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Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, discusses "Human Animals: the Art of CoBrA," the exhibition she curated for the University Museum of Contemporary Art (September 15 – November 20, 2016), and the appeal of the CoBrA movement to students and scholars of all disciplines.
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Brian Turner

Brian Turner '18

With a double major in architecture and political science (and a minor in art history), Brian Turner '18 explains how two seemingly different areas of academics actually intertwine in more ways than you’d think. He discusses traveling to many American cities in his childhood and the sense of community he feels in his hometown, Memphis, Tenn., both of which contribute to his love of architecture.
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Sonali Khanna

Sonali Khanna '18

Sonali Khanna, a third-year Architecture major, explains her experiences as an architectural intern, the detail-oriented work that goes into a design, and the increasing passion and drive instilled in her by the rigorous academic programming in the department of Architecture.
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Sabrina Victor on the set of "Infants of the Spring."

Sabrina Victor '18

Sabrina’s pursuit of a dual degree in theater and journalism has shaped the way she thinks about the world, and the mark she hopes to leave on it. By focusing on multicultural theater, she has been exposed to the way race is often portrayed unfairly in theater and in the media. Already a national pageant queen, Sabrina hopes to grow in the spotlight and become a successful actress who will change people’s perceptions of race.
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Peter Breslow

Peter Breslow '77

A global traveler and award-winning reporter, Peter Breslow '77 boasts decades of work for National Public Radio (NPR), the Washington, D.C.-based news syndicate that serves nearly 1,000 member stations across the country. He talks about his work in the field of journalism, his progression through the ladder of positions, and the skills UMass gave him to get there.
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Tenzin Thargay'18

Tenzin Thargay '18

Through his pursuit of a dual degree in Chinese and Political Science, Tenzin Dawa Thargay has been exposed to many thought-provoking issues that have changed his views on the world and international relations. Tenzin discusses his background as a first-generation Tibetan-American and shares his thoughts on the humanistic and political aspect of his education and what he plans to do after graduation.
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