News from Hampshire College
  August 30, 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").

ENTERING CLASS: Insight into community needs. Stunning personal courage. Never-say-no pursuit of their goals. These are just a few of the ways that admissions counselors describe the newest Hampshire students. The entering class, among the largest and most selective in the college’s history, has been hailed by the admissions staff as inspiring in the way they care for other people and their surrounding environments. They represent 42 states and 17 countries. We are pleased to welcome each member of the entering class of fall 2006—and their families—into the Hampshire community!

WELCOME, DEAN GREEN: Hampshire also welcomes R. Michelle Green, dean of student services. Green holds authority for a portfolio of responsibilities that includes residential life, student development, health services, public safety, and the Outdoors Program and Recreational Athletics (OPRA). Read more


BOOK REVIEW: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Annie G. Rogers’ book, The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma, published by Random House, was reviewed in the August 13 New York Times Book Review (page 11). More on book

‘INVISIBLE GEOGRAPHIES’: Associate Professor of Philosophy Christoph Cox is curator for “Invisible Geographies: New Sound Art from Germany,” at The Kitchen in New York City (512 West Nineteenth Street) September 9 through October 14. Drawing attention to fields of sound waves or electromagnetic signals, the four German sound artists with new works in the exhibition highlight the physical presence of immaterial networks and use them to produce alternative maps of our surroundings. The opening reception is September 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. More information

CALIFORNIA SCREENING: Lunch with Fela, a film by Abraham Ravett, professor of film and photography, will be screened on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Film Archives, University Art Museum, 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Ravett extends a special invitation to all Berkeley-area alumni and friends of Hampshire.

FACULTY GRANTS: A National Science Foundation grant awarded to Chris Jarvis, associate professor of cell biology, and Jason Tor, assistant professor of microbiology, will provide funding for the purchase of an ultracentrifuge and related instruments for microbiology and immunology research.

The National Science Foundation also awarded a grant to Professor of Ecology Charlene D'Avanzo, dean of the School of Natural Science, to direct a project in biology and ecology.

A grant from Furthermore, the publication program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, awarded to Michael Lesy, professor of literary journalism, will support costs related to his forthcoming book, Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the 1920s.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Professor of Chemistry Dula Amarasiriwardena has been appointed to the editorial board of the international journal Environmental Pollution. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards of Microchemical Journal and Current Analytical Chemistry.


Lee Smolin’s (72F) new book, The Trouble with Physics, was reviewed in the August 21 issue of Time magazine, “The Unraveling of String Theory” (p. 55). A leading theoretical physicist, Smolin is a founding member and research physicist at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Read more

The Arts & Humanities Council in the United Kingdom has awarded Brian Kelly (76F) a $400,000 grant for a four-year collaborative research project titled After Slavery: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas. Kelly will direct the project from his home university, Queen's University Belfast, in Ireland, and will be involved in joint work with the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. The grant will enable him to complete work on a monograph on Black Workers and the Overthrow of Reconstruction in South Carolina, and construct a Web site offering a range of source materials for researchers, educators, and students interested in race and labor relations in the post-bellum South.

Alumni trustee Marci Riseman (88F) published “My Pink Boy,” an essay on children who blur the boundaries of traditional gender roles, in the August 13 San Francisco Gate. The August 19 Gate, in “Remodeling the Shed,” featured a renovation project at Riseman’s home that used green principles to convert an outbuilding into a guesthouse.

Ilana Berman (95F), who uses the screen name Ilana Kira, was on HBO's Big Love in season one, and continues her acting career in Los Angeles.

The Whole Health Expo has doubled its number of shows since Jonathon Podolsky (94F) purchased it in fall 2004 and is the largest holistic health and body/mind/spirit event series in New England. Headquartered in Northampton (108 Main Street, second floor), the expo will launch a new Web site in late August. Read more

Two Hampshire alums will participate in a celebration of children’s books at Books of Wonder in New York City on September 16 at noon. Signing their books will be David Gavril (90F), author of Penelope Nuthatch and the Big Surprise, and Erica S. Perl (86F), author of Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early. Gavril will also appear at Children’s Book Day at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside on September 10.

Julian Montague’s (92F) book, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, contains more than 250 photographs, providing a rich (and quite entertaining) understanding of these artifacts of urban and suburban landscapes. The publisher is Abrams Image. Read more


REMEMBERING EM, EMILY, & MEG: A series of events on campus will honor the memories of Em Doran (00F), Emily Richardson (00F), and Meg Sanders (00F), three young alums who died tragically in fall 2005 and who are greatly missed by the Hampshire community. On September 9 at 1 p.m., a memorial to honor Doran and Richardson will be dedicated between the Robert Crown Center and Emily Dickinson Hall, followed by a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. in the film/photo gallery, featuring an installation of Richardson’s photography and Doran’s writings. The exhibit, which will run throughout September, will also feature books and other artistic works by Sanders. A reception at the gallery on September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. will provide an opportunity for friends of Sanders to gather and celebrate her life and work. Read more

TRIBUTE TO JEROME LIEBLING: A special tribute to Jerome Liebling, hosted by Ken Burns, will be part of the Museum of Television & Radio’s seventh annual documentary festival in New York City. The tribute to Liebling on October 19 at 7 p.m. will include a panel with Hampshire Professor Emeritus Liebling, Burns (72F), Karen Goodman (72F), Roger Sherman (73S), Kirk Simon (72F), Buddy Squires (74F), Amy Stechler (73F), and other special guests. Read more

LAW LECTURE SERIES: A series of lectures by nationally and internationally prominent legal scholars, Challenges to Legal Thought in the Twenty-first Century, will be held at Hampshire throughout fall semester in recognition of more than 35 years of service by Professor of Law Lester Mazor. Read more


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