trout streams, forests, waterfalls: The scenery of the Catskills
alone is poetic enough. Come April, it will serve as a fitting
backdrop for a retreat on modern poetry designed especially for
alumni. Penn and the Kelly Writers House are hosting the three-day,
two-night workshop at the Straus Estate at Frost Valley. It will
be taught by Dr. Al Filreis, the Class of 1942 Professor of English
and the faculty director of the Writers House.
The seminar will feature reading and discussion of poems by Robert
Frost, William Carlos Williams M06 Hon52, H.D., Lorine Niedecker,
Marianne Moore, and others. The cost of the course, lodging, meals,
and recreational activities is $210. Enrollment is limited to
For more information on the location, call (845) 985-2291, ext.
204, or e-mail <timeaway
@frostvalley.org>. To learn more about the workshop, see
or write to Filreis at <email@example.com>.
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OF 71 Uprising
began as just another story, one
of many Jon Avnet C71 (Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close and
Personal, The Burning Bed) has brought to film and television, but
somewhere in the seven years it took the producer to tell the World
War II story of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto and their battles against
the Nazis, it became much more. Continued...
OF 79 & 81 Art
in the Family
printmaker, and video artist
Gwyneth Leech C81 has displayed her work in 15 one-woman shows in New
York, Scotland, and England. But last fall she had the novel experience
of sharing exhibition space with four of her relatives. Continued...
by Brian Raszka
OF 75 Where
There Are Wheels, Theres a Way
Colston C75 was working for
a community-action agency in Vermont when one day, Debra, a welfare
recipient with two kids, walked into his office in tears. She had just
bought a car for 500 bucks and couldnt get it home, he recalls. It
had no brakes. For two weeks I tried to help her get her money back.
The idea popped in my head that we needed a community-based garage helping
people where they are, like a community-health agency. Continued...
OF 88 Testing,
1, 2, 3And Please Pass the Mashed Potatoes
Rosen C88 enjoys few things
than spending a relaxing evening at home with friends and family members.
So about once a month he moves the furniture out of his dining room,
plugs in the amps, and waitsalong with those nearest and dearest to
himfor the rock band to start playing. Continued...
OF 90 My
Friend the Adventure Writer
you watch the tape of Mike Finkels 1988 appearance on Sale of the
Centurya blink-and-you-missed-it Lets Make A Deal imitatorfuture
adventure writer is hardly the first phrase that comes to mind. Irritating
geek? Possibly (For each of my As last semester, Ill take number
4!). Fashion nightmare? Without a doubt (eggnog blazer, Ken Doll coif).
Ivy League junior who didnt know the name of the Virgin Marys husband?
Sadly, yes. Continued...
by Brian Raszka.
OF 79 Signs
of Progress for Deaf Studies
Dr. Sheryl Cooper C79, mastering
the manual alphabet as a child seemed as natural as learning her ABCs.
I grew up around deaf people, says the Towson University assistant
professor who today coordinates one of about only 15 undergraduate deaf
studies programs in the country. Continued...
OF 65 AND 69
Man on Campus:
Edward G. Rendell C65 Hon00, Philadelphias former mayor who
recently announced his bid for Pennsylvania governor, was at three
Penn events on October 25. He spoke at a banqet for the Wharton
Small Business Development Centers Philadelphia 100, an event
honoring the Philadelphia areas fastest growing companies; talked
at the Law School about The Economics of Sports Teams Franchises
for Cities; and appeared with his wife, Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell
CW69a judge for the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appealsat a gathering
of the Philadelphia Alumni Club, where they were honored as the
PENNultimate couple. Photo by Jacques-Jean
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a dilapidated storage building on the Warner Hollywood
Studios lot was granted new life as a restaurant, Los Angeles
architect Eric Rosen GAr90 presided over the makeover. His design
played upon such features as the original ceiling structure to
reveal the beauty of the property. The restaurants large glass
doors allude to the original sliding garage doors of the storage
building. Rosens work has appeared in several publications, received
numerous design awards and has been exhibited in the United States
and Japan. Also shown, Rosens own residence in Venice, California.
Photos by Erich Koyoma