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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.

2014-15: Happiness

The pursuit of happiness stands not just as one of the ends in whose name our nation was created, but as a goal of enormous value for just about everyone on the planet. All of us care deeply about the happiness of ourselves and others. But how far should that concern shape public policy, both domestically and around the world? How might we measure happiness, both within and across communities? And just what does happiness consist in, anyway? To help us understand these questions better, during the 2014-15 academic year the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs will sponsor a range of speakers and events focusing on the various ways in which the idea of happiness might both shape public policy and influence our pursuit of social and political goals domestically and internationally.

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