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Fall 2020

Alumni Spotlight

Beguiling Equations
Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow ’84

Photographer Jessica Wynne '90 has beautifully documented the intricate lines of mathematical equations written on dusty chalkboards in universities across the globe for her new book, Do Not Erase, coming out in spring 2021 from Princeton University Press. One of Wynne's stunning images is featured on our cover.

Helmut Hofer, Institute for Advanced Study, 2019

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A Q&A with Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton '00 About Her Recent Book, The Revisioners
Bonnie Blackburn-Penhollow ’84

The Revisioners explores the depths of women's relationships and is set in the American South. Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was highly acclaimed. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Oprah.com, and other publications.

Sexton at a reading of The Revisioners in Los Angeles with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim.

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Climate Change Agent
Neil Vigdor ’95

Existential threats to the environment abound—even in Vermont, a state known for its conservation-minded populace and reverence for the outdoors. Peter Walke '99 is hard at work as commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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A Lesson Unlike Any Other
Neil Vigdor ’95

Vermont’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Bibba Walke Kahn ’97, is a French and Spanish teacher at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. She has used the platform to focus on equity in the classroom and to make students feel valued, especially during an unprecedented and stressful time for students, teachers, and their parents.

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A Taft Bulletin Q&A with Social Entrepreneur Richard Blossom '66
Linda Hedman Beyus

After a long career in the food and beverage industry, Richard Blossom ’66 decided to cofound two businesses that help marginalized farmers in Northern Thailand earn a much better living producing organic foods. We asked him what made him decide to do this and how it’s working.

Richard Blossom ’66, in white shirt, with a Hilltribe Organics farmer, along with staff members; Hilltribe Organics is his organic free-range egg company based in Northern Thailand.

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Summer Savings: Helping Student Loan Borrowers
Christopher Browner ’12

After earning an MBA from Yale in 2017, Will Sealy '05 created Summer, a digital platform and service which has helped tens of thousands of borrowers understand, manage, and ultimately conquer their student loan debt. Not only are Sealy and his 30-person team helping borrowers save money, they've ensured that service is provided free of charge.

Sealy with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a few years after he had worked with her.

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