Mellon Grant of $1.2 Million Funds Reinvention of Hampshire Library

Hampshire has earned the generous, seven-figure grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in response to the College’s proposal to remake the College library and centralize academic support services currently dispersed across campus.


The countdown to the opening ceremony for the R.W. Kern Center has begun, as Hampshire is now finalizing plans for the building’s official ribbon-cutting on Friday, April 29, 2016.

What happens when a dozen Hampshire students with a shared academic interest live together on the same floor for a year? One of Hampshire’s programs on intentional living, the Living and Learning Community, has been offering first-year students this residence option for the past three years.

The Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia has released a definitive history of American tap dance by Constance Valis Hill, Five College Professor of Dance at Hampshire College.

With summer offerings that include Gene cloning, Blacksmithing, Social Justice and Activism, Media making, and Sustainable farming, Hampshire has opened registration for our renowned summer programs designed for high school and college students to immerse themselves in our project-based, experiential education.

Hampshire students who undertook a sweeping, immersive arts and humanities course funded by a coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently capped their studies by presenting their work to the campus community.

Through her Division III ecology research project, fourth-year student Chiara Forrester is studying how plant life is affected by climate change, with a multi-year project of bringing Rocky Mountain soil samples to Hampshire's science center.

Special events at Hampshire in March feature alumni exhibits, student theatre productions, and student-run conferences. Learn more


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