News from Hampshire College
  February 8, 2007

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RACE PROJECT: The American Anthropological Association has launched the largest-ever public education project on race. As president of the AAA, Hampshire Professor of Biological Anthropology Alan Goodman played a leading role in development of “RACE: Are We So Different?

A 5,000-square-foot traveling museum exhibit debuted in January in the museum that produced it, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and will be seen across the country over the next few years. The RACE Project also includes a Web site (, educational materials, and public programming that takes a fresh look at the history, science, and lived experience of race and racism in the United States. Minnesota Public Radio aired a call-in program with Dr. Goodman and other project planners when the RACE exhibit launched. Listen online

79TH ACADEMY AWARDS: Hampshire will be well represented at the 2007 Academy Awards on February 25. Three alums are nominated for Oscars: Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer’s (87F) My Country, My Country is nominated in the Documentary Feature category. Karen Goodman (72F) and Kirk Simon’s (72F) Rehearsing a Dream is nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category. This is the third nomination each for Goodman and Simon, and Glatzer’s first. While not direct nominees, several other alums worked on films recognized in various categories: Buddy Squires (74S) was cinematographer on Rehearsing a Dream. Fiona Otway (96F) was an editor of Iraq in Fragments, which is also nominated in the Documentary Feature category (she received a 2006 Sundance Film Festival award for best editing). Amanda Pollack (83F) was both assistant music editor and first assistant editor on The Devil Wears Prada. And, Rob Epstein (73F), who has twice won Oscars, is a member of the Academy Board of Governors.

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGES: A recent Inside Higher Education “Views” column by Ralph J. Hexter explores the connection he finds between the experience of being a gay college president and the responsibility of all leaders to model through openness and honesty what it means to have integrity. Read column. President Hexter also spoke on January 31 at the Harvard Club of Chicago, sharing the story of Hampshire and its innovative role within higher education. His remarks can be downloaded as a pdf document.

DALAI LAMA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak to audiences from Hampshire College, Smith College, and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts during a May 9 visit recognizing the Five College Tibetan Studies Program, which began at Hampshire and is now housed at Smith. Each year as many as fifteen Five College students spend January studying Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan history and culture in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. The Dalai Lama encouraged the program’s founding and has maintained close interest in its progress. Although space at his talk is extremely limited and neither college is able to provide tickets beyond current students, faculty, and staff, the speech will be simulcast to locations on both campuses, broadcast on local cable television stations, and posted to both college’s Web sites.


‘MURDER CITY’: Author Michael Lesy, recently honored as a United States Artists Fellow, will read from and sign his latest book at a number of venues in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Madison over the coming weeks. Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties is creating quite a stir; the Chicago Tribune Magazine ran an excerpt as its cover story on January 21. Reviewer Luc Sante says, “The bodies fall like dominoes, and every word sounds like it was shot from a gun.” The following appearances offer opportunities to hear directly from Hampshire’s professor of literary journalism about his fascinating work building narrative around archival photographs: Minneapolis–Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Minnesota Center for Photography, 165 13th Avenue NE. Chicago–Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Borders, 1144 Lake Street, Oak Park; Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard; Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m., University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 East 58th Street. Madison–March 2, 7 p.m., Borders, 3750 University Avenue.

BOOK RELEASE IN INDIA: Science librarian Helaine Selin presented The Encyclopaedia of Classical Indian Sciences, which she co-edited, to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, president of India, upon its release in January. The book’s release drew much attention in India, including an article in the national newspaper, The Hindu.

SCIENCE EDUCATION: “Eye on Education: Researching Teaching Scientifically” is a quarterly BioScience column issued by the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The January column presents Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE), a peer-reviewed, Web-based collection of ecological educational materials, as a model for teaching science in a “student-active” inquiry approach. Hampshire Professor of Ecology and Dean of the School of Natural Science Charlene D’Avanzo is co-leader of the team that developed TIEE. Learn more

Dr. D’Avanzo also has been named the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) education “Tiger Team” leader. NEON will be the first national ecological measurement and observation system designed to answer continental-scale questions about global warming and other pressing ecological concerns. D’Avanzo will help coordinate development of the national NEON education program.

GOLD MEDAL: The college’s 2006 commencement publications won a gold medal in District One of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Congratulations to both graphic designer Kim Holloway and Josie Swift (02F), whose artwork the winning suite of publications (poster, invitation, program) was designed around.


The Hampshire College Farm Center is among organic farms in academic settings written about in “Cultivating New Farmers” in the February/March issue of Mother Earth News. Marada Cook (03S) talks about her positive experiences working at the farm center. Read article, a source for environmental news and commentary, features an interview with Greasecar founder Justin Carven (98F). Read interview

Attorney Melissa Hoffer (84F) has joined the Conservation Law Foundation as vice president and director of CLF’s New Hampshire Advocacy Center. She will be advocating for environmental protection to benefit communities in New Hampshire and throughout New England. The Boston Globe recently printed an op-ed by Hoffer, “Trapped at Guantanamo,” about her clients in Boumediene v. Bush, a case that has evoked international outrage over the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

Nahela Hadi (83F) has been appointed senior vice president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Formerly vice president for humanitarian campaigns, Hadi has raised more than $30 million to aid the association’s international efforts to clear landmines and provide assistance to landmine survivors and to provide school-based support to vulnerable children living in HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Africa. As senior vice president, she will be responsible for oversight of UNA-USA humanitarian campaigns, fundraising, membership development, marketing, and communications functions.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen’s (87F) Chicago 10 deals with “the need and importance of taking a stand.” The film, which opened the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, uses animation and archival footage to dramatize antiwar protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the subsequent Chicago Conspiracy Trial. indieWIRE video features Morgen talking about his film.

Chuck Collins (79F) suggested “Ten Blockbuster Hearings” ranging from oil industry influence to the Katrina divide in the January 22 issue of The Nation. Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. Read article

A magazine feature by Dan Koeppel (79F) was published in Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing of 2006. “Standing Still” is about the battle Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist and four-time Tour de France competitor, is waging against Parkinson’s Disease. Koeppel’s memoir, To See Every Bird on Earth: a Father, a Son, and a Lifetime Obsession, has been released in paperback edition by Plume.

Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Laurence Kirmayer, Robert Lemelson (79F), and Mark Barad, has been released by Cambridge University Press. Learn more

Edward Humes (75F) takes us to the front lines of America’s war over evolution in his latest book, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion and the Battle for America’s Soul. Learn more

Stephen Petronio (74F) was profiled in “A Choreographer Challenges Dancers, Tastes, and Himself” in the Boston Globe when his dance troupe appeared at the Institute of Contemporary Art in January. Read article


The Winter Dance Concert February 15–27 will showcase faculty work alongside seasoned and first-time Hampshire choreographers.

A talk on February 8 by writer Akiba Solomon will launch a series of Black History Month events arranged by the Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center. Full schedule

Our friends at Five College Learning in Retirement have asked us to help spread the word about a conference, Aging Creatively: Choices After Fifty. The all-day conference on April 14 at Smith College will focus on choices and opportunities for the “not yet aging” who are over fifty and faced with making plans for their own futures while watching their parents deal with the aging issues of an older generation. Workshops will include such topics as community activism, housing options, and financial planning. Five College Learning in Retirement is a volunteer, peer-led organization working to create opportunities for shared and active lifelong learning. More information

KEEPING UP WITH EVENTS: Are you wondering how, with all the events planned on campus and throughout the Five College consortium, you can avoid missing something you might really like to attend? Check Hampshire’s events calendar for listings of public events held on campus. News and features related to some individual events are posted under the current stories link on the news section of the college Web site. And, the Five College calendar contains public events at Hampshire as well as those at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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