What They Learned

A series exploring the thesis work of recent graduates.


Where They're Headed

A blog series detailing the post-graduation plans of the Class of 2015.

The Club Life @ Haverford

The Club Life @ Haverford

A series exploring the many varied student clubs on campus.


Cool Classes

A series highlighting interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.


WHAT THEY LEARNED: Hina Fathima ’15

“Shit Talk: Culture, Open Defecation, & Development in Rural India” explored the political science major’s interest in poverty and development in her home country through the issue of open defecation.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Sydney Jones ’15

The English major examined how author Charles W. Chesnutt embedded racialized tensions into architectural structures in his 1899 short story “Po Sandy.”

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Olivia Rauss ’15

The East Asian languages and cultures major and Chinese language minor researched a specific piece of Chinese jade artwork for her thesis, “What is in a Date? The Implications of Misdating a Jade Camel.”

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Jessica Poling ’15

A New York Times article on art therapy in prison sparked her interest in the intersection of mental health and the arts, which led to her thesis comparing art therapy with the Outsider Art movement.

A Summer Bounty at the HaverFarm

Growing interest from students in sustainable, local food has led to an on-campus, student-run farm, which supplies food to Dining Services and a weekly farm stand.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Abigail Sweeney ‘15

She combined her education and religion studies for her thesis, “Reading The Fire Next Time and The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Religion and Multicultural Education in the High School Classroom.”

History Lesson: John Coleman Goes Undercover

In 1974, then-President of Haverford College John Coleman went undercover as a garbageman, sandwich maker, and construction worker for his book Blue Collar Journal, which later became the movie The Secret Life of John Chapman.