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Alan Kalter ’64, the longtime announcer for the “Late Show with David Letterman” and beloved Class Correspondent since 1972, died on Monday. Alan Kalter ’64 was a talented voiceover artist and comedian, and loyal member of the Hobart and William Smith community. Since his passing on Monday, Oct. 4, remembrances have been shared widely across

This summer, Zara Pyle ’23 balanced two remote social media internships at companies run by Hobart and William Smith alums. Zara Pyle ’23 worked as a social media manager intern for Leaders of the 21st Century (LOT21C), a nonprofit founded by Dan DeNose ’10. LOT21C works with high school students in their junior and senior

Robert Leonhardt ’21 Lands Post at Fidelity Investments. Economics major and media and society minor Robert Leonhardt ’21 accepted a position as a financial representative in the retail sector for Fidelity Investments. In this role, Leonhardt will work in a client-facing capacity. Leonhardt says he found himself drawn to finance from the moment he came

In a new Media & Society course, HWS students explore the cultural contexts of video games — and produce games of their own.

In a new course, students explored the theories and histories of experimental film with short films of their own. In “The Art of Experimental Cinema,” a new course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society Jiangtao Harry Gu ’13, students created short films embodying their visions as filmmakers. As they studied the theories

After graduation, Rachel Meller ’21 will join Merkley + Partners as a Social Coordinator.  After interning with the advertising firm Merkley + Partners last summer, Rachel Meller ’21 leveraged the experience and landed a full time position with the firm as a Social Coordinator. In her new role, Meller will be a liaison for many Merkley + Partners teams,

A new comedy from executive producer Daniel Webb ’13 explores the pratfalls of social media and “going viral.” Eat Wheaties! follows Sid Straw, played by Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), who is asked to plan his college reunion, only to see his life unravel as he tries to prove that he was friends with movie star Elizabeth

Associate Professor of Media and Society Lisa Patti, this year’s Kinghorn Global Fellow, discusses the technological innovations that make global media distribution possible. In “Listening to Global Cinema,” Associate Professor of Media and Society Lisa Patti will share the research she conducted on international filmmaking as the recipient of the 2020-21 John R. and Florence

This month, HWS will host a conversation with Steven Canals, co-creator and co-executive producer of the FX drama series Pose. Steven Canals, a screenwriter and co-creator and co-executive producer of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed FX series Pose, will join the Hobart and William Smith community for a virtual discussion, titled “Live. Work. POSE!” on Monday,

A new anthology on the celebrated director John Hughes features a chapter by Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer. Refocus: The Films of John Hughes, a new anthology of essays edited by Timothy Shary and Frances Smith, highlights the career and legacy of John Hughes, whose films include Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club