News from Hampshire College
    October 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").


Elaine Mayes
Four days of lectures, readings, workshops, and other events showcased the work of students and professors—and the work of our amazing alumni, who so often take lessons from the innovative learning environment at Hampshire and translate them into exciting and challenging careers. More

JEWISH CULTURE SEMESTER: Know anyone who would like to be a visiting student at Hampshire and learn Yiddish during spring semester? A collaborative program of the College and the National Yiddish Book Center will enable visiting students to learn Yiddish and to enroll in courses related to Jewish Studies throughout the Five College consortium. More


IN PRINT: Salman Hameed, assistant professor of integrated science and humanities, is among scholars quoted in an October 25 Boston Globe article on the rise of creationism in the Muslim world. More

Edited by Helaine Selin, science librarian, with Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology Pamela K. Stone, Childbirth Across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum is part of the Science Across Cultures series. More

Professor Marlene Fried and Mia Kim Sullivan of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire have a cover article, “The Struggle for Reproductive Justice,” in the September/October issue of Resist. More

Outreach: LGBTQ & Allies
Hampshire is listed among the top 20 gay-friendly colleges in Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges, and Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly “Campus Climate Index” scores Hampshire at 4.5 out of 5 stars. But what do such designations actually mean? We thought a newsletter sharing our own story and a few facts about our community might be more helpful to LGBTQ high school students and their allies as they conduct their college search. More

ON SCREEN: Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett's films have been shown during October at the Ponrepo Theatre, Czech National Film Archives, Prague. They also were presented in a month-long gallery installation at the WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland. More

Chemistry professor Dula Amarasiriwardena’s research was included in the Smithsonian Channel’s Tomb Detectives series as part of a segment on the Chilean child mummies.

BLOGS: “First Impressions,” a blog by Aaron Richmond-Havel 09F, chronicles one new student’s Division I experience, beginning with meeting his academic advisor. pencil Blog

What cool ways are people at Hampshire using computing? Under the guidance of Professor Lee Spector, the pencil i3ci blog allows for exchange of information on project work with significant or interesting computer use.


Tariq Ali
EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE: Writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali (photo at right) will deliver the Twelfth Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on November 17 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. Ali is the author of more than 20 books, including history, politics, and fiction. He has titled his lecture “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome.” More

EVAN FALLENBERG: Author Evan Fallenberg will speak on November 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the West Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall. His talk is titled “Pigeons, Punks, Pansies and Pervs: Literary Heroes in Contemporary Israeli Literature.” More

FACULTY ART: An exhibition of recent faculty work is in the College’s main gallery through October 28. Professor of Visual Art Robert Seydel is curator for the exhibit, which includes work by Jacqueline Hayden, Greg Kline, Thom Long, Kara Lynch, Judith Mann, Matthew Phillips, Abraham Ravett, Daniel Kojo Schrade, and Kane Stewart. More


Ari Shapiro 02F was one of 14 AmeriCorps team leaders assisting in disaster relief in American Samoa following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the region. More

Alex Rivera 91F uses film and new media to explore issues that shape our world. multimedia Video

Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III 81F was honored at a dedication of the Joukowsky Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center. Learn more about this socially conscious venture capitalist, entrepreneur, nonprofit activist, film producer, and tireless advocate for Hampshire College. multimedia Video

“Closeted country girl” and Hampshire College Trustee Marci Riseman 88F talked about backyard chicken farming in a short radio essay on KQED, public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area. listen Listen

E.V. Day
An installation by E.V. Day 86F (photo at left)—a series of dynamic sculptures made from vintage New York City Opera costumes and accessories—will be dramatically suspended in the David H. Koch Theater Promenade throughout City Opera’s 2009-10 season. On November 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., the installation will be open to the public, free of charge. Day’s installation was featured in the October 21 New York Times. More Also, Day’s sculpture “Bride Fight” will be installed at the Cincinnati Museum of Art in summer 2010.

Dede Wilson 79F, contributing editor for Bon Appetit, has a new cookbook, titled Unforgettable Desserts, and was a recent guest on the CBS Early Show. multimedia Video

Rebecca Carroll 89F was appointed deputy director of the Dwyer Center in New York City.

Eric Toensmeier 90F, permaculture practitioner and co-author of Dave Jacke’s Edible Forest Gardens, was featured in the Amherst Bulletin. More

Meg Ferrigno 00F periodically teaches and leads environmental education projects, including fundraising for community greenhouses, with the Pureland Project in Kham in eastern Tibet. In August, a group including Leticia Perelstein 00F, Sarah Krumbein 00F, and Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies Sue Darlington toured the project with Ferrigno. Slideshow

Kert Davies 80F, Greenpeace research director, talked about global warming in an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered on September 21. listen Listen

Ford Myers
Ford R. Myers’ 72S (photo at right) book, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, is a comprehensive manual for career management and job searches. More.

Jenner Furst 02F was associate producer for Brick City, a five-part documentary on Newark, N.J. that premiered to rave reviews on the Sundance Channel. It will be rebroadcast several times in coming months. More

Sarah Hunter 05F wrote the latest DifferenTakes publication issued by Hampshire’s Population and Development program. More

John Finck 72F has been appointed a parent associate trustee of Bank Street College of Education in New York City. More

Ian Barnacle 03F has been named to the National Association of Realtors Business Issues Committee. More

Kathy Kelley 77F received a master’s degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University in June, and has opened a private practice as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She was previously a community health nurse.

Leslie Strongwater 00F was interviewed by, an arts and culture blog based in New York City. She is director of programming at Dixon Place. More


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40th Logo
40TH ANNIVERSARY: A handy one-stop resource is available online to assist you as you make plans to attend the June 11-13, 2010, celebration of a milestone in Hampshire history. More