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2010–2019

Amie Darboe ’10 recently launched a web magazine for high school girls. (Islam at Brown, 12/2/11)

Winifred Jumbo ’10 was named this year’s Miss Navajo Nation. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/21/10)

Spoken word artist Sarah Kay ’10 delivered a talk at the TED2011 conference called “If I should have a daughter...” (TED.com, March 2011(video))

On the Scientific American blog, Tanya Lewis ’10  wishes for "enough job stability so I can realize the instability of my interests.” (Scientific American Blogs, 4/9/12)

The Brown movie mafia is going strong: Nicholas Schoenfeld ’10 and his agent Todd Hoffman ’89 got a meeting with Warner Bros. exec Niija Kuykendall ’01—and she bought Schoenfeld’s script on spec. (deadline.com, 3/29/12)

Plucky Shannon Stacey ’11 had only four seconds on screen, but perhaps a star is born? (pjstar.com, 4/18/12)

James Ruchala ’11 PhD, ethnomusicology expert, competed on the TV game show Jeopardy on Nov 25. (FickleFame, 11/25/11)

Brian Cross '12 makes his Broadway debut in 'Snow Geese'. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/30/13)

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2000–2009

A special Academy Award for achievements in motion picture special effects went to Jonathan Cohen ’00. (Inside Science News, 2/6/08)

Maine’s first French Film Festival was established through the work of Katharine Harrington ’00 AM, ’05 PhD. (Bangor Daily News, 2/15/06)

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown ’00 talked about finding inspiration. (San Jose Mercury News, 5/8/08)

What can you do with that classics degree? Madeline Miller ’00, ’01 AM uses hers to improve on Homer. (Wall Street Journal Online, 2/24/2012 (video))

Doug NeJaime ’00 and his partner have created a handbag label called Tucker Paisley. (Boston Globe, 12/7/06)

Software engineer and cookbook author Jeff Potter ’00 talked to NPR’s Science Friday about the chemistry of cooking. (Science Friday, 8/6/10 (Audio))

A New York Times profile of Ed Shea ’00 covers the trials of producing live theater during a recession and his experience as a RUE student at Brown. (New York Times, 10/9/10)

Chef and world traveler Aliya LeeKong ’00 shares her recipes and stories on the TODAY Show.

Nelson Walker ’00 and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt ’02 won a Student Academy Award for the documentary Lumo. (Alternative Film Guide, 5/23/07)

Emily Ziff ’00 and her business partner, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, signed a deal allowing Overtune Studios a first look at projects by their production company, Cooper’s Town Productions. (UPI.com, 6/28/08)

Colbert Report regular Jordan Carlos ’01 was rumored to be in the running to take over the role of Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live. (The Daily Beast, 11/21/08)

In a Voxxi interview, Jewish-Mexican new mother Leora Cieplinski Cimet ’01 explored the complexities of identity and raising the next generation. [video] (Voxxi, 12/13/11)

Bomb It, a documentary produced by Kate Christensen ’01, premiered in several international film festivals and was reviewed in Variety. (Variety, 2/25/08)

Brown Muslim chaplain R. David Coolidge ’01 is blogging about his pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah) and uploading video to CNN’s iReport site. (Global Conversation, 11/11)

Noah Gelb ’01 was nominated for a Grammy for the production of Death Cab For Cutie’s Directions. (Variety, 12/7/06)

While writing for Law & Order: SVU, Paul Grellong ’01 still works on his plays, including Radio Free Emerson, which premiered in Pawtucket. (Boston Globe, 6/8/07)

Dhani Harrison ’01 discussed his father, his new album and his new video game. (Musicradar.com, 5/26/09)

It’s prime time for Chris Hayes ’01 as he moves into the 8 p.m. slot on MSNBC. (The New York Times, 3/4/13)

Lam Ho ’01 spoke on defiance and the myth of the “model minority” during Southeast Asian Heritage Week. (Brown Daily Herald, 11/6/07)

Ben Lerner ’01, ’03 MFA, author of Leaving the Atocha Station: the Hemingway of our time? [Hear related audio]. Leaving the Atocha Station, a first novel by poet Lerner, is getting rave reviews. (The New York Times, 3/9/12; New York, 10/31/11)

Leatherheads star John Krasinski ’01 talked to the New York Times about directing an adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, a project he conceived while at Brown. Krasinski of NBC’s The Office also starred alongside Robin Williams in the comedy License to Wed. In 2006, Krasinski was named one of People Magazine’s "Sexiest Men Alive". Krasinski cracked jokes and told personal stories during an informal campus talk in November.(Brown Daily Herald, 10/16/11; NYTimes.com, 3/30/08; Business Wire, 5/23/06; People Magazine, 11/15/06)

Writing is in Benjamin Percy's ’01 blood, giving a voice to life in central Oregon. Percy also won the $10,000 Plimpton Prize for the best work of fiction published in The Paris Review, for his story Refresh, Refresh. Percy was also featured in Poets & Writers magazine. Percy and his sister might be the first brother-sister siblings to win NEA Fellowships in Creative Writing in the same year. (Oregon Live, 8/13/11, The Elegant Variation, 3/28/07; Poets & Writers magazine, Nov/Dec, 2007)

Ben Lerner ’01, ’03 MFA was named a 2006 National Book Award finalist for his second book of poetry, Angle of Yaw. (Publishers Weekly, 10/11/06)

Nate Albert ’02 was named VP of A&R at Universal Republic Records. (The Phoenix, 7/17/08)

Josh Asen ’02 and Jennifer Needleman ’02 released their first full-length film, I Love Hip Hop in Morocco. (Brown Daily Herald, 3/4/08)

Former Goldman Sachs trader Jihan Bowes-Little ’ 02 recorded his first rap album. (The Guardian, 3/30/09)

Nick Fitzhugh ’02 tells of a soon-to-be-demolished house that was once the heart of his family. (iocapecod.com, 4/30/12)

Alison Friedman ’02 uses dance to bridge the cultural distance between China and the rest of the world. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/17/2012)

Boston theatregoers may feel irresistibly drawn to a new play by Lila Rose Kaplan ’02 , the story of a princess doomed to live without gravity. (Broadway World News, 11/5/13)

Mark Heyman ’02 co-produced the award-winning hit film The Wrestler. (santafenewmexican.com, 1/24/09)

Applause for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist Stephen Karam ’02. Four of American Theater magazine's top five most-produced plays of 2009 were written by Karam, Peter Nachtrieb '97, Sarah Ruhl '97, '01 MFA, and Rachel Sheinkin '89.* (www.boston.com; The Providence Journal, 12/20/09)

The New York Times calls Sons of the Prophet, a play by Stephen Karam ’02, a “wonderful new comedy-drama.” The New Yorker calls it “ravishing.”(New York Times, 10/20/11; New Yorker, 10/31/11)

The debut novel by Reif Larsen ’02 about a whimsical child who likes maps had top publishers clamoring for the rights. (The New York Observer, 6/24/08)

Sandeep Parikh ’02, writer and director for Comedy Central’s The Legend of Neil, got his start as a “humor TA” in a computer programming class at Brown. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/4/09)

With Ben Toth ’00 as a composer, early reviews say that the musical version of Sleepless in Seattle will keep audiences happily awake. (Huffington Post, 6/3/13)

Blythe Danner will star in the world premier of The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle ’03, ’06 MFA. (New York Times, 1/21/2012)

Playwright Jordan Harrison ’03 MFA and Brown professor Tara Nummedal received 2009 Guggenheim fellowships. (Today at Brown, 4/9/09)

The New York Times profiled Gabriel Kahane ’03, praising his versatile debut album. Where Are the Arms, a second album by Kahane, was called “utterly lovely.” [audio & video] (New York Times, 4/24/09; Studio 360, 9/23/11)

Cocalero, the first documentary by Alejandro Landes ’03, follows Bolivian President Evo Morales’s populist campaign. (indieWIRE, 1/3/07)

Applause for Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes ’04 MFA, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama—and for finalist Stephen Karam ’02. Writer Hudes drew on her own memories for a new children’s book, Welcome To My Neighborhood! A Barrio ABC.Hudes was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. In the Heights, written by Hudes and produced by Jill Furman ’90, took home Best Musical at the Tony Awards. Hudes was also featured in the Village Voice. (www.boston.com; NPR, 8/24/10, (Audio); Broadway.com, 4/20/09; Today at Brown, 6/16/08; Philly News, 3/12/08; Village Voice, 1/30/07)

Rachel Aviv ’04 received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for nonfiction writing. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/20/10)

Actress Yaya DaCosta '04 was included in W magazine's Sept. cover and feature about “fearless, fiercely talented actresses.” DaCosta was profiled as a “Fresh Face” by Broadway Buzz. (W Magazine, September 2010; Broadway.com, 9/10/08)

Louella Hill ’04 was featured on The Sundance Channel for her efforts to connect people to local foods. She also is making some of Rhode Island’s first artisan cheeses. (Sundance Channel, 11/27/08; Brown Daily Herald, 12/05/07)

Benjamin McGuire ’04 was profiled extensively in the New York Times about being young, gay, and married. (New York Times, 4/27/08)

The Iraq War hit award-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes ’04 MFA close to home—but her pen didn’t flinch. (The Boston Globe, 10/19/13)

The New York Times applauds a new play co-written by Deborah Stein ’04 MFA, dubbing it “a cerebral freakout.” (The New York Times, 1/9/2012)

In Season to Taste, Molly Birnbaum ’05 chronicles how the loss of her sense of smell changed the direction of her life. (New York Times, 6/14/2011)

Lidless, a play by Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig ’ 05, was chosen out of 650 submissions to win the Yale Drama Series for playwriting. (Broadway World, 3/16/09)

Lucy DeVito ’05 and her mom Rhea Perlman perform together onstage in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. DeVito played the title role in Seattle’s Intiman Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. (New York Times, 11/17/09; The Seattle Times, 3/25/08)

Fiasco Theater, an acting ensemble made up entirely of Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium MFA alumni, performed Cymbeline at New York’s Access Theater. (New York Times, 9/24/09)

In 2002, Michael Matthews ’05 stole Ratty toast from Sarah Staveley-O’Carroll ’03. Last month, “Vows” covered their wedding. (New York Times, 4/1/10)

Emily Miller ’05 and her band, the Sweetback Sisters, took second place in the “Talented Twenty-Somethings” contest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. (riDance.com, 4/21/07)

Kimberly Ovitz ’05 and her clothing line were featured in W Magazine. (W, March 2009)

Tommy Urban ’05’s unique combination of Army training and anthropology took him to Iraq to help collect evidence in the trial of Saddam Hussein. (WBZTV.com, 8/24/06)

Louis Abelman ’06 and Lynn True ’99 co-directed Lumo, the documentary that won Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt ’02 and Nelson Walker ’00 a Student Academy Award. (Alternative Film Guide, 5/23/07)

Brian Christian ’06 appeared on The Daily Show to discuss The Most Human Human, his debut book that combines his computer science, philosophy, and literary arts studies at Brown. (The Daily Show, 3/8/11(video))

Dana Goldstein ’06 is a writing fellow for The American Prospect magazine. (The American Prospect, various)

In her Sundance-award-winning documentary, Alison Klayman ’06 asks, What is Ai Weiwei without the internet? (New York Times, 1/22/2012(video))

The newest album by The Low Anthem—a band featuring Ben Knox Miller ’06, Jocie Adams ’08 and Jeff Prystowsky ’06—was recently called “sticky and gorgeous” by the New York Times. (The New York Times, 2/18/11)

Providence has a new music label known as the Columbus Recording Company (CRC), thanks to Ben Knox Miller '06 and Jeff Prystowsky '06. (Providence Monthly, 4/16/13)

Christine Montross ’06 MD, ’07 ScM wrote her book Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab while a medical student at Brown. Montross won a MacColl Johnson Fellowship grant for literature. (New York Times, 7/31/07; (Brown Daily Herald, 2/26/10)

Jed Resnick ’06 starred in national tour of Rent. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/6/06)

Submerge yourself in the bath poems of Jen Silverman '06, named winner of Ploughshares’ emerging writer contest. (Ploughshares.org, 1/12/12)

Dan LeFranc ’07 MFA won the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for Sixty Miles to Silver Lake. (MetroWeekly.com, 4/29/10)

Aja Nisenson ’07 returned to the Fringe Festival as "Daja Vu." (The Star Ledger, 8/26/11)

Scott Seiver ’07 won $1.6 million in the 2011 World Poker Tour Championship. (Cardplayer.com, 5/20/2011)

The new video series Op-Vid: Campaign 2012 by filmmaker and animator Joe Posner ’07 debuted in October on The Daily Beast.

Liam D. Pierce ’08 is a gondolier in New York’s Central Park. (New York Times, 10/2/09)

Shya Scanlon ’08 MFA is syndicating his novel online across 42 different Web sites. (Los Angeles Times, 8/10/09)

Jonathan Dent ’09 stars as a fictional civil rights leader modeled on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the play The Good Negro. (Boston.com, 1/15/10)

Thane Richard ’09 recently founded Dabba Radio, India’s first independent news radio station. (Brown Daily Herald, 10/27/11)

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1990–1999

Chef Duskie Estes ’90 competes in the third season of The Next Iron Chef, premiering Oct. 3 on the Food Network. (PressDemocrat.com, 8/26/10)

Francesca Gregorini ’90 and Tatiana von Furstenberg ’91 returned to Rhode Island, the birthplace of their friendship, to shoot their film Tanner Hall. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/29/09)

Stephanie Ittleson ’90 is performing in and John Pleshette ’64 is directing the U.S. premiere of the play Mammals. (LA Times, 1/22/09)

A. J. Jacobs ’90, former couch-lover, is now Drop Dead Healthy. (Hear related audio).From shunning mixed-fiber clothing to stoning adulterers, Jacobs spent a year attempting to follow every law in the Bible – and then wrote a book about it. (New York Times, 4/15/12; USAToday.com, 10/7/07)

The New York Times's 2009 Notable Books list included author Steven Johnson '90. In his book The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic, Johnson draws parallels between cracking the epidemic and finding information online. Johnson gathers perspectives on innovation in his latest book, Innovator’s Cookbook. [audio](Brainstormin', 12/1/11; New York Times, 12/6/09; New York Times, 12/4/06)

Healing Pool by Brian Knep ’90, ’92 ScM was featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum. (VenturaCountyStar.com, 10/18/08)

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to writer Sam Lipsyte ’90.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb ’90* has a children’s album, Camp Lisa. (Albuquerque Journal, 4/18/08)

Elizabeth Mitchell ’90 reinterprets folk and rock songs for children on her album, You Are My Little Bird. (NPR’s All Things Considered, 10/6/06)

NPR interviewed David Rohde ’90 and his wife Kristen Mulvihill ’91 about his seven months in captivity by the Taliban and her struggle to free him. Rhode, the New York Times reporter who escaped from Taliban kidnappers, wrote a five-part series about his experience. (NPR, 11/29/10 (Audio); New York Times, 10/17/09)

David Rohde ’90, Sarah Ruhl ’97, ’01 MFA, and Professor Emeritus Gordon Wood were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. (Pulitzer.org, 2010)

Ordinary Injustice is a book by Amy Bach '91 about breakdowns in U.S. courts. (Democrat and Chronicle, 1/25/10)

Amy DuBois Barnett ’91 is the new editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine. (Chicago Tribune, 6/2/10)

Julie Bowen ’91 won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as Claire Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family. (Baltimore Sun, 9/19/2011)

Jay Clarke ’91 AM, ’99 PhD was appointed Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs by the Clark Art Institute. (ArtDaily.com, April 2009)

Brian Floca ’91 has written a book named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, called Locomotive. (New York Times, 11/8/13)

Hermes’ chief creative officer Pierre-Alexis Dumas ’91 spoke about fine craft and more in Brown’s new Center for the Creative Arts. (Brown Daily Herald, 3/7/11)

The bestselling novel The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff ’91* will be made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. (The Hollywood Reporter, 11/8/08)

Documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy ’91 and Liz Garbus ’92 tell stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary political and social controversies. Garbus and Kennedy also contributed episodes to the HBO series The Addiction Project, which won the Governors Award at the 2007 Emmys. (Brown Alumni Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007; Variety, 8/6/07)

Dara Khosrowshahi ’91* talked to the New York Times about growing up in Iran, former employment, and moving to Seattle when he was appointed CEO of Expedia, the online travel company. (New York Times, 8/8/05)

Filmmaker Andrew Lauren ’91 was featured on the cover of Hampton Style. This is Not a Robbery, a documentary co-produced by Lauren, screened at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (DansHamptons.com, 10/10/08; NY1 News, 6/23/08)

The Intergalactic Nemesis, currently touring as a live radio drama mixed with comic-book art, was created by Jason Neulander ’91, ’93 AM.

In the new sitcom Bent, Tad Quill ’91 turns its star David Walton ’01 into a charming rake. (nytimes.com, 3/20/12)

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to poet Reginald Shepherd ’91 MFA.

NPR’s Fresh Air asked Jeff Shesol ’91 about his new book, Supreme Power, on President Franklin Roosevelt’s struggles with the Supreme Court. (NPR.com, 4/13/10)

Evite co-founder Josh Silverman ’91 describes how he became president of Skype. (New York Times, 9/26/09)

Filming the show True Blood brought actor Sam Trammell ’91 back to the South for the first time since his childhood. (Nola.com, 6/27/09)

Film rights for Beat the Reaper by John Bazell ’92 were purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company. (Variety, 1/7/09)

A novel by Daphne Beal ’92, In the Land of No Right Angles, was inspired by the year she spent in Nepal as a junior at Brown. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/21/08)

Liz Garbus ’92 describes her struggle to tell the story of the infamous chess master in her documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World. (Huffington Post, 6/6/2011)

A small mountain town in Utah welcomes three Brunonians to the bench: 2013 Sundance judges Liz Garbus ’92, Davis Guggenheim ’86, and Tom Rothman ’76. (TheWrap.com, 12/19/13)

I Love You, Man, co-written and directed by John Hamburg ’92, was the opening night film at the South by Southwest 2009 Film Conference and Festival. (Austin Business Journal, 12/16/08)

Screenwriters Phil Hay ’92 and Matt Manfredi ’93 discuss their work on Clash of the Titans and how Brown influenced their filmmaking careers. (Movieweb.com, 4/1/10; Brown Daily Herald, 4/5/10)

Rock violinist Lili Haydn ’92 performed on Jay Leno and opened a Dodgers game. (AntiMusic.com, 3/18/08)

Mark Kennedy ’92 is the new theater and pop culture writer for The Associated Press. (Salon.com, 8/19/10)

American Ballet Theatre was led out of the black by Rachel Moore ’92. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/17/06)

A new memoir by Glasgow Phillips ’92, The Royal Nonesuch, chronicles his last 10 years - since his move to Los Angeles with the insurance payout from a motorcycle crash. (Los Angeles Times, 3/13/07)

Tony-winner Duncan Sheik ’92 wrote the music for “Little Spirit: Christmas in New York,” which aired on NBC. Sheik received 2007 Tony Awards for best score and orchestrations for the musical. He has also composed the music, with Heather Cousens ’95 as the stage manager, for the Broadway production of Spring Awakening. (Islandpacket.com, 12/5/08; Bloomberg, 6/10/07; New York Times, 12/26/06)

2009 Sundance Film Festival selection Spring Breakdown, written and directed by Ryan Shiraki ’92, was released straight to DVD. (LA Times, 1/22/09)

The first play by Ayad Akhtar ’93, Disgraced , about a Muslim-American attorney climbing the corporate ladder, will premier at Chicago's American Theater Company. Akhtar co-wrote the film The War Within about a terrorist plot against Grand Central Station. (Chicago Tribune, 9/12/2011; South Florida Sun - Sentinel, 11/30/05)

Ayad Akhtar ’93 wins a Pulitzer Prize for his first play, Disgraced. (The Guardian, 4/16/13)

Former attorney Warren Brown ’93 was the star of a Food Network show dedicated entirely to desserts. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/28/06)

Public radio host and L.A. Derby Doll Alex Cohen ’93 trained the Whip It cast for the roller derby film. (LA Times, 9/27/09)

Novelist Edwidge Danticat ’93 MFA won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award.” (Miami Herald, 9/21/09)

The Help’s Aunjanue Ellis ’93 takes on a new role: professor. Ellis has joined the cast of CBS’s The Mentalist. (Hampton University Office of University Relations, 1/13/2012; Ottawa Citizen, 11/30/09)

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to filmmaker Rodney Evans ’93.

More than 65 million girls worldwide are denied schooling. A new documentary produced by Holly Gordon ’93 seeks to change that. (TheDailyBeast.com, 2/12/13)

Daniel Alexander Jones ’93 AM has a play, Phoenix Fabrik, with a high-powered cast that includes theater legend Vinie Burrows and jazz singer Rhonda Ross. (The Star Tribune, 5/28/06)

More of us are living alone and loving it, Eric Klinenberg ’93 explains in his new book Going Solo. (Smithsonian Magazine, February 2012)

Surgeon Calvin Lee ’93, ’97 MD performed at Carnegie Hall with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. (Brown Alumni Magazine, 4/15/09)

Joshua Marshall ’93 AM, ’03 PhD received a George Polk Award for his political blog, Talking Points Memo, which was featured in an article about the way blogs are reshaping journalism. Also mentioned in the article is Duncan Black ’94 AM, ’99 PhD who writes on the site Eschaton. (New York Times, 2/25/08; Los Angeles Times, 3/17/07)

Joseph Meissner ’93 directed and starred in Flood Streets, a movie set in post-Katrina New Orleans with a cast that includes singer-songwriter Becky Stark ’98 and comedy icon Harry Shearer. (Chron.com, 4/11/11)

Pamela Paul ’93 was named the new editor of the New York Times Book Review. (TheDailyBeast.com, 4/9/13)

My Father’s Paradise, a memoir by Ariel Sabar ’93, won a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. (Los Angeles Times, 10/30/09)

The Junior Defenders, the 1997 film by Keith Spiegel ’93 was released direct-to-DVD. Narrated by John Waters, the low-budget indie features former “Brat Pack” actress Allie Sheedy and cameos from celebrities Michael Dukakis, Florence Henderson, Pauly Shore, Kevin Smith, Peter Tork, and more. (Boston Globe, 9/7/07)

The Tillman Story, a documentary by Amir Bar-Lev ’94, is a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The Pat Tillman Story by Amir Bar-Lev ’94 and My Perestroika by Robin Hessman ’94 debuted at the 2010 Sundance Festival. (NYTimes.com, 8/19/10; ABC News, 1/25/10)

Margaret Brown ’94 received a major emerging filmmakers grant from Women in Film. (MarketWire, 10/30/06)

Robin Hessman ’94 wins a Peabody for exploring the human side to the Soviet Union’s collapse through My Perestroika. [ video ]My Perestroika, a documentary by filmmaker Hessman, follows five Muscovites who came of age right before the collapse of the Soviet Union. At the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Hessman received a grant for her documentary in progress. (pbs.org, 4/4/12; New York Times(video); 3/21/11; Film Festival Today, 3/26/07)

Ted Keizer ’94 was featured in a documentary on the Outdoor Life Network for hiking in 50 states in under 100 days. (Brown Daily Herald, 1/31/06)

Aurorae Khoo ’94, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb ’97 and Timothy Barsky ’99 are among the six recipients of the 2006 Emerging California Playwright Awards. (Philanthropy News Digest, 1/28/07)

Timothy Rodgers ’94 PhD has been appointed director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. (The Arizona Republic, 11/10/09)

Tan Siok Siok ’94 discussed her documentary, Boomtown Beijing, about the Olympic city and its run-up to the games. (Audio) (The China Business Network, April 2008)

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum ’95 is one of The New Yorker magazine’s 20 under 40 noteworthy fiction writers. (NYTimes.com, 6/2/10)

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch ’95 is a novel about a former debutante who must adjust her dreams to the harsh reality of life. (Willamette Week, 4/9/08)

Accelerating America, an award-winning documentary directed by Timothy Hotchner ’95*, follows students of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, started by Robert DeBlois ’82 AM. (The Providence Journal, 8/10/08)

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg ’95 was named one of the 50 most influential British players in Hollywood. Director Doug Liman ’88 discussed his career, his filmmaking style (labeled “Limania” by friend and screenwriter Kinberg) and more, in New York Magazine. (The Evening Standard, 01/16/07; New York Magazine, 1/13/08)

Dany Levy ’95 and her staff published Daily Candy A to Z: An Insider’s Guide to the Sweet Life. (Factio-magazine.com)

Anna Von Mertens ’95 showed her work at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach. (Artdaily.org, 01/17/2007)

Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has purchased the film rights to a historical fantasy book series by Naomi Novik ’95. (New York Times, 10/11/06)

The End As I Know It, a novel by Kevin Shay ’95, explores Y2K fears. (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/24/06)

Amy Sohn ’95 discusses life as a parent in Park Slope and her new novel Prospect Park West. (New York Times, 9/9/09)

Community MusicWorks, an arts-education group co-founded by Sebastian Ruth ’97 and Minna Choi ’96, was featured in the New Yorker’s fall education issue. (The New Yorker, 9/4/06)

Chitra Ganesh ’96 was one of 17 young artists with roots in Asia featured in a show at the Asia Society in New York. (Newsweek (International Edition), 10/02/06)

Mary Swerczek ’96, Peter Kovacs ’78 and Stephanie Grace ’87 are among those sharing a Pulitzer Prize awarded to the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. (Pultizer Web site, 4/17/06; Brown Daily Herald, 7/17/06)

New York Magazine named Jonathan Van Gieson ’96 (“Jonny Porkpie”) and his wife Christina Nicosia ’98 (“Nasty Canasta”) as Best Burlesque in their “Best of New York 2007” issue. (New York Magazine, 3/12/07)

After a nearly-decade-long hiatus, rapper MC Paul Barman '97 has released an album that features all-stars like MF Doom, Masta Ace, and Del tha Funky Homosapien. (Washington City Paper, 12/29/09)

Peter DuBois ’97 AM is the artistic director of Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. (Boston Globe, 12/23/07)

Gina Gionfriddo ’97 MFA was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. (Broadway.com, 4/20/09)

2011 Sundance Film Festival selection On the Ice, produced by Cara Marcous ’97, won Best First Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival. (Brown Daily Herald, 3/3/11)

Peter Nachtrieb ’97 won one of the country’s most prestigious playwriting awards for Hunter Gatherers. (Boston Globe, 7/22/07)

Masi Oka ’97 will guest star as a coroner in the upcoming remake of the Hawaii Five-O TV series. Masi Oka ’97 was also featured on the cover of Wired. Oka also stars in NBC’s hit drama “Heroes” and was profiled in the Brown Daily Herald. (TV Guide, 8/12/10; Wired, April 2007; New York Times, 12/4/06; Brown Daily Herald, 9/18/06)

Playwright Sarah Ruhl ’97, ’01 MFA was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Ruhl was profiled in the Boston Globe. “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)” by Ruhl opened at the Berkeley Repertory Theater to positive reviews, and Ruhl was deemed “one of the hottest playwrights going” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ruhl is also a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship or so-called “genius” award. (Pulitzer.org, April 2010; Boston.com, 10/11/09; New York Times, 2/18/09; Star Tribune, 10/18/07; The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/19/06)

A memoir by rabbi Danya Ruttenberg ’97, Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, describes her circuitous route back to belief. (Forward, 9/10/08)

Contemporary Art Magazine featured award-winning documentary art photographer Taryn Simon ’97. Photography by Simon was on view at the Whitney museum in 2007. Simon has a major new show; after opening at the Tate Modern in London, it's now at Berlin's Nationalgalerie. (W Magazine, 11/11; Contemporary Art Magazine, April 2008; New York Times, 4/6/07)

In the book Grounded, Seth Stevenson ’97 and his girlfriend recount their trip around the world via ship, train, bicycle, scooter, and automobile. (NYTimes.com, 5/2/2010)

Work by artist Kerry Tribe ’97 is being exhibited in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. (Interview, 2/22/10)

Marine biologist Kelly Benoit-Bird ’98 and music educator Sebastian Ruth ’97 are recipients of 2010 MacArthur fellowships, or "genius" awards. (MacArthur Foundation, September 2010 (video))

Clare Burson ’98 received a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. (Jewish Review, 3/1/07)

Chris Elam ’98 was showcased in Dance Magazine’s feature on dance and technology and interviewed by Business Week. The New York Times selected Throw People by Elam as one of the top ten dance productions in NYC for 2006. (Dance Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007, Business Week, 2/23/07; New York Times, 12/24/06)

Abigail Ross Goodman ’98 is serving as guest curator for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s 2012 Biennial. (Boston Globe, 10/7/11)

Damian Kulash '98 and his band OK Go performed on The Tonight Show as their new album receives attention. Kulash, a member of the Future of Music Coalitions Rock the Net campaign, testified on Capitol Hill in support of net neutrality. Kulash and his band OK Go earned a Grammy Award for their “Here it Goes Again” video in 2007. (Altsounds.com, 1/6/10; Washington Times, 3/11/08; Brown Daily Herald, 2/13/07)

Ange Mlinko ’98 MFA won the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism. (Poets & Writers, 4/14/09)

Benjamin Moser ’98 is receiving praise for his biography of a mysterious 20th-century Jewish novelist. (Vanity Fair, 8/18/09; Heronandcrane.com (Audio: 31 min.))

Painter Matthew Rich ’98 is a finalist for the ICA Boston’s 2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize. (WBUR.org, 1/27/10)

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to filmmaker Ben Russell ’98.

Scott Snyder ’98, known for his creepy storylines in the American Vampire comic book series, is now writing Batman and Swamp Thing for DC Comics. (New York Times, 9/06/2011)

The Little Bride, a debut novel by Anna Solomon ’98, is on the Boston Globe bestseller list.(Boston Globe, 10/14/11)

John Lloyd Young ’98 won a Tony for his performance as Frankie Valli in the hit Jersey Boys. (Brown Alumni Magazine, 6/12/06 and Nov/Dec 2006)

John Lloyd Young ’98 won a Tony for his performance as Frankie Valli in the hit Jersey Boys. (Brown Alumni Magazine, 6/12/06 and Nov/Dec 2006)

Men are dogs in a new novel by Adelle Waldman ’98 – but her empathetic portrayal of hound-dom is adored by critics. (The New Yorker, 7/24/13)

Kirstin Allio ’99 MFA, ’00 MAT was one of five young writers honored in the National Book Foundation’s annual “5 under 35.” (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 9/26/08)

Independent theater champion Timothy Barsky ’99 is the main force behind the beat-box musical The Bright River. Barsky also gave a 19th-century Jewish tale new life in 7 Beggars. (San Francisco Examiner, 2/4/10; Inside Bay Area, 10/5/08)

Punching at the Sun by filmmaker Tanuj Chopra ’99 won Best Narrative Feature at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. (Variety, 2/6/06)

Matthew Derby ’99 MFA won a MacColl Johnson Fellowship grant for literature. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/26/10)

Playwright Zayd Dohrn ’99 discusses growing up with radical parents, Beijing during the SARS epidemic, and more. (New York Times, 9/2/09)

Jane B. Spencer ’99 was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists in the Hong Kong bureau of The Wall Street Journal. (Portland Press Herald, 6/3/07)

An online community launched by Merrill Stubbs ’99 and Amanda Hesser allows home cooks to showcase their talents and recipes. (Publishing Trends, September 2009)

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1980–1989

Jody Adams ’80 was profiled recently among Ivy League graduates who are professional chefs in Boston. Adams also won the coveted Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ Golden Whisk Award honoring “a woman whose passion and excellence as a chef or cook serves as a role model for others.” (Boston Herald, 10/21/07; Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, 11/1/06)

Author Deborah Heiligman ’80 made the New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books of 2009. She and Brown professor Keith Waldrop were among the 20 nominees for the 2009 National Book Awards. Heiligman's book, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, was also reviewed in the New York Times. (New York Times, 12/16/09; Washington Post, 10/26/09; Brown Alumni Magazine, 10/15/09; New York Times, 5/6/09)

The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” Ted Lemon ’80 listens to the land to create uniquely Californian wines. (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/26/10)

A 2007 Pulitzer Prize went to Marc Maremont ’80 of The Wall Street Journal. (Brown Daily Herald, 4/17/07)

Ralph Rugoff ’80, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, received a $100,000 award for contemporary art curators in partnership with a museum or exhibition space. (Philanthropy News Digest, 10/1/06)

Margaret Russell ’80, Editor in Chief of ELLE DÉCOR, was a judge for Bravo TV’s “Top Design” show. (New York Daily News, 1/30/07)

In a new book, The Backlash, Will Bunch ’81 traces the emergence of the Tea Party movement. (NYTimes.com, 9/13/10)

Mary Chapin Carpenter ’81 received the “Free Speech in Music” award from the Newseum and released her first album in three years. (Brown Alumni Magazine, 4/27/10)

NPR’s Ira Glass ’81 critiqued contemporary broadcast journalism for a packed Seattle concert hall. This American Life, hosted and produced by Glass, won a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The TV version of radio’s This American Life with Glass premiered on Showtime. (Washington News Council, 8/23/10; Los Angeles Times, 9/22/08; Boston Globe, 3/22/07)

A book by Washington Post correspondent Glenn Kessler ’81 is a critical portrayal of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (Brown Daily Herald, 11/6/07)

Ellen Kuras ’81 was a cinematographer for Martin Scorsese's HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, featuring interviews with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Harrison's son Dhani Harrison '01. (Variety, 9/04/2011)

Firefly restaurant founder and chef Brad Levy ’81 says he “found cooking by accident” while at Brown. (Brown Daily Herald, 10/31/07)

Rick Moody '81, whose novel The Ice Storm takes on the subject of troubled CT teenagers, discusses the importance of mental health resources. (TheTakeaway.org, 12/19/13)

Barbara Raab ’81 interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Goldstein ’79 on her research into the fall of the working class. (NBC News, 4/26/13)

Philip Shenon ’81* tells the story behind the 9/11 report in The Commission. (New York Times, 1/4/08)

Why does the label “women’s fiction” repel male and female readers alike? Meg Wolitzer ’81 explores the question. (New York Times, 3/30/12)

Meg Wolitzer '81 has recently published a new book, The Interestings. (The New York Times, 4/26/13)

Jim Yong Kim ’82 has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Brown Alumni Magazine, 5/11/10)

A new story by Jeffrey Eugenides ’82 about the love between two semiotics students, set at Brown, ran in The New Yorker. Eugenides discussed his celebrated novels and the decline of his hometown, Detroit, with the New York Times. One of his short stories will be made into a film staring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Eugenides' Pulitzer Prize-winning 2002 novel Middlesex was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. (The New Yorker, 6/7/10; New York Times, 5/14/09 (Video: 6:23 min.); Variety, 2/5/09; Oprah.com, 6/5/07)

This month’s Vanity Fair featured an excerpt from Come to the Edge by Christina Haag ’82, a memoir of her relationship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. ’83. (Vanity Fair, April 2011)

The Secrets of Happily Married Men, a book by Scott D. Haltzman ’82, ’85 MD describes male behaviors that lead to a happy marriage. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/27/06)

Industrial design professor Steven Skov Holt ’82 and his wife curated an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. (Interior Design, 7/22/08)

Vicky Oliver discussed her book, Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers and Other Office Idiots. (Audio: 5:55 min.) (Cfrb.com, 9/24/08)

The Walt Disney company has endowed two graduate fellowships at Carnegie Mellon University in honor of the late professor Randy Pausch ’82. Pausch, who chronicled his battle with pancreatic cancer in the widely-known “Last Lecture,” passed away on July 25. Pausch was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008 by Time and was also on the cover of Parade magazine. Pausch and a book based on his “Last Lecture” were profiled by Diane Sawyer on ABC. Pausch made national news when he gave his last lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” at Carnegie Mellon University before a packed auditorium. (Pittsburg Business Times, 2/6/09; ABCNews.com, 7/95/08; Time Magazine, May 2008; Parade, 4/6/08; The Independent, 3/25/08; ABCNews, 3/21/08; Wall Street Journal, 9/27/07)

Sean Altman ’83 toured his solo comedy concert “Jewmongus.” Altman and Rob Tannenbaum ’83, formerly a rock duo who now tour separately, are members of the new “Jewish hipster movement.” (Washington Post, 12/21/07; Philadelphia Daily News, 12/15/06)

Design blogger Julie Carlson ’83 was profiled in Domino magazine. (Domino, November 2008)

Lauren Corrao ’83 is executive producer, along with Ellen DeGeneres, of a new television comedy being piloted by NBC. Corrao was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. (The Hollywood Reporter, 9/9/2011; The Hollywood Reporter, 12/5/08)

A book by Eric Jay Dolin ’83, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, is receiving positive reviews. (Martha’s Vineyard Times, 7/19/07)

Jeffrey Fine ’83 based his coming-of-age comedy, Cherry, on his own experience as a freshman at Brown. (The Boston Globe, 10/10/10)

The Simpsons producer Ian Maxtone-Graham ’83 and his team won a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. He also received an Annie Award in TV writing for “The Simpsons” episode “24 Minutes.” (Los Angeles Times, 9/22/08; Hollywood Reporter, 2/9/08)

Author Rick Moody ’83 recently published a short story on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Moody discussed his novel, The Diviners. (The Wall Street Journal, 12/10/09; Dallas Morning News, 1/22/07)

Krista Tippett ’83 hosted and produced the popular “Speaking of Faith” public radio show about belief, doubt, ethics and meaning. (Star Tribune, 2/4/06)

Filmmaker Christine Vachon ’83 was named in Out magazine’s annual list of the most influential gays and lesbians in America. She also was honored with the 2007 Maverick Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. The presenter said Vachon’s movies are “as provocative and challenging as they are critically and commercially successful.” Vachon also published a memoir, A Killer Life, about her rise to the top ranks of independent film producers. Vachon*, founder of Killer Films, also made the Hollywood Reporter’s 2007 Indie Power 50 List. (Out Magazine, April 2008; PoughkeepsieJournal.com, 10/15/07; indieWIRE.com, 9/26/06; Hollywood Reporter, 1/18/07)

In Namaste Man, actor and first-time playwright Andrew Weems ’83 revisits his years as a boy growing up in Nepal. (The Seattle Times, 6/3/08)

Sean Kelly ’84 won the annual Newspaper Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists Society. (Editor and Publisher, 5/27/08)

Gretchen McCullough ’84 published "Three Stories from Cairo," a volume of short stories that take place in her adopted home city.(Tuscaloosa News, 8/28/2011)

Brian E. Parks ’84 had an off-Broadway comedy, Goner. (Detroit Free Press, 1/23/06)

Randall Poster ’84 describes marrying music to film and working with influential Hollywood directors. (Cinematical.com, 3/11/10)

Lee Rolontz ’84, known as VH1’s “Development Diva,” was hired into the company by Lauren Zalaznick ’84, a classmate she had never met. (Broadcasting and Cable, 9/7/09)

Deborah Scranton ’84 explores what happens when war ends in her Peabody Award-winning documentary.Bad Voodoo’s War, a documentary by Scranton, aired on PBS’s Frontline. Her documentary, The War Tapes, shot by soldiers who were given their own cameras while in Iraq, won Best Documentary Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival. (concordmonitor.com, 4/9/12; Washington Post, 4/2/08; Wired News, 04/28/06; Brown Daily Herald, 10/27/06)

Journalist Doug Sovern ’84 thrives on the spontaneity of his career, from Mount Everest to the Tour de France. (Brown Daily Herald, 11/14/07)

A special Academy Award for achievements in motion picture special effects went to Jerry Tessendorf ’84 PhD, Michael Kowalski ’85, ’99 ScM and Jonathan Cohen ’00. (Inside Science News, 2/6/08)

Lauren Zalaznick ’84 made Time Magazine’s list of 100 “World’s Most Influential People.” NBC's Zalaznick was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. Zalaznick, president of Bravo network, also was honored in Details’ annual “Mavericks” issue. She was also featured in the New York Times Magazine, credited with the success of the Bravo network. (Time.com, May 2009; The Hollywood Reporter, 12/5/08; New York Times, 10/30/08; Details, April 2007)

The Civil War is sung again: music producer Randall Poster ’84 turns from Wes Anderson movies to reinventing the late 19th century songbook. (Los Angeles Times, 11/2/13)

Amanda Green ’85 wrote the lyrics for a musical based on the Nick Hornby novel High Fidelity. (New York Times, 12/3/06)

A conference celebrating the Modern Culture and Media (MCM) concentration featured alumni like Academy Award-nominated director Todd Haynes ’85, creator/host of NPR’s This American Life Ira Glass ’81, and others reflecting on how MCM has influenced their career paths. Haynes was a featured speaker at the South by Southwest 2009 Film Conference and Festival. Haynes co-wrote a film chronicling Bob Dylan’s life. Also involved were producer Christine Vachon ’83 and soundtrack supervisor Randall Poster ’84. (Brown Daily Herald, 4/11/11; Go Local Prov, 4/11/11; Austin Business Journal, 12/16/08; Variety, 1/2/07)

Kick Like a Girl, a documentary by Jenny Mackenzie ’84 about a girls soccer team, aired on HBO. (Deseret News, 5/28/09)

The New York Times reflected on the “surprising career” in film that Todd Haynes ’85 has crafted, beginning with the groundbreaking Poison in 1991. (New York Times, 11/5/10)

A children’s book by Brian Lies ’85*, Bats at the Beach, rocketed to #2 on Amazon and the New York Times children’s bestseller list, shortly after a rave review on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” (Boston Globe, 7/29/06)

David Munro ’85 wrote and directed the movie Full Grown Men, which received positive critical acclaim at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Sheila Ennis ’86, financial mastermind behind the movie, formulated a new funding model that tapped into alternative private investors. (Nerve, 5/7/06)

Lucy Spelman ’85 offers tales of being a vet in her book, The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/18/08)

Starting Out in the Evening by Andrew Wagner ’85 played to an audience of 600 at the Sundance Film Festival. (Hollywood Reporter, 1/23/07)

Designer Sheila Bridges ’86, named one of the world’s 25 most inspiring women by Essence, discussed her work in a Washington Post profile. (Washington Post, 11/8/06)

Work by artist Dawn Clements ’86 is being exhibited in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. (WNYC Culture, 2/24/10)

Waiting for Superman, a new documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim ’86, is sparking debate about the education crisis in America. Guggenheim created a documentary on the electric guitar featuring Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White. Guggenheim also directed a film about Barack Obama similar to a piece his father produced for Robert F. Kennedy. Guggenheim's film about Al Gore’s global warming presentations, “An Inconvenient Truth,” premiered at Sundance and won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. (New York Magazine, 9/5/10; New York Times, 6/18/09; New York Times, 8/17/08; New York Times, 5/23/06; New York Times, 2/26/07)

A bidding war granted Twelve, founded two years ago by Jonathan Karp ’86, the rights to the memoirs of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. A publisher and editor, Karp will head Simon & Shuster. (CBS News, 11/27/07; Los Angeles Times, 6/3/10)

Marie Myung-Ok Lee ’86 writes a stirring narrative about when facebook brings her face to face with her high school bully. Slate.com has published a series of articles by Lee on how medical cannabis has helped her autistic son. Lee described her visit to North Korea with her native-born mother. Lee also won a MacColl Johnson Fellowship grant for literature. (Salon.com, 2/13/2012; Slate.com, 5/16/2011; New York Times, 10/23/09; Brown Daily Herald, 2/26/10)

New York Times Magazine featured Laura Linney ’86 and her “latish-bloom” career as the cover story of its Aug. 1 issue. In an earlier New York Times profile, actress Linney discussed performing at Brown. Linney won a Golden Globe award for her role in HBO’s John Adams. Linney also won a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie, for her role in HBO’s John Adams. Linney* also received her third Oscar nomination for her role in The Savages. (New York Times, 7/28/10; New York Times, 1/20/10; Broadwayworld.com, 1/11/09; People's Daily Online, 9/22/08; Providence Journal, 2/10/08)

Working in one of the John Hay Library’s dark dens, conservation technician Marie Malchodi ’86 got lost in a book—and made a rare find. (New York Times, 5/3/12)

Former Brown professor Bonnie Metzgar ’86 is the new artistic director of Chicago’s About Face Theater. (Brown Daily Herald, 9/12/08)

Guitarist Matt Munisteri ’86 plays old-fashioned swing and Dixieland in an old drinking house in New York City. (NYTimes.com, 4/26/10)

In the new movie Leaves of Grass, written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson ’86, Edward Norton plays a Brown professor—and his twin—and Lucy DeVito ’05 plays a love-struck college student. Nelson co-starred in American Violet, one of two American films picked for the Telluride Film Festival. He also played the role of Quince and George Morfogen ’54 the role of Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. (Brown Daily Herald, 10/6/10; The Los Angeles Times, 9/24/10; The Times-Picayune, 11/18/08; NYTheatre.com, 8/18/07)

Lynn Nottage ’86 has won the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award. Nottage won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Nottage was also among the 24 recipients of the MacArthur “Genius” Grants in 2007. She will receive $100,000 a year for five years. MacArthur Fellows are chosen on the basis of the winners’ creativity, originality, and potential. (New York Times, 9/20/10; Broadway.com, 4/20/09; Broadway.com, 11/25/07)

Mark Putnam ’86 produced Barack Obama’s primetime special and Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention bio video. (Newsweek, 10/23/08)

Writer and filmmaker Beena Sarwar ’86 was one of more than 180 journalists arrested for protesting the strict limitations put on Pakistani media by President Musharraf. (Inter Press Service, 11/23/07)

Suzanne Whang ’86 ScM made her daytime debut on General Hospital on Jan. 10. Whang, the hostess of House Hunters, is also a stand-up comic. (ABC Soaps, 12/8/10; Brown Alumni Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006)

Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love, an anthology published by Andrew Blauner ’86 (with essays by Hugh Delehanty ’70 and Sally Taylor ’96 ) benefits the marathon bombing victims, and makes Boston all of our homes. (Los Angeles Times, 10/17/13)

Golden ladies for Brown women: best actress Laura Linney ’86 and star of best comedy Julie Bowen ’91 take home Emmys. (Huffington Post, 9/22/13; Reuters, 9/23/13)

Allison Abbate ’87 produced Wes Anderson’s new film The Fantastic Mr. Fox. (Video: 2 min.) (Filmsnmovies.com, 11/25/09)

Alyson Baker ’87 has succeeded Harry Philbrick’80 (now director of the museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) as director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. (Newstimes.com, 5/17/2011; Philly.com, 2/17/2011)

Michael Chorost ’87 wrote Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human and was featured in a PBS documentary about the cochlear implant in his skull that allows him to hear. (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/18/07)

Stephanie Grace ’87, Peter Kovacs ’78 and Mary Swerczek ’96 are among those sharing a Pulitzer Prize awarded to the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. (Pultizer Web site, 4/17/06; Brown Daily Herald, 7/17/06)

Who isn’t talking about Nina Jacobson ’87 (Hunger Games Hunger Games Hunger Games) this month? But did you know that David Levithan ’94 is the publishing brain behind the book?(TheDailyBeast.com, 3/12/12; The New York Times, 3/9/12)

Peter Jacobson ’87 gives voice to a villainous AMC Pacer in Cars 2, the new Disney Pixar animated film. Jacobson stars as Dr. Taub on the TV show House. (Teen Hollywood, 6/22/2011; Myfoxny.com, 4/13/09 (Video: 4:11 min.))

Brown professor Karl Jacoby ’87 discussed Shadows at Dawn, his book about an 1871 Indian massacre, on NPR’s All Things Considered. (Audio: 5:29 min.) (NPR.com, 12/13/08)

Somewhere Between, a documentary by Linda Goldstein Knowlton ’87, explores the experiences of Chinese adoptees. (thestar.com, 5/02/2011)

A new performance piece by Ben Rubin ’87 opened at the New York Public Library. (video, The New Yorker, 5/25/2011)

Afaa Michael Weaver ’87 AM was featured in Poets & Writers magazine. (Poets & Writers magazine, Nov/Dec, 2007)

Reknowned designer Jonathan Adler ’88 was a judge for Bravo TV’s Top Design show. (New York Daily News, 1/30/07)

“My Other Husband,” an essay by Ann Harleman ’88 AM, recently appeared in AARP Magazine. (AARP Magazine, 1/08)

Actor Hill Harper ’88 tackles the thorny relationship between black men and women in a new book, The Conversation. Harper also co-anchored BET’s coverage of President Obama’s inauguration. CSI: NY star Harper is also a philanthropist, businessman, and author. Harper has published a book about mentoring young black men. (EbonyJet.com, 9/9/09; baltimoresun.com, 1/21/09; Brown Daily Herald, 2/13/08; Associated Press, 5/13/06)

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has acquired The Bourne Identity and its sequels, each one directed or produced by Doug Liman ’88, for its permanent collection. Liman also discusses his career, his filmmaking style (labeled “Limania” by friend and screenwriter Simon Kinberg ’95) and more, in New York Magazine. Previously, Liman recalled Brown’s impact on his life in a film festival keynote. (The Los Angeles Times, 5/30/08; New York Magazine, 1/13/08; Brown Daily Herald, 4/16/07)

Elizabeth Mitchell ᾿88 recently published "The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin," a long article on the first female police detective in U.S. history. The e-single is currently #5 on Amazon's nonfiction best-seller list. (Byliner, 8/2011)

President Obama’s half brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo ’88 has written Nairobi to Shenzhen, a novel based on events in his own life. (Time.com, 11/17/09)

The New York Times Book Review featured a new book by David Shenk ’88 on genes and genius. Shenk expounded on his nonfiction writing process for an audience at Brown and in The Atlantic. (New York Times, 3/18/10; The Atlantic, 11/12/09)

Inheritance, a book of photography by Andrea Stern ’88, chronicles 15 years of family gatherings and daily life. (Jewish Daily Forward, 3/30/07)

PBS airs “Wisdom for Life: A Guide to Western Philosophy” by James Thomas ’88. (Greenwich Citizen, 1/10/06)

After receiving hundreds of letters from young incarcerated men, actor Hill Harper ’88 gave them a voice in his new book (The New York Observer, 11/05/13)

A 2007 Pulitzer Prize went to James Bandler ’89 of The Wall Street Journal. (Brown Daily Herald, 4/17/07)

Adam Bock ’89 AM won the playwriting award at the 52nd annual Obie Awards. (Backstage, 5/22/07)

Ann Cherkis ’89 was named to Variety’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” list. (Variety, 6/18/08)

Josh Friedman ’89 is creator, producer and writer for the TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. (The Independent, 10/21/08)

David Kamp ’89 authored The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. (New York Times, 10/01/06)

E.B. Min '89 was named to Architectural Record's 2009 list of top 10 vanguard architectural firms. (Architectural Record, December 2009)

Artist Sarah Morris ’89 will create a large-scale project for the renovation of the Tulsa Convention Center. (Tulsaworld.com, 10/23/09)

Tom Scott ’89, president of Plum TV, was honored in Details’ annual “Mavericks” issue. (Details, April 2007)

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1970–1979

The musical Michelangelo, by former priest Enrico Garzilli ’70 PhD, was produced by Opera Providence. He has another work heading for Broadway next spring. (Providence Journal, 4/22/07)

At the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Ross McElwee ’70 garnered the Career Award. (Independent Weekly, 4/11/07)

JoBeth Williams ’70, best known for her roles in Poltergeist and The Big Chill, starred in American Conservatory Theater’s The Quality of Life. (examiner.com, 10/24/08)

Katherine Farley ’71 was appointed chairwoman of Lincoln Center. (New York Times, 9/10/09)

Cathleen McGuigan ’71 is the new editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. (MediaBistro.com, 5/3/11)

In Larry’s Kidney, by Daniel A. Rose ’71, two estranged cousins travel to China for an illegal kidney transplant. (The Washington Post, 5/31/09)

Martin Smith ’71 and Marcela Gaviria ’91 win a Writer’s Guild award for WikiSecrets. (PBS.org, 2/20/2012)

Billie Tsien ’71 and her husband Tod Williams were chosen by the Barnes Foundation to design its new $100 million museum on Philadelphia’s “museum mile.” Williams and Tsien were also hired to redesign the Lincoln Center Harmony Atrium. (New York Times, 9/10/07; New York Times, 11/1/06)

Jaimy Gordon ’72 AM is a 2010 National Book Award finalist for Lord of Misrule.(Wall Street Journal, 10/22/10)

Lance Williams ’72 co-authored “Game of Shadows,” investigating athletes’ use of designer drugs. (Brown Daily Herald, 3/16/06)

Truth is stranger than fiction, except when Thomas Mallon ’73 writes the novel Watergate. The New York Times's 2009 Notable Books list included authors Mallon, Ben Moser '98, Robin Romm '98, Joanna Scott '85 AM, Larry Tye '76, and Professor Emeritus Gordon Wood. (New York Times, 2/15/12; New York Times, 12/6/09)

Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley ’73 AM discusses the world of fashion and becoming a judge for America’s Next Top Model. (Los Angeles Times, 3/17/10)

Producer Betsy West ’73 brings together 50 years of feminism in her new PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America. (DemocracyNow.org, 2/26/13)

Led by saxophonist and composer Ken Field ’74, the experimental brass band Revolutionary Snake Ensemble appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck. (Audio: 23 min) (WNYC.org, 5/16/08)

The Guggenheim Foundation awarded a fellowship to artist Jeffrey Schiff ’74.

Associate Dean Marjorie Thompson ’74, ’79 PhD appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/28/08)

The New York Times has promoted Tom Bodkin ’75, longtime design director, to deputy managing editor. (New York Times, 12/27/11)

For 25 years Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller ’76 has brought Iranian art and artists to the West. (New York Times, 8/12/09)

BET’s Debra Lee ’76 was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. (The Hollywood Reporter, 12/5/08)

Thomas E. Rothman ’76 was named one of “the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood” by Entertainment Weekly.

A new biography of Satchel Paige by Larry Tye ’76 explores the player’s persona and contribution to baseball history. Tye also collaborated with Kitty Dukakis on the book, Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy. (New York Times, 6/12/09; NPR’s Fresh Air, 09/26/06)

Stacey Farley’s ’77* created tile murals for the renovation of a New Jersey Transit station. (New York Times, 11/25/07)

Ruby Skye, P.I., a web series for “tweens” created by Jill Golick ’77 and starring Ali Adatia ’03, received eight awards at the Los Angeles Web Series Festival including “Outstanding Interactive Narrative Comedy.” (Media Caster Magazine, 4/1/11)

Thomas Hart ’77 helps Americans remember what it took to make MLK’s birthday into a federal holiday. (The Washington Post, 1/14/2012)

Inspired by a soldier’s ultimate sacrifice to save four squad-mates in Iraq, Seth Jackson ’77 wrote a song that has affected a number of lives. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/26/07)

Oren Jacoby ’77 wrote and directed and Kayce Freed Jennings ’80 served as executive director for Lafayette: The Lost Hero, which premiered on PBS in September. (HistoryNet.com, September 2010)

Michele Perchonok ’77 creates tasty and healthy meals for NASA’s orbiting space-shuttle crews. (Asia Times Online, 10/8/09)

New York Times reporter James Risen ’77 was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to reveal his confidential sources. Risen received a Pulitzer for stories on the federal government’s domestic eavesdropping. (Brown Daily Herald, 2/5/08; Brown Daily Herald, 7/17/06)

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded a fellowship to Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Art History Kaja Silverman ’77 PhD.

A memoir by Doron Weber ’77 about his son Damon’s illness and death occupies new medical and ethical terrain. (New York Times, 2/3/2012)

Children’s author Blue Balliett ’78 was profiled on NPR.org’s series “How Writers Create Their Fiction.” (NPR.org, 11/23/06)

Lisa Birnbach ’78 appeared on the Colbert Report to discuss her book True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World. (Video) Birnbach received two Gracie Awards for her radio show. (The Colbert Show, 9/13/10 (Video); Brown Daily Herald, 4/25/07)

Peter Kovacs ’78, Stephanie Grace ’87, and Mary Swerczek ’98 are among those sharing a Pulitzer Prize awarded to the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. (Brown Daily Herald, 7/17/06)

The design for a public service and storage pavilion for Aspen’s Wagner Park by Willis Pember ’78 was profiled in an article about photovoltaic installations. (Architectural Record, September 2006)

Non-fiction writer Nathaniel Philbrick ’78 spoke on campus about his methods of choosing topics, conducting research and developing characters. Philbrick revisits Custer’s Last Stand in a new book. (Brown Daily Herald, 3/3/11; NPR, 5/4/10 (Audio))

David Shields ’78 declares the death of fiction and hopes to inspire a revolution in nonfiction. (Theglobeandmail.com, 2/26/10)

Editor Bruce Tracy ’78 wrote about losing his job and his year-long struggle to rediscover his sense of purpose. (NewYork Post, 3/29/10)

Jincy Willett ’78, ’81 AM, who credits David Sedaris with saving her writing career, has a new book, The Writing Class. (SignOnSanDiego.com, 6/22/08)

Maritime historian Nathaniel Philbrick ’78 spies land—and in his new book, he picks a battle with Bunker Hill’s legacy. (WNYC, 05/07/13)

A movie-rating aggregator website created by David Gross ’79 is called "glorious, statistics-crazy overkill" by the Boston Globe. (The Boston Globe, 5/25/10)

Endeavor Partner Nancy Josephson ’79 was included in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Women in Entertainment Power 100” list. (The Hollywood Reporter, 12/5/08)

An op-ed by Alfie Kohn ’79 that challenges thinking on disciplining children was a most frequently e-mailed article by NYTimes.com readers. (New York Times, 9/14/09)

New York Times “notable” author Caroline Preston ’79 AM has written Gatsby’s Girl. (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/14/06)

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1900–1969

Sixty years after her thesis on John Donne, Chinese poet Zheng Min ’52 AM reminisces about her time at Brown—and sings. (Youtube, 2/20/2012 (Video)).

George Morfogen ’54 played the role of Egeus and Tim Blake Nelson ’86 that of Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. (NYTheatre.com, 8/18/07)

Joseph Bologna ’56 starred in Boynton Beach Club, a new movie about 60-somethings re-entering the dating world at an adult community in Florida. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8/25/06)

Martha ’58 and Artemis ’55 Joukowsky were honored by the Archaeological Institute of America. (Archaeology, 5/6/10)

Michael Seligman ’58 will produce the 81st Academy Awards telecast. (Variety, 10/28/08)

Elizabeth Landers ’64 is the author of The Script: The 100% Absolutely Predictable Things Men Do When They Cheat. (Detroit News, 6/8/06)

John Pleshette ’64 is directing and Stephanie Ittleson ’90 is performing in the U.S. premiere of the play Mammals. (LA Times, 1/22/09)

David Gockley ’65, ’93 DFA hon., director of the San Francisco Opera, helped ink a deal with a local radio station to broadcast the company’s operas for the first time in 25 years. Gockley is also taking the opera to the public via movie theaters around the country. (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/13/07; San Francisco Chronicle, 12/19/07)

Author Marilynne Robinson ’66 discussed religion and science on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Robinson has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robinson's novel, Home, was nominated for a National Book Award and won Robinson the Orange Prize for Fiction. (The Daily Show, 7/8/10 (Video); Brown Alumni Magazine, 5/11/10; Brown Daily Herald, 10/15/08; Telegraph, 6/3/09) (Video: 3:14 min.)

The Calvinism-tinged works of Marilynne Robinson ’66, acclaimed novelist and liberal Christian thinker, hold a broad appeal for conservatives. (The American Conservative, 10/15/13)

The Genius of America, co-written by Eric Lane ’65*, was well received by the New York Times. (New York Times, 11/28/07)

James Naughton ’67 had a cabaret show at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City. (New York Times, 6/2/06)

Want to know more about Roger Williams? You might be surprised by what you’ll learn in the newly released book by John M. Barry ’68, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul. (New York Times, 12/30/11)

Artist Chris Coles ’69 published Navigating the Bangkok Noir, a book of paintings depicting Bangkok nightlife. (CNNGo.com, 4/25/2011)

Lisa K. Friedman ’69 recounted the experience of committing her elderly father to a psychiatric facility. (New York Times, 8/6/09)

Provost David Kertzer ’69 told Publisher’s Weekly how he sets a historical scene his new book Amalia’s Tale. (Publisher’s Weekly, 12/10/07)

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