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Mars with Curiosity (illustration)

Was There Life on Mars?

Astronomer Darby Dyar and Students Help NASA Answer the Big Question On August 5, thousands cross the country sat at their computers watching the landing on Mars of the rover Curiosity live on NASA TV. MHC’s Professor of Astronomy Darby Dyar stood in a crowded room…... » Read more

Just the Yarn shelves of yarn

Strands of Time

Unraveling Knitting’s Enduring Appeal at MHC Often I’ve slipped back in memory to an anthropology class, Marriage and the Family, in the fall of my junior year. I sit at the end of the second row, knitting maroon wool into a sweater for my boyfriend, while up front Mr. Lobb…... » Read more

A Playwright’s Perspective on Wendy Wasserstein

Like many women in theatre who came of age in the 1980s, I looked to the playwright Wendy Wasserstein ’71 as my lodestar. She was a successful, widely produced theatre artist who talked frankly about sex and relationships (or the lack thereof ). She wrote…... » Read more

In a Class of Its Own: Thirty Years on, Frances Perkins Program Still Changing Lives

Picture a warm May day in South Hadley. Standing on the lawn in front of Blanchard Campus Center is a group of women wearing crisp white dresses and deep purple scarves. They are waving hand-lettered signs in the air—“It is there to be done, so I do it”; “I…... » Read more