News from Hampshire College
    March 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 (click on "News").

Dean Cycon, owner of Dean's Beans
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Dean Cycon, owner of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company and author of Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, will speak at commencement on May 17. More

'SOMETHING SPECIAL': Business West, a publication of the business community in western Massachusetts, profiled Hampshire and the college’s distinctive mission in an article titled "Not Just Knowing, but Doing." More


VIDEO: Experience two student projects related to sustainability: Noah Kellerman’s (07F) work in the Lemelson Program focuses on the local food movement. Watch Pedal Power. New Leaf organized an interdisciplinary event called Focus Hampshire.

DIV III PRESENTATIONS: 2007 graduate Tashal Brown (04F) studied in London last year, researching Reggae music and its connection to her home country of Jamaica. This past February, she presented work based on her Div III at the Global Reggae Conference at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and she will present at the CaribbeanStudies Conference in San Andreas, Columbia, in May.
Enfield Greenhouse

SAVE THE GREENHOUSE: A solar greenhouse built by students in 1979 is attached to the greenhouse mod in Enfield House. The mod provides living and gathering space for students interested in ecology, sustainability, and agriculture, and the greenhouse is one of Hampshire’s most consistent student-directed and student-maintained projects. Today, the greenhouse needs major repairs, with costs estimated at $150,000, and students have formed a Save the Greenhouse group, holding events to spread awareness and raise funds. On March 8, they hosted the Greenhouse “Brunchio.” More than 30 student volunteers cooked and served local food to faculty, staff, parents, and alumni who dined in the mod. The Hampshire Fund staff is working with these students and has designated Save the Greenhouse as this year’s student gift project. If you would like to support this student effort, just send a note along with your check to the Hampshire Fund designating the gift to the greenhouse renovation. For more information, please contact Henry Eberhardt, director of annual giving, at


SCIENCE AND RELIGION LECTURE: George V. Coyne—a Jesuit priest and an astronomer who is director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory—will speak on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson’s Main Lecture Hall. His talk is entitled “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Did God do it?” More

Grace Paley
'SOUND OF GRACE': Short story writer, poet, and political activist Grace Paley (at left) had a long connection to Hampshire College, as a writer-in-residence and as a frequent reader. Hampshire will celebrate the legacy and spirit of Paley, who died last August, at a multimedia event April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Music and Dance Building. More

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: One of the largest gatherings of young reproductive rights supporters in the United States will be held at Hampshire April 4-6. Sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program, the reproductive rights conference has grown in 22 years from 35 attendees to more than 1,000. More

SCHOCKET LECTURE: The first Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture is April 10, with feminist cultural critic Cora Kaplan speaking in Franklin Patterson Hall at 4 p.m. More

BOOK TALK: With the April release of Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Michael Klare’s latest book, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, a book talk and reception will be held on campus on April 21 at 7 p.m. in Franklin Patterson’s West Lecture Hall. On the date set for release, April 15, Klare is scheduled for an interview on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. More


Amanda Feinstein (00F), who has been accepted into a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Georgia State University, was featured on CNN Headline News teaching a segment on therapeutic yoga. More

Brett Morgen (87F) discussed his film Chicago 10, now in theaters nationwide, on NPR’s Fresh Air on February 27. More

Chris Osgood (72F) will join McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, as vice president for organizational development on May 1. Osgood, a musician, educator, and arts leader, is currently director of artist services at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul.


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