News from Hampshire College
  June 6, 2007

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‘REPUBLIC OF POETRY’: Keynote speaker Martín Espada welcomed the 2007 graduates of Hampshire College into the Republic of Poetry, “a place where creativity meets community, where the imagination serves humanity.” Poet Espada saluted the James Baldwin Scholars graduating, among them student speaker Chris McMillan (04F), elected by his classmates to represent them. In his remarks President Ralph Hexter reflected on federal attempts to regulate higher education and the dangers that lie in viewing education through the lens of consumerism, drawing laughter with the question: “How would the federal government handle Hampshire’s narrative evaluations?” Commencement slideshow and photos

DIVISION III: One graduating student who missed commencement was Kasia Paprocki, who was already on her way to Bangladesh to expand important work with women’s co-ops and microcredit that she began with her Division III project. You can follow Paprocki’s progress on her blog. More Division III stories


DALAI LAMA: “Warmheartedness is the key to a sustained, peaceful mind,” the 14th Dalai Lama told an audience of nearly 5,000 who gathered to hear him in May when Hampshire and Smith Colleges hosted a visit in honor of the Five College Program in Tibetan Studies, which was begun by Hampshire. View video and photos

LIEBLING EXHIBITION: Photographs by Professor Emeritus Jerome Liebling will show at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City from June 14 through July. Learn more

ALUMNI, FAMILY & FRIENDS: We hope that each of you will join us on campus October 12-14 for Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend. Events will include the groundbreaking for expansion of the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photo, and Video; a symposium and celebration of the James Baldwin Scholars Program; demonstrations of student work; lectures and classes; a farm festival; and much more.


GRANTS: Hampshire has been awarded a $252,980 grant from the Davis Foundation to create a center for teaching.

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College has been awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to support reproductive rights education and activism. Learn more

STUDENT ESSAY: Division III William A. Brideau published an essay in the June 5 Rochester, New York, Chronicle and Democrat addressing the problems of No Child Left Behind. Brideau and other students worked last year with Assistant Professor of Education Studies Kristen Luschen analyzing the effects of this legislation and creating a film titled The Cost of Accountability. Read essay

SUPPORT FOR STUDENT WORK: Gwen Straley and Carly Leusner are the 2007 recipients of Denice O’Neill Fellowships, which will support their Division III research in Nepal and Ecuador, respectively.

Libby Reinish and Zahra Postum are the first recipients of Earl Ubell Student Journalism Project awards.

Saurav Thapa is the 2007 recipient of the Sander Thoenes Division III Research Award.

FILM WINNERS: Five College Film Festival winners were screened at the Amherst Cinema Arts Center on May 11, with Assistant Professor of Film and Video Baba Hillman the speaker for the evening. First Prize, Best of Festival, went to The Nightingale Princess, a collaborative Hampshire Division III by 2006 graduates Daniel Gilbert, Chris Dreisbach, and Owen Granich-Young. Three other winning films by Hampshire students were on the evening’s program: Countdown by Josiah Aiken-Drake, Best Animation; Decolonizing the Mind by Lupita Nyong’o, Best of Hampshire College; and Denkmal by Alison Boland, Best Narrative (and the Div III film for the 2007 graduate).

ENTREPRENEUR: First-year student Brendan Ciecko won second place in the New England Regional Competition of the 2007 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and advances to the nationals. His business, Ten Minute Media, is a web design firm creating sites for recording artists.

STAFF AWARDS: The Carol and Blair Brown Staff Awards recognize employees who have made exceptional contributions to the college. The 2007 recipients are Don Dupuis from the Lemelson Program, custodian Lisa Fitzherbert, and Renee Freedman, associate dean of student affairs.

PARTNERSHIP: Veridian Village at Hampshire College has formed a partnership with Museums10 to expand the educational and cultural offerings of western Massachusetts. Veridian Village will be a corporate sponsor of a series Museums10 plans for this fall: BookMarks will highlight the literary tradition of the Pioneer Valley with a series of exhibitions and programs dedicated to bookmaking, printing, picture book art, literature, and literacy. The Hampshire College Art Gallery is a member of Museums10, and Veridian Village is a residential condominium community being developed adjacent to Hampshire’s main campus.


Liev Schreiber (85F) received the 2007 Drama League Award for Performance of the Year for his work in Talk Radio, for which he is also nominated for a Tony. The Tony Awards can be viewed June 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. For more, see

Roger Sherman’s (73S) documentary Rhythm of My Soul: Kentucky Roots Music airs nationally on PBS on June 12 at 10 p.m. Eastern (check local listings). Says the WGBY web site: “A wealth of archival clips and photos accents this loving compendium of Kentucky’s contributions to American music, from country, gospel, mountain and bluegrass to performers like Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs.”

Leah Hager Cohen’s (85F) novel House Lights will be released in July by W.W. Norton.

New Moon, a double CD of songs recorded from 1994 to 1997 by the late Elliott Smith (87F), was released May 8. Learn more

International freelance reporter Anna Sussman (96F) has set up to report on social issues around the world. Public Radio International recently aired a piece she did on Uganda and a radio station there that some say has helped bring about peace talks.

Interactive world traveler Bill Bowles (97F) uploads a new short film each day through a satellite modem powered by solar panels. Learn more

Joanna (Schwartz) Ballantine (87F), executive director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, was honored during Baltimore Hebrew University’s May 17 commencement with the school’s 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award.

Shalini Kantayya (94F) is among filmmakers in a competitive search for new directors on the reality television series "On the Lot." As of June 5, she had made it into the final 15 vying for a $1 million development deal. Learn more

Garage, Aaron Fagan’s (94S) first book of poems, will be published this month by Salt Publishing. Learn more


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