john theilmann pandemic history

Andrew Helmus Distinguished Professor of History and Politics, Dr. John M. Theilmann, gives a historical perspective on the current pandemic by comparing it with two pandemics from the past: Europe’s Second Plague Pandemic and the 1918-19 H1N1 influenza virus outbreak. Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Past Pandemics by John M. Theilmann, April 9, 2020…
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Converse College Acrobatics and Tumbling Team

Loy-Smith, who resides in Oakdale, Connecticut, has been a member of the Valkyries acro and tumbling team for three years. Not playing any other sports, Jasmine had an immediate passion for gymnastics, starting at the age of two…

Theatre Converse’s recent devised theatre production, Growing Old, might be considered a mashup of oral history, dramatic improv, and reality tv, all about issues facing senior women. “I had to cast people who had good interpersonal skills because, in addition to being great actors, they had to be able to interview well and listen,” says…
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Interior design degree students present creative process

A springtime Thursday afternoon finds two state administrators in the Montgomery Student Center, where converse interior design students lead them through a series of sophisticated plans for the lobby of a Spartanburg facility. The administrators ask questions of the students as they navigate large, colorful, computer-printed designs pinned to a wall of the Piedmont Natural…
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Converse Doctoral student David Case

Q&A with David Case, A Minister-Turned-Educator Pursuing the EdD What motivated you to pursue your EdD? “My background is primarily in church ministry and public education. I decided to pursue this degree to experience personal growth and expand opportunities for me in the future. I have known Dr. Medford (Dean of Education and Graduate Students)…
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In professions ranging from medicine to education to diplomacy, the ability to bridge cross-cultural and cross-religious divides is vital – and increasingly in high demand. Converse’s Interfaith Studies program, a minor that launched two years ago and is one of the first of its kind, is part of a growing movement within higher education to…
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Scenic view of New Zealand lake and mountains

Converse students had a unique opportunity during Jan term this year – a study-travel trip to New Zealand. Known for its spectacular glaciers, weathered mountains, miles of coastline and unique cuisine, New Zealand provided 19 students, two faculty members and three alumnae with two weeks of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is the first time Converse has…
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Black and white photo of Converse swim team

By Joe P. Dunn Charles A. Dana and Margaret S. Moore The saga of women’s athletics at Converse and in the nation is infused with strong notions about women’s physical nature, gender roles, and prejudices against “wrong” or “unnatural” feminine behavior. Women in northeastern and midwestern institutions were saddled with these biases in the nineteenth…
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A new certificate at Converse explores the fascinating link between the brain and how we learn, how we solve problems, and even how we react to art and music. The Certificate in Arts and Cognition allows students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge neuroscience and cognition research utilizing Converse’s on-campus electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory. Apps…
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TIMELESS -- Pictured: "Timeless" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

By Ella B. Webster ’20 “To me, history is an amazing major to have,” says Shawn Ryan, executive TV producer, to a room full of Converse students over a Skype call. This moment is not one that history professor Dr. Angela Elder had expected when she created her Jan term class, which is centered around…
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