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Alums and Students To Gather for Career Dev Panel Events

Events on professional development after college will bring together Hampshire alums and students on campus this month

Two events at Hampshire this month will bring alums back to campus to speak with students on professional and career development options for graduates of Hampshire's unique program, one centered on the broad range of possibilities in the library profession. The two events are:

How to Be Div-Free: Building a Career as Unique as Your Education – career development event featuring four alums

On Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m., also in West Lecture Hall, Alumni and Family Relations will present How to Be Div-Free: Building a Career as Unique as Your Education. Immigration attorney Yasmine Chahkar Farhang 03F, filmmaker Amy Grumbling 00F, comics writer Zachary Clemente 08F, and CommunicateHealth cofounder and chief innovation officer Xanthi Scrimgeour 85F will discuss their experiences with job searches, graduate school, and figuring out how to do what they love while getting paid for it. A networking dinner for students and additional alum guests will take place at 6 p.m. in the FPH Faculty/Staff Lounge.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Hampshire Graduates as Librarians – panel featuring four alums in library professions

Then on Thursday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the Adele Simmons Hall Auditorium, Down the Rabbit Hole: Hampshire Graduates as Librarians will explore how four alums found their way from our campus into the world of libraries. The panel members, who will talk about the widely varied work they’re involved in, are Jessamyn West 86F, project manager and library liaison at Open Library and founder of; Peter Cohn 82F, urban studies and planning and real estate librarian at MIT; Cyree Jarelle Johnson 07F, instructional librarian at Philadelphia FIGHT, a health services organization providing care, education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk for them; and Sara Smith 90F, arts and humanities librarian at Amherst College.

The event will be moderated by Hampshire College Access and Arts Librarian Rachel Beckwith, and is sponsored by the Harold F. Johnson Library and the SPARC (Supporting Professional Alums to Return to Campus) fund.

Both events are free and open to the public. 


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