AitN: December 16, 2019

The new film Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler and selected as a Critic's Pick by The New York Times on December 12, is co-produced by Eli Bush ’09. Bush was also a producer on the Oscar-nominated 2017 film Lady Bird.

Princess Francois

Princess Francois ’11

Princess Francois ’11 received the Milken Educator Award, which honors “top educators around the country with $25,000 in unrestricted awards. ...the Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future,” per the press release. Francois is assistant principal at Brooklyn’s Math, Engineering, and Science Academy.

Tanveer Singh ’18 received a Schwarzman Scholarship, which funds a one-year master’s at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars also attend lectures, travel and partake in cultural immersion. From an interview with Columbia College: “‘I plan to use the Schwarzman Scholarship as an opportunity to pivot into public and social advocacy back here in New York,’ said Singh. ‘I want to be involved in challenging poverty and income inequality in urban environments through nonprofit, policy or legal work.’”

Anish Gawande ’18 received one of 100 annual Rhodes Scholarships, which offer fully funded postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Gawande will pursue an M.Phil. in intellectual history. He shared with Columbia College: “With the Rhodes, I want to make a difference back home in India. I want to work toward greater queer representation in politics, hopefully playing the role of a catalyst in getting a queer person elected to office in the next five years.”

José Cabranes '61’s article “Higher Education’s Enemy Within” was published in the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal on November 8. In the piece, Cabranes posits that “Too many in higher education are unwilling or unable to maintain a distinction that lies at the core of the liberal democratic project, and at the center of the West’s intellectual tradition: the distinction between inquiry and action, speech and conduct."