This month, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2017 Class of MacArthur Fellow award winners. Damon Rich DS’93 was among them. Damon is an urban planner and designer in the greater New York City region whose work focuses on creating community engagement and democratic processes for urban planning. He is noted for inventive methods of involving the public in design projects and policy. He served as Director of Planning for the city of Newark from 2008-2015 and subsequently co-founded the design studio Hector (with Jae Shin) to expand his practice. Previously, he was founder and president of the Center for Urban Pedagogy from 1997-2007. We congratulate Damon on his accomplishments and wish him much further success. Read more details about Damon’s work as highlighted by the MacArthur Foundation.
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John W. Lewis DS’47, veteran and scholar, passed away on September 4th in Stanford, California, after a distinguished life of service. He was one of the leading experts on China in his time, playing a crucial role in establishing peaceful US-China relations. He also made several visits to North Korea and was the first China expert to speak out against the Vietnam War. Lewis taught at Cornell and Stanford, becoming professor emeritus at Stanford in 1997. It was there that he founded the Northeast Asia-United States Forum on International Policy and the Center for International Security and Cooperation.
The 2017 shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced today. Misha Hoekstra DS’82 was named to the list for his English translation of Dorte Nohrs’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, recently published by Pushkin Press. The shortlist honors just six books and their author/translator ‘teams’ in contention for the final award, which recognizes excellence in translated fiction from throughout the world. The final winner will be announced in June of this year at a ceremony in London. A writer and musician, Misha lives in Denmark and has translated numerous titles from Danish to English, including recent new translations of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen.
The sausage company founded and owned by Charlie Munford DS’00 in Mississippi was recently featured in Gambit: Best of New Orleans. After finishing at Deep Springs, Charlie established Two Run Farm in his home state on land his grandfather had farmed. It was among the very first farms in Mississippi to be certified organic. Charlie then completed his MA at Yale before returning south to establish a farm-to-table company supplying pork directly to restaurants in New Orleans. Business is growing and he purchased his own slaughterhouse and smokehouse in Louisiana. His operation has proved so successful that the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry approached him for help with their runaway overpopulation of wild boars infesting Louisiana’s pine forests. Apparently, Charlie has a way with smoked meats and building a market for the porcine critters is proving successful – good for the environment and the grocery. But, don’t take our word for it, read the article.
Lee Talbot DS’48 remains as busy as ever. A roundup of his activities in the previous year includes multiple honors for his lifetime accomplishments: In March of 2016, the Cosmos Club of Washington D.C. bestowed the Powell Award – in honor of founder and eminent explorer John Wesley Powell – on Dr. Talbot because “he preeminently embodies the values represented by Powell’s distinguished career.” In his attendant lecture, Lee emphasized that his wife Marty has been his full partner through much of his career.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature convened in September of 2016 with over 10,000 attendees for their quadrennial World Congress. At the gathering, Lee was honored with the Harold Jefferson Coolidge Medal to recognize his lifelong contributions in the field of international conservation and environmental affairs, his outstanding initiatives in the field of exploration and his continuing dedication to the field of conservation.
Also in September, Lee received the Legacy Award from the Defenders of Wildlife at their annual dinner in Washington DC. Presented in recognition of lifetime achievements in wildlife conservation, the award was dedicated to: “Dr. Lee Talbot, World-Renowned Environmentalist for pioneering work in developing ecosystem science, shaping national and international environmental policies and principles, establishing an ecosystem basis for conservation, and conducting environmental work in 131 countries.”
Not one to focus only on work, Lee continues to compete (and win) regularly on the racing circuit. In June of 2016, he was recognized for his lifetime achievements with the first-ever Spirit of Vintage Racing award at the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada’s historic Grand Prix in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Talbot is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.