DePauw University’s National Undergraduate Honors Conference is designed to encourage undergraduate scholarship and facilitate the interaction between undergraduates and major scholars in communication and theatre.
This is a working conference emphasizing a mentoring relationship with our distinguished visiting professors. Students collaborate with guest professors in small-group seminars designed to refine and extend their ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students thinking about graduate or professional education beyond their undergraduate experience.
Housing (Thursday to Saturday), meals, and conference materials will be provided for each participant. Cost of transportation to and from the conference must be borne by the participant. Free transportation will be provided from the Indianapolis airport to DePauw University. There will be a conference registration fee of $175.00 per participant.
Please join us for an evening of conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright, Author of Angels in America and Caroline, or Change, Tony Kushner.
Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydrotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children, and the English language libretto for the children’s opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels In America, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s movie Lincoln. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: the Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the resent; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled Tiny Kushner, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. In addition, a revival of Angels in America ran off-Broadway at the Signature Theater and won the Lucille Lortel Award in 2011 for Outstanding Revival.
Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, the 2012 National Medal of Arts, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater Award, among many others. Caroline, or Change, produced at the National Theatre of Great Britain, received the Evening Standard Award, the London Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. In September 2008, Tony Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the US. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. Kushner lives in Manhattan with his husband Mark Harris.
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:00 PM
Memorial Student Union Building, ballroom
University of Michigan
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We welcome undergraduate-authored papers concerning all areas of communication and theatre, including rhetoric, interpersonal, small group, organizational, media theory and criticism, theatrical theory and criticism, film studies, etc. Limited multiple authorship is acceptable, but not class projects; we reserve the right to invite only one author from each paper.
Submit “blind” papers and cover pages as separate email attachments, both formatted in Microsoft Word. Deadline for submission is January 9, 2017. Please include a campus address, phone number, e-mail address, and faculty sponsor on the cover page. Authors will be notified of selection by letter and e-mail in mid-February. Only completed research will be considered – no proposals. Papers should not exceed 30 pages double-spaced (excluding title page, references and appendices).
Kent Menzel, Conference Co-Director
Communication and Theatre
600 South Locust
Greencastle, Indiana 46135