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Joan Hinde Stewart assumed the Hamilton presidency on July 1, 2003. She was formerly dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French at the University of South Carolina. The first in her family to earn a college degree, Stewart also joined the Hamilton faculty as professor of French. She is the first female president in Hamilton's 200-year history.

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The Godfather of All Encyclopedias

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:44 AM

One of the greatest of the Enlightenment philosophers, Denis Diderot, was born 300 years ago this October. In the witty and iconoclastic French eighteenth century -- arguably, the period during which the modern world was shaped -- Diderot had as effervescent a mind as anyone. His activity was astonishing; his...

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Minds and Gardens

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 6:01 PM

At a dinner the other evening I had a dispute about whether Mr. Rogers, creator and long-time host of the beloved PBS children's show, wore sweaters with zippers or buttons.

While looking into the question, I came across a Mr. Rogers remix in which he sings a...

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What Would Jean Valjean Do?

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 5:35 PM

For two years, a T-shirt that I received as a present hung on the back of my office door, its caption prominently visible: What would Jean Valjean do? Visitors never mentioned it. But after I took it down the other day in order to start wearing it to the gym,...

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