Pursuing Pulsars: Physics at a Liberal Arts College

Hillsdale’s physics students are getting the research experience needed to pursue graduate studies in physics as well as computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel: More Than Meets the Eye

Middle-school students will enjoy the action and adventure in The Scarlet Pimpernel. But like the novel’s namesake character, The Scarlet Pimpernel goes deeper and offers more than what one sees on the surface.

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Dinnertime Discussion with the Arnns: The Good

At a dinner exclusive to second-semester seniors, students have one last opportunity before graduation to answer a uniquely Hillsdalian question: what is the good?

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Creators of Culture: The Impact of the Visiting Writers Program

This program looks to invite writers who are in a conscious dialogue with the tradition we study on campus and is an opportunity for students to meet some of the great writers of our time. It has altered the way I look at my own writing.

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Hillsdale’s Necessary Society

Because intellectual discussions can also be lively, social, entertaining, and immediately applicable. And what better way to unwind on a Friday night than to discuss the death penalty over a steaming bowl of chili?

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Seven Reasons to Visit the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market

One of Hillsdale’s hidden gems is the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, a colorful staple downtown during the warmer months of the year.

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BCSI Teacher Spotlight—Sarah Kiesewetter

Sarah Kiesewetter teaches fifth grade at Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, Colorado. Golden View Classical Academy emphasizes seven core virtues: courage, moderation, justice, responsibility, prudence, friendship, and wonder.    Who are your teaching inspirations? I had a literature teacher in high school, Mr. Doyle, who knew more about the classics than anyone I’d ever […]

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Henry V: Studies of a Young King

Unforgettable speeches, excellent rhetoric, epic convention, and a young king taking the throne: See why high school students benefit from a study of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

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Studying Virtue in Painting and Poetry

Each year, millions flock to Vatican City to view the art that defined the Italian Renaissance—including the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican Museums. While marveling at the artistry of these works, we may ask what we can learn from these frescoes, particularly about teaching students the virtue of prudence. Like Raphael’s frescoes, poetry also offers […]

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The Wonder and Enjoyment of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web

By Carin Harner Barney Charter School Initiative Instructional Coach Charlotte’s Web is the wonderful story of a young girl, a young pig, and a spider. It is a story about friendship, loyalty, and the sacrifices that come with friendship. It is about growing up. It is about life and death and how the two are intertwined. While being honest […]

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The Original “Selfie”: Beyond the Surface of a Rembrandt Portrait

These days, it’s easy to take a “selfie.” One tap of your phone screen, and you’ve got it. Self-portraits in paint, on the other hand, are difficult—a thousand brush strokes, a thousand judgments, and hour after painstaking hour of intricate work. The Dutch artist Rembrandt, renowned for his self-portraits, understood that this task of creating […]

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BCSI Staff Spotlight—Eric Coykendall

By Katarzyna Ignatik, ’20 Eric Coykendall has been with the Barney Charter School Initiative for five years—watching the program grow from a staff of three to a staff of 15. The number of schools affiliated with the BCSI has also grown during that time from the single digits to over 20. “We have an affiliation […]

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