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Schedule - Div IV: Social Change

Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10, 2012

 

Friday, June 8
 
   
Noon -
7 p.m.

Registration
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

Hospitality Lounge
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge
The perfect place to catch up with friends, check email, grab a quick snack, or just relax.

8:30 a.m. -
4:00 p.m.

Bookstore
Johnson Library Center

8:30 a.m.–
4:30 p.m.

Harold F. Johnson Library
Johnson Library Center

10 a.m. -
4 p.m.

Gallery
Johnson Library Center

In the gallery, Youth Action Coalition of Amherst, MA showcases a wide range of youth programs and artists dealing with a variety of concepts. YAC youth present work covering a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from examining women’s role in society to exploring the daily lives of young people in Western Massachusetts. The work itself ranges from a collaborative metal bench covered in photographs to a mannequin collaged with photos and drawings, stunning video installations, and engaging photographic journeys.
Noon-5 p.m. Jerome Liebling Exhibit
Liebling Center
A tribute exhibition of Jerome Liebling's photographs. Twenty-seven monumental images (many are over three feet wide) will be on display. The photographs are from the last exhibition Liebling curated of his own work, a summer 2010 show entitled, "Capturing the Human Spirit," at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.

Renowned photographer Liebling teamed up with master printer Jonathan Singer of Boson, using digital printing techniques to create these exceptional images from black-and-white and color-film negatives dating from 1947 to 1996. Details and definition are revealed in the monumental photographs, which were hidden in prints one quarter their size.

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1 p.m.
Session I:
 

Bridging Movements to Build Climate Justice
Franklin Patterson Hall, Classroom 106
Roundtable discussion about what it means to put equity and justice at the center of advocating for and building better climate policy, and how the climate justice movement can be broadened and strengthened by building bridges with other progressive movements for reproductive justice, environmental justice, and immigrant and indigenous rights.

The Minister's War: Screening and Panel Discussion about Courage
Yiddish Book Center
The Minister's War is the story of two Unitarians, Minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, who risked their lives to help save thousands of Jews and other refugees in the wake of WW II. Leaving their two young children behind in Wellesley, MA, the couple undertook multiple volunteer missions. While the Sharps afforded refugees, particularly children, the opportunity to escape the horrors of the Nazi agenda, they also tested the limits of their own family unit. Through the inspiring true story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, The Minister's War offers a timeless lesson about human sacrifice and courage.
1-5 p.m. Book Sales
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Nat Herold 74S, co-owner, Amherst Books, will be selling books by the weekend's presenters.

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2-4 p.m.

Workshop I:

Writing for Social Change
Franklin Patterson Hall, Classroom 108
"Words have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, raised armies, started wars, and ended them. Writers can change minds, alter the way people think, transform our definitions of right and wrong. But wielding words to change the world is not simple." In this workshop, we will explore what 'writing social change' might mean for each of us, and take seriously the idea that the act of writing transforms "writers," too.

  • N.S.Koenings, author and assistant professor of fiction writing
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2:30 p.m.

Session II:

Occupying Social Change
Franklin Patterson Hall, Classroom 106
A critical inquiry of what Occupy means: did it "succeed," and if so, how? Compare and contrast with prior broad social movements: Was it "Occupy Everything," or any individual "Occupy;" or really "Our Tahrir Square," as some claimed in the early days?

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Open Swim
Robert Crown Center, Pool

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4 p.m.

Session III:

The Future of Food and Entrepreneurship
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
Provocative conversation about how business can and must lead a fundamental shift in the way we think about food, our relationship to the planet and nature, and a new sustainable economy. In conjunction with Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute.
5:30-8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner
Red Barn
Join us for the welcome reception and dinner (served at 6:30), with remarks by Jonathan Lash, president, and Killara Burn, director of Alumni and Family Relations. (Cash bar)
8-11 p.m.

Coffee House and Wine Bar
Prescott, Tavern
Div III Presentations (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

8-9 p.m. Speed Networking
Red Barn
Meet Div IV participants in a fun and fast-paced event.
   

 

Saturday, June 9
 

 

7 a.m.

Chores at the Farm Center
Farm Center, Dairy Barn
Lend a hand to help Leslie Cox and Hampshire students at the Farm Center. Please be on time! Coffee will be served.

8 a.m.-
4 p.m.

Registration
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

Hospitality Lounge
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge
The perfect place to catch up with friends, check email, grab a quick snack, or just relax.

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge
8:30-4:00 p.m. Book Sales
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Nat Herold 74S, co-owner, Amherst Books, will be selling books by the weekend's presenters.

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9 a.m.-Noon

Workshop II:

Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives
Franklin Patterson Hall, Classroom 108
An interactive, fun, hands-on workshop that will give participants a chance to experience and learn about Co-opoly. Through a structured gameplay session, participants will learn about cooperatives and the cooperative movement. There will be time to discuss the game itself and brainstorm ways we can improve our own efforts through democratic control and ethical principles.

  • Andrew Stachiw 06F, co-creator, Co-opoly
  • Brian Van Slyke 06F, co-creator, Co-opoly

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 9 a.m.

Session IV:

De Rerum Natura
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Alums and colleagues from the early 70s will remember weekly all-College meetings with courses attached contributing to the central theme. We read Thoreau and redid his trip down the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. We integrated the arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. De Rerum Natura (of things natural) led to clean, sustainable, wild, organic--to ecology and environmental quality. Knowing was not enough.

10 a.m. -
4 p.m.

Harold F. Johnson Library, Gallery, and Bookstore
Johnson Library Center

In the gallery, Youth Action Coalition of Amherst, MA showcases a wide range of youth programs and artists dealing with a variety of concepts. YAC youth present work covering a broad spectrum of issues ranging from examining women’s role in society to exploring the daily lives of young people in Western Massachusetts. The work itself ranges from a collaborative metal bench covered in photographs, to a mannequin collaged with photos and drawings, stunning video installations, and engaging photographic journeys.

Jerome Liebling Exhibit
Liebling Center
A tribute exhibition of Jerome Liebling's photographs. Twenty-seven monumental images (many are over three feet wide) will be on display. The photographs are from the last exhibition Liebling curated of his own work, a summer 2010 show entitled, "Capturing the Human Spirit," at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.

Renowned photographer Liebling teamed up with master printer Jonathan Singer of Boson, using digital printing techniques to create these exceptional images from black-and-white and color-film negatives dating from 1947 to 1996. Details and definition are revealed in the monumental photographs, which were hidden in prints one quarter their size.

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10:30 a.m.
Session V:

"Chimes of Freedom:" Musical Activism
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Music helps us define, shape, and, ultimately, change society. In giving a voice to the voiceless, music can empower those at the margins through the work of cultural activists. This roundtable addresses the issues of music, performance, and activism. Our panel presents Hampshire alums who work in the public sector and the academy. Their work variously seeks to engage the general public and students in educational settings in issues of cultural representation, performance, and generating political and social change through music.

Common Reading: A Thousand Sisters
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
Discussion with the author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, based on her experiences as a grassroots activist in the U.S. working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo.

11:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m.

Lunch Discussions
Dining Commons
Conversations, led by alums, offer chances to meet others with shared interests and engage in lively discussion. Topics include:

Sustainable Justice: the Life of a Nonprofit

Changing Policy: Paddles, Spokes, and People

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1:30 p.m.

Session VI:

Imaginative Interventions: Creativity and Social Change
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
A roundtable discussion of the arts and social change. How do people working with creative forms approach the engagement of hearts and minds, and even the daily practice of living?

  • Jill Lewis, professor of literature and gender studies
  • Daphne A. Lowell, professor of dance and movement studies
  • Colin Twitchell 78F, director, Lemelson Center
  • Beth Ferguson 96F, designer and founding director, Sol Design Lab
  • Kamil Peters 07F, artist and educator
  • Adelind Horan 09S, playwright and actor

The Message
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
Panel on the challenges of conveying information and shaping the public discourse effectively. Whether through books, social media, or the media, the message about the earth's dwindling resources, climate change, and the need for social change is not being widely absorbed. How can we communicate alternative concepts and analyses in today’s saturated media space? How can we make leaders and the public hear so they will do what so desperately needs doing?

  • Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace studies and world security studies and defense correspondent, The Nation
  • Kert Davies 80F, research director, Greenpeace
  • Benjamin Mako Hill 99F, Ph.D. candidate and research fellow in the Center for Civic Media, the Sloan School, M.I.T.
2-5 p.m.

Open Swim
Robert Crown Center, Pool

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3 p.m.

Session VII:

Life of an Activist
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Personal stories of activism from Jonathan Lash and Marlene Gerber Fried. As president of the World Resources Institute, Jonathan was profiled in Rolling Stone’s “Warriors and Heroes,” as one of 25 leaders “fighting to stave off the planet-wide catastrophe." An activist and advocate, he has dedicated his professional life to environmental sustainability and social justice. Marlene, a long-time activist for reproductive freedom and social justice, is an author and the founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Moving Changes
Music and Dance Building, Dance Studio
Hit refresh. This session will offer time to reflect on the events of the day in non-verbal, three-dimensional, embodied ways. We’ll test the weight, dimension, and scale of ideas in bones, brain, and sinew. We’ll listen to perceptions below persona, and take time to absorb, digest, sort, and release, by steeping body and soul in the neural, chemical refreshment of moving and being still. Come one, come all. This session is intended for anyone who can breathe.

4:15 p.m. Flash Sessions
Franklin Patterson Hall, Classroom 108
Inspired by the weekend? Want to present your own idea about social change? Sign up at the registration desk to present a 10-minute (or less) session on the topic of your choice.
5 p.m.

Class of 1972 Reunion Reception
Home of the President
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry class of 1972! Class photo at 6 p.m. Join the class back on campus for dinner following the reception.

Class of 1987 Reunion Reception
Prescott, Tavern
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry class of 1987! Class photo at 5:30 p.m.

6-7 p.m. Saturday Evening Reception
Dining Commons
Join us for a wine and cheese reception.
7-10 p.m.

Dinner and a Show
Dining Commons
Join us for dinner (cash bar) and a one-woman documentary play:

Cry of the Mountain

  • Adelind Horan 09S, playwright and actor

First imagined and performed as Adelind's Div III, the play is now touring the country. Twelve characters and a banjo. Verbatim stories about mountaintop removal from America's coalfields as told by coal miners, mining executives, mountaineers, hillbillies, scholars, and activists.

7 p.m. Class of 1972 Dinner
Dakin Living Room
   

 

Sunday, June 10
 

 

8 a.m.-
1 p.m.

Registration and Check-out
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby

Hospitality Lounge
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge
The perfect place to catch up with friends, check email, grab a quick snack, or just relax.

8-9 a.m. Breakfast
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lounge
workshop

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Workshop III:

Photovoltaics
Lemelson Center
Participants get a grasp on how much electricity we consume in our every day lives. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of setting up, using, and maintaining a small-scale, off-grid photovoltaic array system.

  • Donna Cohn, visiting assistant professor of applied design
  • Beth Ferguson 96F, designer and founding director, Sol Design Lab
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9:30 a.m.

Session VIII:

Reshaping Communities: The Transition Movement
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
The Transition Movement, an innovative response to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship, and dwindling supplies of cheap energy, has taken hold at Hampshire. Participants will discuss the origins of Transition communities, successful local projects (in food, transportation, energy, education, housing, waste management, and the arts), and Transition Hampshire, a new on-campus organization focused on transforming the College into its own self-sustaining, resilient community.

  • Jill Lewis, professor of literature and gender studies
  • Roxanne Finn, associate director, Lemelson Center
  • Jon Butler S11, founding member of Transition Hampshire

International Social Action
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
Roundtable discussion about effecting social change internationally. Yasmina and Rachel work in Africa; Miriam, in Central America. Each will describe their work and share some of their daily challenges and triumphs.

10 a.m.-
1 p.m.

Harold F. Johnson Library  
Johnson Library Center

11-11:30 a.m. The Letter Project
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Write a letter to new students welcoming them into the Hampshire community and encouraging them to use a Hampshire education to change the world.
11:30 a.m.-
12:45 p.m.

Farewell Lunch
Dining Commons

Noon-3 p.m.

Harold F. Johnson Gallery
Johnson Library Center

In the gallery, Youth Action Coalition of Amherst, MA showcases a wide range of youth programs and artists dealing with a variety of concepts. YAC youth present work covering a broad spectrum of issues ranging from examining women’s role in society to exploring the daily lives of young people in Western Massachusetts. The work itself ranges from a collaborative metal bench covered in photographs, to a mannequin collaged with photos and drawings, stunning video installations, and engaging photographic journeys.

Noon - 5 p.m.

Jerome Liebling Exhibit
Liebling Center
A tribute exhibition of Jerome Liebling's photographs. Twenty-seven monumental images (many are over three feet wide) will be on display. The photographs are from the last exhibition Liebling curated of his own work, a summer 2010 show entitled, "Capturing the Human Spirit," at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.

Renowned photographer Liebling teamed up with master printer Jonathan Singer of Boson, using digital printing techniques to create these exceptional images from black-and-white and color-film negatives dating from 1947 to 1996. Details and definition are revealed in the monumental photographs, which were hidden in prints one quarter their size.

1-3 p.m. Jerome Liebling Memorial Service
Robert Crown Center
Celebrate the life and work of Jerome Liebling at a public memorial service. A reception will follow in the Liebling Center. More >>
   

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Hands-on activities led by experts. $10 activity fee.

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Academic presentations, panels, and talks. Seventy-five minutes long. Included in registration fee.

   

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