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Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley to Discuss President John F. Kennedy and America’s Race to the Moon at 2019 Brendan Gill Lecture PDF Print Email

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By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Member, Board of Trustees, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

May 22, 2019:  Fifty-eight years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy announced the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the moon before the end of the decade: “It will not be one man going to the moon...it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.” Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon, fulfilling Kennedy’s objective.

What transpired in those eight years is chronicled in award-winning presidential historian Douglas Brinkley’s new book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Brinkley will discuss the book and JFK’s ambitious space program and the dawn of space politics at the annual Brendan Gill Lecture on June 7 at 8:00 pm in the Bronxville School auditorium.

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, a CNN presidential historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  

He has published 39 books, including American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, released by Harper Collins on April 2, 2019. Walter Isaacson said, “Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy’s decision to launch a mission to the moon.”

Brinkley’s previous publications have garnered numerous awards, including the Sperber Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize, the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize, among others. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous institutions of higher learning as well as Ohio State University’s Humanities Alumni Award of Distinction.

Brinkley also has a passion for jazz, folk, and rock and roll music. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for co-producing Presidential Suite:  Eight Variations on Freedom and was nominated for a Grammy for Gonzo, his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the soundtrack for Alex Gibney’s documentary on American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson.

In the world of public history, Brinkley works in many capacities, including on boards and with museums, colleges, and historical societies. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master,” and CNN proclaimed Brinkley “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. presidential historian.

Brinkley joins an illustrious roster of Gill speakers, including Jon Meacham, Walter Isaacson, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Michael Beschloss, David Halberstam, Stacy Schiff, David Eisenhower, and Linda Greenhouse.  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy presents the Brendan Gill Lecture each year as a gift to the community. Gill was a Bronxville resident, editor, and writer who championed architectural preservation and the visual arts.

To register for the Brendan Gill Lecture, email: CLOAKING  or call 914-961-6790.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville Historical Conservancy


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Sarah Lawrence President Cristle Collins Judd to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University PDF Print Email

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By Patricia Pasquale, Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Sarah Lawrence College   


Apr. 24, 2019: Sarah Lawrence College President Cristle Collins Judd will receive one of five Distinguished Alumni Awards from her alma mater, Rice University on May 11.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented by the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) to graduates “who have advanced the interests and standards of excellence of Rice University through distinctive professional or volunteer careers.”

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from my alma mater,” Judd said of the award.

“I count myself fortunate to have benefited from a terrific education at Rice, to have been the recipient of generous financial aid that made my education possible, and to have made friends and colleagues for life among my Rice classmates.”

A native Texan and a 1983 Rice graduate, Judd earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from The Shepherd School of Music’s five-year honors program. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in music from King’s College, University of London. A highly regarded scholar of music of the Renaissance, Judd has received numerous fellowships and awards and regularly speaks about her research on campuses and at conferences.

In 1993, Judd joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where she rose through the faculty ranks and was the first woman tenured in the music department. A respected pedagogue, she was the inaugural recipient of the Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching.

In 2006, Judd was appointed dean for academic affairs and professor of music at Bowdoin College, where she served for nine years. The first woman to be appointed dean, her tenure was marked by enhanced support for the arts, improved academic facilities, a renewed focus on environmental and coastal studies, and a new program in digital and computational studies. Upon conclusion of her term, Bowdoin’s board of trustees voted to name her dean for academic affairs and professor emerita.

Prior to taking office as Sarah Lawrence College’s eleventh president in 2017, Judd served as senior program officer for higher education and scholarship in the humanities at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In this role, she regularly convened leaders from across higher education and was responsible for grants and initiatives supporting colleges and universities, the arts, civic engagement, and the public humanities.

Cristle Collins Judd is married to Robert Judd, a 1981 alumnus of Rice University and executive director of the American Musicological Society. They have three daughters, Sarah, Hannah, and Katie.

Judd and her fellow honorees will be recognized at Rice’s laureates awards dinner on May 11.

Pictured here: Cristle Collins Judd.

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College  

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
 
Concordia College’s Jacobson Global Lecture Series Presents Human Rights Advocate Ashley Baldwin PDF Print Email

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By Joyce Kennedy, Senior Director, Community Relations, Concordia College


Apr. 24, 2019:  At Concordia College’s Jacobson Global Lecture on April 26, Ashley Baldwin from the World Health Organization will present a talk titled “Swarms, Floods and Scroungers – How Dominant Media Discourse Influences Policy and Shapes Opinions.”

Having worked across human rights fields for a variety of UN agencies and international NGOs, Baldwin led campaigns to free political prisoners, to protect every child’s right to education, to raise awareness of the hidden costs of disability, and to ensure that young people are front and center in the development of the policies that affect them, particularly regarding migration and peace-building. As a communicator and graduate in human rights, she is especially interested in how the labels we use help influence public opinion, shaping the world around us for the better…and for the worse.

Baldwin is a graduate of University College London and the University of Leicester in the U.K., and she has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of San Andres in Argentina. She spent the past eighteen years living in Buenos Aires and Paris. In 2018, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she works as a communications specialist for the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. 

For nearly three decades, the Jacobson Global Lecture Series has brought to Concordia’s campus distinguished speakers from diverse international fields, enlightening students, faculty, and the community at large.

The event is on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 pm at Concordia College New York. It is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 

 
Concordia Professor's Patented Strategy Could Help Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria PDF Print Email

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College      


Apr. 10, 2019:  A new class of synthetic antibiotics may one day be a reality thanks to the work of Concordia College New York assistant professor of biology Dr. Francine Morris.

According to the World Health Organization, a growing number of infections are becoming harder to treat as bacteria change in response to antibiotics, creating a daunting challenge to global health, food security, and development. As new resistance mechanisms emerge and spread, antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective.

Dr. Morris (along with Dr. Caren L. Freel Meyers and Ryan J. Vierling) developed the patented strategy while working on her PhD. She demonstrated that it is possible to effectively target a particular protein within a microbe (of which bacteria are a type). Scientists had previously underestimated the potential of the protein upon which she focused her research.

The implication for antibiotic development is profound. Using Dr. Morris’s patented design strategy (aromatic acyl phosphonates as selective inhibitors of DXP synthase), an entirely new class of antibiotic could be developed – one with a much longer time frame for developing resistance in bacteria. Click here for an article she co-authored.

Dr. Morris said, “I hope that someone will pick up on the idea. When it comes to microbes, it’s more their world than ours.”

Dr. Morris earned her PhD in chemical biology at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a master’s degree in chemistry from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College. She has performed research at Albert Einstein and other institutions, has received several fellowships and awards, and has contributed work to various scientific publications and presentations. Dr. Morris’s goal in teaching is to make the sciences accessible to all students, perhaps inspiring them to join the field.

Pictured here:  Concordia professor Francine Morris. 

Photo courtesy Concordia College

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: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 
 
OSilas Gallery Currently Featuring Works of Art from Collections of Five Local Families PDF Print Email

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By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College


Apr. 10, 2019:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College recently opened Bronxville Collects: Selections in Contemporary Art from the Local Collector.  This exhibition features works by both established and emerging artists that are on loan from five Bronxville families.

Collector preferences in art are very personal. A collector may be drawn to a particular work because of the time period during which it was created, its medium, its color palette, its subject matter, or myriad other reasons.

This contemporary art exhibition is meant to explore the reasons these collectors acquire art and their connection to the artwork featured in Bronxville Collects.  While their motivations for collecting and their tastes in art may differ, the one thing that all the collectors whose works are featured in the exhibition share is a desire to have art be part of the fabric of their daily lives.

Bronxville Collects will be on show through April 27 at OSilas Gallery in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library on the campus of Concordia College at 171 White Plains Road in Bronxville.

Free and ample parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. Gallery hours are Tues./Wed./Fri., noon to 5:00 pm; Thurs., noon to 7:00 pm; and Sat., 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The gallery will be closed April 18 to 22 in observance of the Easter holiday. Please see osilasgallery.org for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs

Photo courtesy OSilas Gallery

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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