On Saturday, Williams will present Bicentennial
Medals to six alumni:

  • Bernard Bailyn, Pulitzer Prize-winning
    historian
  • Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World
    Jewish Congress
  • A. R. Gurney, Jr., playwright
  • Glenn D. Lowry, director of New York’s
    Museum of Modern Art
  • Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, artist
  • Marisa E. Reddy Randazzo, threat assessment
    expert

This ceremony will be special for me, as one of the major reasons I attended Williams was because Bernard Bailyn had gone there.  I was quite a History aficionado in high school, and I figured if Williams could turn out great historians such as Bernard Bailyn and James MacGregor Burns, that was the place for me.

If you can make it, I would highly recommend
it.  I’ve attended around six presentations so far, and it’s always fascinating to see what tortuous and interesting paths Williams graduates travel.  Morty changed the venue last year — to Chapin during the day so students could attend, rather than at night in Lasell for alumni only — and the students seemed to take a lot of inspiration from what they heard and saw.

The college’s summary of the recipients’
accomplishments is
here;
following is further background on what they’ve done.

Bernard Bailyn:  His
Harvard bio, a
lecture
he gave at The White House, an
appreciation
by one of his students,

Jack N. Rakove
(a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian as well), and his
bio on Wikipedia.

Edgar Bronfman:  A short

note
from a local newspaper and his
bio on Wikipedia.

A.R. Gurney: a

write-up
from a retrospective at a theatre festival in Kansas, his
entry in the Internet
Broadway Database, an

interview
on XM Satellite Radio, and his
bio on Wikipedia.

Glenn Lowry:
Testimony
before a Congressional Committee about art stolen during World War II,
This
New House
, an article talking about the new MOMA building and Lowry’s role,
an

interview
on the Jim Lehrer News Hour about the new MOMA building,
greetings from him on the
MOMA Web site, and an article he wrote for the Gotham Gazette, entitled,
"Nothing
Matters More than the Collection."

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle:

notes
from an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, a
listing
of exhibitions and museums that carry his work, and his
bio on
Artcyclopedia
.

Marisa E. Reddy Randazzo: a copy of

Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity in the Banking and Finance Sector

(co-author).

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