From the moment she arrived on campus, in 1973, Carollee Bengelsdorf began shaping Hampshire’s approach to the social sciences. Her fusion of teaching, mentoring, scholarship, and activism influenced decades of alums who studied with her, as well as faculty with whom she taught and from whom she learned.
With the support of these students and faculty, we are establishing the Carollee Bengelsdorf Scholarship Fund, which will provide grants for tuition, room, and board to promising students with the greatest financial need whose concentration is in the School of Critical Social Inquiry (formerly the School of Social Science).
The School of Critical Social Inquiry is united by a commitment to understanding the processes of ever-changing social and cultural formations and their implications for people’s lives. CSI has always distinguished itself by its emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class in the United States and in the Third World, historically and in the present.
Carollee has written extensively on issues related to Cuban politics and to women in Cuba. She is the author of The Problem of Democracy in Cuba: Between Vision and Reality, and is now finishing her manuscript on the young girls and women who fought in Havana’s underground movement to bring down the Batista regime. Carollee is a founder of Hampshire’s unique Cuba Program, which has been in operation for 17 years.
Priority for the scholarship will go to students interested in the impact of the United States on Latin America in political, cultural, and social terms.