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Alumni Making News: The Top 10 Headlines of 2014

New School alumni made headlines in 2014, with news of stellar performances, cutting-edge research, top positions in government, and groundbreaking films. Their achievements landed them in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The New Yorker and NPR. Take a look at the top 10 headlines from the past year.


Alumni and Students Join First Lady at the White House

A panel of designers, including Parsons alumni Prabal Gurung, Edward Wilkinson, Tracy Reese, Jason Wu, and Jenna Lyons, took part in Michelle Obama’s first ever White House Fashion Education Workshop.


Harry Belafonte Receives Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Alumnus, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award with a powerful speech about race and social justice in Hollywood.


Paving the Way for Equality in Public Health

Dr. Brittany Charlton, Design & Urban Ecologies ’07, takes on some of the most pressing public health issues of our time including reproductive health and LGBT health disparities as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.


Robert Glasper Receives Grammy Nomination for Best R&B Album

Robert Glasper, BFA Jazz ’01, who won the Grammy for Best R&B album last year, is nominated again in the same category for his album “Black Radio 2”.


Parsons Alumnus Named President of Maryland Institute College of Art

Samuel Hoi, AAS Illustration ’86, was installed as president of MICA. Hoi most recently served as president of Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles.


Drama Alumna Adrienne C. Moore Stars in Orange is the New Black

NAACP Image Award nominee Adrienne C. Moore, MFA Acting ’09, stars in the Netflix-produced hit Orange is the New Black.


Mayor Bill de Blasio Names Ana Oliveira to Commission on Human Rights

Ana Oliveira, MA Anthropology ’84, president of the New York Women’s Foundation and former director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, joins New York City’s Commission on Human Rights.


Filmmaker Laura Poitras Profiled in The New Yorker

Filmmaker Laura Poitras, BA Liberal Arts ’96, was profiled in The New Yorker upon the release of Citizenfour, the acclaimed documentary about her closeup view of Edward Snowden.


Edwin Torres Named Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

Edwin Torres, MS Organizational Change Mgt ’12, formerly associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, joined Mayor de Blasio’s Administration as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs.


Google’s Robert Wong at Parsons Reunion

Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Google Creative Lab, Robert Wong, BFA Communication Design ’90, returned to campus for Parsons Reunion and discussed how his creative work influences Google engineers.



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