AlumnaeApr 2, 2021
— updated Apr 6, 2021
Your chance to learn from amazing faculty
Alumnae often say they wish they could be an MHS student today. Now you can be!
As part of this year’s virtual Reunion, alumnae will have the chance to experience a Miss Hall’s class from some of our amazing teachers. These “master class” sessions will be drawn from our new Hallmark courses and will give alumnae a taste of what it’s like to be a student in 2021.
Alumnae in reuniting classes (those ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6) do not need to sign up for specific sessions. They can pop in and out during Alumnae Weekend 2021. Alumnae in other classes are also welcome! Signup for alums in classes ending in 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 is necessary for Zoom access.
Hallmark courses are the most advanced in our curriculum and entirely unique to Miss Hall’s. These dynamic classes are designed by our faculty and specifically tailored to the curiosity, passion, and intellect of our students. By definition, they involve deep exploration and inquiry, and help students practice the skills that are sought by top colleges — research and writing, abstract thinking, evaluation and synthesis of complex information.
Friday, May 14, 4 p.m. Eastern
Hallmark Democracy offers students the chance to dig deeper as we explore topics of national interest and personal focus. While the course serves as a primer on American government, we also try to explore issues of current importance that flare up in front of us: for example, the recent national election, an ugly administrative transition, and the current debate over the future of the Senate filibuster serve as intellectual fodder for conversation and exploration.
“So many different things shape our political experiences,” History Department Chair Matthew Rutledge says, “and I want to get the students into some theory and into some practice.”
During the Reunion session, Matt Rutledge and a handful of upperclasswomen from his Hallmark class will craft a set of essential questions about the practice — and/or malpractice — of democracy in the United States today. Alums should expect to meet and converse with remarkable young women who are curious about the country they’re inheriting and how to make it a better place.
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Saturday, May 15, 9:30 a.m. Eastern
Hallmark Computer Science helps students understand the fundamentals and ethics of artificial intelligence systems (AI), while also allowing them the space to create their own AI system (using Python) and apply it to a real-world problem.
“I want students to leave the class with a proficiency in programming, as well as an awareness of the career opportunities available in this and related disciplines,” says Chris Himes, Ph.D, MHS Director of Engineering & Technology Innovation / STEAM Coordinator. “I also want them to see directly how it can be applied to different disciplines, even if they’re not interested in pursuing programming.”
During this 1-hour Reunion master class, participants will experience the state-of-the-art Hopper Innovation Lab, work with students to design an AI system to tackle a specific problem — no coding required! — and address some of the ethical questions that are raised.
Hallmark Art Intensive
Saturday, May 15, 1:30 p.m. Eastern
In this rigorous, year-long course, students from a range of artistic backgrounds — ceramics, photography, painting, and drawing — improve their technique, learn how to offer and receive feedback from artists in different disciplines, and ultimately develop a 20-piece solo gallery show.
This course is taught by Studio Art Teacher — and working artist! — Ellie Spangler.
Alumnae participants during Reunion will explore the concepts behind building a series of artworks. Learn how to activate your design-mind by iterating your doodles while also looking at contemporary artists’ work to understand how bodies of work are generated. Join breakout rooms with fellow classmates to share doodles and brainstorm ideas to help current students in Hallmark Art Intensive build series off of their most successful pieces. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper. No preparation or artistic skills required!
History of American Advertising
Saturday, May 15, 4 p.m. Eastern
This Hallmark course tackles a subject that is ever-present, yet seldom analyzed: advertising. Students trace the development of ads from the late 19th century to the present, drawing from fields as disparate as history, economics, and business. In the second semester, self-designed projects allow students to analyze a particular facet of modern advertising in-depth.
“We will look at advertising as an industry and as a business, but we will also look at it as cultural artifacts that can tell us something about the time period in which they were produced,” says History Teacher Liza Burbank, Ph.D., whose dissertation was on the subject.
Participants in the Reunion master class will get an overview of the course and home in on one particular time period of advertising history, discussing trends and identifying themes both visual and written. They'll then try to connect these themes to advertising seen today in various corners of our lives.