August 20, 2013

Beasts of No Nation, the debut novel of MMUF fellow Uzodinma Iweala (Harvard '04), will be adapted into a film starring Idris Elba and directed by Cary Fukunaga. Beasts of No Nation, which was published in 2005 and became a New York Times bestseller, tells the story of Agu, a young boy who is forced to become a child soldier during a period of civil war in his unnamed West African homeland. Read more about the film adaptation here.

August 01, 2013

MMUF PhD Ben Vinson (Dartmouth '92) has been named the Dean of Columbian College at George Washington University, effective August 1, 2013. Columbian College is GWU's largest and oldest school, with an enrollment of over 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. Ben earned his PhD from Columbia University in history in 1998, after which he taught at Barnard College and Penn State University.