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April 12, 2012

Personal Mention

Chris Brussalis, an adjunct professor of management and policy in the Heinz College, and president and CEO of The Hill Group, Inc., was appointed to the National Board of Trustees for the ALS Association. The ALS Association is the world leader in the fight to treat, cure and raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Brussalis has served as president and CEO of The Hill Group since 1996. The Hill Group is a national management consulting firm and a premier provider of management counsel, specializing in strategy, operations and measurement.

Nico Slate, assistant professor of history, wrote the book "Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India." In the book, Slate argues that South Asians and African Americans learned from each other in ways that not only advanced their respective struggles for freedom, but also helped define what freedom could and should mean. For more information on "Colored Cosmopolitanism" visit

Paul Hopper, Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, will retire from teaching this June after spending 22 years with the Department of English. Hopper has lectured at universities throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and South America. For CMU students of professional writing, Hopper literally "wrote the book" on grammar, and many alumni report that they continue to reach for his book "A Short Course in Grammar." "I have been very, very happy at CMU," Hopper said. "It really has been the ideal place for me." Read more about Hopper at

David R. Shumway, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center, has written a new book titled "John Sayles." Shumway profiles the contemporary independent filmmaker and how he has used his freedom to write and produce films with a distinctive personal style and clearly expressed political opinions. Shumway will discuss "Director John Sayles: Critical Realism and New Left Cinema" on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Hall's Giant Eagle Auditorium. Copies of the book will be on sale. For more information, visit