Annual College Theme

MomentTheme_bannerdesignEach year, a theme is chosen to unite the Mary Baldwin community around a central idea that fosters civic and global engagement. The theme gives definition to the academic year and a way to link together the work of students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and programs.

Past years’ themes have included Courage, Place, Power, Heart, Maps, Voices, Wisdom, and Roots. The theme for 2015–2016 is Moment.

Each year, students in all undergraduate and graduate programs are invited to write an essay or produce a creative piece (e.g. original musical composition, drawing, sculpture, video, poem, performance) that addresses the theme and its relation to civic engagement in a global context. Essays and creative works range from academic inquiry to personal reflections to advocacy positions.  One essay and one creative piece selected by the Spencer Center staff and fellows are presented a college-wide forum. For submission guidelines and deadline, please download the Call for Submissions 2015-16 flier. For additional information contact the Spencer Center at 540-887-7181 or