News from Hampshire College

October 26, 2012


Ken Burns

HEALTHY FOOD TRANSITION

With our farm and our community's comfort working across disciplinary boundaries, Hampshire College is the perfect place to ask challenging questions about food for the future. Everyone attending the Food and Farm event on campus on October 24 was challenged to "think big." Or, in the words of Hampshire graduate Howard Wein 93F, to "turn the operating model upside down."

The goal is innovative approaches to producing, preparing, consuming, and managing food on campus. Hampshire's Healthy Food Transition will be part of building a culture of sustainability. It will capitalize on the creativity, entrepreneurship, and commitment to social justice that have always characterized the Hampshire community.

The Healthy Food Transition is an educational process for students, a sustainability project for the campus, an outreach to area farmers and organizations, and a means of developing skills necessary to assist in feeding local and global communities in an increasingly climate-changed future.

The daylong program on Wednesday brought together the campus community and the local community. In addition to the forum to discuss the Healthy Food Transition, the day included a farmer's market and an advance screening by Ken Burns 71F of excerpts from his forthcoming PBS film, The Dust Bowl, which "chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history."

Food & Farm photos >>
Sustainable Hampshire >>

IT'S ABOUT THE FUTURE

"U.S. colleges and universities invest a lot of money. We need to think about the future we are investing in." President Jonathan Lash's latest Huffington Post blog entry >>


OUR PROGRESSIVE ESG POLICY

Adopted by the Board of Trustees last year, Hampshire's Policy on Environmental, Social and Governance Investing is one of the most comprehensive and forward-looking in the country. If you would like to learn more about how Hampshire manages its investments, the policy is available on our website. More >>


NO MORE BOTTLED WATER

Students led the way on this sustainability initiative: new hydration stations have been installed on campus, and bottled water will no longer be sold at Hampshire or distributed at campus events. More >>


EQBAL AHMAD LECTURE

Civil rights lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander—author of The New Jim Crow—will deliver the 15th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on Thursday, November 1, at 4 p.m. More >>

Family, Alumni, and Friends Weekend

FAMILY, ALUMNI, & FRIENDS

Lectures, readings, exhibitions, and other events during Family, Alumni, & Friends weekend showcased the amazing work of Hampshire students, faculty, and alums.
Photos >>
James Baldwin Scholars Photos >>

STUDYING ABROAD

What's it like to study abroad as a Hampshire student? Here's a report on one student's experience: Michael Samuels 09F writes about spending spring semester in Madrid. More >>

COMMUNITY ART

Two Hampshire professors have work featured in the Amherst Biennial and the campus is the host site for other local artists' work. Photos >>



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