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Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs

The Lampert Institute provides a forum for study and debate in the areas of civic affairs and public leadership, applying insights from the liberal arts to the challenges facing human beings around the world.
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About the Institute

Formerly the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), each year the Lampert Institute focuses on a particular theme with special urgency in the public realm, looking at both the domestic and global contexts. This dual focus highlights the institute’s emphasis on the importance of civic engagement not only in our own political communities, but also within the increasingly globalized world that we inhabit.

The institute’s main activities involve bringing theorists and practitioners to campus, promoting faculty research, and supporting students who seek to engage in substantial independent study under faculty guidance. READ MORE

Summer 2015 Lampert Fellowship Applications

The application period for Lampert Fellowships in Public Affairs is closed.

Summer 2015 Language Scholarships

The application period for Summer Language Scholarships is closed.

Faculty Scholars Program

The application period for the Lampert Faculty Scholars Program is closed.

2015-16: Food

Food is, quite simply, essential to life. It has profoundly influenced human cultures and societies since our earliest beginnings, and we now confront an era of unique challenges and possibilities in its provision and production. How might climate change disrupt current agriculture, and what role might new biotechnologies play as we strive to feed a growing human population? What can we learn from the rituals associated with food that shape our cultures and religious traditions? What policies, domestic and international, can ensure sustainable, resilient food systems in the decades ahead? And how can we, at the same time, provide economic justice for agricultural workers and others involved in the supply of food across the world? During the 2015-16 academic year the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs will sponsor a series of speakers and events to explore and address such questions concerning food, its future prospects, and its ongoing place in our lives and cultures.

Information for Students

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Lampert summer fellowships are awarded to 6–8 students allowing them to design research projects under the mentorship of a Colgate faculty member which they will then undertake in the relevant domestic or international locale(s). Faculty mentors will provide guidance during the students’ off-campus research period, using a range of communication technologies, and will then mentor the students, once they are back on campus, in disseminating the research through public presentations and/or publications.


Each year the institute designates a select group of students as Lampert Associates who commit to being closely involved in the institute’s activities over the academic year. That involvement centers around attending talks and events, meeting with speakers for informal discussion and meals, and reading published work in conjunction with speakers’ visits. Students who wish to be considered as Associates should contact Jason Kawall, the Institute’s director, at

Information for Faculty

The institute supports faculty research and development in areas related either to the institute’s annual theme or broader work involving civic engagement and public policy. The forms of support are various, and include funding reading groups and sponsoring conferences. Faculty who seek such support should contact Jason Kawall, the Institute’s director, at