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Arts & Letters

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Writing Home: Greetings from Austin
3 years ago

Writing Home: Greetings from Austin

Photo by Drew Anthony Smith

After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, I moved to Detroit to work at General Motors. It was my first time being away from …
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Now Reading: Alumni Books – Spring 2019
3 years ago

Now Reading: Alumni Books – Spring 2019

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs John Doerr ’73(Portfolio, 2018)

John Doerr, chairman of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, reveals how strategic …
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The Education of Ben Rhodes
3 years ago

The Education of Ben Rhodes

Despite double majoring in English and political science, and then earning an MFA in creative writing from NYU prior to working in politics, Rhodes never cared much for the political …
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La Calisto’s Modern Allure
3 years ago

La Calisto’s Modern Allure

Last fall, the Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Studies Department and Chamber Orchestra presented “La Calisto,” Francesco Cavalli’s exploration of impossible love and postwar apocalypse. It was the first production …
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Good Form
3 years ago

Good Form

When a prestigious design competition pitted their startup architecture firm against some of the biggest names in the field, Michelle LaFoe ’89 and Isaac Campbell ’89 found a way to …
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Now Reading: Alumni Books – Winter 2019
3 years ago

Now Reading: Alumni Books – Winter 2019

Lamar’s Folly By Jeffrey Stuart Kerr ’79(Texas Tech University Press, 2017)

The year is 1835, and the Texas Revolution is in full swing. Edward Fontaine, secretary to Mirabeau Lamar, and his …
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An Artful Season
4 years ago

An Artful Season

An artist whose acclaimed works are the product of cross-disciplinary collaborations with scientists, engineers, musicians, architects and programmers is taking over the Moody Center for the Arts this fall.


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Author Q&A: Yesterday’s Special
4 years ago

Author Q&A: Yesterday’s Special

Houston’s oldest restaurant: Christie’s Seafood and Steaks, which turned 100 last year. What’s the secret to its longevity? “One of the fundamental reasons is that there’s still a member …
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Now Reading: Alumni Books – Fall 2018
4 years ago

Now Reading: Alumni Books – Fall 2018

God, Improv, and the Art of Living By MaryAnn McKibben Dana ’94 (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018)

MaryAnn McKibben Dana ’94, an ordained pastor and improv student, …
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At Home on the World’s Stages
4 years ago

At Home on the World’s Stages

The life of an opera singer has taken Anna Christy Stepp ’98 to the world’s most famous stages — in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Great Britain. But one of …
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