Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan (WSC '95), Actress, Writer and Filmmaker

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan is an actor, writer and filmmaker. She is co-founder of the New York based production company 18 Bleecker Films; look out for three of their films in festivals now, Matilda  (BAFF winner for best short film 2019), Donut Shop and Data Management. Jennifer can be seen in the starring role of The Rise of Whore Betsy now streaming on Amazon Prime. She has two grown children (writer/director) James Rogers-Gahan and (singer/ songwriter) Stella Rose Gahan. Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband, David Gahan, singer/songwriter and frontman for the English band, Depeche Mode and their three cats Poseidon, Daisy and Duke.


What did you study at NYU?


I was a journalism major, minoring in politics with a concentration in Soviet foreign policy.  During my time at NYU, the Berlin Wall came down and my Soviet foreign policy professor said, “Well, looks like you all have become history majors overnight!”

Jennifer Sklias-Gahan: her story continues

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ivie Ani (CAS ’14), Music and Culture Expert, and 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow Panelist


Ivie Ani
Photo credit: Olamide Studio
Ivie Ani, journalist and former Music Editor of Okayplayer, was featured as a panelist on the live 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow and a judge at NYU's Got Talent. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Women in The World, The Village Voice, BBC, Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Complex magazine, Okayplayer, OkayAfrica, Grazia UK, and NYU’s Social and Cultural Analysis Journal. She has held positions at Facebook as a Trending News Content Curator, at BET Networks, and at Associated Press.

Ivie has done on-air commentary for BBC Radio, BET, Entertainment Tonight, Fox 5 NY, Genius, Hot 97, and Revolt TV, with more commentary that has been featured in Nylon, Tidal, Bustle, Racked, and more. She's been profiled in The Washington Post and APM Reports podcast and has appeared as a guest-host on Red Bull Radio.

Ivie Ani: her story continues

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fred Waitzkin (GSAS ’68), Author of “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” the Best-Selling Book that Became a Movie


Fred writingFred Waitzkin has written feature journalism, personal essays and reviews for numerous magazines including Esquire, Forbes, Outside Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

In 1984, Fred published Searching for Bobby Fischer, chronicling three years in his life with his chess prodigy son, Josh Waitzkin. The book became an internationally acclaimed best seller. In 1993 the movie version was released by Paramount and that same year was nominated for an Academy Award.

Fred is now a fiction writer and avid fishing captain. His wife, Bonnie, is an NYU alumna and attended Washington Square College while Fred completed his graduate work in English at GSAS.

Fred Waitzkin: his story continues

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

How Sophie Kennedy (CAS ’19), Co-Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer at SeaStraws, Uses her Passion for Oceans to Drive Environmental Change


Sophie Kennedy in an NYU dining hall
What did you study at NYU?

I transferred to NYU after my first year at the University of Miami where I studied Marine Biology. We are an NYU family - my mother (Daphne Kennedy, Wagner 1994) and aunt (Sarah Goldsmith Harrelson, CAS 2000) are alumni and my brother, Harrison, is currently studying filmmaking at Tisch (Class of ’22). I always wanted to attend NYU. After just minutes on my tour of campus, I knew I wanted to be a part of this passionate community and take advantage of all of the opportunities within the university and the city at large. It was such a gift to be at NYU, I loved every second of it.

I majored in Environmental Studies with minors in Anthropology and Business Studies. All of my classes were amazing. Professor Disotell’s Health & Disease in Human Evolution class made me fall in love with Anthropology and inspired my minor. I love that he allowed me to examine my passion for the environment through an anthropological lens, exploring topics like the impact of evolution on coral restoration or even the links between fisheries science and human health. 

Professor Schlottmann was my advisor in Environmental Studies and helped make everything possible for me, from my environmental internships and studying abroad to graduating a semester early. Even abroad in Florence, Professor Semeghini supported my passion for the environment as I created mood boards with sustainability as the “trend of the future” for Italian designers like Prada. My Environmental Studies Capstone project was one of my favorite to work on as we designed a funding plan using innovative finance mechanisms to support the Bahamas Protected Areas Fund (BPAF) with Professor Tolisano. This class along with Jeffrey Hollender’s Sustainable Business class helped me identify my passion for sustainable business.

Sophie Kennedy: her story continues