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News from Hampshire College
  December 10, 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 www.hampshire.edu (click on "News").

Denise Duffy and Bonnie Rait
SAVING VANISHING VOICES: Denise Duffy (81F), pictured at right with Bonnie Raitt, and her husband Tim established the Music Maker Relief Foundation to promote blues, string band, and gospel musicians and preserve important vanishing voices in American music. View video. Current student Taliesen Nyala (07F) has profiled the Duffys and their work. Read article.

BACKPACK JOURNALIST: Anna Sussman (96F) is co-creator of BackpackJournalist, a Web site designed to provide coverage of world issues independent of major news networks and corporations. She is now ten months into a 15-month around-the-globe reporting trip. Student writer Sam Cherington (04F) recently interviewed Sussman. Read article.

CHICAGO 10: Hampshire is pleased to host the New England premiere of Chicago 10, the latest film from Brett Morgen (87F). View Website. Chicago 10 will show on February 2, 2008, at the Academy of Music in Northampton, with a reception at 6 p.m., screening at 7 p.m., and a post-screening question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. Chicago 10, which opened the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, is about the Chicago Conspiracy Trial following the 1968 Democratic Convention. It is an experimental mix of animation and archival footage, with the voices of such talents as Mark Ruffalo, Hank Azaria, Roy Scheider, and Hampshire alumnus Liev Schreiber (85F). The evening is a benefit for Hampshire’s Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video and tickets are $20 each. For more information, please call 413.559.5701 or e-mail llitterer@hampshire.edu.

SCHOCKET MEMORIAL LECTURE: Hampshire has established an annual lecture to honor the memory of Eric Schocket. Professor Schocket was a nationally prominent scholar in working class studies and an inspiring teacher. The first Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture is scheduled for April 10, 2008. Feminist cultural critic Cora Kaplan will deliver a lecture titled "'Like Love': Class and Feeling in the New Millennium." Her title references the writings of British historian E.P. Thompson, who argued in The Making of the English Working Class that class is not an identity, but a relationship—like love.


Sharon Sughrue, Florence Ladd, and Sig Roos
BRADFORD ROOM: A special collections and meeting room on the second floor of the Harold F. Johnson Library has been dedicated as the Bradford College Room. Following the closing in 2005 of Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, $3.6 million in endowment was awarded to Hampshire College, with Bradford alumni and trustees asking that we carry forth the spirit of the Bradford College motto, Surgo ut Prosim (I Rise to Serve).

In photo, left to right: Bradford College trustee Sharon Sughrue; Florence Ladd, chair,
and Sig Roos (73F), vice chair, of the Hampshire College Board of Trustees.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association made headlines with a debate on ethics and engagement with the military and a vote to reinstate language from its 1971 code of ethics prohibiting secret research. Hampshire’s Alan Goodman, professor of biological anthropology, is president of the national professional organization and chaired the meeting. Learn more.

INTERNATIONAL SHOWING: Tziporah, a film by Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett, was invited into the Rotterdam International Film Festival in Holland in January.


Page Allen Artwork
Shelley Johnson Carey (72F) won the recent election to a four-year term as alumni representative on the Hampshire College Board of Trustees. She succeeds Cecilia Alvarez (72F), whose four-year term ended this year, and joins Marci Riseman (88F), who is in her third year as an alumni trustee.

Leah Hager Cohen’s (85F) novel, House Lights, is among the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2007.

Page Allen’s (70F) exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors, and monotypes, Declared Mystery, opens at Owings Dewey Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 14 and runs through January 18. Learn more.


FAMILY LISTSERVE: If you are the parent or guardian of a current Hampshire student, you are invited to join a special listserve created just for you. Subscribed members have the ability to e-mail everyone on the list, allowing parents and families to communicate with, provide support to, and network with each other. It provides a great place to get feedback from other parents on a variety of topics about the college and their experiences with Hampshire. The director of parent and family services moderates the list and provides answers to questions. To join, please send an e-mail to studentservices@hampshire.edu with "family e-mail list" in the subject line and include your name and your current student’s name in your message.

COMMUNITY SCHOLARS FUND: An anonymous donor’s generous $115,000 gift pledge has established the Community Scholars Fund for Educational Opportunity. This fund will provide financial assistance to students for whom "the opportunity of a Hampshire education has the greatest potential to be life transforming due to circumstances of poverty, community deprivation, family hardship, or other challenges." The college is committed to expanding this opportunity through additional gifts. If you would like to know more, e-mail cbutler@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.5588.

GIFT PLANNING: Did you know that you have until December 31 to make a direct, tax-free rollover gift? Federal legislation that allows people age 70½ and older to roll over up to $100,000 from a traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charitable organization is due to expire (unless H.R. 3996, the Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007, gets enacted into law by the end of the year). For more information, e-mail bstarr@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.5374.


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