Class Correspondent

Dennis Baron, P’05, is a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois. His most recent book, “A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution,” explores the impact of technology on reading and writing, from the earliest days of papyrus and clay tablets to the computer age. He writes about language issues for the general public, including recent Op-Eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Physician Bill Bauer has created a Facebook page, We Will Hang Together or Hang Separately, to address what he sees as the country’s cultural-political crisis. More than 5,000 readers are following his ideas on the multiple forces that have negatively affected the open, relatively conflict-free and patriotic “healthy democracy” he experienced at Brandeis. His two children, Sheyna and Benjamin, are also physicians. Jonathan Burrows, a film producer for many years, has returned to producing for Broadway, his original profession. After producing a successful workshop staging of Cole Porter’s “Can-Can” starring Megan Hilty and Aaron Lazar at a Manhattan studio, he oversaw a “Can-Can” production starring Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley that had its pre-Broadway tryout at Paper Mill Playhouse. Sid Golub and his wife, Judy, celebrated their 50th anniversary in August 2016. Sid was recently appointed the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include science policy, stem-cell policy and research ethics. Bob Lerman’s policy research and advocacy efforts to expand access to apprenticeship programs in the United States are beginning to bear fruit, as President Barack Obama and Congress collaborate to increase the scale of apprenticeship and widen routes to career success. Bob, who retired from the American University faculty, is an institute fellow at the Urban Institute and founding president of the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship. On March 28, he became a proud grandfather to Asher Stern. Anne Richards was featured on the cover of the July 2016 issue of West Georgia Woman. The lengthy article inside detailed her commitment to University of West Georgia students, her involvement in a variety of professional organizations, and her service to her hometown of Carrollton over the past 40 years. Patricia Striar Rohner’s first novel, “Tzippy the Thief,” was published in October 2016. The book received honorable mention at the Paris Book Festival and first place in general fiction at the Southeast Book Festival. Patricia is a clinical social worker as well as an artist and writer. A Festschrift for Richard Weisberg was published in fall 2016 in the journal Law and Literature. It included essays by Vivian Curran, Stanley Fish, Sanford Levinson, Bernhard Schlink, Robin West and many others. As an Obama administration appointee to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Richard traveled to the Ukrainian shtetl town Stavische to rededicate a Jewish cemetery. To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Crime and Punishment,” he has lectured widely on Fyodor Dostoevski, dedicating those talks to the memory of his Russian literature professor at Brandeis, Robert Szulkin. Ken Zeno is relaunching his health and lifestyle coaching practice as well as debuting a new website. Ken’s work focuses on effective communication skills for health-care professionals, lifestyle management for professionals and the general public, and fostering resiliency and positivity for cancer patients. He began working as a lifestyle coach in 1986.

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