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Hampshire Professor Addresses Layoffs, No Confidence Vote

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Salman Hameed is a Charles Taylor chair and associate professor of integrated science and humanity at Hampshire College. He’s acting as a media liaison for the college’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Hampshire is now undergoing layoffs following a series of decisions from the school’s leadership to not accept a full incoming class for Fall 2019. The moves come due to declining enrollment and concerns around the college’s future. Hampshire is seeking a financial partner. WAMC spoke with Hameed about life during layoffs and the faculty’s attempted vote of no confidence in Hampshire president Miriam Nelson.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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