Congratulations to Kyoung H. Park, Class of 2000, who will be in an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York this Spring. Kyoung is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States and he currently writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung's Pacific Beat—a non-profit, peacemaking theater company. Through his company, Kyoung explores sources of violence and engages with local communities to develop an empathetic understanding of underrepresented perspectives. After Nido, Kyoung received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, MA in Peace and Global Governance from Kyung Hee University's Graduate Institute of Peace Studies in South Korea, MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and was a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate. You can learn more about his work at www.kyoungspacificbeat.org and http://bacnyc.org/residencies/resident/kyoung-park.
Felipe Alessandri, Class of '92, has been elected Mayor of the Comuna de Santiago in Sunday's municipal elections. Felipe attended Nido from Kindergarten to 12th grade. He is a lawyer by profession and has been a concejal (member of the city council) during ten years. We wish him the best of luck in his new important role as mayor of downtown Santiago.
Congratulations to Marisol Alarcon, Class of 2001 and her team at Laboratoria Chile, for receiving the prestigious innovation award "Avonni 2016" in the area of Social Entrepreneurship. Laboratoria's program which provides technical training in computer programming and job skills to women in vulnerable situations has been tremendously successful. Over 70% of the trained women obtain jobs upon completion of the program, and are thus able to reimburse the cost of their training once employed. Marisol embodies the sense of community, generosity of spirit and innovation which characterize the "Nido Way". Bravo Marisol and Laboratoria!
Roberto Díaz, Class of '78, is a violist of international reputation, and President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has had a significant impact on American Music life in his dual roles of musician and educator. As a soloist, Roberto collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th-and 21st-century composers including Krzysztof Penderecki and Edison Denisov. Ricardo Lorenz, Robert Sierra, and Jennifer Higdon have all written concert for him. Robert attended Nido from kindergarten to grade 7, but remains in touch with his classmates. He was recently featured on PBS Newshour as part of a story about the personal qualities of passion, perseverance, and determination that successful people share. Watch it here, for insight into what sets people like Roberto and his students apart.
Congratulations to Julio Pinto (Class of '73), for receiving the prestigious Premio Nacional de Historia 2016, an award given by the government of Chile every two years to an individual who has made major contributions in the field of history. Julio is a historian and professor, with a BA, two Masters and PhD in History from Yale University. He has been working at the University of Santiago (Usach) since the 1980s, serving as director of its History and Scientific & Technological Research Departments, and most recently of the PhD Program in History. He has published and edited various books and articles regarding Chile's political and economic transformation in the 20th century, as well as key social and political conflicts related to the modern working class and organized labor.