October 8, 2020: Reimagining Safety: Radical Imaginations and the Defund the Police Movement
Professor Alex Vitale 84F, author of The End of Policing and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discussed the Defund the Police movement and its roots in both community-based safety organizing and police and prison abolition. This event was moderated by Hampshire Professor of Sociology Margaret Cerullo.
October 14, 2020: Fables of the Trumpocene
Author Jeff Sharlet 90F shared stories from his bestselling book and Netflix documentary series The Family and recent Vanity Fair reporting on the growing violence of Trumpism.
October 18, 2020: James Baldwin Scholars Brunch
A celebration of James Baldwin Scholars taking root and flourishing at Hampshire, the event combined touching stories, artistic displays, and lots of fun. Dr. Christopher-Rasheem McMillan 03F, assistant professor in the Department of Dance and Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa and current visiting professor and Fellow of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, was our keynote speaker and talked about his journey as a James Baldwin Scholar — at Hampshire and beyond.
October 22, 2020: Activism at Hampshire and Beyond: A Conversation Between Alums and Students
The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) student group in collaboration with Alumni & Family Relations and Hampshire College’s 50th Anniversary will host a networking event for current and past student group members, as well as current students considering becoming CLPP student group members.
November 17, 2020: Between Poetry and Prose
Award-winning author Eula Biss 95F and poet Deb Gorlin, emerita senior faculty associate, continued a discussion that they began more than 20 years ago during an independent study on prose poetry and poetic prose. They revisited some of the genre-defying books that they read together then, talked about newer books that belong on the same reading list, and discussed how their current writing is informed by this work.
December 1, 2020: Scholarship Dinner
The annual Hampshire College Scholarship Dinner celebrates the accomplishments of our scholars, past and present, and reflects on our commitment to making a Hampshire education possible to those who seek it. As we continue to raise funds through Change in the Making: A Campaign for Hampshire, it has never been more important to take a moment to pause and think about what truly makes Hampshire so special to each of us.
The evening included a keynote speech by Ian Spalter 94F, Head of Instagram Japan, speaking about how Hampshire has shaped his work and way of thinking. He was joined by trustee and parent Dayna Cunningham P12, student Mixhe Bedrick 20F, and others. These are the people who challenge our world — and change it.
December 8, 2020: Zymurgy: Humankind’s Oldest Biotechnology
On December 8, 2020, brewer Dick Cantwell 74F, cheese expert Lilith Spencer 08F, and sourdough baker Josey Baker 01F shared their experiences with humankind’s oldest biotechnology. Faculty Emerita of Biology Merle Bruno moderated.
January 9, 2021: Designing a Daily Creative Practice
The Career Options Resource Center (CORC), in collaboration with Alumni & Family Relations, invited current students and alums to attend this joint event to help kick off the new year.
Alum Molly McLeod 05F discussed ways to cultivate a consistent creative habit and start a daily project using any medium. Writers, visual artists, videographers, and performing artists were all welcome, whether professional, amateur, established, or just getting started. Molly is an artist, designer, creativity coach and educator who has done over 1,000 days of daily art, and is currently writing a book about how anyone can develop a daily creative practice, no matter their background or experience.
February 17 & 19, 2021: 2020 Alumni Reel Viewing Parties
The Alumni Reel is a collection of short film, television, and video clips showcasing the vision and creativity of our alums who work across film, television, video, and entertainment industries. Nearly 80 alums in the film and entertainment industry submitted their best recent work to this year’s Reel. John Bruner 94F hosted casual YouTube viewing parties and registrants were also able to view the Reel at their leisure.
If you would like to view a recording of the Alumni Reel, please fill out this form, and you will receive a confirmation email containing the necessary links for viewing along with a playlist.
February 20, 2021: 2020 Alumni Reel Panel Discussion
The Hampshire College Alumni Reel is a collection of short film, television, and video clips showcasing the vision and creativity of our alums who work across film, television, video, and entertainment industries. In past years, the Reel has been screened on campus during Family and Friends Weekend and at events in New York, Los Angeles, and other cities. Going virtual this year made the Reel accessible to the full Hampshire community and beyond.
Panelists Erica Huggins 83F, Sarah Goldfinger 94F, and Arpita Kumar 03F reflected on the history of film and video at Hampshire and talked about what’s next in the industry. Trustee Elle Chan 87F moderated.
February 24, 2021: Making Work Work — Building a Future that Aligns with Your Values
Women, non-binary, and alums of color working across law, health care, non-profit, and science fields talked about navigating the world of work and education after Hampshire. They addressed:
- Finding paths and developing skills to navigate your journey
- Managing challenges that include under-representation and bias in their fields.
- Building lives and careers in alignment with your values
- Making changes when your work and values feel out of alignment
This event was moderated by Julia Firestone 06F, transformational leadership coach, and panelists included:
- Miriam Cremer 87F, physician, Founder of Basic Health International
- Grusha Prasad 13F, PhD candidate in Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University
- Wendy Webb Williams 86F, lawyer, Chief Legal Counsel, Sara Lee
- Ananda Valenzuela 07F, nonprofit capacity builder, Interim Executive Director, RVC
Made possible by the SPARC fund, which supports connections between Hampshire alums and students for personal and professional growth. This event was sponsored by the Career Options Resource Center (CORC), Alumni & Family Relations (AFR), and the Hampshire College Community Commons (CoCo).