Vacation with Verse
Meadows, 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 M’06 Hon’52, H.D., Lorine Niedecker, Marianne Moore, and others. The cost of the course, lodging, meals, and recreational activities is $210. Enrollment is limited to 20 people.

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 (www.english.upenn.edu/
or write to Filreis at <afilreis@english.upenn.edu>.

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CLASS OF ’71 Uprising Against Evil It began as just another story, one of many Jon Avnet C’71 (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...

CLASS OF ’79 & ’81 Art in the Family Painter, printmaker, and video artist Gwyneth Leech C’81 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...

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CLASS OF ’75 Where There Are Wheels, There’s a Way Hal Colston C’75 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 couldn’t 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...

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CLASS OF ’90 My Friend the Adventure Writer When you watch the tape of Mike Finkel’s 1988 appearance on Sale of the Century—a blink-and-you-missed-it Let’s Make A Deal imitator—“future adventure writer” is hardly the first phrase that comes to mind. Irritating geek? Possibly (“For each of my A’s last semester, I’ll take number 4!”). Fashion nightmare? Without a doubt (eggnog blazer, Ken Doll coif). Ivy League junior who didn’t know the name of the Virgin Mary’s husband? Sadly, yes. Continued...

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CLASS OF ’79 Signs of Progress for Deaf Studies For Dr. Sheryl Cooper C’79, 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...

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Big Man on Campus: Hon. Edward G. Rendell C’65 Hon’00, Philadelphia’s 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 Center’s Philadelphia 100, an event honoring the Philadelphia area’s 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 CW’69—a judge for the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals—at a gathering of the Philadelphia Alumni Club, where they were honored as “the PENNultimate couple.” Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou

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When a dilapidated storage building on the Warner Hollywood Studios lot was granted new life as a restaurant, Los Angeles architect Eric Rosen GAr’90 presided over the makeover. His design played upon such features as the original ceiling structure to reveal the beauty of the property. The restaurant’s large glass doors allude to the original sliding garage doors of the storage building. Rosen’s work has appeared in several publications, received numerous design awards and has been exhibited in the United States and Japan. Also shown, Rosen’s own residence in Venice, California. Photos by Erich Koyoma