News from Hampshire College
  February 2006

This electronic newsletter is designed to inform friends of Hampshire College about news stories involving Hampshire, and about the work and accomplishments of members of the college community. Media releases and announcements are regularly posted at (click on "News").

Karen Dow, All of a Sudden
ART EXHIBIT: Three Painters, curated by Assistant Professor of Art Gideon Bok (89S), opens in the college gallery March 3 and runs throughout the month. The show includes recent work by Meghan Brady (below, right), Karen Dow (left), and Gina Ruggeri. Details about the show are online at

STUDENT POETS: Molly Herrick (02F) and Theresa Jackson (01F) have been selected to represent Hampshire in the Fourth Annual Five College PoetryFest on March 1. This year's event is dedicated to the memory of the late Joseph Brodsky, the Russian-born Nobel Laureate who was a Five College Professor of Literature. For more information, including links to poems by the selected poets:

REMEMBERING JOHN REID: Remembering John Reid as a dedicated and gifted scholar and mentor, his friends and former students have established a fund to design and install a memorial sundial near Cole Science Center. Reid, who was a professor of geology at Hampshire for 30 years, had a keen interest in astronomy and the related physics of the sundial. If you are interested in getting involved with this project, please contact Paul Entis in the institutional advancement office at

VISITING CBD LECTURERS: The Culture, Brain, and Development Program explores the frontiers of culture, psychology, neuroscience, and biology. In addition to innovative courses and research, CBD hosts an annual series of public lectures. On March 2, Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University, will speak on “The Emergence of Gender Difference in Young Children.” On March 9, Paul Whalen, a cognitive neuroscience professor at Dartmouth College, talks on “The Information Value of Facial Expressions of Emotion.” For details on CBD lectures:

COPPINGER SYMPOSIUM: Celebrating the Coppingers will be a community event on March 11 and all are welcome. Retiring Professor of Biology Ray Coppinger, a founding faculty member, and his wife Lorna will be honored for 36 years of devotion to Hampshire. Ever student-focused, Ray asked that the day be centered on the accomplishments of his former students, and a number of distinguished alumni will present at a symposium in the Franklin Patterson Main Lecture Hall, with discussions at 1:30 p.m. on evolutionary biology and cognition and at 3:30 p.m. on ecology, science, and the environment. To learn more, including how you might get involved with the Coppinger Endowment, which will support student work and creative faculty-student collaborations, please contact Cheri Butler at

Meghan Brady, Gardenhead
POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT: The Population and Development Program brings a global feminist perspective to the study of population and environmental issues. The program’s latest publication, issued jointly with the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, is Rethinking the Link: A Critical Review of Population-Environment Programs. Taking a critical look at the implications of linking efforts to reduce population growth with natural resource management and conservation, the study challenges simplistic assumptions about population impacts on the environment. The author of the publication is Hampshire alumnus James Oldham (91S), founder and director of Las Lianas Resource Center, an organization that supports indigenous communities in the Amazon region of South America in their efforts to protect their culture and natural environment. Information about the Population and Development Program and its projects and publications is available online at

MORE EVENTS: Comprehensive listings of upcoming events on all five campuses, including Hampshire, are available online on the Five College calendar.


GLOBAL OIL ADDICTION: As rapidly developing nations begin to emulate us, the U.S. is not the only country addicted to oil. International commitment to new energy alternatives and transportation systems is needed, says Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare in an op-ed, “Kicking the habit, all over the world,” in the February 11 Los Angeles Times:

COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Sandra Matthews, associate professor of film and photography, and alumna Tzivia Gover (81F) taught photography and writing to teen mothers at the Care Center in Holyoke who recently exhibited their work at Wistariahurst Museum. “Exhibit to showcase teen moms’ artwork” ran in the Springfield

JANUARY TERM: Among the many courses offered on campus during January Term was one on modern McCarthyism. Visiting instructor Robert Meeropol, an attorney who founded and directs the Rosenberg Fund for Children, is dedicated to the provision of educational and emotional support for the children of targeted activists. Meeropol had a unique historical perspective to share with his students in “McCarthy Era Lessons for Post-9/11 America”: he was just six years old when his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were electrocuted in 1953, convicted of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. To many, their trial and execution symbolize the horrors of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Red Scare. The Jan Term course was the subject of an article, “Rosenbergs’ son teaching about modern McCarthyism, ” in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. To those with a subscription password, it is available online at

LIBERAL ARTS, LIBERAL EDUCATION: Carol Trosset, director of institutional research, is a co-author of "Do Students Understand Liberal Arts Disciplines" in the winter 2006 issue of Association of American Colleges and Universities publication, Liberal Education (pp. 48-55), an issue that also includes some prominent feature photos of Hampshire students. The article presents the results of a study that sought to measure the perceptions of a group of Grinnell College students of various liberal arts disciplines and to determine whether those changed during four years of college.


Champion Winsor's Hope Springs Eternal
Selby Cull (01F), now doing graduate work at MIT, invites readers to experience the geology of Boston in “Below Boston’s Hills,” written for the February 2006 GeoTimes online:

Stacey Kargman-Kaye (86F) and partner Jodi Kelber-Kaye are among plaintiffs in a Maryland lawsuit seeking the right for same-sex couples to legally marry in that state. They and other plaintiffs are profiled by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland online at A Maryland circuit court recently ruled that it is a violation of the state constitution to deny same-sex couples the protections provided to married couples, a decision that supporters of marriage equality view as an important step toward the ability of same-sex couples to legally marry in the state.

Jen Rosenblit (01F) choreographed new work, Curb, for her New York City debut at Dixon Place on February 10-11. Learn more:

Ever suspect that every news event eventually has a Hampshire connection? You can add the 2006 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to the list. Hope, an all-white bull terrier who won her category, was handled by 16-year-old Freeman Wilson; both his parents, Dede Wilson (79F) and Harry Wilson (79F), are Hampshire alums. Video of the judging is available by category at

New work by poet and music producer Mike Ladd (88F) will be presented March 9 and 10 at The Kitchen, one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance spaces for experimental work by innovative artists. Ladd will stage a “post-futurist” narrative that chronicles a fictitious battle over hip-hop’s future fought between two rival factions, represented as the assimilated cultural mainstream and the rebellious underground contingent. More information, including box office:


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