Accomplishments - January, 2019

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“Crazy for Theatre: Mental Illness and Theatremaking” an online essay by Jacob Juntunen, Theater, was published in December by Howlround Theatre Commons of Emerson College. Juntunen speaks with several other artists who struggle with mental illness about the realities and challenges of working in the theatre field.

Dennis Galloway, Radio, Television, and Digital Media, directed the 65th annual UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Free Care Fund telethon that aired Dec. 13 on KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is the 27th year Galloway directed the telecast. More than $1.6 million was donated this year to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and their efforts to provide free pediatric care to those in need.

Jyotsna Kapur, University Honors Program, wrote “A star is branded and the fan is dead:  Neoliberal time-consciousness and the strange obsession of Shah Rukh Khan with his fans,” a chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema.

Aaron S. Veenstra, Journalism, recently published “Social Identities and the Illinois Pension Problem: Roles of Politics, Geography and Media” in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, with current and former Ph.D. students Ben Lyons, Zach Sapienza, and Stephanie Kang. Their study uses data from the Simon Institute's statewide survey to examine how social identity, geographic region within the state, and political media impact attitudes about Illinois and Chicago public employee pensions.

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