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  April 28, 2011
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Day in the life
Maple sugar gathering. Electric car test runs. Laido sword practice. Classes on film theory, animal behavior, digital animation, and more. What's a typical day at Hampshire like? Short answer: not very typical. Video

Those of us fortunate enough to be on campus look forward each year to seeing what Division III students offer up as their final projects, the culmination of their academic experiences at Hampshire. A few of those who will graduate on May 21 have already shared with us their Div III stories—and their expressions of deep appreciation for the faculty committees who guided them through their advanced, yearlong independent projects. Like Hampshire grads of the past, they impressed us with the range of issues tackled, the in-depth research undertaken, and the originality of the work. Read on...

ONLINE PERSONALITY: Your Facebook account may say more about you than you realize. Daniel Chapsky's Div III is a study of 615 individuals' behavioral tendencies, collected through custom software that he designed. Read more >>

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COOPERATIVES IN RWANDA: In a country still recovering from civil war and genocide, Jessica Marie Chapman found a promise of hope.

DIV III SHOWCASE: Michael Meo (at right) helped spur the creation of a Div III showcase in the Harold F. Johnson Library. (Fun project video, too!)

SHORT STORIES: A collection by Justine Haus addresses recurring themes of bodily dissociation, self-detachment, chaos theory, women forging into the wilderness, outlaw emotion, happiness and despair, and the logic of children. Read more >>

METAPHORS: Lee Morgan was selected to participate in the Ninth Annual Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium, presenting work from his Div III, entitled “The Nature and Process of Metaphorical Interpretation.” Read more >>

WATER: Nicole Loeffler–Gladstone studied dance and resource politics. The connection of these two separate interests was through use of water as a theme. She choreographed “The woman who breathes underneath the water,” and she wrote a lengthy research paper on the hydropolitics of the Mekong River. Read more >>

Learn more about this year’s Division III projects (and find an archive about past projects) as we continue to post stories here >>

Please join us on campus for Hampshire’s first DIV IV FORUM: FOOD, FARM, & SUSTAINBILITY June 10-12. Read more >>

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