Nina Riggs ’95 In her newly released memoir, The Bright Hour, Nina Riggs ’95 sets up the terms of engagement right at the outset. “Dying isn’t the end of the world,” Nina reports her mother joking in the months before she died. Shortly thereafter, Nina had to reckon with the truth in her mother’s cryptic humor. While she was still undergoing treatment for breast cancer that had been diagnosed 11 months earlier, Nina’s cancer became metastatic and incurable. She was 38. “There are so many things that are worse than death,” Nina writes, “old grudges, a lack of self-awareness,...Read More
Chloe Walters-Wallace ’03 Chloe Walters-Wallace grew up watching stories unfold on film sets in Jamaica where her mother is a line producer. Childhood was adventurous and colorful in her eclectic community that Chloe describes as “sort of middle-class hippies who, to this day, are wonderful creative, open, free-spirited people.” Today, she lives in New Orleans, where she multitasks projects and numerous roles centered on amplifying the voices of marginalized people. “There’s more awareness about the lack of diversity in film, especially with the debate about #OscarsSoWhite,” says Chloe, “a lack of women filmmakers, filmmakers of color, and LGBTQ voices....Read More
Amanda Weil ’78 When she was 10 years old, Amanda Weil discovered a darkroom in the basement of her rambling family home in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her father had built it before she was born. “I have vivid memories about figuring out how to use the darkroom,” says Amanda. She didn’t have a camera, she just made photograms. These are images made by placing an object directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. An adult clearly supplied the photographic paper and developing chemicals, “but nobody particularly noticed...Read More
Just log in to Groupmuse Sam Bodkin ’07 Seven stories above West 57th Street, the acrobatic notes of centuries-old piano music nearly drown the Manhattan symphony of sirens, car horns and bus brakes. About 30 people—some strangers, some friends—give their rapt attention to what is happening on the keys. Sitting cross-legged at the heel of the piano is Sam Bodkin ’07, who closes his eyes and taps his fingers in sync as Jeremy Jordan plays Chopin’s Polonaise in A, Op. 40. Sam is the founder of Groupmuse, a social network connecting classical musicians with audiences at intimate, informal gatherings,...Read More
WHAT IS REAL?
Alumni who must find and declare the truth as their life’s work live in rigorous times. What is the impact on their work, and on their persons, when public voices dismissively declare that the truth is fake, or that an alternate reality is true? We asked alumni who mine for the truth in different domains: How hard it is to find the truth? How difficult is it to know what’s real?
And in an environment of widespread mistrust, what happens to the reality they bring forward?
How vulnerable is the truth?
How illusive is the truth?
What, we wanted to know, is the daring part of “daring to be true”—finding it, declaring it, keeping it alive, making sure it matters?
- Nina Riggs, the Poet, Speaks in Prose for the First and Last Time
- Promoting Stories That Need to Be Heard and Seen
- ‘Photography Means Writing with Light’
- Defying Gravity on the World’s Stages
- You, too, can have your own, cozy classical music party
- Moving on, with Skills, Insight and Power
- When the Middle School Speechies Took Over Birmingham
- Leveraging Applause
- Tze’s Fail-Safe Plan for Meaningful Success