News from Hampshire College
  September 26, 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").

Ken Burns
CONGRATULATIONS, RALPH & MANFRED! President Ralph Hexter and his partner of more than 27 years, Manfred Kollmeier, have announced their marriage. More

MACARTHUR FELLOW: Congratulations to Peter Cole (77F), a 2007 MacArthur Fellow. A translator, publisher, and poet, Cole brings often overlooked works of medieval Spain and the modern Middle East to English-speaking audiences. He is the third Hampshire alum to receive a MacArthur "genius grant," with National Yiddish Book Center founder Aaron Lansky (73F) and playwright Naomi Wallace (78F) among former recipients. More

‘THE WAR’: Hampshire College is a proud sponsor of The War, the Ken Burns (71F) film, currently showing on PBS. Those of you in selected cities will see a message from Hampshire after each airing of the seven episodes in this landmark series. More


ADVANCEMENT OFFICER: Clay Ballantine has been named Hampshire’s chief advancement officer and will take a lead role in all college fundraising efforts. Previously director of major gifts, Ballantine has been with the college since 2002. He is married to Hampshire alumna Joanna Schwartz Ballantine (87F). More

NSF GRANT: Steven R. Roof, associate professor of earth and environmental science at Hampshire College, has been named co-principal investigator in an international climate change study. The study is funded by a National Science Foundation grant for Research Experiences for Undergraduates. More

CLIMATE COMMITMENT: President Hexter has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Hampshire is one of more than 300 institutions nationwide working to reduce global warming emissions and integrate sustainability into the curriculum. More

Ralph Hexter
CONVOCATION 2007: “ …we must take all that we have learned in Hampshire’s first 37 years and focus it towards the future.” Those words from President Hexter fell upon ears of an audience that will indeed help to shape Hampshire’s future, our newest students, at convocation on September 6. President’s speech

JEWISH CULTURE: The Posen Foundation has awarded Hampshire a grant to support academic offerings in the field of Jewish culture, including a new course, The Rise of Secular Jewish Culture, taught by Rachel Rubinstein, Jeremiah Kaplan visiting assistant professor of Jewish American literature and culture, and Jim Wald, associate professor of history. More

GOING GLOBAL: Hampshire is strengthening its international commitment, reshaping programs into a new global education office with a broader mission. The college also welcomes three scholars from China to campus this fall. More


SCIENCE & RELIGION LECTURES: Physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education Eugenie Scott will speak on “Creationism and Evolution: A Historical Perspective” on September 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. She is the first speaker in this year’s Science and Religion Lecture Series. More

CBD LECTURE: Dr. Roberto Tuchman (73F)—an expert on autism and founder of the Dan Marino Center—will speak on campus on October 18 at 5:30 p.m. More

READING & SIGNING: Also on October 18, at 7 p.m. at the Odyssey bookshop in nearby South Hadley, Massachusetts, Leah Hager Cohen (85F) will read from and sign her new novel House Lights. More

EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE: Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, will deliver the tenth annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture. His talk, “The Cold War in the Middle East and the new Cold War,” will be held in the Robert Crown Center on November 15 at 4 p.m.

RAVETT FILMS: Tziporah, a recently completed film by Abraham Ravett, professor of film and photography, will show in the New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde at Water Reade Theater on October 6 at 5 p.m. (West Sixty-fifth Street between Broadway and Amsterdam). Another Ravett film, North Side/South Side, has been chosen for the Vienna International Film Festival October 19–31.

MEMORIAL EXHIBIT: Wells College in Aurora, New York, is hosting a memorial exhibit of photographs by the late Emily Richardson (00F) from October 3 through November 2. The photographs displayed in “Rebuilt Histories: A Walk Through the House” were part of her Division III work at Hampshire College.

FAMILY, ALUMNI & FRIENDS: We look forward to seeing all of you who can attend on campus for FAF Weekend October 12–14. More


Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble (70F), a physician and noted scholar in the field of medical humanities, has been named University Professor of Medical Humanities at The George Washington University. More

Brett Milano’s (76S) The Sound of Our Town: a History of Boston Rock & Roll was released by Commonwealth Editions, Books of New England on September 5.

Chuck Collins (79F) co-authored The Moral Measure of the Economy, recently released by Orbis. More

Billy Luther’s (00F) documentary film, Miss Navajo, won Michael Moore’s Special Founders Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival and was an official selection at Sundance. More

Paul Turano (87F) has been awarded funds for preproduction and development of an experimental documentary film. We, the Ecotopia will be an hour-long visual essay examining the history, concepts, and strategies of sustainable environmental practices. The LEF Foundation, through its Moving Image Fund, gives awards to New England-based filmmakers. More

Jeffrey Tuchman (73F), who directed The Man from Hope for the 1992 Democratic convention, has once again signed on to direct ads for a Clinton presidential campaign. A documentary filmmaker, he has also worked on both of Hillary Clinton’s Senate races and now on her presidential campaign. More

Jon Krakauer (72F) was recently interviewed on "All Things Considered" about the new film made from his book, Into the Wild. Listen


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