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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grey’s Anatomy: Alumna’s Heart Is In the Work

creative writing and professional writing alumna elisabeth finch is a writer for grey's anatomyIt’s been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.” Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy” and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company. MORE
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MA in Rhetoric Alumna Impacts Communities Through Arts Initiatives

ma in rhetoric alumna sarah york rubin impacts communities through arts initiatives. As the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission's new executive director, Sarah York Rubin hopes to work with other members of the commission to make art increasingly accessible to diverse residents across Santa Barbara County. Even while she was studying in Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric program, Rubin demonstrated leadership potential—one of the characteristics that helped her earn a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Literary and Cultural Studies Alumni Carve Out Diverse Career Paths

matt ewalt and rachel delphia From organizing museum exhibits to developing lecture series, two Carnegie Mellon literary and cultural studies (LCS) alumni are engaging communities into conversation in diverse ways. Rachel Delphia (LCS’03), the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, is really excited to share with the public an untold story of design in Pittsburgh through the museum’s current exhibit. MORE
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Meet The Wall Street Journal’s Newest Copy Editor

braden kelner working at the wall street journal.While Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he had his heart set on one thing—working in journalism. A private equity editorial internship at Dow Jones, a passion for journalism and being digital savvy would soon help turn his dream into reality. MORE
Monday, January 25, 2016

Creative Writing Alumni Take On Hollywood

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, far left, stands with his Emmy award-winning There is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University’s English Department. From “Toy Story” to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing. As the co-executive producer of the CW Television Network series “The 100,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach (DC’91) works closely with showrunner Jason Rothenberg to bring the program’s dark vision to life. MORE
Thursday, November 19, 2015

MA in LCS Alum Now Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By Night

keith spencer ma in lcs graduateAfter working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz – a notable Ph.D. program. MORE
Friday, October 9, 2015

Are You Ready For Some Football?

In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC’06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs’ era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus’ “Hail to the Redskins” looks into Gibb’s career from a fresh perspective.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Three Books, One Year

Michael Rectenwald received his Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon in 2004 and is now the clinical associate professor of New York University’s Liberal Studies program. Ever since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he’s been a prolific writer of significant books. In less than 12 months, he will have published three books, including his most recent, “Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age,” that he co-edited with distinguished Victorianist scholar George Levine. MORE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English Degree

berryhill mccarty earned her bachelor of arts degree in English in 2014. As Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC’14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine.  MORE
Monday, August 24, 2015

MA in LCS Alum’s First Book Examines 1950s Nostalgia

MA in LCS alum Michael Dwyer's first book examines 1950s nostalgiaMaster of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies Alum Michael Dwyer’s first book “Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties” is not your usual coffee table read looking at 1950s nostalgia.