Centers of Distinction

Centers of Distinction fuel interdisciplinary study at Hiram.

They have added new degree and certificate programs, seminars, competitions, workshops and internships. They provide, in essence, an education on steroids. Through Centers, students from any major can:

  • Develop plans for new businesses and social ventures – and start running them
  • Master Organic Chemistry or Music Theory while training in Hospice
  • Travel to Washington to interact directly with key leaders developing our domestic and foreign policy
  • Partner with faculty and staff to establish Hiram's Sustainability Goals
  • Teach Genomics to high schoolers, while taking on their own research project
  • Edit and publish a professional literary journal
  • Become a campus leader in a service partnership within our community

Centers of Distinction offer the opportunity to know, to do, to dare.

The Center for Engaged Ethics hosts an annual Campus Day, where students get a day off from classes to perform community service.
In March 2012, the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship hosted the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's idealabs 2012 competition. Several area colleges attended.
The Center for Literature and Medicine began a Disease by Performance course for the 2011-2012 academic year, where students wrote a play about autism, and performed it across the state to raise awareness.
The Center for Scientific Engagement regularly conducts research and programming at the James H. Barrow Field Station.
The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership launched a study to gauge the mood of young voters leading up to the 2012 presidential election. Scholar-in-residence Jason Johnson has provided commentary on the study on national media.
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature hosts a Visiting Authors Series each year. In 2012, Thrity Umrigar, author of "The Space Between Us" gave a convocation and book signing on campus.
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