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Summer Programs Offer Intensive Experiences Across Disciplines

Students can learn screenwriting, social justice activism, curatorial practice, metalworking, linguistics, biology, and more

This summer at Hampshire, curating a digital exhibition, learning ancient and modern metalworking, or collaborating with leading social-justice activists is just part of a day's study.

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Hampshire College Summer Programs is offering six college institutes and programs (three are brand new) and four precollege programs (two are new). All are intensive experiences that provide students with a distillation of Hampshire’s rigorous, hands-on educational approach.


College summer programs are open to current college students, graduates, postgrads, and young professionals. They take place over four weeks in June and are available to both Hampshire and non-Hampshire students, the latter whom can earn up to four academic credits.

·      The Institute for Curatorial Practice (ICP) is designed for students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as of the history of science and technology. The ICP focuses on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. The program, which this summer enters its fourth year, will take place June 1–July 1. We encourage all those interested in the ICP to apply for the program’s paid internship program, July 6–August 11, as well.

·      The Institute for Transforming Social Justice (ITSJ) is for students, activists, artists, and practitioners who have a passion for social justice. Led by four Hampshire College faculty members, with talks by community activists, practitioners, and artists, the program will engage strategies for social justice, such as community-based research and practices, policy analysis, and participatory action. ITSJ takes place June 5–30.

·      The Institute for Linguistics, Image, and Text (LIT) will appeal to students who are intrigued by the linguistic workings of the human mind and artistic expression. The program will consist of class discussions, group work, and field trips to museums, cinemas, and other cultural sites in the Five College consortium. LIT takes place June 5–30.

The Ecojustice, Education, and Artistic Practice (EEAP) Institute at Hampshire Farm is designed for undergraduate and postgrad students, practicing and aspiring environmental educators, working artists, activists, and teachers committed to environmental justice. Linking practices in environmentalism to land art, landscape painting, and poetry, the primary studio/classroom will be the Hampshire College Farm, but we will also avail ourselves of the many farms, naturescapes, art studios, museum spaces, and nature centers scattered throughout the Pioneer Valley. EEAP takes place June 5–30.

·      Screenwriting for Film and Video is for students interested in film, video, creative writing, and art. The program analyzes different script-writing techniques ranging from traditional, to experimental, to nonfiction, with special attention paid to development and format. Students will be able to utilize the resources of Hampshire’s world-renowned Film, Photography, and Video Program. Screenwriting for Film and Video takes place June 5–30.

·      The TESOL Teacher Training Institute is for students and community members who hope to volunteer, teach English, pursue a new career path, or travel the world. Participants will leave this intensive program with a Hampshire College TESOL certificate, professional-development materials (CV, portfolio), a collection of co-created lesson plans, a teaching cohort, and a variety of teaching opportunities. The program takes place June 5–30.

The priority deadline for applying to the college programs is March 31 (with the exception of the Institute for Curatorial Practice, which has a March 24 priority deadline), and the final deadline is May 1.


Precollege programs — July 17–28 — are open to rising high school juniors and seniors. The priority deadline is April 14 and the final deadline is May 15.

·      Inside the Cell: Immersion into the Biology Laboratory gives students the opportunity to do intensive work in a biology lab. They will also review primary scientific research. This program is designed for rising juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing science at the college level and would like to conduct both laboratory work and research. The program takes place July 17–28.

·      Meet the World of Metalworking (formerly titled Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing, and Beyond) introduces students to the world of metalworking, with an emphasis on hot forging, casting, and manipulation. Participants will learn from historical and contemporary examples of an ancient art and create their own work. The program takes place July 17–28.

·      The Young Feminist Collaborative (YFC), a partnership between the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College and the Soapbox Feminist Camp, mixes historical and political contexts of activism with exposure to real-world careers in social justice and the nonprofit sector. This communal program is an immersion in feminist thinking and action designed for those who have an interest in movement-building, gender justice, and creating community. YFC takes place July 17–28.

·      Citizens United helps students understand the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and how it changed the role of money in American politics. Participants will explore the limits and possibilities of defining money as speech and will be encouraged to imagine money in politics differently through improvisation and role-play. Citizens United takes place July 17–28.

Hampshire’s precollege programs have a notable impact on the institution’s future enrollment. Fifty percent of 2015’s participants applied to Hampshire for fall 2016 admission — and 90 percent of those applicants were admitted.

All who apply by a program’s priority deadline will receive 10 percent off its tuition.

To learn more, please e-mail, call 413-559-6843, or visit the Summer Academic Programs homepage.

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