Jeremy Jangord '05 Named Luce Scholar
Jeremy Jangord ’05 has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation, one of 18 Luce Scholars for 2009-2010.
He was selected from a pool of 111 candidates nominated by 55 colleges and universities.
Occidental is one of only five liberal arts colleges to be awarded a Luce this year. This is the school’s eighth Luce.
Jangord graduated from Occidental as a double major in film and media studies, and English and comparative literary studies. Among other honors, he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Since leaving Oxy, he has worked his way up in the technology sector of the media industry in Los Angeles, doing entertainment research and art direction for Voyage Media. He recently co-founded his own company, where he has served as creative consultant and entertainment research specialist. His artistic instincts have come to focus on photography, and he aspires to be a leader in global photographic arts.
“Some of my main thematic concerns as a photographer are the notion of identity in urban spaces, the photographic process as a form of self portrait, the minute textures of life, and the ambiguity of the photographic medium as a tool to document versus express an artistic vision,” says Jangord, who hopes to be placed in Tokyo, Seoul, or Hong Kong. “I'm looking to explore these themes further as I translate my own personality and process through the lens of a foreign culture.”
The purpose of the Luce Scholars Program is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually all fields – other than Asian studies – including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Which Asian country Scholars will be placed in, in addition to stipend amounts, will be determined in coming months by the Luce Foundation in collaboration with the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation. Placements in Asia will be confirmed in June, and Scholars will go through an orientation program in August.
The New York-based Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. It has assets of about $700 million. The foundation has a particular interest in Asian scholarship because Luce’s parents, Henry Winters Luce and Elizabeth R. Luce, were educational missionaries to China. The couple’s four children were born in China.
For more information, go to http://www.hluce.org/2009-2010_Scholars.aspx.