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Waywords and Meansigns

Interpreting the Wake

Through the “Waywords and Meansigns” project, a contingent of Hampshire alums and students along with a variety of other contributors are debuting an audio version of James Joyce’s final work, Finnegans Wake, which they collaboratively read and set to music.

Student Work Honored at Five College Film Festival

Brett Morgen's Newest Documentary Featured in the New York Times

Filmmaker and Hampshire alum Brett Morgen’s new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck was recently featured in the New York Times.

Stephen Petronio

Choreographer Stephen Petronio 74F Named 2015 Doris Duke Artist

Hampshire College alum and choreographer Stephen Petronio 74F has been named as a 2015 Doris Duke Artist. Petronio and the other awardees will each receive $275,000 in funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and jazz. 

Howard Wein

Hospitality Developer and Operator Howard Wein 93F Inteviewed on WRSI

Hampshire College and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration graduate Howard Wein 93F is interviewed on WRSI about his jet-setting journey from chef for the Beastie Boys to becoming a renowned hospitality developer and operator, and his return to the valley to complete his “dream project,” his restaurant the Alvah Stone in Montague, MA.

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Student Work Honored at Five College Film Festival

April 6: Rhys Ernst and Faith Soloway from Transparent's Creative Team

Hampshire College will host filmmaker and artist Rhys Ernst and writer and musician Faith Soloway on Monday, April 6. Ernst and Soloway are part of the creative team for Amazon’s groundbreaking series Transparent, winner of 2015 Golden Globes for best comedy series and best actor (Jeffrey Tambor).

Justin Baldwin

Research Begun in Div III Featured on Journal Cover

Justin Baldwin 08F’s research expanding on his Division III (senior) project was recently featured on the cover of acclaimed ecology journal Oecologia. “This is a huge boost,” Baldwin says.

States of Grace

Helen Cohen's New Film Chronicles Physician's Recovery after Devastating Injury

As Hampshire College alum Helen Cohen 77S began to show her new documentary at theaters and film festivals around the country, she considered how audiences would react to the emotional subject matter.

Abby Grace Drake

Abby Grace Drake's "Significant" Discovery About Dog Evolution

When Abby Grace Drake 93F sees dogs, she doesn’t just see “man’s best friend.” Dogs are “an amazing system to study for evolutionary biology,” Drake says, pointing to their relatively quick evolution as a species and their coexistence with their ancestor, the wolf.

Pollan Family Table

Dana Pollan's Family Cookbook Encourages Healthy Eating

Hampshire College alumna Dana Pollan 80F and her family have always loved cooking and sharing recipes with each other. She and her two sisters—Lori and Tracy—are busy mothers with children to feed, and sometimes get stuck trying to come up with new ideas for dinners.


Jeff Sharlet 90F Wins National Magazine Award

Hampshire alum Jeff Sharlet 90F recently received the National Magazine Award for his reporting for GQ on the challenges that the LGBTQ community faces in Putin's Russia.


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