Hampshire College

Hampshire College Our students design their own program of study and recruit faculty to advise them using written evals instead of grades. Like a grad school for undergrads.

Hampshire, in Amherst, Mass., is among the most innovative colleges in the country, challenging students to design their own programs of study and recruit a faculty committee to advise them using narrative evaluations rather than grades. Like a graduate school model for undergraduates, the success of the College can be measured by the mainstreaming of many of its innovations in education and the achievements of its alums: Academy Award and Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, scientists, historians, Peabody winners, MacArthur Foundation awardees, Fulbright scholars, and more. The College is ranked 40th in the US for percentage of alumni who earn doctorate degrees according to the National Science Foundation. More than a quarter of its grads have started their own venture or organization, landing the college on Forbes’s 2015 list of top-ten most-entrepreneurial colleges. Hampshire is part of the Five Colleges consortium, through which our students share classes, activities, and resources with the students of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst.

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Even before non-profit activist, film producer, and venture capitalist Artemis Joukowsky III 81F graduated from Hampshir...
05/11/2021
For Alum Artemis Joukowsky III 81F, His Family’s Lasting Legacy of Support for Hampshire College Shines On

Even before non-profit activist, film producer, and venture capitalist Artemis Joukowsky III 81F graduated from Hampshire, his family began what would become an enduring legacy of support for the College. #HampshireChangemakers

When non-profit activist, film producer, and venture capitalist Artemis Joukowsky III 81F first chose to attend Hampshire College, he remembers worrying he would be the black sheep of his family. Joukowsky’s father, Artemis A.W. Joukowsky, Jr., held a long, successful career in global business wit...

Hampshire College alum Kanya D'Almeida 06F, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, was recently shortlisted for the Commonw...
05/10/2021
Sri Lankan Writer and Hampshire Alum Kanya D'Almeida 06F Shortlisted for 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Hampshire College alum Kanya D'Almeida 06F, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, was recently shortlisted for the Commonwealth short story prize. The Commonwealth short story prize is an international award given annually to promote talented new and emerging voices and bring them to a global audience. #HampshireChangemakers

Hampshire College alum Kanya D'Almeida 06F, a Sri Lankan writer and journalist, was recently shortlisted for the Commonwealth short story prize. The Commonwealth short story prize is an international award given annually to promote talented new and emerging voices and bring them to a global audience...

Four Hampshire College students received recognition at the first Grinspoon Virtual Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spiri...
05/08/2021
Hampshire Students Recognized at Grinspoon Virtual Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit

Four Hampshire College students received recognition at the first Grinspoon Virtual Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit. The event, hosted by the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) and usually held as an in-person banquet, recognizes student entrepreneurs from 14 local colleges and universities who have persisted with their ventures during this past year. #HampshireChangemakers

Four Hampshire College students received recognition at the first Grinspoon Virtual Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit. The event was hosted on April 28 with over 250 guests in virtual attendance, including college presidents, faculty, entrepreneurs, investors, and students.

Spring is in full bloom on campus. Photos by Armon Walker 17F. #aprilshowersbringmayflowers
05/07/2021

Spring is in full bloom on campus. Photos by Armon Walker 17F. #aprilshowersbringmayflowers

It’s the time of year when the Div-Free Bell is often heard ringing on campus in celebration of students passing their D...
05/06/2021
Ringing the Div-Free Bell: A Resplendent Ritual

It’s the time of year when the Div-Free Bell is often heard ringing on campus in celebration of students passing their Div III. But do you know the story behind the bell and how it became one of Hampshire’s most enduring traditions?

Every spring, the Div-Free Bell clangs jubilantly from Hampshire’s campus for days and weeks on end. Few who know Hampshire will be surprised to learn that the inspiration for this tradition, some 35 years ago, was an act of empathy.

Economist and Hampshire alum Heather Boushey 88F currently serves as a key member of President Joe Biden's Council of Ec...
05/05/2021
Hampshire Alum Heather Boushey 88F Serves as Key Member of Biden Economic Team

Economist and Hampshire alum Heather Boushey 88F currently serves as a key member of President Joe Biden's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), a group tasked with advising the president on economic policy. #HampshireChangemakers

Economist and Hampshire alum Heather Boushey 88F currently serves as a key member of President Joe Biden's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), a group tasked with advising the president on economic policy. Boushey joined the CEA at the beginning of Biden’s term in January of 2021.

Hampshire alum Andrea Love 05F, creator of the series “Cooking with Wool” and the award-winning short “Tulip,” recently ...
05/04/2021
Hornet Adds Andrea Love to Director Roster

Hampshire alum Andrea Love 05F, creator of the series “Cooking with Wool” and the award-winning short “Tulip,” recently joined Hornet production studio as one of its newest directors. #HampshireChangemakers

Creator of animated series ‘Cooking with Wool’ uses wool and patience to develop characters for stop-motion animated films; projects include ‘Elder,’ a commercial piece that explores live-in care, and her award-winning short ‘Tulip.’

For Armon Walker 17F’s Div III, he worked as game producer and project manager for an interdisciplinary team of five cre...
05/03/2021
For His Div III, Armon Walker 17F Leads a Collaborative Game Design Team to Create the Iaijutsu Project

For Armon Walker 17F’s Div III, he worked as game producer and project manager for an interdisciplinary team of five creating a 2D action-platformer game (a video game genre where characters climb or jump from platform to platform). The game was recently released on itchi.io for playtesting.

For Armon Walker 17F’s Div III, he worked as game producer and project manager for an interdisciplinary team of five creating a 2D action-platformer game (a video game genre where characters climb or jump from platform to platform). The game, tentatively titled the Iaijutsu Project, was recently r...

Seen around campus: Mural art, paper flower entrepreneurship, and a sampling of photo booth pics from Spring Jam’s Prom ...
04/30/2021

Seen around campus: Mural art, paper flower entrepreneurship, and a sampling of photo booth pics from Spring Jam’s Prom Night. Campus photos by Armon Walker 17F. Prom photos by 413 Photo Booth.

Hampshire alum Jeff Sharlet 90F, award-winning journalist and writer, recently penned a powerful and poignant piece for ...
04/29/2021
All That We've Lost

Hampshire alum Jeff Sharlet 90F, award-winning journalist and writer, recently penned a powerful and poignant piece for Esquire reflecting on the Covid-19 one-year anniversary.

That which has been taken from us since the start of the pandemic is vast. But we must name it.

The graphic novel Nubia, written by the author L.L. McKinney with art by Hampshire College alum Robyn Smith 11F,  is one...
04/28/2021
Alum and Graphic Novel Artist Robyn Smith’s “Nubia” Featured in New York Times Article on “When Blackness Is a Superpower”

The graphic novel Nubia, written by the author L.L. McKinney with art by Hampshire College alum Robyn Smith 11F, is one of several graphic novels featured in a recent New York Times article about how Black artists are reconceiving superhero mythologies. #HampshireChangemakers

The graphic novel Nubia, written by the author L.L. McKinney with art by Hampshire College alum Robyn Smith 11F, is one of several graphic novels featured in a recent New York Times article about how Black artists are reconceiving superhero mythologies. Read the New York Times article.

Associate Professor of Music Junko Oba was recently selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded su...
04/27/2021
Music Professor Junko Oba Uses Listening to Explore Musical Sensibilities and Sound Cultures

Associate Professor of Music Junko Oba was recently selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded summer seminar for higher education faculty working around the political, social, and cultural impacts of radio and sound technologies on decolonization. #HampshireChangemakers

Associate Professor of Music Junko Oba was recently selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded summer seminar for higher education faculty working around the political, social, and cultural impacts of radio and sound technologies on decolonization.

“I had this real origin moment. I had conservation clients all over the U.S., but I couldn't talk anybody into doing thi...
04/26/2021
For Alum and Conservationist Story Clark, Audio Stories Connect Listeners to the Places Around Them

“I had this real origin moment. I had conservation clients all over the U.S., but I couldn't talk anybody into doing this type of storytelling. I'd always loved technology, so I decided, very naively in hindsight, to just jump off that cliff and do the project myself.”

Story Clark 71F’s company, TravelStorysGPS, enables organizations to create high-quality, mini-podcast-like audio content about local places and travel routes. #HampshireChangemakers

Story Clark 71F’s company, TravelStorysGPS, enables organizations to create high-quality, mini-podcast-like audio content that tells authentic stories about local places and travel routes. Using GPS technology, the audio launches automatically and hands-free as travelers approach sites of interest...

Seen around Hampshire. Photos by Molly McLaughlin 17F and Armon Walker 17F.
04/24/2021

Seen around Hampshire. Photos by Molly McLaughlin 17F and Armon Walker 17F.

In recognizing the ongoing challenges facing students and their families, Hampshire College is extending its deposit dea...
04/23/2021

In recognizing the ongoing challenges facing students and their families, Hampshire College is extending its deposit deadline for accepted students from May 1 to June 1 for the fall 2021 semester. We hope this extra time alleviates some of the stress of the decision and allows families more time to think, ask questions, and engage with the Hampshire community.

In recognizing the ongoing challenges facing students and their families, Hampshire College is extending its deposit deadline for accepted students from May 1 to June 1 for the fall 2021 semester. We hope this extra time alleviates some of the stress of the decision and allows families more time to think, ask questions, and engage with the Hampshire community.

Hampshire will require all students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the fall 2021 semester. This supports our plan...
04/22/2021
Hampshire College Will Require All Students to Be Vaccinated for Fall 2021 Semester

Hampshire will require all students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the fall 2021 semester. This supports our plan to return to an in-person, fully residential, personalized, and safe experience for the fall semester. The College will be offering a free on-campus Covid-19 vaccine clinic this Sunday for all students and employees.

Hampshire College today announced that all students returning for the fall 2021 semester will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This supports the College’s plan to return to an in-person, fully residential, personalized, and safe college experience for the fall semester.

Dear Hampshire College Community,This afternoon the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin returned a verdict of guilty on a...
04/20/2021
Vigil for Victims of Racism and State Violence

Dear Hampshire College Community,

This afternoon the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin returned a verdict of guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. I hope this verdict brings some small comfort to the family of George Floyd and a moment of respite for our community.

While this jury saw the overwhelming evidence of the murder of George Floyd and held his killer accountable, this exception to the normal pattern does not change the reality of the systemic racism evidenced in our institutions, and made most visible in the actions of police forces around the country. On the first day of the trial, Chicago police killed Adam Toledo as he stood with his empty hands upraised. A day later, Florida police fatally shot Michael Leon Hughes. Last week, just a few miles from the courtroom, Daunte Wright was killed during a routine traffic stop. The NY Times reported that the police have killed at least one person every day of the Chauvin trial. We continue to rage and grieve over lives stolen and humanity devalued.

Police brutality disproportionately impacts Black people specifically and the BIPOC community generally. The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racist violence are having a disproportionate effect on communities of color. Many of our students are struggling with the anxiety, anger and exhaustion in the face of this ongoing oppression, as are our faculty and staff of color. Despite the despair many of us feel, it is the commitment of bystanders and local communities who actively witness and challenge police violence that created the possibility for holding the murderer of George Floyd accountable for his actions.

Words cannot offer solace to those in our community who have suffered the constant impact of racism and state violence. But we can gather in solidarity and support of those in our community who live with the burden of systemic anti-Black racism and the violence it perpetuates. Tonight, I invite you to gather as a community at 8 p.m. for a candlelight vigil in front of the Resilience Wall.

Hampshire College will continue to support local and national protests against police brutality. Hampshire College continues to stand with our students, our graduates, our faculty and staff who are acting to resist white supremacy. Hampshire College insists that Black Lives Matter.

Ed Wingenbach
President

Words cannot offer solace to those in our community who have suffered the constant impact of racism and state violence. But we can gather in solidarity and support of those in our community who live with the burden of systemic anti-black racism and the violence it perpetuates. Dear Hampshire College...

Hampshire alum Lisa Napoli 80F, author and journalist who has worked for the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and NPR...
04/20/2021
Review | Four women who broke barriers to become the founding mothers of NPR

Hampshire alum Lisa Napoli 80F, author and journalist who has worked for the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and NPR member station KCRW, takes a deep dive into the beginning of NPR in her new book, “Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.” #HampshireChangemakers

The rise of Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Cokie Roberts.

While alum Derry Noyes herself may not be a household name, her projects involving the work of artists Alexander Calder,...
04/19/2021
Alum Derry Noyes Delivers Miniaturized Iconic American Art to Our Mailboxes

While alum Derry Noyes herself may not be a household name, her projects involving the work of artists Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe, Isamu Noguchi, and Charles and Ray Eames will likely be familiar to many. #HampshireChangemakers

For the past forty years, Hampshire College alum Derry Noyes 70F has served as an artistic director for the United States Postal Service (USPS), working to miniaturize iconic American history, architecture, and art to stamp size. Her portfolio reveals that while Noyes herself may not be a household....

James Beard Award-winning chef and Hampshire College alum Gabrielle Hamilton 83F offers up her take on risi e bisi for T...
04/17/2021
A Classic Venetian Dish That Doesn’t Need Improvement

James Beard Award-winning chef and Hampshire College alum Gabrielle Hamilton 83F offers up her take on risi e bisi for The New York Times Magazine. Hamilton is also the author of Blood, Bones & Butter.

With some trepidation, Gabrielle Hamilton puts her own spin on risi e bisi — rice and peas.

No Western Massachusetts spring is complete without a surprise snowfall. Photos by Sam Jackson. ❄️❄️❄️
04/16/2021

No Western Massachusetts spring is complete without a surprise snowfall. Photos by Sam Jackson. ❄️❄️❄️

Hampshire College’s Ethics and the Common Good Project recently announced that restorative justice facilitator Jasmyn St...
04/13/2021
Hampshire’s Ethics and the Common Good Project Selects Jasmyn Story and Honeycomb Justice for Spring Residency

Hampshire College’s Ethics and the Common Good Project recently announced that restorative justice facilitator Jasmyn Story and the organization Honeycomb Justice have been chosen for the Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency.

Hampshire College’s Ethics and the Common Good Project recently announced that restorative justice facilitator Jasmyn Story and the organization Honeycomb Justice have been chosen for the Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency. This year’s Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency aims to d...

Early in the 2020 spring semester, Emma Symanski 17F was teaching a class for English-language learners, having her stud...
04/12/2021
Photographic Storytelling and Adapting to Change

Early in the 2020 spring semester, Emma Symanski 17F was teaching a class for English-language learners, having her students use their own photos as tools for discussion, and developing a multimedia Div III project that would involve presenting their stories in a gallery show. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and no one could safely gather for an exhibition. So, she did what Hampshire students do: she came up with a creative solution. #HampshireChangemakers

Early in the 2020 spring semester, Emma Symanski 17F was excitedly studying the intersection of photography and language. An avid Spanish student, she was teaching a class for English-language learners, having her students use their own photos as a tool for discussion, and developing a multimedia Di...

Poet and alum Chen Chen 07F was recently featured in Colorlines as one of “7 Asian Poets Whose Words Are an Act of Resis...
04/10/2021
National Poetry Month 2021: 7 Asian Poets Whose Words Are an Act of Resistance

Poet and alum Chen Chen 07F was recently featured in Colorlines as one of “7 Asian Poets Whose Words Are an Act of Resistance.” #NationalPoetryMonth #HampshireChangemakers

Despite anti-Asian violence and societal expectations, these artists dare to “take as much space as possible. Be big. Be loud. Speak up. All the time.”

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