News from Hampshire College
    November 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").


Alan Goodman
As one of the nation’s foremost experts on race and racism, Hampshire College Dean of Faculty Alan Goodman (at right) was invited by the Congressional Black Caucus to speak on the opening panel of its “Discussion on Race.”

Goodman, a biological anthropologist, spoke on the invalidity of race as a genetic construct and the health consequences of racism. As past president of the American Anthropological Association, he played a leading role in development of the largest-ever public education project on race.

President Ralph Hexter and Alumni Trustee Shelley Johnson Carey 72F attended the November 18 event in the Capitol Visitors Center, which also included a special tribute to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, marking the 25th anniversary of his historical presidential campaign. media C-Span Broadcast

Goodman, who has an essay in the recently released book Blended Nation, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s November 15 Weekend Edition as part of a story on mixed-race America. listen Listen

Ralph with Governor Patrick
WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES: Hampshire’s new World Language Acquisition and Enrichment program offers a world of possibilities. More

MEETING WITH GOVERNOR: President Ralph Hexter was one of 35 independent college and university leaders who met with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on November 16 in Boston. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) organized the meeting. AICUM works to cultivate strong collaborative relationships, reminding policy makers of the value and contributions of the independent higher education sector. Seventy percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in Massachusetts are awarded by independent colleges and universities.


EVOLUTION STUDY: A team of researchers led by Salman Hameed hopes to contribute to greater understanding of how the Muslim world views evolution by collecting and analyzing data on the perspectives of physicians and medical students. The three-year international study is funded by a $372,500 National Science Foundation grant. More Hameed, visiting assistant professor of integrated science and humanities, organized Hampshire’s recent conference on Darwin and Evolution in the Muslim World, covered by the Science section of the New York Times. More

FILM FESTIVAL: Jean-Marie Teno, visiting assistant professor of film/video production, is on the jury panel for feature length film at the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam). IDFA is the world’s largest documentary film festival. Professor Teno’s latest film, Sacred Places, will be shown. More

Betsy Hartmann
ESSAY: Betsy Hartmann’s (at left) essay “The ‘New’ Population Control Craze: Retro, Racist, Wrong Way to Go” is in On the Issues, a progressive women’s magazine. More Hartmann, professor of development studies, also has a chapter, titled “Rethinking the Role of Population in Human Security,” in the anthology Global Environmental Change and Human Security, published by MIT Press. She writes fiction and nonfiction about national and global issues.

PANELIST: Philosophy professor Christoph Cox served on the jury panel of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Grants to Artists program in early November. This past summer, Cox delivered a talk titled “Power, Corruption, and Versions” at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. And, his essay “Installing Duration: Time in the Sound Works of Max Neuhaus” was published in Max Neuhaus, edited by Lynne Cooke (New Haven: Yale University Press/Dia Art Foundation, 2009). More

PAPERS PRESENTED: Comparative literature professor Jeffrey Wallen will present a paper at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference, to be held in Los Angeles
Bob Meagher
next month. Titled “Testimony and Taboo: The Perverse Writings of Ka-Tzetnik 135633,” the paper is connected to a Hampshire course Wallen is teaching this semester, Living On: Responses to the Holocaust. Professor Wallen, who is also director of Hampshire’s Program in Berlin, presented a paper in October at the conference Transforming Berlin's Urban Space: East European Jewish Migrants in Charlottengrad and the Scheunenviertel, 1918-1939. Wallen’s talk, “Migrant Visions: The Scheunenviertel and Boyle Heights, Los Angeles,” will be published in the conference proceedings. An essay, “Twemlow’s Abyss,” presented at the Dickens, Victorian Fictions, Uneasy Pleasures conference at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem last June, has been submitted for publication. Another essay, “Narrative Tensions: The Archive and the Eyewitness,” was published in the journal Partial Answers (7:2, 261-278).

SPEAKER: Humanities professor Robert Meagher (at right) spoke at Mass Humanities’ sixth annual benefit dinner, held in Boston on November 7. The program’s theme was Life During Wartime and Meagher spoke on “The Military and the Humanities,” sharing the podium with keynote speaker Rachel Maddow. In recent years, Meagher has directed and participated in a range of events and programs concerned with healing the wounds of war in individual veterans and in their families and communities.


FRIENDS OF FERMENTATION: The student organization Friends of Fermentation started four years ago at Hampshire. They make fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha tea. Most recently, they made the Education Life section of the New York Times for being trendsetters. More

Julia Buntaine
NEUROSCULPTURE: Julia Buntaine's Division III combines her love of neuroscience with her love of sculpture to make art based on neurobiological forms such as brains, cells, and neurons. More

CULTURAL CENTER: Hampshire celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center on October 26. More

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Division I student Aaron Havel-Richmond 09F blogs about his experiences as a first-year student. A recent entry describes his feelings as a "city boy" who finds he has already grown to think of the Hampshire campus as "home." More
Lemelson Center

DAY OF DIALOGUE: Division III student Taliesin Nyala 07F interviewed some of the Hampshire participants in the Day of Dialogue. Each Five College campus participated, with the day intended as a starting point for continuing intergroup dialogue about issues of race, class, gender, and religion. More

STAFF BOOK: Chelvanaya Gabriel, lab manager and greenhouse supervisor, has published a book titled Mindful Beauty is in Your Hands: Natural Skincare Tips and Recipes. More

LEMELSON CENTER: Follow the progress of projects and innovations taking place in the Lemelson Center on their new blog. blog Blog


Hampshire has signed up with Harris Connect to produce a new alumni directory. Please be on the lookout in January for postcards and emails from Harris and take a moment to reply to make sure your contact details are correct. We hope to have the directories ready for the 40th anniversary celebration in June.

Brett Morgen 87F was featured in "Director's Suite" in the New York Times Magazine, November 15. More

Cynnie Gaasch 90F has been named executive director of Young Audiences of Western New York. More

Ashley Hensel-Browning 03F teaches dance and movement in schools and studios throughout New England. More

Linda Earle 70F has been named executive director of the Ohio Wesleyan University-managed New York Arts Program. More

The Guantanamo Lawyers
Jennifer Rosenblit 01F received a grant to attend the Russian Contemporary Dance Platform in Moscow as part of The Suitcase Fund program. The fund supports the research, creation, and dissemination of artists’ work and fosters global communication of cultural ideas. Learn more about Rosenblit and BottomHeavy Productions, the performance ensemble she formed in 2005, on her blog. blog Blog

Rachel Cyrene Blackman 81F is founder and creative director of afterWords POEtry That Sticks. More

Melissa Hoffer 84F, who represented detainees held at Guantánamo, is among attorneys who contributed powerful personal narratives to The Guantánamo Lawyers, recently released by NYU Press. More

Josiah Litant 00F, assistant dean of students at Hampshire, has been appointed to the Town of Amherst's Human Rights Commission.

Nicole Brynes 07F and Sam Hoffman 04F, who are attending nursing school in Maryland, presented research drawn from their Hampshire Division III projects at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.

Manuel Castro 03F, who works in New York for the office of immigrant affairs for the Mexican state of Puebla, was interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition for a story on the effects of the U.S. recession on Mexican workers. listen Listen

Wolfie E. Rawk 04F
Wolfie E. Rawk 04F received an Art and Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, which funds women and transgender artists based in the Philadelphia region. Part of Rawk’s Hampshire Division III work is currently on view at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York City in the exhibition Gender Patterns: Clothing Makes The. . . More

Nathan Kensinger 97F is director of programming for the 2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival, which is currently accepting submissions. Film categories include feature, documentary, short, experimental, and animation. More


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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