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[Pictured with Andy Nakajima and the Fukushima, Japan students], Patrice Rankine, Dean for the Arts and Humanities (center)


Patrice D. Rankine

Dr. Patrice Rankine
Dean of Arts & Humanities
Hope College








































Welcome to Arts and Humanities (AH) at Hope College, where you can study painting, sculpture, art history and art education, dance, English, history, music, philosophy, religion, theatre, and a number of languages, from Spanish and French and German, to Chinese, Japanese, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Dutch. In other words, we bring the world to you before we send you out into the world. Studying these subjects within the context of a liberal arts college means that you are able, perhaps, to team up with a science and dance professor to study the cortisol levels in dancers as compared to the general population, as one student did. Through the Mellon Scholars Program and other Hope initiatives, you might also produce an academic peer-reviewed publication with a professor on such topics as environmental ethics, archival construction and the making of history, or tradition and innovation in jazz. The Arts and Humanities unleash your creative potential. When I entered college in 1988, much of the world as we now know it did not exist: I had no email, no internet, no cell phone, no Twitter or Facebook. Creative arts and humanistic thinking made the world as we known it today, the world of the 21st century. What's next? The answer lies in you. Come study with us, and be creative!

Patrice Rankine







Congratulations HSRT!

HSRT Receives Two Wilde Awards and 12 Nominations



Fall 2014 Arts and Humanities Symposium

(link to complete booklet)

October 10, 2014

1-4PM at the DeWitt Herrick Room (2nd floor)


Of our many creative faculty, this month, I would like to spotlight Religion Associate Professor Wayne Brouwer and Art Professor Katherine Sullivan.

Wayne was the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Appreciation Award presented at the October 18 Hope College homecoming football game.

Katherine recently selected as a finalist for the 2014 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Visual Art for her paintings! As a finalist, her work will be noted on the Lilly Fellows Program website and in numerous Lilly Fellows Program publications. The winner and finalists will be announced at the Lilly Fellows National conference on September 26, 2014.


Kathleen Verduin (English Department) had a book, Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, ed. Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz (published in the UK by D. S. Brewer), dedicated to her at the 29th International Conference on Medievalism, held this year (24-25 October) at Georgia Tech.

This was the conference that was founded in 1986 by her late husband, Leslie J. Workman (alongside Kathleen). She also gave a plenary address at the conference entitled, "The Times of the Appreciation: Dante among the Americans."

The conference is associated with the series Studies in Medievalism, which Leslie founded in 1979--and for which Kathleen served as Associate Editor from 1982 until 1999.