Innovations in language instruction can come in many forms—teaching Japanese with videoconferencing, exploring Hebrew and Arabic simultaneously and using cultural enrichment to engage with German. These are some of the projects that began over the summer as part of a new, $2 million Five College Innovative Language Teaching program. Read more . . .
From enriching connections between K–12 math teachers and higher ed professors to creative approaches to children's global literature, from fascinating webinars are East Asia to a trip to Hiroshima on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb, the Five College Partnership Program and the Center for East Asian Studies are actively engaged in our local communities. Read more . . .
The 2015–16 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Five College Consortium. Incorporated in 1965 as Four Colleges, the consortium changed its name a year later after Hampshire College was founded. Read more . . .
How do you know if new approaches to teaching and research are producing the desired results? This academic year, two Five College programs, through different methods and in different fields, are exploring ways to assess impact in the classroom and in scholarship. Read more . . .
Educators from the five campuses have responded to students’ growing interest in the field by creating the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate Program (RHRJ), the 16th to be offered by the consortium—and the first of its kind at the undergraduate level in this country. Read more . . .
Annual Jackie Pritzen Lecture
On December 2, the Jackie Pritzen Annual Lecture will feature Five College Professor Michael Klare presenting “World on Edge: War and Peace in the Climate Change Era” at Hampshire College.
The world is currently suffering from a proliferation of violent conflicts and social upheavals, along with a massive tide of refugees seeking to escape all this violence. At the same time, we are seeing increasing evidence of the impact of climate change on human societies. How will these two trends interact? Will climate change make war more or less likely? No final answer can be provided to these questions, but some trends are beginning to emerge.
International Shakespeare Conference
The International Shakespeare Conference, held at UMass Amherst in September, featured scholarly work on prison productions, political crises and Shakespeare productions in Iran, Argentina and Turkey. As part of the conference, the Harlem Shakespeare Festival performed The Sable Series: The History of Black Shakespearean Actors.
Sixth International Digital
Storytelling Conference and Exhibition
Nearly 350 people from around the world convened in September at the sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition at Smith College and UMass Amherst that was cosponsored by Five Colleges and Mount Holyoke.
The conference, which was held for the first time in the United States, focused on youth and activism, and digital storytelling in public health, education, sustainability and participatory media.
In the last few months, Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham delivered the keynote address at a physics conference, the International Relations program hosted a major conference on terrorism and military intervention and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies director edited a new book on East Asia. Read more . . .