Everything in Dubai is tall, it seems, and everyone is from somewhere else. The man who greeted me at the airport was from Bosnia. The cabdriver was Sri Lankan; the hotel clerk, Nigerian. (Yes, I am one of those annoying travelers who ask a lot of questions.) Like the buildings that tower over what was recently desert, the people of Dubai appear almost to have dropped from the sky, hailing from across the planet and now mixed randomly, picturesquely, in this tiny crossroads by the sea.
Los Angeles–based Laura Napoli has parlayed her Barnard fencing years and expertise in stage combat and acting into a versatile career as a stuntwoman/ swordswoman/actress. Recent credits include Celebrity Deathmatch, Dead Rising, Devil May Cry 4, and the live-action stunt show Terminator 2: 3D. She talks to Barnard about how she found her niche.
Barnard hosts a major initiative with the City of New York to jumpstart the celebration of Women's History Month.