Kurt Pitzer ’84 is an author, journalist and film producer. As a journalist he has covered some of the world’s most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan, for national magazines and newspapers. During the fall of Baghdad in 2003, he helped the Iraqi scientist Dr. Mahdi Obeidi escape to the U.S. and turn over Saddam Hussein’'s remaining nuclear secrets. He and Obeidi co-wrote The Bomb in My Garden (Wiley, 2005), which was optioned by Johnny Depp’s production company. In 2007, Pitzer was the recipient of the prestigious Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for a collaboration with Canadian photographer Roger LeMoyne on a project entitled, "After War," exploring the legacy of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
In 2013 Pitzer produced the independent feature film Runoff (formerly known as Cantuckee) with his wife, Kimberly Levin, who wrote and directed the film. Runoff premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”