Summer Conferences 2014

Below are summer conferences and programs, in chronological order, that will be hosted on the Mount Holyoke College campus for the summer of 2014. Please contact the conferences directly for more information about their registration process and program content.

Mount Holyoke College Summer Courses

May 27–July 2 and July 8–August 13, 2014

Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education offers classroom summer courses at the Mount Holyoke campus to undergraduate and graduate students for academic credit as well as community members seeking professional development and personal enrichment. Online courses are also available for credit.

To see the nearly 70 summer course offerings, for more information, or to register for a course, visit the PAGE website, phone 413-538-3478, or email The online course application makes it easy to register.

Study On Campus: Options at MHC include Organic Chemistry, World Politics, The Modern Urban Novel, and The Changing Role of Educators and many more. A wide range of languages are offered, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Persian, and Swahili. Opportunities for optional summer residence and meals on campus will be available for classroom courses.

Study Online: Earn credits from anywhere with online courses in Elementary Japanese, The Hunger Games: Young Adult Dystopia in Popular Culture, Chinese Hollywood through the Lens of Visual Literacy, and Social Psychology. Take a course with a Mount Holyoke College professor and earn college credit even if you are far away from South Hadley this summer. 

Professional Development: Skills-building courses include Motivation in Education, Speaking with Confidence, and a certificate program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). 

Gordon Research Conferences

May 31 – August 15, 2014
Darlene Graveline
401-783-4011 (x105)

The Gordon Research Conferences promote discussion and the free exchange of ideas at the research frontiers of the biological, chemical, and physical sciences. Scientists with common profession interests come together for a full week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field. These conferences provide a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication – publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Glen Workshops East

June 8- June 15, 2014

Glen Workshops are innovative and enriching programs combining the best elements of workshops, arts festivals, and conferences. Classes are held each morning, and are taught by nationally known authors and artists, and each is small enough for participants to receive individual attention. Writers and visual arts students produce and critique their work. Afternoons and evenings feature lectures and concerts, and each day concludes with a worship service incorporating the arts. Like its sponsor, Image, the Glen is grounded in a Christian perspective, but its tone is informal and hospitable to all spiritual wayfarers.

South Hadley Recreational Tennis

Evening Adult Tennis Lessons

  • Session I : June 10 – June 26, 2014 ( Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15pm – 8:00pm)
  • Session II : July 7 – July 24, 2014  Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15pm – 8:00pm)

Youth Day Tennis Program

  • Session I : June 30 – July 3, 2014 (Monday through Thursday, 8:45 am to 12:15 pm)
  • Session II : July 28 – July 31, 2014 (Monday through Thursday, 8:45 am to 12:15 pm)

Nike Field Hockey Camp

June 22 – June 26, 2014
Andrea Whitcomb, Field Hockey Coach

Nike/Mount Holyoke Field Hockey camp is an opportunity for players to train and participate in tournament play on the Lyon's beautiful, newly constructed home turf field. Campers train individually in all of the major fundamental areas of the game: hitting, 1 v 1 elimination skills, passing, scoring and defensive skills as well as offensive and defensive corner play. Goalkeepers are also supervised by a goalkeeping coach. Players are grouped appropriately by age and ability. Teams train and compete together in games and practice. Each player receives a post-camp evaluation by camp director and staff and each camper goes home with an official camp jersey as well as ball. Our goal is to stimulate a love for the game of field hockey by showing young athletes how to accelerate their own progress and success.

Warren Wilson Alumni Writers 

June 28-July 5, 2014
Peter Klank,

A summer reunion and confernce for Alumni of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.  Alumni- Refer to the WWCMFA website for more information.

Girls Leadership Institute

Session One: June 28 - July 18, 2014Entering Grade 6: Session A (June 28, 2014 – July 8, 2014) Entering Grade 6: Session B (July 8, 2014 – July 18, 2014Entering Grade 7Entering Grade 8

Session Two: July 21 - August 10, 2014Entering Grade 9Entering Grade 10, 11 or 12 — First time at GLILeadership for Life -- For GLI alumni entering grades 10 - 12

GLI summer camp. This is the place where you can be real.  At GLI, you live in a dorm with roommates and spend your days in fun self-discovery workshops, playing wild theatre games, sharing stories in small groups, making films, playing sports, and enjoying evening activities like extreme scavenger hunt or mask making. Every three days, there’s a field trip to a high ropes course, lakeside, or arts event. Girls come away from GLI with the confidence to be themselves and build lasting friendships. GLI helps you gain skills to face the challenges life throws your way.


June 29 – July 27, 2014

Advanced Summer Camp for students age 11-14 who show high promise and love mathematics.  MathPath offers students of middle school age who are extremely talented in mathematics the summer opportunity to learn and develop at a pace and to a depth that matches their abilities while also providing them the rich social and recreational experience of a residential summer program.  MathPath is an independent nonprofit organization not affiliated with the host institution.

ARIA International Summer Academy Advanced Music Studies

  • Session I: July 3- July 14, 2014
  • Session II: July 16 - July 27, 2014
  • Session II: July 29 - August 9, 2014

ARIA International Summer Academy is now in its 2nd season, and will offer 10-day intensive "boot camp" sessions for music students aged 16 to 28 . The sessions will provide the students with an in-depth study of their instrument through private lessons, master classes, workshops, and lectures.

Summer Seminar for School Teachers (NEH)- Existentialism, Philosophy Department

July 6-July 31, 2014

Existentialism, though an important philosophical movement in the twentieth century, remains influential to this day. This seminar will acquaint school teachers with the basic philosophical ideas of Existentialist philosophy by introducing them to the writings of such thinkers as Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Franz Fanon. In addition to philosophical treatises, readings will also be drawn from novels, and films will be shown. The Existentialists are known for their emphasis on the actual lived experience of human beings and their attempt to show that there are more authentic possibilities for living than those chosen by most people. The seminar will explore how the Existentialists argue for this view of life and assess its validity both historically and for our contemporary society.The seminar is open to both full- and part-time school teachers and will take place from July 6, 2014, until July 31, 2014. Two spaces are reserved for graduate students intending to pursue a career in K-12 education.

MHC Boys' and Girls' Basketball Camps

Boys’ Basketball Camp  July 7 – July 11, 2014

Girls’ Basketball Camp  July 14 – July 18, 2014

Michelle Scecina, Basketball Coach
413-538-2850 or EmailMount Holyoke Athletics Department will be offering a day basketball camp for boys and girls entering second through ninth grade. The camp will focus on developing solid fundamental basketball skills in regard to individual and team concepts. A winning attitude and a positive approach to the game will be stressed. The camp will be under the direction of Mount Holyoke College's own Basketball Coach, Michelle Scecina.

U.S. Performing Arts Camps

July 13 – 18, 2014


The mission of US Performing Arts Camps is to promote and develop the growth of performing artists in America.  When we founded US Performing Arts Camps our mission was to provide the best training in the arts, both in performing arts and digital media.  We set out to create summer programs that would give passionate and talented students the opportunity to hone their craft with the best professionals in the country while seeing and being seen at their potential future college.

Mathematics Leadership Programs- Summer Institutes

Virginia Bastable, 

Michael Flynn,

Math Leadership

Sessions open at 8:30 AM on Mondays and close at 12:30 PM on Fridays. 

  • July 14 - 18 Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI)
  • July 21 - 25 Leadership and Coaching Institutes
  • July 28 – August 1   Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) and Research on Learning

Mathematics Leadership Programs (MLP) provides coordinated professional development experiences for educational leaders with various roles and responsibilities. Workshops and institutes are designed for teams of K-8 teachers, teacher leaders, math specialists, coaches, administrators, staff developers and teacher educators.  Learn how to support teachers and students develop the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice through the Developing Mathematical Ideas materials.

Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching K-8  (MAMT) -  This program is for certified teachers who have earned a bachelor degree and would like to develop additional skills and knowledge to support math coaching, the work of a math specialist, or math teacher-leader.  The program offers a blend of face-to-face experiences in the summer and online learning during the academic year.  Core curriculum for the MAMT is based on our existing courses and long-standing summer institutes.

US Gymnastics Training Centers

  • Session I: July 20 – July 26, 2014
  • Session II: July 27 – August 2, 2014
  • Cheer Skills Camp: July 27 - August 2, 2014 Michael Jacobson 561-743-8550

The US gymnastics training program is designed so that each gymnast, no matter what level, gets the maximum help with all Olympic events. The goal is to create a positive, fun, and exciting experience that will be remembered for the rest of his or her life. Activities include classes, open workouts, routine evaluation and instruction, contests and awards, as well as a variety of social and recreational events.

Arabic Music Retreat

August 9 – August 16, 2014
Kay Campbell

The Arabic Music Retreat, led by Simon Shaheen of the New York-based Near Eastern Music Ensemble and Dr. Jihad Racy of UCLA, provides intensive studies in Arab music history, theory, and performance. Participants from throughout the United States have come to Mount Holyoke College to take part in this six-day musical event.

Summer Intercultural Girl's Soccer Camp

August 11 - 14, 2014
Kanae Haneishi, Head Soccer Coach at Mount Holyoke College
413-538-2112 or Email

Mount Holyoke College Soccer hosts an intercultural summer soccer camp for girls entering grade 4 (age 10) to high school seniors. Campers will be divided into small groups based on age and ability. The camp is a 4-day day camp from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (lunch will be provided). Fundamental soccer skills and game tactics will be trained by highly qualified college coaches and players. In addition, there will be an intercultural activity with campers from Japan after every lunch (i.e. chopstick game, yoga for socccer, origami and name in Japanese).