News from Hampshire College
  March 13, 2007

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").

Liev Schreiber
‘DAZZLING’ PERFORMER: As a Hampshire student, actor Liev Schreiber (85F) incorporated monologues by Eric Bogosian into his Division III solo performance project. Today, Schreiber is starring on Broadway in a revival of Bogosian’s Talk Radio. According to reviewer Ben Brantley, in yesterday’s (March 12) New York Times, the Talk Radio performance confirms the Tony Award-winning Schreiber’s “status as the finest American theater actor of his generation.” Read review (may require subscription)

MC2=E: Important efforts to tap into creative energy are underway; we probably won’t move at the speed of light, but we do seek mass momentum and we will want to hear your ideas. A big-picture conversation concerning the “what” of Hampshire has been set in motion by President Ralph Hexter’s document Making of the College 2.0. A faculty, student, and staff committee co-chaired by Lee Spector, professor of computer science, and Elly Donkin, professor of theatre, is leading discussion groups on campus to envision the future of Hampshire. What does it mean to be a leader in academic innovation in 2007? What will the college and its revolutionary approach look like twenty years from now? Information and ideas from on-campus discussion groups will be compiled throughout the spring, and by autumn the conversation will expand to include alumni and parents. You can look forward to this “revisioning” process playing a role in Family & Friends Weekend next fall, and to more information and opportunities for input as it progresses.

BLOGGING ABROAD: Follow the journeys of two Hampshire students and learn more about study abroad. BlogAbroad selected Jackie Pateguana (04F), studying on the Hampshire exchange program in Durban, South Africa, as one of three featured student bloggers. Joanna Springer (05F) is also maintaining a blog while on Hampshire's exchange program with Sciences Po in France. Her blog involves reflections on religion, politics, and culture in the Middle East and North Africa, written in order “to give readers a chance to see the faces behind the generalizations we see and hear on the news.” Springer was awarded a Benjamin Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship by the U.S. State Department. Access both blogs

25 inch scale Firebird style guitar
ERGONOMIC GUITAR: For his Division III project, Jerome Little (92F) designed an ergonomic bass guitar, working through the Lemelson Program to build a prototype and to develop many of the skills needed to launch his own business. Little Guitar Works specializes in custom guitars that are ergonomically designed to reduce repetitive stress injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. The instruments are also quite beautiful, as you can see in a Bass Guitar Magazine review posted to YouTube. Read More


NEW LEAF: Students supporting sustainability at Hampshire have formed an organization called New Leaf. With around 65 members and many other students involved in actions to support their efforts, the group is working on campus projects and events to build awareness of environmental issues and move toward increased energy efficiency. With support from the college, New Leaf co-leaders Lani Gedeon (06F) and Jorie Kennedy (06F) are attending a Northeast Sustainable Energy Association conference this week, gaining even more valuable ideas from workshops focused on renewable energy, green building, climate change, and health and the environment.

POETRYFEST: Students Christina Clark (06F) and eryn alana leavens (04F) were chosen to represent Hampshire in the Five College Student Poetryfest, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on March 7. Students are nominated by their home campuses to read their works in this annual event organized by a faculty committee from the five campuses to recognize student poets. Read more on the Five College Web site, including a sampling of participants’ poems.

PAPER PRESENTED: Isaiah Miller (03S), a December 2006 graduate, presented a paper at the annual student symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Miller, who concentrated in architectural theory, urban studies, and critical theory as a Hampshire student, was one of two undergraduates presenting alongside doctoral students in the annual student symposium held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge in February. His paper, drawn from his Division III work, was titled “The Medical Gaze, Encrypted Space, and the Organized Body: Urban Transformation in Buenos Aires.” It was an analysis of space at two junctures in the urban history of Buenos Aires—at the turn of the nineteenth century when social identity was complicated by a large influx of immigrants, and during the 1970s when Argentina was engaged in a “culture war” as it attempted to nationalize its economy. Miller was recommended as a presenter by Associate Professor of Architectural History Karen Koehler.

JOURNAL ARTICLES: Sarah Steely (02F) and Kimberly Newton (01F), now alums, have each published articles based on their Division III research, and co-authored with Professor of Chemistry Dula Amarasiriwardena and Baoshan Xing from the University of Massachusetts, in the journal Environmental Pollution.

GEOLOGICAL RESEARCH: Jezra Beaulieu (03F) is part of a team of geoscientists presenting research at the 42nd annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in mid-March, with a project titled “Grain-Scale Deformation and Kinematics Along a Strain Gradient, Pioneer Metamorphic Core Complex, Idaho.”


COMMUNITY & JUSTICE: President Ralph Hexter has joined the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice, an organization committed to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism. Read more

GLOBAL COMMITMENT: Johan Brongers, vice president for finance and administration, wants to make a difference in a country that has been devastated by war. In June, Hampshire will say goodbye to Brongers as he leaves to become chief finance and administrative officer and vice president of the new American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where his mission will be providing students—particularly women students—access to higher education based on the model of a U.S. liberal arts college. Read more

LECTURE PODCAST: “Oil, War and Geopolitics: The Global Struggle Over Disappearing Petroleum,” a lecture by Professor Michael Klare is available on the University Channel (search under Klare). Klare, professor of peace and world security studies, spoke at the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, held at Dickinson College in late February.


GOVERNOR PATRICK:  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will speak at Hampshire on April 6 at an Amherst Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce, but are limited in number and are going fast. For more information, contact the Amherst Chamber at

SPECIAL LECTURE: Amos Brandeis, manager and chief planner of the Alexander River Restoration Project, a collaboration between Israelis and Palestinians, will deliver a lecture at Hampshire on April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. His talk is titled “The Alexander River Restoration Project as a Bridge Between Israelis and Palestinians.” Learn more

BOSTON AREA: An informational meeting about Veridian Village at Hampshire College will be held Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at 50 Chestnut Hill Road, Newton, Massachusetts. Anyone who would like to learn more about the planned condominium community is welcome; R.S.V.P. by March 18 at 888.253.3903.


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