News from Hampshire College
    October 1, 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").


Local Food Challenge
SHAKESPEARE AND PIE: “I had a few friends who were interested in a Shakespeare club. But everybody loves pie,” says first-year student Josh Parr, who founded the Shakespeare and Pie club. More

SLOW FOOD: Hampshire’s student-organized Slow Food group is part of an international movement linking the pleasure of food with commitment to community. More

LOCAL FOOD CHALLENGE: Students challenge themselves to maintain a diet this semester of foods native to the Pioneer Valley. More

INTERNS DINNER: Whether they spent the summer promoting peace initiatives in Israel, researching how religion and culture impact the environment in India, working on a feature film at a production company in New York, or spreading information in New Orleans about reproductive health, the 63 students speaking at the Annual Intern Dinner had plenty of stories to tell. More


Orientation 2008
ORIENTATION 2008: Hampshire welcomes 408 new students, representing 39 states and 36 countries. multimedia Video

CARDBOARD BOAT RACE: Some new students built cardboard boats and raced them in the college pool. Multimedia Video

CONVOCATION: Esther Terry, vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Massachusetts, delivered an inspiring talk about her own experiences as a college student almost 50 years ago. She was among students who joined the Greensboro sit-ins that helped launch the civil rights movement. Video

THEORY TO PRACTICE: Hampshire is one of 45 colleges and universities nationwide selected to form a leadership coalition for creating and sustaining transformative campus change and cultures for learning. More


Family and Friends Weekend
REGISTER NOW: Many exciting events are scheduled for Family and Friends Weekend, October 23-26. Among them are public talks by graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, poet and translator Peter Cole, and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss; the annual Alumni Reel of short clips by Hampshire graduates working in television and film; and two panel discussions featuring alums. One panel will focus on writing, editing, and publishing. The other will be a discussion by medical professionals on freedom and responsibility. More

ART SPIEGELMAN: Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman (shown right, photo by Nadja Spiegelman) will read from and sign his new book on October 24 at 7 p.m. More

PETER COLE: Hampshire alumnus Peter Cole 77F, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, will read from his poetry and talk about his work translating contemporary Hebrew and Arabic poetry and fiction. He will speak on October 23 at 7 p.m. More

LAWRENCE KRAUSS: Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss will speak on "The Matter of Origins and Meaning of Life." His talk is scheduled for October 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. Krauss' books include The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe and The Physics of Star Trek.


BAUHAUS MODERN: Architecture professor Karen Koehler is guest curator of Bauhaus Modern, an exhibition in the Smith College Art Museum. More

Jim Tisdall
HAMPSHIRE GEAR: Who wouldn't be proud to let the world know their college was undefeated in football since 1970? Our friendly bookstore crew has made it possible for you to be true to your school online. More

INTERVIEW: Greg Prince, president emeritus, discussed his new book with Inside Higher Education. Prince says colleges shouldn't try to make their classrooms neutral. More

ARTICLE: Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, associate director for the Population and Development program, published an article—"Birth Control or Population Control?"—in the September-October issue of Colorlines, a national newsmagazine on race and politics. Barajas-Roman reported on Iowa's controversial campaign for free birth control.

EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE: Robin D.G. Kelley will deliver the 11th annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on October 15 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. Kelley, who is regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in African American history, has titled his talk "Confronting Obama: A Primer on Race and Empire for the New U.S. President." More

PLAY: Emmy-nominated writer and performer Jeffrey Solomon will stage his one-man play MotherSON on Saturday (October 4) at 8 p.m. in the dance building recital hall. More

BLOOD AND OIL: A film of Michael T. Klare's Blood and Oil will premiere at the Amherst Cinema on October 26 at 2 p.m., with an opening reception. Professor Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and defense correspondent for The Nation. More

CALENDARS: Don’t miss an event that you would like to attend! Hampshire’s Web site contains a calendar that can help keep you aware of activities planned on campus. Events Calendar The Five Colleges Calendar contains similar listings from all five campuses. 5C Calendar


Ken Burns 71F was honored for Lifetime Achievement at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. More Burns's next project, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, will air on PBS in fall 2009. More

Composer Daniel Asia 71F was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music to write a substantive work for the Czech Nonet. Founded in 1924, the Czech Nonet is the longest continuously performing chamber ensemble in the world. Asia is only the third American composer to write for the Nonet. More

Kit Hadley 71F has been named executive director of Heading Home Minnesota, an organization seeking to combat homelessness.

Jake Goldberger 95F wrote and is directing Don McKay, an indie film starring Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue. More

Sarah Grossman 04F was awarded a World Partners Fellowship from the American Jewish World Service. More


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