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Macalester is building a theater that answers another need: classroom space | Star Tribune | February 15, 2018
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:59pm
After razing its aging theater building last fall, Macalester College this month began work on a $32 million replacement — the third and final phase of a long-range plan to upgrade all of its fine arts facilities. Karine Moe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, David Wheaton, Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Theatre and Dance chair, Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, were all quoted.
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:42pm
A panel of Minnesota authors met at Mahtomedi High School late last month to discuss race. American Studies Professor and Mahtomedi Public Schools parent Duchess Harris was one of the panel moderators.
Black Panther's Danai Gurira on film's female representation: 'Wakanda forever, indeed' | Entertainment Weekly | February 15, 2018
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:44pm
There’s a reason Wakanda, the fictional setting for Marvel’s Black Panther, is the most advanced nation in the world. According to film star Danai Gurira '01, it has to do with its lack of gender inequality. “I really do say, ‘Wakanda forever, indeed,’ because it really portrays a place where those problems don’t exist,” Gurira said during a Sirius XM town hall discussion on EW Radio. “And we can see how it actually, go figure, is the most advanced nation on the globe.”
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:37pm
Kate Bowler '02 penned this article upon the release of her new book "Everything Happens for a Reason."
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:34pm
Kate Bowler '02 is a Duke Divinity School professor with a Christian background. She was also, until recently, perhaps best known as an expert on prosperity gospel teachings and author of a book on the subject called "Blessed." Then in 2015, at the age of 35 and with a young son, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Today, Bowler is cautiously surviving on treatments including immunotherapy, and has a new memoir of her experiences with the down-to-earth title "Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved."
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:22pm
LA-based Premiere Entertainment Group arrives in Berlin with international rights to coming-of-age tale "The House Of Tomorrow" starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman. English Professor Peter Bognanni wrote the novel and Tarik Karam '01 was one of the producers. The film opens in April.
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:00pm
One of the shows is Ruthann Godollei's "Hellmouth." There's nothing mysterious about the over-the-top depictions of our present-day political circus in this exhibition by the Dewitt Wallace Art Professor. The show plays off a medieval motif "depicting the damned and the unrepentant swallowed by the gaping jaws of a demonic beast."
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:36pm
No one can muster disdain like Macalester grad Danai Gurira '01 (“Walking Dead”) as equally steely Okoye, the general of Wakanda’s lethal all-women army (“Guns … so uncivilized”).
Black Panther’s Danai Gurira Is Just as Excited About the Movie as You Are | FLARE | February 14, 2018
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:21pm
If you don’t know, now you know—Danai Gurira '01 is a straight-up treasure. Until now, the American-born, Zimbabwean-raised actor and playwright was probs best known for her portrayal of the ass-kicking, katana-wielding Michonne on "The Walking Dead," but her turn as Wakandan military general Okoye in Marvel’s highly (HIGHLY) anticipated superhero film, "Black Panther," is being lauded as a career milestone… and deservedly so.
Stories pour from 'A Crack in the Sky' at St. Paul's History Theatre | Star Tribune | February 12, 2018
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:56pm
Faye Price ‘77 is directing “A Crack in the Sky” at the History Theater. The play, written by Harrison David Rivers, was reviewed in the Star Tribune.
San Francisco Is Counting Its Artists to Address the Problem of Gentrification | Hyperallergic | February 14, 2018
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:21am
In spite of rapidly rising rent prices, San Francisco is second only to New York among US cities with large concentrations of artists. Tom DeCaigny '98 is the city’s Director of Cultural Affairs.
TCU grad offers crash course in coding to high school students | Lonsdale News Review | February 1, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 7:17pm
2015 Tri-City United High School graduate Zach Skluzacek, now a college student at Macalester College in St. Paul, recently came back to his alma mater to teach a three-day coding class for high school students. Skluzacek ‘19 returned from a five-month stay in Budapest, Hungary, shortly before teaching his short course.
'Black Panther’s Danai Gurira on 'breaking a barrier' with a cinematic milestone | National Post | February 13, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 6:52pm
Seeing black culture projected through the lens of Marvel’s hotly anticipated superhero movie “Black Panther” is giving actress Danai Gurira ‘01 a new sense of empowerment. While she’s already a successful playwright and star on TV’s “The Walking Dead,” it’s her role as a warrior leader in the film that feels particularly important to her. Even before it hits theatres, the movie is drumming up social media enthusiasm that would leave even the latest “Star Wars” films envious.
Danai Gurira on ‘Black Panther’ and the incredible power of Wakanda | Global News | February 13, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 6:47pm
Danai Gurira ‘01 plays Okoye, the greatest warrior in all of fictional country Wakanda. Put simply, Gurira is a force in Black Panther. Playing a far bigger part than most women in supporting roles — especially as a woman of colour — Gurira is at once powerful, fiercely loyal, and an imperative figure in the kingdom of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). She doesn’t just sit back and watch. She takes action.
Black Panther star Danai Gurira talks strong women and changing cinema | Evening Standard | February 13, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 6:39pm
As the 2001 Macalester graduate promoted her new movie, she also spoke about an upcoming project - she will be writing an adaptation of the book “Americanah” for a TV mini-series. The 2013 novel by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Half of a Yellow Sun) is about a Nigerian woman who emigrates to the US to study.
Okkervil River Releases New Single, Announces Forthcoming Album | American Songwriter | February 12, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:22pm
Okkervil River has announced that its forthcoming album “In the Rainbow Rain” will be released April 27 via ATO Records. The album, which was produced by frontman Will Sheff '98, is meant to be hopeful and healing. “I wanted to make a record where a sense of kindness felt encoded into the music,” Sheff said. “In places, the record deals with heavy things like trauma and betrayal and shame, but, actually, it’s supposed to be a good time.”
'Black Panther' Star Danai Gurira on Embracing Her Zimbabwean Name: ‘I Realized I Didn't Want to Fit In’ | GLAMOUR | February 13, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:13pm
I didn’t know my name was Danai until I was five years old. Born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Zimbabwean academic parents, I was given a nickname, Dede, that stuck before I was cognizant enough to have a choice in the matter. I remember the day my mom decided to tell me I had another name. She walked into the den, where I was playing with my favorite toys. She leaned in close and told me that in Shona, her native tongue, my real name meant “to be in love” or “to love one another”—an appropriate moniker for a girl born on Valentine’s Day. Danai Gurira graduated from Macalester in 2001 and wrote this article.
How 'Black Panther' MVP Danai Gurira Went From Zombie-Slayer to Marvel Superstar | Rolling Stone | February 13, 2018
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:02pm
From blowing up Broadway's patriarchy to stealing a superhero blockbuster, Danai Gurira '01 opens up about why she's ready to grab her moment.
Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:01pm
American Studies Professor Duchess Harris spoke about her book "Race and Policing," and discussed what the underlying historical factors are that lead to tension and confrontation between police and minority communities.
A Stage-4 Cancer Patient Shares The Pain And Clarity Of Living 'Scan-To-Scan' | NPR's Fresh Air | February 12, 2018
Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:13pm
Religion scholar Kate Bowler '02 used to believe God had a plan for her life. Then she was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. "I really had to rethink what trust and hope looks like," she says.