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Tribeca Film Festival screens documentary student had hand in editing

Khalid Al-Sudairy ’17

Khalid Al-Sudairy ’17 (plaid shirt) attended the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan in April for the screening of Tickling Giants, a documentary film he worked on during a 2015 summer internship.

On a Tuesday this past spring, after his last class ended at 3:30 p.m., Khalid Al-Sudairy ’17 headed to New York City to see a film.

Tickling Giants logoBut this wasn’t an ordinary night at the movies. Al-Sudairy was off to the Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan to see the documentary film he’d had a part in editing. The documentary, Tickling Giants, tells the story of heart-surgeon-turned-talk-show-host Bassem Youssef—nicknamed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt”—and the ways he uses humor and satire to speak out against a repressive government.

For Al-Sudairy, the experience of seeing the final film on the big screen—and his own name in the credits—was “out of this world.”

“The feeling I had walking into the theater, watching the movie, and especially after the movie when I saw everyone and reunited with the people I worked with all summer, was beyond anything I had ever felt,” he said. “I always get an amazing thrill out of editing and showing my own films, but the feeling I got after watching the movie was just incredible.”

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Digital humanities leads to Beinecke award

Audrey Dubois ’17When Audrey Dubois ’17 looks at a book, she sees not only the words on the page but also a story hidden between the lines and among the author’s habits.

A double major in English and philosophy, Dubois is exploring the power of digital humanities scholarship—the use of computer-aided analysis of texts—to uncover insights about the authorship of prose and poetry as well as the cultures that gave rise to a particular work of literature.

She has received a significant boost in her ability to continue her explorations by winning a Beinecke Scholarship. She is one of 20 undergraduates nationwide to receive the $34,000 award for graduate studies.

“I wasn’t even sure I was going to go to grad school until this scholarship came through,” Dubois said, explaining the impact that the prize will have on her future.

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First Wheaton freshman wins Projects for Peace grant

Rebecca Rosenzweig '19Rebecca “Becca” Rosenzweig ’19 keeps close to her heart friends on the other side of the world—refugees who escaped Myanmar only to struggle to overcome poverty in Thailand.

Now, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, she spent the summer coordinating the building and operation of a student-run shop so young refugees can develop business skills to improve their long-term career prospects, and futures.

Rosenzweig, who in spring 2016 became the first freshman at Wheaton to win the Projects for Peace grant, has visited Thailand multiple times over the years, as a family friend lives there. In high school, she volunteered there for a summer, teaching English and befriending refugees known as the Karen people—villagers persecuted by the Myanmar government who fled to Thailand. [Read more...]

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...]