Monday, November 23, 2009

News from Alexandra Natapoff

I received a nice e-mail from Alexandra Natapoff. Here's what she said:

I’ve been a law professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles for seven years now, and my new book from NYU Press is just out. It’s called Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice, and it’s about how pervasively our legal system relies on information from criminal offenders while forgiving them their crimes. The link to Amazon is below, and I also blog about the subject at

More importantly, my son Raphael is now eleven years old and doing wonderfully.

Thanks for doing all this work to keep us informed.






Sunday, November 22, 2009

News about Meredith Hyde

Dr Meredith Hyde has now become Director of Syracuse University London Program ( Currently the center’s associate director, Meredith has held positions of increasing responsibility over her seven years with the University. As director, she will continue to work closely with faculty from both the home campus and at the center to ensure the academic quality of the program. She will also be responsible for the overall administration of the program, the general welfare of students and leading and mentoring SU London staff, faculty, and host administrators. Meredith received her BA from Yale, her PhD from Oxford, and was the first overseas winner of Syracuse University’s Women of Influence award.

A note from Mirem Villamil

Mirem Villamil wrote in with the following:

I'm finally en route to a new career after years of dealing with the immense change in priorities that comes with becoming a mom. I live in Brooklyn, NYC, have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 2, and at some point quit my job doing corporate set design (car shows, product launches etc.) in order to design gardens. I am now dedicated to creating gardens for public schools - designing them is a fairly minor part of the process as the real trick is to integrate them into the curriculum, the culture and the life of the school. Happily, all that is happening at my older daughter's school since we now have 15 classes gardening once or twice a week on a regular schedule as well as other classes that come out occasionally. We served school-grown salad in the lunchroom for our Garden to Cafe Day... and the kids loved it. How to get kids to eat arugula? Pound it into pesto right out there in the garden, and serve up on bread slices with parmesan shavings on top.

Needless to say - I'm having a great time! And please contact me if you're doing anything along the same lines, would love to hear about it (

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Class Tailgate this weekend

We will be having a class tailgate in D Special this weekend. If you are at the game and want to find us, you can call me on my cell phone -- 646 275 7622.

Hope to see you there!