Monday Morning Update

October 14, 2013

Viva Las Vegas: Most people visit Las Vegas for the spectacular shows, the amazing buffets, and the lure of hitting the jackpot in the casinos. Emma Craig ’15 will be there this week to talk about narrative management – the use of storytelling or narrative to make business strategy more actionable and approachable. An English major, Craig will lead the presentation on narrative management at the International Academy of Business and Economics conference, but she is part of a research team, which includes two professors from Business Administration, Brian Glibkowski and Lee McGinness and a former professor, Claus Dierksmeier and a fellow student, Abby Bongaarts ’15.  A history major, Bongaarts can’t be in Vegas because she is studying in Munich on a DAAD undergraduate scholarship, the German equivalent of the Fulbright program.

Lincoln” Revisited: In addition to being a blockbuster movie, Lincoln also prompted enormous public debate about difficult issues of race, politics and history. Amid the swirl of criticisms and discussion, the movie's screenwriter Tony Kushner, whose art is fueled by the give and take of argument, remained largely silent. That is until he recently sat down for an interview with Professor of English Daniel Itzkovitz. Their in-depth conversation has been published in Transition, the magazine of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. You can read this powerful, insightful conversation here.

Regis & Stonehill: Under a new agreement, our students majoring in Healthcare Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies—Health Science will receive credit for four of their Stonehill courses as they matriculate in the Master's in Health Administration program at Regis College. As a result, it will take our graduates less time to finish the Regis program, which could save them $8,000 or more. For more, visit here.

Raymo Lecture: Growing up during the tumultuous Iranian Revolution, cartoonist and film director Marjane Satrapi saw it all, from dethroned emperors to state-sanctioned whippings. Her daily life in Iran has been the subject of her award-winning works, including her four-part novel Persepolis. On Wednesday, she will discuss her work at the Chet Raymo Literary Series Lecture in the Pettit Atrium at 6 p.m. For more, visit here.

Life Coach: Every day, Marquis Taylor ’06 works with low-income, disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. The founder and executive director of Coaching4Change, Taylor quit a finance career to dedicate himself to this youth development program. His efforts have been gaining attention as last month, at the invitation of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, he spoke at a gang prevention summit which reviewed best practices for keeping kids out of gangs and in school. Recently, the Huffington Post reported on what Coaching4Change. To read that story and see his video interview, visit here.

Showtime: The Boston Globe says there’s a reason to watch the new season of Showtime’s House of Lies. That’s because Ryan Gaul ’96 has a role in the show. A psychology major, Gaul got his start with Improv Asulym in Boston. He has also appeared in hit shows like Modern Family, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 2 Broke Girls. After a brief career with W. B. Mason, Gaul became an actor. He is now filming House of Lies, which stars the great Don Cheadle and will air next year.  Gaul is also part of The Groundlings, an L.A. improv & sketch theatre whose alums include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Lisa Kudrow and Kathy Griffin.