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About the Lampert Institute

A distinguishing feature of the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs is its commitment to the importance of bringing diverse disciplinary perspectives into conversation with one another.
The institute invites humanists to ask moral questions of value and public purpose. It asks natural scientists to investigate and offer creative ideas to address our most intractable problems in the natural world. It calls on social scientists to analyze our economic, political, and cultural institutions and offer innovative solutions through public policy or leadership. In providing a forum for these voices to be heard in concert, the Lampert Institute provides a forum through which the scholarly achievements of the academy are brought into direct contact with pressing problems of public policy.

Summer Fellowships

A signature program of the Lampert Institute is the Civic and Global Affairs Summer Fellowship program. These fellowships, which build on the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)'s precedent of supporting several students each summer, allow students 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. This close student-faculty interaction is at the heart of Colgate’s educational mission, and these fellowships will extend that work to all corners of the world.

Under the newly created Lampert Institute, the number of such fellowships will be substantially expanded, with the institute as a whole becoming the go-to place for students across campus who seek to undertake rigorous, faculty-mentored summer research beyond the local region (for which the Upstate Institute has a notable summer research program). MORE ABOUT FELLOWSHIPS

Executive Council

Director: David McCabe, Philosophy

Advisory Board:

History of the Institute

The Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs represents a continuation and expansion of Colgate’s Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), founded in 2007 through the generosity of Edgar Lampert ‘62, P’10 and his wife Robin Lampert P’10. Since its founding, the PPE has provided a forum for study and debate on civic affairs and public leadership, applying insights from the liberal arts to today’s most challenging public problems. It has been a place where intellectual life gets real.

The Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs builds on this strong foundation, integrating on-campus educational programs with faculty-mentored student research around the country and the world. The institute’s emphasis on civic engagement in the global context speaks to the great importance of understanding our increasingly globalized world and seeing our lives within that context. This broadening of the institute’s framework will appeal to students and faculty across Colgate’s divisions, departments, and programs. It invites humanists to ask moral questions of value and public purpose. It asks natural scientists to investigate and offer creative ideas to address our most intractable problems in the natural world. It calls on social scientists to analyze our economic, political, and cultural institutions and offer innovative solutions through public policy or leadership. In bringing these voices into dialogue with one another, the institute recognizes the great need for interdisciplinary approaches to challenging and multi-faceted questions.