One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke (SHS '58) helped normalize U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly reunified Germany and then to the United Nations; and, most famously, negotiated the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. But he began and ended his career struggling with how to resolve two American wars: first in Vietnam, then in Afghanistan.Read more
One morning in February, Nicole Eisenman introduces me to the enormous plaster guys in her studio. Guys is her word; she clarifies right away that she means it in a gender-neutral sense. The first one we look at sits sideways, legs crossed at the ankle, on the back of another who’s on all fours, head down, hands and knees planted resolutely to form a stable seat. The sitting guy’s big palms are outstretched in a beatific pose; they (singular) have a diamond-shaped thatch of wormlike hair growing from their flat chest, and nothing definitive at their crotch.Read more
Review: Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff (SHS '79) - A manifesto for connecting personally in a tech-dominated world
Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has a dark warning about the current state of society. In a world dominated by digital algorithms, he believes, people have lost the ability to think, connect and act constructively. We have become isolated from one another and repressed by technologies and institutions that control us, he fears. And, he argues, the solution requires nothing less than a remaking of modern life.Read more
Christopher M. Schroeder (SHS '82): Amazon and Uber lead U.S. tech charge into Middle East investment
Uber's $3.1 billion acquisition of Dubai-based Careem is its largest to date, and the second tech acquisition over $500 million in the Middle East by a U.S. tech giant.
Why it matters:U.S. tech leaders are eyeing investments in the Middle Eastern startup community as a way to achieve rapid scale in a large, young and increasingly affluent market.Read more
Mara Liasson (SHS '73) is a national political correspondent for NPR, and a contributor to FOX News. Regular NPR listeners will often hear her stories and reports on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She covers politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on national political trends.Read more
This town is a sanctuary.” HBO just released the premiere date and a new teaser for their upcoming Deadwood movie.
The TV movie will be a follow-up to the HBO series, which ended in 2006. Returning cast members include Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Paula Malcolmson, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Anna Gunn, and John Hawkes.Read more
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is to executive produce a forthcoming feature-length documentary film that advocates for the democratization of sexual pleasure.
Helmed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago production outfit Kartemquin Films, The Dilemma of Desire will explore the “clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire.”Read more
Aaron Sorkin gets that the question is a joke and, no, he responds, he didn’t tackle a stage version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” because “Gone With the Wind” wasn’t available.
“Scott Rudin called me about three years ago and said ‘I got something exciting I want to talk to you about,'” Sorkin said in a telephone interview. “Every time Scott starts a conversation with ‘I got something exciting,’ I end up being excited, too.”Read more
Don't Miss Peggy Reich (SHS '76) Upcoming Concert Jewish Musical Reflections this Sunday, March 31st at 2:00pm.Read more
Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays, written by Jon Stahl (SHS '92), illustrated by Tadgh Bentley (Scholastic, 2019; ages 4-8) is now available on Amazon and bookstores everywhere.
"Once upon a time," begins the big blue monster who is trying to tell a fabulous story. "It needs to be about a kid who is eaten by a dragon," he insists...Read more