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Hampshire College Events March - April 2016

Upcoming events include national conferences, international guest speakers, theatre, exhibits, readings, career panels, and an outdoor festival

Hampshire is hosting a range of events on campus in March and April, among them the 35th anniversary of our Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference, the 14th-Annual Five College PoetryFest, the Ninth-Annual Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture, a production from our acclaimed theatre program, and the launch of a Deaf studies conference.

Photography Exhibit
In Time: Hampshire Family Portraits, 1989–2015, by Sandra Matthews
Reclassification: Portraits of Hampshire Staff, 1984, by David Rosten
March 22–April 15
Reception: March 24, 5–7 p.m.
Jerome Liebling Center, Leo Model Gallery

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

Panel Discussion
“From Home Raids to Private Prisons: Where We Go from Here,” on immigration and anti-immigrant policy
March 23, 7 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
From Home Raids to Private Prisons brings together three Hampshire alums and a current student to discuss the past two decades of anti-immigrant policy and talk about their work investigating, advocating for, and challenging the criminalization of immigrants in the United States. Panel member are Genia Blaser 01F, staff attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project; Yasmine Chahkar Farhang 03F, immigration attorney at Make the Road NY; Gustavo Madrigal Piña 12F, a longtime undocumented activist and organizer for migrant justice; and Seth Freed Wessler 03F, a journalist in New York and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Read more about this event.

14th-Annual Five College PoetryFest
March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Harold F. Johnson Library, Airport Lounge
Two students from each of the four colleges—Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Hampshire—and the University of Massachusetts Amherst  are invited to read their poetry at this annual event. Come hear our own Hampshire representatives, Nora Miller and Lily Lady Cook, and poets from the other campuses for an inspirational evening. Each of those selected to read have had five poems or five pages of poetry published in an assembled collection, free copies of which will be available at the event. Each poet will have five minutes to read their poems.

How to Be Div-Free: Building a Career as Unique as Your Education March 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Immigration attorney Yasmine Chahkar Farhang 03F, filmmaker Amy Grumbling 00F, comics writer Zachary Clemente 08F, and CommunicateHealth’s cofounder and chief innovation officer, Xanthi Scrimgeour 85F, will discuss their experiences with job searches, graduate school, and figuring out how to do what they love while getting paid for it. A networking dinner for students and additional alum guests will take place at 6 p.m. in the FPH Faculty/Staff Lounge. Read more about this and a second career development panel on March 31.

Deaf Studies Conference
March 25 and 26
Franklin Patterson Hall
Hampshire’s American Sign Language (ASL) Collective is hosting a Deaf studies conference. The aim is to provide a space for all individuals to discover and explore the multifaceted experiences of Deaf lives and to remove barriers between hearing and Deaf communities. Subjects of workshops and presentations will be DeafSpace architecture; Deaf education, dance, art, and queer identity; and much more. The conference is free to all, but registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/deafinitions.

Registration is required at www.tinyurl.com/deafinitions - See more at: https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2016/03/01/student-plans-hampshire-deaf-s.... ASL interpreters and CART services will be available. Read more and find the registration link here.

Hot ’n’ Throbbing, by Paula Vogel
March 25–27 and March 31–April 2
Emily Dickinson Hall, Studio Theatre
Hot ’n’ Throbbing is a fast-paced and cinematic one-act play by the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel. She sweeps us 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 hctboxoffice@gmail.com.

Reading and Talk, by Lemn Sissay
March 27, 7 p.m.
Red Barn
The British poet, playwright, and Manchester University chancellor Lemn Sissay has earned international renown for his work in diverse forms of public performative art and was the official poet for the 2012 London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed in public spaces throughout Manchester and London and in such venues as the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Park. Among his poetry collections are Tender Fingers in a Clenched FistMorning Breaks in the Elevator, and Listener. His autobiographical play, Something Dark, has been broadcast on BBC Radio and performed throughout the world, and his stage adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel Refugee Boy, at West Yorkshire Playhouse, toured Britain in 2014. Sissay was elected Chancellor of Manchester University in 2015. The event, sponsored by the School for Interdisciplinary Arts and the Creative Writing program, is free and open to the public.

Presentation and Book Signing, by Professor Emerita Gloria Joseph
March 30, 4 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Joseph will present her new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lord, a combination anthology/biography that brings together a wide range of prominent authors and activists to honor the feminist writer and activist Audre Lorde. The book will be on sale and the author will be signing copies purchased with cash or by check.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Hampshire Graduates as Librarians
March 31, 5 p.m.
Adele Simmons Hall, Auditorium
This event will explore how four alums found their way from the College into the world of libraries and the different kinds of work with which they’re involved. Panel members are Jessamyn West 86F, project manager and library liaison at Open Library and founder of librarian.net; Peter Cohn 82F, urban studies and planning and real-estate librarian at MIT; Cyree Jarelle Johnson 07F, instructional librarian at Philadelphia FIGHT, a health-services organization providing care, education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk; and Sara Smith 90F, arts and humanities librarian at Amherst College. Read more about this and a second career development panel on March 24.

Broken Promises, performance
March 31, 7 p.m.
Red Barn
Amid 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 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 the resources available to students at the College. This original work, created in collaboration with Planned Parenthood, is based on the true-life stories of teen girls who are lured into prostitution. The play provides an opportunity to discuss sexual health in underserved communities. For more information, e-mail leadership@hampshire.edu or call 413-559-6005

13thAnnual Latinx Student Leadership Conference
“Solidarity Through the Decolonization of Ourselves.”
April 1-2

The conference seeks to take a holistic and inquisitive approach to what leadership as Latinx in the United States means, and what being a “Latinx student leader” implies. For more information, and to register, visit the New England Latinx Student Conference website.

Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s 35th-Anniversary Conference
“From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom”
April 8–10
Franklin Patterson Hall, the Robert Crown Center, and other campus venues
From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, the CLPP’s 35th-annual conference, will feature some 150 speakers and more than 80 workshops. A general conference schedule is available here.
For more information, e-mail Teresa Huang.

Ninth-Annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture: Baldwin, Black Queer Radicalism, and the Critique of Western Civilization,” by Roderick A. Ferguson
April 7, 4 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Roderick A. Ferguson is a professor of African American studies and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he co-directs the Racialized Body research cluster. From 2007 to 2010, he was associate editor of the American Studies Association’s flagship journal, American Quarterly. He is the author of The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012) and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004) and coeditor, with Grace Hong, of the University of Minnesota Press book series Difference Incorporated. For more information, please contact Linda Green.

4th Annual 1st Gen College Student Summit:
“First Generation: Cultivating Institutional Action & Change”
April 9, hosted by Williams College

Sponsored by Hampshire, The First Gen Student Summit serves as a site for the meeting of minds. First gen students and their allies come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots solutions and share what’s working on other campuses. Participants seek to find solutions identified by students who can work with their staff, administrator and faculty allies. Class Action offers spaces where students can both identify these problems and build grassroots solutions to them. For more information, visit the summit website

5 College Outdoor Festival
April 16, 8:30 a.m to 8:30 p.m.
Robert Crown Center, Hampshire College

This all-day event for outdoor enthusiasts offers participants three meals, guided hikes and activities and evening speaker Heather “Anish” Anderson, who has set the unsupported speed records for the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails.  For more information, and to register, go to the festival website.

13th-Annual ASK for Social Justice Conference
April 23

ASK is a college- and community-wide event that provides great opportunities to learn about the multiple aspects of the overarching theme, which is “How to take social-justice action and build community along the way.” The purpose is to host a program that explores essential Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge for promoting social justice. More info available on the ASK Facebook page.

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