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Posman ’12 off to Boston College

For Mary Posman ’12, commencement marked the end of her time at HWS, but hardly the end of her time as a student.

In September, Posman will begin her pursuit of a master’s degree in history at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.  In addition to pursuing a master’s, Posman intends to enroll in a dual-certification program through the Boston College International Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Posman, a history and public policy double-major, says Hobart and William Smith prepared her for graduate studies through the development of “strong critical thinking and writing skills as well as experience doing independent historical research.” 

At Boston College, Posman will focus her studies on Modern European History, an interest developed in part by her adviser Professor of History Derek Linton.  Posman also credits Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski, with whom she travelled to Germany and Poland on “The March: Bearing Witness to Hope” where they learned of the atrocities of the Holocaust, and were accompanied by survivors.  Posman says that the trip cemented her interest in Modern European History, and that Dobkowski helped her “understand that even in the darkest points in history, there is always hope.”

On campus, Posman was president of the Human Rights Collective, worked closely with the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium the past two semesters, and played on the Ultimate Frisbee team and in the Colleges’ Woodwind Ensemble. Posman studied abroad in Vietnam.