Mark Sokoll, M.A. ’90, stepped down from his position as part-time rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in Revere, Mass., to concentrate on his job as CEO of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston.

Bruce Dembling, Ph.D. ’93, made his debut with the University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble. He writes, “My instrument was the accordion, a bit stiff and rusty after decades in the closet. I follow my daughter, Lisa, who played in the ensemble in previous years and is now traveling in Central America.”

Kimberly Wilcox, M.F.A. ’93, is a leading costume designer who has worked in film, television and theater. She was part of the design team for “The Sopranos” that was nominated for an Emmy in 2000 and 2001 for outstanding costumes for a television series. Her credits include “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Life on Mars,” “Sex and the City” (pilot), “The Sopranos” and “Spin City” (TV); “Adventureland,” “Brown Sugar,” “Duplicity” and “Pollock” (film); and “Thatcher’s Women,” “The Speed of Darkness,” and “The Crucible” (theater).

Lisa Dodson, Ph.D. ’93, a Boston College sociology professor, wrote “The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy.” The book chronicles what she refers to as “economic disobedience,” when supervisors slip their workers extra money, food or time needed to care for sick children.

Scott Brickman, Ph.D. ’96, professor of music and education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, was the guest composer and moderator of a panel titled “Musical Thinkism” at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, July 2–25. The festival also featured the premiere of a new work written by Brickman for the duo Basso Moderno, the resident ensemble at the festival. Brickman’s work “Bass Harbor” is a composition for bass and piano.

Vanzetta Goff Evans, M.M.H.S. ’97, was featured in a story in the Bradenton Herald about the since-closed Lincoln Memorial High in Palmetto, Fla. In 1961, the teachers selected her to represent Manatee County’s all-black school in the district spelling competition — and she won. She was also crowned the state typing champion and class queen in 1961. Lincoln closed its doors in 1969 as schools were integrated.    

Hilary J. Moss, M.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’04, assistant professor of history and black studies at Amherst College, published “Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America.” The book sheds new light on the efforts of black Americans to get an education in the early 19th century despite white attempts to withhold opportunity. 

Beth Falconer, M.A. ’99, is the new director of development at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Mass. She’s responsible for developing and sustaining fundraising, pursuing grants, and increasing awareness of the Firehouse and its programs among potential individual and corporate supporters.

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