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Scholar on African history, heritage to give two-part Thayer Lecture at Randolph

Randolph College will host a two-part Thayer Lecture featuring Sheila Walker, a cultural anthropologist, writer, and filmmaker who has taught African and African American studies at the University of Texas, Austin, and directed the African Diaspora Program at Spelman College. On Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Walker will show Familiar Faces, Unexpected Places, a... READ MORE >>

Talents on display: Brianne Roth ’13 facilitates self-assessments of museum operations across the nation

Brianne Roth

Ever since her first museum internship with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, Brianne Roth ’13 knew she wanted to pursue a career in museums. Her dream has since become a reality, and she is now one of two museum assessment program officers for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, D.C.  “I believe that... READ MORE >>

Helping students soar: Leah Helsel Hamilton ’16 teaches children on Air Force base in Japan

Leah Helsel Hamilton and her husband, Captain Matthew Hamilton, a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force

Since graduating from Randolph, Leah Helsel Hamilton ’16 has gotten married, moved four times, and worked two jobs in two different fields. For now, though, she and her husband Matthew, a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, call Okinawa, Japan, home.  Hamilton is working as an educational technician for the U.S. Air Force.... READ MORE >>

Randolph alumnus using history, political science degrees to make a difference in healthcare industry

Will Dede

As a student at Randolph, Will Dede ’14 never felt a strong desire for a career in healthcare policy. However, he has always been interested in and cared about public policy, contemporary affairs, and, most importantly, helping people. Now in his job with Special Needs Plan (SNP) Alliance, he gets to do all of those... READ MORE >>

Meet the faculty: a Q&A with new history professor Selda Altan

Selda Altan

Randolph College’s 2019-20 academic year is underway, and several new faces have joined the faculty. History professor Selda Altan is one of the new additions: Where are you originally from and what is your career/educational background? I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey. I received my undergraduate degree in history and sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul.... READ MORE >>

Meet the faculty: A Q&A with new history professor Chelsea Berry

Chelsea Berry

My goal in lecture is to pull students in to our exploration of the week. I know I’ve succeeded when students are so engaged that they start asking questions of their own.... READ MORE >>

Thayer Lecture celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage movement

Kate Clarke Lemay

Kate Clarke Lemay, historian and curator for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., will deliver the fall 2019 Philip Thayer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, in Wimberly Recital Hall, inside Presser Hall. The lecture honors the centennial year of national woman suffrage in the United States and complements Lemay’s path-breaking... READ MORE >>

A career in historic preservation law: Q&A with Janie Campbell ’12

Janie Campbell

Janie Campbell ’12 was a history major at Randolph and now works as a preservation consultant at the law firm of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC in Columbia, South Carolina. We recently asked her a few questions about her career, her graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, and what else she’s... READ MORE >>

Mining information: Summer Research considers role of social media in organizing West Virginia teacher strikes

Professor Crystal Howell and Caleb Schmitzer go over their notes about the project

When Caleb Schmitzer ’21 gets deeply engaged in conversation, he knows his Minnesotan accent sometimes slips out. But thanks to his Summer Research project with education professor Crystal Howell, he’s become very familiar with a different type of accent—the one shared by the many West Virginian educators he has talked with about teacher pay and... READ MORE >>

Celebrating the Right to Vote: Profile of an R-MWC suffragist

Students dressed in 1920 apparel

As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, Randolph College remembers its alumnae who fought for the right to vote. Leading up to the amendment’s passage in Congress on June 4, 1919, students at then-Randolph-Macon Woman’s College were highly involved in the women’s suffrage movement, even starting an Equal... READ MORE >>