News from Hampshire College
  June 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").

COMMENCEMENT: Keynote speaker Onawumi Jean Moss urged the graduating students to remain "beautifully weird" as they enter a world that may be too frightened to appreciate fully the creative and intellectual freedom they have experienced, and demonstrated, at Hampshire College. Founder and producer of the Keepers of the Word storytelling festival, Moss used her lyrical style to tell the 275 graduates how much she was moved by their social consciousness, citing as examples their involvement in issues that range from support for local farmers to relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Student speaker Sophie Wood (02F) said students are drawn to Hampshire because of the craving for an independent education: "Appreciating each other’s individuality is what created this community." Student Address

CAMP SCIENCE INVESTIGATORS: Hampshire offers a summer science enrichment program for students entering grades 7 through 10. Children of alums might particularly enjoy this opportunity for hands-on, inquiry-based science learning the Hampshire way. Both professors and area public school teachers, who benefit from the professional development opportunities, work with campers. Topics can range from engineering to design to forensic science and human biology. The camp also includes activities such as swimming, twilight hikes, campfires, and the Messy Olympics. This summer's camp will take place July 23-29; contact director Maddie Marquez at to inquire about openings. Camp Information

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING: A growing number of colleges and universities are responding to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Hampshire has not had to wrestle with the issue of divestment in Sudan due to our longstanding Policy on Socially Responsible Investing. The policy provides guidance for all investment decisions and prevents the college from knowingly investing in businesses that "operate in countries engaged in serious human rights violations and serve to perpetuate, promote, and finance these conditions." Hampshire also worked with students to recently join the list of colleges no longer offering CocaCola Co. products for sale on campus. Read More

ADMISSIONS UPDATE: More students applied to become members of Hampshire's entering class of fall 2006 than in any other year in the college's history. A total of 2,789 applications were submitted for 417 spots in the class. Hampshire has seen a 40 percent increase in applications since 2000.

GRANT AWARDED: The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics program is one of 12 summer programs for mathematically talented high school students awarded grants by the American Mathematical Society through its Epsilon Fund. Read More

JAMES BALDWIN SCHOLARS: The New England Regional Assembly of the College Board recently recognized Hampshire's James Baldwin Scholars as an Outstanding Educational Program. The college-transition program was recognized for its "commitment to students and the field of education by enabling underrepresented students with academic and leadership potential to attend college." Baldwin Program


CAROL & BLAIR BROWN AWARDS: Emily Gallivan, administrative secretary in the School of Social Science, and Paula Harmon, coordinator for the Culture, Brain and Development program, are the 2006 recipients of Hampshire's Carol and Blair Brown Staff Recognition Awards. The annual awards, established by former chairman of the board of trustees Blair Brown and his wife Carol, recognize staff members who, individually or as members of a team, have made an exceptional contribution to Hampshire. Read More

MUSICAL GARDEN: Music professor Daniel Warner's interactive digital multimedia installation, Hortus Musicus (Musical Garden), is part of the Arts of the Valley Celebration at Open Square in nearby Holyoke, running through June 30. Open Square is between Dwight Street and Lyman Street in downtown Holyoke; gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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WILLIAM BRAYTON SCULPTURE: Sculpture (right) by art professor William Brayton is showing through June 16 at the Lenore Gray Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. The gallery address is 15 Meeting Street, and hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM: Philosophy professor Marlene Gerber Fried is busy responding to invitations to speak out about the current political climate surrounding reproductive freedom. You can listen online to her talk on Boston Indymedia, "South Dakota's Abortion Ban: A Discussion by Reproductive Freedom Activist Marlene Gerber Fried." Hear Discussion

OIL & FOREIGN POLICY: Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare is equally busy with commentary on oil and U.S. foreign policy, including a number of recent public radio interviews. Klare was quoted in Jane Bryant Quinn’s column, “The Price of Our Addiction,” in the April 24 Newsweek: “To an extent that most Americans don't yet understand, the U.S. military has become a ‘global oil-protection force,’ says Michael Klare, an expert on natural-resource wars and author of the book Blood and Oil.

NEW FILM: Swan’s Island, by film and photography professor Bill Brand and Katy Martin, was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the short films program. More Information


Patricia Klindienst (71F) is on a book tour for The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Memory, and Justice in the Gardens of Ethnic America, recently released by Beacon Press. Her schedule includes two Amherst stops in August: August 10 at 7 p.m. at Food for Thought Bookstore (106 North Pleasant Street), and August 11 at 1:30 p.m. on the Hampshire campus at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Conference. Klindienst will read and sign books at many spots around the country, and would love to see Hampshire alums and friends at those events. More Information

Aaron Lansky (73F) will read from his book, Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books, in Great Barrington, Massaschusetts, on July 19, with more fall readings scheduled in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Tour Schedule

Gerald Felix Warburg’s (74S) character-driven spy novel, The Mandarin Club, released by Bancroft Press, had perfect timing to get Washington insiders talking as Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the United States. “Mandarin Club: Hoping Life Won’t Imitate It” ran in the April 20 Washington Post. Read Column

Paper Towers: Creation of a Book is on view at the National Yiddish Book Center, adjacent to the Hampshire campus, until October. Models, drawings, prints, and engraved blocks show the conception and creation of Paper Towers, a limited-edition handmade art book by Sarah Horowitz (95F), containing poems by Kadya Molodowsky and engravings. More Information

Certified childbirth educator and doula Lisa Gould Rubin (72F) recently published The Birth That's Right for You, released by McGraw-Hill. She would love to draw on the creativity of the greater Hampshire community for ideas about how to spread information on the book’s message, which helps women filter out all the advice that doesn’t ring true for them so that they can have babies according to who they are (not their mothers, sisters, best friends, or even the childbirth experts). You can reach her at

Artist Michael Kuch (82F) unveiled his new book, Disasters of Love: A Defense of Delilah, by submitting to a haircut during an event held at the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton. Double Elephant Press is the publisher. Read More

SUBMIT BOOKS FOR NSS: Alums who would like their recently released book included in the Bookshelf section of the college magazine, Non Satis Scire, should send a copy of the book (which will be donated to the college library) to Magazine Editor, Office of Communications, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. For more information, email Sandy Dias at


Dawn Liberi (72F) has been nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Liberi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Mission Director at the United States Agency for International Development in Iraq.

Architect Scott Guyon (70F) is becoming increasingly well known for his style that fuses traditional Southern folk buildings with the Modernist movement’s open floor plans. The May 7 Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal profiled Guyon’s work. Read Article

Choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi (83F) continues to get glowing reviews for her work, including a dance-drama based on the Raymond Carver short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Among the reviews for her what we when we was “Passion Distilled” in the Village Voice. Read Review You can learn more about what we when we from her interview in Movement Research. Read Interview

Journalist Fariba Nawa (92F) spent months in the villages of Afghanistan investigating reconstruction in the war-ravaged country. Corporate watchdog CorpWatch has released her report of flawed work on public projects. She was interviewed May 5 on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Listen Online

Cheryl Kaplan (74S) produced two films selected for the Tribeca Film Festival: Hidden Inside Mountains and Mariners and Musicians.

Liev Schreiber (85F) will return to New York’s Shakespeare in the Park in Macbeth from June 13 through July 19. The versatile actor will also star in a remake of the horror film classic The Omen, opening in June; The Omen 666 will hit screens on 06-06-06. View Trailer If you are riding the rails with Amtrak, the May/June magazine Arrive features Schreiber’s “Devilish Charm” as its cover story. You can download a pdf at

Freelancer Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser (81F) wrote “Boyhood Without (Much) Weaponry” for the Men’s Resource Center, exploring how parents can raise sons with peace-affirming values. Read Column

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An exhibition of recent photographs (left) by Tanja Alexia Hollander (90F) was shown at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York this spring. Web Site

Adam Brooks (79F) is listed among breakout artists in Chicago by He and Matthew Wilson comprise Industry of the Ordinary, with work tackling “large issues of religion, politics and identity all the while strongly resonating with an earnest desire for intellectual play.” See Work

Executive producer Heidi Bayer (84F) has joined the creative team of Ultrabland, with a first credit there of USA Network’s “Show Us Your Characters” image campaign. Read More

Ford R. Myers (73S) is president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area. He is author of The Ultimate Career Guide, a manual for successful career transition and job search, and a frequent media guest. Learn More

Jennifer Collins (88F) has been promoted to managing director of, a legal news and information network operated by media company ALM. Read More

ATTENTION, YOUNG ALUMS: An anonymous donor has generously agreed to match new gifts from anyone who entered Hampshire within the past ten years. If made or pledged by July 1, your gift to Hampshire can go twice as far. The donor will match all gifts up to $25,000. Contact Marcy Stengel, associate director of the Hampshire Fund, at


VALUES & TRANSFORMATIONS: Make plans now to be on campus for family and friends weekend and alumni homecoming October 13-15, when we will celebrate the Values and Transformations that make Hampshire one of the most distinctive colleges of our time. Read More

CELEBRATING DUTCH ART: In order to better reach visitors to the Pioneer Valley, all the museums within the Five College consortium have joined with other area destinations to form a group called Museums10. Through August 2006, Museums10 is leading a regional celebration of Dutch art, culture, and horticulture. A central event is Dutch Treats: Contemporary Illustrations from the Netherlands, an exhibition of work by 13 Dutch artists that will show until June 25 in the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which is located adjacent to campus and is part of the college’s Cultural Village. GoDutch! Events

MORE EVENTS: The Five College Calendar can help you keep up with special summer events scheduled throughout the Five College consortium, including events at Hampshire.


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