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Achievements

See below for recent news and achievements from Gallatin students, faculty, and alumni. Over the last decade, the Gallatin community has been honored with major international awards and prizes. A full list of student academic awardees, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholars, can be found on this Fellowship page. Awards for faculty and alumni include the Academy Award, Tony Awards, MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Guggenheim Fellowships, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and more.

August 2020

student

Aug 19, 2020

Mariah Film

Renata Romain (MA ’22) released a short film, Mariah, for the 2020 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.  

student

Aug 19, 2020

Gilman Awardees

Zoriah Carter (BA ’22) and Cassandra Quayson (BA ’23) have been selected for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, a program of the Department of State that funds a semester or year of study away.

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Franklin NEH Public Scholars Grant

Sara Franklin was awarded a 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Grant for research and writing leading to a biography of American cookbook and literary editor Judith Jones for her project The Life and Work of Judith Jones, the 20th-Century Editor Who Changed the Way America Cooked, Ate, and Read.

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Furnace and Fugue Book

Donna Bilak, along with Tara Nummedal, co-edited the book Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618).

alumni

Aug 19, 2020

Sherman Book

Maria Sherman (BA ’13) wrote Larger Than Life: A History of Boybands from NKOTB to BTS.

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Design With Life

Along with Terreform ONE co-founder Maria Aiolova, Mitchell Joachim authored Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities (Actar, 2020).

student

Aug 19, 2020

Do Look Down

Kwans Kim (BA ’24) worked on the proposed art installation “Do Look Down,” which won the Van Alen Instiute’s competition Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge in the Young Adult category.  

faculty

Aug 19, 2020

Posin Dance Company

Kathryn Posin’s (BA ’94) Dance Company performed from August 14-22, 2020, as a part of the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival with free, virtual performances available on YouTube.  

faculty

Aug 18, 2020

Fredericks Book Award

Rosalind Fredericks’s book Garbage Citizenship was awarded the 2020 Toyin Falola Best Book on Africa by the Association of Global South Studies.

July 2020

faculty

Jul 31, 2020

Walsh Exhibition

Lauren Walsh organized the June 2020 showcase, “Quarantine Through the Lens of Gen Z,” for The Bronx Documentary Center, featuring work by the students in her “Photographing Peace” course.

alumni

Jul 31, 2020

Fitzpatrick Poetry

Jameson Fitzpatrick's (BA ’12) debut collection of poetry, Pricks in the Tapestry, was released by Birds LLC in June 2020.

alumni

Jul 31, 2020

Duvisac Named 2020 ACLS Public Fellow

Sara Duvisac (DFUP ’20), a Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice with the Urban Democracy League was chosen as one of 22 ACLS Public Fellows for 2020, and was appointed as Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam America.

June 2020

alumni

Jun 29, 2020

2020 Fulbright Awardees

Two Gallatin seniors and one recent alumna have been recognized by the Fulbright US Student Program for research, study, and teaching opportunities in countries outside of the US: Lauren Stockmon Brown (BA ’20) is a Senegal ETA Recipient, Melody Xu (BA ’18) will travel to Beijing as a China Research Recipient, and Jakiyah Bradley (BA ’20) is a Namibia Research Alternate. A fourth recent graduate, Rebecca Karpen (BA ’20), will travel to Austria as a US Teaching Assistant in the Teaching Assistantship Program of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), which is administered by Fulbright Austria.

May 2020

faculty

May 25, 2020

Poetry Prize

Darrel Alejandro Holnes was awarded the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, which is for his full-length book of poems Stepmotherland, which is forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press in 2021. Holnes was awarded the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize for his chapbook Migrant Psalms, which is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press later this year.  

faculty

May 20, 2020

Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship

Eve Meltzer was awarded a Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library to complete research towards and the writing of one chapter “Psyche Obscura, Camera Lucida: James Baldwin, America, and the Moving Image,” of her book-in-progress, Not-Me, Mine, Ours: Belonging After Photography.

faculty

May 20, 2020

Whistleblowing Nation

Hannah Gurman, with Kaeten Mistry, co-edited Whistleblowing Nation: Disclosing US National Security and the Challenge of Dissent (Columbia University Press, 2020).

faculty

May 15, 2020

Career Enhancement Fellowship

Kwami Coleman was named a 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which aims to create career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects.  

faculty

May 10, 2020

Resident Actor Fellowship

Leila Buck was named a 2020 Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the William and Eva Fox Foundation.

faculty

May 4, 2020

Diaz's Work Streamed

Kristoffer Diaz, alongside an array of artists, contributed to 24 Hour Plays, with Round Six - Musicals, including “Five Minutes in this Hallway,” with lyrics Diaz wrote, airing on Instagram TV. His script for Football Football Football Football (or I love Lave Dash), which placed as a finalist, was virtually streamed for the 2020 Ink Playwriting Festival following the award, hosted by the American Theater on May 1-4, 2020.  

faculty

May 1, 2020

Austrian Awarded NEXT Generation Commission

Actor and director Jessie Austrian is the recipient of the Theater Latté Da New Work Development NEXT Generation Commission, a new opportunity for women artists and artists of color to support the creation of new musical theatre projects.  

April 2020

faculty

Apr 23, 2020

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union Review

Alex Halberstadt’s book, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and A Reckoning (Penguin Random House, 2020), was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Excerpts of the novel published in the April 5, 2020, issue of The New Yorker and on March 18, 2020, edition of Literary Hub. Halberstadt also participated in a Zoom book launch with journalist Masha Gessen, hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and Greenlight Bookstore on April 23, 2020.

faculty

Apr 15, 2020

Virtual Design Festival

Mitchell Joachim is bringing together author/designers Eran Chen of ODA, Julia Watson and Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, to discuss their new books and how they address sustainability in a post-covid world in the Virtual Design Festival hosted by Dezeen and Terreform ONE from April 15 to July 10, 2020.

faculty

Apr 1, 2020

Podcast Guest

Jacob Remes spoke on the COVID Calls/Slow Disaster Podcast, a weekly podcast featuring disaster experts like Remes weighing in on the COVID19 crisis.

March 2020

faculty

Mar 5, 2020

It Can Happen Here

Judith Sloan had a reading/performance on March 7 at the Queens Theater of the work-in-development of It Can Happen Here, a play with music written by Sloan.  

faculty

Mar 5, 2020

Album Release

Nina Katchadourian and Brooklyn-based guitarist Lisa Liu form the sTans, which is also the name of their first album that was released on March 6, 2020.  

alumni

Mar 5, 2020

Dorrance Dance at Jacob's Pillow

Michelle Dorrance (BA ’01) and her company, Dorrance Dance, will take over Jacob’s Pillow July 1-5, 2020, as part of the 2020 festival, debuting several new works in addition to curating a week of Inside/Out outdoor performances beginning August 3, 2020.  

faculty

Mar 5, 2020

Bayano

Current resident of the I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency Program, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, wrote Bayano, the story of an escaped African slave in 16th century Panama, performed on March 11-15, 2020 at the Dr. Barabara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre Institute of Action Arts.  

February 2020

faculty

Feb 21, 2020

Faculty Grant

Rebecca Amato was awarded a grant from Humanities New York to facilitate a Reading and Discussion Program on the topic of "Serving," particularly in relation to civic engagement.

faculty

Feb 21, 2020

Faculty Fellowship

Peder Anker was awarded an Abu Dhabi Washington Sqaure North Faculty Fellowship for Spring 2020.

alumni

Feb 5, 2020

Williams Produces Netflix Documentary

Alexis Williams (BA ’17) is the Associate Producer for the Netflix documentary, The Pharmacist, which was released on February 5, 2020.  

January 2020

alumni

Jan 26, 2020

Grammy Winner

On January 26, 2020, Tony Award-winning artist André De Shields (MA ’91) was awarded a Grammy at the 62nd Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theater Album: Hadestown.  

alumni

Jan 4, 2020

Javanka! Returns

Jake Weinstein (BA '12) and Sarah Naughton returned to Feinstein's/54 Below to present Javanka! on January 4, 2020.

faculty

Jan 1, 2020

Faculty Fellowship

Kimberly Phillips-Fein was awarded a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship for her current book project which analyses the defenses of economic inequality advanced by American business leaders and economic writers.

faculty

Jan 1, 2020

The Haiti Reader

Millery Polyné, co-editor - with Laurent Dubois, Kaiama L. Glover, Nadève Ménard, and Chantalle F. Verna The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics which was published by Duke University Press in 2020.  

student

Jan 1, 2020

Echo Chen Speaks with President Hamilton

The latest episode of President Andy Hamilton's podcast, Conversations, included a discussion between Hamilton and SeaStraws co-founder and Creative Director Echo Chen (BA '20) and CEO and Co-founder Antonio DiMeglio (Stern '20).

faculty

Jan 1, 2020

Faculty Fellowship

Lisa Goldfarb was awarded a 2020 NYU Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship to support her current book project, Proustian Poetics and the Modern Lyric.

December 2019

alumni

Dec 26, 2019

Guerra Named Executive Director

Libertad Guerra (MA ’11) was named the new Executive Director of The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center. She is also the recipient of the Lower East Side Community Hero Award and the NY ACKER Award for Avant-Garde Excellence in 2019.

student

Dec 12, 2019

Vgontzas Writes for The Nation

For The Nation, Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice Nantina Vgontzas co-wrote the December 2019 piece "Amazon's Bullshit Environmentalism."

alumni

Dec 12, 2019

Dorrance Dance Recognized

Michelle Dorrance (BA '01) and her dance company's performances were featured in The New York Times: "11 Dance Performances to See in NYC This Weekend," "A Breakout Year for Tap," and, "Review: A 'Nutcracker' Taps and Swings."

faculty

Dec 5, 2019

Award for Cultural Achievement

Peder Anker is the winner of the American Scandinavian Society's Crystal Award for Cultural Achievement.

November 2019

alumni

Nov 18, 2019

Gina Pollack Co-Produces "Jewel's Hunt"

Gina Pollack (BA ’10) co-produced the short film, "Jewel’s Hunt," about Alaskan Inupiat subsistence hunters, which premiered on PBS.

alumni

Nov 12, 2019

John Ridley Hosts Social Justice Summit

Nō Studios founder, John Ridley (BA ’87), hosted the innaugural Social Justice Summit, Art Activated, at Nō Studios, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin alongside Michael Dinwiddie, Kristin Horton, and Millery Polyné.

alumni

Nov 12, 2019

Adam Weinert Dance Performance

On November 12, 2019, Adam Weinart (MA ’15) will perform "Monuments: Echoes in the Dance Archive," at the New York Public Library.

alumni

Nov 12, 2019

This Is 18

Sharon Attia (BA '17) co-edited The New York Times book, "This Is 18," an expansion of a Times project and the subject of Attia's colloquium.

alumni

Nov 11, 2019

André De Shields Receives Hammerstein Award

Tony Award-winning Hadestown star André De Shields (MA ’91) was awarded the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater by the New York Theater Company at their annual gala.

faculty

Nov 10, 2019

BITTEN!

D.B. Gilles independently published Bitten! My Days as Donald Trump's White House Dog.  

faculty

Nov 7, 2019

Exquisite Cadavers

Meena Kandasamy's Exquisite Cadavers was published by Atlantic Books.

alumni

Nov 1, 2019

Women's Film Festival

Seoul resident, Candace Lunn (BA ’05), held a women’s film festival in collaboration with KU Cinematheque called, “I/SHE/YOU,” in November 2019 that screened a small selection of international and local Korean films about women redefining gendered expectations.

alumni

Nov 1, 2019

Film Debut

Ben Mankoff (MA ’18) co-directed the 2019 feature film Cubby, the story of the friendship between a 26-year-old Midwestern man living in New York City and a precocious six-year-old. The film screened at New York's Cinema Village in early November.

October 2019

faculty

Oct 17, 2019

Iran's Quiet Revolution

Ali Mirsepassi's Iran's Quiet Revolution: The Downfall of the Pahlavi State (The Global Middle East) was published by Cambridge University Press.