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Bock GS Curates Flash Photography Exhibition

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Amanda Bock GS

The Showing: “Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century,” an exhibit curated by Amanda Bock GS.

Dates and Location: May 24 – Aug. 3, 2014, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Main Building, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and until 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Curator: Bock was a Goldsmiths Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for three years and today is project assistant curator in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. She also is a Ph.D. student at Princeton working on her dissertation in art history. Continue reading

Neill ’71 Creates Films for National Building Museum Exhibition

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Richard Neill ’71

The Exhibition: Richard Neill ’71 has created five films for the National Building Museum’s exhibition Designing for Disaster, which examines how we assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

Dates and Location: Open through Aug. 2, 2015, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays. Continue reading

Nader ’55 Examines a Left-Right Political Alliance

Ralph Nader '55 (Beverly Orr)

Ralph Nader ’55 (Beverly Orr)

Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, by Ralph Nader ’55 (Nation Books)

The Author: An attorney and political activist, Nader is particularly concerned with consumer and worker protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, democratic government, and dismantling the corporate state. Nader came to prominence in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, and has since published many bestsellers, including The Good Fight and Seventeen Traditions. He is a four-time candidate for president of the United States, and has been named by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.

UnstoppableThe Book: In Unstoppable, Nader demonstrates that there is an emerging alliance between the Left and the Right on Capital Hill, as well as in state and local governments, that he believes has the power to dismantle the corporate-government tyranny. Nader argues that it is time to use this budding alliance to expand the power of American citizens and demand a more accountable government. He provides a blueprint for this fight, with 25 potential reforms that can be accomplished through a Left-Right alliance. The book also includes a historical record of Left-Right convergence that demonstrates that this strategy can be successful. Continue reading

Connery ’01’s Opera Cabal Performs in New York

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Majel Connery ’01 (David Stewart)

The Performance: Opera Cabal and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble present the North American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ monodrama ATTHIS, and three never-before staged works by Marcos Balter: UT, Delete/Control/Option, and Live Water.

Dates and Location: June 12 and 13, at 8 p.m., at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, N.Y.

The Company and Co-founder: Presenting unpredictable new work and modeling new forms of audience involvement, Opera Cabal reaches into neighboring visual, theatrical, and technological communities to broaden the audience for, and the definition of, opera. Majel Connery ’01 co-founded the company in 2006 and is now the executive and artistic director of Opera Cabal. Connery apprenticed with opera director Christopher Alden at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Den Norske Oper (Oslo), and at Chicago Opera Theater. She is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of musicology at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Opera: Scored for soprano and eight instruments, ATTHIS is inspired by the love-poems Sappho sang to other women on the island of Lesbos some 2,500 years ago. It is conducted by Peyman Farzinpour, former director of new music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and stage directed by Emmy Award-winning director Habib Azar. Soprano Ariadne Grief intones verses of isolation and longing by Sappho, with Connery embodying her amorous double. Balter’s works feature celebrated violist Nadia Sirota, with ethereal visualizations by Connery as stage director.

Read More: PAW’s story about Majel Connery ’01 in the March 12, 2010 issue.

Monheit ’80 and Krimm ’78 Perform in San Francisco

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Gary Monheit ’80 (Courtesy Dan Krimm ’78)

The Gig: Along with more classic compositions, jazz duo Gary Monheit ’80 (piano) and Dan Krimm ’78 (fretless bass) will play several original compositions, including the premiere of a new tune written by Krimm.

Date and Location: June 4, 6:30-10:00 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Calif.

The Duo: Monheit and Krimm have been playing jazz together off and on since their college days. After several years living in different metropolitan areas, they reconnected in the Bay Area in 2006, joining the Fortune Smiles quintet, and now also are playing as a duo. Monheit taught jazz piano and jazz ensemble at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, and was a dance accompanist for Elliot Feld, Alvin Ailey, Barnard College, and Princeton University. His compositions for dance and theater have been performed in the United States and Europe. Continue reading

Winston ’91 on Climate Change and Business

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Andrew S. Winston ’91 (Courtesy Harvard Business Review Press)

New book: The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by Andrew S. Winston ’91 (Harvard Business Review Press)

The author: Winston is the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, advising some of the world’s leading companies. He sits on the sustainability advisory boards for Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, and Hewlett-Packard, and is the author of the book Green to Gold. He regularly appears on major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNBC.

The book: Winston argues that we have passed an economic tipping point: The weakening of the foundations of our planetary infrastructure is costing businesses and putting our society at risk. In particular, he highlights three “mega-challenges” that impact how businesses operate: climate change, scarcity, and transparency. In response to these challenges, Winston provides 10 strategies for leaders and companies that are ready to prepare for, manage, and profit from these changes. This book provides a blueprint with concrete solutions, demonstrated through stories from companies like Unilever, Nike, Ford, Walmart, and others. Continue reading