Nelson Mandela holds a special place in the collective memory at Hampshire College. In 1977 Hampshire divested from companies doing business in South Africa. Hampshire was the first college or university in the United States to do so, launching what became a national movement.
"Hampshire's students inspired me. My generation is leaving a world in a precarious state. Their generation will have to address the problems of global warming, ecosystem destruction, loss of biodiversity and toxification we have created."
Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre Central Park, on April 20, 1989.
They have attended U.S. schools and worked hard enough to gain entrance to elite colleges, yet are prohibited from receiving federal financial assistance of any kind, including work-study funds. As a result, they lose the chance for a college education. This is neither fair nor wise.