional women’s arts of knitting and crocheting have become one of my primary methods of art-making in recent years, although photo-printmaking remains a primary focus of my art production. Each fiber arts presentation develops as a site-specific installation. My lecture will focus on four projects through which I explore ideas about gender roles and contemporary women’s concerns. Research into traditional domestic goddess myths, feminist art as well as my own family stories form the background and inspiration for three installations “Hekate,” “Hekate’s Dream,” and “A Place at Grandpa’s Table,” as well as a new intaglio printmaking portfolio based on the “Hekate” theme.


May 1, 12:20 – 1:15 p.m., Eaton Lounge
Dr. Peter Wallace
Die Grenzen im Kopf: Imagining walls, borders, frontiers, and national identity: Some historical reflections

Political geographers draw distinctions in English between borders, usually conceived of as lines on a map, and frontiers, which are seen as zones. In German, the feminine noun, Grenze, is often used for both, while in French, the feminine noun, frontière, rooted in military history also serves as a catch-all term. Scholars have traditionally argued that fuzzy, zonal frontiers gradually narrowed to borders between sovereign, post-Westphalian nation states. This presentation will first review general themes in the debate among historians regarding frontiers, borders, and their relation to the political identities of historical nations. It will then plot the historical developments of those relationships across Europe between 1400 and 1800. Finally and briefly, I will discuss what insights a closer examination of pre-modern history can offer regarding the conceptual debate about political identities among regionalists, nationalists, and “EU-ists” in post-modern Europe.

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