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Hear from our faculty and students about Hood's special programs and activities, and how they serve to enrich life here. Listen to world-renowned campus visitors talk about their work and lifelong passions and why their visits to Hood's campus are so important to them and to the campus community.





Guest Speakers

Study Abroad 6 Words 6 Photographers Slideshow David Hein on C. S. Lewis
Uncovering History Hood College Gala Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert
Biology Hood College Mascot Blaze Ann Crittenden
Honors Program Hood College Convocation Flash Mob "Wench" Lecture with Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Writing 1-On-1 2011 Undergraduate Commencement Peter Singer
Educating Future Educators 2011 Graduate Commencement Rebecca Skloot
The iPad for Hood College

Author Rebecca Skloot


Rebecca Skloot, internationally acclaimed science writer and author of the New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, visited Hood April 20, 2012. She met with students and members of the campus community to talk about her book, her work and Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medical research. Lacks’ riveting story is linked to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans; the birth of bioethics; and medical advances in vaccine development, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more.

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2011 Undergraduate Commencement


Hood President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., presented bachelor of arts and science degrees to 334 seniors at College's commencement exercises May 21. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, long known for his deep commitment to public service and leadership in veterans' affairs, health care and higher education issues, delivered the commencement address.

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2011 Graduate Commencement


Master's degrees were presented to 191 Hood College graduates May 21. Adrian R. Gardner, Hood alumnus and chief information officer and director of the information technology and communications directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, delivered the commencement address to the graduates.

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David Hein on C. S. Lewis


David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion, co-authored and edited a book that gives new insight into the thinking and the life of one of the world's most prolific and influential writers, C.S. Lewis.

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Honors Program


The Honors Program at Hood is a four-year curriculum of adventurous, intellectual pursuit for exceptional undergraduate students. Classes are small, highly interactive and taught by some of Hood's most dynamic professors. Through seminars, cultural opportunities, special events and social activities, Honors students become part of a close-knit community.

From the faculty and from one another, Honors program students discover a new way of learning: a passion for inquiry and a creative engagement with ideas. Honors courses, often team-taught, range beyond traditional boundaries and investigate the intersections of diverse fields.

The program is highly selective, admitting a limited number of outstanding students each year. Successful applicants are awarded Hood's top merit scholarship, renewable annually.

Learn more about the Honors Program.

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Study Abroad


Hood College students may study abroad in any approved program in virtually every part of the world. The department of foreign languages and literatures faculty work closely with many well-established and respected exchange programs for students who wish to study abroad.

Learn more about the study abroad program .

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"Wench" Lecture with Dolen Perkins-Valdez


Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the acclaimed novel "Wench," which tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War. In her debut novel, Perkins-Valdez explores the moral complexities of slavery and raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence.

During a visit to Hood College, Perkins-Valdez gave a lecture, spoke about her book and offered advice to young writers.

More information on Perkins-Valdez and "Wench" can be found on her website.

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6 Words 6 Photographers Slideshow


The Hood College experience can be nicely summarized in six key words; "Practical, Brainy, Charming, Surprising, Friendly and Exciting."

Commencing at the beginning of the fall 2010 semester, six photographers set out to capture the spirit of those words in photographs. Unlimited access, discerning eyes and a great campus environment were essential to the process. Within this slide show you'll find a sampling of their work.

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Ann Crittenden


Hood College welcomed to campus Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ann Crittenden, author of the widely acclaimed best seller "The Price of Motherhood" and "If You've Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything." Students in Professor Lisa Algazi's women's studies class read excerpts from her books and attended her lecture, where she discussed the economic and social circumstances of mothers in the U.S., the ways in which their situation has improved during the last decade and the ways in which mothers are still economically and socially disadvantaged compared to the population at large and women without children.

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Uncovering History


Professor Emilie Amt is a historian whose research focuses on medieval women. For her, the most exciting part of research is the detective work, putting the pieces together and seeking out answers to further our knowledge about civilizations and the people who lived long ago.

Students have the opportunity to make similar discoveries themselves. Students can be selected to participate in Summer Research Institute or write departmental honors papers, and all history majors do original research for the senior seminar class.

Professor Amt's classes are filled with discussions that encourage critical thinking and debate, and students who major in one of the liberal arts fields learn valuable lifelong skills—research, information literacy, organization and public speaking.

Find out more about history at Hood College.

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Writing 1-On-1


How do you teach someone to write well? At Hood, English faculty members like Professors Trevor Dodman and Amy Gottfried use a method that is practical as well as exciting, but most importantly, it really works! Through class discussions, small-group peer workshops and one-on-one conferences with professors, students are taught to analyze their own compositions and are provided with the tools they need to write succinctly and creatively.

Whether drafting a paper for a chemistry class, composing essays for graduate school applications or creating technical reports for work, knowing how to write well is an important life skill. Students rave about the results!

Find out more about Hood's English department

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Professor Drew Ferrier is studying the effects of the Chesapeake Bay's salinity on the rusty crayfish, particularly the genetic makeup of the population and their ability to tolerate the salinity and invade neighboring habitats.

Students have ample opportunities to assist Professor Ferrier, either through honors projects or as part of the Summer Science Research Institute, an eight-week summer program where students work one-on-one with faculty advisers and participate in real-world research in the field and in the lab.

Students gain valuable experience that can help pave the way to graduate school or the job market, or help define a career path.

Find out more about biology at Hood College.

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Educating Future Educators


Students enrolled in Hood's education programs are thoroughly prepared to lead today's youth. From classroom instruction to part- and full-time internships, our students work closely with experienced faculty members and mentors to develop the skills necessary to become successful teachers. In fact, nearly 100 percent of our students pass the Maryland Praxis II licensure exam!

Hood's National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education-accredited program, incorporating the Professional Development School model used throughout Maryland, offers programs in early childhood education, dual certification in elementary and special education and certification programs in eight secondary disciplines, as well as four master's degree programs. Our graduates can be found in classrooms and in key administrative positions throughout the country.

Learn about Hood College's education programs.

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Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert


Professor Amy Gottfried´s class read "Eat, Pray Love" and met with best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert to discuss her writing experiences and techniques and what it takes to be a successful writer.

Gilbert´s 2006 blockbuster memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," chronicles her discoveries while travelling around the world following her divorce. The book remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks, and Time Magazine named Gilbert as one of the world´s 100 most influential people of 2008. "Eat, Pray, Love" has been translated into more than 30 languages with more than seven million copies sold worldwide. A movie based on the book, starring Julia Roberts, was released in August 2010. The sequel, "Committed: A Skeptic makes Peace with Marriage," was released in January 2010.

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The iPad for Hood College


Hood will provide an Apple iPad to each incoming first-year undergraduate student in fall 2011. The iPad will give students easy access to and use of e-books and e-mail, the Internet and a range of other applications, and will allow faculty to approach instruction in new and innovative ways.

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Hood College Gala


Hood celebrated 10 of its most successful years in its 113-year history with a gala on campus Oct. 22, 2010. More than 200 guests attended the black-tie event in Coblentz Dining Room.

The evening recognized and marked achievements since 2001, and President Volpe announced the board of trustees' approval to build an on-campus athletic facility adjacent to the turf field. The state-of-the-art gymnasium and fitness center, scheduled to open in late fall 2011, will be the home for Hood's basketball and volleyball teams, will house Hood's recreational and intramural activities and will serve as a venue for campus-wide events.

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Hood College Convocation Flash Mob


Hood College's long-awaited mascot was introduced to the community with great fanfare at its traditional opening Convocation Aug. 23, 2010. Blaze made its debut at the ceremony's end during a choreographed flash mob presentation that included participation by students, faculty and staff.

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Hood College Mascot Blaze


Who is behind the costume? Watch as Adam Peterson prepares for the debut of the College mascot and see how Blaze was revealed to and embraced by the campus community.

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Peter Singer


Peter Singer, philosopher and author of "The Life You Can Save," shares his views on ethics, morality and how to make the world a better place.

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Athletic Center Dedication


On November 4, 2011 Hood College marked the opening of its new athletic center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The athletic center is the second phase of the College's plan to upgrade its athletic facilities. The first phase was completed in fall 2009 with the installation of the new turf field for Hood's soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams; the third phase, scheduled for completion in summer 2012, will include the construction of six new tennis courts and the renovation of the aquatics center.

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