News from Hampshire College
  December 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").

photo by Jacqueline Hayden, professor of film and photography
U.S. ARTISTS FELLOW: Hampshire’s Michael Lesy (at right) is among the first United States Artists Fellows. Announced yesterday, these prestigious new grants provide generous support to working artists, no strings attached. Lesy is one of fifty recipients chosen from 362 anonymous nominations by arts leaders around the country. He has published a dozen books of history, biography, and narrative nonfiction, ranging from the cult classic Wisconsin Death Trip, which has been in print since it first appeared in 1973, to his most recent book, Murder City, which will be issued in early 2007. Lesy joined the Hampshire faculty in 1990 and is professor of literary journalism. In an artist’s statement for the USA Fellows, he describes his use of “historical photographs from public archives—utilitarian images made for every purpose except art—to tell a variety of difficult truths about our country and our shared pasts.” Read more

STAFF TRUSTEE: The Hampshire College Board of Trustees has established a staff trustee position. The staff trustee, elected by her or his staff colleagues, will serve a two-year term as a voting board member. Hampshire has long had an elected student trustee and an elected faculty trustee, and is now among the first higher education institutions to have an elected staff trustee position. Read more

WRC MEMBERSHIP: President Ralph Hexter has announced that Hampshire has joined the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an affiliation of colleges and universities that agree to purchase from businesses in compliance with a code of conduct guaranteeing the basic rights of workers who manufacture clothing or other items bearing the name, logo, or seal of the school. Read more

‘NEXT BIG FISH’: How does alumnus Josh Goldman’s (81F) leadership of Australis Aquaculture connect back to his days as a Hampshire student? Read the cover story of the November 26 Boston Globe Magazine and learn more not only about Goldman’s aquaculture business but also about his work in sustainability as an undergraduate. Hear more from Goldman about the barramundi, or the green-friendly fish, on NPR’s All Things Considered.


Associate Dean of Advising Anne Downes at the Food Bank
STAFF SERVICE DAY: Working through the Staff Advisory Committee, an elected group representing offices across campus, 45 college employees put Hampshire ideals into action through service in the community this fall. The college gave volunteering employees a paid release day to work in one of six nonprofit settings, including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton Council on Aging, and Habitat for Humanity.

YELLOW BIKES: A student organization, the Yellow Bike Project, is “in dire need of tools,” say its members. Yellow Bikes are available around campus for any student to use as needed; an individual can pick up a bike, ride it to her or his destination, and then put it down for the next person to use. This provides a convenient, student-run system of sustainable transportation, but the wear and tear inherent in the process definitely take a toll. Students who maintain the bikes need metric wrenches, pliers, vice grips, hammers, screwdrivers, or basically any tool that would be used in the repair of a bicycle. While these tools are not official donations to the college, they will be much appreciated by students who promise: “If you donate, we’ll name a Yellow Bike after you!” To learn more or to offer tools, drop an e-mail to

VALUES & TRANSFORMATIONS: Watch a slideshow of Family & Friends/Alumni Homecoming Weekend events.


NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Phi Beta Kappa Society has elected Hampshire President Ralph Hexter to a six-year term on its Nominating Committee. Read more

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR: Lili M. Kim, Henry R. Luce Assistant Professor of History and Global Migrations, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for lecturing and research at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BIT FILMS: Chris Perry, assistant professor of media arts and sciences and an on-leave technical director with Pixar Animation Studios, created Bit Films, in part, to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The first computer-animated film released under the Bit Films aegis was Displacement, written and directed by Perry and produced by 16 students in a semester-long class at Hampshire. In the most recent Bit Films release, Catch, Perry tells the story of a young girl growing up too soon. View films Perry was included in a recent Boston Globe article on digital animation, “Pixels to the People,” written by Hampshire alumnus Ethan Gilsdorf (84F). Read article

‘A CIVILIZING  MISSION’: The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad, the late activist and longtime Hampshire professor, is reviewed in the November 27 issue of The Nation. The book was edited by Professor of Sociology and Feminist Studies Margaret Cerullo, Professor of Politics Carollee Bengelsdorf, and alumnus Yogesh Chandrani (84F). Read review Video and audio recordings of the 2006 Eqbal Ahmad Lecture by Judith Butler are available online. Access lecture

PEACE STUDIES: Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare was invited to write an essay for Credit Suisse’s Global Investor Focus international series, Security & Conflicts issue (“Time to act on resource wars,” pp. 31-34). He also recently joined WAMC—Northeast Public Radio for an hour of conversation about his work and international affairs. Hear interview

‘EVENING SORROW’: Dennis Crommett, a major gifts assistant in the college’s institutional advancement office, has just released a new solo album, The Evening Sorrow. Learn more

NEW EDITION: The Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, edited by Hampshire Science Librarian Helaine Selin, is being released through Springer Reference in a revised and expanded second edition that will be available in both print and online form. Six hundred entries deal in-depth with scientific, technological, and medical accomplishments of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. Selin recently spent time in India on a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant, where she worked on the Encyclopedia of Classical Indian Sciences.

FILMS IN PARIS: Films by Professor Abraham Ravett will show at the Vidéothèque at the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme in Paris during December.


An evening at the home of Pasha Dritt Thornton (85F), a trustee of the college, and Laney Thornton welcomed renowned baritone Wolfgang Brendel and maestro Donald Runnicles, music director and principal conductor of the San Francisco Orchestra, into the circle of Hampshire friends. The college’s office of institutional advancement has shared a slideshow from this very special event, which was arranged and co-hosted by President Hexter. View slideshow

John Ruggieri’s (87F) photographs have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, most recently at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.

Sara Littlecrow-Russell (96F) has published a collection of poetry, The Secret Powers of Naming, through the University of Arizona Press. Learn more

Nahela Hadi (83F) is vice president of humanitarian campaigns at the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). She runs both their Adopt-A-Minefield and HERO campaigns. HERO provides school-based support to orphans and vulnerable children in HIV/AIDS communities in Africa. Learn more

Heidi McAllister (78F) received the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2006 Sustained Achievement Award for long-term contributions and commitment to protection and conservation of natural resources. She has devoted 25 years to supporting the teaching of environmental conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in developing countries. Learn more

Pam Ayres (73F) has been named chief financial officer of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., a museum dedicated solely to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Read more

Sculptor Andrew Simsak (96F), who completed an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, has been named recipient of the DaimlerChrysler Financial Services 2006 Emerging Artist Award. Simsak has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad. Read more

Jamison “Jamie” Citron (01F) worked on the Congressional campaign of Patty Wetterling in Minnesota, and was profiled in the GenQ column of The Advocate.

Fiona Otway (96F) helped edit the independent documentary feature Iraq in Fragments, which opened in selected U.S. cities in early November. Film site

Simon Peter Alciere (75F) is Webmaster for an alternative online shopping system that raises money for a local nonprofit in the Amherst area—his daughter Eva's preschool. Read more

Jamie Phillips (83F), who lives in Bogota, Colombia, and teaches third grade in a bilingual school, has published a beginning grammar text, the first of a four-level textbook series titled Grammar Rainbow. The series is a method developed by Phillips while teaching English grammar to young learners in Korea. Learn more

Gary Hirshberg (72F) and Stonyfield Farm may be saving the world with yogurt, “one cup at a time.” Hirshberg was interviewed on ABC News on November 28. View segment


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