Justine Nagan, AM'04, Honored by New Leaders Council

Justine Nagan, AM'04, a graduate of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), was presented with one of the 2013 40 Under 40 Media Leadership Awards from the New Leaders Council. Nagan is the Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, which produces documentaries focused on social justice such as Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters. In 2009, she directed Typeface, a documentary that explored The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI, and examined artists' responsibility to preserving a dying craft alongside how rural towns can "survive in a shifting industrial marketplace where big-box retailers are king."

The 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards honor individuals in four categories: political leadership, media leadership, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Recipients are selected by members of the New Leaders Council for exemplifying the organization's "ideal of political entrepreneurship."

Learn more about the council here and see upcoming films from Kartemquin here.

Chicago Literature List Features English and Creative Writing Faculty Members

Hillary Chute, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature, as well as Rachel DeWoskin and Jeffrey Brown, both faculty members in Creative Writing, were featured on the Newcity Lit 2012 "Lit 50" list, which celebrates "on-the-page creators" active in the Chicago literary scene. Chute was called an "alt-comics impresario" who "may be the one to take Chicago from being a comic-book city to a full-blown metropolis of graphic storytelling," while Brown was hailed as an "ascendant talent" for his comic memoirs such as Darth Vader and Son. DeWoskin's memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing is currently in development at HBO, while her most recent novel Big Girl Small won an Alex Award, which honors books with special appeal to young adults.

Read the full list here.

Watch Kate Zambreno, AM'02, Read from Her Memoir, 'Heroines'

Kate Zambreno, AM'02, visited the Logan Center to give a reading from her newest work HeroinesWatch the video of the reading here.

The Rumpus called Heroines "relentless and reflective" and "a genre-defying battle cry about forgotten and suppressed women in literature (as well as her role in the gendered story of her own life)." Heroines developed in part from Zambreno's blog Frances Farmer is My Sister, where she meditates on the voices and biographies of writers like Vivienne Eliot, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Humanities Faculty Members Recognized with New Professorships

Two faculty members from the Division of the Humanities received new professorships. Clifford Ando has been appointed the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Classics and the College. Ando studies law, religion, and government in the Roman Empire, and is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religions. He joined the UChicago faculty in 2006.

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