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      Dean College Receives NEH Grant to Transform Education in the Humanities


      Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

      Franklin, MA (August 2, 2017) – Dean College is among 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) aimed at supporting vital research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

      This is Dean College’s first grant application submitted and award received from NEH. The College plans to use the awarded funding to infuse the humanities into Core Distribution offerings by developing and piloting two courses in the history of science that incorporate hands-on labs: “History of Science” and “Henrietta Lacks: Medicine, Race, Class, and Gender in America.”

       “Culture shapes science, and science shapes culture,” says Project Director and Associate Professor of History Dr. David Dennis. “From early ideas about the Earth’s place in the cosmos to popular attitudes toward climate change and cancer treatment, the humanities are essential for how we understand the past and present of modern scientific society. This project furthers the ongoing revitalization of the humanities for the twenty-first century at Dean College and beyond. The opportunity to combine history courses with lab science underscores Dean’s record of educational innovation. I look forward to working with science and humanities faculty, as well as external scholars, to bring this groundbreaking curriculum to our students.”

      A full list of grant recipients can be found by visiting


      About Dean College

      Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference. To learn more, visit:

      About the National Endowment for the Humanities

      Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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      Dean College Men's and Women's Cross Country Finish Strong at 2017 NECC Championship


      Dean College Cross Country competes at 2017 NECC Championships

      On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Dean College men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 2017 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Cross Country Championships at Stanley Memorial State Park in Westfield, MA.

      Men's Cross Country Results:
      Four of Dean College's five scoring runners finished in the top 15 and the Bulldogs pushed themselves to a third place performance. 

      Women's Cross Country
      Taking part in their first ever league championship, the Dean College women's cross country team impressed, finishing fifth at the 2017 NECC event. The Bulldogs had four of their five scoring runners complete the 5K course layout in the top 30 as their first season as a member of the aforementioned NECC comes to a close.

      For a detailed recap, visit 

      Congratulations, Bulldogs!

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      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, October 28, 2017


      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, October 28, 2017

      Join Dean College for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand the Dean Difference.

      Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the campus tour, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of your day.

      Representatives of the Office of Admissions staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions. We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

      Register for Saturday with Dean, October 28, 2017. 

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      Dean College Presents: Arts Mosaic, October 27-28, 2017


      Dean College Presents: Arts Mosaic, October 27-28, 2017

      Join us as we showcase Dean College students presenting their dancing and acting skills!

      Arts Mosaic will take place Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th. Join us for an evening of integrated arts: dance, theatre, song, film and more!

      Performances will take place at 8:00 p.m. both Friday and Saturday in the Main Stage within the Dean College Campus Center, 99 Main Street, Franklin. Tickets for the performance are $5-$22 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 508-541-1605.

      Click here to purchase Arts Mosaic tickets online!

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      Dean College Hosts their first eSports Tournament Live, October 19, 2017


      Dean College Hosts their first eSports Tournament Live, October 19, 2017

      Join Dean College for the first-ever eSports tournament on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Dean College Campus Center Atrium.

      Teams of students will be competing against one another in the game of Overwatch for a chance to win prizes, including a Championship belt. May the best team win!

      Produced by the 2017 Senior Sports Management students at Dean College.

      Visit to watch this event live!

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      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, Saturday, October 14, 2017


      Dean College to Host Discover Dean Day, Saturday, October 14, 2017

      Dean College hosts many events throughout the year to help prospective students and families see the Dean Difference firsthand. Discover Dean Days are full day open house programs that include campus tours, presentations and opportunities to meet with faculty, staff and students from throughout the Dean community.

      The following is the schedule for Discover Dean Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017:

      9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
      10:00 Welcome and Overview
      10:45 Academic Fair

      11:15-1:00 Discover the Dean Difference: Explore our campus through a variety of activities that will allow you to visit one-on-one with faculty and staff and get all your questions answered. You will find a voucher in your packet to visit the Smith Dining Center when you are in the mood for lunch.
      To reserve your space, simply register online or contact the Office of Admissions at 508-541-1508 or toll free at 1-877-TRY DEAN.

      **special note**

      The School of the Arts at Dean College will present a matinee performance of Six Characters in Search of An Author on October 14th (Discover Dean Day!) at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Stage. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit
      Additionally, the Franklin Downtown Partnership will be holding its annual Harvest Festival from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in Franklin, just steps from camps! There will be music and entertainment, vendors and crafters, food and free-giveaways and more! 

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