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Carnegie Mellon University added some high-tech light to the bright lights of Broadway during the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11. The university, known as one of the top theater arts conservatories in the world, showed an additional dimension when a "wearable tech" dress made its debut on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall.
Fearlessness and the modern message of an English degree summed up English Department Head Andreea Ritivoi’s message at the May 20 diploma ceremony.
“If or when you find yourself afraid, remember that fear is a mark of intelligence, of awareness and of humbleness,” Ritivoi said. “Those are your defining characteristics, and the qualities of a true intellectual leader.”
One way to learn about an unfamiliar place is to step behind the lens. That is exactly what Carnegie Mellon University students did this semester to learn about Cuban artists.
Ralph Vituccio, associate teaching professor in the Entertainment Technology Center, and filmmaker Andres Tapia-Urzua created a transformative documentary-making course that took students to Camagüey, Cuba during spring break, and let them add “international documentarian” to their resumes.
Among the six Carnegie Mellon University seniors who have been named Fulbright award winners, one of them will be graduating from CMU English this spring.
Derek Handley is a PhD in Rhetoric student at Carnegie Mellon English researching African American rhetoric, rhetoric of place, and narrative theory. Derek works full-time at the Community College of Allegheny County and at the US Naval Academy. Derek was recently selected as a 2017-2018 James Weldon Johnson Institute Pre-Doctoral (JWJI) Fellow at Emory University.
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