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News Archives - Luce Scholars | 2012

  • The 2012-2013 class of Luce Scholars gathered in Thailand for their mid-year conference October 21-26, 2012.


    Luce Scholars visit the temple of Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

  • 1988-1989 Luce Scholar Tom Nagorski took over as the new Executive Vice President of the Asia Society in October 2012. Nagorski, who spent his Luce year reporting for the Nation in Bangkok, joined the Asia Society after a long career at ABC News, where he was most recently the Managing Editor for International News. A speaker of five languages including Thai, Nagorski has reported from numerous Asian Countries, from China and India to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • 1977-1978 Luce Scholar Steven Koch will become deputy mayor of Chicago this September. Koch, who spent his Luce year at the Economic Development Foundation in Manila, the Philippines, went on to a 27-year career at Credit Suisse, during which he also chaired numerous committees dedicated to public health, food, climate change, and other causes in Chicago. Koch will succeed Mark Angelson as deputy mayor under Rahm Emanuel, and will continue Angelson’s work toward maximizing budget savings and finding new revenue sources, according to the Chicago Tribune.

  • 1994-1995 Luce Scholar Adam Lashinsky’s book Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works, released this January, has continued to garner attention and reviews. Through interviews with former Apple employees, Lashinsky penetrated the cloistered world of Apple’s management strategies, and examined whether this model can persist in a post-Steve Jobs world. A senior editor at Fortune who has reported extensively on Silicon Valley, Lashinsky spent his Luce year in Tokyo as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, Japan’s main economic daily. Interviews about Inside Apple can be found at Knowledge@Wharton and NYTimes.com.


  • The 2011-2012 class of Luce Scholars had their wrap-up meeting in Laos July 10-22. Laos was this class’s "focus country," a pilot concept the program has adopted in an effort to foster comparative perspectives and create a shared learning experience among Scholars regardless of host country. Throughout their Luce year, Scholars followed developments in Laos and learned about its diverse culture and complex history. In July, they had the opportunity to see the country up close.


    Luce Scholars take a coffee break from presentations on the banks of the Mekong River.

    They started in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage site and former royal capital, where they met to share the highlights of their experiences. From Luang Prabang, they traveled north along the Nam Ou River to Nong Kiau, then took a day-long bus ride to Xam Nuea Province in remote Northeastern Laos to visit the Pathet Lao Caves, where the Communist party leadership took refuge during the 1965-1974 U.S. bombing campaign. From Xam Nuea, the group traveled to Phonsavan, where they met with survivors of UXO (unexploded ordinance) and took part in a Baci ceremony with local villagers. They ended their study tour in the capital, Vientiane, where they had a roundtable with local young professionals, met with government representatives, and were hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Laos, Karen B. Stewart.


    The 2011-2012 Scholars with Ambassador Karen B. Stewart at her official residence.

  • Our 18 Luce Scholars from the 2012-2013 class gathered in New York and San Francisco for their orientation June 19-27. They have now arrived at their individual destinations in India and ten other countries across East and Southeast Asia. After two months of intensive language training in their respective host countries, the new Luce Scholars will begin their professional placements in September. For bios of the new Scholars, click here.



  • 2009-2010 Luce Scholar Kate Otto and 2010-2011 Luce Scholar Rayden Llano, both working in the public health field, recently gave TEDx talks at UNC-Chapel Hill and Stanford, respectively. Kate’s talk focused on her Everyday Ambassador philosophy—meaningful public service in a globalized world—on which subject she is writing a forthcoming book. In his talk, Rayden related his own family’s health struggle and discussed the current state of health care, arguing passionately that truly sustainable changes depend on what we as a society choose to value and believe to be possible.

  • 2012-2013 Luce Scholar Renata Sheppard’s dance work fraMESHift will premiere at the Astra Theatre in Turin, Italy on Thursday, July 12th as part of the Teatro a Corte Festival. This evening-length performance—an “interactive dance relationship project between technology and humanity”—will feature an animated robot and live dancers navigating an interactive environment full of images and sound. Sheppard, who will spend her Luce year in Taiwan working with the Taipei National University of the Arts, has already begun collaborating with her future host in Taiwan, inviting two dancers from TNUA to Italy to participate in fraMESHift.

  • 2012-2013 Luce Scholar Justin Henceroth and a senior partner at Meridian Institute were recently named as members of a team receiving the second Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR) Award for their work on a public and stakeholder engagement project focused around the revision of land management planning guidelines for the US Forest Service. The US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a federal program that sponsored the award, noted that the “development of the new Planning Rule…sets a new standard for what is possible when applying a collaborative process to a controversial issue at a national scale.”

  • 2010-2011 Luce Scholar Julia Simon has been contributing stories to American public radio from post-Mubarak Egypt. She has reported on the Egyptian military's business interests, labor movements, and what fast food has to do with the Tunisian economy for American Public Media's Marketplace. She has also reported on Nubians, xenophobia and mistreatment of foreign domestic workers for PRI's The World. Most recently she filed a story for NPR's All Things Considered about Egyptian oil and natural gas contracts.

  • 2011-2012 Luce Scholars, who have lived and worked in their host countries since early July 2011, share their experiences in Asia.



  • 1997-1998 Luce Scholar Michael E. Robertson is spotlighted in I AM THEATRE, a national campaign highlighting the work of 50 theatre practitioners in 50 videos over 50 weeks. Nominated by Carnegie Mellon University, Robertson spent his Luce year in Bali, Indonesia, working with the Agung Rai Museum of Art. He is currently the Managing Director for the Lark Play Development Center in New York City.

  • 2010-2011 Luce Scholar Shira Milikowsky is directing a new play, BOB: A Life in Five Acts, to be presented at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, on February 29 - March 2, 2012. During her Luce year, Milikowsky worked with the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre and Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. Before returning to the U.S. to serve as the A.R.T.’s Artistic Director Fellow, she presented two projects at the Tumen River Festival, an interdisciplinary arts festival taking place on the border between China and North Korea. One of the projects was a Korean adaptation of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, re-set in Korea in 1953. The play, which takes Brecht’s play about compassion and generosity and re-imagines it as a Korean folk tale, was created collaboratively by her and a team of 30 students and designers.

  • Wake Forest has appointed 1993-94 Luce Scholar Rogan Kersh as the University’s new provost and professor of political science. Kersh is currently the associate dean of academic affairs and professor of public policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and will continue in this position until the summer. He spent his Luce Scholar year with the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan, working for the former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone.



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