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[Game of Thrones, co-created by D.B. Weiss '93]

By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Five alumni have been nominated for Emmy Awards this year. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Maria Santana ’98 has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish.

The following four alumni have been nominated for Primetime Emmys:

Game of Thrones received 19 nominations, the most Emmy nominations this year. Nominations include Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. D.B. Weiss ’93 co-created of Game of Thrones and is now a producer and writer.

Mad Men, created and produced by Matthew Weiner ’87, is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Modern Family is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Bill Wrubel ’85 is an executive producer.

Matthew Senreich ’96 is the co-creator and producer of Robot Chicken, which was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.

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[Mike White '92]
By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Screenwriter Mike White ’92 swears that creativity looks a lot like sitting on the couch. In this “Academy Originals” video, the man behind School of Rock, Nacho Libre and The Good Girl gives us a glimpse of his two-part creative process:

“Creativity is so much more than making something,” Mike says, sharing 5 tips that every screenwriter should know:

1. Procrastination can actually be productive: “There’s two creative phases. One is kind of more an open phase, and one is more of a closed phase. And the open phase is when you’re just kind of ingesting and taking in… You’re impregnating your brain with an idea and it needs to gestate. It’s like I’m waiting as long as I can before I start writing. On the outside, that looks like me sitting on my couch or watching TV or watching movies or reading books or walking around the neighborhood or picking my butt… It looks like I’m doing nothing.”

2. But when the idea is fully formed, it’s time to jump in: “The closed phase is like this is an idea and now I need to do it. It’s like getting a fever, where you’re like ‘I am going to live and breathe this thing until it’s done.’

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[Game of Thrones, co-created by D.B. Weiss '93]

By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Five alumni have been nominated for Emmy Awards this year. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Maria Santana ’98 has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish.

The following four alumni have been nominated for Primetime Emmys:

Game of Thrones received 19 nominations, the most Emmy nominations this year. Nominations include Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. D.B. Weiss ’93 co-created of Game of Thrones and is now a producer and writer.

Mad Men, created and produced by Matthew Weiner ’87, is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Modern Family is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Bill Wrubel ’85 is an executive producer.

Matthew Senreich ’96 is the co-creator and producer of Robot Chicken, which was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program.

Read more…

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Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20140722-emmy-awards

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[Twitter] follow @WizMatts on Twitter ➞

[Twitter] follow @MariaSantanaCNN on Twitter ➞

[Twitter] follow @GameOfThrones on Twitter ➞

[Twitter] follow @ModernFam on Twitter ➞

[Twitter] follow @MadMen_AMC on Twitter ➞

[Twitter] follow @cyborgturkey on Twitter ➞

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[Mike White '92]
By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Screenwriter Mike White ’92 swears that creativity looks a lot like sitting on the couch. In this “Academy Originals” video, the man behind School of Rock, Nacho Libre and The Good Girl gives us a glimpse of his two-part creative process:

“Creativity is so much more than making something,” Mike says, sharing 5 tips that every screenwriter should know:

1. Procrastination can actually be productive: “There’s two creative phases. One is kind of more an open phase, and one is more of a closed phase. And the open phase is when you’re just kind of ingesting and taking in… You’re impregnating your brain with an idea and it needs to gestate. It’s like I’m waiting as long as I can before I start writing. On the outside, that looks like me sitting on my couch or watching TV or watching movies or reading books or walking around the neighborhood or picking my butt… It looks like I’m doing nothing.”

2. But when the idea is fully formed, it’s time to jump in: “The closed phase is like this is an idea and now I need to do it. It’s like getting a fever, where you’re like ‘I am going to live and breathe this thing until it’s done.’

Read more…

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We are pleased to announce a new book by Julia Byl, Antiphonal Histories: Resonant Pasts in the Toba Batak Musical Present.

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“Well-written, smart, and honest, Antiphonal Histories is an innovative juxtaposition of historiography, ethnography, musical analysis, and reflexive autobiography. There are also moments of poignant insight, brilliant induction, and hilarity.” —Jeremy Wallach, author of Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997–2001

Positioned on a major trade route, the Toba Batak people of Sumatra have long witnessed the ebb and flow of cultural influence from India, the Middle East, and the West. Living as ethnic and religious minorities within modern Indonesia, Tobas have recast this history of difference through interpretations meant to strengthen or efface the identities it has shaped. Antiphonal Histories examines Toba musical performance as a legacy of global history, and a vital expression of local experience. This intriguingly constructed ethnography searches the palm liquor stand and the sanctuary to show how Toba performance manifests its many histories through its “local music”—Lutheran brass band hymns, gong-chime music sacred to Shiva, and Jimmie Rodgers yodeling. Combining vivid narrative, wide-ranging historical research, and personal reflections, Antiphonal Histories traces the musical trajectories of the past to show us how the global is manifest in the performative moment.

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Clockwise from top left: a group of men playing at the lapo tuak; ceremonial dancing at a Toba adat ceremony; Martahan Sitohang playing the Toba suling during a performance residency in the Netherlands (photo: Hardoni Sitohang); and a gondang group.

For more details, click here.

Also available as an ebook—check with your favorite ebook retailer.

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[Phoebe Boyer '89]
By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Phoebe Boyer ’89 has been appointed as the new CEO and President of The Children’s Aid Society, an organization dedicated to helping “children in poverty to succeed and thrive.”

Phoebe has decades of experience managing charitable funds and working towards reform in education. She is currently the executive director of the Robertson Foundation, which delivers a “targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform.” Previously, she was the executive director of the Tiger Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty.

Children’s Aid picked Phoebe Boyer after a five-month search to replace Richard Buery, who was CEO from 2009 through 2014. In February, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose Buery to be one of the mayor’s top aides at City Hall.

Boyer comes to Children’s Aid at a time of change for the 160-year-old organization, which provides early education services, after-school programs, and works to turn schools into full-service community hubs. Under Buery, Children’s Aid began developing a new system to track the performance of its programs, putting an emphasis on measuring student outcomes. And in 2012, it opened its first charter school, College Prep Charter School, an elementary school in the South Bronx.

Boyer is well-known in the New York City charter school community as both a fundraiser and as a leader of the movement to expand the sector under the Bloomberg administration.

“Phoebe has long embraced the kind of mission-driven, results-oriented thinking that is a cornerstone of what we’re doing at Children’s Aid,” board chair Mark Edmiston said in a statement.The hire also received an endorsement from Buery, who tweeted that Boyer was a “great choice.”

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[Phoebe Boyer '89]
By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Phoebe Boyer ’89 has been appointed as the new CEO and President of The Children’s Aid Society, an organization dedicated to helping “children in poverty to succeed and thrive.”

Phoebe has decades of experience managing charitable funds and working towards reform in education. She is currently the executive director of the Robertson Foundation, which delivers a “targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform.” Previously, she was the executive director of the Tiger Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty.

Children’s Aid picked Phoebe Boyer after a five-month search to replace Richard Buery, who was CEO from 2009 through 2014. In February, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose Buery to be one of the mayor’s top aides at City Hall.

Boyer comes to Children’s Aid at a time of change for the 160-year-old organization, which provides early education services, after-school programs, and works to turn schools into full-service community hubs. Under Buery, Children’s Aid began developing a new system to track the performance of its programs, putting an emphasis on measuring student outcomes. And in 2012, it opened its first charter school, College Prep Charter School, an elementary school in the South Bronx.

Boyer is well-known in the New York City charter school community as both a fundraiser and as a leader of the movement to expand the sector under the Bloomberg administration.

“Phoebe has long embraced the kind of mission-driven, results-oriented thinking that is a cornerstone of what we’re doing at Children’s Aid,” board chair Mark Edmiston said in a statement.The hire also received an endorsement from Buery, who tweeted that Boyer was a “great choice.”

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Image: c/o William Moree Photographs

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Just a quick note of thanks to the following alumni, students, faculty, and friends who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2013-2014. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration!

Advisory Board
Phoebe Boyer ’89
Carl Byers ’93
Sharon Belden Castonguay
Marcus Chung ’98
Lara Galinsky ’96
Joyce Jacobsen
Ellen Jewett ’81 P’17
Bob Miller P’02 P’99
Kennedy Odede ’12
Robert Patricelli ’61 P’90 P’88
Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87
Ilene Rosenthal ’74 P’17
Rob Rosenthal
Sarah Williams ’88

Peer Advisors
Jason Brandner ’16
Alex Cantrell ’14
Val Demuynck ’16
Alicia Gansley ’15
Marina King ’16
Brent Packer ’15
Maeve Russell ’14
Yekaterina Sapozhnina ’16
Ted Shabecoff ’16
Tanaya Srini ’15
Ariane Turley ’15

Grant Judges
Phoebe Boyer ’89
Ali Chaudhry ’12
Tim Devane ’09
Lexy Funk ’91
Amir Alexander Hasson ’98
Rachel Hines ’82 P’18
Makaela Kingsley ’98
Rob Rosenthal
Maeve Russell ’14
Marc Schleifer ’95
Sarah Williams ’88
Meredith Lobel ’01
David Jay ’04

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We are pleased to announce the release of a brand-new edition of The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch —- “Angouleme,” with an introduction by Matthew Cheney.

 american shore

A keystone text in literary theory and science fiction The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch—“Angouleme” was first published in 1978 to the intense interest of science fiction readers and the growing community of SF scholars. Recalling Nabokov’s commentary on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Roland Barthes’ commentary on Balzac’s Sarazine, and Grabinier’s reading of The Heart of Hamlet, this book-length essay helped prove the genre worthy of serious investigation. The American Shore is the third in a series of influential critical works by Samuel Delany, beginning with The Jewel-Hinged Jaw and Starboard Wine, first published in the late seventies and reissued over the last five years by Wesleyan University Press. Delany was honored with a Pilgrim Award for Science Fiction Scholarship from the Science Fiction Research Association of America. He has also received the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to gay and lesbian literature. In 2013, he was named the 31st Damon Knight Memorial Foundation Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This edition of The American Shore includes the author’s corrected text as well as a new introduction by Delany scholar Matthew Cheney. For more details, click here. Also available as an ebook—check with your favorite ebook retailer.

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This week’s Throwback Thursday selection is Andrea Werblin’s “Arguing in Public,” from Lullaby for One Fist (2001).

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Arguing in Public

Any plastic flower’s lame reach to heaven is any Dos Equis’
knowledge of terror,
so you go a few rounds of proving emphatically nothing,
grow up prickly and worn
before you’ve gotten a chance to rotten each other the long way.
Couples of this taquería,
I could use you being happier if you wouldn’t mind it,
because the heater emits only flowers
of heat, and the birds caught in the air ducts are shrieking
like his best afternoon
of locking me out and calling the police, & the police laughing.
May you never again call each other jerkass
in a car on a Saturday morning,
while your love and hate deprivatize.
May your foolhearted means
of courting what is over be over now. Structureless as you are,
try thanking your respective bellies
for being potlike, the winter’s weird fingers for a fury
more gracile than all your years alone.

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ANDREA WERBLIN has had poetry published in various print and online journals, including BOOG Reader, EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts, The Massachusetts Review, and Smartish Pace. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She currently works as a Creative Director in the Boston area.

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