News from Hampshire College

September 7, 2012



An impressive and diverse group of individuals—selected from a record number of applicants—make up Hampshire College's fall 2012 entering class:

Half of them held significant positions of leadership in their high schools and communities. One performed with the San Francisco Shakespeare Troupe. Another belonged to a punk rock band that's gotten global recognition. One was born on a sailboat off the coast of South Africa and spent the first five years living on the water. Another sailed the Atlantic (twice).

They hail from 37 states and 15 countries. Nineteen percent are students of color and 5 percent are international students. They range in age from 16 to 29. Opening day photos >>

Two Hampshire graduates joined the on-campus community for significant events marking the opening of the academic year:

Distinguished medical scholar and activist Vanessa Northington Gamble 70F delivered an inspiring keynote speech at convocation. Convocation photos >>

Jeff Sharlet 90F, whose book Sweet Heaven When I Die was the common reading for all new students over the summer, gave an author's talk and signed students' copies of the book. Audio >>


Students accepted into Hampshire who are from undocumented immigrant families are ineligible for federal financial aid. A new scholarship and endowment funded by private gifts will assist them in attending the College. Much media attention, including editorials praising Hampshire, has noted this effort. Influential in creating the scholarship, Professor Margaret Cerullo did numerous interviews, and President Jonathan Lash published an op-ed, "Access to Higher Education as a Deep Principle," on the Huffington Post. Read commentary >>


Generous support from more than 4,000 donors enabled Hampshire to close out a fundraising year on June 30 that saw giving double and exceed $10 million. A record was set for alumni participation, with more than 2,500 making gifts. Gifts and grants supported emerging College priorities in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and creativity.


October 24 – "Sustainable Hampshire: Food and Farm for the Future" will include a forum to discuss the College's Healthy Food Transition and the inclusive process we will use to transform the ways—from production to consumption—that Hampshire interacts with food, a screening with Ken Burns 71F of his forthcoming film The Dust Bowl, and a farmer's market and food festival. More >>

October 12-14 – Family, Alumni, & Friends Weekend will also include an exciting pre-weekend bonus on October 11, a screening of Trek Nation and discussion with Rod Roddenberry 92F. Full FAF schedule and registration info >>

September 20 – Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, will speak at Hampshire. More >>

Hampshire Professor Omar Dahi


Professor Michael Klare is speaking at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) CEO Summit in Vladivostock, Russia.
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Professor Omar Dahi (pictured left) appeared on Democracy Now to discuss the economic and human toll of Syria's worsening refugee crisis. New England Public Radio also recently interviewed him about the unrest in Syria. Audio >>

Professor Charlene D'Avanzo was honored by the Ecological Society of America with the 2012 Eugene M. Odum Award. More >>

Films by Professor Abraham Ravett will show at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. Images from his book, The North End: 1978, are exhibited at the Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA, this month.

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