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The Queen Anne style house next door to Bonney Castle is home to Hiram College writers.  It includes the Writing Center, two classrooms, a small kitchenette, space for readings and receptions, and faculty offices.  The house was built in the 1890s for George and Helen Vincent.  Helen ran a boarding house here for students.

Writing House at 6811 Hinsdale

As the College grew, it encouraged any and all construction of buildings in the village to help accommodate larger enrollment.  It was during this time that the first Miller Hall was built, but there was still a need for boardinghouses.  In 1937 Helen Vincent sold the house to Ruth and Ward Whitcomb.  After Ward's death, Ruth remarried and she and Stanley Freeman rented the house to John E. Shambach, a retired Professor of Education.  Sometime later the house (known for many years as the "Freeman House") was deeded to the College, and the College continued to rent it to faculty—including English professor Mary Louise Vincent and French professor George Gautier—until 6811 Hinsdale was converted into the Writing House in 2008.

The Center for Engaged Ethics hosts an annual Campus Day, where students get a day off from classes to perform community service.
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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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