I never knew my grandfather. As a Greek American, my family has always been the most important thing in my life. But how can I say that when I have no perception of my lineage? This question moved me to pick up my camera in hopes that I might be able to gain a deeper understanding of this man’s life, as well as cultivate some sort of multidimensional relationship with him. Through this short film, I attempt to achieve this connection, calling on my mother and her two brothers for their thoughtful knowledge. This film gave me the opportunity to explore themes of loss and appreciation for life as you live it.
It is impossible to capture the full magnitude of a person’s life in a 20-minute story, but that was not the objective of this undertaking. I simply wanted to know my grandfather to the best of my ability. I feel fulfilled knowing that I was able to create this piece for my own personally interest, and that my family will forever enjoy it with me.
For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.
Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Gianna had never heard of the field of sociology, but was very familiar and passionate about issues of crime and justice. Her time at Emmanuel helped her to not only put a name—but also, a purpose—to that passion.
Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”
On campus and off, Jaxell Negron is all about building community. As an RA, he creates a strong, safe sense of rapport within his residence hall. Through the on-campus boxing club he co-founded, he gave students a new way to work out and relieve stress.
History and secondary ed major Michael Rainha left Emmanuel prepared to succeed in a classroom of his own thanks to dedicated professors, supportive peers and a career-solidifying practicum at North Quincy High School.
Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.