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Saturday: Culture, Mind, and Body

7 a.m.
Chores at the Farm Center *
Farm Center, Dairy Barn
Lend a hand to help Leslie Cox, farm manager; 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

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

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Workshop: Noticing is the Beginning of Change...
Music and Dance Building, Small Dance Studio
This movement session melds Pilates, imagery techniques, and joyful movement in a way we all have been missing. A series of integrated exercises helps us focus on where we are in our bodies and helps us get closer to where we would like to be. Feet, shoulder, and pelvic girdles will all be happier after this session. It's never too late!

  • Laurie Masterton Tuchman 74F, dancer; Pilates practitioner; educator; equestrian
  • Facilitated by Becky Nordstrom, professor of dance, Hampshire College

From Assessment to Avatars: Mental Health in the 21st Century
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
This panel examines the changing landscape of mental health assessment and treatment, particularly in relation to developmental disorders such as autism that have shifted in terms of how they are assessed, the populations that are affected (once seen as a disorder of childhood, as these children become adults new challenges emerge), as well as how technology and technological advances change the way we treat disorders.

  • Walter Greenleaf 75S P12, founder and CEO, Greenleaf Medical Systems; director, The Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Roberto Tuchman 73F, pediatric neurologist; founding director of The Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center; director, The Autism and Neurodevelopment Program
  • Lorraine Wolf 75F, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; director, disability services, Boston University
  • Moderated by Jane Couperus, associate professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience; director, Culture, Brain, and Development, Hampshire College

10:30 a.m.-Noon
The Future of the Brain
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
This talk will focus on the future of neuroscience, and what it will mean for medicine, artificial intelligence, and understanding human nature. Can computers simulate the human brain? Will Obama's BRAIN Initiative revolutionize neuroscience? How close are we to understanding the operation of the human brain? Conversation to follow.

  • Sean Hill 87F, professor of neuroinformatics; executive director, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; professor, The Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Gary Marcus 86F, author of Guitar Zero, professor of psychology at NYU, and frequent blogger for The New Yorker
  • Lee Spector, professor of computer science, Hampshire College
  • Neil Stillings, professor of psychology, Hampshire College

Getting Reacquainted with Hampshire *
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall (rain location for a virtual tour)
Enjoy revisiting your favorite places on campus and explore the sites for exciting new building projects.

  • Jaana Cutson 85F, president of the board, The Hitchock Center
  • Kira McCoy 09F, Hampshire College Admissions

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Dining Commons

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Lunch conversation with President Jonathan Lash
Dining Commons
Jonathan Lash will speak on the state of the College, followed by a question and answer period.

1 p.m.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Trauma in America
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

  • Henry Astor 88F, documentary film maker and visual anthropologist
  • Introduction by Pamela Stone 86F, visiting assistant professor of biological anthropology; associate director, Culture, Brain, and Development, Hampshire College

Workshop: The Science of Stress
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
Have some fun exploring the mind-body connection. Participants will be introduced to multiple methods for detecting a stress response, and then get to play with them in some simple activities. This is a low-key, low-stress (promise!) workshop that will introduce you to some of the techniques Hampshire students are using to learn about the biology of stress. Come try a stress dot, a galvanic skin conductance recorder, and more.

  • Cynthia Gill, associate professor of physiology; faculty steering committee member, Culture, Brain, and Development, Hampshire College

2-5 p.m.
Open Swim
Robert Crown Center, Pool

2 p.m.
Bodies, Pleasures, and Disruptions: Sexuality in U.S. Society
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall
What pleasures, secrets, shames, and joys do our sexualities contain? How can we think and talk about our sexualities within a complex, contradictory, and confusing culture? How can we create action and activism around key issues confronting us as we move further into the 21st century? Through a combination of personal perspectives and experiences and academic scholarship, the panelists will address these questions.

  • Lauren Mitchell 03F, co-founder, The Doula Project
  • Rebecca Plante 86F, associate professor of sociology, Ithaca College and author of Sexualities in Context: A Social Perspective
  • Rom Weber 87F, sexologist and spiritual medium; owner, Communications In Spirit
  • Moderated by Pamela Stone 86F, visiting assistant professor of biological anthropology, Hampshire College

On the Archaeology of Mind: Animal Emotions and How the Brain Generates Human Affective Feelings and Implications for New Psychiatric Treatments
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
This talk will focus on our emerging understanding of the neural circuits that control natural emotional behaviors and their rewarding and punishing properties. Not only does this provide a new (constitutive) understanding of how emotional feelings are created in human brains, but it also highlights possible foundations of consciousness and suggests new treatments for psychiatric disorders.

  • Jaak Panksepp, Professor and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal and Well-Being Science, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University; Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Bowling Green State University; head, Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University

3:30 p.m.
Film Screening: Bitter Honey (a documentary film in progress)
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
A documentary film in progress, Bitter Honey offers a dynamic, intimate, and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous Balinese families. Shot over a four-year period on the island of Bali, Indonesia, this feature-length film draws attention to the plight of Balinese women in polygamous marriages, which are frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, economic hardship, infidelity, and domestic violence. Due to a social structure where men predominate in many domains, these women are often left with little voice. Bitter Honey draws attention to their struggle, documents those making courageous efforts to better protect and empower them, and aims to trigger a wider conversation about contemporary polygamy and women’s rights in contemporary Indonesia.

Flash Sessions
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Share what you've been working on since Hampshire and learn about your fellow alums at the same time. Do you make visual art? Do you work with homeless youth? Have you written a song? Invented something? Speakers will have 7 minutes to present their work in a lecture style format, slide-show, video, performance, etc.

5:30-6:00 p.m.
Reception
Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Celebrating ten years of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research-Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain, and Development. All are welcome to attend and celebrate.

6-7 p.m.
Dinner
Dining Commons

Reunion Celebrations

Class of 1973 Reunion Reception starts at 5 p.m.
Red Barn
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry class of 1973. Class photo at 6 p.m.

Class of 1988 Reunion Reception starts at 7 p.m.
Prescott, Tavern
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry class of 1988. Class photo at 7:30 p.m.

Class of 1993 Reunion Reception starts at 7 p.m.
Liebling Gallery, Jerome Liebling Building
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the entry class of 1993. Class photo at 7:45 p.m. Join the class back on campus for dinner following the reception.

Class of 1998 Reunion Reception starts at 7 p.m.
Bridge, Robert Crown Center
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the entry class of 1998. Class photo at 8 p.m.

Class of 2003 Reunion Reception starts at 7 p.m.
Location TBD
Classmates and friends are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the entry class of 2003. Class photo at 8:15 p.m.

 

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Amherst, MA 01002
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