News from Hampshire College
  April 19, 2006

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GUGGENHEIM RECIPIENT: Professor of Dance Constance Valis Hill has been awarded a prestigious 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for "a cultural history of tap dancing in America since 1900." Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future achievement; 187 artists, scholars, and scientists were selected this year from almost 3,000 applicants. Hill said she considers the affirmation of her work documenting and historicizing tap dance "a victory for dance scholarship" and that she feels "honored by the opportunity to tell the stories of hundreds of unnamed and unknown tap dancers" who evolved this American vernacular dance form. Guggenheim Recipients

Christina Cianfrani
WHITING FELLOWSHIPS: Three 2006 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation fellowships, which support research-related travel, have been awarded to Hampshire professors who will incorporate their research into their teaching:

Ethnomusicologist Becky Miller will study the performance and social history of traditional and popular music in Ireland post-World II until 1975. The fieldwork will complement research Miller has already completed among Irish immigrant musicians in the United States during the same era. Her work indicates that immigrant identity and cultural production cannot be treated in isolation from homeland culture.

Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies Sue Darlington will travel to Thailand and Laos, continuing to research Buddhist monks engaged in environmental conservation and rural development. Darlington plans to use her study to bring fresh perspectives to courses she teaches and to complete a book on Buddhism and environmentalism.

Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology Christina Cianfrani (at right) will travel to Idaho this summer to learn new ecological field data collection techniques (samplings of fish, birds, and insects) as part of a two-year study investigating stream food webs from a landscape perspective.

FARMER/GROWER GRANT: Nancy Hanson, Community Supported Agriculture program manager for the Hampshire College Farm Center, has been awarded a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Research Farmer/Grower grant. The grant funds projects that develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques. Hanson and science professors are conducting field research on the use of organic methods to control insects in winter squash. Learn More

Consuming Fantasies book cover
BOOK RELEASE: Lise Shapiro Sanders, assistant professor of English literature and cultural studies, has published Consuming Fantasies: Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920 (Ohio State University Press). Sanders argues that the shopgirl, featured in many narratives at the turn of the twentieth century, is a key figure in cultural and social histories of the period and central to modern conceptions of fantasy, desire, and everyday life for working women. All are invited to a book party scheduled for April 25 at 4 p.m. at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). About Book

CALDECOTT MEDAL: The American Library Association awarded its 2006 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children to The Hello, Goodbye Window, which was written by Norton Juster, professor emeritus of design. Award Winners

WRITING SCHOLARSHIP: Erin McWalters (04F) is the 2006 recipient of the Sandol Milliken Stoddard Summer Writing Scholarship, which provides a summer stipend to a young writer of great promise. The scholarship is named in honor of Sandol Milliken Stoddard, mother of college trustee Gerry Warburg (74S).

'LIVING NOW': The latest issue of Living Now, an online magazine of documentary photography and writing, contains pictures and stories from Iraq and Cameroon. The Web site, inspired by Farm Security Administration projects of the 1930s and 1940s, grew out of a Hampshire College course offered in 2002 by Professor of Literary Journalism Michael Lesy and Professor of Photography and Film Jacqueline Hayden. Many students from that course, now out in the broader world, continue to send back dispatches, plus the site is open to the "very best work" of other emerging nonfiction writers and documentary photographers. Living Now

OPINION ARTICLE: Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies, argues that the 7 percent increase in the proposed 2007 military budget has more to do with the emerging power of China than with terrorism. His op-ed, "China, not terrorism, drives up U.S. military spending" ran in the April 13 Providence Journal. Read More


COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Graduating students have chosen storyteller and educator Onawumi Jean Moss as their commencement speaker. She is founder and producer of the Keepers of the Word storytelling festival at Amherst College, where she is associate dean of students, and a recent recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award for storytelling. Commencement is May 20 at 11 a.m. More Information

Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III
PUBLIC LECTURE: Hampshire is co-sponsor of a talk by Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III (81F) at the Jewish Community of Amherst (742 Main Street) on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Joukowsky (at left) will speak about his grandparents, Waitstill and Martha Sharp, founders of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, who helped rescue hundreds from the Nazis in 1939 and 1940. In June, the Sharps will be posthumously honored as only the second and third Americans named to Yad Vashem's "Righteous Among the Nations." Joining Joukowsky to tell the Sharps' story from a different perspective will be Holocaust survivor Rosemarie Feigl, one of the individuals the Sharps helped save. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Learn More

SHOWING IN BEIJING: Art as a Form of Conversation: Avant-Garde Film/Video Artists from the USA is a series of three programs showing at the Dashanzi Arts Festival in Beijing (798 Gallery District) from April 22 through May. Curated by Katy Martin, the programs include films by Hampshire Professor of Film and Photography Bill Brand and by alums Elyse Montague (98F) and Scott Drapeau (04S). Among films shown will be Brand and Martin's Skinside Out and Swan's Island, Brand's Double Nephrectomy and Interior Outpost, Montague's Through the Skin, and Drapeau's Patton in 30 Days.

ART, EXILE, MEMORY: A panel discussion on refugees and rights, nations and shelters, utopias and realities will take place April 20 at 7 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's West Lecture Hall. More Information

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FORUM: The Lemelson Center's annual assistive technology forum will be held May 5, with a registration deadline of April 21. This year's theme is Assistive Technology, Disability, and Family, and the keynote speaker will be Judi Rogers, recipient of the 2002 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award, the nation's highest honor for community health leadership. Learn More

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Professors who teach ethnomusicology on the Five College campuses plan the World Music Festival, a biennial event drawing on a wide array of musical talent. Ninety student musicians will participate April 23 in Hampshire's Red Barn from 1 to 5 p.m.

HOMECOMINGS PROJECT: Lectures and panels, films and exhibits connected to the series Nostoi: Stories of War and Return, From Troy to Iraq will continue into early May. Leadership in organizing this series has been provided by Hampshire, working in collaboration with the Five Colleges and numerous other organizations in the Pioneer Valley. Nostoi Calendar WAMC public radio Albany, New York, aired a conversation with Nostoi organizers on March 10. Listen Online

JAZZ COFFEE HOUSE: Dean of the College Mike Ford, who is retiring at the close of the academic year, will be honored with a special jazz coffee house on April 26 at 8 p.m. in the rear dining hall of the Dining Commons. All are welcome to campus to enjoy jazz by the Randy Sandke Collective and say "thank you" to Ford for his years of service to Hampshire.

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


Robin J.R. Blatt (76S), adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and publisher of The Journal of BioLaw and Business, has been selected as an Eisenhower Fellow. The fellowships allow emerging leaders around the world to enhance their professional growth, broaden their contacts, and build a global network "where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just, and peaceful world." Blatt will spend eight weeks in Singapore and India exploring her interests in biotechnology, genetics, and public health.

Photographer Robert Lyons (73F) and coauthor Scott Strauss have published Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide (Zone Books, 2006). Learn More

Heather Boushey (88F), an economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., recently participated in a Wall Street Journal online debate, Minding the Gap. She responded to questions related to economic inequality and how much it matters for the economy and the society. A coauthor of The State of Working America 2002-03 and Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families, Boushey focuses on the U.S. labor market, social policy, and work and family issues. Read More

Anne Watts (80F) and her band, Boister, were featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on March 30. Boister has released a new album, Sister City. Hear Excerpts

Phillip Collier's Missing New Orleans
Photographs by David Rae Morris (77F) are featured in a special edition, with a Hurricane Katrina epilogue, of Phillip Collier's Missing New Orleans (The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 2005). The book was slated to go to press within days of when Katrina struck New Orleans, and the epilogue with photographs by Morris was added after the storm, providing a new definition of "missing" for all who knew and appreciated the city. Photographs by Morris depicting the devastation, recovery, and continued vibrant spirit of New Orleans have been published in numerous magazines, including Louisiana Cultural Vistas, a publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and the March issue of Shutterbug Magazine. See More

Barri Blauvelt (70F) is chief executive officer and president of Innovara, Inc., a strategic consulting and management development corporation focusing on healthcare and related industries. Through Innovara, Blauvelt founded Women in High Places (WIHP), an informal network of women leaders in healthcare and medical research. WIHP's internship awards program creates mentoring opportunities for young women interested in careers in healthcare or advanced studies in medicine and research, matching undergraduate and graduate students with scientific and medical leaders and institutions in their fields of interest. Learn More

Anne Hird Rabin (77F) has joined Financial Guaranty Insurance Company as managing director of international finance, focusing on global public and project financings. Read More

Poet Malena Morling (84F) of Wilmington, North Carolina, recently had three poems from her anthology, Astoria, read by Garrison Keillor on his public radio show, The Writer's Almanac. Her first collection, Ocean Avenue, won the New Issues Poetry Prize in 1999. Read More


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