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Your Daily Spiel for August 15

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Maus authour and Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman is slated to become the first cartoonist to win the prestigious MacDowell Medal for culture and the arts. The recognition puts Spiegelman, the son of Polish Holocaust survivors, among the ranks of cultural luminaries such as painter Georgia O’Keeffe and critically-acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch.

University of Toronto students, Hannah Samuels and Vanessa Rojas-Luengas, have spearheaded a project to ‘connect medical students from around the world.’ Samuels says that Global Medical Student Partnership will “…create an international network of medical students that will then go on to become an international network of physicians.”

A new trailer has been released for Israeli director Ariel Vroman‘s spy thriller, The Angel. The film depicts the true story of Ashraf Marwan, who was Egyptian president Nasser’s son-in-law, and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat, while simultaneously one of Israeli Intelligence’s most valuable assets of the 20th century. Netflix will premiere the film on Sept. 14. 

Col. Avi Blot has recently been sworn in as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new military secretary. “With my entry to the position, I feel awe and great respect to belong to such an important forum,” says Blot.