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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Two Highlights from Our June 2012 Class Notes

Robin C. Hemley, Author and Professor

Robin C. Hemley, BA '80, has three books already published or upcoming in 2012. A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism and Travel, published by the University of Georgia Press in March, looks at the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. Thompson, Nellie Bly, and James Agee, Hemley examines these three types of “immersion writing” and further identifies the subcategories of the quest, the experiment, the investigation, the infiltration, and the reenactment. Hemley's novel, The Last Studebaker, published by Indiana University Press, also appeared in March, while Reply All, his third collection of short stories (which takes a humorous, edgy, and frank look at the human art of deception and self-deception), will be published in June by IU Press. Hemley is professor of English and director of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa. He is author or editor of eight books, including Do-Over! and Turning Life into Fiction, and is the editor of the magazine, Defunct. Hemley lives in Iowa City.

Jonathan B. Mintz, Commissioner and Marriage Pioneer

In July 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presided over the marriage of Jonathan B. Mintz, BA '85, to Bloomberg's chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt. The ceremony, the first same-sex marriage conducted by a New York City mayor, occurred on the first day New York state law allowed same-sex marriages to take place. It was also only the third wedding that Bloomberg had ever presided over (he officiated at the wedding of his daughter, Emma, and at the marriage of former NYC mayor, Rudy Giuliani). Mintz, who is commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and Feinblatt have two daughters and live in New York City.