Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jason Grant Shela (GSAS ’97) Awarded Prestigious MBE by Queen Elizabeth II

Jason Grant Shela with the NYC Public Middle Schools Boys Soccer Championship Trophy
Jason Grant Shela with the NYC Public Middle Schools Boys Soccer Championship Trophy
By author and journalist Michael Skakun

2018 was the annus mirabilis for a proud NYU graduate and a latter-day Renaissance man of multi-faceted talent. Jason Grant Shela (GSAS ’97) has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2019 New Year's Honors List for his services to youth soccer education and work with youth with disabilities. Later this year, he will be inducted at Buckingham Palace in a special investiture ceremony into this most prestigious British order of chivalry, founded in 1917 by King George V. The only Gothamite to be thus honored this year, he also ranks as the first Englishman to have been elected a Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington D.C. 
Jason Grant Shela: his story continues

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Marie Iida (CAS ’06), Interpreter on “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”

Marie Iida Viewers of the popular Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo will recognize Marie's brilliant and charming interpreter, Marie Iida. She recently took some time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences as an NYU student, how she started working as an interpreter, and the importance of appreciating the people and things in your life.

What did you study at NYU?

I earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Cinema Studies and English Literature.

What drew you to start working in translation?

I grew up moving back and forth between the United States and Japan. Both cultures make up my identity, but it can be isolating because you never feel quite at home in either one. I was drawn to work in translation because it turns being “in-between” into an advantage. After graduating from NYU, I returned to Japan for work. My ability to speak and write in English naturally led to roles as an unofficial interpreter and translator, but I did not have formal training back then. Once I finished graduate school at Columbia University back in New York, I started to seriously study interpretation. There were so many amazing interpreters and translators working in the city, and I was fortunate to find mentors who took me under their wing. I have had the honor of interpreting for a wide array of cultural organizations such as MoMA, Japan Society, New York Asian Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, IFC Center, and Cannes Film Festival.

Marie Iida: her story continues

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Professor Zachary Turpin (CAS ’03) on Uncovering Lost Literature and Tips for Picking the Right PhD Program

Zachary Turpin, professor of American Literature at the University of Idaho, and literary sleuth responsible for uncovering lost Walt Whitman writing and unknown poetry by Anne Sexton, shares what these discoveries mean for literary scholars and readers, and how to pick the right PhD program for you.
Zachary Turpin

What did you study at NYU?

I studied English and American Literature.

What interests you about studying literature?

In high school, I devoured a lot of classic literature and took AP classes that meant a lot to me and figured I would do something with English. 

What drew you to a career in academia?

An important question! Honestly, I'm not sure there's much of an answer, but what I can say is that even as an undergrad, I knew very well that I was made to be some sort of educator, yet when I tried my hand at secondary education I found myself wanting something more. In the end, I might have been a high school English teacher—and a very happy one!—but my PhD program gave me the chance to try on a number of different hats before making a final decision, and I quickly realized that my obsessions tended in one direction and one direction only...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Writer and Activist, Jamia Wilson (GSAS ’09), Recipient of the 2018 GSAS Alumni Achievement Award

Jamia Wilson headshot
Photo credit: Aubrie Pick
Jamia Wilson (GSAS ’09) is the Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at City University of New York. She is the youngest person and first woman of color to hold this position at the press. In the past, she has worked as an Executive Director for Women, Action, and the Media, as a TED Prize Storyteller, and as Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center.  She is the author of Young, Gifted and Black and co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries, and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. She has been a powerful force at the intersection of social justice movements and media for over a decade.

On Saturday, October 27, Dean Phillip Brian Harper will present Jamia Wilson with the 2018 GSAS Alumni Achievement Award at the GSAS Dean’s Lunch. To register for Alumni Weekend on October 26–27 and the GSAS Dean’s Lunch, visit this link: https://goo.gl/qLUWPg

What's your favorite memory of NYU?

My favorite memory of NYU happened when I walked into Dr. Heather Luke's class about gender and exceptionalism and discovered two former colleagues from my past work at Planned Parenthood. Both of these brilliant women worked in different offices in different states, and we found each other again in a classroom near Washington Square.

Jamia Wilson: her story continues