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Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 discusses her new book at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, N.Y. Next month, the Seward House Museum welcomes Executive Editor of The New Yorker and former Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Dorothy H. Wickenden ’76, L.H.D. ’14 as the 2021 Elsa Soderberg Distinguished Speaker. Wickenden’s new book, The Agitators: Three

Stephen Ponticiello ’21 will attend Cornell Law School in the fall to study medical malpractice law.

The Hobart Alumni Association will award Retired Air Force Colonel C. Richard “Dick” Anderegg ’67 the College’s highest honor during Reunion 2021. Retired Air Force Colonel C. Richard “Dick” Anderegg ’67 has been selected as the next recipient of the Hobart Alumni Association Medal of Excellence. The award — Hobart College’s highest honor — will

Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 is the recipient of a 2021 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Kenya, following a 2020 award cut short due to COVID-19. With the support of a Fulbright Award, Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Kenya beginning in January 2022. Taylor, who earned a

Two novelists and a biologist discuss storytelling, science and what is illuminated at the confluence of fiction and nonfiction. In bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel, Hummingbird Salamander, a mysterious envelope sends “Jane Smith” on a dangerous, complex quest revolving around a taxidermied hummingbird and a taxidermied salamander. The titular animals are fictional, but their scientific

Professor of Biology Meghan Brown imagined the fictional species at the heart of bestselling-author Jeff VanderMeer’s latest novel, Hummingbird Salamander, which they will discuss in an interview next week. In Jeff VanderMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander, which will be published April 6, a mysterious envelope sends “Jane Smith” on a dangerous, complex quest revolving around a taxidermied hummingbird

“It’s so important that teachers be honored and nurtured,” says Nancy Malfitano Bailey ’71, noting that she has been concerned about the dwindling numbers of students enrolled in education programs for several years. “It alarmed me well before the pandemic — and teaching is so much harder now with everything that’s going on.”

In Semiotic Love [Stories], Brian Phillip Whalen ’01 “draws upon symbols and objects to explore the loss of relationships” with “tenderness and longing.” With his first book, published this month by Awst Press, Brian Phillip Whalen ’01 offers brief, evocative stories that chart loss in its various manifestations. As the publisher notes, Whalen “reaches deep

Edie Falk ’21 has been accepted into City Year, a nonprofit organization partnered with AmeriCorps, that provides student support to high need urban schools. In August, Edie Falk ’21 will begin work as a mentor and teacher’s assistant for AmeriCorps’ City Year at a school in Buffalo, N.Y. In the position, she will provide classroom

The HWS Writing Colleagues Program recently welcomed a new cohort of 16 peer mentors. Hobart and William Smith held a welcome celebration for the newest members of the Writing Colleagues Program. Writing Colleagues are partners in learning through writing. Founded in 1994 by Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Cheryl Forbes, the program trains peer tutors who