Emily Sahakian ’02, assistant professor of theatre and French at the University of Georgia, published Staging Creolization: Women’s Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean (University of Virginia Press, June 2017). In her book, Sahakian examines seven late-20th-century plays by French Caribbean women writers and theorizes creolization as a performance-based process.
Artists & Scholars
Paula Forbes ’06 collected recipes from beloved Austin, Texas, restaurants for her cookbook, The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas. It will be published by Abrams in March 2018.
Molly Martindale ’64 started volunteering with the West Side Christian Parish in Chicago after graduating from Grinnell. In the fall of 1965 she became part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Chicago Freedom Movement. Her description of some key actions by women on his staff constitutes Chapter 17, “Women in the Movement I: The Women of SCLC-WSCP Take Action,” in the book The Chicago Freedom Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), edited by Mary Lou Finley, Bernard Lafayette Jr., James R. Ralph Jr., and Pam Smith.
Peter (Cohon) Coyote ’64 narrated the Ken Burns PBS documentary The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour film series which immerses viewers in a 360-degree narrative, telling the story of Vietnam as it has never been told on film.
Lee Running, associate professor of art, was one of five Iowa artists selected by a panel of Iowa arts professionals to be honored as an Iowa Arts Council fellow for the next year. Each fellow receives access to professional development opportunities, promotional support to enhance their careers, and a $10,000 grant to support new works. Running makes installations and sculptures inspired by natural phenomena, working with animal bones, paper, fabric, fur, raw pigments, and gold.
Rebeka Meyer Pourchot ’94 published this short book about a morning walk through a small Florida beach town, introducing readers to its people and places (CreateSpace, 2017). It includes photos from a single morning.
Greg Borzo ’76 introduces readers to more than 100 outdoor public fountains in his new book Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017). Along with photos by Julia Thiel, he shares short stories about the structures, the artists, and the city, from the serious and historical to the silly and whimsical, such as a pile of bronze dog poo that glistens when wet, to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Katie Hail-Jares ’07 is co-editor of Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work (Temple University Press, 2017), which brings together academics and people whose lives are impacted by street-based sex work, including police officers, public defenders, foreign aid workers, and sex workers themselves, to discuss policy and new directions for research. The book also inspired an original play, Project Dawn, which was performed in Philadelphia in June and July 2017. The play explores the experiences of women in Project Dawn, a prostitution diversion court in Philadelphia.