News from Hampshire College
  July 28, 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").

Here are just a few reports of how some Hampshire College students are spending the summer:

Division II student Katharine E. Duckett (04F) was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program in Istanbul, Turkey. The all-expenses-paid program is designed to dramatically increase the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages, including Turkish, Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. Duckett is one of only 27 students nationwide, ranging from undergraduates to doctoral level, selected for the Turkish language study program. The 19-year-old is the youngest participant. This is her second extended trip to Turkey; she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in high school. At Hampshire, she serves as an English tutor to a native Turkish speaker as part of the college’s community service program.

February 2006 graduate Catherine Stryker (02F) is also in Istanbul this summer, developing a documentary film on environmental issues. Her Division III, a film on The Life and Times of Cetin Altan, renowned Turkish journalist and playwright, was broadcast on a documentary channel there and has attracted much media attention. Among Stryker’s interviews were CNN Turk and a national newspaper.

Division III student Marykate Smith (03F) is interning as an editorial assistant with New England Watershed, an exciting new regional magazine that has already showcased the work of numerous members of the Hampshire community. Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser’s (81F) essay, “The Less-Traveled Road to Camp” is in the June-July issue, and the upcoming August-September issue will contain an essay by Bob Rakoff, professor of social science. Editor and publisher Russell Powell is a former director of public relations at the college, and alumnus Leslie Mason (74F) is the magazine’s staff photographer.

Tess Geers (03F) is one of eleven interns working at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla., for ten weeks. She works in the marine science division, which involved an early summer cruise on a research vessel collecting plankton samples that she is now analyzing. News Article


Edited by two Hampshire professors and an alumnus, The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad has been issued by Columbia University Press. This is the first collection in a single volume of writings by activist, journalist, and longtime Hampshire College professor Eqbal Ahmad (1934-1999). The editors are Professor of Politics Carollee Bengelsdorf, Professor of Sociology and Feminist Studies Margaret Cerullo, and Yogesh Chandrani (84F), a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Columbia University. Royalties will go to the Eqbal Ahmad Endowment at Hampshire College. Learn More

Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett’s recent film, Lunch with Fela, will be screened in New York City on August 27 at 7 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, at Second Street). Lunch With Fela is the filmmaker’s response to the passing of his last parent, and the eighth film in a series that address the complexities of family history and Jewish cultural identity. Ravett extends a special invitation to the screening to New York area alums.

Dance historian and professor Constance Valis Hill, recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship, is described by the Albany, N.Y., Times-Union as “a smiling tornado” and explains to the interviewer: “Without dance, there is no joy.” Read Interview

Mother Jones featured Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael T. Klare in an interview, “The Permanent Energy Crisis.” Klare recently published an essay, “New moves on the tripolar chessboard,” in the Asia Times.


President Ralph J. Hexter is among leaders profiled in a new book, The G Quotient, written by Kirk Snyder and published by Jossey-Bass. Snyder examines why organizations managed by gay executives tend to be “harmonious, interconnected, and successful” and identifies seven leadership principles that can be used by all managers to fully engage the strengths and talents of employees. The G Quotient has been named to Harvard Business Review’s 2006 Reading List.

Florence Ladd—an accomplished author, psychologist, and academic administrator—has been elected chair of the board of trustees, effective July 1. She is well known to the Hampshire community as chair of the highly successful search committee that selected Ralph Hexter as president in 2005, and she is the mother of alumnus Michael Ladd (88F). Read More. The college welcomes two new members to the board, Joseph Hanson, chair of Professional Media Group and father of Josh Hanson (02F), and Nancy Olson, a San Francisco-based fund manager for health-related investments.

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired has honored Kenneth Rosenthal, president of The Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., with its Ambrose M. Shotwell Award. The award is presented every two years to an individual who has made significant international contributions to the personal adjustment or rehabilitation of adults who are blind or visually impaired. Rosenthal is among the founders of Hampshire College and served as the college’s treasurer and secretary for 10 years. He currently chairs the parent and friends portion of the Campaign to Endow Hampshire’s Future. Read More


FACULTY SUPPORT: The George I. Alden Trust, based in Worcester, Mass., has awarded $150,000 to Hampshire for the upgrading of science lab and field sampling equipment to support faculty research interests. The grant will support work at the intersections of biology, human health, and environmental science that is being conducted by Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology Christina Cianfrani, Assistant Professor of Physiology Cynthia Gill, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry Rayane Moreira, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ventura Perez, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology Jason Tor.

'BIG QUESTIONS': The Teagle Foundation awarded Hampshire a $100,000 Big Questions grant as the lead institution for a six-college collaborative project exploring the role of undergraduate liberal arts education in preparing students for careers. Dean of Academic Development Steven Weisler is program director for the project. Other colleges participating in the three-year study, titled “The Liberal Arts as Preparation for a Life of Work,” are Smith, Berea, Cornell College, Warren Wilson and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Read More


John R. Myer was the architect of several buildings at Hampshire. He and his wife, Margaret Myer, are the authors of People and Places: Connections between the Inner and Outer Landscape, which contains a section about the designing of Hampshire's Prescott House. They are also the parents of alumnus and architect Charles R. Myer (73F). Book Information

An on-air essay by Nancy Kelly, senior adviser to the president, was picked up for a national audience on NPR on “The Health Show.” Listen Online (scroll down to “Diet Season”)

The Boston Globe ran a triple-Hampshire story on July 12. Written by Jonathan Levitt (97F), “Southern Comfort” featured the home-cooking and recipes of the New Hampshire-based Pettengill family, whose daughter Olivia is in the fall 2006 entering class and whose son James (04F) is a current student. Read Article