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Ajay Sinha, Mount Holyoke College
Films, one of India’s many rich artistic traditions, are far more sophisticated, creative, and self-aware than the “Bollywood” moniker implies.
Image of vineyard by Deirdre Haber Malfatto
Clara Kann ’12 demystifies the journey of wine from grape to bottle, and traces her own career back to the MHC science class she didn’t want to take.
Elizabeth Holloway Marston, Mount Holyoke class of 1915, was one of the inspirations for Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman smashes the superhero glass ceiling in more ways than one, says film studies professor Robin Blaetz.
Digital arts in action: Younghoo Cho ’19 took Acoustic Ecology and Sonic Art, taught by music professor Thomas Ciufo, in the new digital music lab in Pratt Hall last fall.
A speaker series from the new Digital Arts Initiative brings world-class scholars and artists to campus to discuss how arts and technology interact.
Mount Holyoke College presents “Bull in a China Shop”
After its successful off-Broadway run, the new play comes home — to where the story all began.
Mount Holyoke College Makerspace
The Makerspace prepares future leaders by combining technology and the liberal arts to teach and engage students studying every academic discipline.
Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room
Mount Holyoke College’s Robin Blaetz discusses Joan of Arc through the ages on a BBC podcast
Nick Camerlenghi experiences architecture in virtual reality with students Hao Zhu ’20, Zhuosi He ’19 and Wenfei Jia ’19.
Mount Holyoke’s Michael Davis uses contemporary tools like virtual reality goggles to “see” into history and reconstruct lost buildings.
Physics professor Spencer Smith demonstrates for students the interference patterns in works by Albert Gregory.
Students across disciplines engage with art through a program that brings classroom work to the MHC Art Museum, where curriculum and the visual arts meet.
Photo of Hannah Goodwin
“Just when I’m settling into a particular conviction, a student will say something that opens up a whole new way of seeing things.”
The College’s Makerspace is a central location for the campus maker culture.
Thanks a generous grant, MHC’s new MEDIAL Project is integrating arts and technology and giving students resources to create, exhibit and perform.
This is  a close-cropped portrait of Mara Kleinberg. She has freckles and short, dark hair.
Senior Mara Kleinberg found her fit and her voice at Mount Holyoke College. Now she’s bringing it to the world as a fellow for Alma.
Poster for Much Ado About Nothing radio play.
Mount Holyoke’s Department of Film, Media, Theater is continually adapting to overcome the challenges of COVID-19.
This is a graphic of Africa.
The African cinema festival, a first in Western Massachusetts, will showcase films from the continent that span countries, decades and genres.
Photo of a collection of theatre costume sketches
A day of Tudor Tailor workshops hosted by the theatre arts department drew a crowd eager to study 16th-century clothing with a 21st-century eye.
Two parallel images show a woman dancing with their right arm extended. Left: Terre Vandale ’02 about 2001, in a white tank top with yellow beech leaves behind her. Right: Ali Griffin ’20, in a blue Mount Holyoke sweatshirt, in the woods, 2018.
Visiting artist Terre Vandale ’02 uses the Campus Living Laboratory as her classroom to teach her dance students about place, movement and the environment.
Mount Holyoke College student Jessica Taylor '17 with Senator Elizabeth Warren
Many Mount Holyoke College students pursue internships in the Pioneer Valley, which offers exciting opportunities.
Vanessa James outside near an iron fence
Vanessa James’ design for the off-Broadway production of a new play, “Van Gogh’s Ear,” about the artist, incorporates extravagant detail and materials.
Photo credit:  GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS
Olabode Omojola, professor of African music at MHC, is the lead organizer for the African Cinema Symposium and Festival.
Discussing Motion Control
Film studies students explore motion-controlled videography in the MHC Makerspace.
Photo of glowing costumes in the production Underwater Community
Students in the iDesign Studio class in Computer Science and the Costuming II class in the Theater Department teamed up to create this short production.
Chloé Zhao ’05
“The Rider,” a film by Chloé Zhao ’05, won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
This is a 1933 photograph of four Mount Holyoke athletes in bloomers and short-sleeved blouses.
A newly uncovered collection of athletic apparel provides a rare glimpse into some of the earliest athletic wear for women — and the students who wore it.
The students studying stage combat chose scenes from actual plays, such as “Macbeth,” or wrote their own to perform during their battles.
Mount Holyoke is one of few colleges to offer a class in stage combat, an important skill for actors as well as a fun opportunity for non-theater majors.
Chloe Zhao accepted her Golden Globe awards over Zoom.
Alum Chloe Zhao won best director for best picture “Nomadland” and Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay that earned Andra Day the best actor award.
Michael Ofori, center right, and Faith Conant, right, drum with students as part of the final drumming, dancing and singing performance of their classes.
Classes from Mount Holyoke and the Five College West African Music Ensemble joyfully performed together, featuring drums, dance and music.
Tracy Keya and Janet Slocum in Mount Holyoke makerspace
From clothes that light up to vacuum-formed chocolate molds, the Mount Holyoke College Makerspace offers tools and training to create and collaborate.