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Gordonians in the spotlight

Artists, authors, advocates and leaders

above: Mary Beth Meehan and Gordon's Class of 2020 in front of Meehan's work, in installation in Newnan, Georgia, while on Gordon's annual Civil Rights Trip.

Why yes, that was alumnus parent and photographer Mary Beth Meehan whose new book, Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America was featured in the Washington Post on Saturday (and yes, Meehan's portrait in the Post was taken by fellow Gordon parent Molly Heller) (and yes, the book was designed by Gordon parent Lucinda Hitchcock).

Why yes, that was alumni parent Lori Istok on the Public Radio's This I Believe segment this morning. It's Istok's second essay for the program, and one of dozens created by Gordon students, faculty and parents over the years. 

Why yes, that is Head of School Noni Thomas López and Assistant Head of School Lynn Bowman presenting tomorrow to the board and leadership of the Crossroads School in Marlborough, MA. A few weeks later, Dr. Thomas López will be the keynote speaker at the Admission Leadership Council's Northeast Regional Seminar.


Why yes, that is Animal Sidekicks, the first children's book by Macken Murphy '12, scheduled to be published next February through Macmillan's new imprint Neon Squid. Macken's podcast, Species, draws thousands of listeners per episode, and he talked about his animal advocacy in a recent profile in Boston University's alumni magazine.

Why yes, that was Nick Longo, Gordon parent and professor of global studies at Providence College, on the opinion page of the Providence Journal last week. Longo and co-author Cynthia Gibson used their column to advocate for participatory budgeting, a democratizing approach to government spending currently in use everywhere from Brazil to Central Falls.

 Why yes, that was alumna parent Angie Ankoma and seventh grade and alumnae parent Anthony Rust serving as panelists at the Rhode Island Black Business Association's recent discussion, The State of Rhode Island's Black Economy & Business. The pair had teamed up in March for a discussion of philanthropy in the Black community hosted by the Rhode Island chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Why yes, that is Madrid European Bakery and Patisserie, owned and operated by a fifth grade family, on the cover of the May issue of Providence Monthly. The cover story promises "the city's best shopping districts" and includes Homestyle, owned and operated by an alumnae family.

Why yes, that was Sharkey Weinberg '06 behind that Webby-nominated short film. He directed Not Another Second as part of a campaign to support LGBTQ+ seniors, and the public can vote for it in the Best Cause-Related Campaign category.


And finally, yes, that was Gordon parent Mandy Syers who sent in the space-saving guacamole storage tip that appeared in April's issue of Cooks Illustrated magazine.


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