News from Hampshire College
    June 3, 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 "More News").

Commencement speaker Dean Cycon
COMMENCEMENT: My experience has shown me that it is less important to know what you are going to do than to know who you are. Doing unfolds,” commencement speaker Dean Cycon advised the graduating class. Cycon donated his honorarium to a girls’ empowerment organization in Guatemala. Hampshire supported the effort by also donating proceeds from commencement day sales of Dean’s Beans coffee to CHICA! (Comunidade de Hermanas Inteligentes con Corazones Abiertas, or Community of Intelligent Sisters with Open Hearts).

An archived Webcast of the commencement ceremony, photographs from the day, texts of speeches, and video from Division III presentations are available online. Commencement coverage

LIEBLING CENTER: Construction is underway on the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video, which is expanding by 6,600 square feet, with renovations to 3,000 square feet in the existing building. The project is being handled by Kuhn Riddle Architects, Thayer Street Associates, and Strategic Building Solutions. You can still get involved, with giving opportunities remaining for construction, program support, and endowment for the future. More

You have two opportunities this summer to see significant exhibitions of the photographs of Jerome Liebling. Everyday Monuments: The Photographs of Jerome Liebling will show at the Yale University Art Gallery until September 7. More

Jerome Liebling: Seeing Real Things is on exhibit in the Smith College Museum of Art from June 13 to August 24 and will include 40+ Liebling photographs. The June 13 opening includes a 6 p.m. talk, followed by a reception. More


ASSESSMENT GRANT: Hampshire and a group of partnering institutions were awarded a $250,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support assessment of student learning using the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. More

SENIOR THESIS STUDY: Hampshire and six other innovative liberal arts colleges will participate in a Teagle grant-funded study of senior theses in order to gather and analyze shared data that can aid in improved teaching and learning. More

PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE: An Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant is supporting summer internships in film, with students working alongside alumni or professors. Film internships

WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE? The Five College Architectural Studies program recently launched a new Web site, which will function as a virtual community allowing students to see work and ideas by their peers across the consortium. A May graduate of Hampshire, Sophat Sam (04F), worked closely with Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Thom Long on this project. Visit the site and see examples of the exciting work being completed by students and faculty in architectural studies. Web site


STONEWALL AWARD: President Ralph Hexter was honored May 12 by the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Hexter was chosen as keynote speaker for the center’s tenth annual Queer Graduation ceremony and recognized with the Stonewall Center Continuing Legacy Award for his contributions to the LGBT community.

Carriacou String Band Serenade: Performing Identity in the Eastern Carribean
CELEBRATORY STRINGS: Rebecca S. Miller, assistant professor of music of the Americas, has published Carriacou String Band Serenade: Performing Identity in the Eastern Caribbean. Issued by Wesleyan University Press, the book sheds light on the cultural and historical significance of the Parang festival on Carriacou, an island in the Caribbean. Book information

EDITING JOURNAL: Professor of Computer Science Lee Spector is guest editor for a special issue of the journal AI EDAM (Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing), published by Cambridge. The issue’s theme is “Genetic Programming for Human Competitive Designs.” Spector wrote the editorial introduction and co-authored, with Jon Klein (95F), an article, “Machine Invention of Quantum Computing Circuits by Means of Genetic Programming." Journal

FILM GRANT: The LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund awarded Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett a pre-production filmmaking grant for Blues and the Abstract Truth: A Session, an experimental nonfiction video that will explore the complexities of a 1961 recording session led by Oliver Nelson. More

CAROL & BLAIR BROWN AWARDS: Eric Hnatow, a buyer in the bookstore, and Liza Neal (91F), spiritual life coordinator, are the recipients of the 2008 Carol and Blair Brown Staff Awards. The staff recognition program was established by former board of trustees chairman Blair Brown and his wife Carol to recognize the essential role staff play in the Hampshire community. Nominations can be made by anyone on campus, and recipients are selected based upon their contributions to the college and for embodying the Hampshire values.


Filmmakers Nate Kensinger (97F) and Meghan O’Hara (97F) are traveling around the country with their latest documentary. Covered Tracks is showing at festivals including Slamdance 2008, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Boston Underground Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film Festival, where it won a Directors Award. More

David (76F) and Heidi (Korman) Sloss (78F) will move back to the San Francisco Bay area this summer, where David will start a new position as professor of law and director of the Center for Global Law and Policy at Santa Clara University Law School. Heidi will expand her consulting company for women entrepreneurs, Creative Learning Strategies: Training, Leadership & Coaching.

Kent Wittenburg (71F) was elected as a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He is director and vice-president of Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More

Jenner Furst (02F) is editor/producer of Captured, a film made with Dan Levin and Ben Solomon. Captured is about the work of Clayton Patterson, who has since 1979 dedicated his life to documenting New York City’s Lower East Side. Captured will premiere at the Rooftop Film Festival this month. More

Ellen Sturgis (77F) is a candidate for state representative for the Massachusetts Third Middlesex District. More

Paula Dobbyn (79F) has been named director of corporate communications for Alaska Communications Systems Group.

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser (81F) has an essay in the new Seal Press anthology The Maternal is Political. More

SHARE YOUR TUNES? We hope that you enjoy the videos that new media content developer Kevin Cline (97F) creates for the college Web site. As a way to incorporate your creativity, we’re extending an open-ended invitation for alumni to share original music. Whether it's acoustic or electronic, ambient or up-tempo, as long as it's an original creation, we'd love to hear it. We can’t guarantee that every submission will be used, but we do promise to give your work prominent visibility if it becomes sound track: submissions will be credited with a link and/or contact information included with the posted video. Files should be 128kbps (or higher) mp3 and must either be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 or accompanied by appropriate written permission for use by Hampshire College. Please e-mail mp3s and any questions to Cline at


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