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The Leavers: A Novel LISA KO ’98 ALGONQUIN BOOKS, 2017 The Leavers tells the story of 11-year-old Deming Guo, whose mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, fails to return home one day from her job at a nail salon in Brooklyn—leaving Deming alone to navigate a new life as Daniel Wilkinson, the adopted son of…

RUSSIA TROUBLES CONFOUND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

BY ROBERT HUNTER ’62 Robert Hunter ’62 is a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO who is recognized as a principal architect of NATO’s post-Cold War strategy. He has served as senior advisor at the RAND Corporation, a member of the National Security Council, and director of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National…

THREAT ASSESSMENTS

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011, 4:00 P.M. EDT: Presiden Barack Obama and his inner circle anxiously watch aerial footage of one of the highest-stakes and riskiest operations ever carried out—a team of elite Navy SEALs raiding a fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The leaders back in Washington don’t know for…

PAIGE KENNEDY ’84 CHARTS AN UNCOMMON LITERARY COURSE

BY GABRIEL POPKIN ’03 PAGAN KENNEDY ’84 has always seen things a little differently. When she recently met Abby Solomon, a 21-year-old with a rare genetic condition that prevents her from eating more than a few bites at a time, she didn’t focus on Solomon’s striking thinness, as many do. Instead she saw a beautiful…

THE BACKSTORY

The stories behind the words: Poems from Gina Athena Ulysse (“I am a storm,” from Because When God Is Too Busy) and Claudine Nash ’92 (“The Problem with Loving Ghosts,” from Parts per Trillion). GINA ATHENA ULYSSE Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me & The World (WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2017) Gina Athena Ulysse…

SHAWN DOVE ’84: THE MINISTRY OF REVERSING THE TREND

BY ANDREW FAUGHT SHAWN DOVE ’84: THE MINISTRY OF REVERSING THE TREND Twenty-one years ago, the Urban Institute think tank issued a report that highlighted 51 “promising” or “effective” programs that worked to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys, who trailed their white counterparts in categories ranging from high school graduation rates…

OTHER WORLDS

BY ERIC BUTTERMAN A U.S. Navy man, a customs inspector, even a cabbie—that’s a bio we can buy. But an acclaimed sci-fi novelist who didn’t publish his first book until after he had turned 50? Now that definitely sounds like a work of science fiction. Yet this is the life of 81-year-old Jack McDevitt, MALS…

TRUE BELIEVER: KEEPING THE CAMERAS ROLLING

Guiding religious scholar Reza Aslan through his “spiritual adventure series,” two alumni practice what they learned as film majors. A new CNN original series, Believer with Reza Aslan, employs the talents of two alumni who majored in film: executive producer and show runner Liz Bronstein ’89 and director Ben Selkow ’96. Additionally, Professor of Religion…