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Hampshire College Celebrates 45 Years


Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts is celebrating its 45th anniversary this weekend.

The small liberal arts college, where students design their own course of studies and professors don’t assign grades, doesn’t fell like it has reached middle-age, jokes current Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash.

" It is still a place full of ideas and controversy and people eager to argue about any issue. It is really fun," he said.

The anniversary celebration includes workshops, talks, readings, and performances. There will be a salute to some of the original faculty members from 1970 who are now retiring.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.