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The HWS Update

From painting and literature to comedy and country music, first-year students at HWS probed the making and meaning of a wide range of artistic media. In courses offered through the First-Year Seminar Program, students developed and practiced critical thinking and communication skills as they explored how creativity ripples across time, cultures and academic disciplines. Undertaking art

Renovating and reusing—or “hacking”—clothing items rather than discarding them, is the guiding principle for a booklet created this summer by Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism in American Studies Kirin Makker and her research students, Grace Hammett ’20, E. Ainsley Rhodes ’19 and Ethan Leon ’19. The booklet, titled “Clothing Hacks,” is available for download

Over the summer, more than 50 students completed research alongside faculty members, investigating cutting-edge research topics ranging from cancer-killing compounds to the prevalence of Islamophobia in religious communities, and the science behind tie-dying your clothes. During Homecoming and Family Weekend, students shared the breadth of their intellectual pursuits with peers, families and faculty members at

In Associate Professor of American Studies Beth Belanger’s “Critical Family History” course this spring, students examined how their ancestors’ stories have been shaped by national and global forces that remain not only relevant but urgent today. For the course’s final project, a digital narrative, Lalaine Vergara ’21 “wanted to focus on the ideas of home, immigration

In his recently published book The Long Road Back to Las Vegas, Alan Snel ’83 details his remarkable comeback from a traumatic cycling injury and shows others how they too can overcome trauma. In March of 2017, Snel was knocked off of his road bike after being struck from behind by a distracted motorist near

HWS Trustee and Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 was among the honorees 2018 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts celebration in December. The annual event honors distinguished individuals who “have for the past century been the creators, innovators, journalists, leaders, performers, and producers that have brought the electronic arts to the prominence they occupy in

Clifton Hood, the George E. Paulsen ’49 Professor of American History and Government, is a nationally recognized expert on the history of New York City, with a particular focus on the city’s upper-class, historical memory and mass transit. Hood is the author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How they Transformed New York and 2016’s

As AmeriCorps volunteers in the city of Rochester, Hilda Agyekum ’18 and Aidan Ely ’18 will spend the next year mobilizing resources and creating solutions to increase the quality of life for underserved communities in the area. The recent graduates join a robust cohort of alums at the forefront of community service across the country,

Four recent graduates are heading to New York City this summer to take up positions at one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. Catherine Battaglia ’18, Justin Ferreira ’18, Dylan Quay ’18 and Jennifer Sullivan ’18 have been hired to professional positions with HSBC Bank USA. Battaglia, who graduated cum laude in

This month, HWS Trustee and Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 was awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize for his reporting in the segments “The Whistleblower” and “Too Big to Prosecute.” The Hillman prizes recognize work in the field of socially conscious journalism, this year honoring Whitaker and his colleagues at 60 Minutes and The Washington