Archives for July 2013

Todd Remis ’89: From Finance to Film (The Jewish Journal)


Though he had always enjoyed watching movies, Todd Remis ’89 had never drawn the parallel between film and his previous work for large financial firms such as Fidelity and Legg Mason. Remis is using his background in finance to become involved in the economic side of the film industry. It is easy to invest in film projects, he says, because there are so many out there; the key is choosing the right films. Remis has spent the past year and a half learning more about the industry, and will soon start taking classes at the UCLA film school. Most recently, he became an executive producer of the psychological thriller “Magic Magic.” Read more.

The Balance Between Darkness and Light (The Atlantic)

night sky australia modern city lights“Four hundred years ago, in Florence, everyone could see the stars, but only Galileo had a telescope. Now, everybody has a telescope, but nobody can see the stars.” When we think of natural light, we think of sunny days and open windows. What we should be focusing on, though, are the nights so dark that they are bright. We have created so much artificial light that we are gradually destroying what can be seen as a natural resource or environment in its own right. Natural darkness has become so scarce that some say a car is more important than a telescope for “amateur astronomers” – otherwise, you may not be able to find sky dark enough to stargaze. Read more and see nighttime photos and infographics from The Atlantic.

Mullen Wins Phoenix Gallery Fellowship

James Mullen

James Mullen

Associate Professor of Art James Mullen has been named 2013-2014 Fellowship Award Winner by the Phoenix Gallery in New York City, in a national competition juried by Guyanese artist Carl E. Hazlewood.

The Phoenix Gallery is a not-for-profit exhibition space that emerged in 1958 as an artist cooperative and has become a community-oriented center for all of the arts.

Mullen’s award included a solo exhibition of works displayed in the gallery from June 19-July 13, 2013, as well as an associate gallery membership that will allow him to participate in exhibitions and events through the end of 2014.

Depicting paintings within paintings and scenes viewed through windows and thresholds, his recent works explore transitional spaces and the relationship between painting and photography. One of Mullen’s goals as an artist is “to direct the viewer’s attention to a more thoughtful engagement with their environment.”

Mullen’s drawings, paintings, and photographs can be viewed on his website.

Q&A with Sam Eley ’15 on Combating HIV/AIDS in Kenya

Sam Eley chatting with Josephine, with one of SOTENI’s sponsored students

Sam Eley chatting with Josephine, with one of SOTENI’s sponsored students

This summer, Sam Eley is working for an NGO in Kenya that is fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in East Africa. The rising junior, who is from Blue Hill, Maine, said he was drawn to the opportunity because he wanted to live and interact with people whose lives were “completely different” than his own.

He was also inspired by anthropology professor Scott MacEachern’s class Peoples and Cultures of Africa, which he said piqued his interest in the impacts of NGOs, both negative and positive, in sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, Eley, a biochemistry major who plans to attend medical school, said he wanted to learn how such endemic diseases as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV are confronted in a region with limited capital and resources.

“I think the most valuable thing for me so far has been being candidly exposed to the day-to-day operations of an NGO in a very rural part of a developing country,” Eley said. “I’ve received a very realistic view into the challenges of rural healthcare with limited resources and the many approaches — such as income generation, women’s empowerment, water purification, orphan sponsorship, health education or home-based care — that can be taken to address health issues.” Read the full Q&A.