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Serious play

Members of the Wheaton community came together for a workshop to develop the moments that were presented on stage during Every 28 Hours: Our Response.

Members of the Wheaton community came together for a workshop to develop the moments that were presented on stage during Every 28 Hours: Our Response.

The moments were fleeting, but the impact lingered: 60-second flashes of dysfunctional families struggling with interracial relationships, racially charged misinterpretations leading to shots fired, and talk of building walls against imagined threats.

It all came to life on a minimalistic stage in Weber Theatre one rainy Saturday evening in October as members of the Wheaton community rotated through readings of one-minute plays created as part of Every 28 Hours: Our Response.

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And the Emmy goes to…

…George Kunhardt ’09 for HBO documentary

From left to right: George Kunhardt ’09, Eva Lipman, Teddy Kunhardt, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes pose with the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Jim: The James Foley Story, during the Television Academy’s 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

From left to right: George Kunhardt ’09, Eva Lipman, Teddy Kunhardt, Jacqueline Glover, Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes pose with the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Jim: The James Foley Story, during the Television Academy’s 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

George Kunhardt ’09, in association with HBO Documentary Films, Kunhardt Films and Marigold Pictures, in September won a 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for his work on Jim: The James Foley Story.

The documentary tells the story of the American photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before video of his public execution surfaced, introducing the world to ISIS.

Kunhardt was one of the producers on the documentary, working with producers Eva Lipman and brother Teddy Kunhardt and executive producers Peter Kunhardt (his father), Sheila Nevins and Jacqueline Glover.

The Emmy was presented at the 68th Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony that was held on September 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to honor variety, reality and documentary programs, as well as the artists and craftspeople behind the scenes who create television excellence.

The ceremony was televised on September 17, on FXX, and snippets also were shown during the 68th Emmy Awards show that aired live September 18 on ABC. [Read more...]

Lead the way

Class of 2016 Yes!

When President Hanno asked whether they were ready to graduate, the Class of 2016 had the answer: Yes!

In a world filled with inequities and the denial of basic human rights, often supported by widely held beliefs and opinions, keynote speaker Sunila Thomas George ’91 challenged Wheaton’s graduating seniors to courageously speak up for what needs to be changed.

“If you remember one thing from today’s Commencement address, remember this: Never stop questioning conventional wisdom,” she urged on a sunny May morning full of promise.

“No matter where you go from here, you will be faced with differing viewpoints, and Wheaton College—our Wheaton College—has prepared you for the world out there, where you will live alongside people who have backgrounds and beliefs different from your own, and where you will be confronted with opinions with which you disagree,” said George, a four-term commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

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Teaching the power of presence

Paul Cuffee Charter School

Arielle Klopsis ’18, above left, and Hannah Zack ’18 teach mindfulness techniques to students in the first grade classroom of teacher Brooke Alam Beach ’07 at the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, R.I.

There is a difference between being present (showing up), and really being present (purposefully aware of everything that is happening in each moment). The students at the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, R.I., learned to put into practice the latter, courtesy of Professor of Education Mary Lee Griffin and her student collaborators.

Griffin has been working to spread mindfulness techniques in five local schools for years, and has provided many Wheaton students with training to carry out the ongoing work and secured experiential learning opportunities for them. During the spring semester, Hannah Zack ’18 and Arielle Klopsis ’18 spent six weeks collaborating with Griffin and for the first time implementing on their own the mindfulness protocols developed by Griffin to help elementary school children improve their educational experience and even their interactions outside of the classroom. [Read more...]