Edward Humes 75F, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of 11 nonfiction books, will speak at Hampshire College on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall (MLH). Humes is a graduate of Hampshire College.
Humes' most recent book is Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution. His other books include the PEN Award-winning No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year In the Life of Juvenile Court, the bestseller Mississippi Mud, and Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion and the Battle for America's Soul, now under development at HBO.
Hampshire College is hosting a series of public talks by innovative thinkers and leaders in diverse fields throughout the spring semester. National experts, including college alumni, will lecture on trends in higher education and topics such as sustainability, technology, the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Through these lectures and other events on campus, Hampshire is examining challenges facing the world today and the College’s role in producing innovative thinkers and leaders for the future. These events will also build toward the April 27 inauguration of President Jonathan Lash, which is being built around the theme “Educating for Change: Critical Thinking in a Critical Time.” That day’s events will feature speeches by President Lash and by former U.S. vice president Al Gore.
Other Presidential Lecture Series speakers include:
February 21, 4 p.m., Main Lecture Hall (Franklin Patterson) — Panel discussion, “Rethinking the Human Prospect: A Panel on History, Art, and the Humanities” with Ken Burns 71F, director and producer of acclaimed documentary films; Christopher Benfey, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and acting dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke College; and Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
March 13, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage (Emily Dickinson Hall) — Staged reading with David Budbill, freelance writer, lecturer, children's book author, poet, and playwright.
April 16, 4 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall — Fifth annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture delivered by Andrew Ross, New York University professor.
Hampshire graduate Josh Goldman, founder and CEO of Australis Aquaculture, spoke February 6. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson lectured February 7 on “Science and Art in a Post-Singularity Age.”