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Alumni Spotlight: Hammaad Chaudry '14
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   There were many faculty members who influenced my work and myself, it would be difficult to choose one.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sara Nović '14
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? My time at Columbia felt like a kind of homecoming--up until that point I had only met a few people who love books and writing as much as I do, and then suddenly my life was full of them! For me that was really invaluable.

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Alumni Spotlight: Dasha Shishkin '06
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   Gandalf Gavan is a wonderful vivid memory for me from my Columbia years.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Israel '13
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? My thesis advisor, Ramin Bahrani, was a tremendous inspiration.

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Alumni Spotlight: Benjamin Odell '04
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   There were so many faculty members who inspired me—Ira Deutchman, Maureen Ryan, Richard Brick, Michael Hausman, Nick Proferes, June Stein, Dan Kleinman.

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Alumni Spotlight: Derrick Adams '03
January 2, 2018

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? I do remember having very candid, constructive and motivational conversations with faculty member and artist, Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Nerboso '12
November 13, 2017

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   I had a lot of great, inspiring teachers at Columbia: Evangeline Morphos taught me to have confidence in my instincts and embrace my love of television; Katherine Dieckmann taught me to push through difficult rewrites and not be satisfied with ‘good enough’; Tom Kalin taught me to think visually and ask myself tough questions about intent and impact; and Andy Bienen maybe had the most impact because he straight-up taught me how to read and watch movies differently.

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Meet Emily Skillings '17, Poet and Teacher
November 3, 2017

The Writing Spotlight series highlights the work of alumni, faculty and current MFA students, asking them to share thoughts on their craft and practice through a question-and-answer interview.

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Alumni Spotlight: Mary Jo Bang '98
October 1, 2015

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   Mary Jo Bang (MJB): I There was a faculty member and two peers who not only inspired me, but actually taught me to write.

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