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

  • Bernard Bailyn, Pulitzer Prize-winning
  • 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

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
following is further background on what they’ve done.

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

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

Edgar Bronfman:  A short

from a local newspaper and his
bio on Wikipedia.

A.R. Gurney: a

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

on XM Satellite Radio, and his
bio on Wikipedia.

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

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,
Matters More than the Collection."

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle:

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

Marisa E. Reddy Randazzo: a copy of

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


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