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2004-2005 Faculty Award Winners

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Mount Holyoke College News and Events Vista The College Street Journal Archives
May 6, 2005


In Essence
Beverly Daniel Tatum, a former Mount Holyoke College faculty member and current president of Spelman College is featured in the May issue of Essence magazine in an article titled “Beautiful Ones: 35 of the Most Remarkable Women in the World.” A well-established scholar, teacher, author, and race relations expert, Tatum spent 13 years at Mount Holyoke as professor of psychology, department chair, dean of the College, and acting president prior to her appointment as the third black woman to lead Spelman College.

Hetch’n Post
Lots of ink has been devoted to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum lately. On April 5 the Los Angeles Times printed a giant 14.5 x 11.5 inch full-color image of the museum's Hetch Hetchy Canyon, painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1875, in its “Outdoors” section. This Yosemite Valley “twin,” also known as Hetch Hetchy Valley, is part of Yosemite National Park, but, following a highly controversial Congressional order signed by Woodrow Wilson, it was flooded in the early twentieth century to provide a water supply for San Francisco. Restoration efforts, beginning with the removal of the dam, are gaining momentum. The image, which accompanied a short story by Greg Sarris that imagines a future in the valley “After the Fall,” gives the world an artful view of what was and what again could be.

The same day that the L.A. Times story appeared, Tom Philp of the Sacramento Bee won the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his series urging the restoration of Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley. The museum sent congratulations, alerting him not only to the Bierstadt painting but also to the delightful letter from the artist to the ladies who purchased it for the museum in 1876. Philp immediately requested a photo, which the Bee ran in full color Sunday, April 10, on the back page of the special publication that consolidated all the editorials. (Fine-art giclée reproductions of the museum's Hetch Hetchy Canyon are available in a variety of sizes and prices. Go to for a discount code and link.)

Two years ago Deborah Landowne ’82 created a 19-minute documentary, titled Hetch Hetchy: Yosemite's Lost Valley, that featured the Bierstadt painting. KWMR, the west Marin County, California, community radio station, interviewed her on April 18 for a show about filmmakers at the Marin Environmental Film Festival in San Rafael, where the documentary will be screened on April 23. Preview the film at

Meanwhile, the museum’s current exhibition Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys of France—Photographs by David Heald is receiving attention as well. On April 15 the Chronicle of Higher Education devoted its full-page “Endpaper” to the exhibition. Three large photographs, accompanied by text by Terryl Kinder from the award-winning book of the same title, were included in the article, titled “A Universe in Harmony.” The exhibition is on view through July 3. The catalogue is available at the museum at a special rate. David Heald is the son of Barbara Legg Heald ’46.

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