News from Hampshire College
  October 19, 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").

Jerome Liebling photograph, 1949
POWERFUL PICTURES: The teaching and photographs of Jerome Liebling, founding faculty for Hampshire's film and photo program and mentor to graduates of the college who have reshaped American documentary style, will be celebrated tonight (October 19) at the Museum of Television and Radio in Manhattan. Today's New York Times, in "The Still-Life Mentor to a Filmmaking Generation," takes a look at the artistic father of what has become known as the Hampshire Mafia, a celebrated group of filmmakers and photographers. You will learn how Liebling taught his students to "see" in a whole new way, and also understand why Hampshire College was inspired to name its Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video in his honor. Read article (pdf)

DIVISION III: Two Division III films by May graduates have been accepted into prestigious film festivals. Unwilled Inheritance: A Portrait of Three Generations, a short film by Nathan Broaddus (02F), has shown in seven festivals and won first prize for animation in the University Film and Video Association’s touring festival of student films. Broaddus will be one of the featured student filmmakers from around the world in the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes International Film Festival next spring. Joey Carey’s (02F) Div III film on biodiesel fuel, Greasy Rider, was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival last week and will screen at the Northampton Independent Film Festival in November.

PRESIDENTIAL INTERVIEW: President Ralph Hexter recently sat down for an hour of conversation with Alan Chartock of Northeast Public Radio (WAMC) about Hampshire College and higher education issues. Listen online

EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE: Judith Butler will deliver the ninth annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on October 24 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. A leading theorist of power, gender, and identity, Dr. Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the departments of rhetoric and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more


Family and Friends Weekend
VALUES & TRANSFORMATIONS: A farm festival complete with hayrides was just one part of a lively and thought-provoking Family & Friends/Alumni Homecoming Weekend October 13-15. The weekend was built around the theme of values and transformations. Films, poster sessions, and panels looked at the global implications of climate change and at solutions being developed through technology, entrepreneurship, education, and law. Attendees enjoyed the 2006 Alumni Reel and clips from Ken Burns’s soon-to-be-completed film, The War. Professors and students shared information related to their current projects and research, and President Hexter led an open discussion of the future of Hampshire College. A slideshow of the weekend’s events will be in our next issue.

VERIDIAN VILLAGE: Hampshire is working in partnership with Beacon Communities, LLC, of Boston to develop Veridian Village, a community of approximately 120 condominiums, which will be located adjacent to the campus. The idea of a lifelong learning community located near Hampshire originated three years ago during development of a sustainable campus plan. College officials worked at that time with faculty, alumni, students, and neighbors to determine the most beneficial ways for the college to develop in a sustainable manner. The intergenerational learning opportunities that could be provided by locating a lifelong learning community near campus were particularly appealing. Veridian Village is being planned as a model of sustainable living, with careful attention to environmental design and awareness of how development can coexist with environmental stewardship. Learn more

CBD LECTURES: Two prominent scholars will lecture on campus through the Foundation for Psychocultural Research–Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain and Development (CBD) in November. Svante Pääbo’s lecture, “A Comparative Approach to Human Origins,” will be held November 7. Pääbo, a biologist specializing in evolutionary genetics, recently led a research team that isolated the long segments of genetic material from a 45,000-year-old Neanderthal fossil. On November 30, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, director of the doctoral program in critical studies in medicine, science, and the body at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “A Talent for Life: Reflections on Human Vulnerability and Resilience.” More information

ABC NEWS ONLINE: Hampshire is one of “27 Top Colleges (that) Don’t Require the SAT or ACT.” View list


ECOLOGY EDUCATION: Professor of Ecology Charlene D’Avanzo, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, was honored at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America with an award presented “in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to the Ecological Society of America and ecology education.”

EXPERIENTIAL TEACHING: Karen Warren, Outdoors Program and Recreational Athletics (OPRA) instructor, has received the Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year Award, presented annually by the Association for Experiential Education. Dr. Warren, whose books include Women’s Voices in Experiential Education and The Theory of Experiential Education. has taught courses in experiential education, outdoor leadership, wilderness studies, and social justice at Hampshire College for the past 23 years. She’s led students on hundreds of trips, including canyoneering in Utah, backcountry skiing in Quebec and Yellowstone, sea kayaking in New Zealand and Belize, canoeing the rivers of the Southeast, and camping in her own backyard.

Time Fades Away, by Gideon Bok, 2006
SOLO SHOW: Painter Gideon Bok (89S), assistant professor of art, has a solo show at Plane Space in New York City (102 Charles Street) through November 12. More information and images

INSTALLATION: “Engulf,” an installation by Professor of Art William Brayton is on exhibition in the Art Lot, 2006 Columbia Street, in Brooklyn, through December 31.

FILM SHOWING: Lunch with Fela, a film by Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett, will show at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Allston, Mass., on November 6 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. He extends a special invitation to Hampshire alumni and friends.

CHALLENGING HYDE AMENDMENT: The Civil Liberties and Public Policy and the Population and Development programs at Hampshire are working through a nationwide effort called “30 Years Is Enough!” to challenge the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from being used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the woman. You can read an article on the history of the amendment by Marlene Gerber Fried, professor of philosophy, on the Web site of the Center for American Progress. Read article

'THE UNSAYABLE': Annie Rogers, assistant professor of clinical psychology and author of The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma, was a guest on KQED public radio's Forum with Michael Krasny on October 10. Listen online


Phyllis D. Coley (70F), professor of biology at the University of Utah, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 7. The Academy has 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, arts, business and public affairs around the world.

Yasuko Yokoshi (83F) won a 2006 Bessie Award, presented to independent artists in dance and related performance in New York City. Hampshire was well represented, with Stephen Petronio (74F) serving as a host for the evening. Learn more

Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Edward Humes (75F). More information, including a full schedule of the book tour and interviews, is posted to

Adam Kraar's (74F) play, The Abandoned El, premieres October 27 at Illinois Theatre Center. The play was previously workshopped at the William Inge Center for the Arts, where Adam was playwright-in-residence. Learn more

Kate Browne (78F) enjoyed her second residency at Yaddo this past spring. While there she worked on Moths, a multimedia piece. She was awarded Yaddo's 2006 endowed sponsored residency for artists working in film, video, and performance art.

David Dinerman (72F) has joined the alternative investment placement and advisory firm Probitas Partners as chief financial and administrative officer. Read more

Natalie Mulford (95F) is helping to organize The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival. Submit films and more information

Jean Sachs (80F) will receive the Clara Barton Outstanding Humanitarian Award at the Philadelphia area’s American Red Cross 2006 Spectrum Awards in November. Learn more

How is Hampshire (undefeated since 1970) connected to Monday Night Football? The five sportscasters on ESPN are dressed by stylist Cynthia Carr Gardner (73F). Learn more


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