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June 8-10: Division IV Program on Social Change

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hampshire College students and alums have long been at the forefront of social movements and activism. From June 8-10, the Hampshire Forum 2012: A Div IV Program on Social Change is an opportunity for members of the Hampshire community to share their experiences and ideas about what it will take to make a better world.

Workshop sessions, roundtable discussions, performances, film screenings, exhibits, and a variety of other offerings will explore what has been accomplished at Hampshire through the years, examine how on-campus activism has reflected and addressed issues in the world at large, and determine new ways to be actively involved in making a difference.

Among the highlights of the weekend:

Stonyfield Farm chairman and founder Gary Hirshberg 72F will speak on the future of food and entrepreneurship.

Nobel Peace Prize winner David Schimel 73F will join Professor Emeritus Ray Coppinger, Chimp Haven founding executive director Linda Koebner 70F, Chornco chief executive officer Abigail Shearer Robinson 75S, and literary agent Malaga Baldi 72F to recount their experiences with the popular course De Rerum Natura in the early 1970s.

A critical inquiry of the Occupy movement will be the focus of alums Cullen Nawalkowsky 93F, an organizer and member of the media team for Occupy Baltimore; attorney, activist, and organizer Dan Gregor 93F; and labor activist Linda Bermas 72F.

Producer Artemis Joukowsky III 83F will attend a screening and panel discussion of his documentary film The Minister's Wife at the National Yiddish Book Center.

Author and Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare will join Greenpeace research director Kert Davies 80F and M.I.T. Sloan School Center for Civic Media research fellow Benjamin Mako Hill 99F in debating ways to best convey information about climate and social change in today's saturated media space.

Lisa Shannon 92F, author and founder of Run for Congo Women, will discuss her book A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman. Shannon's book is the Div IV common reading.

Environmentalist and Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash will join Civil Liberties and Public Policy faculty director and philosophy professor Marlene Gerber Fried in sharing personal stories of activism.

Co-opoly creators Andrew Stachiw 06F and Brian Van Slyke 06F will give participants a first-hand glimpse of how their new board game teaches about cooperatives and the cooperative movement.

The annual Hampshire Forum launched in 2011 to give Hampshire alums a way to reconnect with the College while learning about and collaborating on major topics of the day.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and be inspired by people who have been out in the world a long time as well as brand new graduates," said Emily Ho 96F of her experiences at Hampshire Forum 2011. "I also enjoyed the variety of presentations, discussions, tours, and experiential activities."

Div IVClass reunions are a central part of the Div IV weekend, with events scheduled for the class of 1972, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the class of 1987, celebrating its 25th.

For additional information or to sign up for the 2012 Hampshire Forum, contact the alumni and family relations office at or 413.559.6638.

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