News from Hampshire College
    November 10, 2008

This electronic newsletter is designed to inform off-campus 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").


'ARTS OF CHANGE': What is the future of liberal arts education? What does it mean to be an "experimenting" institution in the 21st century? For two years discussions at Hampshire, initiated and guided by a series of papers by President Ralph Hexter, have focused on the need to redefine the liberal arts so that they are rooted in responsibility and oriented towards the future. President Hexter has just released The Making of the College 2.2, launching a systematic, comprehensive strategic planning process. More

WRITER LAUREATE: Div II student Taliesin Nyala 07F profiles Nancy Lord 70F, the new writer laureate of Alaska. More

Video of Taryn Johnson 05F
'DIARY OF A DIV III': Taryn Johnson 05F agreed to let us follow along as she spends the year developing, creating, and discovering. She is working in marine science and animation. J Marcus 01F provides the music in this video, created by Kevin Cline 97F. multimedia Episode One

'TURNING': Hampshire offers fall foliage at its finest. Video is by Cline, with staff writer Michael Medeiros providing the music. multimedia Video


President Ralph Hexter
READING & SIGNING: President Hexter will read from and sign his book, A Guide to The Odyssey: A Commentary on the English Translation of Robert Fitzgerald, at the Odyssey Bookshop in nearby South Hadley on November 12 at 7 p.m. More

'MASTERS OF WAR': Prominent music journalist Greil Marcus will speak at Hampshire on November 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's main lecture hall. Marcus will talk about Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" in a presentation including studio and concert recordings and music videos. More

IN HOUSTON: Christoph Cox, associate professor of philosophy, is guest curator for an exhibition in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston until December 7. Perspectives 163: Every Sound You Can Imagine considers experimental musical scores as works of visual art. More


Folk Music Collective
FOLK MUSIC COLLECTIVE: Guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and "all kinds of voices" make harmonious noise in the Greenhouse Mod. More

MEDIA & EDUCATION: Div III Will Bangs 05F is one of 12 students nationwide chosen for a fellowship with the Northwest Institute for Social Change last summer. More

VOICE & IDENTITY: For his Division III, Ernest Santos 05F, a Tohono O'odham student from Arizona, is completing a comprehensive study of indigenous peoples of New England. More

Bauhaus Modern Exhibit
THE BAUHAUS: Three courses at Hampshire during fall semester involve study of the experimental German art school, the Bauhaus (1919-1933). All three are connected to Bauhaus Modern, an exhibition currently in the Smith College Museum of Art. Karen Koehler, associate professor of architectural history and guest curator for Bauhaus Modern, recently answered a set of questions for the college Web site, sharing information about her work, the exhibition, and students' engagement with the Bauhaus. Koehler Q&A
Artwork Accreditation: Werner David Feist. German, 1909–1998. Städtische Bäder (Municipal pools). 1928. Offset lithograph on paper. Collection Merrill C. Berman.

'HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY': Hampshire’s Carollee Bengelsdorf, professor of politics, and Michelle Bigenho, associate professor of anthropology, are among 368 Latin American experts who issued a public statement askingPresident-elect Barack Obama “to take advantage of an historic opportunity to improve relations with Latin America.” The statement was issued to the media through the Latin American Studies Association. More

'GREAT READ': Air America Radio interviewed Betsy Hartmann about her novel, Deadly Election. Hartmann is associate professor of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program. More


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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