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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 3:40pm
Hot and Cold History: Discovering the Past through Archaeology and Museums

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History is nothing more than the discovery and interpretation of stories. Though each of us experienced different outlets of history, our internships all explored how history is made and how it is experienced today. Two panel members worked on archaeological digs, which are notoriously hot locations in the literal sense, as well as thought-of sites of groundbreaking discoveries. The other two members worked in museums, which are cold for the sake of the artifacts and assumed to be static keepers of the past. Our panelists explore the truths and misconceptions behind these stereotypes as they discuss how to tell tales from long ago.


Geoffrey Sumi

Professor of Classics

avatar for Alexandra  Brennan

Alexandra Brennan

The Future of the Past, Ancient Studies and Religion Major
How do museums balance the need for preservation and innovation? How can museums educate new visitors and get those visitors to come back more than once? How can historic sites function as both a community event space and a museum? This summer, I had the opportunity to work as an... Read More →
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Xinyi Hu

Bringing the Past to the Present: Archaeological Fieldwork in Idalion, History & Psychology Major
How does archaeology help us learn about the past? What does the life of an archaeologist look like? This summer, I dug in Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, an archaeological project excavating an ancient city kingdom in Dhali, Cyprus. I participated in the whole digging process... Read More →
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Robin Pegau

The Elders Were Wild: Research and Organization at a Small Town's Museum and Library, Sociology and Computer Science Major
What makes a community? What can the past tell us about our present? While working within my home town of Cordova, Alaska’s museum and library, I found myself in the lifeblood of my community, working with both the past and the present. While I helped create museum exhibits, did... Read More →
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Margaret Randall-Neppl

How Do We Know? Producing Historical Knowledge through Archeology, Anthropology and Latin Major
A theory is only good for as long as it takes to be refuted by a new discovery. This is true for archaeology as much as for any other science. While working at the Villa del Virgigno Archaeological Project in Montelupo, Italy this summer, I was able to witness firsthand as a variety... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clapp 306