Concentrator in VES MD Candidate at the University of Virginia School of Medicine
Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam ‘10 is currently a second year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As a premedical student at the College, Jennifer received a concentration in Film Studies from the Visual and Environmental Studies department, and a secondary concentration in Health Policy. After graduating from Harvard she attended Columbia University where she received a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine, a field of study that allowed her to further synthesize her interests in medicine and media. Ultimately, Jennifer hopes to pursue a dual career as a physician and a medical journalist. Read more about Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam, '10
NICHOLAS DANG, '96, is a cardiothoracic surgeon practicing in Honolulu, HI. He was a VES concentrator at Harvard, where his primary interest was in printmaking. After graduation, he attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and obtained his MD in 2000. He then completed a general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia in 2007, followed by a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell in 2009. He returned home to Honolulu to join his father's cardiothoracic surgery practice, and now works for the Queen's Medical Center. Read more about Nicholas Dang, 96
Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, California. Fadiman's sensitive, incisive treatment of the unbreachable gulf between the Hmong and American medical systems won her a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. As the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence, Yale University’s first endowed appointment in nonfiction writing, Anne serves as both a professor in the English department and a mentor to students considering careers in writing or editing. Fadiman’s most recent essay collection is At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, in which she discloses her passions for (among other things) staying up late, reading Coleridge, drinking coffee, and ingesting large quantities of ice cream. The Christian Science Monitor called it “as close to a perfect book as you will ever hope to read.”
CHELSEY FORBESS, '07 is currently in her first year of Internal Medicine residency in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from Harvard, Chelsey spent four years at NYU Medical School in Manhattan, where she combined her interest in medicine with her creative side and love of music. As a lifelong performer in operas, musicals, theater, and various other concerts and recitals, Chelsey has always strived to include music in every aspect of her life -- even medicine. She created the Classical Musicians in Medicine club, hosting concerts involving both students and faculty, and even singing in coffeehouse performances in the school lecture halls. Chelsey hopes to continue giving back to the community, both as a physician as well as performer. Read more about Chelsey Forbess, M.D. '07
GRACE LAUBACHER, ’09, is an artist and theater designer based in New York. In the past year, she has undertaken collaborations at the Juilliard School, the Bring to Light/Nuit Blanche NYC festival, and the soloNOVA Arts Festival. She has previously worked at the American Repertory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the National Theatre of England, and Punchdrunk immersive theater production Sleep No More in Chelsea, NYC. She is also a member of art party, an experimental theater company founded by Harvard graduates, who have performed original audience-inclusive works all over New York City. After her graduation from Harvard, Grace earned a Masters Degree in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
TIM O'REILLY, '75, is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media. His original business plan was "interesting work for interesting people," and that's worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online, and an adviser to Code for America.
Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada's Rules. On her way to The Wind Done Gone she became the first black woman in history to write a number one country song; wrote a video of the year; worked on multiple Johnny Cash videos and wrote and produced the pilot for a prime time drama about ex-wives of country stars that aired on CBS. Four novels later, the award winning songwriter with over twenty recorded songs to her credit is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on Country Lyric in American Culture, Soul Food as text and in text, and African-American Children’s Literature. After twenty-five years hard at it Randall has come to the conclusion motherhood is the most creative calling of all and health disparity is the dominant civil rights issue of the first quarter of the 21st century.
SOFIA ROQUE FLEMING, ’95, is a Senior Director in the Human Resources department of Sotheby’s, the international art auction house, where she has been since graduation. Her career started in New York, where she experienced a myriad of human resources facets through an initially turbulent 9-year period that saw rapid business expansion, followed by even faster contraction due to the bursting of the first dot com bubble and the anti-trust scandal that rocked the auction market in the early years of the millennium. Once the dust settled, she transferred to the company’s London office with her British husband, and she has now overseen employee constituencies in the US, Europe and for the last 7 years, Asia, where she travels frequently.