The following Wesleyan Alumni received Emmy nominations recently. The Emmy Awards will be presented on August 29.
Sasha Alpert ’82 Project Runway – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Sasha Alpert is a producer with the show. Project Runway received two nominations.
Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97 How I Met Your Mother – Outstanding Music and Lyrics. Thomas and Bays are co-creators and writers. How I Met Your Mother received four nominations.
Marc Levin ’73, P’05 Brick City – Exception Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking – Marc Levin is executive producer
Bruce C. McKenna ’84 The Pacific (with Robert Schenkkhan) for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special – Part Ten. The Pacific received 24 nominations.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 The New Adventures of Old Christine – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Matt Senreich ‘96 Robot Chicken – Outstanding Short-format Animated Program – Senreich co-created the show with Seth Green. Robot Chicken has 2 nominations.
Paul Spillenger P’13 – Life – Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Spillenger, Producer for the Discovery Channel show was also nominated. Life has 6 nominations.
Matthew Weiner ’87 Mad Men – Outstanding Drama Series. Weiner is creator, writer, executive producer — he is nominated twice (co-writer) for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Mad Men received 17 nominations.
Jessica Posner ’09
Jessica Posner ’09 was declared the top world-changer among all Americans under 25 by the Do Something Awards, at a live broadcast on July 19 from the Hollywood Palladium on VH1. She received $100,000 for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization she co-founded that last August opened the first free school for girls in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum.
A Denver resident, Posner was selected among five finalists by voting on the Internet. She also has started a gardening program, a library, an Internet-ready computer center and introduced ecologically friendly latrines. In August, Shining Hope will open Kibera’s first accessible community health center.
Read more in the Denver Post.
See also: (Video) “Shining Hope for Communities: The Kibera School for Girls”
The Denver Post profiles Jessica Posner ’09 and Kennedy Odede ’11, as they continue to work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Posner is a finalist for the MTV “Do Something” Awards and the opportunity to raise an additional $100,000 for their school and health center project in the slum. This year to date, Posner and her colleagues have raised nearly $200,000 for the efforts.
The New York Times cites performances by Anthony Braxton, professor of music, and Braxton’s students Taylor Ho Bynum ’98, James Fei ’99, Mary Halvorson ’02, and Chris Jonas ‘99 in a round up of Jazz Festivals happening in and around New York City during the next few weeks.
Most pop songs run between two and four minutes. However, on Congratulations, the new album by MGMT – a.k.a. Ben Goldwasser ’05 and Andrew VanWyngarden ’05 – have a pop song called “Siberian Breaks” that clocks in at just over 12 minutes. In The Chicago Tribune, bandmates explain how it came about, and why it follows a certain pop tradition.
Writing for The Huffington Post, President Michael S. Roth ’78 examines some recent high profile pieces on the liberal arts that appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also comments on the current policy of the Obama Administration to continue emphasizing “technocratic accountability” through standardized testing.
Wesleyan University held its 178th annual Commencement ceremonies on Andrus Field at 11 a.m., May 23. Complete coverage can be found here.
The address by the 2010 Commencement Speaker Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74, M.A. ’80, can be found here.
President Michael S. Roth’s address to the graduates can be found here.
The Senior Address by Latasha Alcindor ’10 can be found here.
Photo galleries are available here and here, and are being periodically updated.
Bill Husted ’70, writes in The Denver Post about Denver Mayor and current Colorado candidate for governor, John Hickenlooper ’74, who will give the Commencement address at Wesleyan on Sunday, May 23. Hickenlooper briefly discusses his time as a student at Wesleyan, which spanned nine years, and gives a few hits about his speech.
Dave Fisher, ’62, one of the five founding members of the folk group “The Highwaymen” died Friday, May 7. As a freshman, Fisher, who had sung in a doo-wop group in high school, joined with four other Wesleyan freshman – Bob Burnett ’62, Steve Butts ’62, Chan Daniels ’62 and Steve Trott ’62 – to form The Highwaymen. The group went on to become internationally successful in the 1960s, producing a #1 record as undergraduates in 1961. The Highwaymen saw a resurgence in their careers in the 1990s which continued up to the present, releasing their most recent CD, “The Cambridge Tapes,” to critical acclaim in 2009.
Ron Bloom ’77 was named as one of Time‘s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World.’ Bloom was appointed by President Obama as the “Car Czar” to oversee the government takeover and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. He has also been named the Obama Administration’s Senior Adviser for Manufacturing Policy. More about Bloom can be found in the latest issue of The Wesleyan Magazine.
Sadia Shepard ’97 will close out the 2010 Independent Filmmaker Series with a showing of her documentary, The September Issue, which details the creation of a single issue of Vogue. Sponsored by the Film Studies Department with special support by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the series brings critically-acclaimed filmmakers to campus to show and discuss their work. Shepard was profiled in The Hartford Courant.
The free presentation is at 8 p.m. in Goldsmith Family Cinema on Thursday, 4-29, and is open to the public.
All through April, outstanding independent films and their filmmakers will be featured as part of Wesleyan’s 2010 Independent Filmmaker Series. The free-of-charge series is open to the public and begins April 1 and runs each Thursday night through April 29 at 8 p.m. at The Center for Film Studies’ Goldsmith Family Cinema. Noted independent directors, producers and writers will discuss their films then show them for the audience.