College Bicentennial

video: Bicentennial Kickoff Highlights
Professor Robert Simon presented "Why I teach," at the bicentennial assembly.

Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration

September 22-25, 2011

It was a celebration for the ages: More than 3,000 alumni, family members, students and members of the Hamilton and local communities gathered Sept. 22-25 for a special Bicentennial Assembly, the dedication of the Edward and Virginia Taylor Science Center, the Comstock Luncheon, more than 30 Bicentennial Colleges and campus tours, the opening of an 1871 time capsule, the inauguration of a monthly “Hands on Hamilton History” library exhibit and Career Center networking sessions, along with great sports, performances and food. Experience it in video, photos and stories.

Professor Maurice Isserman, author of "On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College," reads a passage from the book.
Guests enjoy Professor Isserman's lecture "Bicentennial History of the College."
Students at the panel discussion "Careers in Entrepreneurship."
Marc Randolph '81 and Gretchen Morrison Grad '85 share a laugh during a panel discussion.
Professor of Religious Studies Jay Williams '54 discussed the contributions of Edward Robinson, Hamilton's first valedictorian and the founder of biblical archaeology.
Levitt Research Fellow Thomas Cheeseman '12 discusses his research findings in a summer research poster session.
Victoria Bogen '14 describes her project to her father Ron Bogen during the summer research poster session in the Taylor Science Center.
Edward Taylor '46 (left), President Joan Hinde Stewart and Chairman of the Board of Trustees A.G. Lafley '69 unveil a plaque at the Taylor Science Center dedication.
Edward Taylor '46
Rob Morris ’76 delights the crowd as emcee for the Bicentennial dinner.
Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda performs at the Bicentennial dinner.
Trumpeter Randy Sandke and clarinetist Evan Christopher perform with an all-star jazz sextet for a packed house in the Fillius Events Barn.
View of the Friday night fireworks display from Steuben Field.
A new Torah Ark was dedicated before a Kabbalat Shabbat dinner.
Volunteer of the Year John Driscoll '58
Bicentennial Assembly
Trustee Drew Days III '63 reads a passage from the College Charter at the Bicentennial Assembly.
President Joan Hinde Stewart at the Bicentennial Assembly.
The 1812 Coronet Band performed at the Bicentennial All-Campus and Community Picnic.
Cheering fans filled the stands as the football team defeated Tufts 24-16 in its season opener.
Hamilton's James Stanell '14 leaves Tufts defender Tommy Castle in the dust.
The Dance Team performs at the Hamilton football game.
Hamilton memorabilia is on display at the Clinton Historical Society.
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Robert Simon, the Marjorie and Robert McEwen Professor of Philosophy, speaks during the Assembly.
Bicentennial Assembly Celebrates Hamilton's Past, Present and Future

The Hamilton community gathered en masse in Wellin Hall on Sept. 24 for the Hamilton College Bicentennial Assembly. The Assembly featured speakers representing members of all parts of the College community. Speakers addressed Hamilton’s distinguished past, bright future and the elements that make the College a truly unique institution. The event served as a keynote feature of the weekend that kicked off the yearlong celebration of Hamilton’s first 200 years.  More ...

Edward and Virginia Taylor unveil the plaque dedicated to them in the Taylor Science Center lobby.
Science Center Event Recognizes Taylor Gift

The dedication of the Edward and Virginia Taylor Science Center was a joyful celebration of the Taylors’ generosity coupled with recognition of Hamilton’s commitment to science education and liberal arts values. The naming ceremony, a highlight of the college’s bicentennial kickoff weekend, was held in the center’s atrium on Friday, Sept. 23.  More ...

From left, actor Brad Fleischer '00, Rajiv Joseph and Jonathan Higginbotham '12 act out a scene from Joseph's play
Saturday's Bicentennial Colleges Cover Range of Topics

Bicentennial Colleges and tours continued on Saturday of Kickoff Weekend. Faculty authors read from their works; Professors Douglas Ambrose and Robert Martin discussed the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton; and Professor Rick Werner talked ab out the idea of happiness as put forth in the Declaration of Independence.  More ...

Friday's fireworks.
Bicentennial Kickoff Weekend: A Gallery

“What an unforgettable weekend.”
“An incredible gathering.”

In this gallery, photos from the Bicentennial Kickoff Weekend attempt to convey all that words can’t.  More ...

The statue of Alexander Hamilton keeps watch over the Chapel as Bicentennial Kickoff Weekend activities begin.
Bicentennial Colleges Educate, Enlighten and Entertain

Among the Bicentennial Kickoff celebration weekend activities were more than 30 Bicentennial colleges and tours. Besides several dedicated to the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, these lectures and historical tours covered topics ranging from the Archaeology of Hamilton College to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  Student writers attended the Colleges throughout the weekend to provide a glimpse of the range of topics covered.  Following are synopses of a few that took place on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 and 23.  More ...

Students packed the Red Pit to hear alumni talk about careers in entrepreneurship.
Alumni Entrepreneurs Share Advice With Students

Encouraging students to live and work with passion has been a theme of the Career Center this year. The five panelists of the Careers in Entrepreneurship event on Thursday, Sept. 22, epitomize careers based on a balance of passion and smart decision-making. These alumni shared their experiences and advice in a panel discussion sponsored by the Career Center.  More ...

A page of Samuel Kirkland's Plan of Education, on loan from Dartmouth College.
Hands on Hamilton History Debuts With Samuel Kirkland

Hands on Hamilton History will debut on Thursday, Sept. 22, with an exhibit related to Samuel Kirkland.  Each month, Hands on Hamilton History will feature a small group of documents, artifacts and visual materials relating to a specific period in the history of the College. A brief discussion of these materials will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Patricia Pogue Couper Research Room, third floor Burke Library.  More ...