News from Hampshire College
    February 29, 2008

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Dennis Gallon, Maria Vallejo & Ralph Hexter
AGREEMENT SIGNED: President Ralph Hexter and leaders of Palm Beach Community College in Florida have signed an agreement that will make it easier for honors graduates of the community college to transfer to Hampshire to complete bachelor of arts degrees. Hampshire plans to create similar agreements for graduates of other community colleges around the nation as part of the commitment to increasing diversity—racial diversity, socioeconomic diversity, and geographic diversity—within the campus community. “We’re looking to enhance our community with students from every part of the country,” said Hexter. “This agreement will make it easier for students at PBCC to imagine how a transfer to Hampshire will work for them.” While the number of students transferring to Hampshire from PBCC will not be large, those who would like to pursue an innovative liberal arts education in New England already have an excellent role model for the power of a Hampshire education—Maria M. Vallejo (72F) is provost of PBCC. In photo: PBCC President Dennis Gallon, PBCC Provost Maria Vallejo, and Hampshire President Ralph Hexter.

SUNDANCE WINNER: Alex Rivera’s (91F) Sleep Dealer won the Alfred P. Sloan Memorial Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and Rivera received the Dramatic Screenwriting Award, shared with David Riker. More

NEW MEDIA FEATURE: Kevin Cline (97F) recently joined Hampshire’s communications staff as a new media content developer. Cline put his film and video talents to work immediately and, collaborating with writer Karen Guzman, produced an online feature capturing January Term courses and energy. Jan Term


STUDENT POETS: Shira Erlichman (05F) and Meg Willing (06F) represented Hampshire in the Five College PoetryFest. Two student poets from each of the five colleges are selected by faculty to read their works. More

Deadly Election by Betsy Hartmann
DEADLY ELECTION: Betsy Hartmann, associate professor of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program, has published Deadly Election, a novel of political intrigue. More

UPCOMING SCREENINGS: Films by Abraham Ravett, professor of film and photography, are scheduled for a number of significant showings this spring: March 1 in the “True Lives: False Lives” series at Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York; March 4, Ijime Part II, in Paris; March 11, In Memory, in Châteauroux, France; March 27-29, Ijime Part II, International Festival of Short Films on Culture in Jaipur, India; April 1, Lunch With Fela, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; and during April, Tziporah, San Francisco Cinematheque and in the San Francisco International Film Festival. More

CHEMISTRY GRANT: Professor Dula Amarasiriwardena has been awarded a 2008 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant, sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Karen Warren, Outdoor Programs and Recreational Athletics (OPRA) instructor, has been invited to give the keynote address at the Northwest Regional Association for Experiential Education conference, to be held in Washington in late March.  The conference theme is Transformation, and Warren will speak about social justice in experiential education.

COVER ARTICLE: “Encrypting Files: The Basics You Should Know,” by Jeff Butera, database systems developer, has been chosen as the cover article for an upcoming issue of International Spectrum magazine, available online at


OUTDOOR FESTIVAL: Proceeds from the Five College Outdoor Festival this weekend (February 29 and March 1) will go to Ovarian Cancer Research in memory of Kathy Kyker-Snowman, who was an OPRA instructor at Hampshire. On Saturday night, at the Telluride Film Festival in Franklin Patterson Hall at 7 p.m., the first recipient of a Kathy Kyker-Snowman Outdoor Leader Training Fund for Women grant will be announced. The fund was created to honor Kyker-Snowman’s memory by providing financial support for outdoor education skills training for Five College women. More

Rinku Sen
DAKIN ANNIVERSARY: Rinku Sen (photo left), publisher of ColorLines magazine and director of the Applied Research Center, will speak on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson’s Main Lecture Hall. Her talk, “Checking the Color Line,” is part of a commemoration of the Dakin Agreement, a document signed two decades ago that commits Hampshire to institutional support for diversity issues. More

WORD!: Student-written scripts dealing with issues of race and diversity are presented annually through Five College Multicultural Theater. District 98 by Alia Ahmed (06F) will represent Hampshire in WORD! 2008 on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the UMass Curtain Theater. For more information e-mail

FOCUS HAMPSHIRE: The campus version of Focus the Nation, a national teach-in designed to address pressing environmental issues, is scheduled for March 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. New Leaf, a student organization committed to sustainability, is organizing an evening of multidisciplinary panel discussions on global warming. More

GENES, RACE & MEDICINE: Jonathan Kahn—an expert on biotechnology’s implications for our ideas of identity, rights, and citizenship—will lecture on March 10 at 5 p.m. in the Adele Simmons Hall auditorium. More
Meir Shalev

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


Dan Koeppel (79F) talked about his book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World on National Public Radio’s "Fresh Air" on February 18. Hear Interview

Alex Martin (81F), a freelance jazz guitarist, copyeditor, and translator living in Washington, DC, has just released his first CD, Nostalgia for Terra Incognita, with his quartet, Amerique Latine. His translation of Reinaldo Funes Monzote's From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba: An Environmental History since 1492 has just been published by the University of North Carolina Press. More

Francis Chan (88F) is first author of “Emergence of Anoxia in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem” in the February 15 issue of the journal Science.

Sculptor Seth Koen’s (90F) show “Ellipsis” is in the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco through March 1. The gallery is on 49 Geary Street; for information call 415.296.9661.

Can biofuels actually exacerbate global warming? Joe Fargione (92F) was lead author of an article in Science on a study demonstrating that when full emission costs of producing biofuels are taken into account, including the destruction of natural ecosystems, they may cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels. Fargione’s study was one of two picked up in the February 8 New York Times, “Studies Call Biofuels a Greenhouse Threat.” Fargione is a scientist at the Nature Conservancy. More

Lorenzo Gaines (93F) was honored by the Key Players Project, a collaboration of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, the Boston Celtics, and Springfield, Massachusetts, community mentors. Gaines, a Springfield high school teacher, was one of ten men of color recognized as outstanding volunteers who mentor young people and provide positive role models.


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