News from Hampshire College
    June 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").
40th Anniversary

LAST CALL: Are you one of the 850 people already registered for this weekend’s celebration of Hampshire’s 40th anniversary? Good news: Even if you missed the official registration, you can still join the fun; just visit pricing online for details on how to register as a walk-in. In addition to providing opportunities to catch up with old friends and to learn more about current Hampshire initiatives, the weekend will showcase the talents of Hampshire’s amazing alumni. One event not to miss is a special gallery exhibition of work by 93 alumni artists. Full schedule

STEM GRANT: A $441,550 grant from the National Science Foundation will provide financial assistance over the next five years to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students transferring to Hampshire from community colleges. More In an interview with regional public radio affiliate WFCR, Jaime Dávila, special presidential assistant for diversity, explained the importance of the grant in helping to increase diversity on campus. Interview
Animation Demo Reel

ANIMATION DEMO REEL: For your viewing pleasure, Kevin Cline 97F, our new media content developer, compiled a diverse sampling of the exceptional animation work produced by Hampshire students. media Video


COMMENCEMENT: From keynote speaker Peter Cole’s 77F thoughtful remarks on Radical Convention—" might argue that an understanding of the nature and dynamics of convention is a prerequisite for truly radical expression..."—to biology professor Lynn Miller’s lively faculty toast, Commencement 2010 affirmed: Hampshire graduates are "the top." More

AICUM OFFICER: President Ralph J. Hexter has been chosen as vice chair/chair elect of the executive committee board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). More

DESIGNING DNA: For his Division III, May 22 graduate Isaac Bruss 06F designed DNA with two binding zones instead of just one. And yes, he is entering a Ph.D. program this fall, the polymer science and engineering program at the University of Massachusetts. More
Marissa Baker-Wagner

BICOASTAL RESEARCH: For her Div III, Marissa Baker-Wagner 06F (at right) set up space in Hampshire’s lab and continued work begun in a research laboratory in California the preceding summer. She is working on a project that may contribute to finding a cure for the dengue virus, which the World Health Organization estimates infects 50 million people each year. More Div III stories are available on the College website.

GRADUATES INTERVIEW: Peter Moskowitz 06F interviewed Lindsay Cope 06F on WFCR, talking about her Hampshire studies, study abroad, resource conflicts, energy politics, and other topics. Both Cope and Moskowitz graduated May 22. Interview

SCHOCKET LECTURE: Richard Wolff delivered the third annual Eric Schocket Lecture, “Capitalism’s Crisis and Class Consciousness Renewed.” media Video


EXTREME ENERGY: Peace and world security studies professor Michael Klare’s essay “Factoring in the real cost of oil” responds to the ecological crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. Newsweek’s June 14 issue prominently cites Klare’s work in an article entitled “Going to Extremes: Our unbridled pursuit of untapped energy is taking us into treacherous new territory,” as does “Oil Shocks” in the May 31 New Yorker.

SUMMER PROJECTS: Among Hampshire faculty projects this summer are:

Philosophy professor Christoph Cox will lead a session on experimental music as part of a course on Disorganizing Sound: Twentieth-Century Improvised Music and Beyond, run through The Public School in New York City. The public session on June 13 at 5 p.m. is admission-free. More On July 7, Professor Cox will take part in a free, public discussion about sound art, entitled “Thinking Out Loud,” held at 8 p.m. at Issue Project Room. More Cox also wrote a catalog essay for “Christian Marclay: Festival,” a retrospective of Marclay’s work that will open at The Whitney Museum of American Art on July 1. More

Film and photography professor Abraham Ravett’s recent film, non-Aryan, will show June 19 at the Onion City Experimental Film/Video Festival, Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.).

Art professor Daniel Kojo Schrade was awarded a summer Guest Professorship to lecture and exhibit work at the Iwalewa House, the department of contemporary African culture and art within the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. More


Lee Chatametikool 95S edited director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Lee is a leading film editor for contemporary Thai cinema, and his work is regularly featured at major festivals around the world. More
Magma Metalworks

Paul W. Sternberg 74F has been elected vice president (president-elect) of the Genetics Society of America. Sternberg is a professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Artist Kate Browne 78F was invited to Mexico City in March to present Cocoon Tlatelolco, a community art project. Her Cocoon project “bridges conceptual art and activism, bringing neighbors together to build a structure imbued with beauty and layered meaning.” Next up, in July, is the building of a Cocoon in Greenwood, Mississippi, and you can follow the progress on her blog. Cocoon project blog

Photographer Mikael Kennedy's 97F "Saltwater River Guard," a selection from his ongoing series of American landscapes, will show through July 30 at Gallery 37-A in Portland, Maine (37A Wharf Street, Thursday-Monday noon until 6 p.m.). More

Erica Moody 90F founded Magma Metalworks in Boston in 2001. The custom shop specializes in creation of architectural and decorative metal design and fabrication. More

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