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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.

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.

faculty

Oct 4, 2019

Nina Katchadourian Joins Pace Gallery

Artist Nina Katchadourian has joined Pace Gallery, a leading contemporary art gallery, which just unveiled its new eight-floor headquarters in New York City.

alumni

Oct 2, 2019

Sara Moonves Named Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine

Sarah Moonves (BA ’07) has been named the first female Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine.

staff

Oct 1, 2019

Kim Foote Awarded Anderson Center and MacDowell Colony Writing Fellowships

In the summer of 2019, Kim Foote received fellowship writing residencies from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Anderson Center in Minnesota, where she worked on her novel about Ghana and the trans-Atlantic slave trade as well as her short fiction collection about her mother's family's experience of the Great Migration and the Great Depression and its aftermath in New Jersey.

alumni

Oct 1, 2019

Madeline Sayet Named Executive Director of Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program

Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP) welcomes Madeline Sayet (MA ’12) as Executive Director.

alumni

Oct 1, 2019

Martha Diaz Invited to be a MacArthur Civic Media Fellow

Martha Diaz (MA ’10) was invited to be a MacArthur Civic Media Fellow at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab where she will support her community archiving project and the development of the first online hip-hop school.

alumni

Oct 1, 2019

Backwards God

Natalie Cook (MA ’18) wrote, directed, and produced the short film, Backwards God, which was screened in October as a part of the 2019 Reel Sisters Film Festival and Lecture Series and reviewed inThe Bushwick Daily

faculty

Oct 1, 2019

Amato Appointed to Manhattan Borough President Task Force

Rebecca Amato was also recently appointed to the Manhattan Borough President's Task Force on Religious Facilities. Amato won a grant from Humanities New York to facilitate a reading and discussion program on the topic of "Serving," particularly in relation to civic engagement.  

September 2019

faculty

Sep 24, 2019

The Copenhagen Experiment

Engaged Urbanists Working Group participant Stephen Duncombe and Silas Harrebye (Rothskilde University) published The Copenhagen Experiment, a report on artistic activism.

faculty

Sep 17, 2019

Austerlitz - Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era

Saul Austerlitz's Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era was published by Dutton.  

alumni

Sep 17, 2019

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (MA ’10) was awarded a 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which recognizes and supports women writers of unuasal talent and promise in the early stages of their writing careers.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Alumni Author Searles's Novel Adapted for the Screen

John Searles (MA '94)'s novel Strange But True is now a feature film from Lionsgate.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Alumna Jane Rosenthal Nominated for An Emmy

Jane Rosenthal (BA '77) was nominated for an Emmy as an Executive Producer on When They See Us. This is Rosenthal's second Emmy nomination; her first was in 2017 for her role as an Executive Producer for HBO's Wizard of Lies.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Alysa Nahmias Joins the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Alysa Nahmias (BA '01), a 2019 Sundance Momentum Fellow, was invited to join the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In October 2019, The New Bauhaus, a film directed, written, and produced by Nahmias, was screened at the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Alumna Irene Mamiye's Interactive Installation

Irene Mamiye (BA '10)'s interactive installation, I Hear You, opened at Harvest Works in September 2019.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Emmy Nomination for Alumna Julie Tseselsky Kirschner

Julie Tseselsky Kirschner (BA '02) was nominated for an Emmy for her work as an Editor on RuPaul's Drag Race.

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Alumni Artist-In-Residence at Gallatin

Maria Sofia Hernandez (BA '19), who concentrated in Theater as an Expression and Agent of Social Change, is an Artist-in-Residence at Gallatin this fall. Hernandez will be organizing and producing MicroTheater@NYU, a theater group that devises 15-minute plays about different themes to raise awareness through art.  

alumni

Sep 1, 2019

Michelle Dorrance Choreography at Lincoln Center

Michelle Dorrance (BA '99) will choreograph a new Lincoln Center production about LSD.

faculty

Sep 1, 2019

Gregory Vargo Receives Book Award

Gregory Vargo's book, An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2018), won the North American Victorian Studies Association Prize for the best book of the year in Victorian Studies.

faculty

Sep 1, 2019

Kathryn Posin Dance Company Premieres at the 92nd StreetY

In September, Kathryn Posin's dance troupe, The Kathryn Posin Dance Company, premiered three new works at the 92nd Street Y as a part of the Dig Dance series. Pointe Magazine reviewed the works in "Kathryn Posin's New Ballet Explores the Letters of Charles Darwin."

August 2019

faculty

Aug 27, 2019

March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women

Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, Jane Smiley and Kate Bolick's March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women was published by Library of America.  

faculty

Aug 22, 2019

Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1990's: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations

Cheryl Black and Sharon Friedman's Modern American Drama: Playwriting in the 1990's: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

July 2019

faculty

Jul 6, 2019

Exhibition

Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim’s research and collaborative work was displayed at the Global Design NYU Berlin exhibition titled Berlin Collapse: Climate, Cities and Culture in Berlin, Germany from July 6-11, 2019.

June 2019

alumni

Jun 9, 2019

De Shields in Hadestown

André De Shields (MA ’91) won the 2019 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Hermes in Anais Mitchell’s Broadway production of Hadestown. The show also won Best Director and Best Musical, taking home eight trophies in total. De Shields was featured in The Daily Beast article “Broadway Star André De Shields on ‘Hadestown,’ Tony Awards, Racism, Sexuality, and Fulfilling His Parents’ Dreams”.