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Revered Painter Nicole Eisenman (SHS '83) Has Quickly Become One of Today’s Most Thrilling Sculptors

Nicole Eisenman’s Procession was, hands down, the standout entry of the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The multi-figure sculpture is, by turns, baffling, bold, hopeful, lumbering, imaginative, irreverent. Almost every reviewer of the exhibition mentioned the unusual caravan of fellow travelers. Remaining on view until the end of October, Eisenman’s outdoor, site-specific work, which weathered the elements during the course of the show surprisingly well, is comprised of 11 disparate figures and heads executed in a variety of materials, ranging from bronze, plaster, and urethane foam to acrylic yarn, gold leaf, and butcher’s wax. 

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MIT study says if you get more Z’s, you’ll get more A’s

Jeffrey Grossman gave 100 students in his introductory chemistry class last fall the activity-tracking watches. One major finding: It can really pay for a student to get enough rest.

Grossman said the study found a “dramatic increase in academic performance with just an hour more sleep per night. . . . You’re going from a C to an A,” reinforcing previous research about how crucial sleep is for students.

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'The West Wing' Turns 20: How Aaron Sorkin's (SHS '79) Political Drama Happened by Accident

The West Wing was an accident. At opening night of PaleyFest on Friday, creator Aaron Sorkin said that he never intended to do television, and when his agent set up a meeting with producer John Wells, he didn't plan to pitch anything. 

Then on the evening of their meeting, Sorkin's friend and Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman suggested there might be a TV show in the premise from Sorkin's film The American President. 

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Lisbeth Cohen (SHS '69) Unspools a History of Urban Development Through the Story of Ed Logue

In Saving American Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), Harvard historian Lizbeth Cohen ’73 paints a picture of postwar urban renewal through the lens of one man’s career. While he was at times brash, Ed Logue was nothing like his fellow developer Robert Moses. As his career unfolded, Logue oversaw the revitalization of crumbling neighborhoods in New Haven, New York City, and Boston, and with each project, he grew more and more sensitive to the grassroots concerns of each locale as well as the importance to preserve the old alongside the new.

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Lets help Mary Alice Balzac (SHS '52) affected by Hurricane Dorian

Mary Alice Balzac (SHS '52), and her three daughters were all running businesses at Hopetown, Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian destroyed Mary Alice’s house and her niece in Armonk has posted a gofundme for the family - let join in and help.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/kenyon-family

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Tovah Feldshuh (SHS '66) is not so mean a queen in ‘Tovah Is Leona!’

Leona Helmsley hasn’t landed on Broadway yet, but she’s attained a more rarefied honor. The disgraced Manhattan real estate mogul is the latest headline-grabbing figure to join theater icon Tovah Feldshuh’s one-woman menagerie as the subject of “Tovah Is Leona!”

 

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Barbara Kopple (SHS '64) revisits the Iran hostage crisis in “Desert One”

Legendary documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple returned to Toronto with her latest film, Desert One, which premiered at the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (Sept. 8) in a packed theater, attended by several of the film’s subjects, along with Kopple herself.

 

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Chernobyl is now the top-ranked show of all time on IMDb - Carolyn Strauss (SHS '81)

Chernobyl, the gritty and horrifying retelling of the worst nuclear disaster in human history, has jumped to the No. 1 spot on IMDb's all-time TV rankings just days after the limited series concluded.


As of Tuesday, Chernobyl had a 9.7-star (out of 10) average rating from about 140,000 users on the Amazon-owned IMDb site. 

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Eve Ensler (SHS '71) to Give Keynote Speech at Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale

Playwright, activist, performer, and feminist Eve Ensler, best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” will be the keynote speaker at the first Women’s Mental Health Conference at Yale to be held Friday, October 25, 2019, at Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

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Netflix Is Damn Formidable. Tom Rogers (SHS '72)

“Disney’s got an awful lot to work with but Netflix is damn formidable,” says former NBC Cable President and Tivo CEO Tom Rogers. “It missed its estimates last quarter which has clearly wreaked some havoc with the stock. They also double downed and said they were confident that they were going to be hitting about 30 million new subscribers for the year. Netflix, just to put that in perspective, it took HBO about 30 years to get 30 million subscribers. Netflix is going to add an incremental 30 million globally in a year. Netflix is really really formidable.”

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