News from Hampshire College
    March 5, 2009

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 & Events").


Polina Barskova
POET & PROFESSOR: Polina Barskova was a prodigy who began publishing poems at age nine, and is now widely considered one of the best Russian poets under 40. The Hampshire assistant professor of Russian literature is also at work on a book on the culture of the aesthetic opposition in St. Petersburg in the mid-twentieth century. More

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Each year Hampshire’s graduating students select the keynote speaker for their commencement. This year’s class has chosen Bobcat Goldthwait—filmmaker, comedian, actor, and father of a graduating student. Films by Goldthwait include Shakes the Clown, which he wrote and directed; Windy City Heat, which won best film at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2004; and Sleeping Dogs Lie. His latest movie, World’s Greatest Dad, stars Robin Williams and premiered at Sundance in January to great reviews. Commencement is May 16.

CHILDREN OF SELAMTA: Student Jessica Marie Chapman 07F has created a compelling exhibition of artwork by children in Ethiopia who have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic. More


Why Hampshire? Animation
WHY HAMPSHIRE?: Animators Evan Viera 02F and Chris Bishop 00F collaborated with the college’s communications and admissions teams to create a video that seeks to answer just that question. multimedia Video

WHERE HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE IS: The clue for 7 down in a recent New York Times crossword puzzle. Puzzle

WHAT HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE IS: We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth by answering the question “what is Hampshire?” Students will select and modify answers throughout spring semester in a process that models evolution. The Evolving Hampshire project is part of a series of campus events called Darwin Across the Disciplines. A birthday party on February 12 kicked off a yearlong celebration of Darwin’s work. Video
Charles Darwin

MORE DARWIN: The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Hampshire a grant to plan and host a conference on Darwin and evolution in the Muslim world. The two-day conference is scheduled for early October. More

FOOD DRIVE: An important part of Hampshire’s Martin Luther King Day celebration is our annual food drive. Based on Dr. King’s belief that giving back to local communities affects change in the world, the drive provided more than 400 pounds of food to the Amherst Survival Center last month.

KOSHER KITCHEN DEDICATION: Hampshire dedicated its new kosher kitchen in February. The kosher kitchen was made possible through a generous gift from the Donna and David Reis 81F Family Trust. It opened last spring and is important to the Jewish Life Program, making it possible to serve Shabbat meals in the Merrill House living room, which is centrally located and has a home-like atmosphere.

PRESIDENTIAL BLOG: Recent blog entries by President Ralph Hexter include reports on the Clinton Global Initiative University, Kasia Paprocki’s 03F work with microcredit programs in Bangladesh, and alumni speakers at a recent two-day event honoring Trustee Florence Ladd. multimedia Blog For those not fortunate enough to have been present for the latter event, Women of Color Who Change the World, a collection of photographs is available online. Slideshow


DIVISION III: As any Hampshire graduate can tell you, completing the Division III requires self-discipline and independence. In episode three of our ongoing video series of Taryn Johnson’s Div III journey, she talks about learning by doing and discovering the unexpected need to master many topics. Video

Beet Poet
FIVE COLLEGE POETS: Unique Robinson 05F and Cassandra de Alba 07F represented Hampshire in the Five College PoetryFest held February 23 at Amherst College. Each of the five colleges chooses two poets to read an original poem at this annual event. More

'BEET' POET: Beetitude. The word, coined by Hampshire College student Sam Teitel 05F and coauthor Steve Subrizi, is used as the title of their latest joint poetry collection. More

LIGHT AND SOUND: Cameron Vokey 05F writes about a collaborative student theatre project that used light and sound to represent characters in a performance piece. More


Daniel Kojo
Art professor Daniel Kojo was a speaker in the art and cultural identity series at Haverford College. More

Computer science professor Lee Spector has been named editor-in-chief of a leading journal in his field, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines. More

Charlene D'Avanzo
Ecology professor Charlene D’Avanzo is co-author of a Science magazine article about the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), published in the February 27 issue. NEON is a research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology. Hampshire alumnus Dave Schimel 73F is NEON CEO.

Essays in prominent media by Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace and world security studies, included Newsweek’s “Time to Kill the Oil Beast.” Read Klare is among speakers for Johns Hopkins University’s 2009 Unrestricted Warfare Symposium in late March. More

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman, professor of biological anthropology, spoke at a January seminar hosted by the Berkshire Area Health Education Center. His comments on racial inequalities in the health care system were broadcast by Albany, NY, public radio station WAMC. Listen Goodman gave the keynote lecture at an interdisciplinary conference on race held in November at Monmouth University, and in February at the DNA and Health Conference, held at Bridgewater State College.

Dula Amarasiriwardena
Dula Amarasiriwardena, professor of chemistry, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Chile at the Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, this spring. More


ALUMNI TRUSTEE NOMINATIONS: Did you attend Hampshire with someone you think could contribute exceptional leadership and service to the college? Or, have you always wanted to be a trustee for your college? Nominations for alumni trustee remain open until March 20. Anyone who graduated from Hampshire, or who attended Hampshire for at least two full years, is eligible. For more information and an online nomination form, click here.

A new book by Jay Vogt 72F, Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach, has been published by Praeger. More

Laurie MacLeod 74F, a trial lawyer in Greenfield, has been nominated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to be a district court judge.
Robert Rivest

Robert Rivest 87F synthesizes mime, dance, tai chi, yoga, and meditation into shows and workshops customized for everyone from grade schoolers to business people. More

Donna Rockwell 74F wrote a chapter for Film and Television Stardom, an anthology from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The chapter, “Ready for the Close-up: The Phenomenology of Fame,” is based on her doctoral research on the psychology of fame and celebrity. She earned her doctorate in 2004 from the Center for Humanistic Studies, since named the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, where she is now a professor. Her research findings also were presented at the 2008 American Psychological Association.

Keliy Anderson-Staley
Tintype portraits by Keliy Anderson-Staley 96F are in Connections, a group show in the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York City and San Francisco until March 28. Similar equipment and the same chemistry formulas used in the 1860s were used to create the contemporary tintype shown here (left).

A new children’s picture book by Margaret H. Mason 73F, Inside All, was published by Dawn Publications. Another, These Hands, will be released soon by Houghton Mifflin. More

Artist Alex Holden 93F has proven that the Heimlich maneuver, in addition to saving lives, can be depicted on an aesthetically pleasing poster. His work is featured in New York Magazine. More

A film by Lily Henderson 02F premiered at the inaugural Hamptons Take Two Film Festival in November. The film, Elderhood: Reports From an Unknown Country, is a shortened version of her Division III, completed in 2006. More

Social entrepreneur, author, and now spoken word star? Gary Hirshberg 72F is nominated for a 2009 Audie award for his reading of his book Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World. The audio book awards will be presented in May in New York City. More

Ben Bush 91F and Raechel Barone 91F, co-owners of On the Rise bakery in Richmond, Vermont, were featured recently in Seven Days. More

Gabrielle Hamilton 83F and her New York City restaurant Prune were featured by Vogue. More

Josh Kaplin 96F is co-founder of Humanistic Robots Inc., which has developed a minesweeper that can safely find and destroy landmines. More


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