News from Hampshire College
    February 2010

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").


Charles Ross
Anthropology and Asian studies professor Sue Darlington is writing a book about Thailand’s environmental Buddhism, including “tree ordinations” used to make forests sacred and off-limits to exploitation. The environmental efforts of these monks can place them in great danger, with numerous human rights violations and murders having occurred. Professor Darlington and some of the monks with whom she has worked were recently interviewed on the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. media Video

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Lisa Shannon 92F established Run for Congo Women in order to raise funds to rebuild lives shattered by atrocities. She is the subject of Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed in the February 3 New York Times. Read

TRACKING CRICKETS: Evolutionary biology professor Charles Ross (at right) will collaborate with UMass computer scientist Kevin Fu on a project supported by a National Science Foundation grant to Five Colleges, Inc. Their research will advance both tracking methods used for insect research and radio frequency identification technology. Read more


SCIENCE AND RACE: Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Alan Goodman was a participant in a discussion on race airing on National Public Radio’s Science Friday. media Listen

The Empathetic Space
THE EMPATHETIC SPACE: Throughout the month of February, TES (The Empathetic Space) will be on display in the Harold F. Johnson Library. Students and professors in a January term course offered through Hampshire’s new Design, Art, and Technology (DART) program created the installation, or interactive architecture. Read more DART also recently announced the first six recipients of grants awarded to support innovative student projects. Read more

FILMS SHOWN: Professor of Film and Photography Abraham Ravett was recently invited to show his films at Binghamton (NY) University and the Pacific Film Archives of the University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER: The National Yiddish Book Center—founded by Hampshire alumnus Aaron Lansky 73F, located adjacent to the Hampshire campus, and a valuable educational resource for our students and faculty—recently received a bequest of $3 million. Read more


Christine Lehner
David Anthony Durham
READING: Novelists Christine Lehner (at right) and David Anthony Durham (left) will read from their most recent works on February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Hampshire College Library Gallery. Read more

CBD LECTURE: Judith Becker, author of Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion and Trancing, will speak on February 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. Dr. Becker’s talk—titled “Rapture: Religious Ecstatics and Deep Listeners”—is sponsored by the Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) program and is part of an Art on the Brain lecture series. Read more

WINTER DANCE CONCERT: Student and faculty works will be presented in the annual Winter Dance Concert, February 18-20, at 8 p.m. in the main dance studio. Read more
40th Anniversary

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. Read more


Eula Biss 95F is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism for Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays (Graywolf Press). Award recipients will be announced March 11. Read more

Anna Elliot and Jasmine Stine
Anna Elliot 04S and Jasmine Stine 04S (at left) started Bamyan Media, a project harnessing the popularity of reality TV to promote small businesses and social entrepreneurship in the developing world. Read more

Nate Zinsser 74F directs West Point's sports psychology program. Read more

Liev Schreiber
Rave reviews, as usual, for actor Liev Schreiber 85F in A View from the Bridge. Pictured with Schreiber (at right) on opening night is his Hampshire theatre professor Elly Donkin, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, and her daughter, Gracie Winship. Read Times review

Ken Burns 71F will be the featured guest at this year's Amherst Cinema/Pleasant Street Theater benefit gala, which will be held at Hampshire College on March 13. Read more

Rob Epstein 73F and Jeffrey Friedman’s Allen Ginsberg documentary, Howl, was shown opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. Read Guardian review

Daniel Lopatin 00F, or Oneohtrix Point Never, has two new CDs on the No Fun label and was featured in the December issue of The Wire. Read more

Matthew Specktor's 84F debut novel is That Summertime Sound. Read more

Pele Bauch 91F was awarded a Joyce SoHo Artist Residency for 2009-2010. The resulting work, H to Oh, will be presented next year at the Chocolate Factory. Read more

Barri Blauvelt
Businesswoman and CEO Barri Blauvelt 70F (at left) founded Innovara, a global healthcare leadership development firm. Read more

Linda Earle 70F is executive director of the New York Arts Program. Read more

Farrier Nathaniel Bruss 03F was a competitor at the World Championship Blacksmith contest.
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THANKING THE ACADEMY: Eight student film interns received grants through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to work with alumni filmmakers last summer—and learned a lot Read more

NEW ALUMNI DIRECTORY: Hampshire has signed up with Harris Connect to produce a new alumni directory, pulling together information spanning all of Hampshire’s 40 years. Read more


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