News from Hampshire College

December 20, 2013

student harvesting pearl milletGATES GRANT

Applied design professor Donna Cohn received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Gates Foundation.

GCE grants support innovative ideas for addressing persistent global health and development problems. Cohn is working on a small, efficient thresher for pearl millet, a dietary staple in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Yes, it’s cold outside. Distract yourself from the winter weather by thinking about what you could learn next summer in one of five academic programs offered by Hampshire.

Creative Media InstituteAlums are involved in the planning for a Creative Media Institute, a series of intensive screening seminars and creative labs led by practitioners and professionals working in film, television, photography, and new media.

The other summer academic programs are: Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute; TESOL Teacher Training Course; Institute for Curatorial Practice; and Designing Social Impact. Please take time to read more about them, enroll if one seems right for you, and help us spread the word to interested students. More »


As the semester and calendar year draw to a close, during one of Hampshire’s extremely rare quiet moments, we decided to share news about just a few of our amazing alums:

Susan Wittenberg 70F directed and produced Nashville 2.0, a documentary on the burgeoning Americana music scene. It aired recently on PBS. More »

Photographer Nathan Kensinger 97F continues to uncover the beauty and untold stories of forgotten spaces. More »

Two alums are nominated for Golden Globes: Lupita Nyong’o 03F (12 Years a Slave) for best supporting actress and Liev Schreiber 87F (Ray Donovan) for best actor in a television drama. Both graduated from Hampshire and later studied at the Yale School of Drama; that sure seems like a great educational path for young actors.

If you love to bake, you’ll definitely want to know about Bakepedia, the website being launched by Dédé Wilson 79F. More »

And if you’re a “foodie” in general, here are two more fun Hampshire offerings:

Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910 is a new book by literary journalism professor Michael Lesy and his wife, Lisa Stoffer. More »

The College’s Food, Farm, and Sustainability blog serves up great recipes and may make you nostalgic for Hampshire’s CSA and Farm Center. More »


If 1,500 alums make a gift to Hampshire by December 31, a member of the entering class of 1977 will donate $40,000 to the College. We have less than 780 gifts to go, and your support is greatly appreciated. Give now »

For those who might like to consider adding Hampshire into estate plans, you can make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime. Learn more »


Here’s a video on Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition: Enjoy! » Creative Media Institute



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