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Campus News

August 25, 2021

GC's Ryan Harrod to present "Hard Labor and Hostile Encounters"

College's Joan Crawford Lecture Series scheduled to start this fall

Ryan Harrod

Dr. Ryan Harrod (Chief Academic Officer) at Garrett College.

Dr. Ryan Harrod, dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Garrett College, will present "Hard Labor and Hostile Encounters: Chinese Immigrants and the Transcontinental Railroad" as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Room 202 (STEM Building) at the Garrett College campus in McHenry. A short refreshment and social event will follow in the College's library & learning commons.

Dr. Harrod holds a master's of arts and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in anthropology, with a specialization in biological anthropology and the study of human skeletal remains. He has been serving as Garrett College's chief academic officer since July 1, 2021.

In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series. Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, had served the College community for more than 30 years. She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the public and community members are invited to attend. For more information, persons may contact Jenny Meslener at 301-387-3022 or

All individuals planning to attend must follow Garrett College's COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including wearing a mask indoors and completing the daily health assessment upon arrival. The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at