News from Hampshire College
  April 5, 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").

SPRING BREAK VOLUNTEERS: Seventy-three Hampshire College students joined others from throughout Western Massachusetts and across the nation who spent spring break working on construction projects in New Orleans. The April 2 Springfield Republican reported their efforts. Read Article

Albert, ready for his close-up
EINSTEIN'S ALBERT: Ben Einstein (05F) has pulled together an impressive team of Five College faculty and students who are working with Hampshire's Lemelson Center to design a full-size automated vehicle that they hope may one day provide independent, long-distance transportation for visually and physically disabled individuals. Einstein recently presented a small prototype (at right), which other Hampshire students have nicknamed Albert, at a national showcase for student inventors. Learn More

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHER: Ashley Hensel-Browning's (03F) dance, "Meet Me in Between," was selected for performance in the Gala concert of the American College Dance Festival Association's New England regional conference in Boston. Only a few student dances from 35 participating colleges were honored with a spot on the Gala. Dancers for the duet were Hensel-Browning and Zoe McDonnell (03F).

WINTER VEGETABLE WORKSHOP: Marada Cook (03S), who played a leadership role in the building of a winter greenhouse for the Hampshire College Farm Center, was one of the featured presenters at an April 1 workshop of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Read More


FILM PRESERVATION HONOREE: Bill Brand, professor of film and photography, was honored on March 27 by the Anthology Film Archives in New York for his work preserving film. Brand's film preservation and optical printing company, BB Optics, is also celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with a month long retrospective series of film programs at Anthology Film Archives. The program represents a cross-section of films that BB Optics has preserved over the years, creating unexpected connections between the works: for example, work by political activist and experimental film pioneer Saul Levine is shown with Super-8 films made by Nixon White House staff. In addition, Anthology is publishing a book that will include articles by Brand and other scholars, critics, and clients. Full Schedule

ARTIST'S GRANT: Photography professor Jacqueline Hayden is among the winners of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation's 2005 awards competition. Thirty recipients were chosen from more than 430 nominees proposed by the foundation's trustees, previous award winners, and artists, critics, and museum professionals. Presented every two years as grants for photography, video, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and crafts, the awards honor emerging artists whose work shows serious promise.

Herakles book cover
NEW BOOK & NOSTOI: Professor of Humanities Bob Meagher's latest book, Herakles Gone Mad: Rethinking Heroism in an Age of Endless War, is published by Olive Branch Press. The book's release coincides with the successful launch of the Nostoi: Stories of War and Return series, which Meagher has organized. Nostoi events will continue throughout April and into early May. Meagher will be among panelists discussing the series and the public television debut of one of the films in the series, After the Fog, on WGBY on April 13 at 9 p.m. Nostoi Calendar and Meagher's Book

AWARDED FELLOWSHIP: Falguni Sheth, assistant professor of philosophy and political theory, has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson 2006 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. The fellowship will subsidize a year's sabbatical for Sheth to finish a book, provisionally titled The Political Theory of Race: Technologies and Logics of Exclusion.

NEH SUMMER STIPEND: Henry R. Luce Assistant Professor of History and Global Migrations Lili Kim has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for a book-length study titled In Transit: Migration, Globalization, and Korean Immigrants in Argentina and the United States. The project examines the history of Korean immigrants who migrated to Argentina beginning in 1965 and re-migrated to the U.S. beginning in the early 1990s. The study will internationalize U.S. immigration history, forcing a rethinking of the traditional framework of acculturation and diasporas into old/new cultures. By uncovering the little known history of Korean Argentine Americans and analyzing the complexities of multiple migrant identities, this study hopes to further complicate the ever more global, multicultural, and multiracial profile of who is an American. Professor Kim also received the 2006 Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship for this project.

SELECTED FOR PROGRAM: Jason M. Tor, assistant professor of environmental microbiology, has been selected for the American Society of Microbiology's Scholars-in-Residence Program and will attend the ASM Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute in Washington, D.C. this summer. The program advances scholarly research into teaching microbiology: Tor plans to study the development of students' quantitative analysis and reasoning skills within the context of microbiology. About Program

JOURNAL ARTICLES: Director of Institutional Research Carol Trosset is co-author of "What We Really Learn from Student Course Evaluations," available at LiberalArtsOnline (Volume 6, Number 1, January 2006). Another article co-authored by Trosset,"Perceptions of Welshness in Patagonia," has been accepted for publication in the journal Contemporary Wales.


Dean Mike Ford
CELEBRATING DEAN FORD: Mike Ford, dean of the college, has announced that he will retire at the close of this academic year. Colleagues, students, friends, and admirers of Dean Ford are invited to two celebrations for this caring leader who has given so much to the Hampshire community: Jazz fan Ford will be honored April 26 with a jazz coffee house with a performance by the Randy Sandke Collective, with Randy Sandke on trumpet, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Nikki Parrott on bass, and Ron Jackson on guitar. The 8 p.m. jazz coffee house will take place in the Dining Commons' rear dining hall.

A panel—Race, Class, City, Africa, and the Academy: The Academic Pursuits of Michael Ford—will be held May 6 at 2 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's Main Lecture Hall. Professor Emerita Penina Migdal Glazer will moderate a discussion by politics professors Frank Holmquist (Hampshire), Adolph Reed (University of Pennsylvania), and Preston H. Smith II (Mount Holyoke). The panel will be followed by a reception in the Torrey Courtyard.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College has been working for reproductive rights for 25 years. April 7-9 CLPP will hold its annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, bringing together more than 500 new and longtime activists, providing a crucial space to strategize to keep abortion legal and accessible. Read an article on the conference in Political Cortex. Learn More

VISITING LECTURER: Professor David Menashri, director of the Center for Iranian Studies and dean of special programs at Tel Aviv University, will speak on April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's West Lecture Hall. The lecture is made possible through a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

WEST COAST EVENTS: Members of the Hampshire community who live on the West Coast are invited to an evening of conversation and film with President Ralph J. Hexter on April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Flix Café of the Los Angeles Center Studios. The evening will include the first showing of Hampshire's 2006 alumni reel. The event is one of many being planned across the country as President Hexter reaches out to meet alumni and friends of the college. Recently, 80 alumni and friends attended a "welcome" event for President Hexter that was held at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, and hosted by Stephan Jost (87F).

Those in the Bay Area might wish to hear President Hexter speak at a Stanford University workshop on Translations and Transformations of Classical Texts on April 26 (4 p.m., Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center). Stanford Information

LIEBLING IN MINNEAPOLIS: Jerome Liebling: Selected Photographs will show at the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis from April 8 through June 11, with an opening reception April 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will include approximately 70 photographs, black-and-white and color, by Professor Emeritus Jerome Liebling, for whom Hampshire's film, photography, and video center is named. Learn More


'MORNING EDITION': National Public Radio did a segment on Loren Pope's influential college guide, Colleges That Change Lives, on March 16, with prominent mention of Hampshire as one of the more prestigious institutions in the book. If you've never read Colleges That Change Lives, among the many things Pope says about Hampshire is: "There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seers." Listen Online

THREE PAINTERS: Gideon Bok (89S), assistant professor of art, curated an exhibit by "a provocative and unlikely trio," according to a March 23 Boston Globe review of Three Painters, a show in the Hampshire College Gallery during March. The reviewer found that works of Karen Dow, Meghan Brady, and Gina Ruggeri "come together with odd grace… Together, they make a trio of distinct but harmonizing voices." Read Review (see "Three-part harmony")