In professions ranging from medicine to education to diplomacy, the ability to bridge cross-cultural and cross-religious divides is vital – and increasingly in high demand. Converse’s Interfaith Studies program, a minor that launched two years ago and is one of the first of its kind, is part of a growing movement within higher education to…
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As competition for students continues to intensify across the higher education market, colleges nationwide are compelled to seek new ways to meet the needs of today’s diverse student populations. Institutions that are nimble and innovative are finding new ways to thrive. Building on Strengths to Reach New Markets This past December, in a landmark step…
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Scenic view of New Zealand lake and mountains

Converse students had a unique opportunity during Jan term this year – a study-travel trip to New Zealand. Known for its spectacular glaciers, weathered mountains, miles of coastline and unique cuisine, New Zealand provided 19 students, two faculty members and three alumnae with two weeks of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is the first time Converse has…
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Group photo of Gray Family

Converse Music Librarian and Voice Teacher, Wendi Arms had a visit from Molly Gray, the granddaughter of Converse alumna Berta Hamilton Hookker (Class of 1906). Ms. Gray generously donated sheet music from the 1800’s and recordings that used to belong to members of her family to Mickel Library. Gray and her husband, son, and three…
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Black and white photo of Converse swim team

By Joe P. Dunn Charles A. Dana and Margaret S. Moore The saga of women’s athletics at Converse and in the nation is infused with strong notions about women’s physical nature, gender roles, and prejudices against “wrong” or “unnatural” feminine behavior. Women in northeastern and midwestern institutions were saddled with these biases in the nineteenth…
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A new certificate at Converse explores the fascinating link between the brain and how we learn, how we solve problems, and even how we react to art and music. The Certificate in Arts and Cognition allows students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge neuroscience and cognition research utilizing Converse’s on-campus electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory. Apps…
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Photo of Gillian Horn in science lab

Understanding Gillian Horn’s work can be a challenge. Understanding Gillian’s success is much easier. Since she was a toddler, she knew she wanted to be a scientist, and Converse College provided just the right chemistry for her to become an award-winning researcher. “Since the third grade, I’ve said I want to be a biochemist,” says…
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Photo of Converse student teaching origami

Some say teaching is an art. A handful of Converse arts professors say teaching art comes naturally to artists, anyway. So they created—then won— one of Converse’s highly competitive Creativity, Community, and Cultural Enrichment (C3) grants for an outreach program that lets Converse arts students teach underserved elementary schoolchildren. “As I was looking at area…
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Converse Tower

Three Converse seniors have been offered full-time positions with Ford Motor Company in Nashville, Tennessee and Tampa, Florida. McKayla Davis ‘19, Jacqueline Torres ‘19 (Nisbet Honors), and Alexis Turner ’19 (Nisbet Honors) were all offered positions in Ford Credit’s Leadership Development Program. Converse’s Career Development Office recently partnered with Ford and coordinated an information session…
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Photo of Kathleen Langbehn moments after shaving her head

Psychology grad, Kathleen Langbehn ’18 (Nisbet Honors) went above and beyond to support childhood cancer research by shaving her head. Kathleen is a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in the Department of Psychiatry with the Nopoulos Lab. She is currently the lead research assistant for three research studies examining brain…
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