News and Events


The 20th Black Alumni Reunion was held in March 2010!

Dr. Howard Named African American Trailblazer
Dr. Howard On February 25, at the Library of Virginia, President Christopher Howard was honored as one of the 2010 African American Trailblazers in Virginia History.

In his acceptance remarks, Dr. Howard quoted Sir Isaac Newton, "I can see so far because I stand on shoulders of giants," and looking at his fellow Trailblazers, "they are before me tonight."   He particularly addressed State Senator Henry L. Marsh III, who litigated the cases connected with reopening and integration of the schools in Prince Edward County, "I know that there is a direct connection between the day Barbara Johns led her fellow students out of Moton High School and my standing here as President of Hampden-Sydney College." Full Story...

Interfaith Calendar

19th Annual Black Alumni Mentorship
Reunion Weekend Photo Gallery

Reunion collage

Nikki Giovanni receives MSU t-shirt
MSU Lecture with:
Nikki Giovanni: FINDING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN THE PAST, April 8, 2009 Unity Alliance 2009
Unity Alliance Clothing Drive
Spring Semester 2009

Unity Alliance Panel Discussion:
"What's the Difference?!"

October 29, 2008

Remembering 2008-09 Events


Asian American History

indiaApril 4, 2007

On Tuesday, April 4, a presentation of "Ancient Classical Dance Form of India" will be performed at Hampden-Sydney College by Padma Rasiah Cantu.  This program is a dance showcase of Indian mythology through a delightful form of theatrical entertainment including colorful costumes, sparkling jewelry, and ankle bells.

April 16, 2003

Netane Polynesian Productions, Inc., a six member Hawaiian/Polynesian group, will be here to share the rich and unique culture of this exotic paradise.  Indigenous musicians and hula dancers are all talented, experienced performers, and exhaustively trained in the music and dance of Polynesian cultures. The highlights of the varied, fast-moving show are the fire dances and audience participation.   

April 18, 2002

Dr. Franklin Odo and company will give a presentation on issues facing Asian Americans. Dr. Odo is the Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Studies Program at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. 


Disabilities Awareness


Michael Aronin's
"Walking the Talk ... Well, Kind Of ..."
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Crawley Forum, 7:30 pm

October was designated by Congress in 1988 to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Intercultural Affairs is pleased to announce this year's featured speaker, motivational humorist Michael Aronin. As a physically challenged nationally acclaimed speaker, Michael teaches his audiences how to get past personal shortcomings and move forward productively in their careers. Being both a comedian and motivational speaker, he is able to make this difficult topic both entertaining and enlightening.

Although few people ever voice their apprehensions about working with disabled staff members, feelings of uncertainty often exist. To get rid of this hidden problem, Michael has developed a sequence of steps that provides sound advice on how to work together. Throughout this talk, people with and without disabilities will explore ways to create a comfortable and productive work environment. As a result, a great mutual respect and a whole new level of productive cooperation are achieved.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, he now educates students and teachers nationwide about mastering the art of rising above to achieve one's dream in life. Having been mainstreamed from kindergarten on, Michael now shares his valuable insights to help students understand the day-to-day challenges one with an obvious disability faces. By teaching students and faculty how to control their own destinies, Michael proves that people can overcome challenging times.

Religious Diversity

November 6, 2001

Dr. Carolivia Herron will give a talk entitled "One Hundred Percent Both," a story of her life as an African American Jew and research on the subject. In addition to her talk, she will launch her unreleased book related to this topic. Dr. Herron draws from her experiences speaking to large issues of racism, sexism, and First Amendment issues. She will also work with a Hampden-Sydney professor and be a guest speaker for one our English classes.


Same Sex Marriage Debate
October 20, 2005
Crawley Forum, 7pm

Same Sex Marriage DebateA Civil Debate on Same-Sex Marriage
Is same-sex marriage good for society? As legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships, the heated debate will be explored at Hampden-Sydney College on Thursday, October 20.

John Corvino, philosopher, moralist, gay-rights advocate, and Glenn Stanton, family theorist, author, Christian and cultural apologist will bring clarity and civility to this debate. While Corvino and Stanton disagree on many issues, they share a profound commitment to reasoned dialogue and helping people understand the importance of these matters.

Sponsored by the Offices of Student Activities and Intercultural Affairs, the debate, free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 PM in Crawley Forum.

Glenn T. Stanton is the Senior Analyst for Marriage and Sexuality and the Director of Social Research and Cultural Affairs at Focus on the Family. Glenn has authored or contributed to nine books on the intersection of family and cutting social issue, including Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society and Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting. Glenn has been on television and serves as a consultant to the Bush Administration on increasing father involvement in the Head Start program.

John Corvino holds a PhD. In philosophy and teaches at Wayne State University, where he specializes in ethical theory and applied ethics. He is the editor of Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality. His articles and columns have appeared in numerous scholarly anthologies. His audiences have included professional organizations, the Lawrence Livermore National Research Laboratory, the National Institutes of Health, and several colleges and universities.








March 5, 2003

Abbie KearseWomen's History
Wednesday, March 5
Crawley Forum, 7:30 PM
Journalist Abbie Kearse, a Peabody award winner and MTV news reporter, who is often called "Rock & Roll's Barbara Walters," will speak about women's issues.