On March 7 The New York Times published an interview with playwright Tony Kushner ’78 about the upcoming Broadway revival of his Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning work, Angels in America. In “Tony Kushner, at Peace? Not Exactly. But Close.”, Kushner discusses his current projects (including new plays in the works) and how the 26-year-old Angels in America still “feels very much of the moment.”
David Vasquez CC’13, a fellow at the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University. He will pursue an M.B.A. at the Graduate School of Business.
On February 12, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled paintings of President Barack Obama ’83 and First Lady Michelle Obama. The portraits, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, have caused a sensation, with The Washington Post reporting that “thousands of visitors lined up for hours to see the works and snap selfies in front of them.”
As chair of the JED Steering Committee, Dean James J. Valentini recently provided an update to students regarding Columbia’s multi-year plan to assess undergraduate health and wellness resources, which included 14 key objectives.
On February 6, composer and musician Nico Muhly ’03 did a Q&A with The New York Times, “Nico Muhly on the ‘Ecstatic Disruption’ of Philip Glass’s Music.” Muhly effuses about Glass’s work saying, “Philip’s body of work has these forgotten gems. Finding this is like finding a door in your house to a room you never knew existed.”
On January 24, the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights hosted American Voter Project: The Impact and Future of the Electoral College, the first in its five-part American Voter Project series being held this spring.