Thursday, June 24, 2010

Terence Winter (WSC ’84) and Martin Scorsese (WSC ’64, Steinhardt ’68, HON ’92)

Terence Winter, Emmy Award winning writer of The Sopranos, and Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winning director, have teamed up for a new television series on HBO called Boardwalk Empire. The show is based on the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson and it deals with life in Atlantic City, NJ during the Prohibition era. It will star Steve Buscemi and Michael Kenneth Williams from The Wire. Stay tuned for the series premiere this fall.

Check out a recently released preview trailer below:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS '07) - Youth Leader and Humanitarian


Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS ’07) is the founder and program director of Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner, a genocide prevention program.

Ms. Murekatete was born in Rwanda and when she was not yet ten years old, she lost her entire family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. She has used her experience to speak out for other victims and survivors of genocide. She started giving presentations while she was still in high school and she has now given over 300 presentations to schools, universities, the United Nations and other international forums. She has received many prominent awards such as the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from Friends of the United Nations, The Ina Kay Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the United Nations International Peace Ambassadors’ outstanding humanitarian award.

She was recently chosen as one of the nominees for The Do Something Award. This award honors those, 25 and under, who are the best world-changers. It is given by the nonprofit organization, Do Something, which is devoted to inspiring and empowering youths to improve their communities. The award winner will be chosen through public voting and will be announced on July 19 on VH1.

To learn more about Jacqueline or to submit your vote for The Do Something Award, visit .

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Micah Lasher (CAS '03) - Political Dealmaker & Policy Wonk

micah-lasher.jpgMicah C. Lasher, New York City native and CAS '03 graduate, is the chief negotiator for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Recently, while working in Albany to further Mayor Bloomberg's educational agenda, he helped to write a bill that would make it possible to increase the number of charter schools in New York. This is but one of his many accomplishments. He has been active in city politics since high school, and was the youngest member of a neighborhood club of Democrats, campaigning for candidates since his teens. According to the New York Times,

Mr. Lasher, still plump-cheeked and bright-eyed, has yet to get a driver’s license. Despite his age, however, he has built an impressive résumé. He was a secret weapon to Manhattan politicians as a teenager, and in college he created a powerhouse consulting firm.

That firm, SKDKnickerbocker, created fliers for Barack Obama’s campaign, as well as advertisements and materials for city-based campaigns. According to the Times, he helped to manage 76 political campaigns while at the firm, and was successful in the majority of them. Having been involved in politics and campaigns from a young age, he is considering a run for City Council in the near future.

You can read more on Micah Lasher in this recent profile.

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