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News from Hampshire College
  January 25, 2008

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").

Isabel Buckner, Student
JAN TERM: A range of courses offered during January provided opportunities to explore one topic in-depth. Off-campus courses included explorations of Ireland and Hawaii. On campus, students worked in areas as diverse as book arts, Bolivian music, and blacksmithing. Language classes included Welsh, Yiddish, and Immersion Spanish. Isabel Buckner (07F) (at left, heating metal in a gas forge) enrolled in the Lemelson Program's blacksmithing workshop. Students learned about the history of ironworking, how to manipulate iron with traditional tools, and the modern applications of blacksmithing in a workshop taught by alumnus Ben Westbrook (00F). Students enrolled in Designing an Architectural Journal: Writing and Representation created a prototype for an online architectural journal using "transparency" as their theme. Online Journal

IT WAS ARSENIC: Professor of Chemistry Dula Amarasiriwardena and a team of students helped crack the mystery of the world's oldest mummies. More

HOME RENOVATIONS: He is known to many of you as the founder of the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton. Now, after 25 years in the music business, Jordi Herold (71F) has a new career buying and renovating old houses, with an eye toward universal access and environmental sustainability. More

HISTORIC CASTLE: While Sharon Halperin (74F) was studying French as a Hampshire student, she had no way to know that she would one day renovate and own a fourteenth century castle in the south of France. Current student Taliesin Nyala (07F) recently interviewed Halperin about her journey and the bed-and-breakfast and meeting center she has created in her castle. Read More


NOVEL SUPPORT: Assistant Professor of Writing Nell Arnold has been awarded a Somerville Arts Council Grant to support work on her next novel. Arnold publishes under the name K.S. Koenings and is the author of The Blue Taxi and a forthcoming short story collection titled Theft.

NSF GRANT: Professor of Ecology Charlene D'Avanzo has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to investigate college students' grasp of concepts in the study of biology. Read More

NOTABLE BOOKS: Professor of Literary Journalism Michael Lesy’s Murder City was selected as one of The Atlantic’s notable books of the year for 2007.

CLIMATE CHANGE ROUNDTABLE: Betsy Hartmann, associate professor of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program, is a participant in an online roundtable on climate change. Global Security News & Analysis hosts the discussion of how population growth relates to spiraling energy needs and whether addressing it can help provide a solution to the climate problem. Hartmann argues that far more can be accomplished by addressing damaging patterns of production and consumption, and by developing new technologies. Climate Change Roundtable

LONDON LECTURES: Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare delivered the Ralph Miliband Distinguished Lecture at the London School of Economics in January, and spoke at Chatham House, the British equivalent of the Council on Foreign Relations. Lecture Podcast Klare's November address at the University of Maastricht in Holland on "Energy, Politics, and Power" is available on YouTube. Video


Chicago 10 Movie Poster
CHICAGO 10: An opening film of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Brett Morgen's (87F) Chicago 10 is showing February 2 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. This is a special Hampshire College evening, and is also a benefit for the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video. Filmmaker Morgen will be on hand to talk with the audience. There is a 6 p.m. reception, film at 7 p.m., and the Morgen Q&A afterward. Read More

CBD LECTURE: Ray Gibbs (72F) will speak on “Embodiment in Metaphorical Imagination” on February 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson’s Main Lecture Hall. Gibbs is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Learn More

MEIR SHALEV: One of Israel’s most celebrated writers, Meir Shalev, will speak on March 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's Main Lecture Hall. Shalev, author of the prize-winning novel A Pigeon and a Boy, will talk about literature and life in Israel. More

Stan Sherer Exhibit
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: A collaborative project by Stan Sherer and Marjorie Senechal, Pictures at an Exhibition will show in the Liebling Center Gallery February 1-29. Sherer's photographs, made in museums around the world over a period of several decades, are his personal interpretation of the museum experience—candid moments of visitors and staffs in interior and exterior settings. Senechal's imaginative text, based on a performance of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, act as an accompanying voice as one views the photographs, much in the way Mussorgsky's promenade threads the sections of his composition. There will be a reception and gallery talk with Sherer and Senechal on February 13 at 5 p.m. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday 1-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1-6 p.m. Read More


Caitlin Berrigan (99F) is giving an artist talk and presenting work at the Whitney Museum of American Art on January 25 as part of the Initial Public Offerings series. Artists who challenge or rethink modes of creation are commissioned to develop multiples that are made available, free of charge, to the Whitney’s audiences. Promo materials said: “From chocolates made in the shape of the protein structure of the hepatitis C virus to silicone objects cast from the negative space of a mouth, artist Caitlin Berrigan probes bodily systems and pathologies to create works that address the simultaneous medicalization and eroticization of the human form. Learn More

Mako Hill (99F) is one of five student leaders recognized as a SPARC Innovator. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition program recognizes "agents of change" who make advances in scholarly communication. Hill, who is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab as well as Hampshire, is currently a researcher at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Fellow in the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and engineer of the 2007 Overprice Tags project at the MIT library.

The Secret Powers of Naming
Sara Littlecrow-Russell's (96F) poetry collection,The Secret Powers of Naming, has been named one of ten winners of the annual Myers Center Outstanding Book Awards. Sponsored by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, the Book Awards honor work that advances human rights by analyzing the causes of intolerance and discrimination.

The Drift, an animated short film by Kelly Sears (96F), was accepted into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Frida Berrigan (92F), writing for In These Times, asks, "Who's to blame when 'just following orders' means murder?" Read Article

Josh Goldman's (81F) Australis aquaculture business was selected as Australia’s 2007 Sustainability Award winner in the environment category.

Dan Koeppel's (79F) latest book is an environmental, cultural history of the banana. Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World focuses on a disease that threatens the world's banana crop. Koeppel's Blog

Gary Hirshberg's (72F) new book, Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, demonstrates how companies can work to save the planet while achieving greater profits. Learn More


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