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2021

05/12/2021 - English Professor Hubert Cook awarded Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars
Hubert Cook, the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Professor of English at Connecticut College, has been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars to complete his book project, Empathy’s Dark Labor: Feeling, Fact, and Late Nineteenth Century U.S. Black Narrative (1892-1905).

05/12/2021 - Three awarded U.S. Fulbright grants
Two Connecticut College seniors and one recent alumna will receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to teach English and conduct research abroad for an academic year. 

05/10/2021 - 13 seniors named Winthrop Scholars; 40 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Continuing a tradition that dates back nearly 100 years, Connecticut College has named 13 seniors as Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the College. An additional 27 students were also selected for initiation into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education.

05/6/2021 - Green Sun
Students, alumni and faculty install solar array to generate Conn's first-ever on-site renewable energy.

04/30/2021 - Persephone Hall to be honored at 100 Women of Color Gala
The Hale Family Executive Director will receive the prestigious award in May

04/28/2021 - With New Gift, Rob and Karen Hale Contribute $50 Million to Connecticut College
Students, faculty and staff gathered on Tempel Green on April 28, 2021, to celebrate the largest gift in Connecticut College history—a $30 million gift from Karen and Rob Hale ’88 P’20.

04/27/2021 - Eclipse 2021
More than 100 students participated in the multicultural dance show Eclipse on April 24, continuing a 46-year-old Connecticut College tradition.

04/23/2021 - The Biggest Announcement in Conn’s History
Let the countdown commence! President Katherine Bergeron will make a big (BIG!) College announcement at The Dune on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Check your inbox on Wednesday for the news.

04/21/2021 - The Arboretum partners with local group working to make New London greener
The Connecticut College Arboretum is partnering with a local grassroots organization to help increase the number of, well, tree roots in the city of New London.

04/20/2021 - Conn hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus
As part of Conn’s nationally recognized response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College partnered this week with the Community Health Center of New London to provide vaccines to students, faculty, staff and their family members in a campus clinic.

04/19/2021 - Reading the Wrack Lines
Professor of Art Andrea Wollensak launches ongoing exhibition about our changing climate.

04/13/2021 - Michael Collier ’76 publishes new book of poetry
The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems by Michael Collier ’76 will be published in August by The University of Chicago Press.

04/8/2021 - 72 named to NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team
Two All-American swimmers, an athlete who ran every street in New London and 19 members of the women’s indoor track and field team are among the 72 Connecticut College student-athletes named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter All-Academic Team.

04/6/2021 - Founders Day 2021
Founders Day celebration launches successful giving challenge.

04/5/2021 - Connecticut College students unveil global COVID research project
Researchers from Conn and its partner institutions around the world presented their findings during a virtual symposium.

04/1/2021 - Multiple news outlets publish professor’s 6 tips for spotting fake science news
How can you tell if science news is fact or fiction? Marc Zimmer, Jean C. Tempel '65 Professor of Chemistry, has six tips to help media consumers detect fake science.

04/1/2021 - Joseph Walewski ’23 runs every street in New London
In the year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, avid runner Joseph Walewski ’23 has run every street in two Connecticut towns: first his hometown of Fairfield, while Conn was remote last spring, and now Conn’s home city of New London.

03/23/2021 - Two students add to Conn’s impressive record of Critical Language Scholarship winners
Emily Hackett ’23 and Devon Rancourt ’21 have both won 2021 Critical Language Scholarships to continue their studies of Russia’s language and culture.

03/19/2021 - Conn announces Summer Session
The College has announced a five-week virtual summer session that will offer courses from a variety of departments, including psychology, government, economics and computer science.

03/18/2021 - Two awarded $10,000 Projects for Peace grants
Alireza Mohammadi ’22 and Camila Adrianzén Yndigoyen ’23 have been awarded $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants to promote peace through education and community building in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Lima, Peru, this summer. 

03/17/2021 - Two Conn students awarded distinguished Watson Fellowships
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship awarded Tashayla “Shay” Borden ’21 and Jack Rider-McGovern ’21 Watson Fellowships for 2021. Borden and Rider-McGovern, who will embark on a year of travel starting August 1, join 40 students from 22 states and eight countries who make up the 53rd Class of Watson Fellows.

03/12/2021 - Staff and faculty researchers publish article on the Black Church and liberal arts institutions
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight, Professor of Human Development Michelle Dunlap and Director of Race and Ethnicity Programs Maurice Tiner are co-authors of “The Black Church and Liberal Arts Institutions: Forming Reciprocal Relationships for Thriving Urban Communities and Churches."

03/11/2021 - Ethan Brown ’94 and Beyond Meat expand global partnerships in major new deal
Brown, the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, will be Conn’s next Commencement speaker

03/9/2021 - DISCARDED: Lear-Conant Symposium explores impact of human-generated waste
The long-term implications of our severance of relationships with possessions was the topic of discussion for hundreds of experts, faculty, students, alumni and community members from around the world who gathered virtually March 6 for the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment’s 2021 Lear-Conant Symposium, “DISCARDED: Unmasking and Understanding the Waste Stream.”

03/5/2021 - Professor Mónika López-Anuarbe lends her expertise to Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout
As Connecticut undertakes the largest, fastest vaccine rollout in history, Associate Professor of Economics Mónika López-Anuarbe is serving on multiple state committees to help make the process as equitable as possible for vulnerable communities. 

03/4/2021 - Career Exploration Week returns
The first Career Exploration Week of the spring semester just wrapped up its series of events focused on government, law and international relations. 

03/1/2021 - Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance
As part of Conn’s recognition of Black History Month, students, faculty and staff participated in a virtual poetry and musical event sponsored by student-run literary magazine Cadenza, the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of Race and Ethnicity programs.

02/24/2021 - Professor David Dorfman ’81 wins Connecticut’s Artistic Excellence Award
Dance professor and prolific choreographer David Dorfman ’81 has won a $5,000 Artistic Excellence Award through the state of Connecticut’s Artist Fellowship Program, which provides recognition and funding support for Connecticut artists to pursue new work and advance their artistic careers.

02/23/2021 - Conn goes green
College moves to its lowest COVID-19 alert level

02/16/2021 - Painting by late Conn art professor Barkley Hendricks sells for record $4 million
A 1972 portrait by the late Professor Emeritus of Studio Art Barkley Hendricks sold for $4,013,000 at Sotheby’s Dec. 8, 2020, setting a new record for the artist known for his life-sized oil portraits of Black Americans.

02/16/2021 - In The New York Times: E. Kristin Anderson ’05 on finding your voice in another’s words
Writer and poet E. Kristin Anderson ’05 is finding original poetry hiding in the pages of her newspapers, and she’s encouraging others to do the same.

02/15/2021 - Conn expands global partnerships with universities abroad
Connecticut College has announced new partnerships with institutions in both India and South Korea that will further enhance the College’s commitment to global education.

02/10/2021 - Conn Is All In
Connecticut College reaffirms its commitment to address climate change.

02/9/2021 - The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center hires new executive director
Tiffani Gavin represents a pathbreaking era for the legendary theater.

02/9/2021 - Conn alum publishes essay in The New York Times
Annabelle Allen ’19 was published in The New York Times “Modern Love” column, writing an essay about her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

02/2/2021 - Transition, truncated
Historian Martha Joynt Kumar ’63 discusses the history of presidential transitions. 

01/28/2021 - Continuing the Conversation on Race: Policing in the U.S. and in New London
The killings of George Floyd and multiple other Black Americans by police officers during the spring and summer of 2020 led to national calls for police accountability. But how do we move forward?

01/27/2021 - Elevate
Conn hosts inaugural social justice conference

01/21/2021 - Marcucci makes history in Major League Soccer SuperDraft
Former Connecticut College men’s soccer goalkeeper AJ Marcucci ’21 is the first-ever Conn athlete to be drafted into Major League Soccer. Marcucci was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Jan. 21. 

01/20/2021 - Fast Forward Goes Global
Adam Romanow ’07 was so impressed with the business ideas Conn students gave him during last year’s Fast Forward program that he came back this year for another round.   

01/20/2021 - IOC VP Anita DeFrantz ’74 pens Washington Post piece in support of righting a 108-year-old Olympic wrong
Anita DeFrantz ’74, vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic bronze medalist, published an opinion piece in the Washington Post arguing that the IOC should restore the sole first-place victories rightfully won by Native American athlete Jim Thorpe in the 1912 games.

01/19/2021 - Community Policing in New London
The New London Public Safety Policy Review Committee has suggested the formation of a civilian police review board and the creation of a police commission, The Day reports.

01/15/2021 - Jeffrey Wexler ’10 named White House Director of COVID-19 Operations
President Joe Biden has officially named Jeffrey Wexler ’10 the White House Director of COVID-19 Operations.

01/14/2021 - Fridays are for fundraising
Chiara Gero ’18 is raising money to support anti-racist work around the world.

01/11/2021 - Professor Rashelle Litchmore discusses police response to Capitol rioters in media interviews
Assistant Professor of Human Development Rashelle Litchmore was interviewed on Toronto’s CP24 News and for an article on CTVNews.ca about the stark contrast between police reaction to armed Trump supporters violently storming the U.S. Capitol, and the manner in which police have responded to unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this year.

05/15/2020 - Ready to launch: The Class of 2021
Meet some of the members of the Class of 2021 as they reflect on their Conn experiences and prepare for the future.

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