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Learning Communities Explore D.C.

Students and faculty participating in the first-year Learning Community Program this fall visited Washington, D.C., for a weekend excursion in which students explored the nation's capital with their peers and faculty advisers. "The idea behind this trip is part of the learning community philosophy, where students make strong connections between their first-year seminar and experiential, hands-on ...
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A Life-Changing Experience In Vietnam

When Michael De Rosa '16 was considering study abroad programs, he decided he "wanted to go someplace where I would probably never go to on my own, to experience a culture drastically different from what I am used to." De Rosa, a junior double-majoring in anthropology and Media & Society, first heard about the Vietnam program from his RA during his first year on campus and "kept hearing the s...
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Mandala Ceremonial Rite

It has become an end-of-year tradition at HWS: The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, instructor of Asian languages and cultures, offers a sand mandala ceremony to conclude his "Tibetan Mandala Painting Course." A custom for students during finals week at HWS, the ceremony is also in keeping with traditional Buddhist ceremonial rites. The sand mandala, created by Yignyen and his students, which was on dis...
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Buddhist Meditation Mondays

The Office of Intercultural Affairs will host Buddhist meditation sessions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday. The sessions are conducted by The Ven. Tenzin Yignyen, instructor of Asian languages and culture. Yignyen is a high-ranking monk within the Dalai Lama's personal monastery. He travels regularly to various schools, universities and museums across the nation to share his knowledge of Tibet...
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Fulbright Blogs from Taiwan

This week, Melissa Hosek '14 arrived in Taichung, Taiwan, where she will begin a year of teaching English as a recipient of the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award English Teaching Assistantship. Though this will be Hosek's first time in Taiwan, she is no stranger to living and traveling in Asia. In 2012, Hosek participated in the Colleges' semester abroad program in Beijing and studied at Pek...
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