National Geographic Launches Yearlong Exploration of the Power of Parks in Celebration of 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

Yearlong Exploration Includes Robust Online Portal, natgeo.com/parks, 12-Month Series in National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Channel Specials, New Books, Maps and More

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service in 2016, National Geographic has launched a yearlong exploration of the power of parks, across all its platforms, to help people better understand the wonders and challenges of parks around the world. A Web portal, “Explore the Power of Parks,” dedicated to exploring how to preserve our wild places, will feature new content throughout the year and include the latest magazine stories and photos, travel guides with maps and tips from the experts, videos, photo galleries, educational resources and the ability to book authentic and meaningful travel experiences online. www.Natgeo.com/parks will aggregate content from a major series in National Geographic magazine that kicks off with the January 2016 issue and includes many digital-only features, videos, news stories and more.power_of_parks_pressrelease-506x400

For almost a century, the National Geographic Society has been raising the public’s awareness of the historical and cultural significance — and majestic beauty — of America’s national parks. The Society has consistently featured the national park system and specific national parks across all of its publications, television channels and expansive website. These features provide information and inspiration to individuals worldwide and educate Americans about the importance of protecting our nation’s heritage as represented by the national park system. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s flagship publication, devoted its entire July 1979 issue to U.S. national parks, and in October 2006, the magazine published a cover story on national parks throughout the world, including a special piece on the health of U.S. parks.

The magazine series begins with an introduction by writer David Quammen on why a national park is more than just a scenic place — it is a nation’s common ground — and features powerful day-to-night imagery by photographer Stephen Wilkes. The issue also includes a feature article by Florence Williams that looks at how spending time in the natural world benefits the human brain. Other parks and topics in the series include Alaska’s Denali National Park, Seychelles, urban parks, a special single-topic issue on Yellowstone National Park in May 2016, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Grand Canyon, Cuba’s coral reefs and a look at the next generation of park keepers.

One hundred years ago, the National Geographic Society helped persuade the U.S. government to create the National Park Service. Today, parks are more critical than ever to ensure the health and sustainability of our planet. They connect us with the natural world and inspire us all to be better stewards of our only home. Because we believe in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, we’re harnessing our global content platforms to focus on the importance of these irreplaceable places,” says Chris Johns, chief content officer, National Geographic Society. “We want people to explore and experience the wonder of these protected places with us and through us, and support our efforts to understand and preserve them.

National Geographic will round out the magazine and Web coverage throughout the year with other consumer touchpoints, including:

  • National Geographic Books and Kids Books: Several new books published, including an updated edition of the best-selling “National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition” (on sale Jan. 19, 2016) and “Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Park” by David Quammen (on sale August 2016). Kids books include the “National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA,” “Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure” and the “Junior Ranger Activity Book,” which is filled with puzzles, games and fun facts about national parks.
  • National Geographic Kids magazine and website: The May 2016 issue will be devoted to national parks and an online content hub, natgeokids.com/parks, will feature My Shot kid photos, park profiles and a quiz.
  • National Geographic Travel: Each issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine will feature a national park and special digital content, including videos, showcasing many of the parks online.
  • National Geographic Channel and National Geographic WILD: The National Geographic channels kicked off a yearlong celebration of the founding of our national parks with Wild Yellowstone, which premiered in December 2015 on Nat Geo WILD and won best cinematography and best editing at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. The channels will air multiple park specials throughout the year, starting with National Geographic Channel’s America’s National Parks: Everglades on Sun., Jan. 24, at 8/7c and America’s National Parks: Gates of the Arctic on Sun., Jan. 31, at 8/7c. Both specials will encore on Nat Geo WILD Sun., Feb. 28, beginning at 8/7c.
  • National Geographic Maps: Up-to-the-minute “National Parks Trails Illustrated” maps and new map guides.
  • Experiences: BioBlitz two-day biodiversity-themed outdoor classroom/festival events in parks in all 50 states. Six regional events will take place in national parks the weekend of May 20-21, 2016, with the largest taking place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. NG Live! parks-themed public programs in Washington, D.C., and major markets.
  • Expeditions: National park trips include a new Ultimate National Parks expedition to five legendary parks, expert-led trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton as well as active Nat Geo Adventures, family expeditions and a student expedition.
  • K-12 Education: The National Geographic Bee, taking place May 22-25, 2016, in Washington, D.C., will feature geography questions about U.S. national parks. The “Find Your Park, Love Your Park” educational initiative (NatGeoEd.org/LoveYourPark), developed with support from Subaru of America, teaches fourth graders across the United States about the importance of U.S. national parks and empowers students to preserve and protect them.
  • Lifelong Education: “Wonders of Our National Parks” DVD/streaming lecture course on the geology of North America, created in partnership with The Great Courses.
  • The Greatest American Road Trip: Follow former National Geographic staffer Jonathan Irish as he traverses the country visiting all 59 U.S. national parks in 52 weeks, starting on January 1, 2016. Find maps, photos, updates from the road and more at thegreatestroadtrip.com and http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/.

Jacqueline de Ribes: The Essence of True Glamour and Style at The Met’s Costume Institute

Style is what makes you different; it’s your own stamp, a message about yourself.” – Countess Jacqueline de Ribes.

The Costume Institute’s Fall 2015 exhibition, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, focuses on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the 20th century.

Jacqueline de Ribes in Christian Dior, 1959 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Roloff Beny, Roloff Beny Estate

Jacqueline de Ribes in Christian Dior, 1959. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Roloff Beny, Roloff Beny Estate

A close study of de Ribes’s life of creative expression yields illuminating insights into her strategies of style,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who organized the exhibition. “Her approach to dress as a statement of individuality can be seen as a kind of performance art. When she established her own fashion house, her friend Yves Saint Laurent gave his blessing to the venture as a welcome projection of her elegance.”

The press preview for Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, was a somber affair. The guest of honor and the exhibition’s subject, Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, was not in attendance for obvious reasons. The Costume Institute released the following statement:

Following the tragic events in Paris, Jacqueline de Ribes has canceled her trip to New York for the opening of Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. She would like to express her gratitude to all her friends at the Met with whom she has collaborated for so many months, and hopes that they will understand her decision.

Comtesse de Ribes also knows how much Americans share the deep sadness felt in France, which confirms the enduring bond between the two countries. She hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.

Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1983 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Victor Skrebneski, Skrebneski Photograph © 1983

Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1983
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Victor Skrebneski, Skrebneski
Photograph © 1983

As reported by Vanessa Friedman of The New York Times, the planned dinner on Wednesday, hosted by the House of Dior, in honor of the exhibition was downgraded to a cocktail reception in business dress.

While I was looking forward to seeing the Countess in person (having read so much about her in magazines and newspapers since the early 1980’s), I must also say that, even without her there, the exhibition fully represented her far-reaching talents, self-assuredness and strong belief in her own sense of what works for her and how her public life (and charitable works) changed the world around her. In a time when “style icons” are anointed based on the work of their Svengali-like stylists who tell them what to wear (usually obscenely expensive designer dresses borrowed for the night, including the jewelery AND the shoes), where to wear them (most often than not to red-carpet events) and how to wear them, the Countess is the REAL DEAL. Most everyone else is a pale imitation.

Jacqueline de Ribes, 1955 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Richard Avedon, ©The Richard Avedon Foundation

Jacqueline de Ribes, 1955, Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Richard Avedon,
©The Richard Avedon Foundation

Elegance. It’s an attitude. A frame of mind. An intuition, a refusal, a rigor, a research, a knowledge. The attitude of elegance is also a way of behaving.

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes (born 1929 in Paris to aristocratic parents) is seen by many as the ultimate personification of Parisian elegance. She was, with the American and Italian beauties Gloria Vanderbilt and Marella Agnelli, among the small flock of “Swans” photographed by Richard Avedon and written about by Truman Capote in 1959.

Married at age 19 to the late Édouard, Vicomte de Ribes (he became the Count de Ribes upon the death of his father in 1981), the traditions of her in-laws precluded her from becoming a career woman. However, as an independent spirit, she channeled her creativity into a series of ventures linked by fashion, theater, and style. In 1956, de Ribes was nominated for Eleanor Lambert’s Best-Dressed List. At the time, she had only a handful of couture dresses, as most of her wardrobe was comprised of her own designs, which she made herself or with a dressmaker. Four more nominations followed, and resulted in her induction into the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1962.

Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1986 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Francesco Scavullo, The Francesco Scavullo Foundation and The Estate of Francesco Scavullo

Jacqueline de Ribes in her own design, 1986
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Francesco
Scavullo, The Francesco Scavullo Foundation and The Estate of Francesco
Scavullo

When I was a small child, there were two women I admired. One was a friend of my mother’s who was an ambassadress. The other was Coco Chanel. It seems I always wanted to be a designer.”

Photographed by the world’s leading talents including Slim Aarons, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Robert Doisneau, Horst, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Victor Skrebneski, and Juergen Teller, her image came to define an effortless elegance and a sophisticated glamour, something you cannot say about so many of the women today that defines the term, “modern style icons.” As Carolina Herrera recently remarked in a newspaper interview (and I am paraphrasing here), “How can someone be a style icon when they are not wearing any clothes?” in reference to the trio of music and Hollywood stars who attended the recent Met Ball in “dresses” that left almost nothing to the imagination. And Mrs. Herrera is right. If you want to see what a TRUE style icon is, run, don’t walk, to The Met to see Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style.

You must remember that you’re never going to be sexy for everyone. You are sexy for someone and for someone else you are not. Being totally nude is not sexy. The art of being sexy is to suggest. To let people have fantasy.”

Gallery View, Evening Wear © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gallery View, Evening Wear
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The thematic exhibition features approximately 60 ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy dress balls, which she often made by cutting up and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create unexpected, thematic, and conceptually nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs, video, and ephemera, tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood “dress-up” to the epitome of international style.

A muse to haute couture designers, they placed at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality. Ultimately, she used this talent and experience to create her own successful design business, which she directed from 1982 to 1995.

Gallery View, Evening Wear © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gallery View, Evening Wear
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

My mirror, my only truthful advisor.”

While the exhibition explores her taste and style methodology, extensive documentation from her personal archives illustrates the range and depth of her professional life, including her roles as theatrical impresario, television producer, interior designer, and director and organizer of international charity events. Continue reading

Neiman Marcus Presents The 89th Edition Of Its Legendary Christmas Book

50ac7416-844f-439f-9869-86c1412cdd60.HRThe 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Features a Vast Selection of Fantasy Gifts Including an Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories, A Dream Trip to India, Orphan Barrel Project, as well as a Surprise Fantasy Gift Only Accessible Via the Neiman Marcus App.

The 2015 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 89th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true.

The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Features a Vast Selection of Fantasy Gifts Including an Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories, A Dream Trip to India, Orphan Barrel Project, as well as a Surprise Fantasy Gift Only Accessible Via the Neiman Marcus App.

The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Features a Vast Selection of Fantasy Gifts Including an Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories, A Dream Trip to India, Orphan Barrel Project, as well as a Surprise Fantasy Gift Only Accessible Via the Neiman Marcus App.

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetites, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including an Arch Motorcycle & Ride Experience, Texas Guitar Trio Gift, Couture Diary, World View Exploration at the Edge of Space, and a tour of Italy with Ippolita & Artemest Craftsmen. This year’s featured car is the Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Mustang Convertible.

The “His & Hers” fantasy gift tradition continues this year with the Ultimate Children’s Costumes in Mackenzie-Childs Trunks. The first time ever that the His & Her gift is for children.

For the first time ever, Neiman Marcus is offering a gift downloadable exclusively via the NM Shopping app, to unwrap the eleventh gift, download the NM app now.

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

As in previous years, Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide.

We’re excited to introduce the 2015 collection of fantasy gifts which continue the time-honored tradition of offering our customers the unique and high-quality items they’ve come to know and expect from Neiman Marcus.” said Jim Gold President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “Each year we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers; hopefully they will agree that this year is no exception.”

Neiman Marcus is also thrilled to introduce truly nm a curated collection of exceptional exclusive items chosen by us for our customers. The collection, consisting of pieces of extraordinary luxury, whimsical delight, and state of the art technology, is available online and in stores.

Among The Selection Of Fantasy Gifts In The 2015 Christmas Book Are Some Exceptional Items, Including:

Limited edition KRGT-1 Motorcycle Ride Experience from Arch Motorcycle Company.

Limited edition KRGT-1 Motorcycle Ride Experience from Arch Motorcycle Company.

ARCH MOTORCYCLE & RIDE EXPERIENCE Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger make up Arch Motorcycle Company, and the KRGT-1—hailed by one reviewer as “the Zen of motorcycle design“—is their first production bike. Framed of steel and aircraft-grade billet aluminum with carbon fiber fenders and front cowling, it has a 124-cubic-inch v-twin engine that produces 121 horsepower and matching 120 pound-feet of torque. This limited edition comes with custom race-inspired trim, performance suspension, and an exclusive two-day ride experience for two along the California coast with Reeves and Hollinger. Hotel and airfare to California included. With the purchase of the KRGT-1 Motorcycle Ride Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($150,000; page 37)

Visit the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky for barrel hunting, tasting and creating unique Orphan Barrel variants to be hand-bottled and labeled exclusively for you and five bourbon-curious friends.

Visit the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky for barrel hunting, tasting and creating unique Orphan Barrel variants to be hand-bottled and labeled exclusively for you and five bourbon-curious friends.

THE ORPHAN BARREL PROJECT The Orphan Barrel® project was started to share long-forgotten barrels of rare whiskey discovered in old rickhouses and distilleries. Each release is hand-bottled—and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. You and five bourbon-curious friends will visit the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, to go barrel hunting, tasting recently discovered bourbons and creating two completely unique Orphan Barrel variants to be hand-bottled with labels designed exclusively for you. You’ll receive 24 bottles each of the remaining stocks of eight different Orphan Barrel bourbons—including the variants created with you—along with a bespoke whiskey cabinet crafted in Kentucky to house the collection, barware, and a leather-bound book about your whiskey. With purchase of The Orphan Barrel Project, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($125,000; page 38)

This two-part adventure takes you and seven companions up 100,000 feet into space in a luxury pressurized capsule where you will experience 360 degree views of Earth.

This two-part adventure takes you and seven companions up 100,000 feet into space in a luxury pressurized capsule where you will experience 360 degree views of Earth.

WORLD VIEW EXPLORATION AT THE EDGE OF SPACE This two-part adventure begins in 2016 with a behind-the-scenes invitation to a World View test flight. The Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona, is home for three nights; spend your days with the flight’s chase and recovery team and tour Biosphere 2 with original crew member and World View CEO Jane Poyter. In 2017, you and seven companions will experience 360˚ views of Earth as a high-altitude balloon lifts your luxury pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above our planet. With purchase of the World View Exploration at the Edge of Space, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($90,000 per person; page 39)

You and three guests will join jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno on a seven day art tour of Florence and Venice.

You and three guests will join jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno on a seven day art tour of Florence and Venice.

ITALY TOUR WITH IPPOLITA & ARTEMEST CRAFTSMEN Experience a side of Italy rarely seen by outsiders. You and three guests will join internationally acclaimed jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno on a very personal seven-day privileged-access art tour of Florence and Venice. Ippolita will introduce you to acclaimed artists, visit local workshops, enjoy VIP museum tours and dine on authentic Italian cuisine. Parting gifts include special mementos from studio visits and a newfound appreciation for art history in the progress. With the purchase of the Italy Tour with Ippolita & Artemest Craftsmen, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($150,000; page 40)

This gift includes lunch and a styling session with 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel.

This gift includes lunch and a styling session with 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel.

IRIS APFEL FOR BAJALIA TRUNK OF ACCESSORIESMore is more, less is a bore!” is the style mantra of 93-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Her souk-meets-haute-couture style earned her a 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective. This Ikat-embellished trunk comes filled with accessories and vintage finds handcrafted by women globally and inspired by her own personal collection. Gift includes lunch and a styling session with Iris. With purchase of the Iris Apfel Trunk of Accessories, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($80,000; page 41) Continue reading

Kate Hudson Stars as Leading Lady in 2016 Campari Calendar, the ‘Bittersweet Campaign’

Campari®, the iconic red Italian bittersweet apéritif, today reveals Hollywood actress and entrepreneur Kate Hudson as the star of its 2016 Calendar, with the full unveil taking place on 18th November.

Campari 2016 Calendar The Bittersweet Campaign starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari 2016 Calendar The Bittersweet Campaign starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

The BitterSweet Campaign theme for the 2016 Campari Calendar is multi-faceted: first, it is inspired by the instantly recognizable iconography of a presidential election, using the classic theme as a metaphor for the duality of two opposing sides. The Calendar capitalises on the nature of any election, asking people to take a stand, express an opinion and vote for a side. With Campari’s unique taste serving as the epitome of duality, the Calendar cleverly asks people which aspect of the classic apéritif they identify with more: Bitter vs Sweet.

Campari Calendar 2016 The BitterSweet Campaign (Behind the scenes photographer: F. Pizzo)

Campari Calendar 2016 The BitterSweet Campaign (Behind the scenes photographer: Francesco Pizzo)

This positive duality is brought to life in the Calendar’s images through a collaboration between Kate Hudson, who will embody and personify the two souls of Campari: the captivating bitterness versus a more subtle, intriguing sweetness and fashion photographer, Michelangelo Di Battista.

A unique and unmistakable recipe has characterized Campari, the aperitif par excellence, for over 150 years. The inimitable Campari recipe, used as the basis of many cocktails served worldwide, has been kept the same since its inception and remained a closely guarded secret, passed down over the years.

Campari 2016 Calendar starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes  images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari 2016 Calendar The Bittersweet Campaign starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari was the result of Gaspare Campari’s experiments in concocting new beverages. It is still produced today with the same ingredients and following the confidential recipe which remains a secret known only to the very few people in charge of the production process.

Campari is the result of the infusion of herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; these last two being the recipe‟s only known ingredients. Many have guessed simply at the number of ingredients: some say there are 20 or 60, but others list the ingredients at 80.

Over time, appreciation and respect has grown for this historic and unique brand, which is now recognised and appreciated worldwide.

The history of Campari began in Novara in 1860. About forty years later, Campari’s first production plant was opened in Sesto San Giovanni and the company began to export the brand overseas. It was the beginning of a success story that today still has no sign of stopping.11949294_10153030677571440_6055920904781604556_n

In continuous evolution, an image of fashion, international, and constantly cutting-edge, with a style that defines and precedes trends and fashions. Campari persistently follows sophisticated atmospheres that are stylish and emotional. Campari has always been distinguishable thanks to its style, class and elegance.

On starring in the 2016 Campari Calendar, Hudson comments, “I was honored to be invited to shoot the 2016 Campari Calendar. This year’s theme plays off the upcoming election, which is the perfect metaphor for the many Campari flavour choices. I loved working with Michelangelo to create two distinctive characters embodying bitter and sweet.

2016 Campari calendar Photographer Michaelangelo Di Battista with Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes  images by Francesco Pizzo

2016 Campari Calendar Photographer Michaelangelo Di Battista with Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Michelangelo Di Battista also comments on his involvement in this year’s project, “Campari is a brand that has always had a clear sense of aesthetic and well-defined style, which is exactly what I pride myself on. Kate’s enthusiasm and ability to switch between the two personalities allowed me to create images I hope are fresh, inspiring and imaginative.”

Campari 2016 Calendar starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes  images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari 2016 Calendar The Bittersweet Campaign starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari 2016 Calendar starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes  images by Francesco Pizzo

Campari 2016 Calendar The Bittersweet Campaign starring Kate Hudson. Behind The Scenes images by Francesco Pizzo

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari sums it all up by adding, “Celebrating and personifying the flavor complexity of Campari and building on the bittersweet trend makes this year’s calendar unique. Each month embodies the different profiles Campari embodies, alongside Kate Hudson’s incredible talent and ability to switch from approachable, welcoming and sensual to audacious and seductive. Michelangelo’s beautiful photography and strong styling brings to life all of the different elements with ease and elegance. With all this in mind, we’re very much looking forward to unveiling it later in the year.

Architect David Adjaye Awarded 2016 Eugene Mcdermott Award In The Arts At MIT

Award Includes $100K Prize, Artist Residency, Gala And Four Public Programs At MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announce that architect David Adjaye OBE is the recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The $100K prize awarded at a gala in his honor also includes an artist residency at MIT in spring 2016, during which Adjaye will participate in four public programs. These events will include panels and symposia focused on the future of the museum, library and campus, as well as a keynote lecture about his own body of work.

David Adjaye Awarded the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

David Adjaye Awarded the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT was established in 1974 by the Council for the Arts at MIT to recognize innovative talents in any arts discipline and offers its recipient a $100,000 cash prize and a campus residency. The selection process reflects MIT’s commitment to risk taking, problem solving, and the idea of connecting creative minds across disciplines. The Award honors Eugene McDermott, cofounder of Texas Instruments and long-time friend and benefactor of MIT.

Upon receiving the news, Mr. Adjaye’s remarked, “In my career I have sought to cross creative platforms, to collaborate with artists and designers from different disciplines and to focus on the creative discourse surrounding the act of making things. I believe it is this dialogue – the cultural intersection – that moves us forward, generates new possibilities and creates greatness. The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT has long stood for exactly this principle, and it for this reason I am both supremely honoured and supremely humbled to be named as this year’s recipient.

David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. He founded Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the NOBEL PEACE CENTRE in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005). In London his design for the WHITECHAPEL IDEA STORE pioneered a new approach to the provision of imagesinformation services (2005). Later projects in London included the STEPHEN LAWRENCE CENTRE, with teaching and community spaces (2007), RIVINGTON PLACE, an exhibition venue and resource centre (2007), and the BERNIE GRANT CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (2007).

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York, and Accra and is working throughout the world. In the United States, Adjaye is the designer of a new home for the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), the SUGAR HILL low income housing development in Harlem (2014) and the redesigned ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY OF AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART at Harvard’s HUTCHINS CENTER (2014). Adjaye Associates’ largest completed project to date is the £160 million MOSCOW SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SKOLKOVO (2010).

Current high profile architectural projects include $360 million THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Alara concept store in Lagos, the AISHTI FOUNDATION ARTS AND RETAIL CENTRE in Beirut, a new headquarters building for the INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION in Dakar, the new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, the CENTER FOR ART AND CULTURE at Colgate University, and a condominium development for FOUR SEASONS in Washington, DC.

Adjaye recently collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56TH VENICE ART BIENNALE (2015). Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, was held at Haus der Kunst in Munich and is at the Art Institute of Chicago September 19, 2015–January 3, 2016.

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT celebrates individuals whose artistic trajectory reveals that they will achieve the highest distinction in their fields and continue to produce inspiring work for many years to come. The $100,000 prize represents an investment in the recipient’s future creative work, rather than a prize for a particular project or lifetime of achievement. The official announcement will be made at the Council for the Arts at MIT’s 43rd annual meeting at MIT on October 30, 2015 and Mr. Adjaye will be presented with the award at a gala in his honor on March 29, 2016. Continue reading

Rachel Zoe And Rodger Berman To Host OCRF’s First-Ever Super Saturday Event In Las Vegas

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Luxury Shopping Event to be held at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo and Fashion Show, Sept. 19-20

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) will bring its popular Super Saturday shopping event to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo, and Fashion Show Las Vegas with unique spin. Hosted by Designer, Stylist, Editor and Author Rachel Zoe and husband and business partner Rodger Berman, the annual event, which New York Newsday called the ‘hottest summer event in the Hamptons,’ will launch in Vegas Sept. 19- 20, 2015.

OCRF’s Super Saturday designer shopping extravaganza, was created in 1998 by Donna Karan and the late Liz Tilberis (the late Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US, who has since died from the disease). Super Saturday Los Angeles launched in 2014, and is hosted by Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims. In 2014, at both Super Saturday Los Angeles and New York, more than 2,000 people attended the events and raised over $ 4.1 million with net proceeds going directly to OCRF and its programs. Special guests included celebrities, influencers, designers, media, supporters and their families, and fashion lovers. The Hamptons event has been hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan while the LA event was hosted by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.

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The exclusive Las Vegas weekend will showcase an assortment of special retail incentives from luxury brands including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, DVF, Fendi, Robert Graham, Melissa Shoes, Ted Baker London, Topshop, Links of London and Island Company to name a few. Most participating retailers will donate a percentage of weekend sales to OCRF.


A force within the fashion and design industry for nearly two decades, Zoe has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today. In addition to dressing clients for a bevy of red carpet events, styling countless editorial spreads, and lending her vast expertise to brands, Zoe has authored two New York Times best-selling books, and is the Editor in Chief of The Zoe Report, her online style destination and newsletter. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to the fashion savvy with Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and jewelry lines. Zoe will soon return to television as the host of her own late night talk show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, which will debut September 24th on Lifetime. Attendees can also meet Rachel Zoe when she signs copies of her newest book Living in Style.


The two-day extravaganza will feature a VIP brunch at Barneys New York, a Pucker Up Bar, Canyon Ranch SpaClub pop-up spa, a Pepsi Lounge, and Sephora makeup touch-ups.  A signature gift with purchase — two complimentary show tickets to Rock of Ages — will be available for those who spend $750 (restrictions apply – see official event guide for complete details).
Fashion Show will also highlight not-to-be-missed runway shows on the center’s elevated stage, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue and top seasonal must-haves.


We are thrilled to bring OCRF’s Super Saturday to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show Las Vegas. Their support of OCRF’s research programs will further propel us in our fight to find a cure for ovarian cancer,” says Audra Moran, president & CEO, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.


“Vegas is the ultimate fashion destination. It’s the only place in the world where you can shop every top designer and brand in one central location,” says Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager, Grand Canal Shoppes and Fashion Show. “Being able to bring Super Saturday to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show gives our guests a chance to enjoy incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment all while contributing to a significant cause. We are elated to announce this partnership and first-ever Vegas location.”


Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $65 million to ovarian cancer researchers around the country. OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. OCRF also supports a national program, Woman to Woman, which in 2015 will be providing support through more than 20 hospitals around the country to women in treatment for any gynecologic cancer, as well as their families, by pairing them with survivor volunteers who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. For more information visit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website at supersaturday.ocrf.org/vegasstylethefashionshow.com and thegrandcanalshoppes.com
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National Geographic Books Unveils Special Access to Pope in New Book, ‘Pope Francis and the New Vatican’

Since his ascent to the papacy in 2013, Pope Francis has electrified the world and infused the Vatican with unprecedented energy. National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder was given over six months of special access to the pope to document his daily life inside the Vatican. POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN (National Geographic Books, $40) beautifully captures the spirit of the new Vatican and the transformation sweeping through the Catholic Church.

Timely and poignant, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN reveals this spiritual revolutionary through a new lens. Yoder and Draper take readers on a stunning journey through the complexities of the new Vatican under Pope Francis, his early life and journey to the papacy, and the Church’s relationship with our rapidly changing world.PVAT_DJ_REL2_JH.indd

Through breathtaking photography and exclusive reporting, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN showcases the pope’s public life and personal convictions as never before. Yoder’s photos and the stories behind them, written by acclaimed author and journalist Robert Draper, highlight the deep love and mercy that lies at the heart of Francis’ ministry. Draper spent a month in Rome interviewing Vatican officials and three weeks in Argentina interviewing dozens of Pope Francis’ lifelong friends, many of whom had never spoken with the media before. Draper’s essays reveal the themes that have been woven through the pope’s entire life.

The Vatican finds the pope to be a paradox. Known as the “available pope,” a contradiction in terms, he is hailed by the press as a reformer, a radical and a revolutionary. Those close to him in Rome say he is all of these things, and yet none of them. The answer to the question reverberating around the world remains a mystery: Will Pope Francis change the Vatican, or will the Vatican change him?

He won’t change doctrine. What he will do is return the Church to its true doctrine — the one it has forgotten, the one that puts man back in the center,” says the pope’s longtime friend, Franciscan priest Ramiro de la Serna.

Publishing just ahead of Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States in September 2015, the book is being released in conjunction with the August issue of National Geographic magazine, which features Yoder and Draper’s work on the pope and the Vatican as the cover story. The magazine is presently available on digital newsstands and print newsstands.

For National Geographic’s youngest fans, National Geographic Kids is simultaneously releasing a Level 1 reader, POPE FRANCIS (978-1-4263-2253-2; $3.99), available in English and Spanish.

National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos dealing with subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com/books.

National Geographic Live Announces Fall 2015 Season Lineup. Season Includes First Ever National Geographic Photo Fest

Hear explorers’ thrilling reports from the field, be inspired by National Geographic photographers, go on assignment with a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and experience the excitement of Telluride Mountainfilm, all without leaving Washington.

National Geographic Live announced its 2015 fall season lineup of events at National Geographic’s downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters. The fall schedule features 11 fascinating events that reflect National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, including presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario and renowned climber Jimmy Chin. Tickets go on sale Aug. 10 and may be purchased online at natgeolive.org/dc, via telephone at (202) 857-7700 or in person at the National Geographic Museum ticket desk between 10 am. and 6 pm. All events take place in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for programs that begin after 6 pm.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Drawing from a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century.

We look forward to providing Washingtonians with another season of illuminating programming that offers inspiration and entertainment to audiences of all ages. They will have the opportunity to see, hear and, in some cases, even taste the experiences our incredible explorers and storytellers have to share,” said Andy van Duym, National Geographic’s vice president for National Geographic Live.

The fall season kicks off on Sept. 16 with “Pope Francis and the New Vatican,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the August 2015 National Geographic magazine cover story and corresponding book, with National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, writer Robert Draper, photographer Dave Yoder and special guest Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The season closes on Jan. 16 with the first ever National Geographic Photo Fest, where the audience will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by renowned National Geographic photographers on the heels of the annual invitation-only National Geographic Photography Seminar.

The Nat Geo Live fall schedule also includes two student matinees featuring modified versions of the evening presentations geared toward students. Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are supported by education sponsor Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. On Nov. 4, photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore will present to students about Photo Ark, his ongoing quest to document biodiversity by photographing the world’s most endangered species before they disappear. A Photo Ark exhibition will be on display in the National Geographic Museum beginning Nov. 5. The fall student matinee schedule wraps up on Dec. 8 with photojournalist Ami Vitale and “Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions.Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are open to school groups for $10 per student, which includes admission to the National Geographic Museum. For tickets or more information on the student matinees, call (202) 857-7281.

SEPTEMBER 2015

POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN

SEPT. 16, 7:30 PM

A week before the first papal visit to the United States since 2008, join National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg for a behind-the-scenes look at the August 2015 cover story of National Geographic magazine, “Will the Pope Change the Vatican?National Geographic was given special access to the pope and permission to document his daily life inside the Vatican for the story. Goldberg will moderate a conversation about this remarkable man with writer Robert Draper, photographer Dave Yoder and special guest Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. A sale and signing of Draper and Yoder’s recently published book, POPE FRANCIS AND THE NEW VATICAN, will follow. The event is sponsored by The PNC Foundation.

OCTOBER 2015

WHEN TOUGH MEETS TECH: EXPLORATION’S NEW FRONTIER

OCT. 15, 7:30 PM

National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki is on a quest to conquer the world’s last unclimbed peaks. Follow Libecki as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters, all backed by the technology that helps his teams summit and bring the stories back to us. The event is sponsored by Dell.

THE DEFENDERS: INSIDE THE WILDLIFE TRADE

OCT. 22, 7:30 PM

Get an insider’s look at National Geographic’s new Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which was established to expose elephant poaching and combat the illegal wildlife trafficking that’s driving many animals to extinction. The unit’s director, investigative reporter and National Geographic Fellow Bryan Christy, will take the stage to share how the SIU is going undercover to report surprising stories that are making a difference around the globe.

NOVEMBER 2015

BUILDING THE PHOTO ARK

NOV. 4, 7:30 PM

Photographer and National Geographic Fellow Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s most endangered species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind, with 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters and personal stories to document a world worth saving. A Photo Ark exhibition will be on display in the National Geographic Museum beginning Nov. 5.

IT’S WHAT I DO: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE OF LOVE AND WAR

NOV. 11, 7:30 PM

Go on assignment with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario to the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. Addario has survived death threats and two kidnappings to bring back powerful images from hotspots such as Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan for National Geographic magazine and The New York Times. She’ll share the heart-pounding reality of working in war zones and explain what keeps her going back to places to which most of us would never venture.

TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM

NOV. 12-14, 7 PM

Over three unique evenings, enjoy a rich selection of films moderated by Telluride Mountainfilm’s director David Holbrooke and the unveiling of National Geographic’s 2016 Adventurer of the Year nominees. Since 1979, this festival held high in the Rockies has been one of the major events in the adventure film circuit, immersing audiences in issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.

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Founders of Life is Good® Brand Reveal Power of Optimism in ‘LIFE IS GOOD: The Book’

For over two decades, the much-loved Life is Good® brand has brought smiles, hope and help to millions. Over the course of their business career, founders and brothers Bert and John Jacobs have learned that optimism more than just a marketing tactic — it’s the force that drove them to overcome tremendous obstacles and build a $100 million clothing company with just $78 and a used minivan. LIFE IS GOOD: The Book: How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1563-6; Sept. 1, 2015; $25 hardcover) is the story of the Jacobs brothers’ journey and the secrets to their success.

In 1989, the Jacobs Brothers designed their first T-shirts and began selling their designs in the LIG_DJ_REL4_SPOT.inddstreets of Boston and out of an old van at colleges and street fairs. Today, Life is Good® is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand focused on spreading the power of optimism. Ten percent of Life is Good’s annual net profits go to helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. The Life is Good Kids Foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to the most vulnerable children. Bert and John both reside in Boston.

Beginning with their tough upbringing in working-class Boston, LIFE IS GOOD: The Book charts the trajectory of their lives and the company they built. A key influence was their mother, Joan, who could always be counted on to put a humorous and positive spin on everything. “I like running out of money,” she would say. “Then I don’t have to worry about what I need to buy.” This undaunted optimism became the driving force of the Life is Good brand.

As they note in their introduction to the book, studies have demonstrated a strong link between optimism and increased mental and physical health, greater resilience in the face of stress and adversity, and a higher overall quality of life. “Optimism is a powerful and pragmatic strategy for accomplishing goals and living a fulfilling life. By acknowledging obstacles and opportunities — but focusing on the opportunities — optimism enables us to explore the world with open arms and an eye toward solutions, progress and growth. It also makes life a hell of a lot more fun,” they write.

LIFE IS GOOD: The Book offers lighthearted, practical self-help that will inspire and empower readers to embrace life with delight and daring. Bert and John use their experiences to illuminate the 10 Life is Good superpowers that drive optimism:

  • Openness is transformative, allowing us to discover new ways of being and acting by withholding judgments and preconceptions.
  • Courage is our inner resolve to try new things.
  • Simplicity sheds unnecessary complications and distractions.
  • Humor is a universal connector.
  • Gratitude is the practice of taking stock of the many things that are good, right and working in our lives.
  • Compassion is an act of connecting and sharing in the hard stuff, helping ease the pain, heal the hurt and right the wrongs.
  • Fun is the irresistible spark that connects and inspires us to feel truly united and alive.
  • Creativity enables us to reach beyond conventional thinking to make things better.
  • Authenticity is knowing who you are and acting like it.
  • Love is the most powerful force in the world.

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO LEAH WOLCHOK’S DEBUT DOCUMENTARY

Film Debuts Dec. 7 On HBO Following A Limited Theatrical Run in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles

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HBO has acquired U.S. rights to VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS, directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Leah Wolchok(with executive producers, Regina K. Scully, Deborah Shaffer, and Bruce Sinofsky; co-producer, Joanna Sokolowski; cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson;  and editors, Nels Bangerter and Scott Stevenson). Leah Wolchok‘s light-hearted yet poignant debut film, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, offers a window into The New Yorker, the undisputed standard bearer of the single-panel cartoon. Whether they leave readers amused, inspired or even a little baffled, the iconic cartoons have been an instantly recognizable cultural touchstone over the past 90 years.

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Bob Mankoff (near Left) in VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS, directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Davina Pardo

An offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel, the feature-length documentary debuts MONDAY, DEC. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) exclusively on HBO, following a limited theatrical run (Nov. 20-Dec. 3) in New York at Lincoln Plaza, in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater, and in Los Angeles (to qualify for a Best Documentary Academy Award nomination in the upcoming award season).

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS is an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind the cartoons. The film follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he sifts through hundreds of submissions and pitches every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work.

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VERY SEMI-SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS, directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Davina Pardo.

In addition to interviews with New Yorker staffers, including editor David Remnick, VERY SEMI-SERIOUS includes interviews with legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg and young hopefuls like graphic novelist Liana Finck as they discuss their cartoons and go through the process of submitting them each week to the magazine. The documentary observes Mankoff as he strives to nurture new talent and represent the magazine’s old guard, while also considering how his industry must evolve to stay relevant.

We are thrilled VERY-SEMI SERIOUS has found a home at HBO,” says Wolchok. “The New Yorker cartoons bring insightful humor to the magazine weekly, and we hope the HBO audience enjoys meeting and spending some time with their creators.”

Cinetic Media negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Jeff Sheng’s FEARLESS: PORTRAITS OF LGBT STUDENT ATHLETES Celebrates The Best Among Us During Gay Pride Month

PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK OF OVER 200 LGBT STUDENT ATHLETES BY JEFF SHENG, AFTERWORD BY JASON COLLINS 

All Images courtesy of Jeff Sheng, Fearless Project

If there is any great theme of the book, it’s that of family. And the love of one’s family to their LGBT child.” – Jeff Sheng, Writer, Sociologist, Photographer, Artist, Founder, The Fearless Project 

After 13 years of photography by American artist and photographer Jeff Sheng, a very successful Kickstarter campaign, and 3 years of writing, design and production, Fearless: Portraits of  LGBT Student Athletes will finally become a book and be released in late June 2015.  Somebody Books announces the release of FEARLESS, a photography book and personal memoir by Jeff Sheng. Recalling his experience as a closeted high school student athlete in the 1990s, Sheng uses his own story as a foundation for a wider exploration of the current LGBT rights movement.

Derek on the cover of FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes, a photography book and personal memoir by American artist Jeff Sheng

Derek on the cover of FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes, a photography book and personal memoir by American artist Jeff Sheng. Photo courtesy Jeff Sheng, Fearless Project/www.jeffsheng.com

Working this on book, says Sheng, “I have mostly learned about the power of the individual. And hard work and perseverance. I never thought that this book would come out as beautifully as it did. It hasn’t fully hit me yet – having worked on something for 13 years, to finally see it in print. I’m sure the emotion will get to me soon at some point.

Woven throughout the 316-page book are photographic portraits of 202 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school and college athletes from the United States and Canada taken by the author over a 13-year span between 2003 and 2015. The book also includes intimate writings from some of the featured athletes and concludes with an afterword essay by retired professional NBA basketball player Jason Collins, the first player in the NBA to come out as openly gay while still competing.

The titles for the images use first name, sport(s), school, and the year in which the photograph was taken. For high school athletes, the state of their high school is noted and also a varsity distinction if that was told to Sheng at the time of the shoot. Most college athletes are varsity NCAA team athletes, though a few are on club/recreation teams. This distinction is not made in the title for college athletes. In certain cases, select photo shoots were done in the year or two following the athlete’s graduation, but most were done while the athlete was still in school and competing.

Fearless is truly a revelation. In the first three chapters, Sheng talked about his childhood, his teenage years (“Growing Up Jeffrey, 1980 -1998“), early years in college (“Into A New Life, 1999-2002“) and the post-grad years of searching for a purpose (“Step Inside The Court, 2003-2005“) in an open, honest way that is quite reminiscent of an earlier autobiography, 1973’s The Best Little Boy In The World (written by Andrew Tobias as “John Reid“),  a classic account of growing up gay in America, which is also voiced in equal parts honesty and logic and humor. The same can be said of Sheng’s story Fearless. It is told not in a straight line narrative but a story that circles back, time and time again, to the ideal that one should be true to one’s self if one is to be truly happy, a sentiment we should all embrace and hold near. The early years, it should be said, informed his future and propelled him to begin, shepherded through the good (and bad) times and bring to fruition the Fearless Project.

Jeff Sheng is an American artist whose photographic work over the last decade has focused on the 21st century LGBT rights movement. Please see www.jeffsheng.com for more information about the artist. (Photo  Credit: Jeff Sheng)

Jeff Sheng is an American artist whose photographic work over the last decade has focused on the 21st century LGBT rights movement. Please see www.jeffsheng.com for more information about the artist. (Photo Credit: Jeff Sheng)

Chapter four (“To Change The Way People See, 2006-2008“) delved into the process of photographing the student athletes, and the way in which his interactions with them served to change him for the better. I have never been more affected by a photograph than I was as I view each image of the 202 student athletes dispersed throughout Fearless. There is indeed something very fearless about these young people. The way they look dare you to judge them (at your own peril) give me hope for the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. We are in good hands with these guys.

The last chapter (“This Is Our Collective Story, 2012-2015“) and the individual essays that followed it is, absolutely, the underlying reason to buy and read this book. These essays allowed some of the featured student athletes to tell their stories, all the better to understand and celebrate their accomplishments as students, athletes, successful human beings and budding leaders of America and the free world.

Alyssa Sialaris, a four-time all-American collegiate athlete, on the cover of FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes, a photography book and personal memoir by American artist Jeff Sheng.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Sheng/www.jeffsheng.com)

Alyssa Sialaris, a four-time all-American collegiate athlete, on the cover of FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes, a photography book and personal memoir by American artist Jeff Sheng. (Photo Credit: Jeff Sheng/www.jeffsheng.com)

The emotion heart and soul of Fearless belongs to Alyssa Sialaris, a four-time all-American collegiate athlete Sheng had photographed just a few months earlier in 2013, who had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-sheng/photographer-responds-to-parents-of-lgbt-athlete-who-passed-away_b_7542036.html). Her loss is deeply felt, from her photo on one of the covers to the heartfelt essay written by her close friend, Jordan Vega.

Sheng praised the young people profiled: “I don’t want this book to be about me. It’s about the athletes, the 202 brave young individuals who had the courage to come out while still in high school or college, something that I could never do as a student athlete.  While the book is my personal memoir, it is also a celebration of everyone’s collective accomplishments as an LGBT community, each one of us doing out part to advance our rights to just be who we are. It’s our collective memoir for the movement.”

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Photo courtesy Jeff Sheng, Fearless Project

To capture the diversity of the LGBT community, the book has 8 different speciality covers, each one with a different athlete from Fearless, representing the wide spectrum of sport, experience, race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation/gender identity of the LGBT sports community. When stacked together, the 8 different book versions form a three-dimensional representation of the original 1978 LGBT pride flag. While each of the 8 covers is different, the inside of every Fearless book is the same.

FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes (Hardcover, 8.5” x 11” vertical, 316pp, published by Somebody Books, is now available for sale ($39.50) at [fearlessbookstore.com]) and will start shipping to the public the last week of June, the timing coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the first LGBT pride marches held in New York and San Francisco in 1970. It was printed using five-color process inks, by offset lithography, and Smyth sewn in 21 signatures. The book was designed by New York-based design firm Isometric Studio and printed by Colonial Printing, a division of Integrity Graphics Inc., in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Jeff Sheng is an artist, photographer, writer and sociologist based in Los Angeles. For over the last decade, his work has explored issues of LGBT rights and acceptance in the 21st Century, and his photography on this topic has been published by Time Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, the Advocate, and The New Yorker, among others.

Since 2006, his photo series Fearless, which this book is based on, has been exhibited at over 70 different venues, including the headquarters of Nike, Goldman Sachs and ESPN, as well as select locations at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. His other well known series, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (2009-2011), about closeted United States military service members, was profiled in 2010 by The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, and CNN.

Sheng completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College in Visual and Environmental Studies (VES), and has a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine.  He is also a PhD Candidate in sociology at Stanford University.

Ultimately, FEARLESS will reach a wide-ranging audience across the spectrum but Sheng has a primary target audience in mind:  “The book was designed with the target audience of ‘PFLAG parents’ in mind. Seriously. We thought that the person who should read it the most were the parents of an LGBT high school or college student, and who wanted to understand and connect with their child more.  If there is any great theme of the book, it’s that of family. And the love of one’s family to their LGBT child.Continue reading

First Lady Michelle Obama is MORE Magazine’s First-Ever Guest Editor

MORE, the magazine for women of style and substance, today announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the first-ever guest editor of the magazine for its upcoming July/August 2015 issue, on newsstands June 23. This historic issue also marks the first time that a First Lady of the United States has guest edited an entire issue of a magazine. In recognition of Mrs. Obama’s accomplishments and to empower readers to create positive change in one or more of the areas that she highlights, the issue is dedicated to the theme More Impact.

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Throughout the issue, readers can refer to the “How You Can Have More Impact” information boxes for ideas on how to get involved. The issue also encourages readers to post a photo of themselves on social media using the hashtag #MoreImpact and share how they’re making a difference.

I am excited and honored to be guest editor of MORE this month and tell you a little bit about the issues I’m working on, as well as the extraordinary Americans I’ve had the privilege of meeting as First Lady,” says Mrs. Obama.

The First Lady is the ultimate MORE woman,” says Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief, MORE. “She is the perfect combination of passion, intelligence, beauty and glamour, and her gift for moving people to action is the reason I invited her to be our first-ever guest editor. After reading the issue, I hope our readers will be moved to make a difference of their own.”

The unprecedented collaboration is inspired by the significant contributions the First Lady has made over the past six years, and highlights the four core initiatives she has launched: Let’s Move!, which focuses on helping kids across our country lead healthier, more active lives; Reach Higher, which inspires young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school; Joining Forces, which supports and honors our service members, veterans, and military families; and, most recently, Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government-wide initiative to help girls around the world go to school and stay in school.

As First Lady, you can get lost in all the ceremonial responsibilities or find yourself pulled in a million different directions because there’s so much important work to do,” says Mrs. Obama. “It’s still a constant balancing act. Like everyone else, I’m calibrating and recalibrating day by day as my girls grow up and I continue to grow in my role as First Lady. But I couldn’t be more honored to have this opportunity to serve our country.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a photo line at the U.S. Embassy in Seim Reap, Cambodia, March 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a photo line at the U.S. Embassy in Seim Reap, Cambodia, March 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

In addition to showcasing Mrs. Obama’s priorities as First Lady, the issue also shines a light on the exceptional women who have profoundly influenced her work in the White House. Additional features include “The Stories Behind the Photos,” in which the First Lady shares candid snapshots and the untold stories behind her favorite White House moments, and “What Women Owe One Another,” the First Lady’s inspirational essay encouraging women to support each other through the complex challenges that every woman faces.

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As an extension of the More Impact issue, MORE will hold the first-ever More Impact Awards, at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.’s Newseum on June 29. The program will honor four exceptional women, chosen by MORE editors, who have made a significant impact in the areas of health and exercise, veterans and military families, and education, both domestically and internationally. Mrs. Obama will deliver a keynote address at the luncheon.

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY CELEBRATES LEGENDARY PORTRAITIST IN THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY: THE ART OF AL HIRSCHFELD

Laurel and Hardy Ink, watercolor, collage wallpaper sample, and photograph, 1928 Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

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Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Acclaimed portraitist Al Hirschfeld (1903–2003) immortalized celebrities and Broadway productions with his iconic linear calligraphic drawings for nine decades, establishing himself as one of the most important contemporary portrait artists. This spring, the New-York Historical Society will present The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld, on view from May 22 through October 12, 2015, honoring the renowned portraitist whose work documented the performing arts in the 20th century. Organized by Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and guest curated by David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, the exhibition will feature more than 100 original drawings, from the artist’s early work for Hollywood studios to his last drawings for The New York Times.

2000 Academy Award Nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress [Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me, Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Allen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, Ed Harris in Pollock, Geoffrey Rush in Quills, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, Joan Allen in The Contender, Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls, Juliette Binoche in Chocolat], 2001 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

2000 Academy Award Nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress [Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me, Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Allen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream, Ed Harris in Pollock, Geoffrey Rush in Quills, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich, Joan Allen in The Contender, Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls, Juliette Binoche in Chocolat], 2001
Ink on board. Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Self portrait, 1985 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Self portrait, 1985, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ella Fitzgerald, 1993 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ella Fitzgerald, 1993, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Known by many as “the Line King,” Al Hirschfeld was widely considered one of the most important figures in contemporary drawing and caricature. Celebrities considered it an honor to be “Hirschfelded” and his drawings brought the energy and exuberance of Broadway to the page. The exhibition will feature classic portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Carol Channing, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Fonda and Ringo Starr, as well as cast drawings from such landmark productions as Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and The Glass Menagerie. Also on view will be selections from the artist’s sketchbooks, ephemera, and related videos.

Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha, 1977 Ink on board Collection of Harvard University © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Richard Kiley in Man of La Mancha, 1977, Ink on board
Collection of Harvard University. © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Visitors to The Hirschfeld Century will explore the artist’s career chronologically, beginning with his pre-caricature days at Selznick Pictures in the early 1920s to his last works in theater, film, television, music and dance in 2002. A video showing Hirschfeld’s working process, from inception to completion, will also be on view.

Among the highlights is a 1928 drawing for MGM depicting the fledgling comedy team Laurel and Hardy in a bed with a brightly colored blanket, ingeniously made from a collage of wallpaper samples. An image of actress Ruby Keeler from No, No Nanette (1971) captures the wild energy of the 60-year old actress in her comeback role, enthusiastically tap dancing with arms and legs a-blur. Portraits of more recent stage legends like Jerry Orbach (in 42nd Street, 1980) and Sandra Bernhard (in I’m Still Here… Damn It!, 1998) evoke their big personalities with sparing lines.

Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street, 1980 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Jerry Orbach in 42nd Street, 1980, Ink on board, Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Sandra Bernhard in I’m Still Here...Damn It!, 1998 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Sandra Bernhard in I’m Still Here…Damn It!, 1998, Ink on board. Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation
© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ruby Keeler in No, No Nanette, 1971 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Ruby Keeler in No, No Nanette, 1971, Ink on board
Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Nina’s Revenge, 1966 Ink on board Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

Nina’s Revenge, 1966, Ink on board
Collection of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

When his daughter Nina was born in late 1945, Hirschfeld began to hide her name in the designs of his drawings, creating a hide-and-seek game for his viewers that Hirschfeld called “a national insanity.” Visitors to the exhibition can continue the search, but might initially be stumped by Nina’s Revenge (1966)–until they realize that her curly hair and folds of her clothes contain her proud parents’ names (“Al” and “Dolly”). Continue reading

Swarovski Announces ‘Living Yangtze’

A Creative Collaboration With Eric Valli To ‘Win Hearts Not Just Heads’

Swarovski has announced a major creative collaboration with the distinguished film director and photographer Eric Valli which aims to use film as a positive medium to generate empathy and awareness about the importance of clean, sustainable water sources. Since 1981 Eric Valli has captured on camera some of the most inaccessible locations in the world, working for titles such as National Geographic, Life, GEO, Paris Match, Stern and Smithsonian magazines, and The Sunday Times of London.

TEA - Swarovski - Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

TEA – Swarovski – Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Swarovski Waterschool - Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Swarovski Waterschool – Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Painter - Swarovski - Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Painter – Swarovski – Eric Valli (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Eric specializes in mountain scenery and is an expert on the Himalayas, in particular Nepal, Tibet andAfghanistan. In 1987, his photo story Honey Hunters – documenting the cliff-climbing Gurung tribesmen of west-central Nepal – won a World Press Award.In 1990 Eric and his Australian wife Diane Summers shot Shadow Hunters, which captures the gathering of birds’ nests for soup in a vast cave in western Thailand. The film received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. In 1999 he directed the adventure story Himalaya – a tale of survival in the mountain region – which became the first Nepalese film to receive an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film. Eric has published 14 books to date, including in 2006 The Sky Will Be My Roof, a memoir of adventure and travel. In total, his photography has been recognized with three World Press Awards. In addition he has shot commercial work for Hermes and Louis Vuitton. For his most recent project – a book and film about the Yangtze river in China, made in conjunction with Swarovski – Eric spent six months documenting life along the world’s third largest waterway. An exhibition will accompany the launch in 2015.

‘Living Yangtze’, a multi-media project which tells the stories of the communities living along the great Yangtze River, was previewed yesterday by Eric Valli at the closing session of the Nature Conservancy’s Global Water Summit.

“‘Living Yangtze‘ started with a basic observation: as human beings we have a tendency to forget numbers, data and things we don’t like to hear about,” Valli told an audience of 400 scientists, practitioners, corporate leaders and policy makers at the Art Institute of Chicago‘s Rubloff Auditorium. “But we remember what emotionally touches us – beauty, tenderness, passion, and harmony – for the rest of our lives. So instead of bombarding people with data and gloomy statistics, we decided to do the opposite. We wanted to make them aware of the beauty of their own heritage and traditions; to make them proud; to motivate them to act rather than discouraging them with guilt.

The award-winning photographer was joined by film maker Jamie Redford and Producer Dave Allen in a panel discussion exploring the role of media and entertainment in “winning hearts, not just heads” by generating awareness and inspiring consumers to action around environmental issues like the importance of clean water. During a panel talk entitled “Entertainment as a Conservation Strategy”, Valli argued that the best way of raising environmental awareness was to inspire new audiences with an appreciation of the beauty of our natural landscapes, not “with doomladen statistics”.

Swarovski commissioned Eric Valli to spend six months documenting the lives of communities around the locations of its Waterschools along the Yangtze River. The Swarovski Waterschool China is a not for profit organisation which has been working in the Yangtze basin since 2008. It is active in nine regions along the Yangtze from the source in the Tibetan plateau down to the river mouth were it flows into the Chinese sea. Working alongside the Shangri-La Institute and with the support of local governments and the Ministry of

The Swarovski story began in 1895 when Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal. This machine not only revolutionized jewelry manufacturing, it has inspired the worlds of art, design, fashion and cinema for over a hundred years. Today Swarovski is the world's leading producer of precision-cut crystal and gemstones, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries, 25,135 employees and revenues of 2.38 billion Euros in 2012.

The Swarovski story began in 1895 when Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for cutting and polishing crystal. This machine not only revolutionized jewelry manufacturing, it has inspired the worlds of art, design, fashion and cinema for over a hundred years. Today Swarovski is the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal and gemstones, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries, 25,135 employees and revenues of 2.38 billion Euros in 2012.

Education in Shanghai, the program teaches in 59 schools and will have reached 200,000 children by the end of 2014. Founded in Austria 15 years ago and now a global network located on some of the world’s greatest rivers, Swarovski’s Waterschools teach children and their families about the importance of clean, sustainable water sources through engaging images and storytelling.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “Our global water challenges call for creative solutions, but also relevant information for this pressing topic. We are therefore thrilled to collaborate with Eric Valli on this exciting project, which tells the uplifting story of communities living in harmony with their environment and their river.

It was an abundance of fresh water that first drew our founder, Daniel Swarovski, to the Alpine valley where our company is still headquartered today. But water is not just a key element in our production, it also flows through the culture and philosophy of our business, and it inspired the Swarovski Waterschool program. We hope that Eric’s beautiful images will bring to vivid life the urgent issues around our reliance on water, elevating the story of water through creativity.

Water has always been a key element in the production of Swarovski crystal, but it also runs through the company’s culture and philosophy, which from the earliest days 120 years ago demanded a respect for human and environmental values. The objectives of the Swarovski Waterschools are to create awareness of the fact that water is essential to our survival; to teach the principles of sustainable water management; and to provide clean drinking water and water sanitation in schools and surrounding communities where the Waterschool program is active.

Fifteen years ago the first Swarovski Waterschool was established on Austria’s Inn River. Since then Swarovski has set up Waterschools around the globe on the world’s greatest rivers – in India’s Ganges Delta, on China’sYangtze River, in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and in the Amazon Forest of Brazil. The program has reached 200,000 children and their families and been taught in 2,655 schools worldwide. Around 1,470 teachers have been trained and 264,995 community members have been involved in various water projects.

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity that goes beyond the manufacturing of crystal. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures, and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones, and finished products such as jewelry, accessories, and lighting. In addition, Swarovski Crystal Worlds was established as a unique venue dedicated to showcasing artistic interpretations of crystal. Swarovski Entertainment collaborates with established industry partners and exceptional talent to produce international feature films, while the Swarovski Foundation supports creativity and culture, promotes wellbeing, and conserves natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,480 stores in around 170 countries, more than 24,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2013. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2013, the Group generated revenue of about 3.02 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people.

Images from Living Yangtze by Eric Valli for Swarovski will be published in a book next year, accompanied by an exhibition of images and short films.

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2015 Best Graduate Schools

New edition includes rankings of programs in business, law, STEM and more

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the Best Colleges rankings, today released highlights of the 2015 Best Graduate Schools online at www.usnews.com/grad. The 2015 edition includes rankings for five of the largest professional graduate school disciplines – businesslaw,educationengineering and medicine – as well as specialty rankings within each discipline.

This year, the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania climbed from third place to tie with Harvard University and Stanford University as the best full-time MBA programs in the country. Among part-time MBA programs, the Haas School of Business at University of California—Berkeley came in at No. 1.

In the law school rankings, Yale University and Harvard once again claimed the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. For the first time since the 2010 edition of Best Graduate Schools, Duke University‘s School of Law joined the top 10 schools, sharing the No. 10 spot with University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. In a repeat from last year, Harvard is the No. 1 medical school for research, with Stanford following at No. 2.

The Best Graduate Schools rankings also offer new data on programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the so-called STEM fields, including peer assessment-only rankings of a variety of engineering specialties and Ph.D. programs in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

A graduate degree is a major investment of both time and money,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. “Our Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help prospective students research and identify the right programs to pursue in their field of interest.

Graduate schools in the five main disciplines ranked annually are evaluated on standardized test scores of newly enrolled students, expert opinions on program quality, acceptance rates and many other criteria. Because each graduate program is different, the rankings methodology varies across disciplines.

The complete version of the new Best Graduate Schools rankings, which include the full data with extended rankings, will be available online only through the U.S. News Graduate School Compass. To learn more about the U.S. News Graduate School Compass or to order a copy of the “Best Graduate Schools 2015” guidebook, visit the online U.S. News Store. For more information about Best Graduate Schools, visit www.usnews.com/grad or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

2015 Best Graduate Schools Rankings *For full list of rankings, visit www.usnews.com/grad

Best Business Schools Best Law Schools
1. Harvard University (MA) 1. Yale University (CT)
1. Stanford University (CA) 2. Harvard University (MA)
1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 3. Stanford University (CA)
4. University of Chicago (Booth) 4. Columbia University (NY)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) 4. University of Chicago
6. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL) 6. New York University
7. University of California—Berkeley (Haas) 7. University of Pennsylvania
8. Columbia University (NY) 8. University of Virginia
9. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH) 9. University of California—Berkeley
10. New York University (Stern) 10. Duke University (NC)
10. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

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National Geographic Launches World Legacy Awards in Collaboration with ITB Berlin

National Geographic Traveler and ITB Berlin to Honor Global Sustainable Tourism Best Practices

The World Legacy Awards were launched today at ITB Berlin in a groundbreaking collaboration between two giants in the world of travel. The World Legacy Awards will showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from airlines to ecolodges and from cities to countries — that are driving the global transformation of the travel industry based upon sustainable tourism principles and practices. With a mission of “inspiring people to care about the planet,” the National Geographic Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its magazines, television, books, radio, maps, exhibitions, expeditions and online, tablet and social media platforms. ITB Berlin is the largest travel gathering on the planet, attended annually by nearly 200,000 delegates.

The Call for Entries for the World Legacy Awards will start on June 1, 2014, when applications can be submitted for review by an expert judging panel led by Costas Christ, chairman of the World Legacy Awards and one of the world’s foremost experts on sustainable tourism. The awards ceremony will be held at ITB Berlin in March 2015.

The awards are in five categories:

Eco Innovation Award — Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emission reduction.

Cultural Heritage Award — Recognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

Biodiversity Conservation Award — Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.

Community Engagement Award — Recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.

Sustainable Destination Award — Recognizing destination leadership, including cities, provinces, states, countries and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local communities and educating travelers on the principles of sustainability.

Keith Bellows, senior vice president and editor in chief of National Geographic Travel Media, said, “For more than 100 years, National Geographic has supported more than 11,000 scientific, conservation and exploration projects around the world. We believe that travel, when planned and managed well, is a critical tool to protect and preserve the world’s most valued treasures. The World Legacy Awards recognize the visionaries who are creating fresh and important advances in sustainable travel. We believe ITB Berlin is a perfect fit with National Geographic — and a powerful partner in this initiative.”

Dr. Christian Göke, chief executive officer of Messe Berlin, said, “As the world’s largest travel trade show, with a strong commitment to promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainable tourism best practices, we are delighted to partner with National Geographic Travel on the launch of the World Legacy Awards at ITB Berlin.”

in addition to being recognized on stage at ITB Berlin during the March 2015 awards ceremony, winners and finalists of the World Legacy Awards will be featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine and other National Geographic media reaching a global audience.

Jalsa Urubshurow, a founding partner sponsor of the awards and CEO of Nomadic Expeditions, said, “Like millions of other people, I grew up reading National Geographic magazine and watching travel documentaries, including those about my ancestral homeland of Mongolia. I can think of no better honor than to be a founding partner sponsor for these prestigious travel awards.”

For more information about the World Legacy Awards and how to apply, go towww.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards.

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates meaningful and engaging travel content and experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; travel books; maps; apps; digital media; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 14 international editions. It is available by subscription, on newsstands in the United States and Canada, and digitally for tablets. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 60 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group offers inspiring and authoritative digital travel and adventure content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps. National Geographic Travel Books bring readers curated travel advice and inspiration.

 

ITB Berlin 2014 is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry and will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, March 5 to March 9. From the Wednesday to the Friday and is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Friday, March 5 to March 7 and is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available atwww.itb-convention.com. In 2013, a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors.

Kate Upton Defies Gravity While Flying With ZERO-G For Sports Illustrated’s 50th Swimsuit Issue

Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated (SI) have taken swimsuit modeling where it’s never gone before. Flying with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space – for SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue.

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA 5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity
Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
5/18/2013 X156517 TK1
Credit: James Macari

SI’s landmark Swimsuit Production hit newsstands today, complete with a major package, Upton, floating in zero gravity. For Upton, who appeared on SI’s swimsuit covers in 2012 and 2013, her weightless shoot was a way to bring modeling to new heights.

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity - Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA 5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity – Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity - Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA 5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity – Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity - Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA 5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity – Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity - Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA 5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity – Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
5/18/2013 X156517 TK1 Credit: James Macari

The shoot took place on March 18, 2013; Upton and ZERO-G flew out of Space Coast Regional Airport inTitusville, Florida. A specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE®, performed a series of 17 parabolas – 13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity – as Upton bounced and soared through the plane for the cameras. Upton’s weightless experience was not simulated; ZERO-G is the first and only FAA- approved provider of commercial weightless airline flights for the public.   Continue reading

Larry Kramer honored by PEN, HBO at 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony

On Monday, October 21, PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, celebrated its 2013 Literary awards at the Proshansky Auditorium of CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. “I’ve seen a common thread tonight that writing should be more than just art but activism,” Master of Ceremonies Andy Borowitz said of the evening. “And I am taking that all as a personal attack on me.”

PEN President Peter Godwin, Executive Director of PEN Suzanne Nossel, Mark Ruffalo, Len Amato, and Larry Kramer. Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.  (PRNewsFoto/PEN American Center, Inc)

PEN President Peter Godwin, Executive Director of PEN Suzanne Nossel, Mark Ruffalo, Len Amato, and Larry Kramer. Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan. (PRNewsFoto/PEN American Center, Inc)

Borowitz’s remarks summed up an evening of literary camaraderie, activism, and humor that characterized the ceremony and its honorees. For more than 50 years, the PEN Literary awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. This year’s awards ceremony captured PEN’s dual mission to advance literature and defend freedom of expression by celebrating the activist writer, most notably with Larry Kramer, but also with writers like Sergio De La Pava, Gina Apostol, Kevin Young, Kirsten Greenidge,Tom Reiss and others whose work illustrate honest accounts of people, cultures, and issues on the fringe, embodying themes central to the fight for individual rights and freedoms.

Executive Director Suzanne Nossel acknowledged this activism in her remarks for the evening, saying, “For the writers of PEN, the defense of free expression and human rights is not a task but an inspiration. It’s no coincidence that many of the writers whose inspiration we celebrate tonight tell stories that–in ways both overt
and subtle–probe the abuse of power and abuse of rights, whether the political or the personal. By appreciating them, we remember what’s ultimately at stake in the fight for free expression
.”

With the help of its partners and supporters, PEN conferred 16 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes, awarding nearly $150,000 to writers, editors, and translators. Presenters Morgan Entrekin, Kimiko Hahn, Dinaw Mengestu, and Minna Proctor introduced the winners.

Actor Mark Ruffalo presented the PEN/Laura Pels Award for Master American Dramatist to Larry Kramer, addressing Kramer’s activism as much as his literary talent. “Kramer’s fearless work obscures the boundaries between the personal and the political,” he said. “He has worked to bring a crucial awareness to the fight against HIV/AIDS even in the face of censorship and condemnation by his peers.” On behalf of PEN, Ruffalo presented Kramer with a limited first edition of Eugene O’Neill’s Collected Early Plays, signed by the renowned playwright.

Theatre is too small,” Kramer pronounced over the attentive audience, after receiving a standing ovation. “We have to think bigger as writers. We have to try and change the world.” Additional quotes from winners and presenters are available upon request.

After the ceremony, the winners and guests, including PEN President Peter Godwin, Literary Awards Committee Chair Alice Quinn, Executive Director Suzanne Nossel, Joanna Coles, Barbara Goldsmith, Frank and Carol Deford, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, Angela Tarantino, Len Amanto, Dante Di Loreto, Kathleen Beckett, Ben McGrath, and more continued to celebrate over cocktails and crudites at the reception that immediately followed.

The awards were also made possible through the generous contributions made by CUNY, for donating their Graduate Center Auditorium, all of the judges who donated their time and energy choosing the winners, and the generous support of PEN’s many donors: www.Amazon.com, Kathleen Beckett and Steven Kroll, the family of Robert W. Bingham, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, ESPN, Harrison Ford, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Kaplen Foundation, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, Phyllis Naylor, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, the Estate of Rochelle Ratner, Dr. Edward O. Wilson and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Gerald Weales, and Jacqueline Bograd Weld and Rodman L. Drake.

The Latest and Greatest to Make it Into the New GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 Book, Out Today

Including:

 – Fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog – from the UK!

        – World’s largest motorcycle

        – Lowest limbo skater

        – Largest collection of vacuum cleaners – from the UK!

        – Farthest Distance Skateboarded by a goat

        – World’s smallest dog

        – Largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia

        – Fastest 100m in high heels

2014 Front On

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, today announce the greatest new records to have made it into the latest edition of the world’s best-selling book: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 [http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2014/index.html ]. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the universally recognized global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book has gone on to become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling over 2.7 million copies a year. Since its launch nearly 60 years ago over 130 million copies – including 400,000 ebooks – have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. The internationally renowned brand is also available across a number of platforms; GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS global television shows are watched by 750 million viewers annually, over 390,000 users subscribe to GWR’s two YouTube channels, the global website receives 12 million viewers annually and the brand has 1.25 million fans on Facebook. In 2013, OFFICIALLY AMAZING became the registered trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.

Austin Coulson - Smallest Roadworthy Car: This is an image from the new Guinness World Records 2014 book, out today.

Austin Coulson – Smallest Roadworthy Car: This is an image from the new Guinness World Records 2014 book, out today.

The iconic publication, out today, recognises an incredible array of international record-breakers including 12-year-old Rohan Kokane, the Lowest Limbo Skater, and Italy’s Fabio Reggiani, creator of the world’s Largest Motorcycle. The UK’s strong representation includes Nottingham’s James Brown, who lays claim to the world’s Largest Collection of Vacuum Cleaners, and Ozzy the dog from Anglesey, North Wales, who is recognized for the Fastest Crossing of a Tightrope by a Dog.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “This eclectic and fascinating selection of record holders perfectly demonstrates the breadth – and the peculiarity – of this year’s book. Where else would you find a vacuum-cleaner collector, a tightrope-walking dog and an oversized motorcycle all in one place? Only in GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014! As a Brit, I’m also proud that UK record-holders are so well represented this year with such eccentric and charming record holders.”

Rohan Kokane - Lowest limbo skating: Photo Credit:  India’s Rohan Kokane celebrates his inclusion in the new Guinness World Records 2014 book, out today, for being the lowest limbo skater.  The 12 year-old achieved a roller-skating height of just 25cm over a distance of 10m Photographer: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records

Rohan Kokane – Lowest limbo skating: Photo Credit: India’s Rohan Kokane celebrates his inclusion in the new Guinness World Records 2014 book, out today, for being the lowest limbo skater. The 12 year-old achieved a roller-skating height of just 25cm over a distance of 10m
Photographer: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records

Lowest Limbo Skater: Rohan Kokane (India) – Skated 10 m at height of 25 cm (9.84 in)

One of the youngest new record-breakers to make it into the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book is 12-year-old Rohan Kokane from Belgaum in Karnataka, India. The year-7 student at St Xavier’s High School is recognized for being the Lowest Limbo Skater, achieving a roller-skating height of just 25 cm over a distance of 10 m.

Rohan began roller-skating at the age of 8, harnessing his extreme flexibility early on to specialize in limbo-skating. This skill involves roller-skating under a bar set at a height of just 25 cm, which is shorter than the height of the actual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book. Since then, his extraordinary talents have made him local celebrity and seen him perform on TV shows around the world. A member of the Belgaum Roller Skating Academy, he has participated in various skating rallies organized to create awareness of social, educational and health issues. Continue reading

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

Simon & Schuster Audio (www.audio.simonandschuster.com) is proud to announce that Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep will narrate THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Toibin, recently long-listed for the Booker Prize and cited as one of The New York Times’ Notable Books of 2012.  The audiobook will be available on CD and for download on

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin's THE TESTAMENT OF MARY Audiobook.  (PRNewsFoto/Simon & Schuster)

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY Audiobook. (PRNewsFoto/Simon & Schuster)

September 10, 2013. Colm Toibin is the author of six novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award.

Streep’s haunting performance combined with Toibin’s tour de force of imagination and language create a listening experience so compelling your vision of Mary will be forever transformed.

Streep, one of the most celebrated performers of our time, offers a rare and powerful performance in THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, Toibin’s acclaimed and provocative imagining of the life of Mary in the years after Jesus’ death. The three-time Academy Award winner gives voice to Mary, a solitary, fully human woman–aging, flawed, courageous and outspoken–seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory,” says Toibin.  “She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it.”

To have one of the great actors of our time apply her craft to the audiobook medium is a true publishing event,” says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “Listeners will be spellbound by her interpretation of Colm Toibin’s vivid, compelling novel.”

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