Academic Centers

Haverford’s Libraries and three Academic Centers—the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC), the John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for Arts and Humanities (HCAH), and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC)—are an integral part of the intellectual community for students and faculty at Haverford College. The Libraries are a multi-modal learning hub for access and engagement with traditional and digital scholarship, and they are a fundamental locus for faculty and student research. The Centers instantiate the many ways in which the academic disciplines interconnect, and they formalize elements of cross-disciplinary engagement, a hallmark of the College’s liberal arts curriculum. Together, the Academic Centers and Libraries forge connections throughout the curriculum, creating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and pedagogical learning opportunities.

Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC)

The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) advances Haverford’s longstanding commitment to peace and social justice through research, education, and action. The Center integrates innovative scholarship and responsible civic engagement around contemporary issues of global significance. With its commitment to knowledge as the foundation for effective action, the Center embodies Haverford’s scholarly and ethical mission as a premier liberal arts college.

The Center achieves this mission by supporting student and faculty scholarship connected to key global issues of the day. Through its various programs and funds, the Center serves as a bridge between theory taught in the classroom and practical experience both on and off campus. Its strategic goal is to assist members of the Haverford community develop their skills as effective agents of social change.

For more information on the CPGC and its programs, visit https://www.haverford.edu/CPGC.

The John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH)

The John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH) supports the intellectual and artistic ambitions of faculty, students and staff. Housed in the VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) facility, the Center fosters collaboration, experimentation, and critical thought through seminars, symposia, research and curricular support, working and reading groups, arts and performance residencies, exhibitions and visual culture programming. Our initiatives reach beyond the local and familiar to connect with diverse communities of writers, artists, scholars, and performers, and with thinkers and activists of all kinds.

The HCAH has a deep commitment to the arts and coordinates the Tuttle Creative Programs, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and the Campus Exhibitions Program. Through vigorous inquiry and innovative artistic practice, the Hurford Center works across the campus to cultivate interdisciplinary connections between humanistic endeavors and ethical currents in the wider public.

For more information on the HCAH and its programs, visit https://www.haverford.edu/HCAH.

The Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC)

The Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC) catalyzes and facilitates programs that maintain Haverford’s position at the leading edge of academic excellence in the sciences. To this end, the KINSC promotes scientific scholarship involving close collaboration between faculty and students and provides opportunities for these collaborations to expand beyond the borders of the Haverford campus.

The KINSC is unique among Haverford’s three academic centers in that it is both a building and a program. The 185,000 square-foot building is the epicenter of natural science research at Haverford. It was constructed to facilitate sharing of instruments, methodology, and expertise across disciplines and to contribute to a climate of cooperative problem solving and investigation.

The KINSC comprises the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Science. To supplement the efforts of the departments, the KINSC supports interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborations. In addition to directly funding students and faculty, the KINSC supports academic activities initiated with outside grants and individual faculty awards.

The programming and funding functions of the KINSC support the faculty and students of these departments as well as others within the college who wish to pursue research in the sciences. The KINSC funds individual research projects and also sponsors symposia, curricular initiatives, courses, and scholarly projects that go beyond the bounds of a single discipline and involve students and faculty from multiple departments.

For more information on the KINSC and its programs, visit https://www.haverford.edu/KINSC.

Libraries

The Haverford College Libraries provide resources and services that support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Haverford community. Through instruction sessions and individual consultations, librarians introduce students to resources, research strategies, evaluative skills, close critical readings of texts, and the iterative process of research. Librarians work with students at all stages of their projects, from ?rst-year seminar assignments to senior theses, helping students refine their topics and questions, locate and obtain relevant materials, and analyze and use those material effectively and ethically. Further, the Libraries are home to a robust Digital Scholarship program, an internationally-regarded Quaker & Special Collections, an Exhibitions program featuring student-curated shows, an Internship and Fellowship program, and several different Lecture series that engage the campus and wider communities on a variety of questions and topics.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, while the main library is under construction, students will have access to library services in Founders, the Union Music Library, the White Science Library, the Astronomy Library, and Roberts 009. 

Most subject librarians will be available for consultation in Founders Great Hall. The science and music librarians will remain in their respective libraries. Inter-Library Loan, Cataloging, Acquisitions, and Circulation services will be located in the Science Library. Digital Scholarship librarians and administrative staff may be found in Roberts 009. Quaker & Special Collections will be closed, with staff located in Roberts 009 or working with collections at an off-site facility.

A curated, browse-able, portion of the circulating collections may be found in the Science Library and in the Printmaking building; all other books will be pulled as needed from the warehouse and delivered to one of several campus libraries.  In addition, as part of the Tri-College Libraries system, Haverford students have access to collections at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges.

For more information on the Libraries and their programs, visit https://library.haverford.edu. For more information on our exciting renovation, please see https://www.haverford.edu/library-building-project.