An interview with Najla Said ’92, the author of "Looking for Palestine," discussing her book, her acting career, her writing habits, and her inspiration for writing her memoir.
Raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Najla is the daughter of the late Edward Said, a Palestinian, a professor of literature at Columbia University, and one of the most influential post-colonial theorists. He is perhaps best known for his book, "Orientalism," which examines the Western world’s historical misrepresentation of Eastern cultures. Although Najla grew up with a father who was a prominent and outspoken figure in the Arab-American community and she lived in a household that was a frequent salon to some of the world’s foremost progressive scholars and intellectuals, she could not avoid the stereotypes that have influenced Western consciousness and its interpretations of the Middle East.
Maxine McClintock, Trinity School History Department teacher from 1990-2006, talks about the true importance of an education, the value of the conversation between teacher and student, and her new book, "Letters of Recommendation."
Peter H. Walker ’76, one of the four featured alumni in the autumn 2010 edition of "Trinity Per Saecula" demonstrates what to pack for extreme backcountry skiing. Founder of Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures (ryderwalker.com) Peter is an experienced ice climber, rock climber, skier, and adventure tour guide.
Meet Emma Wilkinson ’12, and learn about her songwriting and singing and her first EP, "Muse," which was released in April.
Emma Wilkinson ’12, using the stage name Emma Joy, has released an EP, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. After writing a song each week during her freshman year at Hamilton College, Emma began working with jazz guitarist Rick Balestra with the goal of refining her lyrics and her music. The result of that collaboration is her EP, “Muse.” Find out more about her work as well as links to her songs on emmajoysongs.com/
Born in New York on 30 August 1939, Bill Berkson ’57 attended The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest and entered Trinity in Grade One in 1945. He completed secondary school at Lawrenceville and went on to Brown University, The New School for Social Research, and finally Columbia University, by which time he found himself in the midst of the New York avant-garde poetry and art scenes. Over the years he became close with Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Jim Carroll ’68, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, Frank O’Hara, Ron Padgett, George Schneeman, and Anne Waldman. Profoundly influenced by his studies with Kenneth Koch and his friendship with O’Hara, Bill became a committed poet, as well as an art critic, editor, and publisher. He moved to Bolinas, California, in 1970 and began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute.