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On Tuesday, April 21, the Hampden-Sydney College will host Dr. Edward J. Larson, Professor of History and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He will deliver a lecture entitled "George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783."Larson is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his work Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
On Wednesday, April 22, the Hampden-Sydney Music Series will host The Martinu String Quartet. The Martinu Quartet, originally the Havlák Quartet, was formed in 1976 by students of the Prague Conservatoire, inspired by and modeled on such string quartets as the Vlach and the Smetana. Intensive practice and study of the quartet repertoire resulted in seven prizes at important international competitions for the group. They have been recognized at the ARD Munich, Evian (France); Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain); and the Prague Spring competitions.
The Hampden-Sydney Journal of the Sciences is now in its fourth year as a student-run publication and its second year of producing a print version. The Journal is a showcase of the wide variety of scientific research being conducted at Hampden-Sydney by its students. The work in the Journal represents the products of summer research experiences, departmental honors work, classroom projects, and other ventures that show the central importance of research to a complete Hampden-Sydney scientific education.
When Dr. Robert Irons '00 was a young boy, he would flip through issues of National Geographic with eager eyes and steadfast resolve. "I'd never really been anywhere," he said, "and I'd see all of these far-off and amazing places, and I told myself, 'As soon as I can, no matter what I have to do, I'm going to go see these things.'"Irons's fascination with distant cultures and civilizations would propel him across Europe and the United States, through years of hardship and study, and finally back to Hampden-Sydney as the newest professor in the Classics Department. He currently teaches Greek and Latin, and next semester he will teach Western culture. His loop from student to teacher was neither easy nor short, but it was a path he took deliberately, and not without the requisite faith and courage in his endeavors. Soon after his graduation, he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland."I worked on a farm there for about three months, saved a little money, and started travelling, taking odd jobs wherever I could," he recalled. He worked his way to Italy, where he taught private English lessons, with the ultimate goal of learning enough to be able to read classic Italian literature in its original text.
Since our founding, Hampden-Sydney College has sought "to form good men and good citizens." That mission epitomized William Caleb Wharton '16, so it was a tragedy when family, friends, and the community learned of his death on November 2, 2014. However, this loss of a dear friend came with a blessing: we were all shown more clearly what it means to be a Hampden-Sydney Man and to live within our brotherhood. With the help of this brotherhood, Caleb's family and friends made the transition from tragedy to the celebration of his life.According to President Chris Howard, brotherhood is "a commitment to love each other, especially during difficult times, even when you don't like each other. [...] We are bonded in a way that is shown when things aren't going well. When there is a challenge [...] people [in a brotherhood] tend to come together." As the news of Caleb's death spread, his fraternity brothers began to gather at the SAE house. At a school so close and so small, news spreads quickly. Friends, family, teammates, coaches, and faculty gathered also. Everybody came by to spread their unconditional love out of respect for Caleb, their fallen brother, and to support those in mourning.
Hampden-Sydney College students are working to raise awareness about men's health and testicular cancer. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and the H-SC community is holding the first ever "Testival" for students.In an effort to raise awareness of this harmful disease, "Testival" will include a 5K walk/run event, a strength competition, and a self-examination educational program.
What does it mean to be masculine? What does an American war hero look like? Jeffrey Yamashita, this year's QEP Fellow, has been working with students to answer these and similar questions.Yamashita is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkley. This fall at Hampden-Sydney, he taught "History of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S." and the freshman seminar "Athletics and Masculinities." This spring he is teaching an interdisciplinary course "Masculinities in Context" and "The Other U.S. War Hero," which was also the subject of a multi-day symposium.Yamashita is committed to the liberal arts and challenges his students to push their personal boundaries, to think critically about their world, and to see how communities are affected by prejudices and stereotypes.
Seniors, Lukas Epps-Dawson, of Greensboro, NC, Dontae Buck, of Baltimore, MD, were recently selected to join the Teach for America program. Teach For America (TFA) is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools. This elite program accepts only around 11%-12% of their applicants each year.
On Monday, March 30, 2015, eight Hampden-Sydney men were inducted into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Membership recognizes the highest academic achievement, moral character, responsible citizenship, and broad intellectual curiosity.
Six Hampden-Sydney College students were recently selected to participate in the newly established H-SC/Centra Pre-Health Rotational Shadowing Program. Benjamin Lam '17, Jake Farrar '16, DJ Bines '17, James Lau '17, Brant Boucher'17, and Robert Kerby '17 will begin their rotations this semester and will have the option to continue their shadowing in the fall of 2015.