News from Hampshire College

December 13, 2012


As the semester and the calendar year draw to a close, with students heading off to a well-earned academic break, we'll share some news about recent accomplishments of Hampshire's dedicated and productive professors.

This has been a good semester for publication and recognition of faculty books, and here is a sampling of recent activity:

Fiction writing professor Uzma Aslam Khan's new novel, Thinner Than Skin, is among the nominees for the Man Asian Literary Prize, which is Asia's top literary award. More »

Anthropology and Asian studies professor Susan Darlington (pictured above) has spent more than two decades following the evolution of a Buddhist monastic movement in Thailand that aims to reverse environmental degradation and unsustainable economic development. Her book, The Ordination of a Tree, was released earlier this month. More »

Biological anthropologist Alan Goodman is coauthor of RACE: Are We So Different? The book is sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and is a companion volume to the association's public education project on race, which as a past AAA president Professor Goodman co-leads. More »

American literature and Jewish studies professor Rachel Rubinstein's book, Members of the Tribe, has been recognized as an honorable mention in the Cultural Studies and Media Studies category of the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards of the Association for Jewish Studies. More »

Asian religions professor Ryan Joo's Things That Appear When You Pause remains atop the South Korean bestseller list. More »

Uzma Aslam Khan If you're in New York City, check out the back of your MetroCard for Poetry in Motion. Ours had a poem by Hampshire poetry professor Aracelis Girmay, "Noche de Lluvia, San Salvador." It's from Girmay's Kingdom Animalia, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In addition to publications, our professors remain involved in projects and activism that draw positive attention to Hampshire. For example:

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently featured research by animal behavior professor Sarah Partan and her students on a segment of The Nature of Things, "Nuts About Squirrels." More »

Philosophy professor Marlene Gerber Fried received an Evidence in Activism Award from Ibis Reproductive Health. More »


Yes, Hampshire grads do look at things differently. Be sure to watch "An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory," a Comedy Central special with Eugene Mirman 92F, who also was our 2012 keynote commencement speaker. It airs Friday, December 14, at midnight. More »


We hope that you will include Hampshire in your year-end philanthropic decisions. A gift now could help bring an additional $40,000 to the College through special challenges for alums and parents. If 1,000 alums make a gift of any amount by December 31, a 1977 alum (who prefers to remain anonymous) will make a $30,000 contribution. In addition, Don Crook, who is the parent of a current student, will contribute $10,000 if 225 parents increase their gifts as compared to last year (for parents of new students, a gift of any size counts). More »


Alums have the opportunity every two years to elect a new trustee. Trustees are critical to the success and development of the College. Please help us identify and encourage outstanding alums—maybe you?—who would be willing to take on this important volunteer assignment for Hampshire. There will be a special mailing about the 2013 election in January. Read more about the Hampshire College Board of Trustees »

Make a resolution now to attend as many Hampshire events during 2013 as possible. Calendar of Upcoming Events »

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