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Arts & Letters

Creative ideas and endeavors

The Education of Ben Rhodes
3 months ago

The Education of Ben Rhodes

Despite double majoring in English and political science, and then earning an MFA in creative writing from NYU prior to working in politics, Rhodes never cared much for the political …
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La Calisto’s Modern Allure
3 months ago

La Calisto’s Modern Allure

Last fall, the Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Studies Department and Chamber Orchestra presented “La Calisto,” Francesco Cavalli’s exploration of impossible love and postwar apocalypse. It was the first production …
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Good Form
3 months ago

Good Form

When a prestigious design competition pitted their startup architecture firm against some of the biggest names in the field, Michelle LaFoe ’89 and Isaac Campbell ’89 found a way to …
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On the Bookshelf: Winter 2019
3 months ago

On the Bookshelf: Winter 2019

Lamar’s Folly By Jeffrey Stuart Kerr ’79(Texas Tech University Press, 2017)

The year is 1835, and the Texas Revolution is in full swing. Edward Fontaine, secretary to Mirabeau Lamar, and his …
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An Artful Season
7 months ago

An Artful Season

An artist whose acclaimed works are the product of cross-disciplinary collaborations with scientists, engineers, musicians, architects and programmers is taking over the Moody Center for the Arts this fall.


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Author Q&A: Yesterday’s Special
7 months ago

Author Q&A: Yesterday’s Special

Houston’s oldest restaurant: Christie’s Seafood and Steaks, which turned 100 last year. What’s the secret to its longevity? “One of the fundamental reasons is that there’s still a member …
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On The Bookshelf: Fall 2018
7 months ago

On The Bookshelf: Fall 2018

God, Improv, and the Art of Living By MaryAnn McKibben Dana ’94 (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018)

MaryAnn McKibben Dana ’94, an ordained pastor and improv student, …
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At Home on the World’s Stages
7 months ago

At Home on the World’s Stages

The life of an opera singer has taken Anna Christy Stepp ’98 to the world’s most famous stages — in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Great Britain. But one of …
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On the Bookshelf
1 year ago

On the Bookshelf

The Which Way Tree Elizabeth Crook ’82 (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)

It’s an early morning in Civil War-era Texas when 6-year-old Samantha is mauled by a panther. She …
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Q&A: Anna Meriano
1 year ago

Q&A: Anna Meriano

Anna Meriano ’13 may do most of her work in a classroom as a tutor and part-time creative writing teacher, but she can certainly write her way around a …
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