The heroine of “Still Alice,” in the months after she begins to lose her memory, quotes this Elizabeth Bishop poem “One Art” to an audience of family, friends, and strangers. She gives the speech haltingly but with a sort of quiet confidence, highlighting each line she has read so that she does not repeat herself. Julianne Moore as the slowly-deteriorating Alice Howland delivers a quietly sympathetic performance — it’s no surprise that she won an Academy Award for it.

Five seconds into my interview with Amy Ziering ’84, the distinguished producer and director of Academy Award-nominated “The Invisible War” (2012) and Emmy nominee “Outrage” (2009) tells me, “You know, I hate talking about myself. What about you? What do you study?” I knew I was supposed to stay on track and get the story, but her curious demeanor disarmed me as I slipped into a digression about my life.