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Peter Cannavo
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Hamilton College Associate Professor of Government Peter F. Cannavò received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1992, and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986. He is the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place (MIT Press, 2007), in which he examines the conflict between development and preservation as a major factor behind our contemporary crisis of place. He is also a contributor to the volumes The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice (MIT Press, 2010) and Political Theory and Global Climate Change (MIT Press, 2008), and has contributed articles to various journals, including Political Theory and Environmental Politics. He is currently co-editing Greening the Canon, a collection on environmental insights from the political theory canon and is writing a book on the theoretical and historical connections between environmentalism and civic republicanism in the United States. Cannavò's work and teaching are in areas of political theory; environmental theory, politics, history; the politics of place; and ethics and public policy. Cannavò is also director of Hamilton's Environmental Studies Program and is sustainability director for the Levitt Center.

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George Will Goes Mad Over Campus Sustainability

(66) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Syracuse University's recent announcement that it is divesting from fossil fuel holdings has prompted George Will, who was once upon a time a thoughtful and independent conservative, to fire off another right-wing screed. In an April 15 column in the Washington Post, Will fumes about the campus sustainability...

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When Rights Become Toxic

(9) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:37 PM

The dramatic turnaround in views about same-sex marriage says hopeful things about Americans' capacity for tolerance, empathy, and fairness, and about our willingness to prize family in all its forms. Moreover, the struggle for marriage equality is the latest chapter in a larger effort to extend equal rights and dignity...

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The Real Frankenstorm

(12) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 11:36 AM

As forecasters in the Northeast predict a major storm they have labeled "Frankenstorm" -- the confluence of Hurricane Sandy with other weather conditions -- another, less visible perfect storm with potentially much more devastating consequences has been developing throughout the last few decades. Climate change and its resulting dramatic consequences...

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Individualism or Independence?

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Back in March, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan inveighed against government assistance: "We don't want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of dependency and complacency, that drains them of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives."...

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