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Kurt Pitzer '84

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.

Pitzer's book, Eating with the Enemy (St. Martin's Press, May 2010), tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a New Jersey restaurant owner and a North Korean ambassador. He is co-producing a movie version of the book with Robert DeNiro's company, Tribeca Films, for HBO Films. Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is attached to play the lead. The development deal will see Gandolfini portray a Hackensack restaurant owner who forges a relationship with a North Korean Mission in Upper Manhattan.

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.
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  • Marcelo Leonardi '94 Receives Distinguished Coaching Award

    USA Water Polo has announced Marcelo Leonardi '94 as the Midwest Zone recipient of the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award. Leonardi is the Head Coach of the women's water polo team at the University of Michigan.
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  • About Art School

    In an expose of sorts, one pegged to the publication of Gary Alan Fine’s new book Talking Art (U of Chicago Press, 2018), Charlie Tyson explores the facts and fictions surrounding MFA programs in the visual arts in America. A review of Fine’s book finds that seven of the 10 most expensive higher-education institutions in the U.S. are, in fact, art schools. But is it worth it? Maybe, if you want to be a professional artist. Tyson’s article also notes that more than half of the top 250 best-selling American artists at auction have an MFA. Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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    The holidays have arrived and we hope you will include The Webb Fund in your giving during this joyful time of year.
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