In this episode of Every Quarter, educator and alumna Tamar Szabó Gendler speaks with Andrew Housiaux, Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute, about the changing face of higher education and the responsibility institutions have in owning their histories. They also discuss Gendler’s experience with the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions program, wherein Gendler essentially became a full-time student at Yale during the 2009–2010 academic year, completing coursework in psychology, neuroscience, and statistics.
Gendler, Andover Class of 1983, also shares moments of nostalgia, recounting memories with the Jewish Students Union in Cochran Chapel, growing up as a faculty child, and how changing her focus from math to social sciences lead her to the path she is currently on. During her visit to campus in November, she was presented with the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction.
Jake Bean, Class of 2008, as raised with a deep respect for those who served their country. He knew he wanted to join the Navy and live a life of service. He comes from a military family and clearly saw his future in the armed forces. But growing up in Idaho, he had no clue about Andover or the path in which he’d take to become a Navy helicopter pilot.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Lieutenant Bean talks with Director of Communications Tracy Sweet about how he applied to Andover without his parents’ permission, the tough decision between Georgetown’s School of Foreign Services and the Naval Academy, and his deployments overseas, where he flies missions to support aircraft carriers, tactical operations, and at-sea medical rescues.
Talking Broadway musicals, her dream role, and who she’d invite to an Andover dinner party.
Never in her wildest dreams did Carrie St. Louis imagine that she would be attending her 10-year PA Reunion with three Broadway musicals under her belt.
Even as a child, St. Louis was a natural on stage, performing musical theater in a variety of classic roles in productions like Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. A background in opera helped the hard-working actress find her way to the big stage remarkably fast. In 2014, just a couple years out of college, St. Louis auditioned for the original Las-Vegas based production of Rock of Ages, and landed the lead role of Sherrie Christian. From there, she scored what she excitedly calls a “dream role,” playing Glinda in the smash hit Wicked.
We caught up with St. Louis on campus while she was reconnecting with friends and Andover family at her 10th Reunion. She recounted her time spent at PA, shared some valuable lessons learned, and a bit of insight along her journey in carving out a spotlight on Broadway. This year, she can be seen stepping into the role of Lauren in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots. She is a member of Andover’s Class of 2008.
2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, and yet still voting and voter’s rights remain one of the most vital issues facing our democracy. As a newly appointed Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Corinne T. Field is looking at the intersectionality between this historical milestone and women in America by exploring the closely intertwined roots of race and age segregation in American feminism.
Field is an assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality at the University of Virginia and a member of Andover’s Class of 1983.
Episode 20: George Smith, Jr. ’83
For the past three decades, George Smith Jr., Class of 1983, has specialized in covering the intersection of sports and society. While at ESPN in the 2000’s Smith was the go-to reporter on breaking stories like Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case, Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, and the Duke Lacrosse investigation.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Smith looks back on his broadcast journalism career and the evolution of the business with Director of Communication Tracy Sweet. He recounts how he started off in the field, why social media has changed the game and theorizes an approach to a potential on-camera interview with elusive fellow alum and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick ’71.
Jonathan Adler ’08 reflects on how crafting many, many bad jokes ultimately leads to finding laughs.
Jonathan Adler, Class of 2008, is unnecessarily humble, completely self-deprecating, and while he’d never admit it, a hilarious talent. As a staff writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Adler is part of the team that—as he describes it—makes people laugh and feel good every night before they go to bed.
On this episode of Every Quarter, Adler traces his comic roots from writing for The Phillpian to the Harvard Lampoon to late-night TV in New York. He talks his first on-air pitch, how he ended up on camera in a recurring bit, and one controversial features satire that had the PA administration knocking at his door. While he admits Andover initially wasn’t where he wanted to be, 10 years later, he credits his burgeoning comedy writing career to his time spent telling jokes and finding his voice in the basement of Morse Hall.
“I’m not really just accountable to the present, I’m accountable to the future.”
Hafsat Abiola ’92 is a fighter. A seeker of justice. A champion for human rights. Her life is a story of discovery, tragedy, resiliency, and action. Inspired by the unlawful imprisonment of her father and the assassination of her mother, Hafsat has dedicated her life to promoting democracy in Nigeria and empowering women around the world. In 1996 she founded the NGO Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to involve women and youth in Africa’s social, economic and political development. Most recently, Abiola was named Executive President of Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Emily Ndiokho ’18 sits down with Abiola to discuss how Andover has become a “home,” current challenges facing Africa’s economic development, and the spread of Nigerian culture across the world.
David Simons ’86 talks computing at Andover, start-ups, and collaborating with The Simpsons.
Adobe After Effects is a staple in the visual effects post-production world. It is used in large-scale Hollywood productions, network television, and even by the Office of Communication here at Andover. The software’s co-founder, David Simons, is a member of Andover’s class of 1986.
On this episode of Every Quarter, Simons sits down with Neil Evans to discuss his career path to Adobe, the struggles of having one of the first personal computers at Andover, and his advice for aspiring coders.
Simons’ new project, Character Animator, combines elements of After Effects with live action puppetry technology and has been featured recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert [embedded below] and a live episode of The Simpsons.