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Alumnus Tony Kushner to Offer Keynote Address at Columbia College Class Day Ceremony


Tony Kushner
photo courtesy of Jay Thompson

Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of the seven-hour Broadway production of "Angels in America," which received two Tony Awards, the Evening Standard Award, New York Critics Circle Award, two Olivier Award nominations, and the LAMBDA Literary Award for Drama, will be the keynote speaker for Columbia College 2004 Class Day ceremony, on May 18.

Kushner's sweeping indictment of the Reagan-era response to the AIDS crisis was recently produced as a film for HBO, starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson.

Kushner was born in Manhattan and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, moving back to Manhattan as an undergraduate. He graduated from Columbia College in 1978 with a B.A. in English Literature.

Administrators, faculty and students are pleased to have an alumnus such as Kushner participate in the ceremony, given that it is Columbia College's 250 th anniversary year. "The depth of Kushner's views and global recognition make him an outstanding selection for this event," said Chris Colombo, Dean of Student Affairs. "He is one of our culture's most thought-provoking voices."

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Published: Mar 12, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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