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Hampshire College Events: February and March 2016

Hampshire students are producing a range of events this term, from performances to conferences to exhibits and more

Hampshire College will host a diverse selection of events on campus over the next month. Events include performances by our acclaimed theatre department; a hackathon that partners techies with students across disciplines in art, design and fabrication; and conferences on deaf studies and queer studies. Here’s an overview of select events:

Through March 13: Autopsy of Days: Photographs from Hanoi’s DocLab, Curated by Hampshire Alum Jamie Maxtone-Graham
This exhibit of photographs by young photographers from Vietnam will have its US premiere at Hampshire on February 17. The images, taken by college-age photographers, document their lives around Hanoi and was curated by Hampshire alum Jamie Maxtone-Graham from a workshop he led at the indie documentary center Hanoi DocLab. A related screening of films by DocLab’s founder, Nguyen Trinh Thi will take place on March 3 at 7 p.m.  More info here.

Through March 15: Acclaimed photographer Mary Frey’s exhibit, “Two Projects” Leo Model Gallery, Hampshire College
Mary Frey’s exhibition “Two Projects” is on view in the Leo Model Gallery and features Frey’s photographs of taxidermied animals and forensic facial reconstructions, captured using two 19th century processes: Ambrotypes, familiar from Civil War-era portraits, and lithophanes, images cast in translucent porcelain. Frey received her MFA from Yale and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and many others. More info

Art Exhibition: Hampshire Alums Kamil Peters and Justin Norris Through March 17, 2016 at Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library
This exhibition features the work of two recent Hampshire College alums. Their current drawings and sculpture are made in relation to the use of found objects and materials, their work is linked to contemporary culture, sustainability, and the history of the found object in art. Peters will exhibit work from his longstanding series of welded sculptural masks, made from fragments of discarded propane cylinders. Norris’s project encompasses dozens of drawings he has made in reaction to images on cardboard beer coasters collected from around the world.  More info here.

Pullman Car Hiawatha By Thornton Wilder. Feb 23-28 at the Main Stage Theatre, Emily Dickinson Hall
 Thornton Wilder’s Pullman Car Hiawatha is a one-act play set on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December of 1930.  For ticket information, e-mail

Hamp Hack: Tech students launch a hackathon welcoming non-tech students across disciplines February 26 and 27 in Franklin Patterson Hall
A dozen Hampshire students have launched a new hackathon event already attracting a few hundred registered students from across the region, including those outside tech studying art, design, fabrication and more. Students will gather for the weekend event, create teams, tackle problems, and create potentially viable products related to environmental sustainability, the brain and development, life hacks, artificial intelligence, and other themes. More info.

The Telluride Mountainfilm On Tour: February 27 in Franklin Patterson Hall at 7 p.m.
Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride. Come enjoy great short adventure movies and raise money for Amherst Survival Center and the popular intermission raffle. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children. More info.

Students Plan 7th Annual Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference On March 4 and 5
The Queer Conference strives to provide a safer space for engaging, learning, and fostering community with a wide range of workshops, panels, performances, and lectures by student leaders, Five College faculty and staff, off-campus educators, and nationally known performers and speakers. This year's featured artists and speakers include: Sasha Alexander, Director of Membership for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Olympia Perez, Content Director of Black Trans Media, and J Mase III, a black/trans/queer poet/educator. More info here.

Hampshire Professor Sandra Matthews’ Photography Exhibition  in the Leo Model Gallery at the Jerome Liebling Center, March 22 to April 15
March 22 TO April 15: IN TIME: HAMPSHIRE FAMILY PORTRAITS, 1989–2015 By Sandra Matthews
David Rosten
Reception March 24, 5–7 p.m.

This two-part exhibition will mark Professor Sandra Matthews’ retirement from Hampshire. On display will be a selection of Matthews’ portraits of Hampshire faculty, alums, and their family, taken over a period of more than 25 years.  The second part of the exhibition will be alum David Rosten’s 1984 portraits of Hampshire staff. David was one of Sandra’s first students at Hampshire; he passed away two years ago. These formal black and white portraits made up David’s Division III study.

Deaf Studies Conference on March 25 and 26
On March 25 and 26, 2016, Hampshire College’s American Sign Language (ASL) Collective will host a Deaf Studies Conference at Hampshire College. The conference will provide a space for all individuals to discover and explore the multifaceted experiences of Deaf lives. Workshops and presentations include DeafSpace architecture, Deaf education, dance, art, queer identity, and much more.  The Deaf Studies Conference is free to all, but registration is required. ASL interpreters and CART services will be available.

Hot ‘N’ Throbbing By Paula Vogel at the Studio Theatre at Emily Dickinson Hall
March 25-27 and March 31-April 2
Hot ‘N’ Throbbing is a fast-paced and cinematic one-act by Paula Vogel. We are swept into one turbulent night in the life of Charlene, a woman who writes screenplays for a feminist erotica company to make ends meet. As a suburban dusk settles, her two teenaged children (wavering at the edge of sexual discovery), her dangerous but sympathetic husband, and two Voices join us. Stakes rise swiftly in this dark, funny, poignant, and violent blur of red light, seduction and fear.
For ticket information, e-mail

Broken Promises at the Hampshire College Red Barn on March 31 at 7 p.m.
Amidst the backdrop of urban Latin hip hop music, rhyme, and choreography, Broken Promises reveals the shocking truth of how quickly and easily teens are ensnared in the world of sex trafficking.  Desperate for money, four teens living on the edge gamble their lives on Internet porn and prostitution.  Before she knows, it Adriana is trapped in a life from which she cannot escape, or can she? A talk-back, led by the cast and Hampshire faculty will discuss her options and current resources available to Hampshire students.  This original work, created through collaboration with Planned Parenthood, is based on the true life stories of teen girls who are lured into prostitution.  The play will provide an opportunity to discuss sexual health in underserved communities. For more information, e-mail or call 413-559-6005


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