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Family and Friends Weekend 2009

Sustaining Community; Building the Future
October 15-18, 2009

SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009



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Thursday, October 15

Registration

Open Classes

Admissions Information Session and Guided Tour

Will America Collapse Due to Climate Change?

The Clean House



Friday, October 16

Registration

Meet the House Directors (by appointment only)

Open Classes

Financial Aid Office  

Admissions Information Session and Guided Tour 

A Hampshire Alum's Spiritual Journey

The Hampshire College Lemelson Center: Design and Innovation for Social Change

Global Education Office and Career Options Resource Center Information Tables

"Constituency Chat" about Strategic Planning with Mark Spiro (RSVP required)

Panel Discussion: Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change

Tai Chi Introductory Class

Local Food Dinner ($8 at door)

President’s Reception

Services and Kosher Shabbat Dinner (RSVP required)

Choreographers Show and Tell (ticket required)

The Clean House (ticket required)



Saturday, October 17

Registration

Admissions Information Session and Guided Tour 

Meet the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) staff (by appointment only)

Panel Discussion: World Food: Demand and Distribution, Culture and Cultivation, Nutrition and Technology

Panel Discussion: Sustaining Rural Communities: A Global Perspective

Women's Soccer Game v. Briarwood College

Lunch with Professor Emeritus Ray Coppinger: Why a Farm at a Liberal Arts College?

Farm Festival: 30th Anniversary of the Farm Center

Meet Tomie dePaola (free with admission to the Eric Carle Museaum)

Hampshire College Chorus: Open Dress-Rehersal

Men's Soccer Game v. Sarah Lawrence College

The Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center as a SOURCE for Change: Celebrating 20 Years

Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA) Activities

Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA): Bare Mountain Hike 

Panel Discussion: Hampshire Farmers Address Sustaining Community


Tashmoo Lecture Series: Professor Emerita Elaine Mayes

Elaine Mayes, Photography Exhibition Reception

Poetry Reading: John Felstiner

Dinner ($7.50 at door)

Alumni Parents Dinner (RSVP required)

2009 Alumni Reel Premiere

Choreographers Show and Tell (ticket required)

The Clean House (ticket required)


Sunday, October 18

Brunch ($5.95 at door)

Outdoor Cooking with the OPRA Chefs 

Baldwin Scholars and SOURCE Brunch (RSVP required)

Jay Neugeboren in Conversation with Madeleine Blais (ticket required; Yiddish Book Center)

Hampshire College Chorus Performance


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PROGRAM

Over the course of the weekend:

Student Performances and Demonstrations

Library exhibition of alumni and faculty books

Faculty Art Exhibition Gallery, Johnson Library Center

Yiddish Book Center
www.yiddishbookcenter.org

Eric Carle Museum
www.picturebookart.org 

Registration 
Noon-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Weneczek House (205 West Bay Road, Amherst)
12-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, lobby, Franklin Patterson Hall

All visitors are asked to check in and pick up nametags and program. The nametag will enable you to attend activities and events, so please keep it visible at all times. 

Admissions Information Sessions and Guided Tours
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m., Admissions Building

Information sessions are conducted by Hampshire admissions counselors, alums, and current students. These sessions provide an overview of Hampshire’s history, educational philosophy, and academic programs. A guided tour follows each information session.

The Clean House
Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Emily Dickinson Hall 

Four women's lives collide in unexpected and seemingly ordinary ways in Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, The Clean House. The stories of a house cleaner who won't clean, sisters who only know each other through dirty laundry, and an adulteress who seeks to befriend her partner's wife intertwine in this tragically hilarious play about dirt, death, and the jokes that happen in between. 

Reservations: Call 413.559.5351 after October 1. Tickets: $5 general, $3 students. If you have advance tickets, please arrive before 7:30 p.m.; otherwise, tickets could be given away.  

Open Classes
Thursday and Friday

Families and friends are welcome to observe classes.
*To view the schedule of open classes click here!


Choreographers Show and Tell
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Main Dance Studio/Theater 

The Choreographer's Showcase is a selection of new, restaged, and experimental work by Hampshire and Five College faculty and alums. This year's program includes the premiere of a new solo by Fritha Pengelly 90F and a group improvisation under the direction of adjunct faculty Griff Goehring. Faculty Rebecca Nordstrom and her University of Massachusetts colleague Billbob Brown will present a restaging of their multi-media work T.O.E. Dance in which the intrepid quantum mechanics Clock and Quark seek to solve the deepest mysteries of the universe. The program will be followed by a talk back session with the artists.

Reservations: Call 413.559.5889 after October 5. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Suggested donation: $5 general, $2 students/seniors. 


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Thursday, October 15

Will America Collapse Due to Climate Change?
7:30 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall

A special screening of the ABC-TV news special "EARTH 2100" featuring an animated "worst case scenario" of America's economic and political disintegration from 2009-2100 if no action is taken to halt climate change. Includes commentary by Jared Diamond, author of Collapse, Obama science adviser John Holdren, and Hampshire College professor Michael Klare, among others. To be followed by comments and discussion with:

  • Elizabeth Hartmann, professor of development studies
  • Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace and world security studies and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies
  • Steven Roof, associate professor of earth and environmental science


Friday, October 16

Meet the House Directors
(by appointment only)

Parents and families are invited to make an individual appointment with the house director of their student's residence hall if they wish to talk about their student's residential experience. House directors will reserve time for these appointments throughout the day (and if necessary, Saturday).

Financial Aid Office 
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

A Hampshire Alum's Spiritual Journey
Noon-1 p.m., Merrill Living Room

The Hampshire College Lemelson Center: Design and Innovation for Social Change
1-3 p.m., Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Design Center

Want to create a solution to the energy crisis? Help communities in Guatemala irrigate their crops? Build a robotic sculpture? Our students and alums have done all of these things, and more. Join our faculty, staff, and students for an open house in the shop. Watch a demonstration, try your hand at blacksmithing, check out some of our student projects, or talk to our staff about this year’s courses and events. Light refreshments will be provided.

Global Education Office and Career Options Resource Center Information Tables
1-4 p.m., Torrey Courtyard, Franklin Patterson Hall

"Constituency Chat" about Strategic Planning with Mark Spiro
2-3 p.m., Faculty Staff Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall

Hampshire is in the early stages of a new strategic planning process, led by Mark Spiro, treasurer and vice president for finance and administration. As part of the planning process, Mark is keen to learn from Hampshire’s various constituencies (students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends) what they think about the college and its future. In this first “constituency chat,” he invites current Hampshire parents for coffee and conversation about Hampshire. 

From your perspective as a current parent, please come prepared to share what you think is working well, and/or what might work better. It would be helpful if comments could be submitted by email to family@hampshire.edu before October 13, 2009. Even if you are unable to attend this session, please send in your comments or questions. Mark will try to address all of them in due course through the family blog at http://blog.hampshire.edu/family/

RSVP required.

Panel Discussion: Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change
3-4:30 p.m., Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Many people see the upcoming Copenhagen conference as the most momentous meeting on the environment ever, and there is much debate on what positions the Obama administration should take at the summit. In this cross-disciplinary panel faculty will discuss the issues, the options being discussed, and the role of key players. 

Panelist include: 

  • Betsy Hartmann, professor of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program
  • Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace and world security studies and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, chair
  • Steve Roof, associate professor of earth and environmental science 

Tai Chi Introductory Class
3 p.m., Front desk, Robert Crown Center

Local Food Dinner
5-7 p.m., Dining Common

This dinner will showcase food from the Hampshire Farm and other local growers in the surrounding area.

Door price: $8.00

President’s Reception
5-7 p.m., Gallery, Johnson Library Center

Join President Hexter, faculty, and staff for a festive start to the weekend and view the faculty art exhibit.

Services and Kosher Shabbat Dinner
5:30 p.m. services and 6:30 p.m. dinner, Merrill Living Room

Hosted by Rabbi Steven Nathan and the Jewish Student Union. For more information and to RSVP, email Rabbi Steven Nathan.


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Saturday, October 17

Meet the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) staff: 
9:30 a.m.–Noon (by appointment only)

  • Zena Clift 90F, assistant dean
  • Joel Dansky, disabilities services coordinator
  • Anne Downes, senior associate dean
  • Eva Rueschmann, dean of CASA and associate professor of cultural studies

Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments will probably run between 10-15 minutes. If appointments cannot be made this morning, the CASA staff will be glad to have a phone conversation or make appointments with you during the week. If you wish to talk to a specific faculty member or advisor, please contact him or her directly ahead of time to make an appointment.

Call 413.559.5498 by October 7 to make your appointment and describe the nature of your question and your student’s name and year so you can be paired with the appropriate person.

Panel Discussion: World Food: Demand and Distribution, Culture and Cultivation, Nutrition and Technology
9:30-10:30 a.m., Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Panelists include: 

Panel Discussion: Sustaining Rural Communities: A Global Perspective
10:45 a.m.-Noon, Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Panelists include: 

  • Brian Schultz, associate professor of ecology and entomology
  • Noah Enelow, visiting assistant professor of economics
  • Sue Darlington, professor of anthropology and Asian studies
  • Robert Rakoff, dean of the school of social science and professor of politics and environmental studies, chair

Women's Soccer Game v. Briarwood College
11 a.m., Upper Soccer Field (behind the library)

Lunch with Professor Emeritus Ray Coppinger: Why a Farm at a Liberal Arts College?
12:30-2 p.m., Red Barn

2009 is the 30th anniversary year of the Farm Center at Hampshire College. Professor Emeritus Ray Coppinger, a founding professor of biology at Hampshire, will explain some of the surprising background to the establishment of the Hampshire Farm. What did liberal arts education have to do with farming?  

Free. Entry on a first-come, first-served basis, as spaces are limited.

Farm Festival: 30th Anniversary of the Farm Center
12:30-4 p.m., Farm Center

Each year staff and students working at the Farm Center celebrate the farm with a festival of activities and display of products and crafts from the farm. There will be a team of horses for hay rides, cider pressing, pumpkin carving, student group demonstrations, and other entertainment, as well as delicious soup, baked goods, farm produce, popcorn, and much more. Please be sure to join us, too, for the 30th birthday cake at 3:30 p.m.

Hampshire College Chorus, Open Dress-Rehearsal
1:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building
Come watch the students rehearse and meet the conductor, Elaine Broad Ginsberg.  

Men's Soccer Game v. Sarah Lawrence College
1:00 p.m., Upper Soccer Field (behind the library)

The Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center as a SOURCE for Change: Celebrating 20 Years
1:30-3 p.m., Kahlo Gallery, Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center

The underlying mission of the Cultural Center of the last twenty years has been social change. At this session, multicultural students, staff, faculty, and alums will discuss and share their work to effect social change through arts and activism. The Cultural Center invites the campus to join in the celebration of its founding. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Meet Tomie dePaola
2 p.m., Auditorium, Eric Carle Museum

Hear from one of the most popular creators of children’s books as Tomie dePaola talks about his process and tells some of the stories behind his books. Tomie has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. His work has been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. 

Free with museum admission.

Outdoors Program/Recreational Athletics (OPRA) Activities
2-4 p.m., meet at the front desk, Robert Crown Center

Test yourself on the climbing wall or enjoy a roll or paddle in a kayak in the pool.

OPRA: Bare Mountain Hike
2 p.m., meet at the front desk, Robert Crown Center

Hike up Bare Mountain for a spectacular view of the campus and the Connecticut River Valley. The hike is not long (about a mile), but it is relatively steep. Up to 14 people can fit in the van, but if more would like to participate, they can drive their own vehicles and join us. 

Panel Discussion: Hampshire Farmers Address Sustaining Community
2:30-3:30 p.m., outside the CSA, Barn Farm Center

Panelists include: 

  • Jesse and Desirée Robertson-DuBois (both 93F) manage Holiday Brook Farm, a 1,400-acre farm in Dalton, Massachusetts. They have a 145-family organic vegetable CSA and raise pastured Heritage breed hogs, laying hens, grass-fed belted Galloway/Highland cattle, and Clun Forest and Romney sheep. They are committed to their community, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship, and work to share these ideals through their ACRES Education Program.
  • Tim Wilcox 01S and Caroline Pam own and run the Kitchen Garden, a seven-acre farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts. As a Hampshire student, Tim spent time working on the Hampshire Farm and did research with radicchio farmers in Treviso, Italy. The Kitchen Garden’s produce is distributed to specialty stores, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and their CSA shareholders.
  • Oona Coy 96F and Ben James 97F own and run Town Farm, a nine-acre farm in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their goal is to grow food for people living in, working in, and visiting Northampton. They market their produce through 75 CSA shares, the Tuesday Market in Northampton, which they started in September 2008, and through some restaurant sales. They fertilize their fields with composted animal manure, rock powders, cover crops, pasturing of animals, and manage their pests with products allowed under the national organic standards. 
  • Leslie Cox, farm manager
  • Nancy Hanson, manager of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
  • Chris Jarvis, dean of the school of natural science and associate professor of cell biology, chair


Tashmoo Lecture Series: Professor Emerita Elaine Mayes
3-4 p.m., Bill Brand Screening Room, Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video

Seeing, Conceptual Art, and Transformation

Elaine Mayes, a founding faculty member of Hampshire College, helped to establish the program for film, photography, and video. She is now Professor Emerita at New York University where she retired as chair of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts in 2002. She will show highlights from her own photographic career and will speak about her work during the last forty years, with special reference to seeing, using a conceptual approach, and the changes in the medium that began in the 1970s.

Elaine Mayes, Photography Exhibition Reception
4-5:30 p.m., Gallery, Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video

The exhibition will include new work from Italy and France and work from Elaine Mayes's time at Hampshire during the 1970s. During that time period she took countless photographs of students and Hampshire situations, in part acting as a photographer role model for her students. Done in 1973, one project was photographing every person who came to her day-long office hours for advising during the college registration period.

Poetry Reading: John Felstiner
4:30-5:30 p.m., West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

John Felstiner will talk about his survey of nature poetry read from the same, which is the subject of his new book: Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems. Felstiner, a professor of English at Stanford University for more than thirty years, is probably best known for his translations and study of the poetry of Paul Celan and Pablo Neruda.

Dinner
5-7 p.m., Dining Commons

Door price: $7.50

Alumni Parents Dinner
5:30-7 p.m., Faculty Staff Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall

Hampshire alums who are also parents of enrolled students are invited with their families to join Killara Burn, director of alumni and family relations, for a special dinner. 

RSVP required.

2009 Alumni Reel Premiere
8 p.m., Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

A compilation of short clips from recent works by alums in the film and video industry.


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Sunday, October 18

Brunch
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dining Common

Door price: $5.95

Outdoor Cooking with the OPRA Chefs
11 a.m., outside Greenwich Donut 2

Learn all the tricks of gourmet outdoor cooking. Bring your friends, family, and appetite.

Baldwin Scholars and SOURCE Brunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m, Red Barn

Please join us for this wonderful chance to celebrate the talents and accomplishments of both the Baldwin Scholars and the SOURCE (students of under-represented cultures and ethnicities) community.

The Baldwin Scholars Program provides talented students of color from underserved communities an opportunity to develop and improve the skills necessary for college success through coursework and tutorial support at Hampshire. Many Baldwin Scholars are also involved in the multicultural student groups who make up the coalition of SOURCE. 

RSVP required.

Jay Neugeboren in Conversation with Madeleine Blais
2 p.m., National Yiddish Book Center

Jay Neugeboren is the author of 17 books, including two prize winning novels, The Stolen Jew and Before My Life Began; two prize-winning non-fiction books, Imagining Robert and Transforming Madness; and three collections of award-winning stories. Madeleine Blais is an award-winning author and professor at the University of Massachusetts. 

Cost: $6 online or at the door (space is limited) 

Hampshire College Chorus, Performance
2:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building
The Chorus will present a varied and eclectic program of music old and new, and from around the globe.

 


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