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Dorothy Gunther Pugh, BA’72: Dance with a different P.O.V.

Dorothy Gunther Pugh, BA’72: Dance with a different P.O.V.

It’s been a long journey for CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh, the former junior-high schoolteacher whose dream was to bring a premier ballet company to her native city. For her vision she was named Memphian of the Year last December by Memphis, the City Magazine.

Lisa Abramson, BA’05:  Empowering Mama

Lisa Abramson, BA’05: Empowering Mama

After Lisa Abramson gave birth to her first daughter in 2014, she descended into a dark period of postpartum depression and psychosis, a mood disorder that is estimated to affect more than 3 million women—roughly one in seven new moms—every year. The experience influenced her to write The Wise MamaRead More

Photo by Laurie Perez

Ben Edquist, BMus’13: Singin’ in the Rain

When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston in August 2017, one of the hardest-hit areas was downtown, home to the Houston Grand Opera. The company was flooded out of its Wortham Theater Center home, but the show would go on. The company’s season-opening production of Verdi’s La Traviata moved to Exhibit HallRead More

Theo Morrison, Photo by Joe Howell

Theo Morrison, BS’92: Community Lobbyist

Theo Morrison developed his civic acumen as a kid watching televised Nashville Metro Council meetings with his parents. “They instilled in me a love for my community and a commitment to making sure that I was engaged,” he says. “It was fascinating to me to hear my mother have conversationsRead More

Caleb Feiring (SHIA LEVITT)

Caleb Feiring, BA’15: Pedaling tales of the American farm

  For Caleb Feiring, riding his bike across the country on a quest to tell the stories of America’s family farmers isn’t without its hazards. Consider the night he bedded down in a Midwestern barn with a nocturnal rooster. “He was pretty unpopular among the whole barn,” Feirig recalls. “HeRead More