Genevieve Fraser, M.F.A.’81, of Orange, Mass., is running for state representative. The Democratic primary is Sept. 6. Genevieve is a member of the Conservation Commission and the town Governance Committee in Orange. She is also on the board of the Massachusetts Wood Producers Association. She formerly served as aide to now-retired state senator Robert Wetmore. Ellen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.’81, is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, where she specializes in modern American political and intellectual history. She is the author and editor of seven books, including “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation,” “History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880-1980,” “America in Modern Times” (co-authored with Alan Brinkley) and “Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform.” She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard in 2008-09. Ellen has also taught at Harvard, MIT and Wellesley. James Trent, Ph.D.’82, a professor of social work at Gordon College, published “The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of 19th-Century American Reform.” Before joining the Gordon faculty in 2003, James spent 17 years at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and three years at Barrington College in Rhode Island. His scholarly research is focused on the history and theory of social policy formations that affect marginalized and disenfranchised groups. Howard Tinberg, Ph.D.’82, a professor of English at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass., co-authored “The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations.” He also co-edited two collections of essays, “What Is ‘College-Level’ Writing?” and “What Is ‘College-Level’ Writing? Vol. 2.” He was recently elected assistant chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the premier national organization for college faculty who teach composition and rhetoric. TV producer-writer and Broadway playwright Theresa Rebeck, M.A.’83, M.F.A.’86, Ph.D.’89, teamed up with actress Debra Messing ’90 to launch “Smash,” a TV drama series about the production of a Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show is based on an idea by executive producer Steven Spielberg. Theresa’s latest play, “Seminar,” is on Broadway. Steven Mackey, Ph.D.’85, a professor of music at Princeton, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for the 2011 recording “Lonely Motel: Music from ‘Slide,’” a cycle of 11 compositions recorded in collaboration with singer Rinde Eckert and new-music sextet Eighth Blackbird.
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