News from Hampshire College
  November 5, 2007

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TECHNOLOGY & ART: A $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will foster connections between media arts students and their counterparts in computer science. Computer science professors Lee Spector and Jaime Davila and media arts and sciences professor Chris Perry will work with students interested in creative computer systems and high-end digital animation, nurturing the interdisciplinary creativity that Hampshire graduates carry out into the filmmaking and computer worlds. The grant will also fund the planning stage for a partnership with the Holyoke public middle school and Holyoke Community College, a community outreach initiative that Hampshire has long been cultivating. More

VICE PRESIDENT: Mark Spiro will join Hampshire in December as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the college. Spiro has been vice president for administration at Colgate University since 2000. From 1977 to 2000, he progressed through a variety of administrative positions at Cornell University, concluding his Cornell tenure as associate dean of the College of Engineering. Spiro completed graduate studies at Cornell and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ithaca College in New York.

FAMILY, ALUMNI & FRIENDS: Many of those who gathered on campus October 12-14 for Family, Alumni & Friends Weekend participated in a luncheon conversation on the Making of the College 2.1, a document written by President Ralph Hexter as “a thought piece, meant to provoke discussion” about Hampshire’s future and how to redefine the liberal arts for the 21st century. Three tenets of MC2.1 that the Hampshire community will continue to hear much about are sustainability, internationalization, and responsibility. Download a pdf of MC2.1 The weekend also included a groundbreaking for expansions to the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video. Family, Alumni & Friends Weekend slidehow and image gallery

BALDWIN ENDOWMENT: A series of events during Family, Alumni & Friends Weekend celebrated memories of the late writer James Baldwin and launched a major fundraising effort to endow the Baldwin Scholars program. A gallery exhibit focused on Baldwin’s tenure as a visiting scholar at Hampshire from 1983 to 1986. An academic panel facilitated by Baldwin biographer David Leeming included New Yorker critic Hilton Als, James H. Cone of Union Theological Seminary, and Mae G. Henderson of the University of North Carolina. The endowment fund was announced at a dinner attended by current and former Baldwin Scholars and supporters of the program. Over the past 15 years, close to 100 talented, ambitious young men and women from educationally underserved communities have received Baldwin Scholarships for a year at Hampshire to develop writing and analytical skills necessary for college-level academic work. Approximately 85 percent complete the program successfully each year and choose to return to Hampshire as full-time students. More


GROWING COLLABORATION: Sixth graders from Springfield have been working on the college farm this fall alongside Hampshire students enrolled in the course Agriculture, Food and Human Health. Middle-school students partner with Hampshire students to harvest vegetables, prepare basic foods, and conduct dietary analyses. The sixth-graders take produce back to Springfield to distribute to people who have bought CSA shares and to hold a farmer’s market at their school. A grant from Gary Hirshberg (72F) and the Stonyfield Foundation funds the course, taught by Associate Professor of Public Health Elizabeth Conlisk and CSA Program Manager Nancy Hanson. More

BOOK AWARD: Patricia Klindienst’s (71F) The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans has been selected as a 2007 American Book Award winner.

GARDEN OF LEARNING: An inspiring article by first-year student Michael Meo (07F) tells of the powerful positive effects a community organic garden has on the elementary school that he attended. “Learning grows in the garden” was published in the October 26 Contra Costa Times (California). Article


POET-IN-RESIDENCE: Three-time finalist for the National Book Award and former Poet Laureate of Connecticut Marilyn Nelson will be in residence at Hampshire from Tuesday, November 6, to Friday, November 9. Two public events will be featured during her residency: a poetry reading November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the library gallery and a question-and-answer session on November 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center. 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 on November 15 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. His lecture is titled “The Cold War in the Middle East and the New Cold War.” More

ENERGY POLITICS: Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare will participate in a panel on resource-based conflicts at a conference in Brussels organized by the European Commission. The conference, From Early Warning to Early Action: Developing the EU’s Response to Crisis and Longer-Term Threats, will be held in Brussels November 12-13. Klare will also lecture at the University of Maastricht, Free University of Amsterdam, and Dutch Institute of International Relations in The Hague.


Jane Jerardi, videography by Michael Wichita
Jane Jerardi (93F) received a grant for a video dance and public art project from the Creative Communities Initiative in Washington, D.C. The award is part of a program to support collaboration between artists and nonprofit organizations on new works that engage underserved communities. More

Madeleine Perlman (90F) is a professional flamenco dancer, teacher, and choreographer. A video of Perlman dancing was submitted by one of her students to the International Museum of Women and is part of an exhibit in Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women. View video

Jamie Maxtone-Graham (80S) received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete a photographic essay on youth culture in Viet Nam.

Buddy Squires (74S) will receive the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Cinematography Award at the annual IDA awards banquet in December. Squires, who has more than 80 documentary credits, is only the second cinematographer to receive this award. He has shot films that have earned 18 Emmy nominations and 13 Emmy awards, and eight Academy Award nominations and one Academy Award.

Donna Rockwell (74F) received a grant to incorporate mindfulness theory and practices into the curriculum of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, including creation of a course she is teaching to third-year doctoral students.

REUNION: Save the date! Commencement weekend May 16-18 will also be Reunion. All alums are welcome, but for those who entered Hampshire in a year ending in 2 or 7 this is a special anniversary year. For more information, please contact


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