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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

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Victoria 1In April, the editorial staff of Lighted Corners was notified that Leah Hamel’s poem, “7 Things I Don’t Have the Chance to Tell You,” was selected for publication in plain china: National Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing ( The Lighter Corners’ editorial staff was pleased to be notified once more by plain china. This time, informing them that artwork by Victoria Barry, C’17, will be featured in the upcoming plain china publication as well. Victoria’s artwork was featured in the same Lighted Corners issue as Leah’s poem, the 2016 volume, Vol. 36.
Devil's ClawTwo of Victoria’s pieces will be featured in plain china: “Devil’s Claw” and “Perch.” “My inspiration for ‘Devil’s Claw’ was a nature study of a dried Devil’s Claw plant that Prof. Elizabeth Holtry provided,” said Victoria. “I chose the composition because it was a difficult angle to paint from life, and it provided more texture since I was practicing the technique of sgraffito. The contrast of the yellow and deep plum paint emphasizes this technique.”
PerchVictoria said, “‘Perch’ is a digital photograph that was captured in Frederick, MD during twilight. I was struck by how many birds were on the wires, and now as a single image in time, it creates an uneasy feeling in the viewer. It also evokes a sense of anticipation with the two or three birds that are taking flight. We all are familiar with the wonder of seeing a large flock of birds in the sky at sunset, and this image is unique because they are all linear and stationary.”
Victoria 2Victoria graduated last year with a double major in Communication and Fine Arts. She is currently working as a Video Creator ( When asked what she found most rewarding about her experience at the Mount, Victoria replied, “The amount of opportunities I had access to outside of the Mount’s classrooms was astonishing. Not only did I receive a holistic liberal arts education, I was also involved in multiple activities and internships all throughout my years at the Mount. I am incredibly thankful for these opportunities and the mentors I gained along the way. I graduated confident in what I can achieve based on what I’ve already accomplished.”
Congratulations to Victoria for her published artwork and promising future!
Philip Green

Philip Greene is an attorney, writer, and cocktail historian. He graduated from the Mount in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He minored in English, Business and American Studies. 

Greene attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1986.  After a stint with a suburban Maryland law firm, in 1988 he joined the General Counsel’s Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He eventually was promoted to Senior Counsel for Internet Technology, providing trademark, copyright and Internet counsel agency-wide.  In 2007, while telecommuting part-time for Commerce, he served as Internet New Zealand’s Senior Research Fellow in Cyberlaw, and taught a masters and honors course in Internet law at Victoria University School of Law, Wellington, New Zealand.  He also wrote several law journal articles on trademark and Internet law.  His wife and three daughters enjoyed their time in New Zealand and Australasia immensely.

Since 2009, Greene is the Trademark and Internet Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon.  He provides legal counsel to the USMC’s robust Trademark Licensing Office, and oversees a portfolio of nearly 500 trademark registrations.  He’s presented at legal conferences across the country, notably the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association.

Philip Green 2In his personal life, Greene co-founded the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans in 2004, and has written and presented extensively on food and drink around the world.  His first book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion (Penguin Perigee), received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Garden & Gun, Kirkus Reviews,, and many others, and remains a best seller in several categories (a second edition was released in 2015).  His second book, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail (2016, Sterling Epicure) has also done well.  Phil is also a contributing author for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, edited by David Wondrich, and to be published in 2018, and is a contributing columnist for The Daily Beast.  Greene just completed his third book, A Drinkable Feast: A 1920s Paris Cocktail Companion, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Greene is also on the Board of Directors of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, and the Museum of the American Cocktail’s Founders Board, both based in New Orleans.  He also serves on the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and the House Committee of the National Press Club, of which he is a member.

Green AnotherHis sideline interests are easily traced to his time at the Mount.  His love of history was nurtured by the Mount’s excellent History Department, and he began his writing career at the Mountain Echo, where he was News and Features editor from 1982-83.  He and his wife Elise have lived in Northwest D.C. since 1993, where they raised their three daughters.  Hannah, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, now lives and works in New York.  Madeleine is a senior at Northwestern (Medill School of Journalism), and Olivia is a sophomore at the New England Conservatory (singer-songwriter) in Boston.


Kara Monahan

I graduated from the Mount in 2002 with a major in English and a minor in History. To this day, a well-worn copy of my freshman seminar book, Choices, sits on my bookshelf. That anthology represents for me the essence of my Mount experience—thoughtful engagement with a variety of sources about the important choices that shape our lives: education, values, and work. The Mount professors who facilitated discussions of these important choices through their various disciplines made a lasting impression on how I saw myself and my place in the world. After graduating in 2002, I embarked on a number of adventures, including teaching public school in a remote farming village in the north of Japan and earning a Masters degree in English from the University of Delaware. But, it was my college internship at Fort Detrick’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, which I found through the Mount’s Career Center, that ultimately inspired me to pursue a legal career. After graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 2010, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District of New Jersey.

Currently, I am the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Health Care Division of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition in Washington D.C. In this capacity, I assist in the day-to-day management of the Division, which comprises more than thirty attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct involving physicians and other health professionals, hospitals and institutional providers, and pharmaceutical companies. I have also been involved with the FTC’s major pharmaceutical initiatives, including federal court litigation challenging anticompetitive pay-for-delay agreements, which delay access to lower-cost generic drugs.

I live in Takoma Park, Maryland with my husband Dan, who is also an English major turned antitrust attorney, and my two daughters, Maeve and Molly. -Kara Monahan, C'02

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